It is no easy task to actually build a working site that matches a visual design created in a tool like Photoshop. Photoshop is designed to give total freedom to the artist. The web, on the other hand, is built on top of many confusing technologies and standards that place other concerns ahead of preserving visual design integrity.
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.
The difficulty of this task is invisible to the user as SiteGrinder builds graphics, text, and interactivity using modern web standard technologies and takes into account tricky requirements like cross-platform browser compatibility.
You know Photoshop, SiteGrinder knows CSS, HTML, and web image formats. It is simply a matter of you telling SiteGrinder about special layers, like buttons, by adding “hints” to the layer names.
Often times the only things required to create interactivity such as “button”, “rollover”, and “popup” can be easily created using “hints”. Once you’ve added a few hints in Photoshop you can simply open SiteGrinder and create your page with a simple mouse-click.
This unique system works the way you do, turning web design into a more creatively satisfying activity. Enable your web site’s functionality as you design it, 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 wonder how SiteGrinder can make many web pages from a single Photoshop document. The answer is easy! Photoshop has a little-used but powerful tool called the “layer comps palette”. This palette allows you to save and name particular document states, including the position and visibility of every layer.
You simply need to make the document look the way you want a a page on your site to look and then make a layer comp. You then set up the next page and repeat. SiteGrinder uses these comps to decide what to include on the web pages it produces. Even better: if your layer comp names match your button names then SiteGrinder will automatically link them. You don’t even have to provide links!