Top 30 Photoshop Web Design Layout Tutorials

I have picked out some of the best Photoshop layout tutorials, and mashed them together into a nice and tidy compilation. There are blog design layouts, portfolio layouts, and simply beautiful layout tutorials. Enjoy!

Design Lab TV Layout

This layout has a really nice looking design. It uses nice vibrant colours, and has some nice effects.

Sleek Modern Portfolio Layout

I love the colours used with this layout. Its very simple and sleek.

Beautiful Elegant Blog Layout

This layout reminds me of a coffee shop, with the range of warm colours it uses.

Lush Blog Layout

This layout has a very nice menu, and you could customize the colours and the top header for your own site.

 

Business WordPress PSD Layout

The layout of this web design tutorial is really nice. Its a very clean and simple design.

Simple Video Blog Layout

This layout uses beautiful colours, and has a very simple design. It also features nice top buttons which include twitter, rss and also the contact us button. You could also add other social networking buttons such as facebook, or digg etc.

Nifty Dark Hosting Layout

Everything about this hosting template is customizable. And the colour scheme it uses is really nifty.

Web 2.0 Business Layout

Combining orange, grey and white has a really nice effect to it. And this is an awesome business layout.

Graphic Design Studio Layout

The streaky background to this layout design has an outstanding effect to it. I love the glass header and rounded corners aswell. Worth checking out.

Wood Style Photoshop Layout

The woodwork in the header of this template, gives it a real natural feel, and i think the gray and orange go well together.

Typography Based Layout

This is a very different design, but is very appealing. This tutorial will teach you how to make it.

Blue WordPress Style Layout

This layout, comes with a nice sidebar which you can have many 125px ads on, and also is very editable.

Sleek and Beautiful Design

Learn how to create something this beautiful using Photoshop.

Dark Car Layout

The white, black and red go very well when it comes to websites. I love this layout! Just click the image below to view the tutorial.

Chocolate Pro WordPress Layout

This layout makes me feel like in looking at a chocolate bar. Really nice effect.

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Elegant Photoshop PSD Layout

The suit just makes this layout. Its worth checking out, and you could learn a thing or two extra if you are a Photoshop whiz.

Sleek Real Estate Photoshop Layout

Drop dead gorgeous real estate layout tutorial. You could customize this to the max, and still keep the colours.

Green WordPress Design

This Photoshop layout gives me the sort of ozone / green feel. Lovely gradients!

Personal Portfolio Vector Style Layout

Very simple personal portfolio layout. I would recommend this tutorial if you were a newbie to Photoshop.

Simple 2 Column Blog Layout

I love the range of colours that work very well together in this layout tutorial. This is worth checking out for all types of designers.

Clean Grunge Blog Design

I love the messy paper style to this layout tutorial. Makes it look amazing! You could learn an awful lot from checking out this tutorial.

Funky Web Design Layout

This is a lovely sunset style layout design. I know its only the background, but the graphics of the actual website are very easily editable, to make it unique.

Colourful Web Layout

The gradient on the header of this makes the layout look really really nice.

Game Blog Layout

The slime green colour on this layout really stands out.

Simple Hosting Layout

This layout is really nice if you own a small hosting company. Its a good place to lay the foundations, and then edit all the graphics as you go along to make it unique.

Paper Texture Web Layout

This has a very messy / clean aspect to it. I like how they work so well together.

Nice Purple Design Studio Layout

This is a very web 2.0 layout tutorial. The gradients on the buttons go well with the very clean and simple header.

Interior Design Layout

The pink really makes this layout design stand out. I would really recommend looking at this design layout tutorial.

Eco Theme Layout

This has the words green / eco friendly all over it. The green, gray and white go extremely well together.

Personal Portfolio Layout

This is really good if you are starting up freelance design, and need a quick layout to showcase your work. You can edit many of the graphics to make your portfolio unique.

Why We Should Reconsider Design Mock-ups

Most designers follow a set process when creating websites, it may vary slightly from project to project and from designer to designer, but that process usually looks something like the image to the right →

This should look very familiar to a lot of designers. It is the way nearly all creative professionals have worked since the beginning of web design as an industry.

But now that we are in the world of responsive design, and websites are accessed on more devices than ever before. Using Photoshop to create design mock-ups is increasingly becoming flawed.

One of the main concern with using Photoshop or any other design tool to create mock-ups is that the end product is usually a collection of .psd files that need the styles extracting from them, and static pixel-based layout. Being pixel based has two major drawbacks:

  • The design mock-up is too static

    A traditional web design mock-up is a set amount of pixels wide, 960 for example. And every line of text, button image and other elements are set in stone. Unlike on the web where these things will inevitably vary between devices, browsers and even the size of the browser window.

  • Too much time is spent on pixel pushing

    Designers and clients get too caught up in making the design mock-up pixel-perfect. Spending an inordinate amount of time pushing elements a pixel here and there. Hard work which usually goes out of the window when the design is brought to life in the browser.

  • Extracting styles is complicated

    Whether you are coding up your own designs, or a developer coding somebody else’s work. You need to look through your .psd files to find the right element and extract it’s CSS properties. But what if you can’t remember which page that element was on, or worse is on a page that hasn’t been mocked up?

Designing in the browser (and why it doesn’t work)

Okay so using Photoshop is a waste of time and we should design directly in the browser instead right? Well, no. From my personal experience, this is also very unintuitive and limits creativity. Typing your design in code simply doesn’t work. Although you may create a perfectly nice looking result, your ability to try out different ideas and concepts quickly until you find the best way to present your ideas is greatly inhibited.

The benefits to designing in the browser are that it is flexible and responsive, and once you have finished your design you also have it ready to go in the correct medium. So it is something of a time-saver too, but is that really worth limiting your design process so drastically for?

What does work well?

Photoshop mock-ups are too detailed and static, designing in code is too limiting. But one thing that most designers (hopefully) already do on a regular basis is spot on:

Wireframes

Wireframing is a great way to plan a project, it is quick and extremely flexible. It can be done on paper, with the aid of software like OmniGraffle, or with tools you are already familiar with such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

A wireframe is not just a quick ideas sketch though, it can also serve as a blueprint for a design, much like an architect would hand over to the contractors when designing a building. With this wireframe/blueprint in place we are half way to having everything we need to starting building the design in code. The other half that’s missing is the styling, or ‘visual language’.

Defining the visual language

If we are happy to use wireframes to layout the structure of a web project, we need something else to go with them that defines the visual language of the project:

UI Style Guides

Introducing ‘UI Style Guides’. In the print industry something very similar to this already exists, usually referred to as ‘Branding Guidelines’ and they work. We can adapt this idea to also work for web and interface design.

Unlike branding guidelines, which focus on color schemes, and when and how to display a company logo. UI style guides will focus on the visual language, and interface elements. The best way to explain this is with a visual example of a style guide:

The result?

By combining wireframes and ui style guides, we can separate the visual language from the structure. Something which is often difficult for clients to do when they are presented with a complete mock-up. It becomes possible to make quick and easy changes to the layout without needing to worry about the styling. And likewise if the client wants to make changes to the visual language, it can be done without worrying about updating multiple elements across multiple pages.

How will the client react to this? Well, it’s hard to say at this early stage. But if you explain in initial meetings how you intend to present your ideas, and the benefits of working this way, as an alternative to traditional mock-ups. Then the client should understand what to expect, and hopefully appreciate it.

25 Great Navigation Website Designs

I wanted to do a post about 25 Great Navigation Website Designs because there are a lot of websites with beautiful navigations. I like to think that the navigation is very important to a design. It’s one of the first things a user looks at. Take a look at these designs and see how different some are and also, the various styles that each designer makes. I hope you enjoy this post and thank you for reading.

skysguideservice.com

dubbedcreative.com

wegraphics.net

drupal-works.com

nhdist.com

francescomolezzi.com

elitedent.ro

sketchdock.com

2010.dconstruct.org

ministryspotlight.org

brief2design.com

palace-pobierowo.pl

reklama-audio.pl

phillapier.com

naturetrek.co.uk

sohtanaka.com

abbacus.com

eliteak.com

giraffe.net

scraplr.com

healthyharvesthydro.com

webtek.cz

ohmedia.ca

two24studios.com