Learn the concepts of responsive website design and how to customize Photoshop to create full page mock-ups.
Become an integral part in the overall process of web design and development with this beginner course.
Be the fixture that turns ideas into reality
Learning how to create website mock-ups puts you at the apex of the web design process. This is where brainstorming ideas and concepts become a reality. With this skillset, you’ll bring “left-brained” design thinkers ideas to life. In addition you’ll be the liaison to the “right-brained” web developers.
Employees or freelancers with this ability are typically involved in parts of both the creative process, and development process. You benefit by being a more valualbe asset that can take part in conversations in many different phases of a project.
Content and Overview
Suitable for beginners, through this course of 49 lectures and almost 4 hours of instruction I’ll show you how Photoshop can, and is, being used in modern web design work flows. We’ll start off by covering some core concepts of web design, including how the web is evolving with the advent of mobile devices and why you’d want to use Photoshop for web design in the first place.
From there, you and I are going to be working together to create a full website mockup for a fictional restaurant called Bordeaux. I’ll show you how to set up your Photoshop environment for web work. Create templates for responsive web design projects. Design aesthetic elements like UI components. We’ll finally assemble a finished mockup. And then, I’ll show you how to deliver your final results to your client or to a developer.
In this video we'll explore a responsive site to get a better idea of the design theories.
Planning a responsive design can be frustrating, but in these few key points can help you plan better responsive sites.
In no way will you only be a part of any one phase of the process, but this video will shed some light on where you might fit.
Before we start learning how to create web graphics, we first need to understand the difference between resolution and screen size.
Let's customize Photoshop so that we can work easier developing responsive websites.
Understand how color on screen works.
Understand how to set color so that your web graphics look as good as possible from one screen to the next.
Naming layers and organizing them so that other possible team members can work with you.
When does your design need to change depending on someones screen size?
Let's use the grid system of the world most popular responsive website development framework as a starting point for our designs.
Setting our preferences for a new document.
Setting up our large grid system for our "desktop" size website design.
Setting up our medium grid system for our "landscape tablet" size website design.
Setting up our small grid systems for our "portrait tablet and mobile" size website design.
Learn all the in's and out's, and the true power of the layers panel. Quite possibly your most important tool.
Make your workflow process easier by having colors available quickly.
Integrate Adobe's online color tool with Photoshop, and share them with the rest of your team.
Learn the extreme differences between vector and bitmap graphics.
Different ways to draw shapes.
Learn the difference between shapes and paths and why each is ideal in different situations.
Learn all the different types of shape tools in Photoshop
Learn what exactly happens when you draw a line.
The pen tool is a powerful Photoshop tool, one you will probably have to learn to like. Once you do, you'll be a more powerful designer.
Use the selection and direct selection tools to finish the complex graphical elements.
Using system fonts in your designs and the possible success rate.
Apply the always growing library of online web fonts to your designs.
What's the difference between the two types of text boxes in Photoshop.
Using the Character and Paragraph styles panels
Saving styles in the Paragraph styles panel to quickly format text.
Character styles can make little style adjustments quickly and easily.
A quick brief on some things you may not know about mobile typography.
Implementing the surge of icon fonts has made the transition from design to development very easy.
The power, and one of the main cornerstones, of layer masks.
Several ways to import our artwork into the website design.
Adjustment layers are a powerful Photoshop tool to make stunning effects.
Add interesting effects to your artwork "non-destructively"
Save and export layer styles for quick use and sharing amongst your team.
Add powerful photographic effects to your Photoshop layers.
I've been designing since 2001 when I began my post-secondary education and received by diploma in graphic design.
Throughout my career, I have worked for companies that specialize in software development, which has provided me with extensive experience in interaction design. During this time, I enjoyed working with smaller freelance clients as well. It was at this point when I really started to enjoy designing and developing user interfaces and user experiences.
I currently teach and co-ordinate a web design and development program at a private career college, as well as teach part time at the local community college in the graphic design program where I received my diploma. I still maintain a list of steady freelance clients part-time.
I make my living teaching and developing curriculum while my freelance work continues to whet my creative appetite. I do however get just as excited seeing students succeed.