How to Convert PSD to HTML5 in just 5 Steps: A Definitive Guide

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The web development industry is going through a dynamic phase, where responsive design has become the latest trend-setter as W3C has officially recommended HTML5 as the latest HTML standard that came after a decade or more. And along with the birth of HTML5, a new level of Cascading Style Sheets- CSS3 has also come out, which eventually lets you make a responsive website using the ‘Media Queries’.

However, if you are a beginner or on an intermediate level, it’s quite likely you won’t be having any expertise in designing websites using HTML5 and CSS3. And that’s what prompted us to come with a definitive guide on PSD to HTML5 conversion, where you would learn the conversion technique in 5 easy steps. We’ll also tell you about some of the best resources available on the Internet, from where you can get the in-depth knowledge about the conversion process.

Let’s begin with our 5 step PSD to HTML5 Conversion process, where we’d cover all the things that are essential.
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Step 1: A PSD Design

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Since you’d be converting a PSD design into an HTML5 template, we assume you have your PSD with you right now. Also, there are certain points listed below that you may need to know and implement in your PSDs (if required) to ease up the work and save your time.

Clear Understanding:- Before you begin to design or if you have already made it then you must ensure that you have a clear understanding of the project. This will help you come out with an eye catching design that would have all the elements, like; Header, Navigation Bar, Footer, Sidebar, etc., placed in a sequential order.

Photoshop Layers:- A PSD design should be made in Photoshop Layers, as it will help you select and pick appropriate things at the appropriate times without using the Photoshop slice tool.

Step 2: Colors

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Though we could have covered ‘Colors’, under the PSD segment, but being one of the most essential things, we thought it would be best to throw some light on it once again.

Colors play an important role in the success of any website, so it is quite important to choose the wisest colors possible for it. However, it also depends on the industry your business belongs too. Additionally, there’s a vast difference between the color preferences of males and females. Here’s a nice breakdown of it described by Sean Work.

But to go deeper into the roots to understand the entire theory of colors, and how important they are for web designers and how you can select the best colors for your website, we would suggest you to go through a post neatly written by Thomas Cannon, where he introduces the color theory to all web designers.

Step 3: HTML5

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As we mentioned above HTML5 is the latest W3C recommended standard, in the web industry. With HTML5 the process of making striking websites has eased up a lot. Now you need not use images to beautify your websites. For example; you can avoid using an image for making a call to action button, instead you can use the CSS3 and HTML5 to get it done. This will save your time. In fact, it will eventually increase the page loading speed, as high resolution images take more time to load than HTML and CSS codes. But still if you need to use certain images on your website, then you must go through this post to understand the basics of choosing the appropriate image format based on your business needs.

Additionally, with the existence of HTML5, you can now avoid using flash based videos on your website to describe what you do, how you do and why people should prefer you or to promote your products and services. That’s because with HTML5 many new tags have been introduced for the first time, which includes the ’<video> </video>’ tag. Moreover, with HTML5 defining your web page doctype has become a lot easier than it was ever before, and you just need to put this <!Doctype html> to tell web browsers that your website uses HTML5. Apart from the addition of new tags, there are certain tags which aren’t available anymore in the new HTML5. Here’s a list where you can learn about them.

But, that’s not all that you need to know about HTML5 to begin converting a PSD into HTML5 template, therefore, we advise you to gather complete knowledge on HTML5 and its newly introduced tags.

Step 4: CSS Level 3

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The HTML5 gave birth to the CSS3 or Cascading Style Sheets level 3, which helps in re-defining the websites using a set of very less codes. In CSS3, many new selectors and properties have been introduced, which can make your website more enticing than ever and fun to browse. For this, you can use the new 2D and 3D transforms available in the CSS3 to apply the 2D and 3D effect on certain elements of the website. Earlier it was only possible with the help of 2D and 3D images developed in Photoshop.

Moreover, now you can apply a gradient, text-shadow, 360 degree transition, resize the background image, use border radius to make rounded corners, box-shadow, border image to create a border with an image.

Step 5: Media Queries

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With CSS3 comes media queries, which helps in making a responsive site. And that’s what you should target while developing a website; otherwise you will have to develop a new website for every device, as a desktop version of a website won’t work perfectly on an iPhone or iPad. But if you opt for a responsive website, it will adapt to any screen size depending upon the output device. To understand media queries thoroughly, you can refer to this W3C document on Media Queries.

Step 6: Conclusion

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Once you learn all the 5 mentioned crucial steps, you can go ahead with your web development project, and we are very sure that you will come with a fantastic website that will grab everyone’s attention. However, if you believe that we have missed out on certain things that should be included in the article above, and then please let us know via the comment section provided below, and we will try our best to include that in our future articles.
RahulD63 days ago

This could help a few beginners in understanding HTML5.

HTML5 is the latest revision in the markup
language of the internet for the World Wide Web, mainly used to present
contents and structures. It also aims in improving the language understanding
by humans and also by computers and devices, to be supportive for the latest
multimedia needs. Being a mixture of HTML and XHTML, it is also used in markup
and application programming interfaces for complex web applications.

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adamparker0215 months ago

Nice post by ipraxa. I also found a company which provides PSD to HTML5 conversion service at the affordable prices. See at: http://www.htmlpanda.com/

tech071 year ago

Nice tutorial I converted psd to html using it and i have found this page which makes a list of sites where you can also convert psd to html online http://www.mytechshout.com/online-tools-to-convert-psd-to-html.html

exitpromo1 year ago

Great tutorial, but this can take weeks to complete for a complex PSD design. Use Export Kit: http://exportkit.com - and convert your PSD to HTML5 in a few clicks!

Thanks for info you can find PSD to HTML5 development services at http://techcutt.com/psd-to-html5-theme-conversion-service
echaudhary2 years ago
Very good information about psd to html5 conversion html5 is the new family member of html language.