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How to recreate this cut out effect? [closed]

In searching for themes for my personal blog, I stumbled upon the following design and I'm really curious about how the effect was created as I want to do something similar. It appears to be some ...
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Metal sheet with diamond pattern [closed]

I'm not sure if this question is for this website and if it's not can someone point me in the right direction but what I want is a picture/texture of a metal sheet with that tall or long diamond shape ...
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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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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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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 use?...
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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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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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How do you animate SVG for the web?

Vector graphics are now taking over the web and even mobile applications. Icons, buttons and elements of web pages or mobile apps are now becoming increasingly vector based, dropping bitmaps because ...
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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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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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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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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 to handle web design hosting?

I'm very new to web development, it's something I'm trying to learn myself with addition of online courses so I hope I'm not insulting anyone with my questions. my questions were considered to broad ...
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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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How to adjust online grids to desktop web design and mobile web design in Photoshop?

There are many good grids online (1200px.com, unsemantic.com) that can be downloaded as PSD and used in web design in Photoshop. Now I have 2 questions in relation with this: When I apply this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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 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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Graphic/Web Designers - Offering a monthly retainer?

After a web design project has been built. Is it standard practice to offer a monthly retainer to support the software you have built? Such as £100 per month that gives the client a maximum of 3 ...
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Photoshop layer comps and canvas height

I have a workflow issue. I create a homepage design in Photoshop and save out a layer comp. When I make secondary page layer comp it's invariably shorter. Obviously I can't crop to size, so I export ...
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Animated SVG Javascript Infographic for timeline

I am considering to make an animated infographic based on SVG, Javascript and CSS technologies of a timeline. I have lots of experience in programming but not so much in using these technologies to ...
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Is Balsamiq good enough to produce a mockup/exmaple of a site to present to a future client?

Is Balsamiq a "Stage 1" product and part of the initial design process for producing a mockup/design for a client or can I be used solely for this purpose?
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How do you create a client website design mockup/image?

For all the graphic designers who do web design too: How do you produce client design mockups for review and then convert them into HTML/Wordpress etc? Are they created in Illustrator/Photoshop and ...
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Getting into Web Design [duplicate]

I'm a graphic designer (at least I like to call myself that) specializing in illustration and vector graphics. I'm self-tauggt and I work with Photoshop, CorelDraw and Blender. I really want to get ...
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Fixed header, useful or not? [closed]

I'm making a website now, and to be honest I'm not really a designer. Currently the site I'm making does not have a fixed header, and I'm not currently sure if I should make it fixed or not. A lot of ...
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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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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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Changing icons or graphics based on user geographic location/language?

Inspired by this question on international police icon, I started to wonder If there is a reasonably simple way to replace an icon depending on browser language? ...and if anyone has come across ...
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The strange case of Japanese Websites

Japanese Websites are strange entities that live a digital world far away from the one we are used to. They probably have their standards, that are still obscure to me - and it's not a matter of ...
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Is it possible to change the colors of [all] layers at once in Photoshop CC

I went to far, but even if I didnt, I might want to change in the future project - the color scheme. Is there a simple way to select all layers and change a layer? I did some searching and couldn't ...
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How much to charge for projects transferred to you? [closed]

I've been doing freelance design for a while, and some marketing agency is interested in my work. They want to transfer projects to me, most likely when they have a big workload. They offered me 50% ...
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is it okay to mix two font styles on the front page of a web site?

I am developing a static website which has to look professional. I found a font (Quicksand) that looks good as a short introductory kind of message / slogan that goes just under the header on the ...
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White Outline Appearing Around .GIF Logo Image When Saved for Web [duplicate]

I am having a problem with a white outline appearing around a vector logo I built in illustrator. When I try to save it for web as a .GIF it has a white outline once I save it as a GIF but as an .AI ...
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Force page footer in master to stick to the bottom of pages of different height in Indesign

I'm trying to create a website prototype in Indesign. It consists of multiple pages with different height (home page, article page, archive page etc.). I created a master page with header and footer ...
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Sizes for icon for social sharing

I am creating an icon for our brand to appear on our clients sites next to the sharing options e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc. I cannot find a standard size for all these icons. I realise that each ...
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I'm searching for sketch design software

I'm looking for software which can make sketches such as the one on the image below. I need this software because i start new big project, with many pages. I'm working in a team and I need to ...
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Web Design Sizes

This is one of my major issues these days. I'm using 15" Retina Macbook Pro. When I'm designing websites in Photoshop I normally use following settings, width = 2560, to make it easy to view on ...
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Speed up making zoom areas on screenshots in GIMP

I am creating in Gimp effect that is shown on below picture: The way that I am doing it is: Make circle selection Copy paste what is below on new layer Grow selection Add layer and fill it with ...