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In Preparing CMS Web Graphics and Layouts Using Open-Source Tools, Jen Kramer shows how developers and graphic designers can collaborate to create a great site design that integrates with a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla!, all using open-source software. This workflow is based on two existing open-source design tools, KompoZer and GIMP. Jen shows how to modify web graphics and create slices with GIMP, and then place these in an HTML page integrated with CSS in KompoZer. Along the way, she discusses web design best practices and special challenges that might arise when designing for CMS software. Exercise files are included with this course.
Web-safe colors are so 1998. Graphic designers everywhere will be thrilled to know that you can throw them all away and use whatever color you want on your websites. Some designers learned about web-safe colors when they were in art school. There were 216 colors that were supposed to be identical between Mac and PC platforms. It worked great when we use 256 color palettes, but now that most monitors support millions of colors, the web-safe color is moot.
The differences between the platforms and the monitors are very subtle these days. Use whatever colors you wish on your site. Keep in mind that very pastel colors often don't display well on flat screen monitors. You may want to test very light colors on multiple monitor setups to make sure the color is visible. But again, that's just very pale pastel colors. So throw out your web-safe colors and rejoice. Use whatever colors you like in your web designs.
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