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Slicing up a mockup

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Video: Slicing up a mockup

As I stated in the previous movie, I firmly believe that slicing is more of an informational tool more so than anything these days, because it allows me to divide my designs up into specified areas that I can then tell the developer, okay, this is a div for the content or this is an image or whatever I might be trying to say. This is the great way to divide a large mockup into individual pieces which are going to be exported out individually or simply used as a roadmap for CSS and HTML development.

Slicing up a mockup

As I stated in the previous movie, I firmly believe that slicing is more of an informational tool more so than anything these days, because it allows me to divide my designs up into specified areas that I can then tell the developer, okay, this is a div for the content or this is an image or whatever I might be trying to say. This is the great way to divide a large mockup into individual pieces which are going to be exported out individually or simply used as a roadmap for CSS and HTML development.

In this movie I'm going to be exploring how I actually go about slicing a mockup, and how you can also utilize something called Slice options to refine your slices even more after the fact. So the first thing I'm going to do is grab the Slice tool, and you can grab that by pressing Shift and the letter K on your keyboard or by clicking it right here in the Tools panel. And the first thing I'm going to do is just come out and draw a slice along the top of my design, like this. And you can always refine your slices later on after you draw them, or if you're not happy with that, you can just Edit > Undo New Slice. And the easiest way to create a slice is just to select an object that encompasses the area you want to slice and then choose Object > Slice > Make.

And so now I've created a slice of that entire region up there at the top. If I go now to the Object menu and go down to Slice, I can also define something called Slice Options. Inside of the Slice Options I am able to tell it what type of slice it is. I can say it's No Image or an Image, or in some cases I could say HTML text. We'll get into that in just a moment. So now if I choose to name this-- I'll just call this header-- I could give it a URL if I needed to target or be clickable, et cetera, I'll say Background, None, and from here I'll hit OK.

Now I'll select this, Object > Slice, and I'll choose Make. That slices that up. Object > Slice > Slice Options. And in this case I'll choose HTML Text. Notice what happens here. It gives me some CSS styling right here. The font color is equal to, and then it also gives me all of the text. This means if I were to export this out as an HTML web page, this would actually be selectable text, so you can control that from within then Slice Options. So you can actually say this text is HTML, and hit OK, and there you go.

And so you could take the time to break up your entire document into individual pieces and then use those as definitions for whomever is coding this in HTML and CSS. They could even copy the text that you export out as well. Now a little bit later on in this course when you go into the Integrating with Other Apps chapter you will be able to see how you can actually get working HTML out of Adobe Illustrator, but for now this is just the setup to that workaround, which I'll show you a little bit later on. As you continue to develop your mockups, you might want to think about using slicing as a way of defining these specified content areas so that either you or your developer has a roadmap to follow going forward.

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Illustrator for Web Design

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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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