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How are you Imar, It's not a question about the book, I would like to know how to make a design for a web site, I understand all the CSS rules and properties and values, but I don't think i am able to make a css file from scratch and make it as you make CSS of the book... plus when people say we want someone to design our website? is it to make a master page or make CSS? what does it take to be a good designer ?
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You probably need designer skills, talent and creativity.... ;-)

If you don't have that (I don't), you can do what I do and a) go to http://opensourcetemplates.org/ or one of its commercial competitors and get a ready-made web site template or b) hire a designer....

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Man, you don't have designing skills?!!! If I do half of the designs you do I'll be on the safe side in designing websites!

But if someone asks me to do a design for a website, how should I think? should i make a master page and CSS for this master page? or i dont know.. i get lost when it comes to this issue.
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Typically what you do is this:

1. Create a design in Photoshop or another graphics program

2. Discuss with your client, and make any changes.

3. Rinse and repeat. Step two usually takes the most time.

4. Slice your design to images, HTML and CSS. You typically have at least two pages (the home page and other pages) but the two can share quite a bit of the CSS and HTML

5. Once you have static HTML and CSS, cut the relevant parts to a Master Page (or multiple Master Pages) and include the CSS somehow (directly, or when using multiple themes, you can use the ASP.NET Themes feature).

This is how I usually do it. I am sure other follow a similar pattern yet others do something completely different.

Imar

BTW: I didn't do the designs for the Planet Wrox site. My designer that; U just acted as a true client and repeated step 2 as often as I could.... ;-)
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is it possible to generate HTML and CSS from PhotoShop?????!
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Hey SP2010Dude,

Well, no not really, generally the design in photoshop is sliced up, turned into sprites or individual images if need be, and manually coded into HTML and CSS (For the best results).

You can read more on slicing here:

http://www.psdslicing.com/

If you want to know more on sprites you can take a look here:

http://css-tricks.com/css-sprites/

Also, if your interested in learning more about photoshop, design and other tools I would recommend this network of sites that provides most things you need to know...

http://tutsplus.com/

Thanks / Ryan
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