Interested in feedback, please.

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Next week I start working for a new company as their Administrator, but my responsibilities include development of their website. I've never considered myself much of an expert with graphics but the website needs some serious help. For reference, here's the existing site: http://alaron-nuclear.com

Before I went on vacation, I decided to actually learn some things with Photoshop instead of just playing around with it. I studied a few tutes and came up with some ideas for new headers for the above mentioned site. I didn't want to stick this in the reviews section, because what I'm actually interested in is feedback on the graphics designs themselves. If anyone feels inclined, I'd appreciate your thoughts:

http://atnopro.com/alaron/newheader.html

(Keep in mind, this is only about two days of studying photoshop via tutes -- if you have suggestions regarding techniques, I'm not overly familiar with everything PS can do (or some of the terms or tools), so if you could be as specific as possible, or perhaps provide a link to what you are talking about, it would be very helpful since I'm only a serious beginner at graphics design).

Thanks.
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I like concept six the best. I wouldn't recommend any of the top four if you plan on using a black background for the site, but graphically I like concept two in that bunch.

As for concept six, it just looks nuclear, and could definitely be used with a very good layout.

A quick run down on them all:
1 - Good placement over the flare, however hard to read (read #4)
2 - Great if you can work around the black background in the page (for some reason I don't think "professional" websites should have black backgrounds)
3 - Ehh...to busy.
4 - The bright flare makes it hard to focus on the text (because of its brightness, you are drawn to it first), and the lines in the plasma lead your eyes away from the text.
5 - Looks good if you can adapt the color scheme.
6 - The best one you have done, I would love to see that one in the completed project.
7 - Not too bad, but not a fan of the cursef font.
8 - Ditto.
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Thanks b_heyer -- all good stuff. To clarify, I have no intent on using a black background for the site. I agree with you that a commercial site should have a white or light background. I don't have any problems putting a dark header on top of a white page though. So, assume the pages will be white. Yeh, I like number 6 too, and oddly it was one of the easier ones to do. My personal fav is number 2 -- I like it's simplicity.

I've gotten similar feedback from some friends on number 3 being too busy, but I've also had about as many say that's their fav. I think the biggest help in your advice is the lens flair in number 4. I'll have to give that one some thought.

When I get back home next week, I'll also start playing with some ideas on lighter colored headers and some collages.

Thanks for the thoughts.
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just 1 man's opinion, not trying to be harsh --

i really like the coloration and blending of #5. Personally I think it's the
most professional-looking. It's corporate, techy, and stylish.

I like the font and style in #7 best.

i'm not fond of #4 in any way, regardless of the placement of the flare. I
think the flare itself is cheesy and overbearing. You want the text to be
the main point of view on a header, with some color and an image.

Using the lens flare gives the impression that your skills are limited, and
that may be true, but you don't want that message to be so clear.
Lens flares are frowned upon because it's a "canned" technique.

I would recommend staying away from a black header if you're going to
use a white bg. #5 poses the best example.

All are pretty darn good for first shots in pshop. It's taken me a long
time to get my techniques down, and you'll learn them fast I'm sure.
Keep working at it!
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hey if thats your first go ! well done!!

i like the first one, except i would move the placement of the first bright flare, like b_heyer says it takes away from the text as its the first thing your drawn too :)

the second one I like second best :D
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Thanks Unflux and Musik.

Question for Unflux or anyone who wants to answer. I was wondering about the last four concepts. My design will be coded to "fill up" the page regardless of resolution (at least that's my plan). The first four I did do that very well (because I use the black background for filler) -- I'm curious if you think just putting the smaller header up centered would be a smart thing to do, or should I try to work some lighter graphics to cover the entire top as the first four do?
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*Duh part of my question for Unflux I forgot to include, on #5 -- are you comfortable with the offcentered Company name to the left?
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I think centered would look fine, and the off centered company name looks good.
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off-centered keeps things interesting. On my last project, I didn't center
it -- http://www.benjaminfinancial.com

That same site example will answer your question about filling up the
space. I personally hate sites that stretch out to different resolutions. It
kills the design IMO. But if you're gonna do that, just use some bg
images like I did to help you fill.
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UNFLUX -- that's the best idea I've seen in awhile. Thank you. There are some things I want to keep within specific dimensions, and I just love the look of that. In fact I have one or two client sites I just might play around with that thought. I really appreciate that idea. Thanks again.
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keeping it off centered basically follows the rule of thirds.
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good luck with it. we're here to help as usual :)

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