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Designing properly for the web - grids for bootstrap and preparing files in photoshop

I have graphic design skills but never designed anything from scratch for the web (except using wordpress templates). I have a lot of experience in Photoshop but not a lot in web. I want to start a ...
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When trying to achieve the “ideal” letter count per line how do you balance container size and font size?

“Anything from 45 to 75 characters is widely regarded as a satisfactory length of line for a single-column page set in a serifed text face in a text size. The 66-character line (counting both ...
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Changing color scheme of calendar icons?

Here's the image I'm working with: I'm wondering if it's possible to automatically change all the images to using a color scheme close to #489fdc. I've tried making changes in Paint.NET and ...
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How should I prepare my fonts to support a Chinese version of my website?

Wondering... Should I first make sure the font I selected for English supports Chinese characters as well, or after selecting any font for English then search for other font for Chinese that matches ...
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Critique: how can make this 3-column dashboard design flatter?

Attached you see my current design of a 3 column dashboard. How can I improve this design in a more "flatter" way? Be warned that I am no designer, so if you have links to tutorials that would also ...
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How to optimize my pictograms for Retina screens?

Surprise when I saved my pictograms for the Web (from Illustrator): They are strictly not as clean as expected => totally blurred. Here's an example from my Retina smartphone: And the initial ...
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Changing Color Scheme Automatically?

Here's my image: I'm wondering if it's possible to automatically change all the images to using a color scheme close to #489fdc. I've tried making changes in Paint.NET and Photoshop, but haven't ...
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Why do photos jump around when exporting from Muse?

My company is trying to slowly move towards digital and we are in the process of learning Adobe Muse as a stepping stone to more legitimate web practices. One issue we continue to encounter is our ...
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Should my website's typography use the same font as my logo?

I am working with a logo that is using ChunkFive Roman. What's the standard web design practices regarding this? Is it good design to use the same font as my logo for primary headers? (also a side ...
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Web Design, Custom Image changed with drop down selection box?

I am curious to know how those "customize -random product-" objects are built. I assume some sort of flash is involved. There are many websites that allow you to customize shoes, shirts etc, and when ...
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How can I left-align the text in a table of divs so that the rows are evenly distributed?

I'm trying to arrange some names. I changed them out before posting using generatedata.com but the real ones are in alphabetical order from left to right each row. I'm trying to figure out how to get ...
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Best practices for full width browser images?

What are the best practices people follow in respect to images on larger viewports? What size browser should we design for? Meaning how do we deal with high resolution monitors and what % of users ...
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When saving image for Web, outlines change

I have an imagemap with a click and mouseover function on several areas. I edited and saved the images in Photoshop with the option "Save for web". I used PNG-8 with 256 Colors. Performing the ...
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Web mock up to Dev

I was curious what is the process/ workflow for a web project. Specifically if you as a designer created a mockup in a (.psd or .ai), and you need to hand it of to the developer. Do you annotate the ...
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How can I create hand-drawn style graphics for my website?

I am developing a web page for web based application, i am new to web design, so forgive if i have asked very basic question. i want to create icons and embed into my existing png image file. i have ...
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What is the difference between “flat style” and “material design”?

After Windows 8 came out all spoke about "Metro UI" and later about the "Flat design". Now, after Android Lollipop came out all speak about "Metro design". Can somebody explain the difference between ...
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Color scheme not working?

I am trying to redesign my site however I am a developer and have no real UX experience beyond a VT 1300 course. I have chosen a color from my logo and created a complementary color scheme using ...
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Using Generate Image Assets to get repeating background from a shape with Photoshop CC

Rephrasing my question for clarity. I have a navigation bar that I've created from a Shape that has a border and a gradient. How can I use Generate Assets, or Extract Assets to get 2nd end caps and ...
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How to make Google Maps in Photoshop?

I'd like to find out how I can create a map similar to these: especially for web design project (in psd file). Do you know how to get that kind of maps? I suppose it can be something like ...
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Is there a rule of thumb or some guidelines for deciding what colour to use for a border?

What's the border color paradigm in terms of color schemes and background color? Some borders look nice on some backgrounds. Is there a rule of thumb when choosing div's border colors in respect to ...
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Adobe Illustrator 'Align to Pixel Grid' Problems

I'm using Adobe Illustrator to produce the UI designs for a complex web app and I need pixel accuracy. However, Illustrator seems to be a bit of a pain when it comes to pixel accuracy as its not doing ...
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What is the simplest and trendiest styles for a list layout on a website? [closed]

I'm working on a web page design, I have the content as a list view of upcoming events with some details about each event (time/location/description....etc) with 2 links at the top of the list to ...
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Do and don't do with styling <html> and <body> tags

When I look at some CSS style for a web page, I typically first look at styling the <html> and <body> tags and then I look at other sub-elements. The styling of <html> and ...
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Client wants to remove footer on certain pages, should I?

I have a client who insists that we remove the footer from certain pages under the guise of 'the footer will distract people and they will leave the site/not finish the journey'. To me, this sounds ...
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Are zebra stripes on tables more effective than good spacing and visual contrast?

In old forms or webpages I often see a lot of zebra striping used on the tables because the way the table was designed it was difficult to see the rows and columns easily when you want to locate ...
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Should I use Hex or RGBA when designing a website?

I know this has appeared on StackOverflow already: Are there any good reasons for using hex over decimal for RGB colour values in CSS? Use HEX or RGBA But I'd like to ask on here since we're ...
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Rendering Issues with Proxima Nova Web Font

We recently launched a new website (backtothebible.org) designed by an outside company. The site uses Proxima Nova. The font renders great except for a few sizes on PC's. The issue--which is an ...
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What's the best way to animate an illustration for the web?

I have a couple of illustrations done in Illustrator and I am planing to animate it for a website that I am working on, I've heard of Create.js toolkit with flash, but is it the best way to go or is ...
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Making changes to a page that I own, but was made by someone else

When a web designer makes a website, they usually put a small writing at the bottom. It usually says something like "Made by Joe Whatever". Let's say I paid Joe for the website design he made. Now, ...
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Comparing numbers of vastly differing scales

I'm working on a project that looks at the nature of electronic data (bits/bytes, storage) and the exploding nature of data traffic on the internet from 1990 to projected 2016. For one part of this ...
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Photos for non-commercial usage in websites

I want to build a website for a school. can I use photos with non-commercial licence considering that the school will not sell or make any money from these photos? or the school is considered as a ...
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Is it possible to make stroke only shapes in Photoshop without Stroke Path?

I often find myself stroked shapes for buttons etc (kind of like the "Ask Question" button on this site actually). I follow the approach of creating a white shape with a stroke effect, and then ...
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Rollover in Fireworks without slice tool

I want to create an imagemap in Fireworks CS5 on which certain parts shall change when I roll over with the mouse. These parts shall contain links to a new website as well! Since I am using a ...
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Web design for Legal pages: What are some things to keep in mind?

So I have been looking around but cannot find any good advice on how to go about designing a page for legal matters. These pages would clearly state Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, etc. I think ...
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What application do most designers use to design websites?

What's the industry standard application used for designing webpage PSDs? Photoshop? Dreamweaver? This is solely for creating a design in PSD format, not converting to HTML/CSS.
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'This page is under construction' message or no page at all?

From a Design point-of-view, if a page is not ready yet, but the rest of the site is; would it be better to: Have a 'this page is under construction' message, or Not have the page at all, until it ...
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What are the relative advantages of flat design, material design and skeuomorphism?

I've been looking at Google's guidelines for this thing called "material design", and I've been following it some. However, I also see a lot of sites using flat design: Twitter, Codecademy, and Gitter ...
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Creating a great color palette [duplicate]

For a design assignment, I'm looking for a color that goes nicely with #a31366. The problem is that it's a kind of purple/pink that I've never worked with, so I am bummed out at finding what the best ...
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How to create a modern arrow with Photoshop's line tool?

I'm attempting to create a stylized breadcrumb (below) but am botching the arrow. Is there a more precise and 'economical' method of creating this type of arrow? Preferably one where I retain ...
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Dynamically composed icons representing state of content

I am considering a web UI imrpovement. Each icon (large, 128x128px) in flow layout represents a configuration of a certain process, and, to the user, there are a bunch of "important" settings for this ...
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techniques/methods/utilities/exercises to practise typography principles

I am a beginner interested in learning typography. What kind of tools are available that would help me layout/experiment easily with various design principles. For example, this site i found immensely ...
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Is it possible to prevent download of images when designing a website?

Say you wish to provide sample high-quality images in your website but also wish to protect them from download, as in you can view them on screen but can't save from the website. Is there a way to do ...
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Logo for website

I am new to web design, what is the best way to save logo for web? I am exporting as png and logo shows up too small on website. Any help is appreciated.
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Rebranding a website to get a professional look

I am a web developer student, and I usually think too much on user experience when it comes to designing websites (colors, interaction, etc.). This concerns me a lot when it comes to the creative ...
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Grid system building methodology for web

For a long time now, I have been using premade grid systems, like foundation grid for instance, which consists a grid of 12 70px columns, and 30 px gutters. But as my design passion seeks the best ...
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Trying to make a picture's background fit with a background that the picture is on

I have a picture on top of a background that is wider than it and the background colors don't match. I tried to use the eye drop but you can still tell it does not blend in. I was wondering if i can ...
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What font would compliment Source Code Pro for better readability?

Please see this example: I use Source Code Pro for my website as main font. While I like the look and feel of the font and I chose it specifically for that, I have the impression, that it does not ...
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Critique: how to visually differentiate similar looking icons of “Test”, “Save”, “Load” & “Download”

I'm Currently working on a mail template builder project. We're using a lot of icons and now I need to make some for our menu bar. As you can see they must represent Test, Save, Load, & Download ...
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How to export .svg file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs?

My question is very simple. How to export an SVG file from Adobe Illustrator with shape IDs? When I export as SVG my group names turn to groups with group name as ID, that's the behavior I would ...
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What is the name of twodots design [duplicate]

Hi, I just love this kind of design and I wanna know if exist specific name for this.