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Using the Image Generator (NEW)

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Video: Using the Image Generator (NEW)

As a web designer I'm always working on multilayered files that require me to process several images at once. In previous versions of Photoshop that's always been somewhat tedious, because I had to slice things up or copy and paste things into new documents and then use Save for Web. But recently I've been playing around with the Adobe Generator feature, which allows me to easily export assets out of Photoshop and into a folder without me having to do anything really. Let's take a look. Here I have open a document for this little design that I'm working on for the Roux Academy. It's got a logo, some background elements, and some buttons, and what I want is for Photoshop to generate these assets for me so I don't slice it up into individual files.

Using the Image Generator (NEW)

As a web designer I'm always working on multilayered files that require me to process several images at once. In previous versions of Photoshop that's always been somewhat tedious, because I had to slice things up or copy and paste things into new documents and then use Save for Web. But recently I've been playing around with the Adobe Generator feature, which allows me to easily export assets out of Photoshop and into a folder without me having to do anything really. Let's take a look. Here I have open a document for this little design that I'm working on for the Roux Academy. It's got a logo, some background elements, and some buttons, and what I want is for Photoshop to generate these assets for me so I don't slice it up into individual files.

In order to do that I first have to turn the Generator feature on, by going to the File menu, selecting Generate, and making sure Image Assets is turned on. By default, that should be turned off, so if you go back and see if there's a check mark, you can turn that on and off just by tapping it like that. Once you turn it on Photoshop then generates a folder wherever this file is saved or on the desktop if it hasn't been saved yet. And then as you create your layers over here, it automatically generates assets based on those layer names. Now you have to be kind of careful with how you name your layers.

See, you have to append the file extension of the file type that you want. So for instance, on these background layers, if I want to name them something jpg then it would generate a JPEG. So in this case I will call this bluebg.jpg. In addition to the file extension, you can also append things like quality settings, so I could say green.jpg10 to give it a quality setting of 10 and you can also specify things like size. So for instance here I could say, redbg.jpg, 200% redbg@2x.jpg to give it a Retina display graphic as well.

Now, up here for these buttons, I can append things like signup.png and I can choose 24 or 8. I can even do login.png, and let's say that I wanted to see these also as a gif. I can do this: login.gif. And in order to create multiple files all you have to do is separate it by a comma. Finally, with the logo, I want to see this in several different ways, so I'm just going to call this logo.jpg10, logo.png8, logo.gif and and I will hit Enter.

Now once I've done that, I don't have to do anything else. I will navigate out here to my Finder window, go into my Roux Academy assets, and there you can see all of the files that Photoshop generated for me, and I'll take these and I will open them up so you can see them all. So here we have the background images that also have some effects applied to them. That's why they are having that big white background around. And here's the PNG file for the logo. Here is the JPEG version of the logo. Here's the login PNG, the GIF, and then our green background as well.

So as you can see, while this won't necessarily replace your Safe for Web dialog box, it's definitely something worth checking out if you have a multilayered file that you need to get stuff out and delivered quick and easy. So again, this is called the Adobe Generator feature and I highly recommend you check it out for your next web project.

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

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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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