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Coloring 3 menu bars

I'm trying to design my own website and i choosed content background color light grey an items white to focus attention but I'm having hard time to find best colors for 3-bar-menu. Top menu bar ...
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Does anyone know a good way to preview website psds on desktop?

Does anyone know of a good live desktop preview tool for when you're designing websites? I've noticed when I'm designing websites, the elements can come out a bit too large since in Photoshop, I'm a ...
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Career change - FED to Web Designer / Digital Designer - Advice :) [duplicate]

First off, apologies if this is the incorrect forum - I did have a gander to see if I could find a job / career forum but alas couldn't find one. As the title suggests I guess you could put me in the ...
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Creating Black & White Transparent PNG's

I'm trying to strip all background colour (white in my instance) from an image in order to save out as a transparent PNG so we can upload the images to a webpage with a changing background colour. The ...
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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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How to use tracking on serif headings on web?

Is there a simple principle or a "rule of thumb" for using tracking on serif headings on a web page (or in general)? And most importantly what's the reasoning behind it? For example I could ...
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Web font that includes both alphanumeric characters and icons

There are lots of icon fonts, like FontAwesome, ionicons and others. But is there any web font that includes both text and icons? If not, do you know why? My motivation to ask this is to be able ...
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Would Using the Star Wars typeface for a Website be considered copyright infringement?

My client wants a logo that uses the Star Wars font called Star Jedi, however I'm sure using a Star Wars font would be copyrighted. Please let me know guys. Is the Star Jedi font only for personal ...
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Designing my company’s logo – should I get professional help?

I am getting frustrated trying to design a logo for my company. It is taking me longer to launch my website because of it. Should I have a professional handle the logo for me or should I just throw up ...
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What are some design strategies to make a 'dull' colour palette feel more vibrant? [closed]

Given a set of colours in a branding/style guideline that have a very dull look & feel (dark blue, light grey, dark grey and black) and no alternatives as secondary colour, what are some possible ...
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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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How to best represent different priority levels using icons?

In a web application I'm developing we categorize systems based on their criticality (1-4). A system might have connected emergencies, which have emergency levels (1-3). Combined they give you the ...
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What is the fastest way to copy a colour in Photoshop as HEX?

A lot of designers use Photoshop as a design and mockup tool. And in doing so, one of the last steps can be to get a lot of the colour information out so things like gradients and dynamic text can be ...
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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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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, teamwork means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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Is NDA necessary for this?

I have a client that requires me to submit at least a homepage of my proposed website design. However, I just recently known that he already contacted some other freelancers who incidentally are my ...
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Pricing for Website Design (Graphics Only)

I was wondering if someone could advise me on pricing for a website design. I'm redesigning a blog/travel site for an individual. The site is about 8 pages plus some modules, etc. I'm also ...
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What shades of blue go well together (website design) [duplicate]

I've got a fixed layout page and the client has asked for it to have "shades of blue". What colour would you recommend for the background, page wrapper background, text, dropdown menu and the buttons ...
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How to make a subtle ambient abstract art/effect

I'm trying to make a subtle/ambient/abstract background like the following: I am not sure what the style is called, any instructions on how to make that background effect would be much appreciated. ...
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Updating artwork across multiple artboards simoutaneosuly

If you have a navigation element like a header or footer that you are constantly changing and you want it to update simultaneously across multiple artboards is there a way to achieve this in ...
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How to convert text paths to editable text in an .eps file downloaded from Shutterstock?

I am an experienced PHP programmer, but very new to Illustrator. Finally, the time has come that I need to download artwork from Shutterstock (shutterstock.com) for use on a customer's website. The ...
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Where can I get images for commercial use?

I am running a web site design service for local small business owner. I want avoid legal issues on the images I use. Usually, the images found on Flickr are forbidden for commercial use. Where would ...
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Why does Photoshop have a horizontal scrollbar on narrow but long documents and how to disable this?

I mostly work with narrow & long documents in Photoshop. My screen width is 1920px and canvas size in Photoshop is around 1500 px. Which means that at 100% zoom, canvas is narrower than my screen, ...
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Is the following navigation design readable?

I used D3 JavaScript library to create a time-based linear post navigator for my personal blog which departs significantly from the "traditional" way of linking posts together. I wanted to gather some ...
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Critique: A very simple portfolio site. White space friendly. How can it be better?

I would like to start off with: 'I am not a designer'. I am a programmer. I was hoping some of you design guru's could comment on the design I have made for my portfolio site. I tried to make the ...
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Responsive web design is based on screen resolution or screen size?

for mobile devices the resolution is actually big, only screen size is small. based on that: For websites design, do we target screen resolution (e.g 1080x1920)? And for mobile apps. do we target ...
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Web design what to use Photoshop or Illustrator?

What should i use to design photoshop or illustrator ? There's a correct software or its more a personal choise ?
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How can I create a colour scheme based on two specific, adjacent(ish) colours?

I'm helping a friend to produce his website. He's supplied his logo and a flyer that he's used, which use the colour scheme he's opted for - green, blue and white. The specific colour values for the ...
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Designing responsive websites [duplicate]

I have three questions: I've read in some places that I should start designing for mobile and then build responsively out for tablet, then laptop, and finally different desktop sizes. I've also ...
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How much SVG is too much SVG?

I make vector illustrations and I also do a little bit of web design. I really want to combine the two. I have some ideas for some image heavy websites that use vector images in SVG format, and I ...
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Website header graphics size and format

I am making some graphics for a website header. I will be drawing them in Adobe Illustrator. How large should I make them so that they do not end up blurry and how should I save them? Any ...
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What's the width to mockup websites for desktop and mobile now?

Recently, I was practicing web design beyond code things. But after I opened Sketch and just started to make a rectangle of my site, I got stuck. What width should I use? I'd search for the ...
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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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Visual active state for coloured tree navigation

I'm trying to design a node tree/navigation, which uses colours to denote the types of the tree node (which I thought was a useful pattern) and am struggling to find a way to show the active node ...
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How to make design content for website? [closed]

How is content like the one in the link created ? I want to make a flat design website and need to create such images which look cartoonified though flat. How are these created ? [ image source ] ...
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color in digital and print

We are producing a document in print and digital versions. The author would like to use a cover graphic in full color in the digital version and the same graphic, in black and white, in the print ...
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Designing a website mockup in Illustrator

I am designing a website in Illustrator and then handing the PDF off to the web developer. What size in inches should my mock up be?
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I already have LinkedIn, DeviantArt, Dribbble, and Behance. Do I need a personal website?

With the presence of different social networking sites that allow anyone to easily create a web presence, as a graphic designer do I still need a personal website? What is the pros and cons of having ...
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Should I watermark my work?

I am an art student who is trying to upload some digital work on a website. Do graphic designers typically watermark their work? If no, how do graphic designers protect their work? Update: ...
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Good color palette, usable for the color blind.

I'm designing a chart right now, that will slowly have more items added to it. I'd like to create an list/order of colors for the items, that will be most usable for the color blind to differentiate ...
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How to hire a graphic designer?

I am developing the backend for a website. I always had the trouble of making an attractive design for my websites and have never hired any graphic designer yet. I have no logo nor web template. What ...
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Need guidance on logo redesign for hobby site [closed]

I'm a non-graphics guy who runs a player-finder website for tabletop gamers. I'm not happy with the site's current logo but don't know what to do about it. The current logo at the top of the front ...
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Are physical units for web design a good idea?

Coming from a design time pre-digital and musing over the 'pixel' would a physical measurement such as a cm work in web design at some point? Do all devices have a designated ppi (pixel per inch) ...
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professional design of an extremely slim vertical menu

Ok, so I am a programmer and a complete disaster at web design. Untill now I have been able to produce "acceptable" looks with the help of frameworks like bootstrap, but I am stuck with a little side ...
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What is the default dimension for a user's Twitter's Background image?

What are the default dimensions for a Twitter User's Background image? If I want to upload my own image for my Twitter account's Background image, what should its default dimensions be, as per ...
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First client's partner demands free website redesign, wants deposit returned - moral dilemma

Sorry in advance for the long read. I'm 22 years old and just finished university for graphic design. I was approached by a small business which wanted me to design them a logo, stationery, and a ...
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Pixelated images and smart objects in Adobe CC suite

I have been using Adobe softwares for a couple of years now and I never had this issue before. Every time I save for web (png), or even pasting smart objects from illustrator to photoshop I get a ...
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How to blur part of the underlying image in photoshop?

I am a newbie in photoshop and learning it all by myself, recently I came across of this image and tried to recreate the effect (I used another image though). What I did: 1. Loaded the image on one ...
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How do web designers and companies copyright their work?

Most of the small companies just create designs and do not apply for a copyright. How does copyright come into play if the designer or the company has not copyrighted their work?