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Slicing up a mockup

From: Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

Video: Slicing up a mockup

Once you've finished designing your artwork inside of Photoshop, it's time to begin to optimize it for the web. If you're working from a mockup or a collection of artwork like I am here, it might be a good idea to define your areas of export with the Slice tool in order to get the most control over your individual images. To access the Slice tool, you're going to come over into your toolbar and click and hold on the same box where the Crop tool is. Once you find that, just go down and select Slice. With the Slice tool selected, you may see this small little number 1 pop up in the top left-hand corner.

Slicing up a mockup

Once you've finished designing your artwork inside of Photoshop, it's time to begin to optimize it for the web. If you're working from a mockup or a collection of artwork like I am here, it might be a good idea to define your areas of export with the Slice tool in order to get the most control over your individual images. To access the Slice tool, you're going to come over into your toolbar and click and hold on the same box where the Crop tool is. Once you find that, just go down and select Slice. With the Slice tool selected, you may see this small little number 1 pop up in the top left-hand corner.

If you don't see that small number 1, go up to the View menu, choose Show, and select Slices. With that turned on, you'll be able to actually see the individual slices as you create them. It may also be a good idea to line up all of your artwork so that you don't create any unnecessary slices as you go along. For instance, in my document, this small 125 x 125 ad here doesn't quite line up with the banner above it. So I'm going to line those up. I'll come over into my Layers panel and I'll grab the 468 x 60 banner, hold down Shift and select the 125 x 125 banner.

I'll switch to my Move tool and then I'm just going to come up to the Options bar and I'm going to click the Align left edges button. That just shifts it over a little bit. And there we go. Now I'll switch back to my Slice tool, and I'm ready to start making some slices. I'll start up here on the top. I'll select this big banner. So I'll just click to start to make a selection and drag it out. You'll notice that the Slice tool actually snaps to the dimensions. So in this case it's 728 x 90, which is exactly what the ad size is. So it creates a slice around that object for me. Now, come down, click, and drag out a box.

This one should be 250 x 250, and it is. And I'll click to draw out a box. There we go. And last but not least, click, and draw out a box. Now let's say that snapping was turned off or you made a mistake and accidentally drew a slice that was too big, like this. You can always go to these little control handles and simply resize your slices. If you switch to another tool at any time, you can always get back to the Slice tool by coming and clicking and holding here, and you can also switch to something called the Slice Select tool.

The Slice Select tool allows you to come in and simply click on and access each individual slice and rearrange it, manipulate it, in any way that you see fit. If you need to make changes to these slices, you can right-click on them and you can choose Edit Slice Options. And so you can do things like name it, give it a URL, a target window, message text, alternate tags. You can also change the X and Y coordinates and the width and height of the slice as well. In this case, I'm just going to name the slices according to their banner size.

So for this first one, I'm going to name it 728 x 90_ad. Hit OK. I'll right-click here, Edit Slice Options. This one will be 250 x 250_ad. Hit OK. Right-click, Edit Slice Options, 125 x 125_ad. Hit OK. Click on this next one, right-click, Edit Slice Options, and this one will be 468 x 60_ad. Now I'll hit OK.

Now when I'm ready to take these on the web, I can go under the File menu and I can choose Save for Web. Once I get into the Save for Web dialog box, I'm now able to click on and select individual slices and then select different optimization settings for each one. So I can have a series of PNGs, I can have a PNG and a JPEG, or even a JPEG, a GIF, and a PNG. It doesn't matter how you optimize these because you get individual control over each single slice that you've created.

So even from this one document, I'm going to get four separate files, which is pretty cool. I'll hit Escape to get back out. Now we'll be covering the Save for Web dialog box in its entirety in its own movie, but I just wanted to give you an idea of where that is, so that once you get your slices done, you could jump right in there and start playing around. So hopefully by now you have a better understanding of what the Slice tool is and how you can use it to separate your artwork into individual pieces that you can then optimize to place out on the web.

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

75 video lessons · 49385 viewers

Justin Seeley
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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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