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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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'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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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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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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Searching for a font that's similar to Lato

I need to find a font just like Lato font that includes a Latin Extended version. I like Lato font but it doesn't include the Latin Extended so I can't type "ş, ğ" etc. characters. Which font are ...
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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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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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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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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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Web Safe Alternative to Myriad Pro Font?

Is there any font that I can use in my font stack that is more or less similar to Myriad Pro and web safe?
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Photoshop - How to reduce the file size in KB by reducing resolution

I have tried everything I can think of, but when I reduce resolution of graphics, keeping the same dimensions, it has no effect on the size of the file. This makes no sense. I prepare graphics for ...
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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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What are some good ways of presenting web designs to a client?

I'd like to ask you how you manage with presenting webdesign. Usually, I send a jpg file/files to client directly to the mail, but this isn't the best approach. In most cases it does the job, but I've ...
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How can I work with a client that doesn't know what they want?

Hi all the professional out there, I am helping a client/friend with a website design. He is a conceptual thinker. Yet his ideas are always inspirational but not practical. He is always wanting a ...
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Text not very readable on different image backgrounds

I've come here seeking for a bit of design help or advice on how I could possibly improve the following: Like the title says, I'm having a website banner with multiple text displayed on different ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Favicon Best Practices 2014

I'm busy on a WordPress site and have come to the stage to add the finishing touch, being the favicon. I'm primarily a developer so graphics and icons aren't my strongest point. What are the best ...
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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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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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A good web design book in Japanese

A question for the Japanese-speaking part of the Graphic Design society - is there a book on web design (mostly - non-technical aspects like usability) in Japanese that you could recommend? There is ...
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Critique: Tritium website design

In follow up to this question: Critique: Tritium software logo design. For reviewing the website code (performance, bugs, related user experience), please visit the sister question on Code Review. ...
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Get RGB/Web color values for Avery vinyl colors

I'm doing some basic web-design work pro-bono for a local charity, and I'm trying to match some colors that they use on the side of their vehicles. They use Avery vinyl in two colors and a 3m ...
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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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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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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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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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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.
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Web Designer vs Visual identity creator

Is The main role of a web designer is to create a full visual identity to a company through his design ? ( to a company that don't have a visual identity )
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Are “web-safe” colors still important?

Years ago, it was always strongly recommended that web designers should only use web-safe colors. Have studies been done to see if this is still the case? If so, what's the answer? Edited to add… ...
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How to apply Z-index to a layer in Photoshop?

I am new to Photoshop trying to design a web page and I was wondering is there any way to assign a "z-index" like feature from CSS to a layer to control overlapping between my images?
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Maintaining contrast between background and text [duplicate]

I am working on the home page of a site that I'm building and I'm looking at a minimalistic cover page design. The issue is that the stock image that serves as the background for the page is too ...
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When should we prefer rounded corner rectangle over square corner rectangle? [closed]

I always find myself in a dilemma about whether to choose rounded corners or square corners, for both applications UI & web design. As I read in a couple of articles choose one style of corners ...
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Titles and Menu items in lowercase, uppercase, serif or sans serif?

Im building a new wordpress website and need some input. The question is - should i use lower or uppercase - serif or sans-serif for my post titles, widget titles and menu items? Which is the best in ...
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How to preserve image quality when exporting psd file to jpeg?

my psd file is 9900px by 6600px and I want to export it to jpeg for a website. When I try to export it to jpeg with 72ppi and lower down pixel dimensions to about 1000px by 750px, the image comes out ...
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Optimizing hero/intro photos on mobile and XXL displays

I have a few questions regarding trendy super-large photo headers. I've seen them called "hero" images, but just so we're clear, I'm talking about designs like this one: A large photo is used as a ...
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Material Design headerbar and icons color

I'm trying to design a website using the Material Design guidelines. I've a navbar/headerbar with the logo of my website and some icons. The background color is transparent, showing the background ...
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Font size while designing a web template in photoshop at size 1280px by 1000px

I am fairly new to designing and almost self taught, so please excuse me if my question is downright stupid. I have found that when I design a web page in photoshop, my font size is very small and ...
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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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Web design critique

I feel like this particular example has a lot of good elements. I think visually the colors work well. I like the logo design. I like the home page. But I am struggling with how to layout the rest of ...
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Will my web site's type in the web browser look exactly as it does in Photoshop?

Are there specific web font guidelines to use in Photoshop files for web design? I am having issues with line spacing and fonts not showing correctly in HTML.
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Bootstrap buttons - text hard to read?

I wonder - is it just me, or the text on the Bootstrap buttons is hard to read: I feel that the text is way too small for the size of the button and the letters are too close to each other, making ...
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Is Proxima Nova a web safe font?

I've been asked to replace the font we use on the web and mobile apps with Proxima Nova. I wanted to ask the community if any of you know if Promima Nova is a web safe font?. Thanks.
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iPad design dimensions

I am designing for iPad (canvas dimensions 768 x 1004) using the attached mock-up resource. However, I was wondering whether I need to factor the lower navigation bar into my design? I was planning on ...
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Where do you get industry specific stock photos?

Any other designers have suggestions on how/where to find photography on luxury fashion designers? I'm looking for legitimate licensing. I know the main sites like Shutterstock, iStock, and Getty ...
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Does making pictures with bigger dimensions than actually needed enhance their quality?

Clarifications I need the picture for my website, that is, it'll be for online purposes. I'll be using PNG because I need transparency. [EDIT] I need a "JOIN" written on a monochromatic sketch-like ...
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Why Does SVG Automatically Center Itself?

I recently converted my logo from PNG to SVG. The sizes of the images are identical, however, the SVG version seems to want to automatically center itself. You can view the PNG of my logo at ...