Most web designers prefer the artistic aspects of website building. They are quite content to leave coding and testing to professional developers. Even those designers who are well versed in code, usually find it to their advantage to hand their designs over to someone else for coding.
A website’s attractiveness is important, but no matter how awesome its pages may be, if the coding does not meet certain standards of performance, search engine friendliness or device and browser compatibility, it will not be a winner – by any measure.
Those using Photoshop as their design tool of choice, find it relatively easy to locate a developer who will take their files and create web pages using HTML markup and CSS. Finding a top-of-the-line design to code service or agency often takes some time however.
We’ve solved that for you. The four design to code services presented here are talented, experienced, and guarantee their work; plus, they care about their customers.
PSD to Manythings offers a variety of PSD to code conversions. Its team of developers can convert your Photoshop design files to HTML5, responsive HTML5, WordPress themes, and more. They can also take your existing website, and code it to cater to Android and iOS phones and devices.
Their responsive websites are powered by CSS3 Media queries, which allows them to cater to different CSSs depending on screen size and device orientation. Whether they are working from your PSD files, or upgrading an existing website, all their markups are validated per W3C standards, and semantic code structures are maintained for optimal SEO. To ensure your markup will render efficiently on iOS and Android devices, rigorous testing is done using the very same devices.
Sketch users can also take full advantage of PSD to Manythings’ services. Whatever your needs, you will never be pressured into signing up for a service you don’t need, and when an agreement is reached on a delivery time, QA inspection and testing will have been taken into account.
Direct Basing provides time and money-saving services to web design agencies, businesses, and freelancers alike. Many freelance web designers either do not have the requisite coding skills, or simply prefer to hand their PSD files over to a professional team. Businesses and agencies can save money by doing so; money that will otherwise be spent on salaries for in-house developers.
Direct Basing will slice and code your design to produce quality, rigorously inspected and tested, HTML5 markup. They can also convert your design files to Joomla.
Working with them is easy. You can get a quick estimate from the pricing structure listed on their website. The next step will be to upload your files and get a quote. Once you are in agreement, and give the go-ahead, you’ll received your code markup within the agreed upon delivery time.
Working with Xfive (formerly XHTMLized) is a little different. With 10 years of software development work under its belt, the Xfive team certainly has the talent and skillsets you have every right to expect. Photoshop, AI, and Sketch conversion to HTML markup are their specialties, and they offer other frontend and backend development services as well.
What makes this team different from some, is the approach they take when working with a client. If you are a member of a design team, they like to think of themselves as an extension of your team. If you’re a freelancer, they treat you as a partner. In other words, XFive cares about their clients and customers; and they have one of the highest repeat customer percentages (83%) in the industry to prove it.
Design to Code by Netlings is another developer who prefers to treat its customers as partners. This India-based web and mobile software engineering studio can handle any size PSD to HTML/CSS project, from the very large, to the small stuff; such as fixing bugs in your website, or upgrading it to serve the mobile crowd.
Netlings also serves AI, Sketch, and INDD users.
Some Tips to Keep in Mind When Preparing Your Files for Coding
No matter how attractive and appealing your website design might be, it’s of secondary interest to the developer. Structure, organization, and completeness are what count. Content that doesn’t fit, an element left unnamed, or changed states that are unaccounted for, add up to increased production time – and increased costs to you.
Random errors or omissions are seldom acts of carelessness on the part of web designers. Missing or incomplete information typically is the result of unexpected time crunches, the reemergence of old habits, and occasionally, bouts of sheer laziness.
Even when PSDs appear to be in order, they will not necessarily support a collaborative workflow optimally.
Here are some practices to keep in mind that can make things easier for the developer, for collaborative teammates, and for yourself.
Organize Your PSD
A properly organized PSD is one in which a minimal amount of time is needed to look for a particular graphic or text layer or section. This translates into increased productivity and lower development costs.
If It Needs a Name, Give It One
Not naming layers in Photoshop is an all too common practice. There’s no good reason not to do so, especially with Adobe’s new CS6 Photoshop search functionality.
You should also have naming and color conventions in place to identify changed states in a PSD. This includes having an easily understood naming convention for multiple states.
This is something you should be thinking about before you start working with live templates, so you won’t have left anything out when it’s time to hand over your files. The standard practice is to add rollover states to links and call to action buttons, boxes, images, and the like. If you have to go back later to address these rollover states, it can add to production time.
Blending Modes are Not Allowed
Blending modes can produce nice effects, and sometimes are employed to shorten image processing times. The problem is; they are impossible to recreate in CSS. When blending modes are turned into website images or HTML/CSS code, they cause unpredictable, and usually undesirable results. Leave them out.
The Importance of Content Flexibility
Try to avoid boxing in text or image content when there is any likelihood that that content will undergo changes during coding or website maintenance. There are often cases when more text needs to be added in a certain area on the live website.
Managing Specific Assets
Special fonts, logos, supporting content, and the like, should be included in an assets folder accompanying your working PSD. This can be a great help to the coder and to your fellow collaborators.