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WordPress Photoshop Plug-in - New Photoshop Plugin Creates Wordpress Blogs And Sites With Ease

Media Lab's NEW SG3xpress for Wordpress Photoshop plug-inMedia Lab has announced that designers can now create PSD to WordPress Themes in Photoshop with Media Lab's NEW SG3xpress for Wordpress Photoshop plug-in. In addition, Media Lab has released the SG3xpress Add-on for its SiteGrinder 3 for users who wish to add advanced blog and WordPress Theme-building to the already powerful SiteGrinder 3 website creation software.

If you know Photoshop then you already know enough to start creating WordPress themes and blogs for yourself and your clients. Creating a blog or a WordPress site in Photoshop is easy with SG3xpress. Now you can go directly to WordPress with your design saving even more time and money for yourself and your clients.

"SG3xpress is great! If you are a graphic designer or web developer like myself you will find the SG3xpress for WordPress Photoshop plug-in to be an invaluable addition to your toolkit," said Chipp Walters, CEO of Altuit. "If you are a SiteGrinder 3 Platform user like me the SG3xpress add-on extends the power of SiteGrinder and is a must have for every SiteGrinder 3 user."

In the past you had two choices for creating a WordPress blog: choose a pre-built WordPress theme or build a theme from scratch by painstakingly coding it yourself. Although there are many pre-packaged WordPress themes available online, using one means you won't have a unique, one of a kind website designed specifically for your business. Yet building a theme and hand-coding is more work than many designers have the ability, time, or desire to do. SG3Xpress for WordPress changes everything.



With SG3xpress for WordPress you can design a website that looks exactly like you want it to look and convert it into a WordPress theme with no hand-coding at all. How does it work? SiteGrinder works by simply adding "hints" to layer and layer comp names to tell SiteGrinder how to code a layer into an HTML or CSS web component, including WordPress posts, comments, sidebars, menu trees, and widget layouts. You can add any other graphical and text elements you desire to your WordPress pages.

SG3xpress comes in two versions:
SG3xpress for Wordpress Photoshop plug-in is a stand-alone Photoshop plug-in uniquely for creating WordPress Themes and has a limited time introductory price of $149.00, a $130 savings. SG3xpress for WordPress retails for $279.00. SG3xpress Add-on for its SiteGrinder 3 has a limited time introduction price of $97.00 a savings of $100. The SG3xpress Add-on requires SiteGrinder 3 and is for those who want the power of the SiteGrinder 3 Platform but also want to build advanced blogs and WordPress themes.

Requirements - SiteGinder 3 and SG3xpress Compatibility
On the PC, SiteGrinder 3 and SG3xpress are compatible with Windows XP and later, including Windows 7. It requires Photoshop 7 or later including the latest Photoshop CS5, or Photoshop Elements 6, 7, 8 and 9. On the Mac, SiteGrinder 3 and SG3xpress are compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or greater, Photoshop CS3, CS4 or CS5 (Mac OS X 10.4 or later for the Intel-based Mac), or Photoshop Elements 6, 7, 8 and 9. Websites created using SiteGrinder 3 are compatible with WordPress 3.0 and greater. Visit www.medialab.com for complete details and to download your copy of SiteGrinder 3 or SG3xpress.

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Site Grinder Web Design Tool

SiteGrinder Photoshop Plugin - Create Websites Instantly There often seems to be a strict division of labor within the world of web design and development. Creative professionals tend to stick to the Photoshop domain, while those well-versed in scripting are left to the task of implementing their work. Indeed, the two realms are quite different from each other, to which any of us even vaguely familiar with either can easily attest.

Essentially, Photoshop is a no-holds-barred design studio, offering the artist a seemingly endless array of creative options. On the other hand, HTML, CSS, Java and the like follow strict rules of engagement, requiring the developer to take any number of esoteric concerns into consideration in order to ensure that designs are properly displayed on the web.

Turn Photoshop Into A Complete Web Design Tool
SiteGrinder seeks to bridge this gap between design and development. Basically, SiteGrinder turns Photoshop into an easy-to-use and fully functional web design tool. With SiteGrinder, designers will now have the freedom to totally let their creativity loose and then, without skipping a beat, transfer their designs to the web. Bringing esthetic concerns together with more practical considerations, SiteGrinder is an amazingly powerful tool that would make a fantastic addition to any web designer's bag of tricks. Mac OS X and Windows versions of the SiteGrinder unlockable demo are available now via download.

SG3xpress Photoshop Plug-in From Media Lab - Quick Tutorial

Media Lab's NEW SG3xpress for Wordpress Photoshop plug-inThe SG3xpress Photoshop plug-in from Media Lab is a new product that converts Photoshop designs to WordPress themes and fully-functional blogs.

Starting with Photoshop CS, Adobe introduced a feature with its own palette (like the layers palette) called “layer comps”. Most Photoshop users have never used the feature, but it turns out to be tremendously useful, enabling you to:

• Save snapshots of multiple revisions of your document to try out different ideas, colors, and elements
• Save snapshots of multiple versions of your document to show clients
• Create snapshots of multiple steps in a process for making tutorial graphics or videos
• Make a multi-page website or WordPress theme all in one Photoshop file (with SiteGrinder 3 from Media Lab).

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According to the Adobe website, "Without layer comps, a designer might need to save several versions of a file, each with different variations for the layers. With layer comps, a designer can simply save a layer comp as part of the file. Even better, Photoshop also allows you to easily turn layer comps into Adobe PDF documents with each layer comp as its own PDF page. These PDF documents can then be used as presentations to show the variations of a document."

To do this, after you create all the layer comps for a document, choose File > Scripts > Layer Comp To Files, then choose PDF.

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What are Photoshop Layer Comps?
Another way to look at it is to think of layer comps as bookmarks that preserve what a document looks like at various points in time as you work on it. You can give layer comps custom names, and later you can return the document to the state preserved in the layer comp.

What we mean by “preserve what a document looks like” is actually simple:
• By default, layer comps just remember which layers were hidden and which were visible at the moment you created the layer comp.
• Returning the document to that state is called “applying” the layer comp, and is done using the layer comps palette.
• When you apply a layer comp, Photoshop just hides the layers that were hidden when the layer comp was originally created and shows the layers that were visible when the layer comp was originally created.
• Layer comps save with your Photoshop document, so they’ll be there after you close your document and open it again later.

Creating a document with several layer comps is quite easy:
1. Create and position the layers that you want to have visible for any specific reason.
2. Make a new layer comp to preserve the current state of the document.
3. Name the layer comp what you want.
4. Hide any layers unique to the design you were just working on and leave visible the layers used on both the previous design and the new design you are starting. Create any new layers you need for the new design.
5. Go to step 2.

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Layer comps aren’t fixed and unchangeable.  At any time you can update a layer comp you made earlier to reflect the current state of the document by using the layer palette’s “Update layer comp” command if you want to add layers to or delete layers from an existing layer comp.

Say you make a layer comp and then realize you forgot to include an important element like the company logo. Simply apply the layer comp you want to update, and make whatever changes are necessary such as making the logo layer visible. You'll notice when you make changes to a document after you've created a layer comp, the icon for the active layer comp moves to "current document state". Click in the rectangular area containing the name of the layer comp you want to update (not on the square to the left of the name), so it is highlighted. Then right click and select "update layer comp" or click the little circular update button at the bottom of the palette. The little icon will appear next to that layercomp’s name in the palette, indicating that it is updated and active.

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Creating Web Pages from Photoshop Layer Comps
You can name layer comps whatever you like to help keep track of them. To tell SiteGrinder that a layer comp is meant to be a page on your site you add the “-page” hint to the end of its name. The -page hint is only used on layer comps, never on layers or layer groups.

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Note: No layer comp page can have the same name as another layer comp page. SiteGrinder will warn you if you have two layer comps named “blog-page” for example.

Here’s an overview of how you’d use layer comps with SiteGrinder to create web pages:
1. Create and position the layers that you want to have on any particular page of your site.
2. Make a new layer comp when you are ready to start on another page, or want to do a quick build to see how things look so far in a browser.
3. Name the layer comp what you want (usually matching to a button or menu name) and add the -page hint to the comp.
4. Hide the layers unique to the page you were just working on and leave visible the layers used on both the previous page and the new page you are starting.
5. Go to step 2.

WordPress Special Pages
In addition to creating standard web pages with layer comps, you can also create special pages to include as part of a WordPress theme.
These include the following:
• Unique "single post" versus "multiple post" view pages
• A "404" error page to display when the user clicks on a link to a page of your blog that doesn't exist for some reason
• A search results page used to display results when site visitors search your blog
• An archive page to display archives of your blog
• A "front page" that can act as a unique landing page for your blog
• An "author" page with information about the blog author

Let's take a look at how this is done in an actual Photoshop file.
In our sample template, FancyDesignUp.PSD, let's look at the layer comps menu. Click on the little square next to each different layer comp in turn to see what we’ve included on each page. (Or use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the layer comps palette to cycle through them.)

You’ll see that different layers are set to be visible and invisible for each page. Some of these layer comps, like home-page, about-page, and gallery-page, match the names of items in the menu at the top of the site. The menu layers are visible in all of the layer comps and SiteGrinder is smart enough to automatically link a button or menu item to the page of the layer comp with the same name. So the main pages of the site are all built and linked together automatically for you.

OK, now we’re ready to move from Photoshop to SiteGrinder, so we can see what happens in the browser: Select File>Automate>SiteGrinder 3 from within Photoshop.

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We'll skip over the SiteGrinder Report and Compression tabs for now and go directly to the Build & Deploy tab.
1. You'll see a page listed to match each of the layer comps you created and named with the -page hint.
2. Click the pages you want to build.
3. Click Build at the bottom of the column below the checkboxes.

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The SiteGrinder Design Manager will open and you can preview your pages here, and make changes to various CSS styles. Since we're focusing on Photoshop today, the main thing to notice is that there is one page built to match each layer comp. You can click on the name of each page in the Design Manager to view it in the browser.

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WordPress Photoshop Plug-in Creates Wordpress Blogs & Sites

Media Lab's NEW SG3xpress for Wordpress Photoshop plug-inDesigners can now create PSD to WordPress Themes in Photoshop with Media Lab's NEW SG3xpress for Wordpress Photoshop plug-in. In addition, Media Lab has released the SG3xpress Add-on for its SiteGrinder 3 for users who wish to add advanced blog and WordPress Theme-building to the already powerful SiteGrinder 3 website creation software.

If you know Photoshop then you already know enough to start creating WordPress themes and blogs for yourself and your clients. Creating a blog or a WordPress site in Photoshop is easy with SG3xpress. Now you can go directly to WordPress with your design saving even more time and money for yourself and your clients.

"SG3xpress is great! If you are a graphic designer or web developer like myself you will find the SG3xpress for WordPress Photoshop plug-in to be an invaluable addition to your toolkit," said Chipp Walters, CEO of Altuit. "If you are a SiteGrinder 3 Platform user like me the SG3xpress add-on extends the power of SiteGrinder and is a must have for every SiteGrinder 3 user."

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SiteGrinder 3 Plug-in For Adobe Photoshop Adds eCommerce And Content Management To New PlatformMedia Lab today announced SiteGrinder 3, its next generation web site development platform. In addition to over 300 new features, Media Lab SiteGrinder 3 supports two new optional add-ons, Commerce and Control. The SiteGrinder 3 Commerce add-on builds web stores with a fully-integrated shopping cart from within Photoshop.

Users can now easily create online stores with shopping carts from image galleries using simple Photoshop text and art layers. After publishing their store to the web, users can edit products, pricing, images and descriptions remotely using any web browser. (SG3 Commerce requires a subscription from FoxyCart.)

The SiteGrinder 3 Control add-on enables website content management from any Internet-connected computer through a web browser. The designer/developer (or client) can quickly change any site content including page additions, text, images and galleries remotely from any web browser, all without returning to Photoshop.

"SiteGrinder 3 is the best website development tool that I have ever used," said Charles Hurst, Web Designer. "Its integration with Photoshop as a plug-in gives me a complete development platform from initial design all the way to a working published website. With the optional Commerce and Control add-ons, and the over 300 new features and functions in SiteGrinder 3, I have complete control over the design, deployment and remote management of my websites."

Graphic designers, photographers, artists or anyone can easily transform their Photoshop designs into CSS and XHTML standards-compliant websites without writing a single line of code. For developers who want to improve their work flow, all code generated by SiteGrinder 3 is fully editable in Dreamweaver or any other CSS or HTML editor.

"We use SiteGrinder 3 as an integral part of our web application design and work flow." said Chipp Walters, Shafer Walters Group, Inc. "In situations where the client needs a radical design change, the results can be implemented in hours instead of days. We particularly like the new features of SG3, including multiple column resizing and three state button support. Overall, SiteGrinder 3's ROI for our client has been great!"

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* Add flash and other multimedia to your pages easily
* Create advanced, versatile page layout
* Provide forms for email, Google Map and more

"SiteGrinder 3 does not merely have more features than SiteGrinder 2, it is the next generation website development platform," said Tom Summerall, co-founder, Media Lab, Inc. "It has a completely new architecture, workflow, and user interface. SiteGrinder 3's new features and functionality radically improve the design experience and workflow making it easier than ever to design and manage the ultimate website." For more information please visit the SiteGrinder 3 Store.

SiteGrinder — Photoshop Plugin Review
Review by Jennifer Apple
Mac OS X and Windows versions of the SiteGrinder unlockable demo are available now via download. SiteGrinder can be ordered from Media Lab's online store.

SiteGrinder 2 Basic and SiteGrinder 2 ProSiteGrinder seeks to bridge the gap between design and development. Basically, this program turns Photoshop into an easy-to-use and fully functional web design tool. With SiteGrinder, designers will now have the freedom to totally let their creativity loose and then, without skipping a beat, transfer their designs to the web. Bringing esthetic concerns together with more practical considerations, this program is an amazingly powerful tool that would make a fantastic addition to any web designer's bag of tricks.

So how does it work? Think for a second about the normal flow of work for any web design project. You'll spend a great deal of your time designing the visual appearance of your website in Photoshop, only to turn around and spend even more time working with a code editor like Dreamweaver or GoLive, going through the labor-intensive process of reconstructing these designs for the web.

Not to mention that fact that your creativity is often significantly limited when you're using a design program that's completely separate from the program that's used to prep everything for the web. Not everything that you design will be functional when it's translated to the web, nor will it be compatible with all web browsers period! As such, you'll often find yourself not going that extra creative mile just because you know that your web developer will have to re-work your designs just to make sure that they can be used online.

Generate Your Web Pages Directly From Photoshop
SiteGrinder 2 Basic and SiteGrinder 2 Pro
SiteGrinder throws all these considerations to the wind. By generating web pages directly from Photoshop, you'll be able to spend much more time on the creative end of the spectrum, since you'll know right off the bat how well particular designs will translate to the web. No more going back to the Photoshop drawing board after getting a phone call from your development team, telling you that what you had envisioned doesn't have a chance of being displayed on the web. You can immediately visually and interactively test your designs, which permits you to then make changes to either esthetics or functions while it's still relatively early on in the design process.

With SiteGrinder , you can easily convert Photoshop Type layers into CSS styled web text. Virtually all of Photoshop's character and paragraph styles are supported by CSS, so you'll be able to ensure a smooth transition from workspace to web browser. This includes everything from bold and italic to paragraph spacing and alignment. Even hyperlinking is made easy, as SiteGrinder will automatically turn any HTTP and e-mail URLs into hyperlinks.

Create Buttons, Rollovers, Popups & Menus
Likewise, SiteGrinder will convert image layers to web graphics, generating automatically the HTML needed to display your images on your website exactly where you had positioned them in Photoshop.

SiteGrinder 2 Basic and SiteGrinder 2 Pro All the basic elements of any standard website are also easy to achieve by using SiteGrinder with Photoshop, which allows you to create buttons, rollovers, pop-ups and menus. Pretty much all you have to do is tell SiteGrinder about special layers by including "hints" when you name the layers – simply include "button", "rollover" or "pop-up" in your layer name and SiteGrinder will create your preferred interactive feature automatically.

No Tables Here — SiteGrinder Produces Valid XHTML 1.1 and CSS
It's also a breeze to create a multipage website from a single Photoshop document, by using a Photoshop tool called the Layer Comps palette. Often overlooked, this incredibly powerful little tool lets you save and name particular document states, including the position and visibility of every layer. To create multiple pages, all you have to do is make the document look the way that you want a page on your site to look, and then make a layer comp — then set up the next page and make another layer comp, and so on. SiteGrinder will then use these comps to figure out what to include on the web pages that it will generate for you. It's as easy as that!

SiteGrinder effectively functions as your very own web technician, who knows all there is to know about CSS, HTML and other complex web formats.

You don't need to spend precious time and money learning the intricacies of web-speak when SiteGrinder can do all this work for you, leaving you with much more time and freedom to explore the limits of your creative potential in the Photoshop world you know so well.

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Written by two internationally recognized authors and Adobe Photoshop Ambassadors, this established book and DVD package is fully updated with the latest CS5 features and contains vital information on optimizing photography and digital imaging workflows. Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills includes a DVD with more than 10 hours of movie tutorials and supporting files.

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills - By Mark Galer And Philip Andrews


Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills - Adobe Photoshop CS4 BookBrimming with beautiful pictures, Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills guides you through a project-based, progressive curriculum so that you can build all the essential skills to enhance photographs creatively and professionally with Photoshop CS4. If you are an aspiring professional or a student learning photography, digital imaging, or design graphics, you'll be amazed at the stunning results you can achieve. A DVD is included free.

The Essential Skills Photography Series from Focal Press uniquely offers a structured learning experience for photographers of all ages, with both the underlying theory and loads of invaluable 'how to' and real-life practice projects - all from the most talented photography practitioners/educators in the world.

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Skin Retouching Tips In Photoshop CS4
Transforming Smart Objects In Photoshop CS4
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Read 2 free sample chapters from the Adobe Photoshop CS3 version:

Adjusting Exposure in Adobe Camera Raw CS3
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial High Dynamic Range

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Photoshop CS5 & Photoshop CS5 Extended - Best Deals From Adobe
Photoshop CS5 & Photoshop CS5 Extended - Best Deals From Adobe Adobe Photoshop CS5 delivers breakthrough capabilities to help you create images with impact. Refine your images with reengineered photography tools for removing noise, adding grain, and creating high dynamic range (HDR) images. Get precise results when making complex selections. Remove any image element and see the space fill in almost magically. Paint with naturally textured brushstrokes and realistic color blends. Learn more about Photoshop CS5.

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Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium software gives you fresh new creative tools, along with the ability to deliver ideas faster in print and create interactive content without writing code. Plus Design Premium integrates with Adobe CS Live online services to maximize your design time by streamlining critical nondesign tasks.

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See our Photoshop CS5 Resource Center for Free Photoshop CS5 Tutorials, and the Free Photoshop CS5 Trial Download. See our Photoshop CS4 Resource Center for Free Photoshop CS4 Tutorials.


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