The Complete Website Tutorial in GIMP


Comprehensive guide: Create, slice, and code your layout using Gimp. Here’s what you’ll learn in this tutorial…

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1) The images might appear darker as they were adjusted using a different monitor. Adjust brightness according to your screen.
2) Basic familiarity with GIMP is required, as not every step is visually detailed.
3) Image quality may vary due to jpg compression for space efficiency.
4) Apologies for any delay in updates due to health reasons.

Tutorial steps:
1) Conceptualizing your design
2) Drafting the design
3) Creating navigation elements
4) Crafting content boxes
5) Slicing the layout for web
6) Integrating with HTML
7) Styling with CSS

Consider the purpose and theme of your site before starting. Choose an easy-to-remember name that reflects your site’s content. Decide on the color scheme and layout style. In this tutorial, we’ll recreate the GimpTalk homepage with dark, contrasting colors.

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Begin with a 900×600 canvas and set the background color of your template.

Use the Rectangular Selection tool to create a space for your banner.
The banner should complement your website’s style and color scheme. Aim for a size of about 900×160.

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Next, create a new layer for the navigation buttons just below the banner.

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Apply a gradient using the Gradient Tool with your chosen colors.

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Add depth to your buttons by stroking the selection. Use the ‘Stroke Selection’ option in the edit menu for a 1px solid line.

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…Change the layer mode if needed for the best effect.

Now let’s create content boxes:
– Duplicate the button layer and adjust its height. This new layer will be referred to as the ‘scaled button layer’.
– Rotate this layer by 180 degrees for the content field.

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– Define the size for the top of your content boxes using this layer.

When you have your layout, start adding text:
– Use a pixel font for clear readability.
– Create one-pixel lines for separation in your design.
– Remember to include copyright information at the bottom.

Consider adding interactive elements like button glows using Javascript for a dynamic user experience.

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Next, slice your layout for web implementation:
– Copy and separate different parts of your design.
– Save images in .png format for better color quality and transparency support.

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Finally, code your website:
– Start with an HTML document structured in tables.
– Place your images carefully, ensuring proper alignment and dimensions.
– Add any necessary styles using CSS for a polished look.

Remember to define the title of your HTML document for browser display.

Thank you for following this tutorial. Feel free to share your results and ask any questions you may have. Happy designing!


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