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Using a Tracing Image to Transfer a Design to a Web Page

A tracing image is useful when you are creating a page design and you have an image showing all the completed page elements. You can use this image as a tracing image. Instead of estimating where the elements go onscreen, you can display a tracing image and lay the individual image and text elements over the tracing image perfectly. A tracing image makes it easy to align objects.

I'm lucky enough to get to work with talented graphic designers when I work on most of my projects. They will usually design the page layout in a graphics tool such as Fireworks or Photoshop. I can ask them to give me a “flattened” version of the file, meaning a single JPG with all of the layers in the graphic merged into one. Then I can use this as a tracing image in Dreamweaver.


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