I have been considering a foray into theme designing, in addition to my current work as webmaster for a small business. I have some experience with hand-coding XHTML and CSS, especially in context of customizing existing designs (well, hand-marking-up, whatever; I know XHTML and all that isn't really "coding"). I am curious to see if any "respected theme professionals" hanging around the forum are using the Artisteer program to make themes.
"Respected theme Professionals" is in quotes, because "professional" and "respected" tend to be relative terms. If you have knowledge on the subject, I would just like your input and opinions. When I say professional, I'm thinking about someone who is very dedicated and well-known in the forums (a Mod like Esmi, or an awesome designer like Alchymyth).
- Are themes created with Artisteer notably "beginner" or "cheep" in appearance? [In your opinion]
- Have you personally used Artisteer to create a theme for public use (either in the WP.org repo, a third-party GPL repo, or as a premium theme)?
- If you would personally recommend against using Artisteer, are there any obvious ways to replicate some of it's handy automatic functions by using WP Template Tags, a plugin, or something?
I'm just looking for some input here, curious to see what the experienced users and designers think. Most posts about Artisteer are very old!