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Hey guys, we’re really excited to release this resource for you. If you’re following my previous tutorials, I started with the basic one, which is boring for some of you and might be helpful for the beginners who just started learning. If you’ve missed it, check Basic Web Design Video Course.
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If you don’t know what flat web design is, stop reading. If you do and are as excited about it as we are, here’s a couple of questions for you to think about:
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Resource you will need to complete this tutorial:
Let’s assume that we already know what is the goal of the website we’re going to make. The first step is to gather some inspiration that suits your taste for your website and start doing some rough sketches using your pen and paper.
The next thing you will need after finding inspiration is to create a wire frame based on your ideas.
Basing on our wire frame, we will start transferring it into Photoshop to have a much clearer vision of what exactly the website layout will look like. What’s good about doing this is we can focus only in placing the elements like buttons, text headings, and paragraphs in the right position and the right size.
Here is the exciting part, and that is, applying styles to all of the elements, buttons, fonts and background. In here, we can play around with a lot of stuff, for example, applying filters to images, playing with curves, putting contrast, creating our own shadows to make the elements pop out more.
So that’s it, guys, for the designing part. It’s a matter of trying and playing to come up with a great outcome. Just remember to search for inspiration because designers of the 3 design communities I’ve mention are following the latest trends of web design. It’s not copying but learning from their works. I think there is nothing wrong with that as long as we don’t copy their overall design. So if you’re planning to create yours, please take time to think and plan what’s best for you, gather some inspiration, create a wireframe, choose the right fonts and colour scheme for your brand and, lastly, rock the Photoshop until you have come up with great results.
In the first part of this tutorial, we are working mostly on the graphical part. We’ve also talked about where to find inspiration, colour schemes, grid and much more.
In this 2nd section of the Elegant Landing Page Design in Photoshop tutorial, we will be working on the coding part. In here, we will talk about how to use Twitter Bootstrap for transforming our PSD design into a working website. I will divide this into 3 videos: first one will be about marking up the HTML; the second will be about applying CSS styles and the last one will be taking care of the responsive part. This will take much of your time but if you’re a beginner and willing to learn to transform your own design into a working website, I know you will find time to learn this. Let’s get started!
Resources you will need to complete this tutorial:
Here, I will walk you through on how easy it is to use Twitter Bootstrap by just linking the appropriate file path to make it work. Then I will guide you step-by-step on how to mark-up properly the HTML base on our design, starting from the header down to the footer.
Now that we’re done marking up our HTML, it is time to overwrite the styling that Twitter Bootstrap has provided. What’s good with this is we will not be worrying anymore on the layout structure because Bootstrap already has done it for us by just adding the right classes for each division that we’ve markup in HTML. All we need to do now is to style the elements to match to our PSD design.
Alright, you’ve done a lot. Have a break; get some cup of coffee. Done? Finally, we reach the last part of this tutorial, which is to make every section responsive. And also, we will make the banner and testimonial section working as a carousel.
That’s it guys! Imagine how easy and powerful Bootstrap is by the pre-made classes provided for us to use. All we need to do is to properly adjust some padding and margins to make everything look good and balanced.
You’ve done a great job, guys! You just completed the tutorial. I hope you can apply this in your future projects. I wish you learn something from this. Make sure to share it with your friends. If you have comments or suggestions, feel free to drop them below. I’m excited to hear from you. See you guys on the comment section. Cheers!
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Michael is a Web & Graphic designer based in Philippines. He started designing during his teenage years and most of his skills and knowledge are self taught. He's dating with Photoshop for about 4 years now and been flirting with HTML & CSS from 2011 to present. See his works at burnstudio. Other than that he loves Coffee and his Girl.