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Preparing CMS Web Graphics and Layouts Using Open Source Tools
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Using the Guillotine tool


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Preparing CMS Web Graphics and Layouts Using Open Source Tools

with Jen Kramer

Video: Using the Guillotine tool

Now that we've set our guidelines to slice up the header and the footer graphic, we're ready for the Guillotine tool. The Guillotine tool will take this large graphic and slice it along our guidelines, these little striped areas here in the graphic that we set up before. Remember that this black and yellow dotted line surrounding the Copyright statement actually just indicates that this is the current layer that we've selected in all of our layers.

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Preparing CMS Web Graphics and Layouts Using Open Source Tools
1h 40m Intermediate Dec 16, 2009

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In Preparing CMS Web Graphics and Layouts Using Open-Source Tools, Jen Kramer shows how developers and graphic designers can collaborate to create a great site design that integrates with a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla!, all using open-source software. This workflow is based on two existing open-source design tools, KompoZer and GIMP. Jen shows how to modify web graphics and create slices with GIMP, and then place these in an HTML page integrated with CSS in KompoZer. Along the way, she discusses web design best practices and special challenges that might arise when designing for CMS software. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Using static HTML versus a CMS in web design
  • Knowing the dos and dont's of CMS design
  • Exploring GIMP and KompoZer
  • Saving slices for the web with GIMP
  • Inserting graphics in an HTML page
  • Styling web pages with CSS
  • Changing the default styling assigned by a CMS
Subjects:
Web CMS Web Graphics
Software:
GIMP KompoZer
Author:
Jen Kramer

Using the Guillotine tool

Now that we've set our guidelines to slice up the header and the footer graphic, we're ready for the Guillotine tool. The Guillotine tool will take this large graphic and slice it along our guidelines, these little striped areas here in the graphic that we set up before. Remember that this black and yellow dotted line surrounding the Copyright statement actually just indicates that this is the current layer that we've selected in all of our layers.

Now we're going to break this large image into smaller component images using the Guillotine. To do this, all we need to do is go to Image > Transform > Guillotine and you'll see that the large image has been broken into smaller images along those guidelines. However, you'll also notice that many of these images are not terribly useful such as this image right here on the top, a small brown square. Now what we need to do is close all of the images that are not going to be useful to us, and because of the way we've set up our guidelines, there may be several of these images that are just extras that we just need to get rid of.

We don't need these images because, for example, the brown background for our webpage is going to be called out in the CSS. So let's close this one. The footer here, this is going to be brown background from the CSS with some HTML that's driving the Copyright statement. We are not going to need this one. Here's another brown square. One was from the left side of the screen and the others from the right side of the screen, so we don't need that.

And another brown square from someplace else. Here's our footer graphic. That we're definitely going to keep. So I am just going to put that over here on the side while I sort through the other images. Here is another brown square. We don't need it. This is a little bit of a background. I will generate a background image similar to this later but this isn't exactly what I want. So I am going to close this also.

This is actually the inside of the page with the header up top and the footer removed as well as some of the gradient on the left and right cut off. And actually we don't need this graphic either. This is the other side of the comp, the gradient. We don't need that. Now we'll have a few blue squares from either side. This is going to be done with a background image later but it'll be part of a larger background image. We don't need these blue squares. Here's our header.

We definitely want to keep that and one more blue square. So the way GIMP is doing this, it's doing exactly what you'd expect the Guillotine to do. It's cutting along the guidelines and rather than just generating the two images we need, it's generating a whole lot of extra images because of all of the areas that we're trimming off from those specific areas. So here's our footer and here's our header.

These are the two images that we're going to keep and we're going to need to save them out for the web. So when you use the Guillotine, it's very simple. Once again Image > Transform > Guillotine, but what will happen is a whole series of individual images are going to be created. You'll need to sift through them to find the relevant images to what you've been doing.

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