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What computer hardware matters to a graphic designer?

I've had my MacBook Pro since 2007 and I'm starting to think about what the next system might look like. I'm not made of money, but if upgrading a component helps to make me a more efficient worker ...
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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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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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Solid colours look ugly in web design? [closed]

I'm very new to the whole graphics and web design thing, and upon trying to put together the first few pages for a site im working on, have realized that nothing looks as good as i imagined it would. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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Is there a resource that documents all mobile device screen resolutions in one location?

I could not find a complete guide of this nor did I know who to contact about possibly making a wiki here for it (if it exists or not allowed please remove). I cannot nor want to remember everything ...
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Grunge effect for vinyl

As the title says what is the best way to take an existing sans serif font, such as Helvetica, and add a grunge effect to the text for die cut vinyl? I know it can be done manually but that tends to ...
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Suggestion for a book on graphic trends and their evolution

I have been researching about graphic design trends and its evolution. Can someone please suggest a particular book or website about this subject?
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Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?

"Meet Pluralsight. We are a group of serious developers. We are also committed to creating the best training available. This mix of training for developers, by developers is what rings true to our ...
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3d packaging mockups

Is there a simple way to create a 3D looking cardboard box to show off what some packaging might look like. Photoshop solutions would be helpful. I would like to be able to change the images on the ...
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How can I overcome the impulse to continuously critique (and possibly rework) my designs?

I have been designing for almost 5 years now. I have noticed something very strange in my development lifespan. My appreciation for my works decreases substantially over time. Especially in my UX ...
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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 ...
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How to convey requirements with a designer?

I am an app developer. Most of the time I will build the apps' user interface by myself, thus resulting in functional but not appealing apps :-( Like this -> one (link to AppStore) For a few ...
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Fireworks: Exporting assets for mobile, multiple sizes

Just curious what peoples tips and tricks are for exporting mobile assets for apps with Fireworks quickly, efficiently and crisply? For multiple device sizes. Also, do you recommend keeping an asset ...
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What to change on this webpage, to look more elegant [closed]

I'm not ui ux engineer. I just want to hear your opinion/help on where would you (designers) put this grey box or app links, what is your opinion about colors?
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How can I get more efficient at designing tables for web in Photoshop?

It takes me too much time (IMO) to design tables in Photoshop. I need to move rows, columns and stuff easily. I'd like to be able to get through this faster. I've tried InDesign and Illustrator and ...
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How do I add a raster texture file to Illustrator's 3D Extrude & Bevel?

How do I get an image to extrude and bevel using illustrator CS6. The shape that's having the issues has effect>texture>texturizer and then I uploaded a psd file. When I then select ...
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Web design components workable on paper [closed]

What are the main components of web design that can be sketched on paper? I refer to the visuals of a design that could be developed by sketches and drawings. Like a sketch of a Web-page view in ...
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Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!

A fairly sizable client whom I've done a few jobs for over the past several years has recently contacted me for a new job. We have never had a contract for any of the work I've done for them (I'm a ...
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How to not make my website have a ā€œ1990'sā€ look

I recently launched a comics website, www.hittingtreeswithsticks.com, which I created from scratch. I created my own design because I wanted to keep it unique, and used no templates. Unfortunately, ...
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Practices for making visual ideas into real designs

As far as I can see, creating graphic design goes through two main steps. Coming with up an idea. Turning the idea into a real design. I find that I am stuck in the first step. I am new to ...
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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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What subtle techniques can be used to make design look better overall? [closed]

I am have been spending a good amount of my time to learn how to do design. My friend is a designer and helps out when he can he often comes around and shows me tricks that make things like text and ...
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How to recreate this background in photoshop for use in a mobile app? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do so many app menus get that finished textured look? I'm still a beginner, but I really like this texture and have been trying for hours to recreate it. Question: ...
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How do so many app menus get that finished textured look?

I don't know how to describe it but how do you create that nice textured look with css? Seen in the background: Also seen a bit on the left hand dark navigation of: Thanks for your help ...
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how to reduce the size of my graphic design cv?

I designed my cv on Photoshop and then I did two things but still I have a problem: I have two pages of my CV, I saved them as JPEG with save form web and then I combined them in a PDF in Acrobat ...
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design inspiration collection of horizontal website layouts?

Who knows a good resources to get some fresh design inspirations for horizontal layouts? Searching google gives some blogposts with relative bad quality designs. I look for fresh, inspiring layouts ...
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businescard disguised as a real iphone, anoyone knows a good mockup / sample?

I try to create a businesscard like below. I searched for the internet for an template to no avail. So playing now around with Illustrator but im not that of a design guru. Does anyone know if below ...
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What are the most important qualities to look for when hiring a great mobile UI designer for a consumer-facing Internet startup?

I'm looking for an experienced mobile UI designer to lead the vision and design for our iphone and android applications. What characteristics, experience or requirements would a mid-to-senior level ...
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What are the most common album layouts besides the classical one?

When one try to make/publish a photo album the most common layout is the one with one photo per page. What other layouts are proven to be successful, especially considering that we intent to print on ...
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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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What are great examples of the influence that design has?

There is a quote that "bad design never killed anyone," but I know that what we do is less trivial than that. What designs have you seen cause real change or have a real influence? Specific context ...
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what tools to use for beginner

Could some experienced graphic designer suggest what tools to use- what software, to do this- make a picture of some money bills, which are curved and floating around randomly, with some background ...
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How to change a google map into something similar to the poster background?

How do I change a google map into something similar to the map in the 1st poster? How do I change it to blue and also include shadows? Please help! Regards, sammydude
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London Olympics Ticket Design - How to?

I'm in the process of designing a program invite and thought I could experiment something similar to the London Olympics ticket. I am more interested in knowing how I can go about designing the blue ...
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How to improve this design?

How can I improve this design? I'm kinda new to this and I've just felt a bit demotivated because I've been dealing with a difficult person. I intend to make the color of the copyright notice darker ...
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Improved splash screen design

The splash screen at the moment for my application is far from catching, but I'm no graphic designer and apart from the fact it looks bland and boring, I can't really work out what I need to do in ...
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What should I do regarding color profile when designing for the web?

I have read this article by Doug Avery where he explains how to disable Color Management in Adobe Photoshop and the follow-up article in response to the uproar of the commenters arguing against it and ...
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Unique icon design for a university map application? [closed]

Most university map apps on Google's Play store seem to just use their university's logo or a generic map icon. Neither way seems ideal, but I'm unable to come up with a better way myself. How do I ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on the text of a logo and not the catchyness of the logo itself?

Ok, so I have been looking at a lot of logos recently, all done by graphic designers. And in the majority of them, the only thing they have is a name or some "basic" text. I thought the idea behind a ...