Shoud Web Developers Learn How To Use Photoshop?
When I returned to coding after a long break, I felt sorry that I had wasted a lot of time. I learned image manipulation software instead of coding. That’s when I started to wonder:Is Photoshop still relevant for a web developer? No. You don’t need Photoshop to be a web developer. That’s it, case closed. The work is now split, you have a designer and a coder. The coder is writing code the designer is designing. Everyone is creating in Figma anyway these days. Which resembles Photoshop by the way. Things are not as easy as you might think, though. I stumbled upon many terms like back-end, front-end, a generalist, a specialist. Some are saying no, others are still saying no 🙂 but think it’s an excellent skill to have. Everyone seems to agree on one thing, it’s not needed. Knowing Photoshop is not required, but your life would be so much easier if you knew it. Some old-school UI designers in some companies are still using Photoshop for design. If you knew it, there would be no miscommunication between you two. Opening a PSD file, and going through the layers, picking the right color codes with the color picker is a must. You should be comfortable doing this if you’re going to work at a company that has this type of workflow. There is this opinion. A developer without Photoshop is like a Photographer without a D-SLR camera. So what is my take on it? Don’t get me wrong I am no expert. I am doing an eight-month Bootcamp that helps you find remote work after graduation. We have been cloning websites from day one. Although, my journey as a web developer started much earlier. Let me give you some background. By the way, you can skip the next paragraph. I would :). After graduating, I left for China and worked as a dancer for ten years. Long story short I ended having a lot of free time on my hands and decided to put it to good use. I wanted to build my blog. But for me, as a creative person, the limitations that WordPress themes gave wasn’t an option. I learned some basic HTML and CSS and started on building my “awesome” looking blog. Cause who needs content right :)? The first roadblock I stumbled upon was when I realized that I need images for almost everything. Back in 2009, you didn’t have the possibilities CSS3 gives you today. One would need a photo editing app for almost everything. Rounding corners unique fonts logos e.t.c. One would cut every piece of the layout and place it on their website. Thank God those days are gone :). The whole website building venture got derailed by learning how to use Photoshop. Illustrator, Adobe Flash, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Autodesk Maya with ZBrush. As you can see, I don’t know any of that good enough. Yes, I got carried away. I enjoy learning new stuff, and I don’t regret a thing. How Photoshop helped me understand how to make specific effects with HTML and CSS? If you understand how Photoshop layers work, you can transfer it to code without a problem. For starters, you should learn some basic HTML and CSS, » Read More
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