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Beginner Web Designer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips and sources for beginning designers For some time now I have been strugling with my inability to create my own web designs. I am a pretty decent coder but I always ...
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Should I place the border above or below header to separate sections?

If the content is split into several sections, and each section has a header, should I put border below or above the header? The “border below” approach seems prevalent (see Google, Wikipedia) but “...
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Is it possible to make “paragraph” the default text format in Dreamweaver

I often add rows to tables in Dreamweaver once a day and then add text to these. it is annoying to always have to change the text format to paragraph, is there a way to make paragraph the default ...
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How Can I Make Share Buttons Look Better?

You can see my site here. The share buttons on the left side obviously look quite untidy... Any ideas on how to make them look better?
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Design cues for draggable page components

I'm working on a web project where a user will be able to edit the ordering of a list. I'd like to update the visuals for the items that are draggable so that there is a a clear indication of each of ...
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What should I ask from a designer, a single PSD or multiple PSD files?

I hope its okay to ask this around here, was not sure where such a question would fit. I am not a Graphic Designer, but a mere programmer :) I do have basic knowledge of operating Photoshop (watched ...
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how to get that new JSFIDDLE/Twitter/Youtube effect in photoshop?

As all the big sites have been updating their style recently, I've noticed this effect on a few sites and I'm wondering how they do it. Its like this normal gradient effect, with this pattern, abbit ...
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How can I specifically improve my webdesign? [closed]

My website is www.strongape.com and I'm looking to improve my design. I don't know where to start. Are there other forums I should visit for advice?
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how to create a box which is engraved in photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sunken look in photoshop? I saw this effect for input box in ''checkmycolours'' site, it seems really beautiful, but i don't know how to create engraved box. so if someone ...
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What are common mistakes that you see in “professional” designs? [closed]

This might be too subjective but I'm curious about other peoples' experiences. Mods, please close if this is too far into "not a real question" territory. I see many questions on this site about "...
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icons for web technologies [closed]

Hi I'm working on my own portfolio, and so I'd like to have some icons for technologies that I work with. So does anyone know of free icon sets that include css, php, c#, html5 and other web ...
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Icon to indicate “not a member”, “guest” or “visitor” but not in a “no-access” kind of way

In my app I need an icon to compliment a link for an app for a sport/club venue. [ICON] Member Booking [ICON] Visitor Booking Is there any icon that springs to mind for a "visitor" - the context is ...
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Illustrator how to crop and save images

I have a website someone designed for me in AI but i am not sure how to crop out pieces and select layers and save them to design my website. I am only used to the way of photoshop finding the layer ...
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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 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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How can I achieve the “bent paper” effect in photoshop?

I've seen design elements on webpages that contain a "bent paper" effect. In other words, it looks like the paper is shaped in an arch, based on the visual perception of the shadow. How do I achieve ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do ...
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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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Photoshop Color Settings for web design

What color profile settings should be used in Photoshop for web design? Does monitor calibration effect save for web images? I keep my monitor calibrated with a colorimeter and want to make sure my ...
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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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How can I ensure that users will think a button is clickable?

I had to make a page with a couple links on it, so I thought I would try to make the links big and decorative: But I ran into the problem that people didn't realize it was a button, so they didn't ...
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How to determine color transformations from given colors?

Our designer has provided us with some nice web 2.0 buttons, etc. I translated them into beautiful CSS3. Now I want to go overboard and generalize the color scheme using Sass color manipulation. ...
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Eye catching & useful web slides - what are the do's and don'ts?

I hope you don't mind a programmer barging in on the graphic design site....! I usually work with design agencies to turn their creative ideas into web-site reality. So I can appreciate a good ...
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How to design sleek magnifying glass effects like these?

I'm wondering how I can create the magnifying glass effect I've seen a lot lately on pages that sell software (either desktop or web-applications). Here are two examples. I really like the first one ...
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Golden ratio, with or without padding/margin?

Lets say I have 1000 px wide 2 column layout with 100 px gutter space (margin) and 50px on the left and right.. How do I apply the golden ratio to this layout? Method One c1+c2=800px; c1/c2=1.618; =&...