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Triangle cut corners CS5 Photoshop

How do you effectively cut out triangles in Photoshop for a web design easily? Is the only way to use the polygonal lasso tool, which always gets me triangles of unequal sizes. I'm trying to achieve ...
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Pricing for Website Design (Graphics Only)

I was wondering if someone could advise me on pricing for a website design. I'm redesigning a blog/travel site for an individual. The site is about 8 pages plus some modules, etc. I'm also ...
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Best way to display large amounts of hierarchical information in a web application [closed]

I have a web application that shows a lot of information that is rather mundane. The information is related to data types that are hierarchical in nature, so there is some design around that in terms ...
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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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What are several ideal icons for a web homepage? [closed]

I am creating a portfolio website for a college class and my homepage content contains a Welcome, About and Contact paragraph. What are several icons I could use that appropriately represent the ...
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How much should I charge?

I have a friend who is a jewelry designer that works for a small jewelry shop and she mentioned to me that her boss is looking for someone to edit some images of the staff, not sure how many exactly, ...
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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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What Graphic Design degree has more value for advancing the field?

There seems to be emerging two schools of "Graphic Design" which I use very loosely in the world today. The traditional school of Graphic Design is about "Art". Creating, exhibiting, and the history ...
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Packaging design process? From pricing, to mockups, to finding vendors [closed]

I'm wondering what the general process is for packaging design? I've got a few years of graphic/web design under my belt, but in discussing a re-brand, a client has requested that I also pitch new ...
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Kerning absent in .ttf and .otf files made with with Fontographer 5

I configured my font's kerning for every possible letter combination in Fontographer 5 and when I preview it from there, everything is as it should be, but when I generate the font files (TTF and OTF) ...
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Which are the most prominent creative thinking techniques/methodologies?

I know SCAMPER & Ideo cards, but I'm curious if there are any other important techniques/methodologies one must not miss. I'm particularly interested in those that you would resort to use for a ...
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What are the pros & cons of subtle vs bright GUI design?

I've heard it said that a designer should almost always use subtle, simplistic style in the design of a typical user interface. Is that really the case? What are some of the pros & cons of using ...
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how to think of a great design [duplicate]

I'm 16, from India and I really want to be a web/graphic designer.I'm good with coding, Illustrator, Photoshop etc. Problem is, I only KNOW how to do stuff, like, I see a design and I can confidently ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Standards when creating Icons

I'm in the process of creating some icons for an application, and find myself coming up with the same question over and over again. Are there any guidelines for how thick the lines should be in an ...
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Rounded corners adjacent to square corners

I've been sent a ui design which includes a header menu, wrapped in rounded corners, whereas the following content element is wrapped in square corners. Also every other primary content wrapper for ...
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Zoo animal art work and copyright

How much should I consider about copyright? Taking a animal photo from zoo and upload to microstock: -> will this call copyright problem? Tracing the zoo photo convert to "vector art": -> copyright ...
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How do I “cut out” an icon with a background in Illustrator?

I am having some difficulties trying to delete the space where I created a simple '+' icon. Here are some images for reference. I hope this explains what I am trying to accomplish. Sorry for not ...
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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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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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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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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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Games Design & Illustration - Starting Off

So I primarily have a background in Interface Design and wish to expand my skill set into illustration and game design. I've recently armed myself with a Bamboo tablet and want to get serious about ...
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Interaction of Color (albers) - book question

Wasn't sure where else to ask this, but I have just finished The Interaction of Colors, which is an excellent book by a Bauhaus legend. I had one glaring issue which I wanted to bring up-- in one of ...
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How are designers creating the 3d effect often seen on sites like dribble lately for displaying portfolio screens? [duplicate]

I am seeing it a lot lately and I'm curious what tools are being used for this technique, is it an actual 3d app, or photoshop? Here is an example: ...
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decorative borders for ebook / website use with fantasy theme

How would I create a border with a pattern, be it some celtic knots or gem like pieces, that could be used as a border in websites or ebooks? I'd like to simulate materials like gems, gold/silver, ...
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Can Inkscape be associated to SVG as the primary tool of the trade? [closed]

I'm planning to make an icon to represent SVG. I know there are official logos, but I never saw them until I looked for them, and I don't believe many designers associate SVG to these logos. My icon ...
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How to blueprint websites on paper?

I have been doing web design for a couple of years now. I am trying to design it on paper but am not the best at it. Could you please give me some advise on how to blueprint it. Regards, Jayden
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Novice on adding Layers: when is a project “done”?

I have been studying graphic design, illustration, color theory, etc, for the better part of 2 years now, including going on PDSTutsPlus, and it strikes me that higher level designers use multiple ...
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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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Where can I find Web Designers interested in improving their portfolio? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to hire a graphic designer? I am a recent software engineer graduate and am interested in building a web service app for portfolio reasons. I would require a graphic ...
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Logo spacing guidelines

I am currently working on our company's design guidelines (which is much needed). At the moment I am puzzling on how to use set-up the logo's spacing. Generally using the height of the first letter as ...
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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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Learning how to design graphics using grids

I am a web designer, using grids in web design is pretty easy. I would really like to try and design 2d illustrations, though I am not good at drawing. Recently I keep coming across drawings (like the ...
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New generation of Add New icon that has no “+” (Plus) sign [closed]

could anyone suggest me a new way to represent the icon "Add New" without using any form of plus symbol. For example, say Add New Quiz. How could I represent this as an icon without using any form of ...
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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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Obtaining this effect in Adobe Illustrator?

How can I obtain this vector effect in Illustrator? Is there a name for this kind of effect? Please, help!
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What is the technical term (if one exists) for this kind of website design?

I'm looking to define a website layout that's fairly common on a lot of websites but can never get the right word. The design is composed of generally a header banner (like ...
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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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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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“Cutout” effect in Fontographer 5

When I paste a thinner version of a letter on a bolder one, I get this cutout effect inside it, somewhat similar to this: (please note that this is not my image, not my font and that I do not claim ...
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why do old things look old [duplicate]

As a graphic designer I have found it always very interesting that how designs made in past look very outdated, unfit, out of place, underwhelming and just wrong. Even though i know it's true ...
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What kind is this background called and where to find more?

I found this background which is being used in Wordpress Stackexchange: Link: http://cdn.sstatic.net/wordpress/img/bg-watermark.png I don't know what kind is this background called in English: ...