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Adding master elements

From: Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

Video: Adding master elements

Once I have my page structure organized on my mockup here inside of Photoshop, the second thing that I always do is start to add what I call master elements into my design. So the things that I consider to be master elements are things that don't change in the design, no matter what page I am currently viewing. So that would be stuff like the logo, the footer, the page background, the overall background of the site, that kind of thing. So that's what we're going to be building in this movie. The first thing I need to do is I need to load up the swatches that I've created for this project, and I can do that by opening up the Swatches panel. So I will drag this out so you can see it.

Adding master elements

Once I have my page structure organized on my mockup here inside of Photoshop, the second thing that I always do is start to add what I call master elements into my design. So the things that I consider to be master elements are things that don't change in the design, no matter what page I am currently viewing. So that would be stuff like the logo, the footer, the page background, the overall background of the site, that kind of thing. So that's what we're going to be building in this movie. The first thing I need to do is I need to load up the swatches that I've created for this project, and I can do that by opening up the Swatches panel. So I will drag this out so you can see it.

And once I have the Swatches panel open, I'll go to the Swatches panel menu. I'm going to choose Load Swatches. And inside of your chapter 8 exercise files folder should be something called robots_swatches.ase. And when I open those up, those should place right there at the bottom of your Swatches panel. You could have also chosen to replace the swatches with those swatches that I just loaded in. If you had done that though, it would have gotten rid of all these other swatches, and you wouldn't be able to use them. So I am just going to keep these right here, and you can notice when you mouse over them, it says Robot Grey, Robot Orange, Robot Dark Grey, Robot Yellow, and Robot Blue.

So we're going to use all of the robot swatches to apply color to different parts of our design. So the first thing I am going to do is apply the background color to the overall design. I am going to do that by selecting the background layer, and I am going to come in the Swatches panel and I am going to select Robot Blue, and then I am just going to hit Option+Delete or Alt+Backspace on my keyboard, and that's going to fill that particular portion of my screen with that color. Once I have that applied, I want to add a little bit of texture to this as well. In order to do that, I am going to run a filter. So I will do Filter > Noise > Add Noise and I'm going to use 2% Gaussian noise, and Monochromatic, and hit OK, which gives it a little bit of a more organic feel.

So I've got that in place. That's the first master element, because that's something that's definitely not going to change. That is the overall background of the design. Next up, I'm going to change this, this big rectangle right here. And instead of trying to find out where that rectangle is in my design, all I am going to do is turn on Auto Select inside of my Options bar up here, and I am just going to click on that to find it. And it actually got tucked away inside of my Footer, and that's okay. I am going to move that out of there though. There we go. So there is my page background.

And so now I'm going to change the way this appears. So in order to do that, I am just going to come up, pick another swatch. In this case, I want it to be the Robot Yellow swatch. And with that layer selected, I should be able to Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete to fill that in. You could have also double-clicked on the layer thumbnail and then simply selected the swatch from the Swatches panel and hit OK. Either way is fine. Now, I want to add a border to the outside of this, so I am going to access my Shape tools and then I'm going to add a stroke of white. So I will pick a color here, add a white stroke, hit OK. And I'm going to use 10 points for this, and you will just see it's kind of a nice border inside.

If the stroke is on the outside or in the center, you can change that by coming in and changing the alignment to the inside. Here is center, so that kind of jumps outside. And then if you do outside, it goes all the way outside. You can see that kind of exceeds my margins, and I don't really want that to happen, so I am going to go back to the inside to keep it inside. Now, I will collapse that back, and we can continue going. There is my page background. I am actually going to drag it beneath the Footer. I want both of those on top of each other, like so. I am also going to add a drop shadow to this to add a little bit of depth to my design.

So I will double-click out to the right- hand side of that and I'm going to choose Drop Shadow. And once I have Drop Shadow selected, I'm going to set my Size to somewhere around 8, and I'll change my Distance to 0, and I will decrease the Opacity level to something like 55. Hit OK. Now, you see it adds the layer style there. Collapse that up. If I click on the background, you will be able to see it a little bit easier, and let's go up to View and also turn off Extras.

That way it hides the guides for us for a moment, so you can actually see that it's kind of protruding out a little bit. It's got that little shadow behind it. I am going to go back and turn my Extras back on, View > Extras, turn those back, and there we go. Now, in my Header, up here at the top, this is the next master element. So I am going to find the Logo Placeholder, and basically what I am going to do, I am going to use this as a guide of where I'm going to put my logo. And I'm going to go File > Place, and inside of my exercise files folder I have something called robot_toys, and so I am going to hit Place.

And once it does that, it's going to ask me if I want to place the PDF. I do indeed, so I'll hit OK. Once it places that in there, I'm simply going to align the bounding box of this object to the Logo Placeholder at the top. And once I get that lined up, something kind of like that, I will hit Enter or Return to commit, and now I can throw away the original Logo Placeholder. So now my robot logo is right there in the center, at the top of my page, right where it needs to be, and I can collapse the Header group back up.

Now, there's only one other master element that I have to put in here, and that's the navigation system--the links that go across the top to let me click to go from page to page-- and we'll be covering that in its own movie, called "Creating navigation."

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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