I got the opportunity to try out the services of PSD2HTML. They're one of the larger design slicers around and was interested to see what I would get.
Full disclosure: PSD2HTML advertises on this site and offered up their services in exchange for this review.
I'm always hesitant to outsource work but luckily when it comes to HTML/CSS I've had one or two people that I can rely on. So I was a little nervous to see what kind of code I'd get back from PSD2HTML and how much extra work I'd need to put into it.
At it turns out, the code I got from them turned out to be quite good and actually closer to my own coding style than any other service I've used. It wasn't perfect, mind you, with an over reliance on extra DIV tags to pull off some elements of the design (you know, rounded corners and all that). I, personally, would have tried to work with the existing elements to pull off more of the design.
There are certainly plenty of slicing services around and one thing I've found is that you often fall victim to the coding approach that the developer has taken. With the plethora of CSS techniques, people are bound to use different solutions to achieve the same goal. One thing I'm learning over time is to be very specific about what my requirements are including whether CSS resets should be used.
With any service that you use, share your thoughts on how the design might come together such as using transparent images (including IE6 transparent PNG support) or particular CSS techniques for certain design elements. In the end, you're more likely to get a final product that you are happy with.
PSD2HTML has an online client area that all communications go through. I felt this was both good and bad. It was nice to have everything documented in one place, much like Basecamp but it felt impersonal. The project manager's name was never shown; just a generic title was displayed. Communication was direct and to the point. An email was received every time a new message was posted. I didn't like that I had to log in just to read any reply. I suppose that's good for security reasons but I'm getting tired of services that email me, forcing me to go to the web site to read what has been said.
The turnaround was nice and quick. I had a single page design with 4 slight layout variations and I received the final results within 2 business days. This was on par with other services that I've used, maybe even a little faster since there wasn't a need to go through revisions.
Overall I was quite pleased with the service and would definitely use them again.