I know how to create sites in DW, but I'm not very familiar with Illustrator. I know that I need to create slices and I know how to do that, it just that I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this. This process I will need to repeat over and over again, so what do you think is the best way to create the slices for a design. My situation is that I was given an Ai file and I need to use move this file without losing the depth of the images to DW. Putting it into a flat file or saving the entire thing as an image is not acceptable. Should I create the slices manually, by objects or what is the best way? I have 9 layers in the page. Is there a way to create a slice for each of the 9 layers? Thanks, your help is appreciated.
There's no way to answer this in generic terms. Actually, translating a page mock-up from Illustrator is no different than translating one from Photoshop.
Slicing up may be the correct approach for certain pieces of it, while other pieces might not need slicing.
I know how to create sites in DW
Okay then, the only thing to do now is to use your knowledge to analyze the mock-up and plan your page regions. Draw up the divs and make decisions with respect to how the elements of the mock-up will be contained by them; as background images, image slices, etc.
If you're looking for a simple method that equates to Illustrator file = (clean) Dreamweaver HTML/CSS, you're not alone. Let us know if you find it.