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Photoshop CC 2017 for Web Design & UI

Create & Optimize Graphics for Websites & UI (User Interface)

Photoshop cc2017 for web 2x
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Print + eBook $75
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Learn how to use Photoshop to create and optimize graphics for web and user interface design, without wasting time on functionality that focuses on photo retouching or print design. You'll learn modern techniques, including new features added to Photoshop CC. Learn to turn wireframes into finished designs. Understand how to design responsive website layouts that are optimized for mobile, tablet, and desktop screens. You’ll design on grids, extract image assets, create hi-res 2x graphics, and so much more. This is the ultimate Photoshop for web/UI workbook. In addition to learning key features and techniques, we’ll cover important workflow tips and tricks. Learn to efficiently create professional designs that are easier for developers to code!

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-941333-39-6

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
The Focus of This Book
Section 1
Setting Up: Do This Before Other Exercises!
  • Setting up your class files
Creating New Files & Designing on a Grid System
  • Setting preferences & workspace
  • Creating a new document
  • Creating a grid
  • Designing with Bootstrap’s grid
  • Creating colored backgrounds for text
  • Importing & styling text
  • Viewing at accurate size
Adjusting the Layout for Tablets & Mobile Phones
  • Comparing Bootstrap’s desktop, tablet, & mobile grids
  • Adapting the design for tablets
  • Adapting the design for mobile phones
Adding Photos & Editing the Layout
  • Importing photos
  • Resizing photos
  • Grouping layers
Section 2
Adding Page Navigation & Editing Smart Objects
  • Creating a navbar
  • Adding a stroke
  • Changing opacity
  • Importing vector graphics from Adobe Illustrator
  • Editing a vector-based smart object in Illustrator
  • Editing a pixel-based smart object in Photoshop
  • Content-aware fill
  • Swapping out graphics
Text Styling & Adjusting Images Behind Text
  • Adding a drop shadow to type
  • Darkening a background photo to make text more legible
Exporting Assets: JPEGs & HiDPI/Retina Graphics
  • Using Save for Web
  • Optimizing photos for low-res screens
  • Optimizing photos for hi-res (HiDPI/Retina) screens
  • Compression settings for 1x & 2x versions
  • Saving file size when optimizing 2x graphics
Exporting Assets: SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
  • Exporting SVG from Photoshop
  • Exporting SVG from Illustrator
Section 3
Exporting Assets: PNG & GIF
  • Transparent photos
  • 8-bit graphic formats: GIF versus PNG-8
  • PNG transparency
  • Properly optimizing colors: limited colors versus gradients
  • Exporting 1x & 2x graphics
Exporting Assets from a 1x Design
  • Using Adobe Generator to export optimized images
  • Creating PNG, GIF, & JPEG files from a design
  • Exporting PNG-8 with partial transparency
  • The proper way to export 1x & 2x graphics
  • Why Photoshop sometimes exports low-res JPEGs & how to fix it
Designing in 2x Photoshop Files
  • Designing at 2x versus 1x
  • Turning a wireframe into a real design
  • Setting anti-aliasing & hyphenation
  • Aligning to a selection
  • Using clipping masks to crop an image
Section 4
Paragraph Styles
  • Creating, applying, & editing paragraph styles
Masking Photos & Visual Effects
  • Importing & cropping photos (masking)
  • Colorizing icons (vector smart objects) in Photoshop
  • Adding effects such as stroke, inner shadow, & gradient overlay
  • Copying effects to other layers
  • Fill opacity
Exporting Assets from a 2x Design
  • How exporting assets in a 2x file differs from a 1x file
  • Slicing
  • Layer based slices
  • Custom sized slices
Bonus Material
Patterns & Textures
  • Creating & using patterns
  • Colorizing patterns
Mocking Up Interaction States (Pop-Up, Hover, Etc.)
  • Creating a video overlay
  • Creating & viewing layer comps
  • Making changes across layer comps
Batch Processing Multiple Images
  • Using Image Processor
  • Custom cropping & exporting layers to files
  • Batch renaming files in Adobe Bridge
Wireframing: Part 1
  • Adding placeholder text & buttons
  • Indicating where a graphic should go
Wireframing: Part 2 (Aligning & Distributing Elements)
  • Duplicating, aligning, & evenly distributing elements
Reference Material
Adobe Preview CC: Viewing Work on iOS Devices (Mac/PC)
  • Using Adobe Preview CC to view Photoshop files on a phone or tablet while you work on a Mac or PC
Skala Preview: Viewing Work on iOS/Android (Mac Only)
  • Using Skala Preview to view Photoshop files on a phone or tablet while you work on a Mac
Additional Image Optimization Tools
  • Further reducing the file size of PNG, GIF, & JPEG
Web File Formats Quick Reference
  • Comparison of JPEG, PNG, GIF, & SVG
Common Device Sizes
  • 1x, 2x, & Bootstrap container sizes for iPhone, iPad, & desktop
Guidelines for Designing in 1x & 2x Files
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Examples of What You Learn

  • Create mockups for mobile, tablet, & desktop websites.

  • Learn how grids help you structure your design & make it easier for developers to code the site.

  • Turn wireframes into a final design.

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eBook $49
Print $65
Print + eBook $75
Teacher Discounts