I'm new to designing websites..

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by wfoster, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. wfoster macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2009
    Plymouth, UK
    Hi all,
    I'm new to designing websites in Photoshop. I have Photoshop CS4 Extended and Macromedia Dreamweaver 8. I am going to be making myself a website and want to design it in Photoshop. I have a few questions, no doubt more will be added along the way. I hope you can answer them.

    • What size should the website be in Photoshop?
    • Do I need to slice all my navigation links? There are only four; home, prices, previous work and contact.
    • Should I then save it for Web & Design?
    • How would I put the website in to Dreamweaver? Is it easy enough to do and easy to put text on the website?

    As you can see, I lack knowledge of designing websites. I am familiar with PHP, HTML and CSS.

    Thank you,
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Err, are you talking about making a design mockup in photoshop? Because the actual code you'll want to do in Dreamweaver.
  3. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    960 x 560 is what I normally use as a baseline for 1024x768 displays.

    You can create custom Dreamweaver templates to significantly reduce the amount of work you have to do for each page, and ensure consistency from page to page.
    Basically, a Dreamweaver template has editable "regions" that change from page to page, such as the main text block, photos/graphics/features specific to a given page, etc...
    The rest of the template is unchanged from page to page. (navigation, banners, logos, etc...)

    Do a google search for dreamweaver template tutorials, or read the dreamweaver manual for complete instructions on using this feature.
  4. epyfa macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2009
    You are familiar with PHP, HTML and CSS but do your Website completely in Photoshop? I, personally, don't think that's a good start. Why don't you try to design your first website with CSS only and after that you can add images using Photoshop.
  5. SelfMadeCelo macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2008
    Tulare, CA
    I usually shoot for 900-1000px if you want to work with something that's easily dividable use 960px. You should slice where you need slices. If you have some practice with CSS you'll kind of have an idea of where you need to slice and how big you need images to be.

    @ Epyfa: He's not talking about creating the entire website in Photoshop, only creating the design and then coding it out once he finds the look he's going for.

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