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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design
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Creating droplets


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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Creating droplets

Another way of extending batch processing even further is to utilize something called a droplet. Droplets are basically applications that live on your hard drive which enable you to run batch processing commands without actually having to go into Photoshop first. These are great for distributing out to people who might not be aware of how Photoshop works and how to run the Batch command. Basically, this little app sits on your desktop. You drag a folder of images on top of it, it launches Photoshop, runs the action, and you're good to go. It's a great timesaver and it's also great for sharing the actions that you've created inside of Photoshop to other people in your office or in your workgroup.
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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design
4h 56m Appropriate for all Jul 17, 2012 Updated Oct 04, 2013

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Join Justin Seeley as he reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Adobe Photoshop. The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Using layers and layer comps effectively
  • Working with transparency
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Optimizing images as JPEG, GIF, or PNG files
  • Integrating with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Justin Seeley

Creating droplets

Another way of extending batch processing even further is to utilize something called a droplet. Droplets are basically applications that live on your hard drive which enable you to run batch processing commands without actually having to go into Photoshop first. These are great for distributing out to people who might not be aware of how Photoshop works and how to run the Batch command. Basically, this little app sits on your desktop. You drag a folder of images on top of it, it launches Photoshop, runs the action, and you're good to go. It's a great timesaver and it's also great for sharing the actions that you've created inside of Photoshop to other people in your office or in your workgroup.

Let's take a look at how it works. First things first: I'm going to load up an Action. So I've got the Actions panel open; you can go to Window > Actions to bring that up. And I'll go here and I'll choose Load Actions, and inside of my exercise files folder, chapter 11, I have Resizing.atn. Hit Open. There we go! Now I go to File > Automate, and select Create Droplet. Inside of the Create Droplet dialog box, I have to choose where I'm going to save it. In this case, I'll save it to my Desktop and I'm going to call this resize400. And it'll append the .app extension, if you're on a Mac.

If you're on a PC, it'll add .exe. Unfortunately, droplets are not cross-platform. Now let's go ahead and hit Save. It's going to ask me for my set. In this case, I want to use the Resizing Set, the resize400 Action. My Destination, I'm going to save it to a folder. Now here's the deal when you're using droplets. It's going to assume that you want to use this folder each and every time. So what I do is I set a folder somewhere on my hard drive and I call this Processed or Processing or something like that. That way I've always got it in the same place. It throws all the images that I need in there. I can just go and grab them and move them wherever I need to go.

So in this case, I'll choose, on my Desktop, I'll create a new folder, and I'll call this processed. Hit Create and I'll hit Choose. Now, for the file name, I'm going to leave the document name. I'll add a two-digit serial number, and then I'll add the extension afterwards. Now I'm going to hit OK. Once I hit OK, I now should have that droplet out on my desktop. Let's go take a look. On my desktop, I have this new little icon right here with an arrow pointing down, indicating that I can throw something onto it and it will automatically resize to 400, just like it says.

So I'll open up my exercise files folder, go to chapter 11, and find the Batch folder. Inside of the Batch folder, I'll just take it and drop it right on top of that droplet. It launches Photoshop, it runs the action that I specified, and now if I go back to the desktop and look in my processed folder, there's my robot01, 02, and 03. I didn't even have to launch Photoshop. If Photoshop wasn't running to begin with, the droplet would've launched it for me, ran the action, and saved out all the images for me anyway. Pretty cool! Now I can close this, go back into Photoshop, and continue working.

So as long as you're sharing these with people that are on the same operating system--a Mac or a PC--you should be good to go, in terms of letting other people use these droplets that you've created. You can also go online and find a ton of free droplets that people have created that you can download to your computer and use to do all sorts of neat things. Just go to Google and type in "Photoshop Action" or "Photoshop Droplet," and you'll be amazed at the type of things that you can find. In any case, utilizing actions, batch processing, and droplets are great ways to streamline your workflow and get yourself to be more productive inside of Photoshop.

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