What should I ask from a designer, a single PSD or multiple PSD files?

I hope its okay to ask this around here, was not sure where such a question would fit.

I am not a Graphic Designer, but a mere programmer 🙂 I do have basic knowledge of operating Photoshop (watched a VTC once). Recently I started working with local designers and I have a question about the product they provide. (the PSD files)

When designing graphic for a website / application with multiple pages/screens, the designer will work with layers for each screen, and layers for each object in that screen.

The question would be, is it normal to ask for the design in a single PSD file? or it is better to ask for it in multiple PSD (one for each page?) it makes sense to ask for it in multiple so you can keep the slicing information for each screen, or maybe you can store multiple sets of slices in the same PSD for different sets of layers?

What is the standard for receiving a design?

I am pretty much asking from a customer perspective how to get the most out of the design I am buying and what to ask for so I can make small adjustments myself if required.


What is the standard for receiving a design?

In 1995, it was to receive a PSD file with 100 layers (the max at the time). You’d then spend your days slicing-and-dicing and building insanely complex tables consisting of 30 chunks of images to make the site layout work. Then they’d change the copy and the table would break and you’d bang your head on the desk and yell at the designers wishing they knew how web sites actually worked and generally just being the grumpy web production team over in the dark corner.

In 2011, the standard is to do away with all of that. Ideally, you’re working WITH the designer from day one. As well as the other key team members (UX, Marketing, Content, etc.)

The visual design may be established using a PSD sketch, but it’s really just something to look at as you build the actual presentation layer. The process is to go back and forth tweaking things as you go to find that perfect balance of usability, functionality, interaction, visual aesthetics, pragmatic code, and the like.

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