Elements assignment shouldn't break the frame boundaries of a grid block in order to publish them!
Limitations on Adobe Photoshop folders' nesting (for CS - CS4 - no more than 5; for CS5 - more than 5).
Auto setting of groups is working starting from Adobe Photoshop CS and higher.
There are no groups in Photoshop Elements, PSD hints are limited by layers.
Boundaries of a paragraph text shouldn't break frames of a grid block.
More details on what theme elements are, what types they have and what they are used for can be found in the 'Elements' guide.
Rules of PSD hints use
1. Use groups' names for PSD hints.
In other words, each element gets a Photoshop group with an appropriate PSD hint name, detailed in the Element's hints list.
2. Nested groups for an appropriate element state are taken into account.
It will help to define the element states like normal, hover, visited, click.
Rules of PSD hints use. Work with groups.
3. Layers are not taken into account for auto setting (so you may name them as you wish).
Only group's name is used for auto setting.
4. Only the top text layer is to be chosen as an element's text.
In case an element consists of several different text layers, only the top text layer is to be selected as an element's text. The rest layers in the group merge into one image.
Rules of PSD hints use. Work with text layers.
5. An element will not be defined in the Publish Editor, if any of its layers breaks boundaries of an appropriate grid block.
Rules of PSD hints use. Crossing of a grid block's boundary.
Hint: If you create a new PSD template from the Layout Editor, the order of layers and their groups will be created automatically in accordance with the structure and added elements in the Layout Editor.
More details on the list of PSD hints with elements description can be found in the Element's hints list
PSD hints use: where and how
It's just an optional possibility as it was said before. This functionality was developed for those who like or need to change theme's design very often. Mainly, such people are designers, web developers or fastidious bloggers.
In case you use a template for theme creation only, without applying any changes later, you'd better assign elements in the Publish Editor. It'll be much easier and faster.
Issue Resolved: Website Background Image Stretch
by Dmitriy, Divine Elemente Team
| May 30, 2011
Seamless background stretch is a unique technology provided by Divine Elemente only, that for the first time in web industry allows to display textures or background of a website block at vertical stretching or compression with no visible seams!
Background image is graphics that fills spaces to the left and to the right from the website’s content boundaries (on monitors with high screen resolution).
An example of a template with use of ‘Seamless stretch’ and ‘Background image’
In this guide, we'll consider main aspects of work with this unique technology and large background image.
Use of ‘Sides’ grid blocks
If you use a template with a graphics that fills spaces to the left and to the right from the website’s content boundaries, a special layout grid with ‘Sides’ blocks can be applied.
An example of a template with use of ‘Sides’ grid blocks
Interesting: An author of this theme spent near a week to handcraft beautiful design in Photoshop, providing full detalisation from scratch... However to publish a complete working theme for WordPress without a line of code, you'll need less than 5 minutes.
First of all, to create a template with sides, specify an appropriate layout grid with additional ‘Sides’ blocks in the Layout Editor.
Selection of an appropriate layout grid
If you decided to create a template with sides, you are to select a required layout grid in the right panel and set parameters in accordance with the page's template.
More details on this process can be found in the Layout Editor guide.
Selection of a grid and setting of page's parameters in the Layout Editor.
Everything in the ‘Sides’ grid blocks will be defined as an image outside the website’s content boundaries.
Then, let's consider theme's stretch parameters responsible for large background image filling at content's height enlargement.
Use of stretch parameters
There are just four types of filling background's gaps in case the content breaks page boundaries vertically: No Stretch, One Big Background, Simple Stretch, Seamless Stretch.
Types of background design.
BG Type: One Big Background - At page's enlargement, layers that lie on the background are merged and published as one huge image, including the ‘Footer’. It’s recommended to use this type for one-color website or websites with one large photo.
Types of background design. One Big Background.
BG Type: No Stretch - At page's enlargement, background's gaps are not filled with repeated images of this background. It’s recommended to use this type for the ‘Header’ and the ‘Footer’ grid blocks, as these images are not to stretch vertically in 90% cases.
Types of background design. No Stretch.
BG Type: Simple Stretch - At page's enlargement, background's gaps are filled with repeated images of this background. It works well for flat backgrounds, but not for complex textures.
Types of background design. Simple Stretch.
BG Type: Seamless Stretch - At page's enlargement, background's gaps are filled with repeated images of this background with unique smart algorithm. This method is extremely useful for really complex backgrounds (textures like leather, grass, wood, paper, etc.).
Types of background design. Seamless stretch.
Please Note: Possibility to set a background is available only for elements and the entire page in Divine Elemente 0.9. But possibility to set background for widgets and grid blocks will be available in the next version of Divine Elemente plugin.
For more detailed page settings, you can specify your own stretch parameters for each background part.
For example: Leave No Stretch for ‘Header’, set Seamless Stretch for ‘Content’ and use Simple Stretch for the ‘Footer’.
You can also set a position and width of stretch area for each grid block. To do that, drag stretch area's boundaries on the canvas or set its exact position and size in the Properties panel.
Stretch parameters. Stretch area's specifying.
It's necessary to set the following parameters for exact specifying of the stretch area:
- Stretch: Distance from top (px). It sets a top point of the background area, which will be used for the background's gaps filling.
- Stretch: Height of tile (px). It allows to set the background area’s height that will be used for the background's gaps filling.
Almost each option includes a ‘Fade’ parameter.
The ‘Fade’ effect is a parameter that allows to create an effect of image's smooth transition into a background color.
Fade parameter. Setting of the parameter's values.
The above parameter's values are indicated in percentage ratio from the entire block across and down accordingly.
Using the fading background images considered above, you can improve your theme's look and quality and create really unique design of your website.
In the future, this guide will be expanded greatly. Check back often.
You have just found that it’s really possible to create a seamless background image performing no manual work, but several clicks only. And you have a choice of stretch parameter for your personal needs during website design creation with possibility to use the ‘Fade’ effect.
960 Grid tool represents universal dimensions to arrange web page elements in the most consistent way, and it gives your web pages a professional look & feel. The 960 Grid PSD template is used more and more often in the web development as a standard.
Use: 960 Grid examples
960 px width is universal solution for setting a web page width that all modern devices and browsers available on the market can display correctly.
How to use 960 Grid tool in Divine Elemente
As mentioned above the 960 Grid is a template tool to aid aligning and arranging elements in Divine Elemente. Since it is a tool, it was decided to place it as a separate item in PS menu (“Elemente > 960 Grid tool”). The basic steps of working with the 960 Grid tool are shown below.
Step 1. Launch 960 Grid tool.
Open a PSD template and select the "960 Grid Tool" item in Divine Elemente menu.
Launch of 960 Grid tool
Step 2. Set layout grid parameters.
In most cases, enter 12 or 16 or 24 columns to suit your design tasks, or in few cases, change column or gutter's width if required, and press "Apply".
Selection of layout grid parameters
Step 3. Arrange all elements in the layout grid.
Note: Additional layers created are not taken into account when the theme is being published because Divine Elemente switches them off when analyzing the document.
As this tutorial shows, the use of 960 Grid tool is easy to use in Divine Elemente and hopefully will be useful for creating a design and making 960 Grid PSD as it helps a lot with headaches regarding layouts and their structure.
Billboard (Slideshow Plugin)
by Dmitriy, Divine Elemente Team
| May 30, 2011
What is 'Billboard' widget? Billboard (also known as slideshow WordPress widget) is a group of elements in Divine Elemente that forms a block with changing slides.
At present it is really trendy to use beautifully changing slides, for example, in the ‘Header’ grid block in order to show 3 - 5 best works in portfolio or cute photos in a personal blog.
Billboard (JS slideshow) video tutorial
Besides, the ‘Billboard’ slideshow widget allows not only to create jQuery slider but make do it in a beautiful JS animated way.
So, ‘Billboard’ consists of such elements as ‘Next’, ‘Previous’ buttons, and also any number of layers with ‘Slides’.
You can find the structure of the ‘Billboard’ widget on an image placed above. All the sizes of layers with ‘Billboard’ elements are calculated during ‘Billboard’ creation, and the whole block’s size is determined.
Creation of ‘Billboard’ in Divine Elemente
First of all, let’s start from the preparation of all required elements of the ‘Billboard’ widget.
Step 1. Prepare elements in a PSD template.
Because of all elements are provided with special names of groups (PSD - hints), Divine Elemente can define them at once and assign the appropriate behavior to them automatically.
Note: Slides are taken in any number only from the ‘Billboard’ > ‘Slides’ group and can be set only as one layer for a slide.
‘Billboard’ elements arrangement
‘Billboard’ elements (‘Previous’, ‘Next’, ‘Slides’) can be arranged together and be assigned in one copy in the ‘Header’ grid block and in one copy in the ‘Footer’ grid block, as it is shown in the image placed above.
Note: No less than one ‘Slides’ element is to be assigned for smooth work of the widget, because the ‘Next’ / ‘Previous’ buttons cannot work correctly without this element. Otherwise, they will be published as static HTML elements (‘Image’, ‘Text’, or ‘Link’).
Step 2. Launch Divine Elemente and set element’s properties.
Select elements of the ‘Billboard’ widget in the Elements panel and then set their necessary properties in the Properties panel.
‘Billboard’ elements properties
A. Animate parameter
It allows to switch on / off an animation effect at slides changing.
B. Transition duration
It allows to choose effect’s duration at slides changing.
C. Slide duration
It allows to set time for slide display.
D. On Event parameter
It allows to select an event, after which animation effect starts working
E. Animation effect
It displays a list of supported animation effects at slides changing.
Step 3. Publish a theme and activate it.
To publish a theme on the server, you are to select your FTP account in the Command panel and click on the ‘Publish’ button. More details on how to create and set a FTP account can be found in the Publish Editor guide.
Then you are to activate the theme at the website. To do that you are to move to the backend of WordPress CMS (add “\wp-admin” in the address line), enter login and password, and move to the ‘Appearance>Themes’ section. Then please select the theme installed and press ‘Activate’.
Activate a theme
Troubleshooting: elements are out of grid boundaries.
‘Billboard’ elements should not be out of the ‘Header’, the ‘Footer’ boundaries!
Troubleshooting. Elements assignment
If one of the ‘Billboard’ elements is out of the grid bocks’ boundaries, the element will not be assigned!
Together with the theme, the ‘Billboard’ plugin is installed in the backend of WordPress CMS, where you can edit all the required Billboard’s parameters right at the website (in other words, there is no necessity to edit a template in Adobe Photoshop and convert / upload a theme to the website all over again).
The installed plugin in WP backend
To set parameters, you are to move to the backend of WordPress CMS (add “\wp-admin” in the address line) and move to the ‘Divine > Billboards’ section.
‘Billboard’s editable parameters in the backend of WordPress CMS You may set the required parameters and ‘Billboard’ element’s data on the page opened.
‘Billboard’ element’s parameters in WordPress CMS
Animation parameters are fully similar to parameters being used at the assignment of the ‘Billboard’ element - ‘Billboard > Slides’ in Divine Elemente:
(A) Animation effect - it displays a list of supported animation effects at slides changing.
(B) Transition duration - it allows to choose effect’s duration at slides changing.
(C) Slide duration - it allows to set time for slide display.
Besides, you can look through and set all slides of the ‘Billboard’ element, namely:
‘Billboard’ editing. Editor’s window
(А) Change the order of slides display - place the appropriate slides up or down.
(B) Edit a slide - click on the ‘Edit’ button and make the required changes in the open editor’s window.
(C) Delete a slide - click on the ‘Delete’ button opposite the unnecessary slide.
(D) Insert a new slide - click on the ‘Insert new slide’ button. A new slide will be added after the current one.