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More than likely Photoshop is setting all your fonts to be italic. Simply go to Window -> Character A box should pop up that looks like this: Make sure that the second icon (the one I highlighted in red) is not clicked. Photoshop comes with fake bold/italic settings to provide fonts that don't naturally support it with those settings. But if that ...


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My experience with Fireworks has been good for web design, but I always go back to Photoshop. I wouldn't be so sure that CS2 is so out of date that you can't use it for web design. I've used Expression Design for a few things and it is pretty capable as a vector design tool, but it really lacks the maturity that Photoshop and Fireworks have in tools, ...


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From a thoroughly pragmatic point of view, keep in mind that that resources in terms of support, tutorial materials, etc. available for Photoshop are about 50x what's out there for Fireworks and about 500x the resources for Expression. That's not something to discount. Speaking of discounts (how's that for a great segue?), since you already have Photoshop ...


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The game has changed. From Microsoft Expression's site: Expression Design is now available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center, and no new versions will be developed. Customers who previously purchased Expression Design as part of Expression Ultimate or Expression Web will receive support through the established support lifecycle. So, ...


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A good way to guarantee your icons look great on all devices and at least has worked well for me is using SVG and icon fonts. You can use icomoon to create your own icon font and import your own svg icons, and then call them in your css with @font-face, there are tons of tutorials on how to do this on the web and its relatively easy. Here are a few places to ...


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Is your page rendering it at exactly 45x45? If not, the browser is recalculating the pixels and this will cause the blurryness. I've never used Expression myself, but generally when downsizing images, on all programs there will be blurriness as the program has to recalculate the pixels. If you have to resize an image, a tip is to always do it by half, if ...


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There are many softwares which come exclusively for the task of creating thumbnails of images. One of the established commercial solutions for Windows that come to my mind is ThumbsPlus which comes with a 30 day evaluation period after which you will have to buy a license. Mostly whenever I need to quickly create a lot of thumbnails I do that with the ...


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Personally, I've found that really just starting with html and css is sometimes better than using design software. The main reason is because most design software is still made for print and specialized on a certain type of print. There just isn't a good piece of web design software (yet). What's nice about starting with html and css is that you don't have ...


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Looks like there was an element in my design that was causing the slice to seem to be wrong. I had a vertical stroke, 6 pixels wide, with a horizontal gradient fill. The stroke itself was only 77 pixels long, but it was causing the slices to be 82 pixels high. I don't know why, but when I resized this stroke to 74 pixels, the slice dimensions were ...



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