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I wanted you guys to check out this site I have been working on for my fathers wildlife and western bronze sculpture,I have been using some of the photography I shared with you earlier.There are also some photos from some of his African and Alaskan hunts,check out the Bronze Sculpture section and the New Fine Art section.This is my first attempt at this and the first time i have used my photos for anything besides wallhangings,let me know what you think and how i might improve it!!Thanx http://3dsculpturefx.com/

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Cmon people I need some honest feedback,I have no idea how people react to these images and I want to make sure to improve it if possible..Thanx

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Ok here it goes...

First off, let me say the artwork is quite wonderful. So this critique will be of the website & how it is displayed.

1) The format of the webpages is too wide for most standard PCs. Meaning lots of folks would have to scroll left & right. Not a good thing. I'm guessing you are working on a very high resolution monitor. You should design for about 800 to 1000 wide, and no wider.

2) I'm on a cable connection, and your page is still slow to come in. So I'm going to assume that someone on a dial-up connection may have some serious trouble even getting your pages to load up. Reduce the size & number of graphics. Or use thumbnails for each of your images and allow people to click on them for a larger image in a separate window.

3) Use standard buttons at the top or left side of page, and again reduce them in size and try to stick to text. Though its "pretty" to use images/photos, text loads up much quicker. Then carry them through ALL your pages, so people can navigate easily between different sections of your site.

4) Try to use the same layout; header, buttons, format, etc. throughout your site. People like consistency.

5) Since you're working with lots of images, you should be converting photos into JPGs and text based images into GIFs such as buttons (or leave them as text). JPG will give you a smaller overall file size.

You have a good eye for design. You just need to understand the limits of the internet and what people are willing to put up with to view a site. I can tell you that a slow site turns more people off than almost anything else. Doesn't matter how pretty, most do not have the patience to wait around.

Good luck!

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I don't know about all that computer stuff, but I really like some of the bronze statues! Wink

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Thanx a bunch guys,i was having trouble with the size issue,I tried to reformat the page twice and every time I uploaded it to the server it came out the same size I just lost resolution so I think it is either a prob with the software i am using or a server side prob...I do use jpegs for all my images and most of my script type images end up as jpegs before i upload them also,is that a prob?I use photoshop and adobe pagemill are you familiar with either?I am pretty good with photoshop but I am new to pagemill and I am using a fairly old version of it.And yhe i know the buttons are too large I weas just having fun designing graphics with my photos lol.Glad you enjoyed the artwork also my father is a firly well known sculptor and has been doing it for thirty some years,he just started a line of western themed furniture with sculpted reliefs that i will be adding to the site as soon as we have an invetory to photograph.Keep em coming I really appreciat the help!!

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I would guess its a software problem, not server problem on the resizing issue.

You may be starting out with jpegs for images, but somewhere in the process they've all been converted to gifs.

Photoshop is a great program. I'm not familiar with pagemill, but have read that that it has "issues" particularly the older versions. Macromedia makes a program called Dreamweaver that is considered good and reliable.

Its apparent that your father is a very talented artist.

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your right Cowgirl when I transfer an image from Photoshop into pagemill it converts them all to gifs and I dont think i can adjust that...Pagemill is very frustrating %)

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Time to dump pagemill. Most of your problems are most likely related to that software.

Are there classes on web design you can take locally? That could be helpful in trying out different software and getting some advice on how to proceed with your site.

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You know I actually considered taking one down at our local community college so I asked my cousin about it since he had taken a years worth of the same classes,I showed him the work I had done so far and he told me that the year he took started with all kinds of basic BS that wouldnt have got me as far as I did on my own in 3 weeks of playin around at home....so......I spent my savings on a new bow and a Draw-Loc....so......Im gonna do a DreamWeaver search on BearShare and see what I can do Thanx..

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OK I found one called Macromedia MX pro 2004 Dreamweaver Flash Freehand Fireworks,is that the one?I have no idea what the flash part means isnt that somekind of animations for websites?

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OK I found one called Macromedia MX pro 2004 Dreamweaver Flash Freehand Fireworks,is that the one?I have no idea what the flash part means isnt that somekind of animations for websites?

Flash is a programming method for web (and other) animations as you stated. The type of site you are designing does not need this “feature”. It’s an interesting skill to learn nevertheless. A basic version of Dreamweaver would give you ample tools easily design a top-notch site.

Before I dismissed the community college as an option for training I’d do a bit of legwork. Contact the graphic arts department and set up an appointment for advising from an instructor.

Bring a disk with some of your work. Let the instructor view your work and provide recommendations. Many times you will be able to skip prerequisite courses and be placed in a higher lever course by receiving approval from the instructor.

This might allow you to skip redundant courses and focus on the areas where you need development. By the way, as a student you can get excellent discounts on software.

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