Damon
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Are "web-safe" colors still important?
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Mostly you have nothing to worry about. An extraordinary majority of visitors to a site will be able to support more than 256 colors these days. If for some reason your userbase is likely to have a ...

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Tips and resources for beginning designers
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Jim Krause's design basics index gave me a very good summary of the basics of composition, color and type. I wasn't a huge fan of most of his own examples, but they illustrate his points really well ...

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What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?
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The main thing I keep in mind when pairing fonts is this: Is the second font saying something different? The answer will not necessarily determine whether you should or shouldn't pair the fonts, but ...

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Can Photoshop be used for vector purposes?
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Photoshop has support for vectors, or as it calls them 'paths' There is a pen tool for drawing paths freeform, text tool, shape tools and selection tools for editing previously laid paths. Once you ...

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What are standard ratios for typography on the web?
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Robert Bringhurst's Elements of Typographic Style is a thorough and wonderful reference for things like this. It's long but very valuable. A lot of designers recommend a standard grid of lines so ...

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What is the difference between CMYK and RGB? Are there other color spaces I should know?
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CMYK and RGB are the two colour spaces, methods of creating colour. CMYK is subtractive, like paint/pigment. you start with nothing (white paper) and as you add more colours it eventually turns ...

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What free/open source image design programs can you recommend?
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Gimp!

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I want to be a graphic designer. How should I approach learning Photoshop?
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For a skilled designer the tools being used don't make so much of a difference. It's the line between the tools using you and vice versa. A "real" graphic designer has a clear concept and plan in mind ...

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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator
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You might try something like Corel Draw. It is significantly less money and very full-featured. Still might be a bit more pricey than you're looking for, though. If you were very recently a student ...

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What technical/objective qualities do good logos have?
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Nate implied this in passing but I think it's worth emphasizing: one of the key features for a logo is for it to be effective (readible or legible and recognizable) at very small sizes, medium sizes ...

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How to draw attention to a specific area of a design?
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Good summary by VirtuousMedia. I would add shape. Things with harsh angles/corners draw attention more than those that are rounded. However it's also important to keep in mind that things with sharp ...

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Sources for Color Theory or Psychology of Color
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This is a valuable resource for quickly summarizing different meanings of colours across different cultures. We often forget that in different countries a colour can mean something quite different! ...

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Line spacing in a block of text
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1.2 ems is standard accepted for best readability. Often it gets to be a bit bigger on websites. http://kingdesk.com/articles/optimal-line-height/ longer lines of text can benefit from more spacing ...

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Where can I find good filigree?
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deviantart.com often has a wide variety of non-commercial design elements, or just spend some time with google and you will probably come up with something!

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