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Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver

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Video: Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver

While you can certainly design the way that a page will look on the web using Illustrator, you really don't want to use Illustrator to actually publish web sites. In fact, to really manage the entire process of working with web sites, Adobe Dreamweaver is a fantastic application. The nice thing is that you can, at least on some level, take things that you create inside of Illustrator and bring them into Dreamweaver. Unfortunately, there really isn't any incredible integration that you maybe see between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst, or Illustrator and Flash Professional, for example, as there is say between Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver

While you can certainly design the way that a page will look on the web using Illustrator, you really don't want to use Illustrator to actually publish web sites. In fact, to really manage the entire process of working with web sites, Adobe Dreamweaver is a fantastic application. The nice thing is that you can, at least on some level, take things that you create inside of Illustrator and bring them into Dreamweaver. Unfortunately, there really isn't any incredible integration that you maybe see between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst, or Illustrator and Flash Professional, for example, as there is say between Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

Keeping that in mind, we can take some basic information that we have here inside of Illustrator and bring it into Dreamweaver as HTML. So let's see how to do that. I have here this document opened it's called site_design, and I've already created some slices here inside of this document, and now I want to simply export HTML. So I might be able to open this up inside of Dreamweaver, and this could even be like a head start. You want to get started with some kind of web design inside of Dreamweaver. You can kind of get the idea in your head about what the design is going to look like here inside of Illustrator, and then you have a head start when you think about Dreamweaver.

It also might be a great way just to simply convey your ideas to maybe a developer who is building your web site. Of course, the method I'm showing you now also could be useful if you're trying to build an HTML e-mail. So I am going to make sure that this artboard is currently my active artboard, the page design. I am going to go to the File menu, and choose Save for Web & Devices. Let me zoom out just a little bit over here, and you can see that I have all the slices that I've created. You have some user slices, but you also have the auto slices that Illustrator had to create automatically.

I'll come here and click on the Save button. Now, I want to put these files into a folder, so I'm actually going to go ahead now and kind of scroll down here. Let's go to chapter 09 here, Using Dreamweaver, and I am going to create a new folder here. I am going to call this one table because we're going to export this site in both a table-based layout using HTML, but also later in another movie we're also going to create one using CSS. But for now, I am just going to click on the Create button, and I have a new folder called Table. I can choose whether or not I want to export HTML and images, just the images itself, or HTML Only.

In this case, I really want to have the whole thing basically exported, so I'm going to choose HTML and Images. I also want to make sure that where it says slices, I want to export all of my slices. Now, for Settings, right now I could choose Default Settings. If I just click over here on Other, for example, you can see that you can choose between how you want the HTML to actually be written out of Illustrator, and you can also specify exactly how you want your slices named. But in this case, you remember we are exporting our artwork, and our slices are going to be turned into an HTML table.

So I am going to click OK to accept those default settings, and now I'm going to click Save. So let's take a look at what we have now. I'm actually going to switch over to Dreamweaver. I am going to choose File > Open, and let's navigate over here to the exercise files. Let's go to Chapter 09, Using Dreamweaver, open up the Table folder, and I am going to open up the site_design.html file, which we just created, and we'll see what that looks like here inside of Dreamweaver. So I can see that the entire page design came in. Remember, these are all images here. This is not selectable text, but all the artwork is just kind of sliced up into these regions as a table.

If I go to the Split view over here, I can actually see the tables, and you can see the table data for the rows that have been created here. So this is one way to take content that you create inside of Illustrator and bring into Dreamweaver so that at least you have the HTML to kind of get started working on the design here.

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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