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Photoshop integration

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Video: Photoshop integration

One of the benefits of working within a suite of software, such as Adobe's Creative Suite, is the powerful integration between programs within the suite itself. Dreamweaver features a number of integrated workflows with Photoshop, which can make working with images in your site much easier. The most powerful integration between the two programs is Dreamweaver's support of Photoshop Smart Objects. Smart Objects allow you to insert a Photoshop file directly onto your page in Dreamweaver, and then makes editing and updating the image between the programs, a snap.

Photoshop integration

One of the benefits of working within a suite of software, such as Adobe's Creative Suite, is the powerful integration between programs within the suite itself. Dreamweaver features a number of integrated workflows with Photoshop, which can make working with images in your site much easier. The most powerful integration between the two programs is Dreamweaver's support of Photoshop Smart Objects. Smart Objects allow you to insert a Photoshop file directly onto your page in Dreamweaver, and then makes editing and updating the image between the programs, a snap.

In exploring the integration between Dreamweaver and Photoshop, we'll first look at working with Photoshop Smart Objects, explore editing and updating our Photoshop images, and then look at alternative workflows between Dreamweaver and Photoshop. So, here we have our gallery.htm file open, and this is from the 08_06 explorers folder. I've got a banner graphic that I want to place on the page just below all of my photos. Now, currently the banner graphic is simply a Photoshop file, and it's a layered Photoshop file, because occasionally, we're going to need to have different seasonal banner graphics, maybe a spring, a summer, a winter, that sort of thing.

So, in a non-integrated workflow, I would be forced to go into Photoshop, export this out as a JPEG, come back into Dreamweaver, import the JPEG in. Then if I ever needed to change the banner graphic, I would have to go back out into Photoshop, open the Photoshop file up again, overwrite my other JPEG, come into Dreamweaver and verify that the proper JPEG was on my page. So obviously, Smart Objects is going to make that workflow considerably more efficient. So let's take a look at how this works. What I'd like you to do is to go ahead and scroll down to the very bottom of the page, find the last sentence, Yes, we did, and hit Return.

That's going to give you an empty paragraph just below all that. Now, if your cursor jumps up to the top of the page, don't worry. We are doing some floating here with some of these objects. When we place the layer Photoshop file on the page, we'll be okay. All right. what I'd like you to do is go up to Insert and choose Image. So, we're going to use the menu to do this, although really, any of the techniques that we covered earlier about placing images on the page would work just fine. Now, when your Select Image Source dialog box comes up, you need to browse to the 08_06 directory and instead of going into the _images directory, this time, I'm going to go into the _assets directory.

Inside there, I should find that banner.psd file that we're looking for. So, banner.psd, this is a fully layered Photoshop file. It's not been flattened at all. We are going to insert that directly on the page. Go ahead and click OK. Now what Dreamweaver is going to do is it's going to say, "Okay. You need to take this Photoshop file and export that out as a Web graphic." So, it's going to be doing this step for us. We get the Optimization window from Photoshop that opens up. We get to choose our file type, any optimization settings that we want.

We could modify this file even further by changing the size of the file, really anything that we wanted to do to it. Well, the JPEG format is probably going to work the best for this. So, I'm going to leave the Format as JPEG. The 80 Quality is going to work just fine. Notice that it's giving me a preview of what size this file is going to be. 36K for this graphic will be fine. You're free to change those if you'd like. You can change the format. If you look over in the File tab, you could change the size of this graphic if it wasn't the size you needed it, that sort of thing. All right! So since it's the way we want it to be, I'm just going to go ahead and click OK.

Now, this is going to prompt me to save the graphic. So, I want to go into the _images directory of the 08_06 directory. I'm just going to call this, banner.jpg. Now, when I save this, I might be prompted to overwrite one that already exists. And that's okay because the old banner that we had in there, we want to get rid of that and replace it with this brand -new one that we've got. So, I'm going to click Yes. Then it's going to ask me to alt text this image. So, I'm just going to type in book now and click OK. Okay, so there is our image on the page. But right off the bat, something about this seems a little different than what we saw before.

We now see these little green arrows in the upper left-hand corner. Anytime that you see that in an image, this tells you that this is a Photoshop Smart Object. The other clue that something is a little different about this particular image is found in the Properties Inspector. In the Properties Inspector, we now have a value right here for Original. That's letting us know which Photoshop file this JPEG came from and explains the link between the JPEG and the Photoshop file. But we're going to take advantage of that in just a moment as we show the editing process of this.

But those are two clues for you that this is indeed a Smart Object and not just a regular image. Now, Dreamweaver remembers that that JPEG was created from a Photoshop file. Anytime you place it on another page, it's going to link it to that source file. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to go ahead and save the file we've got now. What I want to do is I want to go into my Files panel and find mission.htm. I'm going to open up my mission page. I'm going to scroll down to the very bottom of that and give myself a blank paragraph down there for my banner ad to show up at and I'm going to insert the same image down.

You can use any technique that you'd like to do this. I'm just going to go to my Files panel, open up my _images directory and find that banner.jpg. I'm just going to go ahead and drag and drop that right into that location on that page. Once again, I'm going to alt text that as book now. Now, when that comes in, notice that it still has the Smart Object indicator. So, Dreamweaver tracks that image, and it knows that when you place it on the page, that more than likely you want to link back to that original Photoshop file to take advantage of the round-trip editing that this integration gives us.

So, we're now using a Photoshop Smart Object on multiple pages in our site. Not only does this workflow make it easier to create the Web graphics, as this workflow goes ahead and optimizes and exports the graphics during the insertion process, but it also makes our banner ad easier to update. Now, we're going to tackle the update process in our next movie.

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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