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    converting PSD's to webpages (HTML/CSS)

    Hi guys,

    I'm seeing a huge amount of requests all over the web for converting photoshop files to webpages. Does anyone have experience with doing this by chance? I know it's a huge trend.

    It seems as though to me that non-technical people, for the purposes of communicating with technical people without the frustration, are using this .PSD concept to ask for what they want.

    My question for any of you guys that do this kind of work - Is this successful by chance? Has anyone run into issues whereby people are PSD files that are basically not possible to produce in HTML/CSS/JS?

    I'm just curious. Any comments welcome, especially from those who have participated in this!

    thanks.

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    “PSD to HTML” is part of any web development work when the design needs to be converted into a working website. Anyone who is doing front-end web development (writing HTML/CSS/JS) is doing this as part of their projects. Any of the website “themes” or “templates” you see has once been a plain image and had to be converted to HTML in some way, there is no “trend” to it.

    I’m doing such stuff almost every day and usually, in professional environments with division of work, there is a designer doing the graphics, a front-end developer converting these graphics into a functional website template (sometimes this can be one and the same person), and possibly a back-end developer implementing the plain HTML templates in a CMS or making them fully functional with custom server-side coding (e. g. implementing form processing etc.). And all these “we do PSD to HTML” people are probably just a part of this workflow, where an agency gets a commission to develop a website, and they hire a designer, and then hand the designs over to the “PSD to HTML” guys. And yes, if you’re good at it you can be successful in this.

    I haven’t come across a layout/design that I wasn’t able to convert into an HTML template but this depends on your skills and your aspiration. And there can certainly be some frustration when you get badly designed images from a bad designer. But in that case you have to be confident and tell them what’s feasible and what’s not. Good web designers have an understanding of user interface/interaction design and with well thought out designs you will barely have problems (but as said, it also depends on your skills; I’ve even had people come to me, asking me to fix an HTML template that some untalented and/or lazy “PSD to HTML” developer has screwed up and given up before).
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    yeah see what I was wondering was whether or not a lot of the stuff I am seeing is being produced by people who "want" something but don't hire designers to do it. e.g. - the PSD's may or may not be convertible into HTML designs.

    But if you're telling me that a lot of this stuff happens through official workflow systems, then I'm not surprised that I see a lot of requests from a lot of different places on the web like this.

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    PSD is just a image file.

    PSD is just the extension associated to Photoshop. I don't know if there are other programs that recognize the extension but for sure it is associated to Photoshop.

    Essentially, People are saying here is a picture of what I would like my website to look like but don't know how to code. That's where people who know how to code come into play like myself and design a website for you. We just take your picture and then use that as a reference as to what you want for the website.

    It's not actually any more helpful then someone simply telling you what they want in a very good amount of detail.

    I hope that helps to clarify things a little bit more for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin9000 View Post
    PSD is just the extension associated to Photoshop. I don't know if there are other programs that recognize the extension but for sure it is associated to Photoshop.

    Essentially, People are saying here is a picture of what I would like my website to look like but don't know how to code. That's where people who know how to code come into play like myself and design a website for you. We just take your picture and then use that as a reference as to what you want for the website.

    It's not actually any more helpful then someone simply telling you what they want in a very good amount of detail.

    I hope that helps to clarify things a little bit more for you.
    I appreciate that. My question has been answered guys. thanks.


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