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Using stock images for mock-ups

When making a design (as a freelancer), how do I handle stock images? Do you buy the stock image(s)? Or do you find an image via Google or whatever and later replace it with a similar stock image? ...
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When I export an image from Illustrator, why is it a slightly different color in the exported image?

I have a web design layout in AI that I'm trying to slice up into HTML/CSS. I'm having trouble keeping the colors the same in the exported files as they are in Illustrator. When I open it up in ...
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What is the best program for image optimizing for the web?

What programs besides Photoshop are good for saving and optimizing images for web?
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How to maintain color consistency across a website

I am a web developer struggling with design issues. I have a blunt eye for colors and my design skills suck (I try to improve though). I'm having issues with the feel of particular pages, I wonder if ...
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Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?

Meet Pluralsight. We are a group of serious developers. We are also committed to creating the best training available. This mix of training for developers, by developers is what rings true to ...
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Composition web design rules

Are there any rules that are specific to web design, or that are otherwise elevated in importance in the context of web design? Edit: I'm thinking that there are probably some aspects of composition ...
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How to find a texture for a background image for website? [closed]

I am looking for a texture pattern for an image that is similar to the one Path.com uses: https://www.path.com/images/about/bg.gif I want a similar image pattern so i can use it as a background ...
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How do I work with a logo that has what seems like too many colors?

The company I'm designing a site for has an logo that I must work with. All of my ideas for standard color palettes and layouts are challenged by this logo.. Most [good looking] logos I've worked with ...
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Is it ethical to copy the work of other designers?

I am neither a graphic designer nor do I consider myself one. I have little grasp of colour theory, and basic knowledge of design principles. I do possess a sense of what looks good, though, and I am ...
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Literal versus indirect imagery

I have a client who is pushing the use of very literal imagery for her website: waving hands for success, a finishing line for the end of a process, and so on. We're trying to make more use of ...
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How can I take my graphic design to the next level?

I'm a full-time professional designer in the early middle of my career -- I have been working as a designer full-time for 15 years. I create lots of work that I am very proud of. However, when I look ...
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Do you have a “formula” for the webfont vs graphic type threshold?

Disclaimer: I realize there is not a perfect "formula" for this question. I'm looking for your experiential working practices. If you don't have any, I won't hold it against you. Over the last ...
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Any idea when blending modes might be implemented in browsers?

I think it would be great for div's/img's to get some of the functionality that "layers" have in photoshop. Right now, using .png's, div's/img's/etc.'s have their RGB and alpha values. If you have a ...
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Popular serif and sans-serif browser compatible font combinations?

I was curious as to which combinations of serif and sans-serif fonts are preferable to use that are compatible with most browsers. While I am aware that with the introduction of CSS3 importing ...
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Anticipating problems with a Google Webfont's rendering cross-platform

Web fonts can sometimes look great on one machine, but awful on another, due to differences in rendering not just between browsers, but also with the same browser between operating systems. Most ...
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Am I using too much gray on my webapp?

I'm creating a mobile app that will be used by maturer people, 40 to 60 yo, so I've been searching for sober colors and I came to gray, the problem is, How much gray is too much gray? What colors ...
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12pt in Photoshop looks totally different in Web

we are creating a website right now in Photoshop and we are using 12pt for the fonts. But when we see the fonts in web with 12pt they look much bigger. It seems that we have to use 12px in web so it ...
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How to create an animated demo of my webdesign? [closed]

How to create an animation of my webdesign so the client can see the interactivity in the page (including popups, tooltips...) instead of seeing a set of still images? I used to make this task using ...
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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; ...
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Photoshop Resolution for Web Design?

I'm a programmer, not a designer, but I am trying to learn design as it would be very helpful. I am following a tutorial on PSD|TUTS+ and it doesn't specify the resolution I should be working with. 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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Content as the whole page or just the content area?

This is an opinion question that I go back and forth on every time I start a new project. In most cases, I am designing a website that has some sort of "article" element, whether it be a blog post, ...
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How can I be creative in web design

I am a front-end web developer and I like design a lot, as matter of fact - lately, I am focusing more on UX/UI design to create top-notch products for my clients. Coming from coding background, I ...
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What is meant by “busy”?

What do web developers mean when they think something will make their site look "busy"? What gives this feel of busy-ness?
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reasoning behind black and white color scheme of perfume sites

In preparation for an upcoming project, I've been looking over a lot of different sites for high end perfumes and/or high fashion. Noticed that most of them (at least the perfume ones) have almost ...
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Sources of inspiration for the graphical design of a business intelligence web application

I'm looking for sources of inspiration for the graphical design of a web application. The application is used to display historical information on industrial processes. In the back end there is a ...
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Tools for *lossy* PNG compression?

I'm trying more and more to get by sans PhotoShop for my personal/freelance work. I do primarily web work these days and don't do enough side gigs to justify keeping up with the Creative Suite beast. ...
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Advice for creating a fluid and responsive graphic

So I'm creating an entirely responsive website, with the aim of using as few media queries and magic numbers as possible. I've found after a number of attempts, that using the content to create the ...
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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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Creating a pattern from an image

I need the following image turned into a pattern that would repeat in the y-axis only. How can I make it repeat smoothly (so it actually looks like it's a pattern)? Thanks!
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MacBook retina Photoshop save for web

I am, like so many other graphic designers, very excited about the new MacBook 15" with retina display. But there is one thing that I really am concerned about. With 4 times the pixels as on ordinary ...
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Textures - How to use in Web Design

Basically, I love how people use textures in web design. But as most website designs are "fluid", how do you make them work for all monitors and make them seamless? For Example, on the website ...
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Free pixel icon sets on the web?

where I can find very small and clear icons that I can use in a personal (non-commercial) project?
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How to select a font color to go on a very busy background? [duplicate]

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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Working with color palettes

I have read some articles about web design, all of them recommend to choose a color palette first. I know colors are most important thing for professional web look. COLOURlovers, a web for color ...
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Remove bottom corners when using 'Round Rectangle Tool'?

I use a 'Round Rectangle Tool' to create navigation bar (for website).. How to remove two rounded corners at the bottom? Once it has been removed then I can apply some style from blending options. ...
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DPI/PPI resolution for product zoom images

I'm working on an ecommerce site and I am trying to figure out at which resolution to save product images. We usually go for 72DPI but I believe now we should be using PPI, but also that to account ...
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What's the name for images like these?

I'm trying to figure out the name for, or a collection of, the kinds of images that "fade-into" a solid color. For example, twitter has this image: This allows them to add a background image that ...
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Creating negative company logos?

Is it standard practice to create negative copies of a companies logo if they don't provide one. I'm asking as I'm creating a website which will have a companies page where I would like to list the ...
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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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'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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How to give a site a mockup look?

Edit to clarify Thank you for the existing answers. I am afraid that you misunderstood my question. I don't want to create mockups (I have some, but they are not suited for my current purpose). I want ...
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How to add hidden notes to developers within designs mockups?

At a high level, I will be managing a web design team that will be working with onsite developers on a large ASP.NET project developing website, mobile website, and mobile app versions (Android and ...
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What makes a good header/background video?

Many sites I come across use video to show off their work, what they stand for, or more about the culture of the company. These videos are sometimes behind other elements taking up much of the page ...
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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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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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How to get bokeh images to use in web design?

I'm looking for online resources, image libraries, Photoshop actions, tools, or any other means of getting or designing bokeh images (those highly blurred pictures, with colorful circles) for use as ...
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Need help understanding the difference between RGB and CMYK [duplicate]

I am a web developer that fancies myself on being graphically savvy, but I am far from a graphical designer — everything I need is able to be done in raw HTML and CSS. The marketing director at our ...
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Critique: Scrollable flyout nav menu

I'm working on a new nav menu for my company's web app. I took loose inspiration from Google's material design tabs where, upon page overflow, arrows appear and the tab section is horizontally ...
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Is it possible to make Photoshop pixel perfect?

As a web designer I hate one particular thing about Photoshop: Is it possible to force PS CS6 to turn decimal pixels EVERYWHERE off? I've been lurking around GD for a while now and nothing seems ...