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Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow

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If you are new to the world of web design or simply new to using Adobe Illustrator as a web design tool, I wanted to take a moment to explain to you the process through which your designs will go through before they make it out onto the web. It's important to understand this process because it will help you streamline your workflow and also allow you to pinpoint areas that you might need for improvement, or it may simply get your brain thinking in more of a workflow-oriented way, which is very important. It should be noted that this is just my personal workflow and there is no right or wrong way to do any of this. Everyone is different, but this is something that works well for me.

Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow

If you are new to the world of web design or simply new to using Adobe Illustrator as a web design tool, I wanted to take a moment to explain to you the process through which your designs will go through before they make it out onto the web. It's important to understand this process because it will help you streamline your workflow and also allow you to pinpoint areas that you might need for improvement, or it may simply get your brain thinking in more of a workflow-oriented way, which is very important. It should be noted that this is just my personal workflow and there is no right or wrong way to do any of this. Everyone is different, but this is something that works well for me.

All web projects start as a idea. Whether it's something that you sketched on a napkin or a quick drawing you created on your iPad, ideas are the building blocks for what we create in our little web world. Finding a way to get these ideas out of your head and into a workable form is the key. I use tablet apps like Adobe Ideas to quickly sketch things that pop into my head, and then I export those to use them as a starting point once I am inside of an app like Illustrator. No matter how you do it, it's best to get the ideas out and into some visual form so that A, you don't lose them, and B, you can share them with others and refine them into something awesome.

Once you have your idea down, it's time to create a wireframe. Wireframes are the skeleton on which we build our mockups, and in the end, full web sites. These wireframes can contain object placeholders and guidelines that will serve as a blueprint of our entire design. In my opinion, this is the most important step of the design process, because it's the foundation of the project itself. And we all know what happens to houses with shaky foundations, right? In the end, they all fall apart. After you have your foundation in place, it's time to put on a coat of paint. This is the part of the process where your creativity can shine through.

You'll need to aggregate content like logos, colors, fonts, et cetera, but most of that can be obtained from a client or created from your own mind. Either way, having a large group of assets from which to build your design is absolutely essential. Your mockup should look as close as possible to the finished product, minus any crazy animation or media that might be required of course. This will also serve as a roadmap for the development stage, which will either be handled by a web developer or, if you are a hybrid like me, you can be your own developer. In any case your file should be as "developer-friendly" as possible, so at the end of the process goes even smoother. Don't worry.

I'll give you several tips throughout this course on how to speak geek and create these types of files. When the mockup is complete you might consider slicing up your design. We cover this in depth in a later chapter, but just know that slicing in the traditional sense refers to breaking your design into multiple pieces or images which can be placed back together later using HTML and CSS. In a modern workflow, slicing is mainly used to define different content areas which can then be rendered out by a developer using coding techniques. As I said, we'll discuss this at length a little bit later on.

Once your mockup is all sliced and diced, it's time to hand it off to the development stage. If you are a front-end person--meaning you don't touch the code side of things--your job now is to work with the developer to ensure your creative vision is realized by the end product. Remember, a developer is your friend. They are the ones that take the wooden puppet and turn it into a real boy, so learning how to communicate and work with them is an essential part of the design process. If you are your own developer, congrats; you've achieved a level of mastery that very few can lay claim to. The final step of this workflow is to deliver the goods.

This could mean handing the finished product off to the client or simply uploading it to your server for your own needs. In any case, there is no better feeling than when a project comes to fruition and the final pixel has been pushed. If you make it this far, congratulations; you've just completed your first web design project. As I said, this is merely my personal workflow. Take from it what you will, but hopefully I gave you some insight on how the design process works in a web-based scenario, and also gave you a little bit of clarity if you are wondering how your designs go from something like Adobe Illustrator to the World Wide Web.

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Illustrator for Web Design

67 video lessons · 24998 viewers

Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 43m 51s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 57s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      2m 40s
    3. Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow
      3m 42s
    4. Setting up Illustrator for web work
      6m 55s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      6m 25s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      3m 31s
    7. Using artboards for responsive layouts
      7m 42s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      4m 31s
    9. Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
      6m 28s
  3. 25m 28s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      6m 47s
    2. Understanding web color
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a color palette
      5m 4s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      4m 50s
    5. Working with fills and strokes
      5m 0s
  4. 13m 15s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 54s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Drawing simple shapes
      4m 16s
    2. Working with Pathfinder
      5m 4s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 33s
    4. Creating symbols
      6m 24s
    5. Editing and replacing symbols
      3m 48s
  6. 20m 22s
    1. Planning your project
      2m 56s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      5m 56s
    3. Developing a layout with shapes
      6m 21s
    4. Using a grid system
      5m 9s
  7. 25m 53s
    1. Exploring the rules of typography
      4m 1s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      1m 46s
    4. Creating and using paragraph styles
      5m 16s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      3m 2s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      8m 11s
  8. 21m 17s
    1. Understanding object appearance
      4m 43s
    2. Applying and editing live effects
      3m 34s
    3. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 13s
    4. Creating more flexible rounded rectangles
      3m 17s
    5. Saving appearance as graphic styles
      6m 30s
  9. 35m 57s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      5m 23s
    2. Adding master elements
      6m 45s
    3. Creating navigation buttons
      13m 34s
    4. Working with photographs
      5m 50s
    5. Simulating pages with artboards
      4m 25s
  10. 54m 45s
    1. Creating video placeholders
      10m 33s
    2. Creating buttons
      13m 1s
    3. Creating form fields
      8m 15s
    4. Creating radio boxes and checkboxes
      5m 11s
    5. Creating progress bars
      10m 12s
    6. Creating tabbed interfaces
      7m 33s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Understanding slicing
      3m 26s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      5m 33s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      3m 50s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 29s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 43s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      3m 46s
    8. Exporting SVG graphics
      6m 35s
  12. 9m 29s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      4m 36s
    3. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 49s
  13. 15m 29s
    1. Placing Illustrator Smart Objects
      3m 22s
    2. Sharing color swatches between apps
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD
      3m 49s
    4. Importing artwork into Fireworks
      2m 41s
    5. Exporting HTML from Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 1m 19s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 1s
    2. Goodbye
      18s

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