CSS Styles in Photoshop
For years designers have been designing websites inside of Photoshop. We create our mockups and play with the placement of elements, to try different things out. Photoshop is always been the go-to tool for creating website mockups. However, with the new editions of Photoshop, Adobe is attempting to develop the ability to export CSS styles right inside of Photoshop. This would be a huge development for web designers that like to design visually. It would be great to be able to design your website inside of Photoshop, and then export the CSS directly into your website. This would save time on coding and make design and more visual task. In the video below, I’ll show you how to use CSS styles in Photoshop.
Not every type of design style is available for this feature yet. However, it does show some promise by having control over things such as font size, text shadow, and whether a typeface is bold, regular, or italic. This is a huge leap forward in the web design business. This feature is still in its early stages, but this is a glimpse into the future of Photoshop and web design. You can see from the video I was able to copy the CSS from a drop shadow layer style and paste it directly into a CSS stylesheet. When we previewed this in the browser, the result was close to what we had created inside of Photoshop. Keep in mind that the text shadow was a little stronger, due to how your browser renders text shadows.
CSS Styles in Photoshop: Conclusion
Just think of how amazing it will be in the future to be able to slice up your website and export the HTML and the working CSS in a matter of seconds. You could design a website visually in Photoshop and export it to web standards all inside of Adobe Photoshop. This could save web designers tons of time, but Adobe still has a long way to go before this is a viable method of designing websites. Many features are available, and it’s difficult to determine what is going to work and what doesn’t with Photoshop’s CSS feature. The future is promising for being able to use CSS styles in Photoshop, but there’s still a lot of work to do.