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Whether you are a designer or a photographer, the use of an asset library is a must.  Thankfully, with the web nowadays, you don’t have to create all of your own resources. There a hundreds of places to locate top-notch aids. Here you will find some websites that offer resources and tools to speed up your projects, and have a little fun, too.  If you are just starting out, you can get a huge jump on gathering tools to build your business.   There is nothing better than finding methods to assist in saving time and money, while enhancing your designs. Below is a list of reputable resource sites that will help you set up your tool box. If you Love Color If you are a …

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Many people make a living as freelancers. Some people might consider this to be a dream job, while others view it as a curse. There are many pros and cons involved in freelancing. On the plus side, you get to organize your own work load and take time off when you need to stop working. However, these positives come with some serious negatives. Being able to freelance takes a lot of responsibility and can involve a steep learning curve. You will not have a boss telling you what to do and how to do it, so there will be a great deal of effort required on your part. Freelancing can be a risky profession, but this article should help you out. Never undersell yourself When …

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If you want users to love your website, easy navigation is crucial. This might seem like a simple enough idea to implement, but in practice it can be quite difficult. Inventing a unique and meaningful way for users to navigate their way around a website can be tough. Finding navigation that is easy to use, as well as being visually appealing, is even more difficult. The popularity of JavaScript libraries has made it easy to add attractive and functional navigation designs. As an example, many promotional websites are simply a single page that has a series of animated effects which the user hovers over or clicks on the give information and navigate. It is easy to go overboard with different scripts, buttons, animations and other …

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As the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep, the same holds true for a web design. A lot of web designers today are in a neck to neck competition with each other where they’re beautifying the outlook of their pages (as if that’s sufficient). They need to pay more attention to things that will work for them in the long run; however, that’s not likely the case (and wouldn’t be for quite some time, unless someone takes an initiative and creates a monopoly). People often try to go to the extent of complicating things on their pages in an attempt to beautify it. That is a total turn off; refrain from doing so my friends. People today want an easy to work with page …

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If a visitor to your website does not enjoy their experience, they are unlikely to want to do business with you. This is unfortunate for those who cannot afford expensive designers, but there are ways you can improve your website. Creating a beautiful and highly functional website gives your potential customers the impression that you really care about them. However, even large corporations with plenty of money still seem to be plagued by poor website design and low usability. Designers know that a bad user experience can drive business away, but making this apparent on a corporation can be a difficult process. Many big companies are only just now starting to realize how a bad website can affect their sales. Next are some user friendly …

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A jewelry website needs to be elegant and tempting. As we know only a unique and appealing appearance will force your visitor to come back over and over again. For me jewelry websites should be classy, well thought out, with great graphics and very easy to use navigation. Keeping that in mind I’ve selected 5 templates and these are exactly what’s you looking for if you want to set up an amazing jewelry shop. So let’s have a close look at them. The first template I looked at is the Wedding Store. You can feel the relaxed atmosphere of love in this site. The use of a number of different photographs which all have duel wedding rings in them. The navigation section is on the …

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Electronics are the “in” thing on the internet right now. When you buy this package, you get a series of 5 templates each with their own link to the Electronics industry.  The fact that you aren’t limited to one template but receive 5 different ones all in the same industry is a very good purchase. The entire series is presented in a fashion that is clean, clear, concise and extremely well thought out. The universal remote control shop for Electronic controls gives you a great choice of the available possibilities for a universal remote complete with the ability to link your Paypal to the purchaser. Here we have an up to the minute Electronic web store with the ability to make money on line by …

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Analysis of your website is an extremely important part of your design. If it doesn’t work correctly you need to fix it before the design is too far along or you are wasting valuable time. Checking constantly can be a pain unless you have the right tools at your disposal. Remember when you are working on your site that if you get a hold of something that is wrong, fix it before moving forward.  Having to come back and redo 50 steps is far worse than taking five minutes ever now and again to check things. Some of the tools available that you can utilize are listed below. ClickHeat Click heat shows you the areas that people concentrate on, on your webpage.  That is where …

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Web designers often struggle with creating appropriate tools for testing cross browser compatibility. Building websites that function efficiently is a skill developed by expert web designers through practice and patience. Certainly, browser compatibility is essentially basic to proper functionality and must be addressed in these terms. Abode Browser lab On the abode browser lab, the client can view screen shots of websites from different environments. There is usually a default test which grasps Firefox 3.0 on Windows XP and OS X, Internet Explorer 7.0 on Windows XP, and Safari 3.0 on OS X. into the environment during testing. Using the ‘browse set’ tab after activating your abode browser lab you are privileged to test any site you wish. There is also the option of changing …

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Everybody loves a conference. It is one big excuse to party. The fact that you actually meet like minded people and get creative ideas at the same time is a huge plus. It’s meets and greets and the dropping of an idea that makes your mind spin into gear. It’s incredible, how many ideas can spring from a social event and just chatting to someone casually. There have been numerous conferences around the world recently and a few more still to come, so we are going to take a brief look at some of them and see what was there and what ideas might blossom from them. The way their websites were put together and how they attracted people. It’s amazing how many people attend …

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