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How to make clickable areas stand out?

I'm working on a calendar app that lets you toggle your vacation days. There's a feature for choosing which of those days count only half. Usage: The user toggles some days, those days turn orange. ...
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How to export full size smart object, but maintain layer properties

I am a developer not a designer, thus am not particularly familiar with photoshop, and may subsequently get some of my terms incorrect. I have a PSD that contains several layers outlining the design ...
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Need help in psd to html…several problems [closed]

Problem 1. Sizes is there an easy way to know sizes of all element i wish to know of. What i do is select, click to edit than the size appears in info panel, memorize it. Problem 2. Extracting is ...
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Is it possible to use a monospaced font for an information focused webpage?

Monospaced fonts are used mainly for code editors and other special purposes and not usually for normal web pages, like an online newspaper for instance. I ponder however with the idea to do this and ...
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Can .php be an image extention?

I've recently made a new website and I'm using a template. See this image (link): The file extention is .php. Can anyone explain this? NOTE: When an image is posted here, stackexchange creates ...
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Emailers- When slicing how to avoid shift in slices on emailer [closed]

When we slice an image in Photoshop for an emailer and save out as slices with links how do you avoid a shift in the slices on the emailer once it has sent. For example; I want to create links to ...
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Do you incorporate sidebar menu into 960 grid layout?

I have a client who wants a design for a web app. He told me that he would like "a large sidebar menu on the left" and gave MailChimp's new design as an example. We both agreed that what the client ...
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Trebuchet MS web font alternatives

I have a fairly dated site that uses Trebuchet MS font in Latin and Cyrillic scripts. If I understand correctly, once (a decade ago) this font was available on like 95-99% of computers used for web ...
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Making coloured text links stand out and obvious that they can be clicked on

This is a redesign of my website: As you can see, its largely a work in progress; I'm trying to do a flat user interface design. I can tell you now that I am in no way a designer or UI/UX expert. ...
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How can I make my headings stand out and Cyrillic text easier to read?

I have designed a web page that looks like this: I'm not a designer, and neither is my boss but he has asked me to design and code a web page. I'm happy with the header (and it's good inspiration ...
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What is your ideal workflow for web development?

More than occasionally if I am tasked with creating a website from scratch, it seems doable right up until I begin working on it. Then it feels like a mountain of work that is bigger than I can ...
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Transparent partial slicing in Photoshop

I am trying to fix some issues I have with Photoshop as a web developer creating graphics for web. I'm using Photoshop CC/14 and have previously used Fireworks. I have a "button" layer on top of a ...
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How to handle multiple page design projects in Photoshop

Recently we have moved from using Fireworks to using Photoshop for mocking op website designs. As I've been used to Fireworks for doing this, I'm running into some issues organising my mockups. Where ...
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Toggle visibility of Photoshop group on the fly

While watching PSD to WordPress Minimal Portfolio Theme in Tuts+, i notified that the author toggle the first group of layers GRID on the fly in order to move some elements, i jest see this group of ...
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Digital design - screen grab large dimensions?

I'm working on some site banners that need updating and I'm having a few issues with dimensions. My internet screen is set to 'view actual size', so it's not zoomed in and my images/slices are ...
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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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Can I have separate color for some Photoshop guides

While designing a web site layout in Photoshop, on a 960 grid, sometimes we want to put some extra guides to use along with our main guides. Is there a way to give a separate color to some ...
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How do I get my vector logos to look super sharp on the web?

I do a lot of work with Illustrator, but I've never been super happy with how my work looks on our website. I've tried various techniques - saving from Illustrator, and opening in Photoshop and saving ...
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How can some designers produce dozens of web templates a day?

There is a highly ranked designer in DesignCrowd that posts dozens of web designs each day, with so much variations on each one. What I want to know is: Would this require using templates, and then ...
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How to design web pages around a big logo?

I'm currently designing a website for a place that uses a large circular logo. Their logo contains an image as well as text. The problem I'm running into is fitting this logo into the web design ...
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How to make Illustrator slice coordinates match HTML coordinates?

Today I have the problem to slice a map from illustrator CS6 to HTML. For example i have a map with many states like this map states Because I want to make the mouse hover to each state so that i ...
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Using incomplete web designs in a portfolio

I have battled a situation in the past from when I have an idea for a website I would design it. A few years back I decided to apply for some companies that were starting out in web development and ...
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Fonts/Webfonts + My website

This question might be kind of stupid... but I am looking into creating multiple websites featuring a couple different fonts from Typekit and other places. I was just wondering... if I have a font on ...
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Whats a good way to find a good designer? [closed]

I'm running a company that needs design work from time to time. Things like business cards, web design, marketing materials, etc. We probably have about 20 hours a month of design work on average. ...
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Where to find subtle border patterns? [closed]

Is there any border pattern version to the website http://subtlepatterns.com/? What I mean is that these patterns are usually used not as backgrounds but just as a border or divider between two ...
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Looking for methods of showing text or logos on same coloured backgrounds

I need to keep the logo/ text the same colour as shown. The problem is that part of the logo is the same colour as the background it's going to be placed on. I'm running out of ideas to try and show ...
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What skills to learn for web development? [closed]

I'm a new enthusiast of web programming/development. Recently I started lectures and started studying to learn web development. I don't know if this forum is the right place to find help, but I wish ...
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Font Rendering issue [duplicate]

I'm designing the UI for a financial application. I'd usually do high-fidelity mockups using Photoshop and send them to the developers. What I have noticed is that the text in the actual product looks ...
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Graphic/web design approach to deal between UI design and front-end development

I have to search for a UI designer/front end developer to build my website out of a set of wireframes. I noticed this process is very fragmented due to complexity. What would be the best approach? ...
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Can I use CSS spritesheets to give a div a re-sizable background?

I'm trying to give a div a background according to a spritesheet, meaning that it'll define the parts from the sprite sheet and use those accordingly in the div. This is my sprite sheet image: Now ...
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Is there any negative adverse effect to optimizing images for retina screens, if the images aren't exactly double size?

For example: Say I have an image that is going to be displayed at 1000px wide. I want to optimize my site for retina displays, but the largest resolution image I have to put here is only 1900pixel ...
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saving a logo illustrator for web with transparent background

I have a simple b/w logo in illustrator, and want to save this for web use. I am new to web, just savvy in print :(... what is the easiest way to save this file with a transparent background so that ...
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Where can i download banner/slider/header landscape background images? [closed]

I've looked all over google , and i can't find any images that would fit right. I'm looking for something like this http://wrapbootstrap.com/preview/WB02634G3 or http://unslider.com/. I really hope ...
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What are some good “mocking-up” practices in web design?

A friend of mine and I have been trying to start up a web design company, so we're looking to find the most efficient overall web-design process straight off the block. However after reading a few ...
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Steps between Wireframe / UI design for web development

Based on my sketch/wireframe prepared for a UI designer (links below): Link: http://postimg.org/image/npt5zlvu7/ 1) Would I be able to approach a UI designer with the wireframe/sketch above? 2) ...
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What are some techniques in designing around a colorful logo?

I usually have to make websites based around logos that are very colorful (4-5 colors). Let's say the colors of the logo is similar to the logos of Chrome, eBay, Joomla, MSN. What are some of the ...
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Best way to save AI/SVG graphics for website purposes?

I'm using Adobe Ilustrator CS3. I have a bunch of small images (200x200 px) which I originally created as ".ai". I saved them as ".svg" using option Save for Web & Devices but to my surprise the ...
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Margins between varied size elements (heading, input, and button)

I have to design a page with two button choices separated by horizontal rule. The first group has a heading, text input and a button all on new lines. The group after the horizontal rule has a ...
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Making parts of Illustrator logo transparent - rather than faking it with the background color

So a designer has given me some logos (for the web) which are white on a blue background. She has, however, added blue paths to the shape to make it match the background. I would prefer to change ...
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Why link a portfolio site to external services?

In regards to external services (Dribbble, Behance, and Deviant) what is the purpose of having a portfolio website but you link all your images externally and take a viewer away from the main site and ...
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AIGA - Worth it for web designers?

I haven't been to an AIGA event in a few years, and I've only been to a handful between the VT AIGA and Philly AIGA. What I remember between the two were they seemed great for students, and maybe ...
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Am I breaking any Copyright/IP law by designing and selling posters based on an existing design and concept?

I have found a website that sells posters that includes graphic design, and am now thinking of creating from scratch my own posters to sell on my website, using the same idea/concept (please note that ...
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Appropriate Button Color for Dark Background

What is a good color to use for a button that will be put on an HTML page that uses this dark background color: #404040 ? I looked at various shades using Adobe's Kuler of the above mentioned ...
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Talking about Front End Web Development frameworks from a designer's perspective

I am a Web Developer working at a company where the fronted framework we have selected is Angular JS. I am now in the position where I am the 'resident expert' whatever that may mean. I have been ...
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What's the name of this staggered portfolio style?

I've been trying to figure out the name of this portfolio style. Is it as simple as Staggered? I'm attempting to do something similar, but I have no idea what the style is called. I've searched ...
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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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How can I evoke the style of Impressionism in a web design?

Design of almost all sites on the web is sharp. How can I create a good web page where tabs, buttons, and other UI elements mimic the style of impressionism? I find common themes of impressionism to ...
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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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Colors to use with black background?

Is using yellow text on a black bg bad as Mike pointed out here? If yes what colors should I use (RGB or hex values)?
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How to measure sizes and distances from parts of an image file?

I have this image sprite containing many small icons. I don't know the accurate size, height and width of each icon and it's too difficult for me to find it manually with my current tools (I am using ...