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    SitePoint Guru phanie12.geo's Avatar
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    What would be your preferred way to design this web page???

    I am trying to get quicker in my designs and better. I really like this style of page with the flowing beige header and left link column and drop shadow.

    What would be your favorite method and exact steps to designing something similar?

    Thanks!

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    SitePoint Guru phanie12.geo's Avatar
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    Would help if I gave you the link to the page

    http://www.eyecareassociatesnc.com/

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    I'd do the original drawing in soething like Freehand, Illustrator, Corel Draw then import the shapes into photoshop and do the coloration and shading, basic layout blocking, that kind of thing. Then I'd use image ready to slice and dice, then fire up Homesite and code it.

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    I'd do the original drawing in soething like Freehand, Illustrator, Corel Draw then import the shapes into photoshop and do the coloration and shading,
    Could you direct me to a good tutorial to explain how to do this part well? I'm too good at this part and I know there must be an easier way than how I do it b/c it just doens't look right my way.

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    Typo Negative brokenvoice's Avatar
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    If it's the shading part you are having trouble with, then Phong has some excellent tutorials. There are loads out there too, but I think his are among the best thought out and explained. He hasn't updated in a while though but they are still good tutorials. Team Photoshop has some excellent tutorials too and it's more frequently updated.

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    Thanks, Brokenvoice! I will check them both out.

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    Ok, I don't need help wiht the shading. I thought one of those two sites would offer a tutorial on combingin shapes to get these designs that I have in head onto the screen. I just cannot get past this one hump.

    I did find this tutorial: http://aestheticweb.com/tutorials/combineshapes.htm

    It show exactly what it is that I am trying to learn how to do. I followed the directions precisely (I use Paint Shop Pro 7) and somehow its not working. Is there a more detailed tutorial b/c I think I am not getting somehting right here or maybe this tut assumes you know to do soenthign and I am not doing it. Whhhaaaa ...so close and yet so far.

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    Do you have a drawing package at all? In Photoshop 6 there are some rudimentary drawing tools as there are in Fireworks, but if you can lay your hands on a real drawing package (like Freehand, Illustrator, Corel Draw), you can combine shapes to get the results you are after. If you are using an older version of Photoshop, you might want to take a look at Eyeball Design's tutorials. If you follow that link and hit the tutorial button on the bottom you'll get there.

    Beyond that, I'm not sure what else I can tell you.

    Hope this helps though.

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    paint shop pro would be easyer to use for the effects used on that site then photoshop imo.
    infact i would say that`s probably th program they used just looking at the drop shadows and beveling.

    ill do a quick tutorial for you (i just noticed your using paint shop pro)
    Last edited by iTec; Jan 25, 2002 at 01:24.

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    Keep plugging away Stephanie, you will get it!
    I highly recommend that you download the trial version of Fireworks as you can do so much more with it the PSP.


    affordable website design

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    Yep! Thanks guys. I just spent all day yesterday playing with it as I finally figured it out on my own w/o that stinking tutorial. I have now moved over into Fireworks...thanks Tom....and I am drawing amazing interfaces. I'm having tons of fun with this!

    Thanks for all your help and advice.

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    There are some good Fireworks tutorials at Project Fireworks


    affordable website design

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    Hey phanie12.geo
    if youare looking for some good tutorials

    you can visit
    www.3dcafe.com
    and then hit the free stuff section

    also a good site is
    www.designsbymark.com


    here you can learn some things
    greetz
    Don't blame me, I'm not perfect. giwdesign.com


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