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Designing and developing a website involves a distinct set of activities. Both, are dependent on each other to deliver the finished product. Your design activities involve your aesthetic and creative genius to help you deliver a clean and beautiful website using PhotoShop, the popular image editing tool from Adobe.

However, your design in order to be developed into a website needs to be converted into an HTML file. Let us take a look into the basics of understanding how to convert a PSD into HTML 5 or CSS for developing a website.

Here are top 4 tips to convert PSD to HTML / CSS layout.

Basic HTML Concepts

As a first prerequisite to start on the conversion process is to have a PSD file in place. A PSD is the default file extension given to all files created in PhotoShop. This will be the base for you to start off on the conversion.

In addition to this you will need a basic understanding of HTML5 in order to plan the layout. Get a grasp of basic HTML concepts like tags, attributes and syntax.

Setting up the Repository Structure

Before you begin, make sure you have the repository structure in place. Configure the structure of the location where the files and folders will be hosted. You need to create a main or the root folder which will hold all the sub folders.

Create separate sub folders for every element of your design, namely, scripts, CSS, images, text and so on. In addition to this create an index. HTML which will hold your entire HTML mark-up. This is the main file which will be retrieved by browsers based on user requests.

Slice and Dice Image

Obviously the PSD file cannot be included in the HTML file. Therefore, it has to be sliced ​​into smaller sizes. You can choose between the two image formats, PNG-24 bit and JPEG, for saving the sliced ​​images.

However, while the PNG-24 bit is definitely the better option in terms of image quality, the JPEG is far superior so far as size optimization is concerned. Since lighter images are no doubt the first priority, you may want to compromise on quality in the best interest of your website.


Getting into the Code

Let us now understand how you can weave in the sliced ​​images into your HTML 5 code. Position the logo prominently on the HTML 5 page. Include a header tag within your body tag.

Within the header, add a div with a Wrapper as its class value. Include the image tag with the image path in its source attribute. Make the logo clickable by introducing the anchor tag and linking it to any section or page of your Website. Usually the Logo is linked to the home page so as to enable users with easy navigation. Your code once completed should look like this:

Use the Nav tag of HTML 5 to create the navigation bar. Make an ordered or unordered list as required and add tags to include the menu options. Append a unique class name "active" to the first tag which can be used in the CSS. You would also need to add an anchor tag to link individual menu options to a specific destination on the web page.

Converting a PSD to HTML 5 becomes easy if you have the right tools to help you do it. Using tools like Dreamweaver helps to substantially reduce your manual effort and also deliver good results.

In the tech world, there's always new trends, developments, etc. They all help us get in touch with our loved ones, better our lifestyle, and develop better relation and services for our customers. The web has also been part of the awesome technologies. Today, we can entertain ourselves from the comfort of our homes by visiting hundreds of thousands of websites.

From a business owner's perspective, web design is really important. If you want to make your website design as good as possible, we suggest that you read about the latest web design trends in 2020. Let's know about a few of them.

1. Flat Web Design

The simple approach that is based on clean design, white space, two-dimensional illustrations, and bright colors. It started just like other trends but gained popularity over time.

The popularity of flat web design is due to the need for quick-loading web pages. Since the illustrations are simple, the site doesn't take ages to load. Another important point is, the simplicity of a flat web design helps deliver better experience mobile devices. As far as UX is concerned, this style is quite popular among web designers.

flat web design trend
Flat Web Design Trend

2. Animated GIFs

With the increasing number of websites online nowadays, visitors don't want to struggle when looking for information on the Internet. If you fail to grab the visitors attention within few seconds, you lose them.

With GIFs, it's easy to convey ideas and messages in a short span of time. They are engaging and entertaining at the same time. GIFs are easy to make, and they are supported on all mobile devices and web browsers.

Note, do not over-use GIFs on you page, otherwise it will look like a design from the 90's!

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3. Machine Learning and Bots

Thanks to Google. We all "communicate" with computer bots when looking for answers to our questions aka "searching the web". With the passage of time, we have witnessed a good deal of advancements in the world of artificial intelligence of bots.

For instance, Google gives you suggestions when you search for something by typing relevant keywords. It will auto-complete your sentences to make it easier for you to get what you want. So, web sites are also taking advantage of this feature.

4. White Space in Web Design

Further to the first point (flat web design) the love for "less is more" approach has increased. This basically means you can find many websites that feature simple layout and lots of white space. It's kind of empty space on web pages.

chanel white space design
Beautiful example of white space design from Chanel's official website.

This space helps you create a difference between different sections on your blog or site, which makes it easier for the visitors to read the content and digest it. So, it's a good idea to have white space on your site. And it's become more of a modern look for websites, and design elements in general.

5. Sketch vs Photoshop

The debate about whether to choose Sketch or Photoshop for designing purposes keeps increasing. For many years, Photoshop has been the go-to choice for professionals. However, Sketch is gaining popularity with time.

Sketch is a simple software program that allows designers to create prototypes for presentation purposes. Experts predict that it will replace Photoshop in the coming years.

So, these are 5 most popular trends in the world of web design. If you are a web designer, you may follow these trends to create effective web designs.