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Add the logo. The font used is “VTKS Caveirada”. You can Download it for free.

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Some links on the right side. Create button for the active link using the Magnetic Lasso Tool. Make slightly irregular selection.

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Step 4 : Texturing the Background

Let’s create the background texture. Drag and drop the “Paper Texture 3” into our file. Reposition it properly. Place it beneath all the other layers in the palette.

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Desaturate the texture by hitting Ctrl+Shift+U. Press Ctrl+M and adjust brightness and contrast by adjusting the curve.

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Step 5 : Defining the Main Content Area

This is a two column layout with sidebar. First we will define the main content area. Click on the “Content” group and select the area using the Marquee Tool. Make sure it is 660 pixels in width. You can use the Info Palette to view the measurements. Fill it with #ffffff.

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Apply subtle 1px stroke to the content area.

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Now apply another texture to the content area. Open up the Paper Texture 2 and select and copy the middle portion of it.

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Paste it above the content area. Resize the texture.

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Press Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate the texture and adjust brightness using Curves.

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Now Ctrl+click on the content box to load selection. Then contract the selection by 3 pixels.

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Finally invert the selection and hit “Delete” key. This will create nice contrast on the border.

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Add Layer Mask to the texture layer. Pick a black and white gradient and apply to the mask to blend the bottom edge of the texture into the background.

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Step 6 : Adding Main Navigation

Select the “Navigation” group. Now create the main navigation above the main content box. Use the Marquee Tool to create the buttons. Fill #000000 for the buttons.

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Let’s add a nice folded edge to the navigation. Go to the last button in the row. Make a selection on the edge and choose Select > Transform Selection. Rotate the selection by 45 degrees holding Shift key. Then Press enter to confirm the transformation.

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Press Ctrl+Shift+J (Layer > New > Layer Via Cut). This will separate the piece on the edge. Press Ctrl+T then right click and choose Rotate 180 Degrees.

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Lighten the piece using Hue/Saturation dialog box.

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12 responses to “Create a Minimalist Blog Layout in Photoshop”

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    Great stuff. I used this tutorial with ExportKit to create a WordPress theme directly from the PSD. I also made another responsive design using your steps – so I made a responsive HTML5 and CSS3 website just for fun too!

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    Sayuri

    Thanks for this tutorial !
    i learned a lot =)

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    simo

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    Shaikh Mahammad Soheb

    i have no words this tutorial

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    Kasiimu

    how to export it html and css.. thank you

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    MD Yusuf

    Very impressive.

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    zul

    Thank for your tutorial.

    Can i ask something…

    How to convert the psd to xml files so its can be use in

    blogspot template..

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    ZhangANQI

    Thank you for a tutorial !!
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    vivian ojara

    thanks a bunch!!!! awesome! very generous of you

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    thanks

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