Posts by SachaG

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SachaG says

The shadow hurts my eyes… It’s too strong IMHO .

156 posts
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SachaG says

Sorry but I don’t think it will get accepted. You need to pay more attention to detail. For example, make sure all the text is readable, and avoid spelling mistakes.

There’s a lot of good ideas though. The color is unusual, the texture is nice, and I like the stitching pattern too. You should take those ideas and try to develop them to make something more different and personal.

156 posts
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  • Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
SachaG says

I like it, but I think you should add a slider at the top, and also use a three column layout. Other than that, it’s perfect!

(yes, I’m joking…)

156 posts
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SachaG says

Maybe instead of adding a rating for support, we could just let buyers post a short review, maybe a system like amazon’s? Then if they feel that support was good (or bad) they can just say it there, and the author can explain himself instead of just seeing his theme’s rating go down.

156 posts
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SachaG says

I think PSD templates are a great way to gauge interest in a design before investing the time required to code it.

And they can also be a good way to increase the variety of templates, because it’s easier to take risks and be creative in photoshop than when you have to think about coding, wordpress integration, etc.

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SachaG says

I used it for my last portfolio theme. But it was a little bit hard to set up, mainly because the examples on that site are fairly complex, when what I needed was much simpler.

Here’s my code:

jQuery(document).ready(function($){
//quicskand project categories filtering
    //see http://razorjack.net/quicksand/demos/one-set-clone.html
    // clone applications to get a second collection
    var $data = $(".portfolio-content .container").clone();    
    //note: only filter on the main portfolio page, not on the subcategory pages
    $('.quicksand-filter li').click(function(e) {
        $(".filter li").removeClass("current-cat");    
        //use the last category class as the category to filter by. This means that multiple categories are not supported (yet)
        var filterClass=$(this).attr('class').split(' ').slice(-1)[0];        
        if (filterClass == 'all-projects') {
            var $filteredData = $data.find('.project');
        } else {
            var $filteredData = $data.find('.project[data-type=' + filterClass + ']');
        }
        $(".portfolio-content .container").quicksand($filteredData, {
            duration: 800,
            easing: 'easeInOutQuad'
        }, function(){
                //callback function to re-apply hover effects on cloned elements
                setCaptions();
                setZoom();
        });        
        $(this).addClass("current-cat");            
        return false;
    });
});
156 posts
  • Bought between 10 and 49 items
  • Contributed a Tutorial to a Tuts+ Site
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  • Has been a member for 5-6 years
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  • Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
SachaG says

I like the color schemes. But the font is really small in some places, I’d fix that first. And the design also lacks padding, for example in the search field.

I guess although the design is nice in itself, it’s also very similar to a lot of existing templates.. maybe you should try making something stand out more, to give it more personality?

I wrote an article about what to do when you’re rejected a while back, maybe you’ll find it useful: http://www.themedesigner.net/getting-theme-approved-after-rejection/

156 posts
  • Bought between 10 and 49 items
  • Contributed a Tutorial to a Tuts+ Site
  • Exclusive Author
  • France
  • Has been a member for 5-6 years
  • Referred between 50 and 99 users
  • Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
SachaG says
156 posts
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  • Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
SachaG says

Actually I was thinking about doing something like this for my blog. I would take someone’s template and show them how to improve it. And then hopefully, thanks to those changes it would be approved. I would call it “extreme theme makeover” ;)

So feel free to send me a screenshot or a link to your template if you’d like to be the first!

156 posts
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  • Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
SachaG says

I’m really glad to know that you were reading my work in such special circumstances! And if you liked it, you will like part 2 even more, because I’ll focus on some more advanced design details.

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