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Instructions to give a print designer looking to use non-system fonts for websites

So we often run into print designers who choose all these crazy fonts that don't look good for the web. As a backend web programmer, what do I tell print designers to help them select non-system ...
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How do I use a vector graphic to cut an image in Fireworks?

I am designing a website with Adobe Fireworks and I want to have a design where I have divs with rounded corners. Inside those divs I want to have an image that gets cut (rounded) by the containing ...
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Components of a site that might cause imitation concerns

I'm new to the web design and web comic fields. I'm a huge fan of The Oatmeal, and thought his tile layout was a good way to share the most amount of comics for given real estate. So, following the ...
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How to make a “highlighter” effect for text background in CSS?

How would I go about highlighting an inline part of a paragraph decorated with a "highlighted" effect as if it were marked by a real highlighter on paper. <p> The dog <em>jumped ...
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Rules for adding colors to a black and white palette in web

I am working on a fashion website for my own portfolio, that allows users to have their own account where they save fashion related items. A sort of Pinterest for fashion items. Now, I know that the ...
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What is the best way to design for a group where multiple people have equal input?

I am building a website for a student organization. Although I'm a novice at graphic design, I can do basic sites (bootstrap is a lifesaver) and am moreso of a pro when it comes to development. The ...
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Transparency dithering issue when saving for web

I am trying to optimize the graphics for a webdesign, since I am not satisfied with the performance in terms of load-times. The logo is quite big and in PNG24 so I experimented to see how much I could ...
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Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design and business goals?

I am designing a one page site, and I need to go back to basics and learn about how to translate business aims into a homepage design. Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design ...
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How to quickly create multi-page layout presentation? (image maps?)

How to quickly create an interactive presentation of the layout where user can click buttons to navigate through the site. Obvious solution from HTML side would be to use image maps, but these are ...
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Identify this website theme [closed]

http://www.proxybase.org Can someone help me identify what this website theme is? I have seen it a couple of times on other websites as well.
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How to design a modern/slightly futuristic-looking application

I was hoping to get some advice from some more experienced UI developers. I have been presented with a unique challenge by my customer, and I feel like I am failing. Specifically, they want a UI that ...
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Solid colours look ugly in web design? [closed]

I'm very new to the whole graphics and web design thing, and upon trying to put together the first few pages for a site im working on, have realized that nothing looks as good as i imagined it would. ...
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Is there a collection of basic open source web templates I can use and customize for my projects?

What are some flexible, open-source, free/public-domain templates I can use that are easy to customize with my text, a logo and a color scheme? Plain-old HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript (no Coffescript, ...
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Coding a website design , which is better from PSD (Adobe photoshop) or EPS ( Adobe illustrator )? [duplicate]

What is the diffrence between EPS and PSD in making a mockup in: 1. Quality 2. Size in loading page 3. Easier to use 4. Similarity between both of them Thanks in advance....
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How should i design my websites's homepage? [closed]

I have a website, www.xphoenix.co.in. Before, it's homepage had too much text but no pics, news feed, countdown timers, etc. Actually it's for our team participating in the F1 in Schools competition ...
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Photoshop help to reduce the PSD file size without losing its quality and to create a fast loading page? [closed]

I have beeen working on a website design into a psd format , the file size reached around 300 megabytes.... So is my PSD file as intial design reaching this size is terrible ! I need to end up with ...
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What are some basic guidelines to make a website look nice?

I'm building a website for a client. I look at it and it just doesn't look cool. It gets the job done, which all of the websites I've built get the job done. But I don't think I've ever built anything ...
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How to design a site without pictures

A site I'm creating is a directory which sorts and displays information for about 300 businesses which are part of a specific business partnership/network. The site is meant to provide information to ...
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Export selected layer from Photoshop to web format

I have this big PSD file (300MB) which I need to somehow, export each layer as a web format (PNG for example) to fit them in a HTML. The only thing I found in PS is in the Scripts menu, the Export ...
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Visibility of elements over different shades of blue

I'm debating which colors to use for my website. We've been trying to find the right colors for the logo and graphics of the site, and struggling with trying to pick between the light and dark blue. ...
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How does Grid design helps and what are their roles in Website Design

I'm not a designer but I'm learning how to implement an efficient design on a website. How do we decide on the grid used, as far as I can grasp, 3x3 boxes looks good to me. But as I keep reading, i ...
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Tools to put into place for designing for yourself

I know I am my worst enemy from critique to execution. I ask this question because I wanted to know any good ways to stop myself from going on and on in my own work. I have several ideas and things ...
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How to make a site attractive? [closed]

What are the basics of an attractive web design? What should I be looking for and what sources should I use to educate myself on the matter?
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Save individual element in PSD as an image

I am developing a site and got given the design as a PSD, my question is, can I select an individual element, say the social media icons, and save them as an image? What I have been doing so far is ...
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Learning WordPress for designers does a framework help?

I ask this question because it is in relation to Scott's thread here. I understand we have a WordPress stack exchange but I wanted to know before I dive into WordPress how designers have approached ...
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Do web frameworks such as Bootstrap or HTML5 boilerplate offer anything to a designer (not developer)?

Note, this is about design much more than development. I build sites from scratch with completely hand written CSS and HTML. I've known about pre-build css templates such as Bootstrap or HTML5 ...
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How to display an user-defined logo in a Metro dark themed application?

For a Windows application currently under development we have chosen a dark Modern UI theme. As I don't have any representative screenshot at hand, let's say our look and feel is somewhat similar to ...
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Font copyright when used in images (Helvetica)

I have a specific Helvetica font that I use for text within graphics I am creating for my website, i.e. buttons, pictures. Do I need a licence or is it sufficient just to have purchased the specific ...
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Is there graphic design software made for beginners, suitable for designing websites?

I'm teaching web development to beginners, and it would be useful to show them the basics in design, meaning using a graphic design package to come up with a layout, before turning it into code. To ...
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Overlapping images - how to slice in photoshop CS5

I got pretty simple example of site layout (link below), and i need to slice it. The problem is, when i have 2 images, or image and title overlapping, and when i try to make slices of both, i get one ...
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Best calculation for leading in web design

This is an area I always dislike when in the design process of a website. That being said I'm trying to be more efficient and I wanted to know when some use a sans serif or serif font how do you ...
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Given a color scheme, how do I apply to website design?

Just so there is something concrete to discuss, say I have this color scheme: http://www.lavishbootstrap.com/?image_url=http://design-seeds.com/palettes/12/SpringTones505.jpg There are many articles ...
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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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Changing the color of the following image

What I'm trying to do is change the color of the following image to something around #21190E. I've tried using the Hue/Saturation, Color Replacer, etc. tools, but none worked well. Do I change the ...
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Is NDA necessary for this?

I have a client that requires me to submit at least a homepage of my proposed website design. However, I just recently known that he already contacted some other freelancers who incidentally are my ...
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What are some good ways to showcase someone's portfolio work online?

I've been happily employed for awhile now, so I've not kept up on various trends and changes in the online portfolio field. I would like to remedy this knowledge gap. I can do a search for "best ...
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What process should I use for converting this Toolbar PSD comp into something I can use on a Web page?

I am a programmer and have recently started playing with Photoshop in my spare time. Ideally, I prefer to create components using HTML/CSS only, but there are times when it is not possible. In this ...
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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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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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How much effort should I put in to optimizing (cutting up) images for the web?

I often get designs from our artists which contain large complicated images that can be turned into a background-color, some tiling, and overlaid smaller images. The problem is, doing this often takes ...
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How to design a websites using thin fonts that will look good in a web browser?

I recently quite repetitively encounter the same problem - the fonts in photoshop don't look even close to the fonts embedded onto the websites. Obviously - it's mostly about external, 3rd party ...
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How do I replicate these two effects in Photoshop?

I am having trouble finding help on my own since I do not know the names of these effects. Here's the reference image: How do I replicate the impressed circle effect behind the button? I tried ...
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How to create a vertically asymmetrical grid in Photoshop

I'm working on a site. The width will be fixed, but the length will vary. What would be the best way to create a grid like the following in Photoshop?:
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Where can I find a good repository of semi-transparent tiles for web?

I have been looking frequently for a site, a service that provides a repository of semi-transparent tiling backgrounds. I've found some grain generators, but I would like some more things that I could ...
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How to make a color appear the same on different backgrounds?

Background on color perception: Due to the nature of the human eye and visual processing by the brain, there's an optical illusion that the same color will look different depending on the background. ...
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Some general guidelines for choosing images in webdesign

So here's a good question: one problem that often comes up is a client asks for a site, but they have no content (specifically images) and so leave it up to the designer to find appropriate images to ...
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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 shades of blue go well together (website design) [closed]

I've got a fixed layout page and the client has asked for it to have "shades of blue". What colour would you recommend for the background, page wrapper background, text, dropdown menu and the buttons ...
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Layout with Tables - Hierarchy

In this fiddle there's a markup and style I'm doing for a website: http://jsfiddle.net/UvJmP/ I am trying to represent data in this way: D2's table data is contained in D1 D3's table data is ...
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Is there an ideal number of points of interests in web design? How many is too much?

I want to make a website, but I have too many important elements for that. I tried to simplify the structure, but it became boring to look at and tiresome to navigate. Is there a rule or tip for ...