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Old September 8th, 2007, 07:03 PM
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Importing Photoshop Layouts Into Dreamweaver

Hello...
I'm new to Dreamweaver (I know almost nothing about it) and I am currently working on a layout to be imported from Photoshop.
I have 2 questions-
Do you know if I have to import each object that I created in Photoshop manually into Dreamweaver, or is there a way to import the whole page? I also have some text that I added to my layout in Photoshop, do you know if I have to retype it in Dreamweaver to make it a link, or can Dreamweaver import layers?
Any help would be appreciated, thanks guys. =)

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Old September 8th, 2007, 08:34 PM
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I'm not sure if both Photoshop CS3 and Dreamweaver CS3 can collaborate, but maybe you'd wanna explore that.

In answer to your more specific questions;

1- You can create a site by going to Site>New Site..
And select the folder which contains all of your images you have created in Photoshop, this will import them all into the Files panel on the right hand side of your Dreamweaver interface. (If you don't see your Files panel, just press F8.)

2- When you create a layout in Photoshop, it's probably best to just include 'dummy text' (Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.. etc.) rather than typing out the content you wish to have on your website. No, I don't think there is a way you can import the text into Dreamweaver, however.. what you can do is open your layers in Photoshop and copy and paste your text into Dreamweaver. Just so you can avoid re-typing it all.

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Thx alot!

Ok, I will give that a try. I think I am understanding it a little better now.

If there really is anything that I don't understand, it's linking- I know that in Dreamweaver you create a folder on the server where you keep your pages, and then you can specify the location on the server where the files are, but what I don't get is how to define the actual URL.

Anyway, thanks alot for your help on the other subject of bringing the Photoshop stuff in! =)

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Linking in Dreamweaver is a bit of a pain. The URL that gets placed into your <a href tags are from your local disk, so you need to change this.

A foolproof method is just to create the exact same folders on your hard drive as you will place in your FTP client. That way, when you link them in Dreamweaver, all you need to do is remove the C:/.. extension.

That's probably quite cryptic to understand, so here's an example;

File directory I've imported into Dreamweaver;
Code:
C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\DishwashingMonkey\FTP\html\index.php


File directory in my FTP;
Code:
/html/index.php


So, essentially, all I would need to do in Dreamweaver, is delete;
Code:
C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\DishwashingMonkey\FTP\

and switch around my slashes.

I hope that's clear, I never really was any good at explaining things

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Old September 9th, 2007, 01:55 PM
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Yeah, I get that, but I mean lets say for example I had a website and a page within it. I know how to create links to files on the server, but I'm talking about an actual URL that somone can type into their address bar and will take them directly to that page.
Or maybe I'm not understanding- maybe the link to the file on the server is the URL that a user would type to visit a page, and I can't create one because it is already defined?
Thanks for your time. =)

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The extension, if I'm understanding you correctly, would just simply be www.nameofyoursite.com/page.html

Or www.nameofyoursite.com/foldername/page.html

So you actually include the name of the folder in the URL.

I'll give you an example just for clarity.

On a web forum of some kind, in your FTP client you may possibly have a folder called Forum that all your forum pages and styles are contained within.
So your URL would contain the name of the folder in such a manner;

www.nameofyoursite.com/Forum/viewforum.php or the like.

So, if somebody typed that exact URL into their browser, it would take them directly to the viewforum.php page.

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Allright.. I think I got that.. so what you're saying is basically that the URL is the file path... I don't need to create one, since the way I organize my site will organize how my URLS appear.
Thanks alot for all of your help. I will be sure to post here on the forums often, to help others out and ask for help when I need it (trust me I do need it alot lol).
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Glad to have you on board and no worries for all the questions! That's what we're here for.

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