An Overview on PSD to HTML Conversion

psdtohtmlFor starters, a PSD is the default file extension for a Photoshop Document created with Adobe Photoshop. For the past years, Adobe has led professionals and non-professionals alike into the world of raster graphics design and editing with their creation of Photoshop editor. PSDs have become and are still the industry standard for graphics and web designers in showcasing their concepts to clients and to website developers as well. These website developers then code these PSD files into Hyper Text Mark-up Language pages, or more known to the common man as a website. That’s why PSD to HTML conversion has become the latest trend in the boom of I.T. businesses all over the world.

A PSD is usually composed of several layers that make-up the whole of a design concept. Layers enable the designer to go into detail of how the webpage from a PSD or website from a PSD would look like. It would also give the developers an idea on the feel of the whole website. These web developers, where technicality meets creativity and these people are known as front-end developers to be exact, then evaluate the Photoshop file for the process of converting the PSD to a website. They usually do this by PSD slicing the file into their semantic counterpart. Upon evaluation, the developer then sets off to code the design with the use of HTML as the basis for creating a fully functional web page along with the support of CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) for the design.

Turning a PSD to a website involves coding, whether by hard coding or using an alternative like using Photoshop to slice and generate the codes for you to later revise into your preferred coding framework. When coding, it is best to be mindful of the framework you are using and follow HTML Guidelines and Standards as well as best practices such as indentations and nesting. Following standards and best practices assures both the client and the programmer that their Photoshop document converted to a live website would be clean, readable, maintainable, and cross-browser compatible.

For the successfully adapting a PSD to a fully functional website, there are several helpful tools that can be used by front-end developers for the process of creating a website from a Photoshop document such as grid systems to help in making the layout of elements clean and attractive. Another important part to remember is to make sure that the converted PSD to HTML project is semantic, W3C standards compliant, and responsive since the boom in portable gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and phablets are very noticeable. We at HTML Guys have a video article on YouTube about “Responsive Web”, you may check the video below to know more about it.

So basically, when we sum these things up, Photoshop to HTML Conversion is a workflow that consists of a design concept made with Adobe Photoshop that is then adapted into the HTML code (and other supporting web development languages) to become a compiled set of codes that are clean and simple yet elegant and are fully functional, W3C compliant, and responsive to make-up web page, or site, that can be navigated through and browsed over the ever growing internet community. Converting a PSD to HTML or a PSD to website can help with the exposure of a profession or business via the internet and this exposure has its perks. Aside from PSD to HTML, a PSD to WordPress is a similar practice when it comes to these types of services. These we will discuss further in our other articles at the HTML Guys blog.

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