And lastly: How about taking other peoples layout-codes? Is that allowed, or not?
I'd say that unless you're given permission to use somebody else's layout as a base for your own or if you're doing it simply to study HTML/CSS, then you probably shouldn't be taking other people's layout codes. Then again, if you have the knowledge to be able to get the code from somebody else's layout, then you probably don't need it as a study tool and you most likely have the ability to make your own.
As for the rules, I especially hate it when I either can't read a user's post or I mistake a part of the layout for the actual post. It's so frustrating; hopefully this sticky clears everything up with those users.
Think we could get a crackdown on layouts with text that is really hard to read because it's around the same color as the background?
EDIT: Note how I said "crackdown" rather than a rule. I wanna see some nuking before my eyes explode from strain... (I really mean that in the most comical and nicest way possible, I just get reaaaaaaally tired of straining myself and highlighting text just to see what people have to say).
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I do not really like rule 8. It seems a little.. unfair. If we don't have any other text in our layout, why does it have to be to the left. (aka left aligned) What if I wanted mine center-alligned and no other text was in my layout?
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I agree that centered text is acceptable in rare cases. In most cases, however, it is not. If you believe you can make it look good, feel free to try it. Just keep in mind that the following is true in all cases:
Challenge the rules at the risk of having your layout removed. Readd the layout at the risk of being banned temporarily.
The one thing layouts usually suffer from is a terrible choice of text for the background they are using, or vice versa. Here are a few tips to prevent that:
1. If your backround picture is bright or has many colors in it, especially in the area where the post will be, either fill in the post area with a solid color, or use a semi-transparent or different image that has less contrast (aka: a spectrum of like light gray > dark gray rather than white to black). Your image will be seen through a semi-transparent image in a less-contrast form because of the way transparency works.
2. Use of colors that are too far from each other on the spectrum of colors. I'm sorry but blue>orange red>green yellow>purple, etc. background-text combos do not work.
Most of the time either the text or background should be black or white, and the other colored. If you insist on both having color, make them both shades of the same color (I.E. Light blue text on dark blue background).
3. If you have an image that has a lot of contrast, but you'd like to use it for your background, there are way to reduce the contrast. I use GIMP for this, but I'm sure there are lots of other programs you could use.
To reduce contrast, I use the feature "Color Range Mapping", which can be found under the colors>map menu or filter>colors>map depending on which version of gimp you have.
Once it is up, you'll see your image at the top, and a "To" and "From" area each with two different colors, probably both black and white. To reduce the contrast, in the "To" area, change the box that is black to a dark gray, and change the box that is white to a light gray, or something like that. (You can keep one white or black and the other a medium-gray if you want it to be very light or dark).
This will reduce the contrast and make it look more aesthetic in a layout.
Hope these hints help your layouts!
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