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Software used for web layouts?


Greg

Active Member
#1
I've always used Photoshop to design my website layouts and graphic elements of a site design, from there I would slice and code, but I know from my experiences with my previous employer some designer prefer to use Illustrator for layouts, and I've even heard of InDesign being used for this purpose :confused:

What do you guys use? Does anyone here use Illustrator?
Greg
 
#2
Illustrator is my choice, but Photoshop would work well too. I cannot imagine using Indesign though, that would feel very clunky to me.

Peter
 

Greg

Active Member
#3
Hi Peter,

I've found from my own experience that designers using Illustrator for web layouts have tended to come from a print design background, is this true of yourself? After getting your layout put together in AI would you then export to PSD and slice from Photoshop?

Thanks,
Greg
 
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mrleesimpson

Guest
#4
I used to use Illustrator because I didn't know alot about Photoshop, then as I slowly started to learn more I transfered over and now I can't imagine going back to Illy.
 
#5
Fireworks all the way, using Illustrator and Dreamweaver as sideline helpers. I'm yet to be convinced by Photoshop's web design capabilities personally, much to my print designers' dismay :D
 
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mrleesimpson

Guest
#6
red tiger said:
Fireworks all the way, using Illustrator and Dreamweaver as sideline helpers.
I can't get away with Fireworks. I use it to quickly edit images but thats about it, when I've tried in the past do layout websites in it, it always seems to lack the functions I want.
 

Greg

Active Member
#7
red tiger said:
Fireworks all the way, using Illustrator and Dreamweaver as sideline helpers. I'm yet to be convinced by Photoshop's web design capabilities personally, much to my print designers' dismay :D
Got to say I've never used Fireworks!
Do you mind me asking what you prefer about Fireworks over Photoshop?
 

Greg

Active Member
#9
Oh ok, so it's purely an experience thing! Just wondered if there were any features or particular working methods that you found easier in Fireworks over Photoshop for web design :)
 
#10
I've had long discussions with my previous designers about the fireworks/photoshop argument, and showing them how quickly I can punch a shape and union it with something else, then create a faded gradient. I remember various FW/PS races in the office... lol.
 

Phil

Junior Member
#13
I'll put a cat amongst the pigeons and say that I do all my design in Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 :) I've used it since version 5 and have always found it capable of doing everything I'd ever need Photoshop to do, but in a very much more user-friendly interface.
 

babrees

Junior Member
#17
I mainly use Fireworks but also Corel PhotoPaint. Have been using Corel for donkey's years - I couldn't afford PhotoShop then. I have looked at PhotoShop, but software needs to be comfortable and I found it a bit tight!

Jill
 
#19
Same as Grey really- everything goes through Photoshop, i then get the designs approved by the client (having shown them a jpg image) and the hand code as well as doing the occasionaly tweaks through Dreamweaver.

When i started out way back, i was using NetObject fusion- those were the days. My designs used to take around half an hour to load on a modem connection until i realised how to properly optimise images in jpg/gif format lmao.
 
#20
I personally use Photoshop. I originally started off with Photoshop, and at a previous employer only had Fireworks, and was forced to learn it. I personally prefer Photoshop over any other program.

Once I finish my design in Photoshop, I slice it, and than use Textmate to do my html coding. Once I have finished my html coding, I use CSSEdit to do my CSS, with a live preview. That is how I do my designs.