Designing a Generic Blog Layout: Part 2

First create a new photoshop document with the following specifications

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Then select the rectangle tool (u) and create a new object that is 900 x 200 px. In the layers panel, change the name of this layer to ‘header’ (make sure that this layer is center, top aligned) Set the color of this layer to #cccccc

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Now we will create the sidebar - with the rectangle tool (u) still selected, create a rectangle with the same color #cccccc and with dimensions of 300 x 500px. In the layers panel, change the name of this layer to ’sidebar’

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Make sure that there is a 10px space between the bottom of your header and the top of your sidebar

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Now, we will create the main content column - with the rectangle tool (u) still selected, create another rectangle with #cccccc as its color and with the following dimensions: 650 x 500px. In the layers panel, change the name of this layer to ‘mainContent’

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Again, make sure that there is a 10px space between the bottom of the header and your main content column. Also, make sure that there is a 10px space between the right edge of the main column and the left edge of the sidebar

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The final wireframe element that we will create is the footer - with the rectangle tool (u) still selected, create another rectangle with #cccccc as its color and these dimensions:960 x 20px. Make sure that there is a 10px space between the bottom of your main content/sidebar columns and the top of your footer. In the layers panel, change the name of this layer to ‘footer’

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Now that we have that done, lets setup some guides along those newly created layers like this

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We will now focus on the content & elements of each area. Since we have most of the layout structure set, I will at a faster pace through these next explanations so we can get these elements in place and ready for the graphic skinning.

HEADER

For the header, let’s just create a quick dummy logo & place it like this

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Now let’s create a search box & button and place it like so

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The last header element will be our navigation, which is just arial, 10px, uppercase and placed like so

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MAIN CONTENT

First with the rectangle tool (u), create a rectangle with a black fill and at 160 x 120px

Then using the select tool (v) alt+click on that rectangle and drag out to create a copy of that, repeat that one more time so that you have three rectangles like so

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Now with the (u) tool still selected, create another rectangle that is 610 x 140 with the following layer affect applied

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Create two copies of this layer just like you did for the one before, make sure that the 3 larger rectangles are beneath the smaller three in the layer pallette align the 6 of them like so

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Now lets add some text to each section - the header is arial, 18px, bold & the content is arial, 12px. The link is arial 12px bold #0062d0. Align the text like so

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That is our featured posts section - the last thing we need to complete it is a title: arial, 18px. like the following

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SIDEBAR

There are a lot of popular blogs that sell advertising spots in their sidebar nowadays. One common size for these is 125 x 125 px. So, select the rectangle tool (u) and create 4 boxes at 125 x 125px like so

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Now we will create the recent post section - make a header that is arial 14px like so

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Beneath that let’s make some placeholder links that are arial 12px bold #0062d0 like so

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The last sidebar element that we will create is the categories, create a copy of the recent post header and change it to say ‘Categories’ like so

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After that create a copy of the links in the recent post section and change them to generic category names and place them like so

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FOOTER

All we need to do for the footer is make a couple of text links that say ‘Copyright’ and ‘Privacy’ like this

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That completes part 2 of this tutorial. Part 3 will be the graphic skinning of this blog layout!

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