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I'm using Fireworks because Photoshop is too much for my old battle hog. Has anyone found a good tutorial for slicing images and laying them out on a Web page. I've looked and I really can't find any good thorough reads on it. Doesn't the code this produces look awful(dunno, just asking)?
While I'm at it: Does anyone lay their site out in the program and use just the individual elements within tables rather than slicing n' dicing.
Still, I would like to know how this process works.
Thanks for your time;)
When I work with designers I just spec it out for them ie pixel widths for different elements etc and then when I get it I just cut her up with a million guides and put it back together with HTML.
I don't know of any tutorials, sorry, I was just teaching someone here how to do that yesterday
(edited by: jatar_k at 7:22 pm (utc) on April 26, 2002)
Yep. The less "square footage" of graphics you have per page, the quicker the page will download. I haven't used a sliced graphic in a long time, once I realized how much zippier my pages were with only the minimum of actual graphic files per page.
When I did use sliced graphics though, I just kept notes of the pixel dimensions (height/width) of each slice as I saved it, and built an html table with the cells in those specific pixel dimensions...
The only time I slice these days is when it gives me bandwidth savings - as in one area compresses better as a gif and another area works best as a jpg. Recently reduced a client's 58kb original file (one big gif) down to 23kb by slicing off a separate jpg area, and reducing the remaining gif palette to 8 colors.
That's the kind of thing slicing is excellent for. When an image works best as a gif or a jpg takes some study, and playing around with how various images work in your software. Sometimes a photo still works better as a gif! And sometimes big flat areas of color still work better as a jpg if there are other factors in parts of the image.