Joomla is very soon becoming the most popular content management system. With more and more websites adopting Joomla as their platform of choice, it becomes necessary that one is able to build professional quality websites with the platform. The most important part of the Joomla is the Joomla template. So, what if you start with Photoshop, build an awesome looking PSD file and then convert it to a Joomla template. Here is how to convert Photoshop file to Joomla template.
With so many websites around, the design of the website is the most important aspect. There are plenty of templates available on Joomla. However, there would be nothing better than having your own design. So, in this tutorial we would want to start with a PSD and describe the steps for converting the PSD to Joomla. It should be noted that PSD to Joomla conversion is one of the most sought after service. It is a complex process and we would describe only a skeleton of the task so that you would have to go through in order to complete the conversion. Let’s get on with it.
Before starting the tutorial you should have the PSD file prepared. And it is also assumed that you know enough of PSD to carry out some above average tasks.
Step 1: Slicing the PSD file
The web template which you have designed in the Photoshop, need to be sliced in multiple layers before we can go ahead. The images which are designed in the Photoshop need to be sliced into multiple layers so that they can be integrated properly in the Joomla framework. Anyone who knows how to work with layers would know how to slice one PSD file into different layers.
Step 2: Change PSD to HTML
This step requires you to know enough of HTML and especially XHTML to convert the PSD layers into an HTML file. The scheme is that once you have completed this conversion, you can use a Joomla extension to import the HTML file to Joomla. Remember, that since this would be the website, you should know some things beforehand. The navigation of the website should be clean and you should know how to optimize the website for search engines. There should not be many tables in the HTML page, if you really need to work with tables, and then use nice looking CSS for the same purpose. During the conversion, make sure that your website is compatible with as many browsers as possible.
Step 3: Import this HTML file to Joomla
Once you are done converting the PSD file into HTML or XHTML, the next step is to import this file to Joomla. There are extensions which are designed specifically for this purpose. You can look for this extension in the official Joomla website. After including this HTML file to Joomla, you would have to do some customizations for the template to fit well into the website. After completing this, your branded website would be created.
The crucial step here is creating a good website template with Photoshop. There are actually dedicated services which work towards designing web templates for you. If you want to get your hands dirty, you can download some templates from the internet and tinker with them till you get the template you need. And as for the conversion of the Photoshop file to Joomla template, you can find services which deliver it. It doesn’t cost much, but in the end you get seamless integration with your Joomla. Joomla is a very powerful platform and your website can reach great heights if you know how to use Photoshop for delivering a beautiful and elegant look to your website.