PSD to Joomla in five simple steps with some programming required

psdtojoomlaWith over thirty five million downloads, Joomla is arguably one of the most popular content management systems available on the internet today. As open source software, Joomla also boasts some of the most comprehensive and robust extension libraries available. There are a lot of courses and people who are eager to help you with your joomla websites as well. These are some of the reasons why Joomla is one of the top web frameworks for publishing web content. The diversity offered by the platform along with the flexibility makes it an ideal platform for delivering high quality content.

Adobe Photoshop is seen as the industry standard where it comes to the design and development of top quality graphics. Photoshop graphics are known for their high quality together with being optimized for the web. So it’s no wonder that converting a psd web layout to Joomla is one of the most popular ways to ensure top quality content delivered with top quality graphics. With photoshop delivering pixel-perfect graphics and Joomla delivering top quality content delivery, it’s a match made in heaven.

The only problem arises when you begin to convert a psd to joomla. The steps to converting the psd are not too complicated; however the actual conversion requires a number of fairly specialized skills with regards to graphic design, HTML programming skills as well as CSS skills. There may also be some scripting involved too, which makes the process quite labor intensive as far as programming skills are concerned. The steps to converting a psd to Joomla are briefly:

1.       Creation of the psd layout

2.       Splicing the graphics of the psd

3.       Designing the HTML to include graphic elements

4.       CSS coding of the template

5.       Integration of the design into Joomla

Creation of the psd layout.

The first step to converting your psd to to Joomla is to begin with an awesome psd layout. If you are a great designer, then step should be easy enough with Photoshop. But for those who don’t have awesome design skills, there are free psd templates online which you can use to create the perfect website. Here is a free template I found on the web:

But even with a free template, you will need some Photoshop skills to complete the first step in converting your psd to joomla. For basic skills needed you can take a course like Adobe Photoshop CC Learn by Video from udemy, which will prepare you for the next step.

Splicing the graphics of the psd

Once you have your template you need to splice the pieces of the template to create the background, images and other graphic elements for you page. To splice the psd properly, you need good Photoshop skills to access the various layers and elements of the image and to include in them your website. Remember that certain elements will be included in the CSS file and those elements do not need to be retrieved from the psd.

The CSS elements will include fonts and with the new CSS properties can even include shadows and gradients.

To splice the images you need to access each layer and “cut” or splice the images parts you will be using in your joomla template. Once you have retrieved the images, it is best to save them in a folder which you can easily access later and also use naming conventions which will make them easier to find.

Designing the HTML to include graphic elements

Once you have the graphical elements ready to go, it’s time to add the major graphics to the website using HTML. This step will require a good understanding of HTML. A course like Learn HTML 5 from udemy is a good place to start to learn the HTML that this step will require.

Creating the HTML will include creating the logo, creating the menu structure for your new Joomla template, as well as placing the other images within the required html tags. The HTML will also allow you to specify the layout of the page, where to include columns, how many columns to include and other similar elements.

CSS coding of the template

Once you have finalized the layout using the HTML template then it’s time to build the style sheet which will be applied to the HTML and the website in general. The style sheet will determine heading formats, font formats, hyperlink formats etc. The CSS file is saved in the main folder for easy access and it will determine the format of the final website. The CSS can be coded to include graphic elements like sliders, menu lists and other design elements which will help you take your website to the next level.

Coding the CSS requires good knowledge of style sheets work and also how to code them. The CSS involved in converting a psd to css is fairly advanced in nature and requires an in-depth knowledge of how to code a css as well as how it works. A course like Advanced CSS Training from udemy will give you all the tools you may need to convert your psd to css.

Integration of the design into Joomla

Now that the front end of you new website is complete, you will need to integrate the files into a joomla template. The html, graphics and CSS form the front end of the website and the joomla is the engine which manages the content for the website so it is important that the integration forms a seamless link between the front end and the program.

When you integrate your HTML and CSS into the joomla template there is a file structure that has to be followed to ensure that the content is displayed correctly. This step requires good knowledge of joomla and how this content management system works. There are some instructions on joomla itself which include information on building a template, but a course like Joomla 2.5 Template Design will save you hours of frustration where it comes to setting up your file structure and joomla integration.

Converting a psd to joomla can result in a very powerful and also graphically stunning website. The process sounds technical but it can be achieved if you have the skills necessary to create the various aspects of the template. It is not very complicated to convert a psd to joomla. It merely takes patience, perseverance and the right skill set and you can easily acquire the skill set with the right training and courses.