4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 18, 2008 7:28 PM by JoeDaSilva

    Need help

    Web Design Tam
      Can someone help? I just purchased Adobe Web Premium and am brand new to web design, what is the best way to get up and running? I've been watching the Lynda videos and have learned some basic skills, but am still searching for that one light bulb to help me get going?
        • 1. Re: Need help
          Level 7
          A basic understanding of html and CSS code is a pre-requisite for working
          with DW. When you understand the basics, you'll appreciate all that DW can
          do for you.

          Taking a Fireworks comp to a CSS based layout in DW

          If this makes no sense to you, start here:

          Nancy O.
          Alt-Web Design & Publishing

          • 2. Re: Need help
            JoeDaSilva Level 4
            Well, I start with what I want the layout to look like. Personally I use Adobe Fireworks to do that, while most in the industry use Adobe Photoshop.

            When I'm figuring out what I want to site to look like, I've already talked to my client to figure out what they're trying to convey with their site, what sections they'd like to include in the navigation, and many other factors that will shape the design.

            I'll use filler text to decide where all of the verbiage goes (www.lipsum.com), I'll use Kuler to help me figure out a color scheme if the client doesn't have a preference ( http://kuler.adobe.com) and then I'll find some stock textures and images to work into the layout (www.sxc.hu).

            Once I have the design nailed down, which can take days, weeks, or months depending on the project - I use that as a roadmap when opening up Dreamweaver. If my design has a blue background I'll figure out the hex code for that shade of blue and tranfer that data to my stylesheet in Dreamweaver. From there I chip away at the HTML and CSS recreating the layout I did in Fireworks.

            Some would suggest that you study HTML & CSS until you can recite it like the alphabet. I personally learn by having a small challenge, figuring out how to overcome it, and then moving on to the next.

            Just remember that squirrels don't collect all of their nuts in one day.
            • 3. Re: Need help
              Web Design Tam Level 1
              THANK YOU for your advice, I've been getting frustrated because I'm so new to web design....your squirrel quote helped to remind me to take one thing at a time!
              • 4. Re: Need help
                JoeDaSilva Level 4
                May Jack White guide you further: