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Don't forget to let us know what you've done. Send URLs, files, etc. to wpeck@internet. com.






Hopefully, I have at least convinced you to take a look at roughing up your work now and then. Perhaps you still have doubts that rough texture and professional site design can work perfectly together. I have a few samples here that may just change your mind. And more coming next week as the next Graphic Greats focuses on the rough side of Web design.




This is one of the most stunning entry pages I have seen. There is some wonderful movement and balance here, but the texture raises this from a great look to Wow! Definitely worth a trip to see this site. The background is a simple texture which is incorporated into a sliced image. The interior pages have the same texture with different colors for a unified look and clear definition of areas. ©Hornell Anderson Design Works.


Willowtree Designs has used rough graphics here to make an impact. The entry page is nicely laid out, but the rough edges on the left side graphic and a small amount of semitransparent color behind the characters really makes it stand out. This is a good example of a page that would work if it was all neat and tidy, but becomes dynamic because of the added texture. ©Willowtree Designs. Used with permission.

The Sharefair page is a wonderful example of appropriate design for the task. Though this page was created for a large company, the purpose is to thank employees for sharing with their community. The bright colors and rough textures provide a happy tone and leave no doubt this is a friendly message. It has a professional appearance, though, proving you do not have to sacrifice one for the other. ©Raychem Corporation. Design by Net Gain. Used with permission.

That's it for now. Time for you to go forth and get rough with your graphics. And don't forget to let us know what you have done. Check back next week for the rough side of Graphic Greats. I found texture in retro looks, wild and crazy sites, plus soft and gentle looks. Don't miss it!


Wendy Peck is a working Web designer and writer living in NW Ontario, Canada.

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Text as Design

Rough it Up Start
PhotoShop Outline
PhotoShop Rough Edges
Wild Edges with CorelDraw
Coloring Outside the Lines
Fireworks Rough Edges
Rough Text with PaintShop Pro
PhotoShop Background Textures
Seamless Tiles in PaintShop Pro
Gallery and Resources

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