During many years in the PSD to HTML industry, we have seen thousands of Photoshop designs ranging from those very easy to work with to the ones which nearly doubled standard PSD to HTML production time. The following is our collection of Photoshop tips for time and cost-efficient PSD to HTML conversion.
1. Leave Layers Intact:
Many designers are merging layers to keep files size smaller. This can work in print design, but in PSD to HTML conversion, the developer needs to have all graphic, textual or adjustments layers intact as these carry important information for website development e.g. the font layer defines font families, font sizes, colors, line heights, text transformations and letter spacings.
Tip: When delivering design files, leave the layers intact to preserve all important information for developers.
2. Organize your PSD:
A well structured and organized entity leads to an effective and successful outcome. The same applies for organization of the PSD files delivered for PSD to HTML conversion. A nicely organized PSD file serves equally to the web coder and layout designer and boosts their productivity. Each minute spent finding the particular graphic layer, text layer or section counts towards developer and designer productivity and increases production time and thus cost of the project.
3. Keep Your Design Consistent:
Keep your design elements consistent in multiple appearances across the layouts of your website. Globally used elements such as buttons, header, footer, rounded boxes would look more professional with consistent look & feel, e.g. same border radius, padding, height etc. Any exceptions lead to additional HTML or CSS code and increased development time.
4. Place Elements on Grid:
Design grid is vertical set of guidelines that help determine shape, placement of items and overall look of each website. Utilizing the grid allows designers to place website elements in proportional and balanced space to aesthetic look and feel of design. Off grid element placement creates extra steps in PSD to HTML conversion.
5.Think About Content Flexibility:
Some designs have a fixed amount of text placed over a specific area (image or graphic element) which doesn’t allow to add more text. Sometimes this could work, however there are often cases when you need to add more text to such area on the live website.
6.Design for Common Resolution:
Common browser resolution is a very specific topic, with responsive approach it brings whole lot of new meaning as the screen resolution becomes less important. However the most common browser screen resolution is 1366 x 768px, so if your design is not responsive, you shouldn’t forget about it.Website Designing Companies Bangalore