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Basic web design tutorials in Photoshop

From the author: in past classes, we examined the theoretical foundations of web design. It’s time to move on to practical exercises, so today you will receive basic web design lessons in Photoshop and learn how to create stylish buttons for the site.

I recommend that you, first of all, study this particular program. Beginners, amateurs and professionals – all work in Photoshop. Without it, thousands of designers, artists, polygraphists, and webmasters cannot imagine their lives.

If you like the work of a web designer, with the help of Photoshop you can not only process photos, but also create websites, book covers, banners and much more! A huge arsenal of tools for retouching, processing and editing images, accurate color calibration, “jewelry” work with color make Adobe Photoshop the most popular, let alone the best graphic editor.

This article will be useful if you are just learning to use Photoshop in your work. Immediately get ready for the fact that you will constantly study this program, improve your skills and develop your own style.

How to start learning Photoshop?
To understand how to use Photoshop, start with the theoretical basics. First of all, download and install the program. If you have a modern computer based on FX or i5 – i7 processors, with at least 8 gigabytes of RAM, you can safely install Photoshop CS6, if the characteristics are lower, you will have to be content with PhotoshopCS5.

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Installed? Well done, now it’s time to get acquainted with all kinds of tools and interface elements. If you regularly practice Photoshop lessons for web design, then gradually learn all these tools in the process of practical training.
Do not be alarmed by this program, even if you start learning it from scratch. At your disposal are thousands of books, magazines, comprehensive training video courses and website design lessons in Photoshop, which are structured in such a way as to convey to the beginner the maximum of useful information in the shortest possible time.

In addition, I would advise you to climb various professional sites and study their design and structure in order to find information about fashion trends in the field of web design, form your personal vision and develop an artistic taste.

How to set up Photoshop for web design?
Click Window – Workspace – Typography. On the right you will see panels for working with layers and fonts.
Next, I advise you to go to the settings Ctrl + K and in the “Units and Rulers” section select Pixels, because we work for the web, where pixels are used, not centimeters.
We create a new file: File – New, in each new project we check that Pixels are in the Width and Height settings. Resolution – 72 dpi. The color model should be specified RGB color 8 bits.

In general, the options for creating a new document include:

The name of the future document. It is usually assigned when a file is saved;

Width and height of the image. In our case, it is specified in pixels, which are the unit of the image in the raster chart;

Resolution is the number of dots per inch. The standard resolution is 72 pixels per inch;

Mode. The most common is RGB color, the depth of which is set in bits. Usually enough 8 bits;

Background content that defines the background of the image.

The next setting, which I would like to mention, and which is often undeservedly forgotten, is the usual arrow setting. We put a check in Auto-select, select the Layer and “Show Transformation Control.” Thanks to this parameter, a dotted rectangle with manipulators in the middle and corners of the sides will appear around the selected areas.
Well, the last setting that needs to be done is setting to positive :). Without it, you will not have enough motivation to effectively and consistently take web design lessons in Photoshop.

Create a rectangle in Photoshop
I’ll tell you how to make a simple object in Photoshop. Using the Rectangle tool, create the figure of the same name, set the desired fill color and border for it. Here you can create a rounded rectangle.

A small life hack: if you select an object (in this case, a rectangle), then you can resize it proportionally by selecting it and holding down the Shift key. Thus, you do not deform the image.
This is very convenient when you work with icons. Holding the Alt key, you can copy the object when dragging with the left mouse button.

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