Scott Dunaway wrote:
> How do they get these sites to looking so polished? What I mean is you
> take some sites like this
> that look nice and are fairly user friendly. But to me they don't even
> come close to comparing to sites like these
> The last 2 use lots of 3D type images and gradient coloring in their
> buttons and such. That's what I'm asking. What programs do you use, or
> others use, to make these images and buttons for such fantastic sites?
> Photoshop? Paintshop? What else?
> Also, do any of you know of any URL's that point to any tutorials
> about this? Please, any information would be highly appreciated.
> I recently signed up with a new host and got access to alot of
> templates, for free. I can use the buttons and such from those
> templates to get what I'm wanting for my personal site, but that's not
> what I want to do. I really want to be able to sit down and design my
> site from scratch. Using nothing but my imagination and my computer. I
> want to do polished, 3D buttons and multi-image overlay image maps. To
> me, such sites are not just professional, but works of Art. Thank you
> all for your time. And for those of you that try, thank you for your
> help and consideration.
Use The GIMP. It is an excellent free application that is not available for
Window$ too. I used JASC Paintshop and GIMP to do all the graphics in my
site and I prefer the latter, still.
Having said that, one must have experience too. With GIMP you get some
scripts that do all the hard decisions for you. You give it only an input
text and it will return a wonderful shiny button or a banner. Try it!
Also see banners that can be generated in a matter of seconds: