Helpful Posts About Photoshop
Many designers say they’rethe most effective when they spend most of their time on design, notimplementation. But your clients want working sites, not paintings(i.e., Photoshop files) of them. There’s a lot of technology involved in translating your design into a working, modern web site.
Once you haveyour site coded, you need to choose how thosecoded web pages are going to be delivered. The first fork in the road is to choose betweenstatic web site and a contentmanagement system (CMS).
When you'reready to turn your beautiful design into a live, functioning web site,you need to tread carefully. While many different paths will lead to asite that looks more or less the same, the maintainability may varydramatically, as may the browser compatibility and accessibility. In thisarticle, we explore coding issues.
Informationarchitecture is a big topic. However you are building sites, it'sessential to think deeply and clearly about how best to organize asite's content. If the site is a simple brochure site, then there maynot be much to think about, but the more content a site has, the moreimportant it is to invest effort in this area.
One of themost fundamental differences between designing for the web and designingfor print is that there is little predicability in how your web designwill be viewed. In print, youat least have control over what size paper your design is printed on.On the web, the same site may be viewed on a mobile phone, a netbook, aniPad, or a 30-inch monitor. That means you don't have any idea how bigthings are going to be, or where the edges are.
When youdesign a web site in Photoshop, there's a disconnect between the toolyou are using and the medium you are designing for. Although it hasevolved somewhat, Photoshop was created for non-interactive design, andfor a publishing medium that mapped quite directly from Photoshop screento printed page. When you'redesigning for the web, there's big differences.
Readers ofbooks expect to find a table of contents and page numbers to help themnavigate. Viewers of web sites expect to find headers, footers, andpersistent navigation. If you don't provide it, you significantlyincrease the chances visitors will get lost, or frustrated, and give up.
If you're agraphic designer whose background has been mostly in print, there's afew things we can guess about you: You are much more comfortable and productive inPhotoshop than in Dreaweaver or other web tools; you feel overwhelmed by all the technology detailsthat assault you when you need to turn your designs into web sites; and more and more, web sites are what your clients areasking for. If thissounds like you, then finding an effective path to turn your designsinto quality web sites could significantly advanceyour career.