Photoshop CS6 - Essentials - The Slice Select Tool - III

06 January, 2013

This is a continuation from the previous essentials >> Essential for Slice Select Tool 2

In our last series we saw the basic of how slice works and stack order.
We will cover the rest in this essential.

(fig 1.0)

3. Promote
If you have created a slice from layer (layer based slice) or an auto slice which created automatically, you can click promote to User based slice.

Image below (fig 2.0), i've selected layer based slice (layer symbol) and auto slice (image+link in grey color). After i click the ‘Promote’ button from the options bar (fig 2.0 - 2) the layer based slice and the auto slice converts to User based slice (notice the 8 handles). You can also select multiple slices and click promote.

(fig 2.0)

You can also right-click on the Layer based slice or Auto Slice and select ‘Promote to User Slice’ from the context menu.

(fig 3.0)

When you convert the guides by clicking ‘Slice from Guides’ from the Slice tool options bar, it converts to User based slice. Learn more about Slice Tool >> Essential for Slice Tool

Note, you cannot promote subslice, because it doesn't really exist. It just there to show you the stacking order and to slice the image.

(fig 4.0)
There are four different ways you can promote auto slices (fig 4.0)

1. Selecting Promote from the options bar
2. 'Unlink Slices' from the optimize menu inside save for web dialog box
3. Selecting Divide will promote to user based slice
4. Selecting Slice options, (changing or adding any text and selecting 'OK' will also promote)

 4. Divide
Divide is one of the powerful option in the slice select tool. This is very useful for navigation menus, drop-down menus, tables, list items and also for image gallery.

Divide will add more sections to the slice, horizontally as well as vertically. Select the slice (fig 5.0)  and select 'Divide' from the options bar.

(fig 5.0)

If you do not see any sections, make sure 'Divide Horizontally Into' or 'Divide Vertically Into' is checked.
You can also right-click (fig 6.0) to open the context menu and select Divide Slice.

(fig 6.0)

Sections can be horizontal or vertical. You have to check the box (horizontal or vertical) to make it active.

(fig 7.0) The first option 'slices down, evenly spaced’ is useful to add horizontal sections that is constrained to the slice box. Note, this will not increase the overall slice box size instead it'll divide the existing slice.

Entering the number will display the result in the screen, make sure ‘Preview’ (below the cancel button)  is checked.

(fig 7.0)

The second option ‘pixels per slice’ (fig 7.0) does the same, the only difference is you can control how many pixels you need between each and every slices and it doesn't constrain to the box. The box doesn't expand, but the slice goes out

Try it out - Create a simple slice box
- Select the slice and click Divide from the options bar or right-click and choose from the context menu
- Use one of the options (vertical or horizontal) and select 'pixels per slice' and increase the number. 

You cannot control individual slice pixels, entering the value will give even spacing between each and every sections, starting from top.

(fig 8.0)

You can also reset the values anytime, by holding the 'Alt' key on your keyboard (fig 9.0). The Cancel button will switch to 'Reset', release the Alt key will toggle back to Cancel.

(fig 9.0)
If you are interested you can buy this keyboard, here)

I've made some couple of combinations with 'Divide Slice' window. You'll get an idea how it works and where you can use it.

This will work only on User based Slice.
To learn different types of slices, go here >> Essential for Slice Select Tool 2

(fig 10.0)

Alignment will align the guides with selected edges and distribute will distribute the slices evenly (fig 11.0). These are only for slices and not for the content with the layer.

Alignment and Distribute options will be covering more in-depth in Essentials for Move tool (will update once its ready)

(fig 11.0)

'Show Auto Slice' and 'Hide Auto Slice', will show or hide auto slices. If the slices are visible then the button will display 'Hide Auto Slices', if the slices are not visible then it will display 'Show Auto Slices' (fig 12.0).

Sometimes auto slices can get in your way when working with too many slices (user based slice/layer based slice). You can hide them by pressing this button, but you cannot delete them.

Even when you hide them, you can still select on any empty area and it will select the auto slice in that place. Remember, the button Hide or Show is only for slice visibility.

(fig 12.0)

Here's a comparison chart for all the slices
(fig 13.0)

The last option in a row is 'Slice Options'. Slice option will determine the behaviour for each and every slices and how they should respond when you open this in a browser.

By adding these information you can create a simple HTML banner. You don't need to go to any HTML editor, you can do everything inside photoshop. I'll teach you everything about this Slice Options in the next Essentials.

Next Essential >> Essential for Slice Select Tool 4

No comments:

Post a Comment