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Eksperimental
03-02-2008, 04:35 AM
This is my first template, still working on it. Just wanted to get some feedback from the GR community first.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h14/Eksperimental/PortfolioTemplate.png

Revos
03-02-2008, 05:13 AM
ok looks like you just copied and pasted vista graphics?

Eksperimental
03-02-2008, 05:23 AM
The Upper BG yes, but the menu bar was done completely in photoshop. I can post the .psd for it if you would like proof.

Revos
03-02-2008, 05:25 AM
No need, im not trying to acuse you of anything, just pointing out that it looks like its just copied pasted. You should take the vista style as a concept then build up on it

Eksperimental
03-02-2008, 05:27 AM
I wanted to emulate it for the menu bar, and nothing really more, still unsure of how I would do the tables for the main content area though.

Chakka
03-02-2008, 07:15 AM
Well looks good so far, interested to see how the rest turns out :)

wildsorrow
03-02-2008, 08:41 AM
I wanted to emulate it for the menu bar[/b]

Very bad move.

The menu bar completely says "I have no creativity, so I copied Microsoft" to me.
If you're going to take inspiration from someone, its better to do it discreetly than to copy them 100%.


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Northern.
03-02-2008, 05:53 PM
I know its not creative like acrima says but it will still look good if you finish it, windows vista is sexy lol

Eksperimental
03-02-2008, 08:58 PM
Tbanks Northern!

I apologize for it not being creative, but I really could care less. It's my first one so give me a f'ing break.

wizman90
03-03-2008, 04:12 AM
hmm, try something like the http://www.beryl-project.org/ tables, i love the way they edged those!

Eksperimental
03-03-2008, 06:46 PM
Thanks for the link and the suggestion Brettley. I'll give em' a go.

PhanE
03-04-2008, 07:28 PM
ok looks like you just copied and pasted vista graphics?[/b]
I was about to say everything reminds me of vista and i haven't seen the designs and stuff for it.

wildsorrow
03-04-2008, 08:11 PM
I apologize for it not being creative, but I really could care less. It's my first one so give me a f'ing break.[/b]

If I gave you "a f*cking break" you wouldn't of got the proper criticism.

and if you don't care about creativity from the start, then what is the point in learning?

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Eksperimental
03-05-2008, 12:40 AM
I apologize Acrima. I appreciate the critiscism immensely.

It is my first one. I'm trying to get a feel for the whole thing. I just over reacted.

Any suggestions on what I could do?

Dr. Funk
03-05-2008, 01:13 AM
I suggest making your own background.
Looking at your sig, you obviously know how to use Photoshop, so why don't you apply some of those skills into a banner for your template?
If you think you can show us something with a well-known copied background and have people say nothing about it, you are mistaken.
But over to the template.
I really like the buttons, but you should either make them wider, or move them to the left or right side.
I like how you used transparency, so try to use that in other places to go along with the theme.
Aesthetically pleasing too, it's not too hard on the eyes.
I'll be waiting for your finished project, and if you want, even though I'm not too great at it, i'll splice it up for you. :)

Eksperimental
03-05-2008, 02:28 AM
Thanks Funk.

Alright, so again originality is key in these, so I've got that down. I'll give it a go with my own background.

Any suggestions on theme for the BG?

That'd be awesome if you would splice this for me when it's finished!

wildsorrow
03-05-2008, 08:20 AM
I apologize Acrima. I appreciate the critiscism immensely.

It is my first one. I'm trying to get a feel for the whole thing. I just over reacted.

Any suggestions on what I could do?[/b]


It is understandable that it is your first and it won't be good. Stop thinking about being good.

Good is just a majority vote and doesn't always equal growth.

My suggestion is if you like the Windows Vista style then sure be inspired and even copy elements of it if you want to.
However, don't copy it 100%, infact, make it look better than windows vista.

and I agree with Dr. Funk, you can use the skills you already know and apply these to other stuff, like a template.

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Eksperimental
03-05-2008, 08:47 PM
Cheers mate.