Is PSD to HTML conversion dead?

At present, the World Wide Web is full of articles, blogs and video tutorials which talk about how people can easily convert the PSD design files into HTML web markups. In addition to this, the web market is full of several web development agencies which offer these conversion services and can convert a PSD document into a working web page for as low as $100 USD.

What exactly is PSD conversion?

In general, the “PSD To HTML” is just a workflow. First, a web page is designed on the Adobe Photoshop and then it is converted to the HTML code (using the combination of various other scripts). You can also opt for different image editors such as Pixelmator, GIMP and so on but the principle remains the same. Here’s a bit detailed step by step breakdown:


1. Use Adobe Photoshop to create a pixel-perfect mockup of exactly what you want your website should look like.
2. Use the slicing tool to divide your portal’s imagery and then directly export it to the web.
3. Write HTML and CSS that utilizes the imagery you exported from Photoshop.

At first, this might seem like a good idea. But if you don’t have much knowledge about coding then you might end up ruining your design and portal’s functioning at the same time. It’s good to experiment with the PSD designs but when it comes to scripting it will be good if you settle down with professionals.

Was PSD to HTML ever a good idea?

Yes, the PSD conversion workflows used to be one of the best ways to develop a good looking website. There are two big reasons why this conversion used to make complete sense.

The first reason is the image assets. Before the browsers used to support all the superb features of the modern CSS3, it was quite difficult to come up with the cross-browser effects without the use of images.

The second & the most important reason is that earlier sites were only available to desktop browsers and mobile devices (smartphones & tablets) wasn’t really present in this sector. And at that time, designing a portal with one fixed resolution of 1024×768 used to be totally viable.

These two are the primary reason, make it pretty understandable why the designers choose Adobe Photoshop.

What’s wrong with PSD to HTML now?

When compared with other technologies, the internet is still a young tech and has undergone lots of changes in a while. There are plenty of sites made via PSD conversion services but now it’s time to move on. Here is some reason which makes this conversion a bit outdated.

Responsive Web Design

Today, desktops are not the only way to access the web. Millions of people nowadays use their smartphones or tablets to browse through the sites. There is no single screen resolution that a designer can target. So you have to come up with a responsive design which can adapt to all the screen sizes without dropping any functionality.

CSS Design

The new features of CSS have now become commonly available in the web sphere. There are still few issues but the CSS community support has improved all these. Common effects such as shadows, shaped corners, gradients can only be accomplished using CSS functionality. Make sure you hire someone who has good knowledge of this tech.

Maturity

In the past couple of years, the web industry has grown a lot. Several technologies have been introduced in the market and experts now have more time to refine their present understanding of what works and what doesn’t. There are several firms which expect the web designer to have good insight regarding HTML & CSS.

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