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    Where can I learn to design web sites like a professional?

    I'm an aspiring web designer. Can you tell me where I can learn to design web sites like a professional?
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    this forum, google, and w3schools.com are good resources. if you need classroom education, most community colleges offer it.

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    Hi,

    Designing and coding are two different workflows. You can fins many tutorials on the internet for designing a functional website. If you are just starting out then you may want to try some open source design and development tools. I have listed some of the applications I use which are all open source (free to use):

    http://www.gimp.org - graphic design
    http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm - good for coding

    Sesign Tutorial:
    http://gimp-tutorials.net/websitetutorial

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    There are lot s of things you need to learn to be a good web designer.
    Here is a list of what you need based on my experience:

    1.) Start by having a good background in graphic design like designing web template mock-ups and logos... I suggest use Adobe Photoshop for web template and Illustrator for the logos. Heres a couple of good websites offering those: http://www.ndesign-studio.com/tutorials, http://psd.tutsplus.com/

    2.) After learning how to make graphic designs, you must then learn markup! or converting your mock-up into mark-up. From Photoshop mock-up to css-xhtml template. This is the very core skills of being a web designer. So invest yourself in here the most. here are some sites where I learned to do so: http://css-tricks.com, http://w3schools.com and a book called CSS Mastery Advanced Web Standard Solutions by Andy Budd.

    3.) A sub-concept of learning css-xhtml is to make sure that your designs are browser compatible... meaning you should know how to fix those good ole IE bugs... Then you will experience the major headaches of a web designer.;-)

    4.) You must know a bit of Adobe Flash for clients who wants animations on their websites... http://gotoandlearn.com . Now that google can index flash animation you don't have to worry much on search engine problems of the past. But still keep in mind that not all internet users which are possible visitors of your site has flash installed on their computer so be sure to put some alternate image on doing so.

    5.) Another thing to learn is javascript, you really don't need to be an expert with this... Just go to http://jqueryfordesigners.com to learn how to put jquery animation effects which is by the way lighter than flash when it comes to internet connection speed.

    I guess that is it!.... Quite a few of them but if you are passionate enough about web design and you are tremendously driven to learn then this should not be as hard as you think it is... Always remember to continue and improve your skills and never stop learning... because once you think you know everything that is when the learning will stop! peace out! Like what i always say to web artists, Design to Express Not to Impress...

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    Awesome post! You get a thumbs up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alain
    Where can I learn to design web sites like a professional?

    I'm an aspiring web designer. Can you tell me where I can learn to design web sites like a professional?
    Thanks
    according to me find a job work as a jr developer or designer.
    you will get the right direction coz web designing and development is very vast topic.
    instead of wasting your time try this shortcut.
    i tried and learnt a lot.

    regards

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    Hi,

    I am agree with the above point. The best way to learn web designing like professional is to do practice under any expert. They will guide you and clear your doubts. Also, it will improve your skills and self confidence..

    All the best.

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    Where can I learn to design web sites like a professional?

    I'm an aspiring web designer. Can you tell me where I can learn to design web sites like a professional?
    Thanks
    Well, I know this one site that may help in the near future, not exactly web development though. http://www.adamnichols.net/tutorials/. There is only 2 tutorials up at the moment, but the one to look out for is the colour theory one. The other tutorials may or may not help, but as for colour theory it applies to many design principles used in many applications, so that would be step one.

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    Eliminate these .. in your designing..!!

    Here are some web design tips for 5 common mistakes.

    1) Your text isn't right for your websites overall mood or niche.
    2) The website isn't compatible with multiple browsers.
    3) Your color scheme is off base. If you don't have an eye for color schemes.
    4) Your website's navigation isn't set up properly.
    5) Your call to action isn't in its proper place.
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    Professional do things professionally..!!
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    Web Designing


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