It has become a common knowledge that Photoshop is a helpful and resourceful tool for those who want to deal with the stuff of digital graphic design. That being said, this well-known design software can also be beneficial when you want to apply the custom design on your website. However, choosing the right Photoshop design for your website cannot be done without careful consideration. To get the most suitable design which has the ability to match your website’s concept and vision, there are several important things that you need to consider.
Why is Photoshop design important for your website?
Before you decide to create a design for your website using the software in question, you need to know that in terms of a business website, customizable Photoshop design is important because of three main reasons. First thing first, a web design created or customized by Photoshop can represent what is your business website all about. It can give the visitors—or customers for that matter—a glimpse of the web content, even when they only see it at a glance.
Besides being the website representation, the second reason why you need a custom design is that it can fulfill your need as a website owner to fit the particular design with your brand and the key parts of your website. Thirdly, to conclude them all, a well-created web Photoshop design will be able to promote your Website in the best possible way.
How to create the right Photoshop design for your website
The following are some points that should be included when creating the right Photoshop design for your website.
Creating a website header graphic is the first part you need to do on your web design project. It is said so because the header graphic serves as the initial element of your website, and therefore, will be the first thing that will be seen by your site visitors.
To create a header graphic, choose the logo, or if you don’t have one yet, an image or picture that you think will be the most suitable representation for your website. The next thing you should do is doing some editing process in Photoshop. Crop the image by adjusting its width and height. The ideal size for a web header graphic is 320 px for the height and 745 px for the width. Use Marquee Tool when cropping the picture because it can help you get the work done easier.
When the image is cropped to the fixed resolution and size, you can modify its color gradient or lighten the graphic using the color and layers setting in Photoshop. Once you get the header graphic you are looking for, save it as a JPG file to be used later.
If the header graphic makes the first impression of your site, the layout gives a clearer definition of how the website is designed. There are at least three main parts that should be included in your web design: header, body, and footer. The header, as discussed earlier, consists of the logo or representative image of your website, the site banner, and some contact information that should be highly visible for your visitors.
Moreover, the body contains the website’s content in the form of texts or some pictures which are related to the text. The last part, the footer, is usually filled with copyright information. On some websites, the footer also has a ‘back to the top’ link feature that can support the site’s effectiveness.
A simple web design using Photoshop can be done by involving several tools, including Transform, Drop Shadow, Navigation, and Duplicate Layers. The Transform menu is used to move the logo (or the same image you used on the header graphic) to the top part of your web layout. Next, use the Drop Shadow if you have created some text menu such as “Home”, “Contact” or “About”.
After that, the menu navigation should be distinguished by using particular styles, for instance, Bevel and Emboss. The application of such styles will be able to make the menu look more eye-catching. Finally, duplicate the layers and move it to the new layer where you can add and customize some other elements to complete the Photoshop design.
One thing not to be missed when you are creating a web design project using Photoshop is filling the colors, especially for your website layout. There are several quick command keys for color filling that you can use in the project.
- Press Alt+Delete to select foreground colors for texts, shapes, and layers
- Press cmd+Delete to fill a particular area with background colors you have selected
- Press “D” if you want to revert the color into black and white shade
Press “X” if you want to swap the colors of foreground and the background area.
Another element that is not less important in the web Photoshop design is typography. It is not just adding text to images, but also involves editing space, exploring fonts that will be suitable with the whole design of the website, identifying the fonts from the images, and finding the fonts that are similar to the selected ones.
In this regard, adding text and editing space between several texts can be done using the Vertical and Horizontal tools in Photoshop. Meanwhile, for other adjustments, you need to use Adobe Typekit, an extended service in Photoshop where you can find, choose, and synchronize various fonts to support your web design.
Exporting Image Slices for the Web Page
Slicing images is useful when you want to export the earlier parts of the project to the website. When you want to slice the images, start from the top part (header), across the middle part (navigating menu and web content layout), and then end it with the bottom part (footer). Make sure that the slicing process is created in the same size and position, so the height of each part will be the same when you export all of them to the website.
Those are some basic elements you need to consider when creating Photoshop design for a website. After the process of images slicing is completed, all you need to do is saving the project and exporting it as an HTML file so that it can be fully used as the website template.