Image Types and Usage in Web Design

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between JPEG, GIF, and PNG images we use on the web? As a designer – and especially a web designer – it’s important to know the difference between the different image formats and how to use them in each situation. This article will cover how to use them for each situation to keep file sizes small and image quality high.

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Regex for Dummies: Day 3

We’re going to start reviewing real-world examples. We’ll begin by learning the correct syntax for matching an email address. In day four, we’ll take things a step further and implement this code into a PHP and Javascript app.

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Fun with the PHP GD Library: Part 1

If you’re an avid PHP developer, you are probably aware of the GD library extension. For those who are unfamiliar, the GD library allows you to alter, manipulate, and create images quite simply. Today, we’ll learn the basics of using PHP and the GD library.

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The Importance of Color in Web Design

All too often, I see a great design concept with a poor choice of colors. Part of what makes a great web design “great” is layout, typography and color. When each of these aspects work to compliment each other, great design is born.

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Regex for Dummies: Day 2

Today, we’ll review the answers to yesterday’s quiz. We’ll then move on to examining PHP and Javascript’s methods for comparing regular expressions against strings.

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Regular Expressions for Dummies

Welcome to my new video series, “Regular Expressions for Dummies”. Over the course of ten videos or so, I’m going to teach you how to use regular expressions in your Javascript and PHP applications. As always, I’ll assume you know absolutely zip. If you haven’t already, subscribe to our RSS feed, or follow me on Twitter to stay up to date on new releases.

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5 Biggest Copyright Pitfalls for Web Designers

When it comes to design, copyright is often a very muddled gray area. Just as the lines between plagiarism and homage are often confusing, so too is the line between infringing and non-infringing use of copyrighted material. Since it is natural and even expected of Web designers to incorporate elements from other sites and other creations, it is important to understand the risks and hazards when it comes to copyright in Web design. As such, here are five of the most common copyright pitfalls Web designers face and how to best avoid them.
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Common Mistakes in Web Design

Many rejected templates here on Themeforest suffer from the same few common mistakes: typography (font, line-height, letter-spacing, color), alignment (grid), and spacing (padding). In this tutorial, we are going to take a closer look at how to avoid these common errors.

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What’s In Store?

Hi everyone. I thought I’d briefly go over what’s in store for the blog. To stir things up a bit, I’ll be making a few changes to increase the number of quality tutorials that we’ll be offering each week. In addition, I’ll be rolling out a new video series!

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WordPress for Designers: Day 10

While we sort out the final touches on the .psd file, we are going to spend some time today to have a little fun with Wordpress and also create a very simple Wordpress plugin. If you are interested in learning more about using RSS feeds with wordpress and would like to learn the basics of creating a plugin, then today is the day for you!

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