Sometimes, you may break a sweat to find the perfect theme to complement your website. However, the plethora of website offering alluring themes may fail to attract you leaving behind only one option- designing your own website from scratch. Most people may find website designing a daunting task but if you are well versed with certain software and are confident of your creative skills, you can design a website exactly the way you want to; all you need is Photoshop, HTML editor and a working internet connection and you are good to go. The best part about creating a website in Photoshop and then getting it converted into HTML is its flexibility aspect. As a beginner in the field of web designing, you may have to process too much information in too little time. However, the following step-by-step guide will ensure that you cater to every need of your client while still exploring your creative side and delivering the finest web design that has been converted from PSD to HTML.
Step 1: Collect Your Ideas and Organize Them
You will have to look after the needs of the clients and ensure that you design a website that looks exactly the way they described it. To keep up with their demands and needs, you need to be in a highly creative state of mind. Sometimes, there is a possibility that you may run out of ideas and experience a designer’s block. In such situations, you must spend a good number of hours looking through various website themes. It is only during the rarest moments do you get the inkling of an idea that grows into a successful web design.
Step 2: Designing the Layout and Getting the Wireframe Ready
This is where the actual work begins. Once you have collected all the necessary information on the designs that you wish to incorporate into your web design. However, before you get down with the actual designing work and placement of all the elements, you need to design a layout wherein all your elements and designs will be placed. Carrying out this step first is important for the simple fact that it will help keep things organized. If you choose to design your elements first, there is every possibility that you may face issues during the placement of these elements. This may result in additional work to get these elements aligned appropriately.
The top rule to remember when creating a layout is the fact that it should have a natural flow. Any layout that looks forced and crammed will be instantly rejected by the clients. As a rule of thumb, keep the layout as spacious and minimalistic as possible. There are a few ways to create the layout or the wireframe; you could either draw it by hand so that you get maximum control. Besides, it is a proven fact that using an actual pen and paper tends to bring out more creativity in an individual than any kind of device. Besides, you can create the layout in Photoshop itself with the help of Grids and Guidelines. Besides, working with layers and using interesting shapes is also an excellent idea.
Step 3: Design in Photoshop
The designing of the wireframe should give you a clear idea of exactly what the actual website must look like. Therefore, every detail that you had mulled over in your mind’s eye must now be out down in Photoshop. This PSD format of the design must resemble an actual website with the right color scheme, logo, buttons, sidebar, and other such elements. However, you need to make sure that each element lies on a separate layer. To put it simply, it should look like a real website.
Step 4: Slicing the Designs and Saving Them as Individual Images
This may seem daunting but once you get a hang of the process, it can be done at a lightning fast speed. In this step, you basically need to ensure that every single element is sliced and saved as an individual image. Therefore, it is very crucial to ensure that you save every element on a different layer to avoid hassles during the slicing process. Besides, you even need to save the background of your website as a 1px image, which will be used during HTML coding. This 1 px image will be repeated during the coding process to make it look like an actual background.
Step 5: Use Your HTML Knowledge to Write Codes For the Final Website.
Once you have all your images ready to go, you can begin the coding process and design a custom website that looks like a million bucks. However, you need to keep testing it in a web browser to ensure that your progress is constant. Usually, Internet Explorer works best for this purpose.
Author Bio: John Porter is a web developer – Northern VA for 522digital, where they help small to medium-size organizations implement effective marketing campaigns.