Front End Development: From PSD to Drupal Theme Course

You've just been handed a gorgeous, static Photoshop file. By tomorrow it needs to be a responsive, extensible, and compatible Drupal theme for some Web site you've never seen. *gulp* No worries! In this workshop Lullabots Emma Jane Westby and John Albin Wilkins will help you to transform a Photoshop file into a real live theme using real life, up-to-date front end development best practices.

We'll cover

  • Rapid prototyping with Minimum Viable Themes.
  • Grid frameworks that save you time and make building themes a "snap".
  • Image extraction techniques that give you higher control over how your Drupal theme works on real web sites.
  • The powerful helper modules that make impossible coding tasks trivial--especially if you're afraid of code.

Who will gain the most from this course?

This workshop is appropriate for first-time themers with experience in HTML and CSS, but no experience with PHP. You are a graphic designer or a small business owner looking to increase your skills. Or you might also be a manager or project manager looking to improve your team and client communication skills.

What will you learn?

Participants will recreate the Domicile themes from design files and wire frames. After the course, participants will have the resources to build working Drupal themes from their own design files AS WELL AS access to an additional TWO designs to work through at-their-own-pace.

Prerequisites for the course

Participants have experience using Drupal and are ready to create their first theme. You may prepare for this course by putting together a list of challenges you would like to overcome. There will be time during the day to address your specific questions about creating Drupal themes. Graphic designers are welcome to bring sample design files (PSD) to "workshop". Please make sure you have a graphics program installed on your laptop that can open a PSD file. The latest version of GIMP will work perfectly.

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