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The difficulties found in creating a web site

Jun 6, 2008
Creating a web site to match a visual design created in a tool like Photoshop is not an easy task. Photoshop was created to give total freedom to the artist. The web, on the other hand, is designed with many confusing technologies and standards that place other concerns ahead of maintaining visual design integrity.

The programming languages that are necessary to create visually pleasing web sites such as XHTML, CSS, javascript, etc., can take months or even years to learn. Understandably this situation has intimidated many users who are good at Photoshop but don't want to spend months or years learning the gory details of the internet.

An easy to use program has been created to work alongside Photoshop. SiteGrinder 2 successfully turns Adobe Photoshop into a powerful website design and production tool. To be sure, SiteGrinder is not aimed solely at the web beginner, a SiteGrinder-equipped designer with no prior web design experience can use only their Photoshop skills to go from initial concept to a full deployment of a professional, standards-compliant site in a few hours.

Behind the scenes SiteGrinder creates graphics, text, and interactivity using the latest in web standard technologies and also takes into account more of the technological requirements such as cross-platform browser compatibility.

You know Photoshop, SiteGrinder knows CSS, HTML, and web image formats. You tell SiteGrinder about special layers, like buttons, by adding "hints" to the layer names.

To the right you can see how the words "button", "rollover", and "popup" are the only things required to create interactivity. Once you've added a few hints you can open SiteGrinder and build your page with one mouse-click.

This unique program works the way you do, actually turning the design of web pages into a more creatively satisfying activity. You can easily enable your web site's functionality as you design it and quickly testing it out live in a web browser whenever you feel like it.

This flexible program even allows you to make major last minute design changes, such as selecting a new background image, without headaches! SiteGrinder

You may be curious about how SiteGrinder can create many web pages from a single Photoshop document. The answer is simple! Photoshop includes a little-used but incredibly powerful tool called the "layer comps palette". This palette enables you to save and name particular document states, including the position and visibility of every layer.

All you have to do is make the document look the way a page on your site should and then make a layer comp. Then set up the next page and repeat. SiteGrinder will use those comps to decide what to include on the web pages it produces. Even cooler: if your layer comp names match your button names then SiteGrinder will link them automatically. You don't even have to provide URLs!
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