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Old 05-04-2009, 01:31 PM   #1
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hi, ive been studying css/html and photoshop for about 6 months now and im still a newbie, but i have a few questions if anyone can help please.

i have made 10 mockup websites but they are all based on other sites.
i am working on these photoshop tutorials here. http://www.rnel.net/search/photoshop/logo-tutorials-1
but a lot of them are logos. i really have no idea how i would use photoshop to design a website and not just a logo or object. my main problem is, if a company gave me an assignment to do a site about "insurance" or "pizza" i would have no idea how to visually design the page in different and interesting ways using css layouts and photoshop. my plan was just to look at enough web page templates on the web to get a feel for different designs, but i still would have problems coming up with a look for the website, i.e what shapes to make, or what layout to choose, basically, the look for the whole site.
any help appreciated, because at this point, im just learning photoshop and css/html, without having an ability to create my own interesting designs, and specifically if it really were about "insurance" or "pizza". i probably would look at similar websites and base my design off that, but i dont want to be a copy artist. any help on this GREATLY appreciated, because that is the main thing that is holding me back now. thanks. derek

check out these templates. i would have no clue how to come up with those ideas they came up with. the variety is amazing.

http://templates.rnel.net

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Old 05-04-2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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If you don't have any training in design, maybe consider getting some.
It sounds like you need to crawl before you can walk.
The variety on the template site is wide because it consists of work from a large group of people.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:13 PM   #3
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thank you. i dont have money to go back to school to learn design, and i pretty much forgot the principles i learned in school, most of my training was in painting and not design. do you know where i might be able to learn design for web pages?
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:53 PM   #4
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just look around at sites you like and get an eye for detail

try and use the designs for inspiration using elements to create your own designs
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:22 PM   #5
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great thank you very much. derek

here is a book i found , its called "principles of beautiful web design" i hope it helps me. so far its pretty good.

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Old 05-04-2009, 05:57 PM   #6
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Not only was that a link to an illegal copy of the book, but I also happen to know the author. We have a no tolerance policy to spam and piracy, so make that the last time you post something like that here.

Here's a link if anyone is interested:
http://www.sitepoint.com/books/design1/
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:59 PM   #7
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im very sorry about that. i didnt think before i posted. i plan on buying the book.

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