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About J. Scott Harris

Scott Harris a former graphic designer for iEntry and currently the design manager for C.A.D. Website Design and RSStatic
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I don’t write as much as I used to or would like too. Web development takes up most my time these days.

Thinking About Color

Fifty years ago, if you turned on your T. V. you would have seen My Three Sons in brilliant black and white. Very few print advertisements went beyond 3-color printing and the internet wasn’t even a glimmer in Al Gore’s eye. Color, for the graphic designer, was a mere novelty, meant only for the most high-end projects and package design. Color, once too expensive to use whimsically, is now expected for the most part. Black and white has come to represent the high-end and artistic.

Product Review: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12

Corel has put out a great deal of quality products throughout the years. But ever since Macromedia became a player, Corel has been running a close third in the market of graphics software.

Design consistency between PCs and Macs

If you’re a designer, odds are you stick to one platform or another. If you learned to design on a Mac, you probably only boot up your PC to make sure everything is coming out right. Some of you may not even own a machine with a different operating system on it.

Transparent Flash and DHTML Layers
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You can’t go to a major web site anymore and not have an ad pop-up on you, layered over all your text. Usually they’re done in Flash, complete with animation and interactive features. Nissan has produced some of the coolest buy far. Microsoft has a new one out promoting their mobility capabilities that takes over your whole screen (click here
and refresh till it shows).

How Do They Do That? Scrollbar Colors and Flash Pre-Loaders

In today’s article, I’m going to cover a few of those things you see all over the web, and while they look so simple, you might not be sure exactly how they do that. The two main things that come to my mind are 1. Changing your scroll bar colors. 2 Flash pre-loaders. So I looked into the easiest ways to do both and now you’re here reading them.

Enhance Your CD: A How To

Everyone by now has probably bought a CD by their favorite artist, stuck it in their computer and watched in amazement as your screen is taken over and an interface is loaded for your viewing pleasure, complete with videos, sound clips, pictures and even links to the artist’s website. For a really good example of this, check out Blind Melon’s CD “Nico”. After Shannon Hoon died, they put out their last CD, which is fully loaded with extras that may never have been released otherwise.

Enhance Your CD: A “How-To”

Everyone by now has probably bought a CD by their favorite artist, stuck it in their computer and watched in amazement as your screen is taken over and an interface is loaded for your viewing pleasure, complete with videos, sound clips, pictures and even links to the artist’s website. For a really good example of this, check out Blind Melon’s CD “Nico”. After Shannon Hoon died, they put out their last CD, which is fully loaded with extras that may never have been released otherwise. Thousands of dollars are spent in order to put these CD’s together, but it’s really cheaper than that if you want to do it yourself. The standard for a long time was to produce these using Macromedia Director or QuickTime, but that can be expensive. Flash is a cheap substitute that does as good or better of a job of making a multimedia presentation. To do it using html can be even cheaper!

Designing for Email

Quite a few of you have written in asking how to send out your own html formatted emails, it can be quite simple depending on the volume you’re sending. If you’re just talking under 100 addresses, Outlook or any other up-to-date email client can handle it. All you would need to do is create your html file, save it and import it into the mail client as stationary (or what ever term your client uses for importing html). Some clients will even allow you to edit the html from the new message window. And if you’re talking mass mailing, there are various programs out there that do the job faster than a standard mail client.

Making Your Fireworks Flash

Very few designers will disagree that designing in Flash, especially concerning layout, is very fluid and user friendly. Your early ventures into designing in Flash often leave you wondering, “ Just why do I have to click so much to simply select an object and the stroke around it?” and “Why does dragging to select something make cuts into one object or another?” There are quite a few things in Flash that will catch a seasoned designer off guard. Understandably, ease of use does come with time and practice, but there’s a shortcut.