Moon & Back Graphics

Frequently Asked Questions About Moon & Back Graphics

1)  Why the name Moon & Back Graphics?

My favorite expression to family members is 'I love you to the moon and back'.  Therefore, when I started this little adventure many years ago it was my way of honoring my family.

2)  Why do you no longer offer a lot of link ware?

There are several reasons for this but the primary reason is that it the terms of use were so often abused.  Many times we even found entire web sites containing our sets with other's logos on each set! 

As discouraging as that has become we can not stop offering it altogether as we have met so many wonderful folks over the years who do use our link ware. 

We thank all those who have always used it according to the terms.

3) Why do you use so much photography?

First, because photography is my passion.  Second, because when I use my own photography I do not have to worry about copyright issues. 

We found, sad to say, that almost every time we purchased photography to use from some stock photo site they would then change their terms and not allow it to be used for web set construction. 

I have folders of unused photos I purchased only to have the company change their terms of use.

4) Why do you not offer tutoring and/or help with setting up pages?

First, because of time constraints.  Second, there are many sites out there that offer WONDERFUL helps in how to set up a website and list ALL the tools and helps you could possibly need.

Just use your search engine and you'll find a HOST of great sites that do a much better job of tutoring than I ever could.  Third, we do include the HTML in all our web sets for THAT web set.  We believe this is a BIG help to most folks.

5) What about security on your site?

This is a tough question.  Perhaps somewhere out there there is a security program that will FULLY protect the contents of a website. 

However, after purchasing and experimenting with several and doing as much research as I can I have not found any (within a reasonable price range) that does not have at least ONE glitch. 

We do secure our pages to the best of our ability but no system is foolproof to the person without any ethics.

6) What cameras do you use?

I have several but my current favorites are my Sony 350A, 14.2 pixel and my Sony 100a

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3 Free Sites to Learn Graphic Design

Learning just the basics of graphic design are almost necessary skills you ought to acquire whether you’re looking for a job, trying to take on new responsibilities within your company, or further the success of your own small business.

With the internet being the main avenue for shopping and advertising, it is now more important than ever to have not only a functioning website but one that is visually pleasing and aesthetically beautiful.

You can either hire a graphic designer for hundreds (even thousands) of dollars, or you can learn the skill yourself.

Fortunately, the internet is saturated with a wealth of information so that you don’t have to go to art school to master the use of photoshop.

So, if you want to learn how to change a photo from color to greyscale or how to design every inch of your website or do anything in between you should check out these sites for free lessons in graphic design:

1. Youtube.com/tastytuts

If you are looking to master Adobe’s range of creative software, you should take a peek at this YouTube channel.

TastyTuts has some seriously helpful video tutorials providing everything from tips and tricks to full breakdowns of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

One of my favorite things is the break down of graphic design basics into a 45-episode series.

This series dives into Design theory which is crucial for understanding what is pleasing to the eye and what makes for good design and flow.

They also have other multi-episode courses on how to design for print and do photo manipulations in Photoshop.

This channel is updated often, usually weekly.

2. Youtube.com/creatnprocess

This other YouTube Channel provides a wealth of information on how to achieve certain effects in photoshop.

They go through techniques such as a color transition in animation, minimalist graphic design, and glossy text and give you step-by-step instructions on how to achieve this.

They also focus on designing logos and packaging for products which is helpful if you are designing for your own business or working on a product. They provide Logo design tutorials that are aesthetically pleasing in effort to provide you with some inspiration in your design process.

This channel is updated often, usually weekly.

3. Alison.com

If you are a less audio-visual learner and prefer things to be spelled out for you, look to Alison for free online courses in not only graphic design but in other fields too!

Type “graphic design” into the search bar and watch as hundreds of free lessons pop up.

These lessons are more lengthy than the aforementioned YouTube tutorials, but are totally worth it if you are used to a university lecturing style.

They are rated on their quality on a 5 star scale by previous viewers and you can view how long the lessons are along the bottom of the lesson card as well, so you know what you’re getting yourself into!

This site features lessons on product design and other practical uses for design, the kind of lesson you might get in a marketing or advertising class. They additionally provide lessons on other programs like Adobe After Effects, Flash, and SketchUp.

Learn more about graphic design from the video below!

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MoonandGraphics Tips Section

PLEASE NOTE: These tips are offered as a courtesy.  We do hope that they will be of some help. We will update them as we find things we think might be of general help. Please do not write for further help as we are a business and time does not allow us to offer individual assistance.  Thank you.

In this section I will try to give a few 'tips' that help me.  Of course everyone has their way of setting up a web site, using a web set, etc.  So these are JUST tips. 

There are so many great places to go on line to get GOOD Html help, etc.  They will be written as if everyone who reads them is a 'rookie' just getting started.  

If  you are not already familiar with how to use a 'search engine' to search the web for what you want try one like Google where you can search for help sites.  For example, simply type in HTML help and see all the sites that come up!

BEST TIP OF ALL:  Be sure to always backup your files on a separate disk or drive.  All your important files and also the copies of the zip files we send to you.  

1)  WEB SPACE:  If you are ordering a set and DO NOT YET HAVE A WEB SITE ... please know that what you are ordering is a page of graphics to put ON TO a webspace.  This is NOT the actual web space.  You need to find and set up a site at someplace like Yahoo (one of the easiest, in my opinion, to learn with) or any of the MANY other places to have either free space or purchase space (no ads).  THEN you can upload the web set you buy to your space.  A few times over our 10 years of having a graphics site we have had someone order a set and then found they think they are getting a 'web site' and that it 'goes on the web' without them doing anything.

2)  DOMAIN NAMES: If you do not want free space and if you DO WANT to choose your very own name to appear in your web site address (like ours, http://www.moonandbackgraphics.com) then you need to purchase a domain name.  That means you are purchasing the right to be the ONLY one using THAT name for however long your contract determines.  Again, simply type DOMAIN NAMES in the search engine and see how that comes up!  One that many uses is GO DADDY.

3)  ZIP PROGRAM:  You need a zip program in order to purchase almost everything over the Internet.  Perhaps one came with your computer.  Like Winzip.  If you use a Windows operating system that is what you need in order to open a zipped file (also enables you to zip files!) You can Google the word WINZIP and see all the sites offering it that come up!  Most offer a trial version but if you intend to do a lot on the Internet you will eventually want to purchase the program to install permanently on your computer.

4)  OUR ZIPPED FILES:  when we send you a zipped file it will contain everything you need to produce the page just as you see it when you purchase it. 

Then you can add whatever you want, remove any items you don't need, and put the page on your site.  You can use the page over and over in as many ways as you wish as many times as you wish. 

You just can't 'share it with another' or sell it.  You may, of course, purchase sets to give as gifts if you are not going to use it. 

Many do this.  OPEN THE ZIPPED FILE and you will see a folder containing all the graphics and an index.html page. 

If you click on the index page (big blue e) it will open the page up for you on your computer ]... when you do this then go to the top of your browser and click on VIEW and then VIEW SOURCE and you will see the HTML for the page.

5)  A HINT:  so many have found that the easiest way to set up your file directory (once you have your site you'll know what a file directory is) is to keep each page in it's own folder.  These are called subfolders. 

Our pages come to you that way.  You do not have to keep it in the folder ... BUT you will have to rename the index.html to some other name if you do not keep them in their folders. 

BUT ... keeping each page in its folder makes it SO EASY to revise the page, remove the page, etc.

To link to the pages that are in folders you just need to include the name of the folder in the tag line.  For example: http://www.moonandbackgraphics.com/awakenings/index.html ... in this example evensong is the name of the folder. 

You will see more help on how to do this in your file directory if you are located at Yahoo or some such space that offers help.  

6)  WEBMASTER:  If you want a site but do not have the time or desire to set it up yourself then you will need a webmaster.  (someone who sets up and maintains a site for others)  Again, use your search engine to find a good one. 

WEBMASTER:  I have found someone that I feel I can recommend.  This lady has been a client for years and a couple years back set up her own webmastering business and is currently taking new clients. 

I have nothing to do with her site financially or otherwise other than to be able to recommend you visit her if you need a quality webmaster.  Her name is Heaven Lord and her site is http://www.drheaven.com/  Contact her from there to inquire about any needs you may have.

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