What is Good Website Design?

“More than simplicity, great design is about clarity. If each piece, each view of an application or site is focused, concise, clear, easy to use, and reduced to its core purpose the product becomes more usable, productive, and effective as a result.”
– Robert Hoekman, Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design

Have you ever visited a website and found yourself not sure what to click on… because there were too many choices? Your website is successful when it achieves your goals. So before you hire a designer or make any decision about design style for your website, clarify your goals. [Read more...]

Free Image – Photo Editing Tools

Do you want to edit, change, resize or crop your photo images?

You don’t need to buy an expensive image editing software application, as many free online tools are available. Here are some of the more popular online image editing tools available:

Photoshop Express. Photoshop Express is Adobe’s free online image editor that offers basic tools for editing and retouching. Crop, straighten, adjust color, and touch up imperfections. Good beginner tools.

Aviary. Aviary is a free web-based suite of multimedia applications. Its image editing program, Phoenix, can handle a variety of editing tasks, from basic retouching to complex effects. The site lists more than 75 Phoenix tutorials. The suite also contains a vector editor and an effects editor. Because the program is web-based, you can access it from any computer and save your work online.

GraphicsMagick. GraphicsMagick calls itself “the Swiss Army Knife of image processing.” It provides a collection of tools and libraries that support reading, writing, and manipulating an image in over 88 major formats, including important formats like DPX, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PNG, PDF, PNM, and TIFF. GraphicsMagick is available for Unix and Linux, as well as Windows and Mac OSX.

GIMP. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a popular free editor for both Windows and Mac OSX. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert photo-retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass-production image renderer, an image format converter, and more. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

ImageMagick. ImageMagick is a software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images. It can read and write images in a variety of formats (over 100) including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF. Use ImageMagick to resize, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves. It is available for Unix, Windows, and Mac OSX.

Inkscape. Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features, like markers, clones, and alpha blending. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, and trace bitmaps. It is available for Windows and Mac OSX.

OpenOffice Draw. OpenOffice Draw is a graphics application that’s part of the OpenOffice productivity suite. Draw gives you the tools to create graphics and diagrams. Manipulate and arrange objects, create linear dimensions as you draw, and import graphics from all common formats. It is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX.

Paint.NET. Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software for computers that run only on Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Skencil. Skencil is an interactive vector drawing application for illustrations and diagrams. In addition to the standard features — Skencil also has some more advanced features. It is available for Linux and Mac OSX.

Font Style

How to Choose Your Font Style: Web Safe Fonts

Web safe fonts are fonts that are almost universally available on any computer. Browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.) can only display fonts on a web page if they are installed in that computer viewing the web page.
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