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- Exporting graphics from Photoshop
- Positioning elements with CSS
- Using the Roundabout plug-in
- Activating the carousel callback
- Detecting the image in focus
- Adding the final touches
Skill Level Intermediate
Now we're ready to create the graphic for our project. In the exercise files let's open up Art-Templates, and let's open teapots.psd. So in here we're put each teapot on its own layer so you can show and hide the layers here to see the individual teapots. To save us a little bit of time, instead of saving each layer out as an individual export, we're going to come up to the File menu, come down and choose Scripts, and choose Export Layers to Files.
In this dialog box here under Destination, let's click on Browse. Let's go to the Desktop/myCarousel. Let's choose the images directory we created earlier. Click Open. Under File Type let's come down and choose PNG-24. That'll give us our nice transparent images. Let's uncheck ICC Color Profile and uncheck Trim Layers. Under File Name Prefix if teapots is not already saved into here, then type in the word teapots. This means each layer will have the word teapots in front of the actual name.
And then click Run. Once Photoshop has completed, it will till you the export layers were successful, and in the background we can see all of the individual layers here. One thing we can't change is the fact that Photoshop is going to put a number on each one of the individual layers, so we can quickly come in here and rename each one of these items. So, what we want to end up with is teapots_ and then the individual name of each of the layers. So, once you've renamed each one of the files to get rid of the file names, let's come back over to Photoshop.
We'll close that file. Let's come back to the exercise files. Let's open up template.psd. Now this file actually has slices saved into it, so if we come onto the Cropping tool, we can to Slice and Slice Selection tool. If I come down and select the Slice Selection tool, you can use this to double-click on any slice and see the individual properties of these slices. So, this is going to be the background area here. Let's click OK. We have two little buttons down here, right and left, which are going to spin the carousel counterclockwise and clockwise, and these are called arrow_left and arrow_right. And then we have the leaves down here as well.
Now, the stem of the leaves we're actually going to create with the CSS left border on the actual caption box itself, so that's not actually going to be a part of the graphic; it's actually going to be a CSS border. So, all of these slices are already named and sized properly, so let's come over to the Layers panel and let's hide the FPO layer. Then let's choose File > Save for Web and Devices. Now, also saved along with this slice are the optimization settings. So, if I come down and click on one of these arrows, for example, you'll see that this has already been set to a PNG-24 file with transparency.
All of these slices have already been set for their optimization settings. So let's come down and choose Save. Under Slices, let's come down and choose All User Slices. For the destination, let's choose myCarousel/images. Let's hit Save. Now, when we switch back, we'll see we've got arrow_ left and arrow_right, we've got our background, and we've got the leaves graphic. At this point we have all of the graphics we need for our project. Let's switch back to Photoshop. Let's close and don't save.