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Creating form fields

From: Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

Video: Creating form fields

Another user interface element that you're going to be asked to create quite frequently is a form field. Everybody that has a web site wants some sort of contact or order form built into their site so that they can receive email or take orders or whatever it might be that they're trying to do. So we as designers need to be equipped to handle that request. In this movie I am going to be exploring creating different types of form fields inside of your mockup here inside of Photoshop. So the first thing I need to do is I need to hide the home content area here. So I am going to do that by clicking on the little icon for visibility next to Content Home, and then I will turn on Content Contact and I'll expand out the group.

Creating form fields

Another user interface element that you're going to be asked to create quite frequently is a form field. Everybody that has a web site wants some sort of contact or order form built into their site so that they can receive email or take orders or whatever it might be that they're trying to do. So we as designers need to be equipped to handle that request. In this movie I am going to be exploring creating different types of form fields inside of your mockup here inside of Photoshop. So the first thing I need to do is I need to hide the home content area here. So I am going to do that by clicking on the little icon for visibility next to Content Home, and then I will turn on Content Contact and I'll expand out the group.

Now I've already got these guides up on my screen. If you can't see these guides, go to View and turn Extras on. If there is a check mark, you should already be seeing these guides. I am going to use these guides to help me place the items inside of my contact form. So I am going to grab my Rectangle tool. That's the basis for almost everything we do here. And I'm going to click right there in the center. The Width for now doesn't really matter to me. The Height is what matters. This can range anywhere from 25 to 35 pixels, but don't go any smaller than that. You can go larger if you need to, but try not to go smaller than 25 pixels. Why? Because we don't control how people are accessing this content.

There is nothing more frustrating to me than when I go to a web site and I have a form that I have to fill out, and let's say that I am looking at it on my mobile phone. I try to click that with my finger and it just doesn't work. Or I have to zoom in a million times and then click on something with my finger. That is so annoying. So what you want is to have at least 25 to 35 pixels for someone to click on, making it easily accessible for them. So I am going to go ahead and do 35 pixels here and I will hit OK. That just puts in a small blank rectangle, and I'll drag that over until it snaps that guide and take it right there.

I'm going to free transform this, so I will use Command+T and Ctrl+T. I am going to drag this out until it gets to about 345 pixels wide. That looks about wide enough. There we go. Now I need to also make this white. This form field needs to be white. So I will come over to the Rectangle 2 right here and I'll double-click, change this to white. And I am also going to rename this layer and I'll name it Your Name, because that's what this form field is going to be called. I'll grab my Text tool by hitting the letter T on my keyboard.

I'm also going to hit the letter D on my keyboard to default my colors back to black and white and make sure that black is my foreground color. Then I will click to start creating some text and I'll type out "Your Name." And it's in Courier New, bold. I'm actually going to shrink the size of it down, so I will select the text and change the size to about 14 pixels. There we go. Now I will grab the Move tool and I'll move it in. And I will actually zoom in so you can see it a little better. There we go. And I am just going to move it somewhere, kind of like that.

So there is the form field there. Once I have got this created, I am going to come back over to the Layers panel and select both of those Your Name layers and I am going to group them with Command+G or Ctrl+G. Once I group them, I'll name this Your Name. Now I'm going to duplicate this. I need a field for Your Email, subject line, and also your message, the body of the message. So I'll hit Command+J or Ctrl+J once to create a duplicate for your email. Command+J or Ctrl+J again for the subject and Command+J or Ctrl+J again for the message.

So now I can go in and start manipulating these. I will start with the first copy of Your Name. So it says Your Name copy. And I am just going to hold down my Shift key and with my Move tool selected, press the down arrow key 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 times. Then I can let go of my Shift key. I will do the same thing for Your Name copy 2. Hit that. And this time I am going to press the Shift key and hit the down arrow key ten times. It's going to space it out just like that. And then for Your Name copy 3, the same thing.

This time though, Shift key and hit the down arrow key 15 times. That just evenly spaces all of these out for me. Now I can start editing these. So I will go to Your Name copy, open it up, double- click on Your Name, and I'll type in "Your Email." I'll also rename the group by double-clicking and type out "Your Email." Then I'll close that group. Go up to the next group, expand it out, double-click Your Name, type in "Subject." Double-click to change the name of the group, change that to Subject as well. Close that up.

Expand the third group, change where it says Your Name, double-click, Your Message. Now for the box, I am going to double-click that, change it to Your Message, and then I am going to use Command+T or Ctrl+T to expand it to all the way down to about there and I'll expand it out all the way over to the right-hand margin. Then I will hit Enter or Return to commit to that. So now all of those line up. I've got a big message box there.

I can collapse this up and I'll rename this group Your Message. If you want to reorder these, you can. I will drag Your Name up, Your Email, Subject, and then Messages down below. The last thing I need to do is add a Submit button. So I didn't add that when I was adding the buttons to my site, but that's no big deal. I can just go grab one of the buttons from another section of the web site. So what I will do is collapse this up and turn off Content Contact for now.

I'll turn on Content Home and expand out the group. I will find the button and I'll use Command+J or Ctrl+J to copy it, and then I will take Button copy and I'll drag it down and drop it right on top of Content Contact. Then I'll collapse up Content Home, turn the visibility off, turn the visibility back on for the Contact page, expand it out. I will grab the button, move it right there to the margin, and I'll expand it out, double-click the T next to More Info, type out "Submit." I'll grab Move tool, move it into place, collapse that up, rename the group, Submit Btn for button, and I'll also close up Content Contact.

There we go. Zoom back out. Now I've got a lot of white space over here on the right-hand side, so what I want to do is fill this with the latest blog post like I had on the homepage. So I will expand out Content Home, I will find the text box that says LATEST BLOG POSTS and I will just duplicate it. Command+J or Ctrl+J, and then I'll take that and drop it right inside of Content Contact and it should pop right in, just like that. And the final step to finishing off this page with the form fields is to add a heading over here to the left.

So I am just going to grab my Text tool, click, type out "Contact Us." And it doesn't matter what the text looks like, so I am going to select it and then open up my Paragraph Styles and choose H1. If it's got a style override applied, just clear the override and then move it into place, just like that. Collapse it up and there we go. So hopefully by now you have a better understanding of how to mock up form fields inside of Photoshop.

It's basically just shapes and texts lined up nicely with touch-friendly interfaces and click-friendly interfaces as well, making the fields easier to read, easy to click on, and then a big call-to-action button somewhere inside the form. So hopefully the next time you're asked to do something like this, you won't find it quite as challenging.

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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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