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Is designing/drawing characters and backgrounds for video games a part of graphic design?

I want to work as a designer of videogame characters and backgrounds, but I don't know if there is such a job, or what it is called (illustration, graphic design, concept design?). I am about to go ...
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Taking consideration for advertisements in web design

Can't argue that advertisements are an extra means of a web site generating income but should web designers take advertisements into consideration when laying out the pixels for a site? Should this ...
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Why are my psd files shrinking when I open them in Illustrator?

I'm trying to open my .psd files in Adobe Illustrator, but it's turning them into really small files. It's probably something to do with the advance settings, but I cant seem to find it.
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What are the icons used in the Study Room website?

I want to understand how the icons used in Study room' whiteboard were inserted. To see what I mean, navigate to the site, click Create button and then Join button on the animation. If you observe ...
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Why do most logos 'move' from left to right?

I was browsing logo examples, which represent some not symmetric object (usually in movement, like - trains, cars, plains, etc). And realized, that logos, where 'movement' is from left to right look ...
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What is term for a brand identity “color treatment”?

What is the industry standard term for a set of color guidelines for a brand identity? Logo Usage Guidelines Brand Identity Guidelines Something else? Edit: As Scott mentioned "whatever works". ...
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Do the illustrations I do for a company belong to me, or to the company?

I'm doing a new website for a business and it's going to involve some original graphics: a large drawing that will get used for various background elements, and two medium-sized looping Flash or GIF ...
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What's the name for images like these?

I'm trying to figure out the name for, or a collection of, the kinds of images that "fade-into" a solid color. For example, twitter has this image: This allows them to add a background image that ...
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Why are all my colors dull in Illustrator CS6?

I just installed Creative Suite 6 on my computer. I was working on some artwork for a client in Illustrator and having a hard time getting the right colors. I noticed they were all very dull. So I did ...
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How can I take my graphic design to the next level?

I'm a full-time professional designer in the early middle of my career -- I have been working as a designer full-time for 15 years. I create lots of work that I am very proud of. However, when I look ...
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Is there a common basic template or style for movie posters?

I am designing an app about collecting movie posters (original ones combined with some funny/creative factors). Since there are different kinds of movies (horror, romantic, action, etc.), I need to ...
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Completing or offering a dying art form

I ask these questions to know what some would do when faced with an art form you have experience with but it is being replaced by better technology. I shall use two examples: Bending neon is a great ...
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Change the direction of perspective in Illustrator

I did not see this question here after a search but I was curious to know how do you change the direction of Illustrator's perspective grid from the default: To something like this:
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How to make a logo where a letter is made of particles of varying sizes?

How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/? It is a large ...
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Which colours should be chosen to match a metro theme and be easily readable?

I am colourblind, which makes choosing the colours of my website very hard (often I choose colours that appeal to me, yet look awful to everyone else). I have recently begun a new website (image ...
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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, team work means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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How to improve image detail quality for mobile apps? (too blurry)

What is the best file type to use in mobile apps? I am developing an iphone app and I am using images with the same frame as the views with 72 dpis in a format file .png but when the detail is more ...
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InDesign: Why can I only unlock some items on my document from a master template?

So I am using templates, and can override the locked master items (e.g. text boxes and headers) yet cannot seem to unlock an image (which I am using as a placeholder to replace with the correct image ...
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How was brand consistency maintained before computers?

The era of computers makes it easy to regulate brand consistency - you can e-mail anyone your branding guidelines in a PDF and it will have all the information they need. However, I still sometimes ...
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What analog tools should every designer have today?

Prior to the proliferation of software, namely Adobe and Aldus, a designer needed an entire toolbox full of things to get a job done. From t-squares and triangles, to ruling pens, masking tape, photo ...
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How to create 3d people? [closed]

I've seen quite a few of these humanoid creatures around the internet: How do I go about making one of these? Can I make a basic model from cylindrical sections for each joint and then rotate them ...
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How do I change all instances of a color to another in photoshop?

I am have created an image that has elements in it from another image that I didn't have a psd for. The elements in question are black(#000000). How exactly can I change all of these elements to a ...
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What are key elements that define a design as vintage?

Curious to know what key elements out there that some use or see that defines a design as vintage. I know some would consider vintage by the typography or pattern used in the design but what are ...
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graphic design - high or low resolution

Can anyone please help me with the following? I am a low-level dabbler, but these things have been nagging at me for years. I know I've been doing everything the hard way, and my hope is that knowing ...
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How should ascenders and descenders that share the same space be handled?

This is the initial registration page for my client's communication app. ( I covered over the logo - note the white box - for his privacy) I do not like that the "y" descends and the "h" ascends into ...
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How do I mix both uppercase and lowercase in Illustrator

I'm trying to mix both uppercase and lowercase of a font together for a logo, but increasing the lowercase font to match makes the font weight a bit bigger so it looks messed up. Is there a simple way ...
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How can graphic design help improve internal communications?

From a personal point of view, I'm convinced you have to enjoy going to the place you work in. Improving your day to day experience feels revolutionary enough for me. I also think design and ...
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How do I create a button with two shadows in the bottom?

I am not much of a designer. I want to know how I can create Wix like buttons in Photoshop. They offer many kinds of buttons, but I want the one with a shadow on both sides of its bottom. Any help ...
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How to beautifully incorporate tables in texts/documents

From time to time I have to write a small report and usually I end up having to present data in a table. Everytime I end up thinking that a table is an ugly looking rectangular box I wish I could ...
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Photoshop Reducing File Size by Hiding Layers

I've recently learned that hiding Photoshop layers will reduce the file size. After searching around the Adobe forums I can't find anything stating this. There are only about half a dozen sites on ...
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How can I show a database graphically?

I would like to provide a non-technical, intuitive visualization of my database for people who are familiar with the underlying data, but not database design. The figure will be included in a journal ...
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Adobe Illustrator - working with path & pathfinder issue

I'm working on some print design in Adobe Illustrator, but I can't seem to figure out this one thing. It's probably stupid, but would really appreciate if someone could help me out. I've create a ...
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How to: Line 3D effect?

How would one go about creating a lined 3D effect as shown in the image below?
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Any good example of electric waves incorporated in a web design?

The client I work with has undergone an internal branding exercise. The result is that all of their documentation standards have been updated to include a common header. The header contains a black ...
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Concept OS Mocking: Illustrator vs. Photoshop vs. Other

As a school project, I am graphically designing my own mobile OS. I already have hundreds of hand drawings of each aspect of the OSs design and I need to make the step to digital mockups. As the ...
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Industry secrets of effective brochure / advert design

I don't have a formal education in design, so have never been taught any industry secrets or methodologies of general design. I am however a seasoned web & graphic designer, and usually end up ...
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What type of information should a logo display, or what makes a great logo?

For example, for a tech company, should one be able to look at a logo and immediately see 'tech company', or whatever niche that company may provide\service? Also, is the color scheme important as ...
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What should I consider when purchasing a new laptop and accessories for design?

I've been thinking about getting a laptop that is somehow 'optimized' or focused in design. I know it will never compare to a desktop, but I usually find myself having to work while travelling and ...
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How do I decide how many columns to use in my grid?

I'm trying to create a UI design for my 1024x768 screen. I know there's a grid system out there. I've read about the benefits, etc. I understand, I think from a fundamental level, why I need to use ...
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What is the GUI style called that is commonly used in sci-fi media?

What do you call the style, trend or design commonly used by bodies mentioned in the title? I always see these designs in sci-fi movies and dashboards used by FBI or CIA. Do you know any toolkit using ...
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Any tips to design for a 1024 resolution? (especially with fonts and font sizes)

In terms of tips, are there any good resources or things to keep in mind with things like font and typography? Any "ideal" or happy medium sizes to keep in mind? I'm working on a project where the ...
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Design pattern for assigning items to two buckets/lists, where items can be in both, one or none

I'm sorry I could not name this question any better -- if anybody knows of a better term to refer to this by, please let me know. I'd be happy to edit my question. At any rate, I have a design ...
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What are some basic guidelines to make a website look nice?

I'm building a website for a client. I look at it and it just doesn't look cool. It gets the job done, which all of the websites I've built get the job done. But I don't think I've ever built anything ...
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selecting inverse an Inner Border on photoshop

Is there a way to select an inner border in Select Inverse? Here is one example I need to select the border pointed by the red arrow. With the basic select inverse both borders pointed by the blue ...
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How can I convey complexity of source code without showing code?

I just created a big web application, and I need a way to present it. I want to allow people to visualize the amount and complexity of code I coded ("wow this is a giant bunch of code" and "wow this ...
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Mobile layout grid dimensions?

I am trying to figure out what the standard grid layout is for ios6 and possibly android. I use photoshop cs6 and recently sketch 2. What dimensions should I set?
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How can I learn website/webpage design [duplicate]

I asked the closed How can (or should) I design my personal and professional sites?, and one of the comments was that if the commenter stumbled upon any of my sites, that commenter would conclude I ...
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How can I use design to teach history to 8th graders?

I want to use graphic design and website design to teach history to 8th graders, so kids can express what they have learned about history and use their knowledge to teach others. I also want to use ...
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Tools to put into place for designing for yourself

I know I am my worst enemy from critique to execution. I ask this question because I wanted to know any good ways to stop myself from going on and on in my own work. I have several ideas and things ...
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How to get a light foggy look in photoshop

I've some some great usage of photos lately, especially in website headers that are light, easy on the eye, and don't attract too much attention. How can I create this same effect on my photos in ...