Posts by chrisatlemon

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chrisatlemon
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okay, my first helpful tips would be something I enquired about myself only a few days ago. You can see it here:

http://graphicriver.net/forums/thread/how-can-i-copy-and-paste-transform-coordinates-in-ps/54440

In summary if you have two documents of identical size you can shift drag any item from one document to the other and it will fall into the exact same spot, so no need to realign coordinates.

My second helpful tip would be tagging onto what quickandeasy said about smart objects, which I’ve been using more and more lately:

When I draft I often have many different documents which share elements. But you can’t have all of them open all of the time. So I organise my document with smart objects.

Then I work on the smart object and if I want to see the changes in one of the documents I did not currently have open there is a very easy way to do that:

1) Open the document 2) right click your smart object 3) replace content 4) choose the .psb file you’ve just been working on.

I have really fallen in love with the “replace content” function, it saved be so much time from potential copying and pasting, realigning, refreshing, and having so many documents open at the same time.

Hope this helps :)

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Chris

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You don’t need to know JavaScript or PHP to create a theme or a template. It can of course never hurt, but it’s not a necessity.

All the fancy menus, sliders, galleries, etc you see in the themes are script blocks the authors simply reuse. None of them, or at least the only the fewest, actually write these themselves.

For WordPress, Joomla! or Magento themes you do not actually need to know any PHP . You just need to know your way around how the software works and which blocks to use but there is no need to actually edit them.

I have created 20 of Joomla!, WordPress, Magento, Movable Type and more themes and I do not know any PHP .

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Chris

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I don’t like the font much, I think that could be better. Definitely more presence, made a little thicker? Also not sure about the placement, it seems so boxed in struggling to breathe.

for my taste the gradient on the button has too much white, not enough colour and strength.

Not sure about the dotted outline. I had to look a few times to make out what it was. But that maybe just me. :)

I agree with the others on the arrow…

So a bit of work left here I’m afraid but you could be going somewhere nice :=)

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Chris

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I think you asking two questions here, or at least I’m not sure which one you need to learn:

1) HTML and CSS 2) using your knowledge of HTML and CSS to build a theme?

Are you already proficient in creating websites but want to learn what makes a good theme? Or do you actually want to learn HTML /CSS?

If it’s the latter then Constantin’s link looks like a great place to start! If it’s the former then you may also want to take a look around the ThemeForest forumsand take a look at some of the bestselling items and what they feature.

I was quite surprised of how complete those packages were!

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Chris

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If it’s for automation and make your customers life easier you can also always include an action.

I know I sometimes also feel a little a limited by things I could do, but then I think: “Will the customer be able to handle this, or willing to invest time?”. As a result It has happened that I discard some ideas because they are simply not very usable.

I’m preparing an item now where I will provide two versions, one easy to edit. And another with enhanced options. This way the user can choose what he wants to work on and how much time would like to invest.

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Chris

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If you don’t know who to hire, I’m always open to suggestions :)

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Chris

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chrisatlemon
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Hurray! Congratulations!

That’s one of the great things here at GR: You can go on holidays and still make some money at the same time :)

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Chris

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chrisatlemon
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That’s some great information! thanks for sharing!

This also goes in line with some of the research “quickandeasy” has been doing and a question I asked in another thread a couple of days ago.

So thanks for Answering my question :)

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Chris

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Best month ever! But then again, I’ve only been here for three months … lol :)

I’m seriously starting to think I should concentrate on TF. If you just browse through the new items it seems that every single new item that gets posted immediately start racking up sales. Are there actually any themes that will not sell over there?

After all I am a web designer. Maybe I should stop doing graphic design for fun and get a few websites done for TF …

... On the other hand, I do websites all day long, and I’m supposed to be here for fun! lol :)

Hmmmm. decisions decisions… :D

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Chris

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I agree on the font not being very Christmassy, nor is a very adventurous

I guess the reviewer also felt that the graphics were a bit “copy and paste”. I also don’t like much how the main ornament fades away towards the sides.

It’s always a bit subjective of course put the design doesn’t really make me go “wow”. I don’t think there’s anything particularly wrong with it, I’ve seen much worse here, but there’s not really anything super right with it either…

That’s just my opinion though :)

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Chris

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