Layout design and implementation

Step1

Learn to design a website in Adobe Photoshop, slice the “psd” file and implement it in html using Macromedia Dreamweaver.

First take a look over the “psd” file:

final psd

Save next picture on computer. Need it in this tutorial:

girl picture

Step2

Let’s begin :). Open a new file in Adobe Photoshop with a black background. Import the picture in your document and place it like this:

initial picture

Step3

New layer in the Layers Tab and place the logo in the top left corner. I chose “AnnaBelle” as logotype:

logo picture

Step4

Create a new layer and type the site content on the same vertical line with the site logo. Choose what font you want. I used “Futura Light 24px,16px” and “Arial 11px”. It should look like this:

site content

Step5

Ok. Now the navigation: type the name of the buttons with “Arial Bold 12px” like this:

site buttons

Step6

Create the buttons’ background. New layer (down the layer buttons):

button background

Right click on layer and select Rasterize Layer

button background rasterize

With Brush Toll selected, delete an area like this:

button background del

Duplicate layer and move it for any button. The result should be like this:

button background all

Now select layer background that’s behind the “home” button and Edit>Transform > Flip Horizontal and move it like this:

button background flip

Step7

Now you have a layout for your site:

final psd

Step8

In the next part we’ll prepare the “psd” for html implementation. We slice the “psd” file. Take a look in the next picture and you can see what parts of layout interests us:

initial slice

For the rest of the site content we’ll use HTML and CSS in Dreamweaver. Now we can cut the images we need for the HTML implementation. Select the Slice Tool and trace a contour like this:

slice contour1

Step9

Continue with the next zone and the result should be like this:

slice contour2

Step10

File > Save For Web and for every slice set the slice settings:

slice settings

For the slices that need a higher quality, set “jpeg – high resolution” and for the rest, set settings “gif”. Do this for every slice in your layout:

slice settings 1

slice settings 2

Quick Tip: To get the best image quality/file size ratio, export an image in GIF format whenever it has a few colors and/or close shades and export as JPEG when there are a lot of different colors in the picture.

Step11

After you configure the settings for every slice, and select all your slices (SHIFT+CLICK), choose Save and configure the save settings like this: Save as Type: “Images Only(.jpg)”, Settings: “Default Settings”, Slices: “Selected Slices”:

slice settings 3

That’s all. You sliced your “psd” file. Open the folder where you saved the pictures and rename them like this: “site_03.gif” to “logo.gif”, “site_07.jpg” to “girl-top.jpg”, “site_10.gif” to “active-page.gif”, “site_11.gif” to “home.gif”, “site_13.gif” to “us.gif”, “site_14.gif” to “services.gif”, “site_15.gif” to “help.gif”, “site_16.gif” to “contact.gif”, “site_19.gif” to “beauty-txt.gif”, “site_22.gif” to “bottom.gif”.

You have now the pictures for your site. In the next steps you’ll do the implementation in HTML using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004.

Step12

Open a new html document in Dreamweaver. In the Layout Tab select the Layout Table Tool:

dreamweaver start

Step13

Draw a table like in the next picture:

dreamweaver table

Step14

Choose Draw Layout Cell in the Layout Tab and draw a cell table:

dreamweaver cell

Step15

Next draw another layout cell:

dreamweaver cell 1

Step16

Click inside in this cell and choose Insert > Image and select your image folder. Choose “logo.gif” picture and click OK.
Set your background page to black Modify > Page Properties, Background Color. Set the Top Margin to “50 pixels”:

dreamweaver page

Step17

Click on the table and change its size, then insert a new row:

dreamweaver row

Step 18

Inside this row insert the “active-page.gif” picture and adjust the row, set the row horizontal alignment in the Properties Tab to ”right” like here:

dreamweaver active

Step 19

Another cell box and insert the “home.gif” picture:

dreamweaver home

Step 20

Continue to add new cells and rows for all your pictures:

dreamweaver pics

Step 21

Now insert a nice text in middle site section. Set the text size, color, etc.

dreamweaver style

Step 22

Select each button and on Properties Tab enter the in the link field “#link” and you have a very simple site made by you.