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Creating a Responsive Web Design

Planning your layout


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Creating a Responsive Web Design

with Chris Converse

Video: Planning your layout

Now before we start building our HTML and CSS, we need to plan our layout. So what I have inside of folder 3 is a file called A-design.psd. This is a source Photoshop file that will help you sort of decide the colors in photography, if you want to modify or change the design. So over in the Layers panel here, we have all of the content here broken into folders. So Promo 3, for example, is this promo area down here on the right-hand side. And we also have done a few things in here which will help you sort of style some of the content.
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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

Planning your layout

Now before we start building our HTML and CSS, we need to plan our layout. So what I have inside of folder 3 is a file called A-design.psd. This is a source Photoshop file that will help you sort of decide the colors in photography, if you want to modify or change the design. So over in the Layers panel here, we have all of the content here broken into folders. So Promo 3, for example, is this promo area down here on the right-hand side. And we also have done a few things in here which will help you sort of style some of the content.

We have a link color block here, and this is clip grouped into the text here. So if I come up to the Layer menu, come down and say Release Clipping Mask, you can see that this is just a box. Let's re-enable that. Let's go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask. And we took this box and actually wrapped it inside of a Smart Object. So if I double-click this link color, what we've done is take the Smart Object, duplicated it all around the canvas, and used it as our linking color. So if I came in here, for example, and changed the orange to green and hit Save in the Smart Object, notice in the background, all of the individual links that we've clip grouped into type now change to green.

This gives us a really quick way to sort of mock up what our linking colors are going to look like for our client. Now, it is worth noting that if you're using Photoshop CS6, they do have paragraph and character styles in CS6, so you can create the same linking effect using character styles instead of this clipped-in Smart Object. Inside of the heading area, you'll see that we've used clipping groups for the main image as well, so I can select this graphic here and move this around and change to crop of the photograph at the top. So again, this file is here to help you customize the photography and link colors and the promo graphics for your project.

Now, I am going to be touching on more web tools built into Photoshop when we get to the graphics section. But if you want to learn more about using Photoshop for web design, I suggest taking Justin Seeley's course in lynda.com online training library entitled Photoshop for Web Design. And now since this design comp gives us a pretty good idea on the colors and the basic structure, I want to bring up a sketch, so we can take a look at how we're going to migrate this design across different screen sizes. We're going to start by creating a main page container. Inside of the page container, we're going to have an area for the header.

This is going to have a background graphic with our photograph at the top. We're going to have a navigation area and article area, a promo container, and inside of the promo container, we're going to have three individual promo containers for each individual promo, and then our footer. And as you can see, as the highlights are moving around on the sketch, you can see where these individual containers are going to be placed based on the user's screen size. And now that we know all of the main HTML containers that we need, next we can start working on our HTML file.

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A: There is a brand new chapter, "Supporting High-Definition (Retina) Displays," and new exercise files containing higher resolution graphics.
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