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How do I duplicate text and create icons ?

Non-designer needs help on website design

6:33 pm on Mar 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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My website, was designed professionally then I was left to get on with its development.

I now need to create more text buttons (like the Andalucia one) using the same font/style as appears down this left hand column with appropriate icons.

As the original designer is no longer available and I have no knowledge of design or time to deal with Photoshop I'd like to know whether I could easily duplicate such designs in Paint Shop Pro or if anyone could recommend a (good value) freelancer to do such work for me.



7:09 pm on Mar 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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You say you don't have a lot of experience with Photoshop and also mention paint Shop Pro. Are you fairly proficient in Paint Shop Pro?

The buttons look pretty easy to duplicate. About a 2 px 50% black drop shadow bottom right, over a 5 px white drop shadow, bottom right. The font looks like one called something like Stuyvesant (spelling escapes me), common to some of the Corel font packs. It's an ICG font. Looks pretty darned close, anyway. I'd have to double check to make sure.

You'll need to create these on a similar colored background and make the background transparent. You can pretty much match up font sizes using the old images as a template. You can even get your color palette from the old images, as well.

As for the little icons, you can probably use something from a clip art CD.

<added>just fade the rollovers</added>

7:15 pm on Mar 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi Gerry:

The problem with custom buttons is they can usually only be replicated by the orignal designer, or by having access to the original PS file that was used to create them.

I would just swap the image buttons to text links, maybe using some CSS for a sharper look. That leaves the site more "friendly" for future fixes.

10:28 pm on Mar 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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If you want to create new buttons to add to an existing set (and you don't want to switch to text links), you'd probably be better off using idiotgirl's suggestions to create ALL the buttons over again from scratch. Then you have the original graphics file to use if you ever need to add or change buttons in the future, AND you can be certain they'll all match.