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.
The major problem seems to be that everything looks like a kindergarten school project, with solid, blocky colours that are too bright.
I've realized that i need to make things more sleek- Subtle patterns instead of solid colours, shadows, multi-faceted borders...
Only thing is i have no clue where to start, so i was really hoping someone could give me like 5 of the top/most commonly used techniques that tend to be used to make a page look more elementary and less professional.
I guess 2 tips that i have so far seem to be that i should use softer (less vibrant) colours and that i should use subtle patterns instead of solid colours.
Thanks in advance!