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InDesign: Resetting character style after end of paragraph

Is there a way (a setting or a shortcut) in InDesign to reset a character style to None after the end of a paragraph? Paragraph styles have the option for Next Style, but this does not apply to ...
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Why I cannot set a cell style without getting a +, it also doesn't apply faithfully the strokes on the cells

I have indesign cs6 and a table with 2 rows and 5 cols and some horizontal and vertical merges. If I try to define the cell style from the cell style menu I cannot set the inner strokes. Because of ...
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Seeking advice to improve the design of my minimalist calculator [closed]

A while ago, I built a count down timer app based on a designer's free giveaway. It turns out users like it and it is even mentioned on beautifulpixels. This time I'm building a calculator named ...
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Create a pencil or sketched style in photoshop for websites

I found this image on the internet: I want to use this style on some icons. Is there anyone familiar with this style and do you have an advice for me?
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Is there a term for vertically low typefaces?

I am looking for a choice of fonts where (in capitals) the horizontal lines are relatively low. For example in this Martini logo: The horizontal in the A and R are way below the middle of the ...
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Text hyphenation in iOS apps

I'm not sure if there are any typography gurus here that might be able to answer this question, but I don't know where else to look. I'm looking to add text hyphenation into one of my projects, and ...
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IS ALL CAPS EVER OK?

I'm recreating a Character Sheet for an RPG, but it might as well be a form. In the original sheet I notice that all the text is in capital letters. At first I thought it was in small-caps, but it ...
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How can I make my graphics look less “cartoony”?

To begin with, I'm a programmer -- not a graphic designer, so I'm not very good at making pleasing looking images. But I want some that at least look decent enough for version 1 of my video app, and ...
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Why do some fonts make I, l, 1 look the same?

Why do some fonts make the I,l,1 characters look identical? There are fonts where they don't just look similar - they are the same exact pixel locations. Why were they ever created? I'm guessing ...
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What is the layout style for sites like GrooveShark called?

I don't need to know the artistic style but instead the style name for single page application like webpages. They have dynamic height and width with no scrolling.
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Make a design with just 1 hue in photoshop

How to make a monochrome display-like style in Photoshop? For example, like the following image: I am curious how to make part that is monochromatic and looks like a display.
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Framemaker feature - run on paragraph styles. Is this possible in scribus?

Framemaker will let you configure a paragraph style to run on after the finish of the paragraph. This is good for hanging paragraphs where the first line is really a subheading, Excuse the monospaced ...
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Indesign: how to style a paragraph so that it will occupy no vertical space in the document flow (similar to “float” in css)

I am laying out a book that has line numbers on every fifth line. I want it to look like this: line # text line text line text line text line text text line text line text line text ...
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InDesign: How do I automatically style body text differently depending on the prior paragraph style?

in indesign, I have a paragraph style line number and another style body text when a paragraph of style body text is preceded by a paragraph of style line number, I would like to style that body ...
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Illustrator: Editing a custom graphic style

I created an additive graphic style that includes a few effects, and applied this style to a few objects. Now I'd like to make a change to this style and apply the change to all objects. For example, ...
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How can I create nice looking subtle buttons in Photoshop?

Can you give me some hints for recreate these two buttons? Which effects are applied? Thanks!
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What is this black and white graphical style called?

What is this style refereed to as? Image is from a promotion for the show The Mighty Boosh. I keep wanting to call it Banksy but that's not it...
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Why is SunBurst background so popular and are there any other ones?

I keep seeing SunBurst Background Pattern for years, literally! and It is still trendy. Why is it still so? Do we lack creativity for similar generic (or focus drawing) background patterns or human ...
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What are “up-to-date” or “modern” icons?

My icons have been (lightly) criticized as "too 1998-ish": From left to right: refresh; auto/manual refresh toggle; filters; favorites; alerts. To what was the critique aimed at? What the critic ...
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How to classify the style of Guild Wars 2?

I need some photoshop brushes, and I swear I've seen the name of this style before - http://www.guildwars2.com/en/ I absolutely love that grungey/painted style, but no matter what I'm searching in my ...
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Looking for inspiration: examples of a web calendar with fancy “pop-up” details for each day

I'm designing a web calendar application. The starting view shows a small-ish calendar with a number of events listed on each day. The calendar cell for today, for example, contains the words "March ...
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What are the major design trends in graphic design history

I'm reasonably familiar with design trends and movements of architecture and, to a lesser extent, art; and i've been interested that many of the asthetic considerations and philosophies loosly lumped ...
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What is Minimalism in Graphic Design?

What is minimalism in Graphic Design and how can one apply this concept into his/her design? I keep seeing 'minimalist design' while reading Graphic-related websites and magazines, but I'm not so sure ...
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How Should One Modulate White Space?

How should one modulate white space within an image, poster, or a logo? Some people say that there should be a certain amount of white space available within an image to make it appealing, while ...
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How can one create a design style?

How can a person create a style of graphics that uniquely identifies that person? I've often heard of many forms of art the importance of creating a style, how does this apply to graphic design?