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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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Why are my elements moved after being exported to svg

I'm quite new to Adobe Illustrator, but used to PS. I wanted to experiment with Illustrator to create SVGs that can than be manipulated with JavaScript. I created some kind of background-layer and ...
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Are there any great free resources to learn how to design with? [duplicate]

I'm a web application developer. I'm full stack. In fact, I also do a lot of server administration; really I do it all. Very frequently I get clients with no design in mind, and no designer picked ...
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Efficient workflows for handing off designs to developers

I work as a UX/UI designer for my company's web sites. After I make the designs, I send the mockups to web developers, who implement them. It's a little more collaborative than that, but that's ...
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My designs are dull [closed]

I'm learning web design. When I design a page I ask my friends to tell me their opinions about it and I always get the same answer: it's dull and boring. They say my designs are nice but very dull, ...
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Meaning of Responsive web design

Many graphics and web design companies ask for the knowledge of responsive web design. What is responsive web design actually is and what are the tools someone should know to create and design ...
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What to do when a client is not managing the project and costing you time / money

I've been a freelance designer for about 7 years, but more recently have been functioning more as an agency with private project and a few staff....I wanted to get some advice on some issues that keep ...
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What is wrong with writing light gray text over a lighter gray or white background? [closed]

What is all about writing with light gray over lighter gray or over white? if you look in the two examples I carried you will notice that is very hard to read, light gray or lighter color !! what is ...
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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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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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Where can I get flat images for a website? [closed]

I'm building a new website but am finding a lack of minimalistic images and clipart. This is a very general question but are there any good sites to find minimal, flat, simple, etc. images? I have ...
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Arabic website - design for right to left languages

I am working on a website in multiple languages, one of them is Arabic. Which makes things more fun .. As you know, in arabic and other similar languages the text goes the other way, from right to ...
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Does Google provide material design resources?

Does Google provide Material Design building blocks for designers (i.e. ready to use components as psd files)? I haven't found any in the specs.
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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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Photoshop multiple layers blending - save for web

Through photoshop web template i found one interesting problem with multiple layers blending. In the picture you can see screenshot of layout. Of course color is not part of it, just without color ...
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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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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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Illustrator, Files appear pixelated when it's saved to web

I'm hoping I may be able to find someone who may be able to help with illustrator. I'm currently trying to create a header for a blog, although every time i save to web, the image appears pixelated. ...
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Images or functioning websites for portfolio?

I am new web designer, should I include images or functioning websites in my portfolio? All of my designs are personal projects that I have designed and built using html, css and javascript. By ...
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What does the Dreamweaver grid layout refer to, and what is the standard?

I saw that in Dreamweaver, as well as in .psd, designers use guides to separate the page layout in 'grids'. I suppose this is tied to the idea of responsive web design, but I want to know why a ...
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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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How to select a font color to go on a very busy background?

I'm a developer and don't have much design experience. I'm creating a landing page for a project I'm working on. I want to use the below image as the background for my landing page. As you can see ...
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What's the name for a “multi page scrolling webpage?”

A lot of tech companies have a websites with the following UI features: a homepage containing several discrete "slides" stacked vertically you can scroll vertically through the slides or, (in some ...
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How do you deal with amends from a client?

I'm a web designer currently working with a very demanding client. I presented them with designs back in May and I'm still working through amends with them. They are making changes to everything and ...
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Hero Banner - Responsive Design [closed]

Is there a "best-pattern" for responsive banners? I see this one all over the place: ...in fact, I haven't seen much else on responsive websites. Essentially, the common theme seems to be a ...
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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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Exporting multiple web design views or phone app views into phone wrappers?

I am using Illustrator CC to design web sites and mobile apps. Each view is in its own artboard which means that I get about 20 different artboards in the end. In photoshop I have a phone mockup file ...
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What method to use to create opening animation for webpage

I need advice on what program to use to create an opening animation for a webpage that looks similar to this: http://melaniedaveid.com/ I am most familiar with adobe illustrator and am not familiar ...
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Should text indent be used on the web?

I thought of adding text indent to my website (-having the first line of paragraphs indented), but first searched a bit, and discovered that many sites do not have any text indent. Why is that? I ...
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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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Tools and softwares need to learn to be a web and graphics designer [duplicate]

This is my first question here. I am in my academic level. I know html, and a bit of css. I want my career in graphics and web design. As a startup, other than Html and css how many tools and ...
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Image shows blurry in browser at 100%, but not in photoshop!

I came across this site and saw that it had a couple of blurry images. I checked my browser zoom in Firefox and Chrome and they were both 100%. I copied the images to look at them in Photoshop and ...
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Responsive design comp on non retina dispay

I'm designing a responsive website comp in photoshop. My display is 1920x1080. My comp is 1366 pixels. How will the comp look on retina display? Having a hard time wrapping my brain around how these ...
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Finding out object filter specification for Inkscape objects

As in my other questions I am running Inkscape 0.91. I have become quite fond of using Inkscape to build my wireframes, so I have a question. Let's say I applied a drop shadow filter to an object in ...
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Is it essential to type “WWW” when our design contains URL, or is it a matter of taste by now?

I love the appearance of traditional url's, because the www in front of them eases and speeds up my understanding that there's definitely a certain web adress. But is there any established guideline ...
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How can a junior developer switch career path to design while still earning?

Don't know whether asking this here is right or wrong. But i desperately need an expert's advice. I always have a very passionate interest in career in Visual effects. I am from a below poor level ...
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How to control word-spacing in justified text with CSS?

I have 2 blocks of text that are pretty small (just under a paragraph each) and they really look better justified but the problem is that text-align: justify; sometimes adds really large spaces and ...
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Technologies, Softwares, which I need to know to work and to be very good Graphics and web designer. [duplicate]

I am a startup. Currently working in small software development company as a developer. But I am very fond of Graphics and web designing. So want to switch to that way. I know HTML and Css and can ...
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Design in Retina Display FOR Non-retina Displays

I use macbook pro with retina display for designing web templates. I have BIG problem. The colors of template that I design in retina display, very lighten in non-retina displays! I using the ...
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Template or tool for creating single-page multimedia presentations?

Some examples I have in mind are: The next America, Pew Research A game of Sharks, The New York Times Recalling a Vision of the Future, The New York Times How would you create something like this ...
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How do I save svg FROM a website code?

I need to work with a logo from this website (in the top left corner): http://takiedela.ru/ Here is the piece of code I copied from the page: <svg viewBox="0 0 215 50" height="50" width="215" ...
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Tool to help measure web page elements

I'm wondering if there's a tool out there that can be used to measure all the elements of a web page. I find Chrome's element inspector very handy, and I'm curious if there is a tool that would enable ...
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Should I design PSDs for Desktop, Tablet and Mobile separately in responsive design?

I'm trying to design a responsive web site in Photoshop. But the question is should I design different PSDs for all these devices? (Desktop, Tablet, Mobile) If yes, what page size should I choose in ...
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Where/how can I inlay my app screenshots to make an iPhone animation for a website? [duplicate]

I would like to do something like this: http://www.fixed.com/ It's quite common, but I have not been able to find a site or psd download that allows users to embed screenshots in phones. Does anyone ...
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Photoshop how to create a box with curved edges and a background color easily

As you can see in this picture, the edges are very rough because ive used the the brushes with background color. What I want to achieve is the perfect curve for this angle. I tried to edit the brush ...
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How to avoid the tragic fate in the Oatmeal cartoon “How a web design goes straight to hell”?

This is a famous web comic about a common experience in web design: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell It's based on the author's personal experiences and describes a typical / caricature ...
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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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Image choice specificity

I'm working on designing a personal website for myself (a CS student for reference), and I'd like to include a "book" on the home page. Fahrenheit 451 is a book that really impacted me, and I also ...
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Export InDesign layers to Photoshop

I have created the design of a website in InDesign (big mistake, I know...). The developer wants to have my layers in a Photoshop format. I do not want to start everything from the beginning. What can ...
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Good sites to find textures online?

I'm always on the lookout for good textures, as they are pretty subtle but can add a lot of life to your site. Recently I found Tileables (http://tileabl.es/) which looks pretty cool. Can you ...