Creating a Website Template in Photoshop


Photoshop Web Template – Website Design Tutorial

A recommended tip is that you learn the Shortcut keys!Why? To save some time of course!

And remember to press CTRL+S (save) very often!

Ok! Let’s start.


First you need a new document CTRL+N, with the Width: 1024 pixels and the Height: 1174 pixels.

New Document


Now change the background-color to “#817b74” Background Color Paint Bucket (G)


Select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool”. Mark Shortcut key: (M).

And hold it and drag it to make a rectangular shape, put the shape where you want to put the white. Then you copy (ctrl+c) and paste (ctrl+v) to get a new layer!


Why is not my layer white like yours? Well you need to go “FX” aka layer style. If you don’t see this image press “F7” on your keyboard!


Now, select Stroke, Color overlay, Outer glow and Inner shadow and do the following!

Layer Styles

Layer style

Layer Style

Layer Style

[ Download style ]


Select the rectagular marquee tool and drag it like this, remember to have the background layer selected!


Now copy and paste, so you get the mark into a new layer, then go to FX, layer style once again!


Then press “Color Overlay” (#9b948e)

And then Inner shadow

This is what it should looks now


Your probably wondering how I got the flower and the note look so real? Well we call them Stock images!

Whats the best way to cut out the object out of the image? Well to get the best quality on the cut I strongly recommend the pen tool.

Just to make sure, this is what you should have right now.

Select your stock image(s)

This tool is called “Pen tool”

when you have add the point marks around the objects select this tool.

and drag the points to a smooth and clean point.

Then right click on the object and hit “Make selection”

And hit OK. Now you should have a selection around the object.


Another way to cut out and object from a white background is to select this tool and select the white background and make an inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I)


And then copy and paste. BUT! this way makes the object loose its quality, so i strongly recommend the pen tool!


Now when you selected you stock image and made a cut-out of the object put it behind the white content layer. Just like i did.

Another stock image attached with a brushed shadow, over the white content layer.

You can add some sharpness to the image since it where minimized and loosed a bit of quality!


Select the Background layer

Select the rectangular marquee tool and mark it like this

Select this tool (G)

Then create a new blank layer

Now drag it from the bottom of the mark to the top to make it like this

Add the layer to “soft light”

Select this tool by right click on the markquee icon.

Zoom in (Z) and put it one pixel over the base line.

Now press this icon and a the top of that meny, press on the “Soild color” and select (#75706c)


Once again, this is what you should have something like this right now

Then you can add these small things that no one care about, just filling out the layout.

Like this, adding a shadow using the pen tool

Then right click and hit “Make selection” once again. Then press on this icon on the layer panel and hit “Brightness /Contrast”

I used the same technique to make the shadow at the bottom.

“Why did you add these shadows, it dosen’t fit to anything?” Well i call them fill-outs. Details matters, so i added small things that no one would notice but they know its there.


Then when it comes to adding the text.

This layout is basically based on text so i wanted to show you how it works.

Press this button on the panel, and drag it like this

You can modify the text by going the the Character panel

Then press “Character”! I used Times new roman and Tahoma in this layout!

Then you can rotate the text area to fit the note more perfect.

checkpoint logo

The menu is 12pt tahoma font

The sub navigation 11pt tahoma

Other stock-images

Then add your favorite links at the bottom


Now the last thing you need to add when you got you content text and images on place.

Add a new group layer and select all the layers you have and drag them into this group!

When you have done that, right click on the group you just created and hit “Dublicate group…”

And when its dublicated, click on the group and press “CTRL+E” and Press M and cut out something like this.

Then drag the point up while houlding Shift+alt

Then make it like this.

Now. Hit this “mask” on the layer panel and then

Make sure its black and transperant.

“Drag it up!”

Our Result with our content!


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43 thoughts on “Creating a Website Template in Photoshop”

  1. nice tutorial, I think the next step would be to turn this into a real site.
    cutting the pieces and putting it back together and making it function.

    maybe even how to turn this into a wordpress template or something.
    just an idea
    take care!

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  2. I agree with shegs. Cool tutorial and it would be good another one teaching how to slice this template.

  3. wow, thank you very much! I spent the whole day today learning Photoshop through your lesson. I feel like I had 3 month of Photoshop training. Once again thank you. God bless!

  4. that was a great tutorial but how do you organize the slices with css instead of using tables. i would also like to know how to do this in dream weaver thanks in advance who ever has the answers to my question

  5. Hi, this is a very nice tutorial. The stock images of the sunflower and the note paper/peg, they are stock images, do I just copy them to my computer and remove the background. What about copyright on them how does that work? How does stock images work as far as copyright goes?

    Thanks any help would be appreciated.


  6. I’ve seen quite a few Photoshop tutorials about website design and they all do it in a similar way but this is nicely set out so well done and thanks… bookmarked. The real trick in what makes this good is that your images are well annotated with those little red lines… ! Nice one!

  7. very nice tutorial…i liked how you put everything on one page..good for your time on site and easy for us to use.

  8. hi…i am an intermediate level php developer.the only thing i lack in my website is a sexy n appealing look. i now hope that i will soon be able to do that as well…..
    thank you so much for this excellent tutorial.

  9. is there a tutorial on how to code templates made in photoshop? Or if there is an easy way to code templates. maybe a software or a website that adds all the codes for your design..

  10. Very nice quick rundown of a photoshop template. I would love to see an update using slices, 960px grid and folders to organize the psd file.

  11. Hi,
    Am newbie to webdesign.actually i want my own template to design in Photoshop.In this tutorial u shown how to design for home page its awesome.but i want to know to design for remaining pages of website.and i want to know how to upload self designed template in joomla.

    1. hey vijay i am also a newbie to web desigining
      we can work together and make and sell our webtemplets
      and also can learn if you are intrested in working with me then
      add me on skype
      my skype name is makhdoom.irtaza
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