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Troubleshooting

Bevels, Shadows, and Effects

Q1:I wanted to add some panache to to my page, so, I grabbed up all the cool effects and filters I could find and got to work. The designing is going great, but the results are a bit busy—what happened?
A1: I cannot reiterate that effects must be planned and appropriate to the design. Consistency is a big factor, too. You definitely do not want to do something just because you can.

In fact, bevels and shadow effects have been overused (Figure 28.24). They are sometimes exactly what is needed (Figure 28.25), but think carefully before using any effects. And, when you do use them, use them consistently.

Figure 28.24. I've used bevels on every image on this page. It's too much! Cut down on effects for better results.


Figure 28.25. In this case, I've used the bevel only on the spot art, and left the header and navigation buttons consistently plain. This effect is more subtle and less overdone.



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