How to Create a Professional Web Layout in Photoshop

Step 5 : Adding the Logotype

The background is pretty much completed. Now add the logo type. Before adding the type add a highlight that stays behind the logo. Pick a soft brush with #19535a. Add a spot.

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Add the Type. The font face I used is “Bebas”. Download it for free.

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Apply subtle effects to the logo.

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Step 6 : Navigation

Add the navigation links.

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Create the navigation button. Use Rectangular Marquee Tool. Fill any color. Then Lower the Fill Opacity to zero.

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Double click on the layer thumbnail, select Gradient Overlay. Use these settings.

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Step 7 : Content Slider

Make selection that is 580 x 295 pixels.

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Fill the selection with a grey tone.

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Bring in the image you want to use. Clip it to the base layer we created above.

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Now add shadow effect to the slider. Create a new layer. Select the Brush Tool, set the diameter to 400 pixels. Open the Brushes palette, decrease the roundness. Use the below settings.

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Set the brush color to #000000 and add spot.

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Apply some Gaussian Blur to soften the edges.

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Select the bottom half of the shadow and delete it.

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Reposition the shadow just above the slider.

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I shrunk it vertically. Next align it centered to the slider. Select both layers and on the Options Panel click on the Align Horizontal Centers button.

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Duplicate the shadow and rotate it vertically. Place it on the bottom edge of the slider.

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Create slider control buttons using Rectangular Marqee Tool. Fill #000000.

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Lower the buttons Opacity to 50%

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Open the auto shapes from the Options Panel and select this arrow. Add it to the buttons.

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Add a strip. Fill with #000000.

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Lower the Opacity to 50%.

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Here we can add description about the project.

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Step 8 : Add some Welcome Lines

A welcome and some description about the website goes here.

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Step 9 : Finishing up the Header

We almost finished the header. Let’s add a subtle shadow effect to the finish things off! Create a shadow just as we created earlier using the brush tool.

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Leave 1px gap between the header and the shadow.

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Step 10 : Apply Gradient to the Background

Create a light grey to white gradient.

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Create a new layer below the header and apply the gradient.

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Step 11 : Add Slider Rotation Controls

Create rotation controls.

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Apply Inner Shadow to one control to indicate the current active item in the slider.

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Step 12 : Create Content Divider

Select the Pencil Tool and draw 1 pixel line. Pick light gray (#aaaaaa).

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Hide the edges smoothly using gradient mask.

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Step 13 : Adding the Main Content

It is time to get into the actual content part. This is a 3 column layout. We need to create 3 equal columns with some padding between them. I did a simple calculation and divided the available space into 3 equal width boxes with 25 pixels padding between them.

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Add guide lines to the boxes. Then remove the boxes. And these are the columns.

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Add some featured services. Drop in the icons from the Function icon set. Maintain distance between objects uniformally.

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Let’s create a simple “Read More” button. Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool to draw the shape. Make sure it is a Shape Layer.

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Apply Gradient Overlay and Stroke to the button.

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Duplicate the button.

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We will add some recent work items. I drew three image holder boxes and applied 3 pixel stroke .

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Clip the images to the boxes.

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I created shadow like we did earlier and placed it below the boxes.

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Add some project description.

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Let’s create the Twitter Feed. Drop in the Twitter bird icon.

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Added a Twitter announcement.

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Create a button for More Tweets.

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Apply these styles.

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Add text.

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104 thoughts on “How to Create a Professional Web Layout in Photoshop”

  1. Hi, im a beginner at photoshop. And i’m stuck at making highlight line at step 3. I can’t change the line color to gradient. It keep the color i choose before i draw the line

    1. Denny Tang

      Sorry I don’t quite understand which part you’re stuck on. Can you elaborate on what you’re doing?

  2. There are so many free theses out there for web layouts, I am not even sure I would spend the time it takes to create my own :)

  3. Hi,

    I understand this is a design tutorial…but is there a tutorial for turning the design into an actual website with the coding and stuff?

  4. This tutorial is really nice…Can anyone tell me how to convert these psd files to codings….and run it on my browser……………….?

  5. I’m really lost with this step “Blend the pattern smoothly into the header. Add a Layer Mask to the pattern layer. Pick a soft brush and paint with a large soft brush. Pick #ffffff for brush color. Reduce the brush Opacity to about 60% and paint. If you find it too strong then adjust the layer opacity individually.” … is there another tutorial I should look at to understand layer masks? Thanks!

  6. Some technical change or creative steps can improve the design than what are shown here as tutorial. I believe tutorial are just an example or way, if someone can walk well maintaining that way and look around the road, the learner can make something more appealing design. BTW…this was help thought. Thanks :)

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