Graphics to CSS

Delia's biggest secret CSS

It's what I do...

For many years I have specialized in graphics to css. Why is that a secret? Simply, because I work as a subcontractor on most of those jobs. I'm not allowed to post links to those sites or show the images. I'm a silent partner!

What I do is take the psd or png file from the graphic designer and create the xhtml/html and css for the website. Most of the time I also integrate that design into an existing website and/or code such as open source scripts like Zen Cart, WordPress, Joomla, etc., but I also work with proprietary software as well.

I'm accustomed to reproducing that design to pixel perfect detail and, depending on your wants, make that design cross-browser compliant (though sometimes cross-browser cannot mean pixel perfect in all browsers).

This is my primary speciality and my passion!

The Technical Details

Following the KISS rule, I do try to produce straightforward CSS without going to complicated lengths to make it work. Because I always strive for cross-browser compliant design, I use mainly CSS1 with some CSS2 elements. I do not use CSS3 except on request and that is assumed not to be cross-browser compliant.

I use as few images as possible - relying on CSS to give the look desired but I may ask to deviate from the original graphics where I think the effect is not so necessary and will require intensive graphic work to make it happen (and therefore increase the cost).

Unfortunately, most of the designs I get are graphic intensive and can really increase the load time for the website. I do the best I can with what I'm given! Since I rarely get to talk directly to the customer, I don't get to do that discussion with them. I'm including some recommendations here to address those issues

Graphic Design Recommendations

You can also read my blog post on ten rules for webdesign.