Repeating background images are safest method of styling up your website background other than a plain old CSS background color. Websites are viewed in all types and sizes of browser these days, so a repeating background ensures the whole of the user’s screen will be filled with your design, unlike a static image that can often end up being cropped off or lost in a sea of flat colour. Let’s take a look at how seamless or repeating textures and patterns can be created in Photoshop.
So far in this WordPress theme tutorial series we’ve put together a visual concept in Photoshop and coded up a working prototype in HTML and CSS. Now let’s take our static web page files and create a fully working WordPress theme by splitting up the code over the various template files and injecting the relevant WordPress PHP tags.
Last week we went through the process of creating a clean blog theme layout in Photoshop. Now, let’s transform the visual concept into a working HTML/CSS prototype web page before finishing everything up as a complete theme next week. We’ll build the page structure with clean HTML, then style up as much as possible using CSS styling to create a lean website design that still replicates the original concept.
In the next few tutorials posts we’re going to go through the process of building a WordPress theme, starting today with the initial design concept in Photoshop. Follow this step by step walkthrough of the creation of the design concept for my Ticket Stub theme, which is based on a movie review type blog. We’ll create a full page design ready for coding up into a fully working website.
We’ve all grown up as web designers staying well away from table based layouts, but we don’t often brush up on our table building skills ready for when we will actually need them. Follow this step by step tutorial to create a slick looking data table to compare the features of various Harley Davidson motorcycles. We’ll build the table in clean HTML then polish it up with CSS to create a cool and easily readable HTML table.
Get to grips with Photoshop’s various tools to create a detailed and vibrant radar icon. We’ll build the icon over multiple layers with the help of gradients, brushes and layer style effects. The final icon would look great in your dock as a Mac application or used to create an icon for your iPhone app.