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Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?

Just to give a little context, I have a background as a design-savvy developer (not a developer-savvy designer). I worked at an agency many years ago. I've been out of the design game for about 3 ...
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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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How to optimize images to improve pagespeeds / webpage loading times?

This is almost a StackOverflow question, however it's completely related to Photoshop and other tools. With every Pagespeed test I do for all my website I get the comment "Optimize images by lossless ...
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Dreamweaver CS6 Fluid Grid question about padding [on hold]

I am new to Dreamweaver Fluid Grid. I am trying to set the width to 100% and add padding. So I set the width to 100% and zero margins but it begins to scroll to the right when I add padding. I want ...
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How to create a consistent style across stock images for a website?

I am currently applying changes to this site. Becky, my customer, demands that the images be changed so that the image content will also be compatible with each other. I tried using icons and vector ...
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Best image dimensions for downloadable wallpaper, for PC, HD, mobile and tablet?

Let's say I wanna make a website that would allow a user to download a wallpaper in sizes for PC, HD, mobile and tablet. What are the top used / best image dimensions I should host?
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How can I visually compare OSX fonts with my primary webfont choice to determine fallbacks without an OSX device?

How can a freelance web designer who doesn't own a Mac visually identify and compare fonts similar to their primary webfont choice, that are present on most OSX devices? I need to define a fallback ...
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How should I calculate a website redesign project based on Bootstrap? [on hold]

I'm doing a website redesign for a client and I am stuck since I have no clue how to actually calculate the cost. The client already has a CMS in place however to implement the Bootstrapped design ...
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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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Deciding a nice color palette/font for a landing page

I am trying to roll out a landing page for a trading competition. It's at its very early stage right now. Right now I am focusing on: Free font to use (google font preferably) Color palette color ...
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Color palette selection for a simple, clean, and modern website [closed]

I would like to portray this as being trendy, cool, modern, and minimalist. Please have at look at the following site: http://test.esnail.x10host.com/ My questions are as follow: Is the color ...
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What makes a good header/background video?

Many sites I come across use video to show off their work, what they stand for, or more about the culture of the company. These videos are sometimes behind other elements taking up much of the page ...
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How to save PDF so actual size is the same as artboard size?

I created an artboard that is 1416px wide. I need to handle the PDF to a coder, with it having the same actual size as the website. Yet when I save it as a PDF and he gives it a 100% zoom (chooses ...
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need photo collection of room [closed]

I apologize if it this may be off topic but I couldn't find anywhere else to ask. I'm looking for picture of empty room for managing pictures on it. this is a example of pictures i'm looking for ...
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InDesign Data Merge with hyperlinks [closed]

I want to run a data merge with text and photos and I want to be able to hyperlink the photo to a website. I have about 400 entries with the data merge that will each be on a separate page but I can't ...
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How can I improve my color selection skill?

I'm a web developer, started to become a web designer. However, I think my understanding of colors is not practical yet. There are tools out there that can give you color harmonies, and more stuff, ...
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Evaluate a Good Web Design [closed]

How to evaluate a good web design. Is there any pre-defined ways to measure someones Design. I understand the Analytics can be used to evaluate, still looking for any other open solutions. For ...
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Does using Dreamweaver help to produce better aesthetic designs than hardcoding HTML and CSS?

I have some professional web development experience, and I always hard-coded all the HTML and CSS in simple text editors. I don't think the aesthetic appearance of my websites is bad at all, but when ...
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Two logos on a website header

So I have a client right now which is asking me to include a second logo on the website's header. I am no graphic designer but I feel this is so wrong. The second logo is for one of the projects the ...
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How to handle multiple page design projects in Photoshop

Recently we have moved from using Fireworks to using Photoshop for mocking op website designs. As I've been used to Fireworks for doing this, I'm running into some issues organising my mockups. Where ...
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Critique: How to make a better visual distinction between content and options in a post?

I have a design that currently looks something like this: I feel that there should be some sort of visual split between the main content of the post and the options below it (the up and down ...
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How do I choose a good cover photo for my website?

It's been trendy to have large background images with relatively little text over them for headers and intros to web pages including the start of blog posts. I could give countless examples of this, ...
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What is the purpose of using a very dark color for text instead of a pure black?

I have seen that some web designs implement an almost black font color (hex #001c00) in their designs instead of a pure black color (hex #000). Does the design actually benefit from this or is this ...
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To which extent is the designer responsible of a responsive design?

Consider the following (idealized) chart. Now, I have worked with colleagues from every side of this spectrum and have learnt that, unfortunately, it tends to be more like this. Most "web ...
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How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?

One issue I face personally is how can I, as a designer, effectively explain my work to potential clients or people that do not have a creative side. I know how to explain what software or process was ...
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Trebuchet MS web font alternatives

I have a fairly dated site that uses Trebuchet MS font in Latin and Cyrillic scripts. If I understand correctly, once (a decade ago) this font was available on like 95-99% of computers used for web ...
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How can I start to learn web development?

I'm very interested in learning web development and have learned some basics regarding HTML and CSS a few years back from W3Schools, but I never learned how to develop websites that are up to today's ...
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I want to REMOVE the background, not just make it transparent

I want to remove the background of an irregularly shaped image altogether, not just make it transparent. The image's box is overlapping with other stuff and getting in the way. There's got to be a way ...
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How can I delete border lines from a 2 frame gif in photoshop?

I am creating an animated logo for my web site. It is a simple 2 frame gif. The only difference between the 2 frames is that the first one has a glowing object and the second one doesn't. Here's the ...
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Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?

Does anyone know any other fonts similar to Helvetica Neue (free for commercial use)? I'm working on a big website project where 'Helvetica Neue' is used heavily. I need a font that looks almost the ...
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Which colors to use besides black & white for colorblind users? [duplicate]

Let's assume we cannot use shapes, textures, or anything else to visually differentiate two elements. We must rely on colors. Which colors, besides black and white, are best to use? We only need to ...
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Planning to use different size images across different devices

The current framework I use to design webpages currently doesn't do anything to optimize images across different devices. As I see it, their are four types: mobile, tablet, desktop PC and large ...
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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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When using fonts in Bootstrap, is it quicker to use the Google Fonts API or to just install the font file on the server?

Normally UX designer, I'm currently also product manager for a range of web tools but my dev skills aren't very strong at all, so forgive me if this is a silly question. We're building a range of ...
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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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What's the reason of this statement? “Content is usually best served by appearing as far left as reasonably possible” [closed]

I was reading "Ordering Disorder" Grid principles of Web design from Khoi Vinh, in where he mentions that without much explanation. He got a long copy (8 units wide) inside a column of 10 units, in ...
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How is this 'one colour' design trend referred to in the design community? [duplicate]

I had thought that the current trend towards 'one colour photos' was being called 'monochrome' but can't seem to find any examples. The attached picture illustrates what I am referring to. The photo ...
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Exporting a high res logo for web in Illustrator?

I have created a logo in Illustrator that I have used for printing but now need it for a website. How do I convert it so I have a high resolution image for the web? I am not web savvy, it's the first ...
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Generate/Extract for Illustrator?

Is there a way (plugin, add-on, etc) to export assets from Illustrator the way one does with Photoshop Generate? I'm finding myself spending a lot of time meticulously separating everything into many ...
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When I export an image from Illustrator, why is it a slightly different color in the exported image?

I have a web design layout in AI that I'm trying to slice up into HTML/CSS. I'm having trouble keeping the colors the same in the exported files as they are in Illustrator. When I open it up in ...
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Is a poorly designed website better than no website for a commercial enterprise?

For businesses, a website is a channel of communication. For all except web-based businesses, it's not the only channel of communication available. Given that anyone could make a DIY website for next ...
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When designing PSDs for responsive design, how do grids and columns behave?

Ok, so I have this question that has been bugging me for quite a while, I'll try to explain it in detail. I'm designing a regular marketing website, and did the desktop version first using the ...
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Fixed size image on screens and paper?

I'm looking for an image format (I guess) that can be used for web images as well as for printing (on paper) directly from any platform/browser so that the images have the exact same sizes on paper ...
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How do I handle large paragraphs of centered text?

I've been working on a very simple portfolio website for myself and the template I'm using is center justified for all the text. I have a bit of a blurb about myself and I don't know if this is the ...
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How to Reduce the size of a .png with in PS for web

I currently have a .png file that is 2042 x 1250 and is 6.1 MB. When I open with photoshop, and do Save As-> PNG 24, and choose the compressed file size of the two options (the other being no ...
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Substitute for Avenir (Google webfont or Typekit)

Question I'm looking for fonts, available from Google Webfonts or Typekit, that would look similar to Avenir. Background I'm building a site using squarespace: http://topgrade.se My friend to me ...
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Best way to send client designs

I have several design ideas wich I want to send to a client, although the easiest way is to send them an email with the images attached then get feedback and send another email is there an easier way? ...
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How to tell my boss his webdesign attempts are bad/hopeless?

I'm a web dev. My boss is an outdated physical media designer. We're working together on a relatively huge food delivery web system. He just keep coming with these poor and ugly layout ideas. Clearly ...
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How do I build my webdesign portfolio when all sites I've designed have been taken offline?

This is my first time on this site. Here's the problem. I've been designing since I graduated from college and have been for 4 years. After I graduated, I had my first client, who I grossly ...