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Creating a Responsive Web Design

Exporting content and template artwork


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Creating a Responsive Web Design

with Chris Converse

Video: Exporting content and template artwork

Next, we're going to create the graphics for the promos or logos and the little arrows that we're using for our links. So inside of the Art Templates folder in the exercise files, let's open up content-artwork.psd. Now, if you have your Slice tool selected, you'll see the individual slices here. So this is a case where we have a Photoshop file with the slices already saved. So, as you can see, those slices are actually saved with each Photoshop file. Now over on the right-hand side, in the Layers panel here, I have a layer at the bottom called fpo. I'll just turn this on real quick so we can see behind these individual graphics.
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  1. 7m 39s
    1. Previewing the final project
      4m 0s
    2. About the exercise files
      1m 15s
    3. Exploring the software you'll need to complete this course
      49s
    4. Beginning your project
      1m 35s
  2. 3m 45s
    1. What to expect with Design view in Dreamweaver
      2m 1s
    2. Accessing code for HTML and CSS in Dreamweaver
      1m 44s
  3. 9m 19s
    1. Planning your layout
      2m 47s
    2. Adding the main HTML containers
      1m 47s
    3. Adding the promo containers
      31s
    4. Adding links and the copyright
      1m 47s
    5. Adding sample content into the HTML containers
      2m 27s
  4. 8m 37s
    1. Creating and slicing multiple-sized banner images
      5m 53s
    2. Exporting content and template artwork
      2m 44s
  5. 7m 27s
    1. Linking CSS files for all screen sizes
      1m 42s
    2. Linking CSS files based on screen size with media queries
      2m 13s
    3. Enabling Internet Explorer 7 and 8 to understand HTML5
      1m 25s
    4. Setting the viewport scale
      2m 7s
  6. 9m 0s
    1. Adding the background pattern and the page container color
      3m 43s
    2. Styling the headings
      2m 17s
    3. Styling the body text and the links
      1m 15s
    4. Styling the footer
      1m 45s
  7. 9m 49s
    1. Understanding compound rules
      2m 58s
    2. Styling the promo links with a CSS sprite
      2m 48s
    3. Styling the promo text
      1m 26s
    4. Adding the promo images with CSS
      2m 37s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Adding CSS rules for layout
      2m 8s
    2. Styling the header on large screens
      2m 34s
    3. Styling the article on large screens
      3m 4s
  9. 6m 29s
    1. Styling the navigation links
      2m 1s
    2. Styling the navigation for large screens
      1m 16s
    3. Positioning the navigation for large screens
      1m 37s
    4. Clearing the float for the promos
      1m 35s
  10. 2m 47s
    1. Adding CSS rules with inline media queries
      2m 47s
  11. 6m 0s
    1. Styling the header for medium screens
      2m 32s
    2. Styling the navigation for medium screens
      1m 10s
    3. Styling the promos for medium screens
      2m 18s
  12. 12m 7s
    1. Styling the header for small screens
      2m 27s
    2. Styling the navigation for small screens
      1m 12s
    3. Styling the navigation links for small screens
      4m 13s
    4. Styling the promos for small screens
      2m 57s
    5. Styling the footer for small screens
      1m 18s
  13. 13m 12s
    1. Additional exercise files for this chapter
      1m 4s
    2. Creating double-sized graphics for high-definition screens
      4m 45s
    3. Replacing the promo graphics with CSS media queries
      2m 42s
    4. Replacing the logo and banner graphics with CSS media queries
      4m 41s
  14. 57s
    1. Where to go from here
      57s

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Creating a Responsive Web Design
1h 44m Beginner Oct 04, 2012 Updated Dec 12, 2013

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Discover how to make your website more readable and efficient across various screen sizes and devices. Join author Chris Converse as he shares his own specialized techniques for creating a responsive site. The course takes the site from start-to-finish, from comping your ideas in Photoshop, to setting up the HTML page and containers, to styling established elements for small, medium, and large screens. In particular, Chris shows how to load images with CSS, reposition the nav bar for better viewing on mobile devices, and how to make the download time faster for small screens by providing multiple versions of your banner graphic and other images. Plus, learn how to replace graphics with high-resolution versions for Retina displays using CSS media queries.

This course was created and produced by Chris Converse. lynda.com is honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • Understanding your software needs
  • Planning your layout
  • Adding containers, content, and links
  • Creating and slicing multiple-sized banner images in Photoshop
  • Linking to CSS files with media queries
  • Setting the viewport scale
  • Styling headings, body text, and footers
  • Styling and repositioning navigation links
  • Swapping high-resolution graphics for Retina displays
Subjects:
Design Web User Experience Responsive Design Web Design Projects Web Development
Software:
CSS
Author:
Chris Converse

Exporting content and template artwork

Next, we're going to create the graphics for the promos or logos and the little arrows that we're using for our links. So inside of the Art Templates folder in the exercise files, let's open up content-artwork.psd. Now, if you have your Slice tool selected, you'll see the individual slices here. So this is a case where we have a Photoshop file with the slices already saved. So, as you can see, those slices are actually saved with each Photoshop file. Now over on the right-hand side, in the Layers panel here, I have a layer at the bottom called fpo. I'll just turn this on real quick so we can see behind these individual graphics.

These are going to be saved out as 24-bit PNGs, so they are transparent. So I have this gray layer here so we can actually see the artwork. So I'm going to zoom up in here. With our Slice tool selected, we can see the individual slices. I can double-click on one of these, for example, and see promo_1. This is set to 60 pixels by 60 pixels. Over in the Layers panel, I have all of these areas grouped into different folders. So inside promo images, we have each one of these clip grouped into three squares at the bottom. We have our background pattern, which I can see over on the right-hand side here.

We have two styles of arrows. I'll move the canvas over here a little bit and zoom up. This one right here we're going to be using as a CSS sprite and we'll talk about that a little bit later. And this is our mobile arrow, so this is the arrow we're going to use on small screen devices. I'm going to zoom out a little bit. Back in the Layers panel, inside of logo, I have three different sizes of the logo as well. So again, you can come in here and customize any of this artwork. So to save this out, let's make sure we turn off the fpo layer.

I'm going to zoom out. Let's choose File > Save for Web & Devices. And all of the optimization settings are saved with these, so if I select the large logo here, come over here to the right, we can see that this is set to a 24- bit PNG, which is going to give us 16 bits of color, plus 8 bits of transparency, so we'll get a nice gradient mask or semi-transparent pixels on the drop shadow. These graphics up here are all set to JPEGs. The background pattern is set to a JPEG. These small arrows here are both set to PNGs as well.

So from here, let's come down and choose File > Save. Under Slices, let's make sure All User Slices is selected. Up in the operating system, let's choose myWebsite, the images directory, and then hit Save. Here we can see a list of all of the graphics that are going to be modified from Photoshop based on these individual slices. So we'll come over here and click Replace and then Photoshop will overwrite all of those graphics. Once that's complete, we can save and close this file. Now that we have all of the graphics created that we're going to be referencing with our CSS files, next we'll work on hooking the CSS files into the HTML file.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/12/2013. What changed
A: There is a brand new chapter, "Supporting High-Definition (Retina) Displays," and new exercise files containing higher resolution graphics.
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