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Chapter 21. Designing Web Sites and Web Pages > Web Design with Illustrator

Web Design with Illustrator

Most professionally designed Web sites start life as pencil on paper or their digital counterparts. Good planning leads to good Web sites. A site’s layout is drafted and individual pages are designed. Specific graphics, such as buttons and banners, are given preliminary shape and size before being created. Illustrator has long been a part of this process. The vector-based illustrations are perfect for laying out individual pages, as well as diagramming entire sites.

You can organize and plan a Web site in many ways. In the past, a separate folder may have been generated for each page of a Web site, with all the pages of a Web site stored in one master folder. Each folder for an individual page may have contained dozens of component pieces, including frame outlines, frames, buttons, button text, page text blocks, scrollbars, banners, and a multitude of other individual pieces. Organizing and tracking each of these components could be difficult. Many components reoccurred on multiple pages, meaning a change to, say, a button shape involved identifying, locating, and changing each button in perhaps dozens of folders.


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