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How can I convince a stubborn client that white space is absolutely necessary?

We have all been there: you show a client your design and they say "look at all that unused space, we can go ahead and make the text bigger, in fact let me give you more copy. We need to make use of ...
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Where is the best place to put the company logo on this banner?

I want to know where is the best place to put the company logo; top centre, bottom of text or where?. I can move the text up or down. So, I need your suggestions. I plane to add flat colour design ...
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A4 portfolio as a book in photoshop. page compilation?

i want to design my A4 portfolio like a book format. and want to design 2 pages at a time. Could you suggest how shall i go about it. I was thinking of taking pages (1,4-2,3) and (5,8-6,7) together. ...
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How can I affect the starting point of “paste in place”-coordinates?

I want to copy an object element from one page to another page with a different page height. The elements should have the same coordinates on x and y axis. The "Paste in Place" functions doesn't ...
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Should I design PSDs for Desktop, Tablet and Mobile separately in responsive design?

I'm trying to design a responsive web site in Photoshop. But the question is should I design different PSDs for all these devices? (Desktop, Tablet, Mobile) If yes, what page size should I choose in ...
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Poem indent every second and third line [closed]

Is there a way, in InDesign, to indent every second and third line in a poem to look like this?!
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Can I save layers as a template in InDesign CS6?

Is there a way to set up layers without data & style sheets & color in a file and save as a template so that when I open a new document of that particular layout those layers are already ...
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How to distribute objects with smaller outer borders?

I created a small flyer and placed four flyers on one DIN A4 page. But it seems to be impossible to distribute the four text frames correctly. In order to be able to cut the flyers the width ...
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Sending layout to printshop - transparency?

I will be sending an inDesign layout that I've been working on to a printshop sometime this week. The main elements of the book I'm doing are the greyscale illustrations on each page – all of which ...
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Photoshop: Change dimension of whole file

I'm using Photoshop for design a web page. Firstly, I created a file with 1280x1024 pixels. After designing, the I need my file with larger height, then I press Command + T for open resize tool. ...
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Hide text outside margin in InDesign

Is there a way to hide those parts of a textbox that are outside the page margins? In the screenshot below, I want the line to stop at the margins. Or is there another (better?) way to achieve the ...
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How do I change the page size of just one page in Microsoft Publisher?

I'm trying to make a brochure booklet with a centerfold. Each of the regular pages are US Letter size, 8.5" x 11" in portrait orientation, with the centerfold being tabloid size, 11" x 17" in ...
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Are there any good practices for designing web pages with a possibility of a very large amount of info? [closed]

I'm building a user profile page that sometimes displays huge amounts of text (depending on how much the user has created). It's basically a bibliography. Are there any techniques or good practices ...
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How do I make it so my website footer is always at the bottom of the page (but not sticky)? [closed]

I'm fairly good at getting stuff to work nicely as I come from a coding background, but I'm lacking in the design/visual department. I'm building a website for a friend and one of the things he wants ...
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Why is it so customary to put a picture in center of a QR Code in China?

I see more and more QR Codes like this: More such codes can be found if I try "Google Image Search" by "QR code china" or "QR code chinese" (but not just "QR code"). For me it looks ugly: It ...
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Is there a specific term for horizontal gutters?

Context My team is working on a responsive website and we allow the user to configure some of the properties of the page, including the spaces between the grid "cells". We had a conversation about the ...
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Indesign: Exporting page with image overlaid with text to ePub

I am trying to export the following layout to ePub: As you can see there are following components to the layout: Chapter number Chapter title Circle with inline and curveline text Body text ...
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Bullet List Override

I can't seem to create a Bulleted List in InDesign CC where the first line is not bulleted and do it as a Paragraph Style. I have a whole bunch of blocks of bulleted text which are basically menus. ...
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What characteristics are common to well-designed and well-formatted textbooks?

I'm looking for inspiration on how to make my book appear more professional with regard to typesetting and page design/layout (although of course these alone don't make it more professional). I found ...
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InDesign: Why are my text frames shifting down slightly when I copy them from a master page and paste in place to other masters and pages? [closed]

I am creating a number of business card variations in InDesign CC 2014 on a Windows 7 Professional 64-bit system. I am attempting to copy text frames from one master and paste them in place on another ...
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What's the reason of this statement? “Content is usually best served by appearing as far left as reasonably possible” [closed]

I was reading "Ordering Disorder" Grid principles of Web design from Khoi Vinh, in where he mentions that without much explanation. He got a long copy (8 units wide) inside a column of 10 units, in ...
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Making different sized prints

I'm redoing a logo for a local community/cultural group, as a Illustrator file so it can be scaled. I've never used Illustrator before, but am handy with Photoshop. I set up the project to fill a ...
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Graphic Design for developer [duplicate]

I'm a experienced developer on C++, Java. Currently I'm developing my site to show my apps and my work. I've seen many beautiful sites of front-end developers, agencies and companies. For example: - ...
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InDesign: How to have a section head to the left of text?

I'm trying to do the layout below. I was originally trying to create this using 5 columns and having the text span 4 of them. But that didn't work properly because when I would add a column break ...
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How to align the object on every page to the bottom for multiple pages in InDesign?

What would be the best approach to perform a simple action that needs to be repeated in 800+ pages. Here is what each of my page looks like. All I need to do in each page is align the object to the ...
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What is the natural aspect ratio of a 12 column grid?

If I have a 12 column grid, what's the natural aspect ratio for items in the grid? Or, more specifically, I'm using 3 content-columns - each 4 grid-columns wide. Is there a natural height of images ...
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Specific Section and Page Numbering InDesign

I am new to InDesign and I am trying to get my head around how to do something with the page numbering. I am wanting to do this: Have at the top of the page Sec 01.1 (the .1 signifies the page ...
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Free / cheap desktop publishing software for a book with some graphics? (OS X)

Nothing too complex. I need a few custom paragraph styles, and here and there a graph or diagram will be interspersed with the text. I've looked at Scribus, and it seemed suited for my needs... only ...
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import pages from photoshop to indesign

I am new to indesign. I always did all my print in Photoshop, which I know for multiple pages isn't the best route. What I want to do is start using inDesign but had one question: Can I create all my ...
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What is the general stance on “jump headlines”?

This is more of a design opinion question, and this might be the wrong place to ask this, but I digress. I work on a weekly newspaper that up until now has used "jump headlines", that's to say ...
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How to create a page template of solid and dotted lines for handwriting practice?

I am looking to make a tear off children's handbook for writing practice of words. I wanted to know how make "dotted lines" or "four lines" template that is to the standards of what child handbooks ...
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Have separate page number per master page side spread-sheet in Indesign

So I have a document with page spreads, let's say left page has master page A set, and right page has master page B. This for all subsequent pages. A-B, A-B, and so forth. What I want is to have all ...
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When trying to achieve the “ideal” letter count per line how do you balance container size and font size?

“Anything from 45 to 75 characters is widely regarded as a satisfactory length of line for a single-column page set in a serifed text face in a text size. The 66-character line (counting both ...
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How to set up iPhone screen grid in CorelDraw

I use CorelDraw for creating wireframe layouts for iOS app UI. For this I need to set up a rectangle as following, to act as screen boundary: Size in pixels: 640 x 1136px Size when unit changed to ...
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Is Scribus a viable alternative to Quark or InDesign?

For someone who has worked in the professional publishing industry, I rely on InDesign and Photoshop for creating professional documents, even if they're as simple as a business card. Sometimes I ...
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How to design a screen where the user only has very few but important options? [closed]

Alright, I am redesigning a multi-step process where the user adds new contacts to his/her address book. In the first step, the user chooses between three possible addition methods: file import, crm ...
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What are some alternative layout options for product tables that have a lot of repetition?

I'm working on a print product catalogue where each product has all of its variations listed in tables. I've just encountered a product that has 120 unique sku's, which ends up spreading the table ...
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Is it possible to learn `Adobe-Indesign CC` quickly? [closed]

I am writing a book. I want to do all stages myself. So, I bought Adobe-Indesign CC 2014 to design the layout of the pages. I've watched some video online to desgin my layout. I tried to redesign ...
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InDesign: How to create lines for form design?

Every once in awhile I make forms (applications and whatnot) in InDesign, and, as it often is with ID, there is more than one way to get it done. I have a few techniques that I use, but I often float ...
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Fill InDesign CS6 layout with data from web service

For our wedding, my wife and I created an Instagram hashtag that our guests tagged their photos with. I wrote a little web app that hit the Instagram API for photos in that hashtag and displayed them ...
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How do I make heavy text readable without multiple columns or a high page count?

I went over this subject two times with my boss before, to please him with the company's proposals document, to be sent out to clients, and now I'm at square 1 again. The first layout had the ...
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How to design a single site for two target markets [closed]

I have a client that operates an electronics recycling/disposition company. Broadly speaking, they have two target markets and I would like to figure out how to structure the site so that I can target ...
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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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InDesign: How do I automatically align the bottoms of different columns of text boxes to the same height as the one with the most text?

In InDesign, I have some filled text boxes, sized by columns, with the one on the left being three columns wide. The wide text box is most likely to contain the most text (it's an invoice template). ...
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How can I left-align the text in a table of divs so that the rows are evenly distributed?

I'm trying to arrange some names. I changed them out before posting using generatedata.com but the real ones are in alphabetical order from left to right each row. I'm trying to figure out how to get ...
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How to solve an issue of repetition in a layout?

UPDATED: ProKeys updated with new layout is available. You can check it out. Thank you! I did a recent redesign of ProKeys so as to minimize its space taking snippets. I changed this: Old layout ...
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Should highlighted quotes in an article be aligned with the body text?

I am wondering whether quotes need to be included in text positioning. See example below: Is this correct? Or should the quotes be disregarded when positioning the text? What's the best way to ...
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Web Design: Is centering a content section a good idea?

I have a design where the header and footer are 1170px wide. (Standard Twitter Bootstrap 12 column container size.) I have been reading about the ideal width for good readability and discovered that ...
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How does one design a children's book?

My dad one day decided to write a children's book, and my wife illustrated it. However, we've had some difficulties in putting the illustrations into a book format. What kinds of things should one ...
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Rule for where to put the larger margin

Below are a couple of pieces that I've designed, and they both have a ledger margin on the top. But in the case of something like a picture frame with a mat, you would never put the larger margin at ...