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Old 09-07-2005, 04:18 PM
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I need help with this site design, the right part of the site is my attempt at what I can see so clearly in my head... but its not right. It needs to be more stylised but subtle grey tones and I cant seem to get it right. I've also attached the original image
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:23 PM
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I think it might be the drop shadow that's throwing off the look.

Maybe something like this?

This could be a theme if you have pictures of different equipment that could be put on each page that relates to what the page is about.

Anyway, just an idea. Maybe it will spark better ones in others. The film strip thing could probably stand to be a little smaller too, so it wouldn't be so dominant.

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Old 09-07-2005, 05:40 PM
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One more variation for the road...

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Old 09-07-2005, 05:49 PM
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Don't know if this os what you're looking for but....

Duplicated the background, put blending at "Multiply";
Duplicated this layer three more times (found some colours );
Levels, changed output to 196 - 255;
Hue/Saturation +40% Saturation

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Old 09-07-2005, 11:53 PM
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those are absolutely beautiful - no what I was trying to do at all but they're stunning and work so wel Thanks!
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:13 AM
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i like racc's and ro's renditions here. but, i dont see the problem as one of stylizing the prop, but rather one of balance and focus and theme. the balance of the overall page is off to me. why pull focus from your retouch work with an additional element off to the side? and, if you are going to use a prop, why not use a prop like racc suggested that suggests what that page is about. in this particular case you've got the 'Portfolio' page highlighted ready to be clicked, so why not have a portfolio album/sketch book/painter's satchel as the prop rather than a photographic reflector/diffuser?

now, one variation i could see if you really wanted props in there, would be to add a row of them around the before and after images INSIDE that border around the before/after pics. this would frame the main focus and balance the overall page. but that's just one possibility. you dont always have to have balance. sometimes it's good to throw things off, but in this case the side prop doesnt work for me. it's distracting from something you dont want distractions from. also, racc's filmstrip around the inside border would work, or maybe just the 3 bare sides.

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Old 09-08-2005, 12:25 AM
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Have you ever seens a site built for 800x600 in 1280x1024? In 8x6 the only thing visible is the site, in larget resolutions you get a lot of excess space, the 'prop' is for taking up excess space. The design isnt finished yet and I'm stilling playing with ideas in my head, but unless I get the look I see in my head first, I cant decide whether I like it or not
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Old 09-08-2005, 05:35 AM
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Was wondering Nancy what you were trying to capture in the lighting umbrella and wondered if you were trying to lighten the umbrella but retain as much detail as possible and the use of the shadow may have been intended to indicate light. I could be totally off track too, but if that is the essence you are trying to capture, I arrived at this via darkening the umbrella portion substantially and then increasing the constrast substantially followed by a large reduction in opacity, after which I used a len's flare in the umbrella to indicate lighting
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