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Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver


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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver

One of the great things about working with a suite of products like the Adobe Creative Suite is the fact that all of the apps seem to integrate seamlessly with one another. This holds true for Photoshop as well. Photoshop works in tandem with many of the Creative Suite applications, like Dreamweaver for instance, to offer something called Smart Object integration. Let's take a look at what I'm talking about. So I've got a file open inside of Photoshop right now which is called robot_ad.psd and I want to take this file and place it into Dreamweaver and use it inside of that Dreamweaver layout. So let's jump over into Dreamweaver for a second, and once I'm inside of Dreamweaver, I'm just going to create a brand-new HTML document.
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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

Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver

One of the great things about working with a suite of products like the Adobe Creative Suite is the fact that all of the apps seem to integrate seamlessly with one another. This holds true for Photoshop as well. Photoshop works in tandem with many of the Creative Suite applications, like Dreamweaver for instance, to offer something called Smart Object integration. Let's take a look at what I'm talking about. So I've got a file open inside of Photoshop right now which is called robot_ad.psd and I want to take this file and place it into Dreamweaver and use it inside of that Dreamweaver layout. So let's jump over into Dreamweaver for a second, and once I'm inside of Dreamweaver, I'm just going to create a brand-new HTML document.

So I'll just click HTML and then I'm going to go File > Save As. Select where to save this, and basically, I'm just going to go out to my desktop, into my exercise files folder, and I'll go to chapter 12, and I'll just save this as test.html, and I'll hit Save. So once I do that, I've got this ready to go. And now let's say that I wanted to place this into my Dreamweaver layout. All I have to do is go up to the Insert menu, go down to Image. And in my chapter 12 exercise files folder is robot_ad.psd, I'll hit Open.

Dreamweaver comes up for image optimization for me and says, okay, how would you like to optimize this? Do you want it as a JPEG, do you want it as a PNG, a GIF? What do you want? Well, this object here has a slight drop shadow around the outside and I want that drop shadow to be semi-transparent so no matter what color the background is, it's always shining through. So I'm going to switch this to be a PNG24 for sharp details, as you see. It's only 15 K. That's not too bad. And so when I hit OK, it's going to also ask me to save that PNG as well. So I'm going to go my desktop, find my exercise files folder, and go into chapter 12.

Let me expand this box out a little bit so we can see it. Chapter 12 and I'll just save it right in there. And it's going to ask me for Alternate text. So in this case, I'll do robot ad and hit OK. So now once it's placed in there, it's actually a PNG file, but you'll also notice up here in the top that I have this little Image synched icon going on, which tells me that this is a Smart Object that I can then work with. If I right-click on this image, I can go down to Edit Original With and I can choose Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Once I do that, it's going to jump me back over into Photoshop and it's going to have this file open for me. So now anything I do to this, I can save and jump back into Dreamweaver and it should update accordingly. So let's say for instance that my tagline changes from THE FUTURE IS NOW to something else. Let's go ahead and change that to ROBOTS ARE COOL, something like that. I'll move it back into the center like so, and now I'll save this. Once I do that, I'll jump back over into Dreamweaver. You can see here that I have a little red icon, indicating that this has been modified outside of Dreamweaver. And I should be able to right-click and choose Update From Original and it now switches to say ROBOTS ARE COOL.

The image is still optimized as a PNG and I can keep working each and every time I go. So this is a great way to work between Photoshop and Dreamweaver while maintaining the original file and being able to update it anytime you want. So the next time you're working inside of Dreamweaver, try using these Photoshop Smart Objects and see if doesn't save you a little bit of time. If you'd like more information about Dreamweaver and how it integrates with Photoshop, be sure to check out James Williamson's Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training course, which is available in the lynda.com online training library.

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