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Does PS have editable styles like InDesign?

Does photoshop have a way to edit a style in the styles menu, and re-apply it across the whole document? InDesign handles this nicely, and saves a lot of time with indecisive clients. Basically I ...
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Should your website and logo have the same color scheme

I am working on a completely new blog from scratch. New logo, branding, house style, everything needs to be done. Now the logo that is designed for the website has 3 colors, brown, green and black. ...
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Mobile Web application graphic design

The resolution of the iPhone 4/4s is 960x640 and the the iPhone 3gs is 480x320. How does one go about designing web pages for mobile devices with all sorts of different resolutions? Do the mobile ...
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Is graphic designing (web pages) mostly faux, unreal, unscalable and somewhat based on illusion?

Is design mostly faux, unreal, partly based on illusion which combines different elements and combines into one beautiful piece, which is not scalable but give a nice look to the eye. Consider these ...
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Where can I find examples of high contrast combinations for websites?

I like the idea behind http://contrastrebellion.com/, and plan to implement that on my websites. However, I'm a developer, not designer. I read a lot about the subject -where I must build the ...
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In webdesign how do you calculate the ideal bottom margin for headers?

I've seen a few css frameworks add margin-bottom to heading elements in addition to a large line-height. Example from here. h1 { font-size: 46px; line-height: 50px; margin-bottom: 14px;} h2 { ...
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Is it possible to create a modern-looking design with a dark theme?

I was asked a website redesign with two requirements: Inspired by Google Plus (clean, minimal, a lot of "white" space) Switchable between a White version and a Black version Here's my problem: ...
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What to do with these errors when I open a PSD file in my Photoshop CS3 (Windows 7) while PSD is made by Photoshop (Mac OSX)

I'm a Web Designer and when I open some PSD files in my Photoshop CS3 (Windows 7) I get these messages pop-up before to open PSD. My fellow designer use Photoshop on Mac OSX. Error 1 Some text ...
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This graphic gets in the way of the photo too much. How can I achieve the same effect without taking away from the content?

I've got a simple image slider on this site I'm doing. You can click through images, but I wanted it to really pop so I added a graphic element over top of the images to give some depth, like a folder ...
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What aspects of HTML5 are replacing Flash?

Everyone is saying that flash design is dead for websites. Besides the issue of compatibility with "iDevices", why else should flash be kicked out the designer's door?
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Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator for web design [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop? Would you recommend Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator for a professional freelance web designer on a ...
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Any ideas on how to fill a blank sidebar?

I would like to have some suggestions on how to fill my sidebar empty space on a feed aggregator. One solution may be advertising, but for now advertising is not acceptable in the page. A second ...
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What's a good (and easy) way to show that a screenshot is a screenshot?

I'm using Mac OS X 10.6 and I like the system screen grab tool. By default when you grab an entire window it will put a bit of a shadow / gradient below it, with transparency, using a PNG image - ...
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Should I (a web designer) stick with gimp, or buy Photoshop?

I am a web designer. I do not use/own any adobe products... except for watching flash videos online of course. I currently use gimp 2.6 for my graphic needs. It's free and I know how to use it. The ...
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What to do to polish a website design? [closed]

I'm the type of person who's between a programmer (because I enjoy it) and a designer (because I have a sense for it). I've been designing various websites in the past years and while they've been ...
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PSD to XHTML…resolution question

I have a PSD designed around 1920 pixel i.e the canvas is 1920 pixel wide by 1110 pixel height. My question is, when slicing: Do I slice it the way it is? or Change the image size to a lesser width ...
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Childish logo, sober and professional website: how to? [closed]

A new customer asked me to design a new website for the company, but the company logo is somehow childish (think comic-sans like fonts). Redesigning the logo is a no-go. I'm not sure how to make the ...
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How can i make the alphabet beautiful? (web) [closed]

I'm working on a directory type of page where I will have your typical "A B C D E ..." alphabet posted on top so people can jump down to listings starting with their letter of choice. The alphabet ...
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Wireframing tool to design a website idea

I have nothing to do with design, because I don't know how to mix two colors. Some time ago, I've read about some tools which are used in the creation of interfaces for application and web pages. In ...
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How can I avoid boxes in web page layouts

Have you any good examples where content on a web page doesn't look boxed in everywhere? edit examples of what I want to avoid:
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Vertical rhythm/baseline grid in Web Design

I recently read some articles about the importance of good vertical rhythm/using a baseline grid for good typography in web design. I decided to try using a baseline grid, like the 960 grid pictured ...
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How do I choose width for a set of text fields?

A programmer myself, I find it hard to make certain seemingly simple design decisions. Currently I'm sketching a signup form for a website, and I want to keep the design really simple. There are ...
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Is it a bad idea to change a single - major - element in isolation?

Our team just had a rather strong argument over an issue. The issue: Some team members want to "update" one of our websites by changing the colors of the left navigation bar, and maybe also the ...
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How can I remove a space between two words and still make it accessible?

In headings, I am getting rid of spaces between two-word phrases and using color to differentiate between the words instead. EXAMPLE: I would like this... <h1>Two Words</h1> to render ...
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What are some good guidelines when designing website for telecom-business [closed]

I know that this question might be tossed out, and I apologies for that, but here goes nothing: I work at a small call center in Sweden as a IT-technician. Since we´re so small we cant afford to hire ...
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With the invention of CSS3, should a web designer use Photoshop?

I see that many designers create beautiful web design works in Photoshop, but now with the arrival of CSS3, when they want to change that to HTML & CSS, they simply start from scratch and create ...
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What's the best way to create custom grid lines in Photoshop?

Is there a way to quickly define a baseline grid on photoshop using the guides tool? For example, if I want to create a 24px vertical rhythm, can I do this quickly on PS?
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What makes a design professional?

Can anyone define why something might not look "professional"? What differentiates between professional/unprofessional designs? I have clients who have said my design does not look very ...
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How good is the fonts.com webfont solution compared to the current @font-face standard?

I guess the title says it all. I've been successfully working with @font-face (with near-perfect cross-browser support, if you use all the hacks). However, a client really wants to use Helvetica, and ...
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Storyboard for a product pitch

I've never done a storyboard/visual user story for a new app/software program before, so how would I do that? Or what are the key elements? Basically, I need to create a storyboard of how it would ...
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How Do I make a simple webpage out of image, need some pointers

I have an image and its source in photoshop and Adobe illustrator format. I know some programing, PHP, HTML. But I have never created a simple webpage using an image or adobe products. I'm also ...
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Gutters - Padding and Margin for Columns with Background or Border

What are the recommended design guidelines for gutters when a column (or box, or any layout module) has its shape clearly visible because it has its own background or border? Typically one would put ...
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The most advanced JPEG image compression on mac?

Sometimes i work with JPEG files for my web designs. There are occasions where the PNG format is not suitable.. There are several optimization techniques for the PNG format, but I noticed that for ...
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What is the state of cross platform web safe fonts in 2011?

You can see the traditional cross platform system fonts like Arial and these , but in 2011 with Leopard/Lion and Vista/7, surely there are a load more fonts we can use reliably? Thanks!
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Help me get this design to look right. Folded paper with a sense of depth

I'm designing a site for a client. And I was wondering if I could get some help using shadows to create a "folded" effect on this div. The div overlaps the bottom edge of the header, and I want to ...
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Do web designers need to know how to code?

As a web developer, both front-end and back end architect, I work with many different designers and sometimes find it frustrating working with design comps where no thought was put into how to ...
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How to explain the difference between stealing the design and copying the design? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does inspiration end, where does illegitimate copying start? How to explain the difference between stealing the design and copying the design? In Web Designs. How ...
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Compiling a new font from existing fonts and embedding it in a website

I'm working on a project, which is a bilingual project. There are beautiful fonts for each language (I'm talking about free fonts). However, in any special case, only a subset of each font is suitable ...
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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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Learning Photoshop just for web designing

I want to become a web designer, so I'm watching a lot of Photoshop video tutorials, but some of those tutorials are not useful for web designing. For example, some movies are about skin, or teeth or ...
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About font size in web design

I like web 2.0 style design - less info, more space, bigger font-size, etc. But my designer doesn't. So when we use a web 2.0 design template, she changes the font size of contents into smaller one ...
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Is DreamWeaver more efficient rather than coding manually

I have a client who want's me to use Dreamweaver for a project. I've always used Photoshop and Illustrator for mockups and coded the CSS manually (Actually I use SASS/SCSS). Does using a program like ...
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Best Resources for Facebook/Twitter Page Design

I'm currently in the process of creating a few custom Facebook and Twitter backgrounds for some of my company properties and I wanted to know if there are any extensive galleries and tutorial/template ...
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Graphic Design Conferences

Does anyone know of good/reputable graphic design conferences/conventions in the states? I'm looking to attend one that focuses both on web and print design. Your recommendations are appreciated.
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Can anyone recommend me the some color scheme for my website [closed]

i want to use this color as base color for my site I have navigation bar on left which is vertical around 220px wide and 47px height per tab i also have horizontal navigation tabs as well Now i ...
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Clickable stickers sticking out of a notebook

I'm trying to make clickable buttons that look like they're stickers sticking out of a notebook. Here's how it looks like: What's the best way to do this? Should each of them be PNG images with ...
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image as a background doesn't fill all the page

I changed my html code with for the multi image background to work with Internet Explorer. Since this change, I have a white border all around the page. Did someone know why it doesn't fill all the ...
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What's up with the one-page website design fad?

I've seen an influx of websites that put all of their content on one page, ala this site. Even the sites on some of the lists I see in Smashing Magazine do this (like this one, with what seems like a ...
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How to go ahead in web design?

I am having a hard time learning web design. I read several books and I know a bit of how to do things. I also like to study with firebug how the "big guys" made their web sites. But when I try to ...
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Transparency in swf file created using png image

I have some text with transparent background and I imported this png image to flash. Now when I create a swf file, it doesnt show me transparency. I tried using wmode parameter as transparent in the ...