How to Simplify the PSD to HTML Conversion Exercise

by Maria Minney
on December 19, 2014

Nowadays, everyone is in a haste to acquire a highly dynamic, search engine optimized and web compatible website. Although there are a number of options available for designing high-performing websites, often website owners feel that their site lags behind in some specific assets. One such scenario that is being faced by website owners is the use of Photoshop-based web pages.

PSD to HTML

A PSD to HTML conversion serves as an excellent means for boosting the overall performance of a website. If you too own a photoshop-based site then its time to upgrade to an HTML site that will enable you to enjoy multiple benefits in terms of conversion rate and global presence. In this blog, I’ll be walking you through certain handy tips on undertaking the PSD to HTML conversion process in a hassle-free way.

1. Its better to avoid blending modes

While converting PSD files into HTML, it is recommended to avoid the usage of blend modes simply because they can’t be recreated using CSS at a later point of time. Never get carried away by the stunning effects of the blending modes as they might result in creation of a website that comprises of an entirely different HTML code.

2. Creating Rollover Effects for CTA’s is highly beneficial

Call to Action

CTA’s(Call-To-Action) becoming one of the most crucial components of a website, it is necessary for you to place the call-to-action buttons, boxes etc, at the right places within the site. You can complement the CTA’s with rollover effects. While a CTA just consists of an image including a link, the rollover effects actually convey that each time an image is being hovered by the user, some visible changes occur to the respective image. These changes can be in terms of color, saturation, hue, lighting etc.

3. Flattening should be avoided while merging the layers

Flattening should be avoided while merging the layers

designing photoshop designs, you(as the designer) might have to merge the layers or opt for flattening them for empowering the design’s overall performance. As a recommendation, I’d like you to avoid flattening the layers so as to make it convenient for the new developer to work on your design project during your absence. You can use a simple keyboard shortcut i.e. Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E for merging layers, without flattening them in any way.

4. Keeping PSD files organized is vital

Quite similar to any other type of website conversion project, even the conversion of PSD files into HTML CSS has to be managed in a flawless manner. As a designer, you need to keep all the PSD files in an organized way. Doing this would aid you while looking for a specific graphic layer, font layer or any other layer within the design. You can choose to organize the layers by assigning them specific names, followed by grouping them in terms of header, footer, sidebar etc. Also, don’t forget to arrange the groups of layers as per the specific flow of the photoshop document, with the header group placed at the top, followed by footer group placed towards the bottom of the page and so on. Here, don’t forget to place the elements on grid as this will reduce the number of steps that are involved in converting PSD files into the HTML format.

5. Pay attention to the selection of fonts

Pay attention to the selection of fonts

It is important for you to be familiar with the fact that fonts display differently in different operating systems and browsers. Thus, before settling down for a specific font that needs to be used in your design, make sure to check how it looks in a range of targeted web browsers and operating systems.

6. Proper spacing should be considered without fail

Proper spacing should be considered

Since you may feel the need for adding new content to your web pages at any point of time, it is necessary for you to maintain a proper spacing within website elements. This spacing would enable you to make the desired adjustments for placing new content.

7. Advantage of the common browser resolution must be kept in mind

While converting PSD files into HTML, make sure to keep the layout not wider than 1300px. This is necessary for avoiding any side to side scrolling.

Wrapping Up

If you’re heading for PSD to HTML conversion, then abiding by the aforementioned pointers will help you in adding a professional touch to your website.

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