Where do I begin?

What programs/tools/etc to use when designing website?

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Where do I begin?

Post icon  Posted 26 January 2009 - 10:04 AM

Hello,

I understand the coding concepts for building websites but what I've never really understood is how to effectively design a site graphically. I have always thought that designers use photoshop to design backgrounds, borders, headers etc for websites but I don't understand how? Where should I begin? How do I make graphical elements for a site that are flexible and efficient?

Thanks
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:54 PM

pixel2life has quite a few tutorials on how to make site skins. Personally I normally use Gimp or Fireworks to make my site skins (Gimp is free).
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 05:17 PM

Well, as long as you can program some in Visual Basic, in C#, or just in HTML. You should use Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express. ITS FREE!!!!! It alows you to edit the actual layout of the page, just the source code, or even both. Look at the picture attached below. :pirate: (Zoom in on the picture if its blurry.)

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:37 PM

View Postagentjk, on 26 Jan, 2009 - 09:04 AM, said:

Hello,

I understand the coding concepts for building websites but what I've never really understood is how to effectively design a site graphically. I have always thought that designers use photoshop to design backgrounds, borders, headers etc for websites but I don't understand how? Where should I begin? How do I make graphical elements for a site that are flexible and efficient?

Thanks



In my opinion, you can make up for a lack of content (picture, borders, backgrounds, etc) with CSS (cascading style sheets). There are a lot of really solid minimalist designs that help you concentrate on the content of your website.

I would definitely look into the free offerings from microsoft, but if you are serious you can invest in Adobe's web suite. If you are a higher-education student, you can get everything you need for about 400 bucks. it sounds steep, but this is like 80% off retail...its definitely a good investment.
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Posted 28 January 2009 - 08:24 AM

Killnine has a point the actual graphics don't really mean as much as the layout. A good layout will make up for the lack of descent graphics. Tables are great for this!

If you are looking for a graphic tool try fireworks it can produce amazing graphics and can code some HTML as well. It is really easy as well.
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Posted 05 February 2009 - 03:23 PM

Killnine and runewake make a highly valid point.
One of the biggest killers of good media, and probably the most committed sin (I mostly work in print media) is a design that is too graphic heavy.
On the web, graphics are mainly used to emphasize the information, there are times where it IS the information, but either way, the surrounding graphics should ideally be minimal.
And I really, really want to re-emphasize killnine's point.
You can have some sweet graphic elements, but if they aren't helping the reader get from point A to point B, they must go.
THAT is where the art of layout comes in.

There are a couple of great books on Amazon or Half.com ...
http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/1581801467
It's probably the best book for beginners on the market.
I've teaching from it in my design classes.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 06:02 AM

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Well, as long as you can program some in Visual Basic, in C#, or just in HTML. You should use Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express. ITS FREE!!!!! It alows you to edit the actual layout of the page, just the source code, or even both. Look at the picture attached below. pirate.gif (Zoom in on the picture if its blurry.)

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This seems interesting.... i will give it a try, thanks ;)
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:56 PM

God post.
Thanks for sharing
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 07:29 PM

View Postagentjk, on 26 Jan, 2009 - 09:04 AM, said:

Hello,

I understand the coding concepts for building websites but what I've never really understood is how to effectively design a site graphically. I have always thought that designers use photoshop to design backgrounds, borders, headers etc for websites but I don't understand how? Where should I begin? How do I make graphical elements for a site that are flexible and efficient?

Thanks


The layouts first to be considered, then ask yourself, what is the modern digital art that the graphic artist use today??

These are the common concept they are using, Glass effect, Orbs,3D buttons,Tribal, and a top most is Funky Theme and Vector Art.
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Posted 22 March 2009 - 01:44 AM

remember to use light and bright images or if you do go dark stay away from contrast, the only contrast should be the type and the background it is on.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:50 AM

for image editing software you can use:
http://www.getpaint.net/
for vector you can use:
http://www.inkscape.org
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Posted 05 April 2009 - 11:15 AM

View Postdeadairspace, on 30 Mar, 2009 - 03:50 AM, said:

for image editing software you can use:
http://www.getpaint.net/
for vector you can use:
http://www.inkscape.org

I agree, Inkscape is the best free vector editor. As for Paint.net, I've never used it. GIMP is what I use for image editing.
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