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A basic understanding of the principles of good design (such as contrast, unity, and balance) is the foundation for creating beautiful websites. In this course, Sue Jenkins explains design aesthetics in simple terms, and shows how to incorporate the principles of design in specific ways that improve your site. Learn how to adjust adjacent colors to add contrast, create depth with texture, incorporate movement, and use repeating shapes, patterns, and borders to unify your design. Then, in the final chapter, learn about special issues designers should address in their web layouts, such as responsive design for mobile devices, accessibility, and originality.
If you are a premium member of the Linda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. For each lesson I'll be showing you some slides along with demo files I've created in Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud and Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud. All of the files contain several layers, which I'll hide and show as needed to illustrate each concept. I encourage you to explore the files to learn more about how each of the designs were created. If you are using any version of Illustrator and the Creative Suite prior to Creative Cloud, that would be CS6 and under, you may not be able to view all of the layers.
Therefore, I've created PDFs for you so you can view all of the examples that I show in the course. In addition, I've used a lot of different fonts in these designs that you may not have installed on your computer. Upon opening the files in Photoshop, you'll see a warning about missing fonts. And as long as you don't try to edit the layers with missing fonts, the files will look just fine. In Illustrator however, the missing fonts will be automatically replaced with default fonts, which in some cases might make the designs look a little bit funky.
In those instances, please refer to the PDFs so that you can view the examples as you see them on screen. If you are a monthly member or annual member of Lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. Let's get started.
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