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KomiDesign says

Hi guys ! Since i did not found what i was looking for by searching on google,i’m asking you directly: Is it really necessary to build first a psd template for your new theme? Is not much more simple to start create your css style directly, inspired or not by other websites or any other design you want to? For example, building a theme for a forum software i find to be a really waste of time by creating first the psd template , not to mention the difficulty creating it .So how many of you out there are using the PSD template method ? Thank you.

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BenSheppard says

I’m not too great with photoshop and everything I make in it is worse than what I make with just pure styling, it’s not necessary but it’s a nice feature

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yourkishore says

Hi guys ! Since i did not found what i was looking for by searching on google,i’m asking you directly: Is it really necessary to build first a psd template for your new theme? Is not much more simple to start create your css style directly, inspired or not by other websites or any other design you want to? For example, building a theme for a forum software i find to be a really waste of time by creating first the psd template , not to mention the difficulty creating it .So how many of you out there are using the PSD template method ? Thank you.

you wont believe me, i just opened forums to ask this question. After seeing Adi’s adaptive wordpress theme developement tutorial in tutsplus.com :)

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KomiDesign says
you wont believe me, i just opened forums to ask this question. After seeing Adi’s adaptive wordpress theme developement tutorial in tutsplus.com
:) . I understand the utility of Photoshop but using it every time you want to create a new theme ,in my opinion is like creating that theme twice and not everyone has a rich imagination to create something nice. Plus i prefer layered pngs made with Fireworks when it comes to create some images/icons i need. I’m asking all these because i see more and more often on many themes, in the section “themeforest files icluded: Layered PSD files” .
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manuelvega says

I almost always include the PSD’s on HTML/WP themes, but you know is just a matter of taste ;)
I find much more comfortable design in psd the full theme before coding.

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tommusrhodus says

I find it increasingly hard to do a full design before starting coding nowadays, why? Responsive, that’s why.

When we used to design static width pages that just had to look perfect at 960px then I think fully fledged designs were great, but now, anything more than a wireframe and a decent bit of inspiration I find too constricting.

Working on a new theme at the moment, all I’ve got is a local design magazine that I loved the layout of, for inspiration, and a solid idea of the outcome I want in my head. It’s amazing how that idea keeps evolving if you keep it fluid :)

I suppose you an always do what Kreisi just did, take it from the browser into Photoshop once it’s finished if there’s demand for a .PSD?

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KomiDesign says

@TommusRhodus : I agree with you, the responsive layout also its one of the reasons that i don’t like creating my site in psd format first. On the other hand, i think the Kriesi’s method is more comfortable 8-)

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competethemes says

I find it increasingly hard to do a full design before starting coding nowadays, why? Responsive, that’s why. When we used to design static width pages that just had to look perfect at 960px then I think fully fledged designs were great, but now, anything more than a wireframe and a decent bit of inspiration I find too constricting.

Well said. I don’t use Photoshop in my process, but if you did couldn’t you also sell the PSD here? So you create the PSD, then the HTML template, then the WordPress theme, and then sell each of them individually. Anyone here do that?

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ThemeBeans says

@CompeteThemes There are authors that do just that though I personally do not believe the time/effort in all of that is worth it in the end. I believe that building value with the full package is far more valuable to customers – thus leading to higher customer loyalty.

As for HTML template, I most certainly do not create an HTML only version of my themes first. That would a ton of work for a very little return in my books.

When it comes to PSD templates I have been hiring freelancers to recreate a couple pages in some of my more popular themes but I always include the PSD sources (any image assets) in the packages.

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