Questions about the creation of basic designs, to be used as a starting point for more advanced designs. Can also apply to questions about creating 'skins' for eg. websites.

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Designing for Coffee Mugs

I'm starting a project and want to have customized coffee mugs for people who support the project. I've never designed anything for a coffee mug before and am unsure of the typical standards. I know ...
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InDesign document needs to be converted to Word or similar program

I have an inDesign file, a booklet of mostly text in a table (names addresses etc) and my client would like the file set up so they can edit it themselves, add to the table. Is there a way to convert ...
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How do I make non-printable template instructions in InDesign?

I'm trying to create a business card template for my work and I wanted to add text to the file giving instructions on how to use the template. How do I create text that won't print once the file is ...
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How to create a frame to-fit different images

my request is nothing very advanced (the way I think it should be done at least). I blog for a business, and part of "keeping the style throughout" is applying a specific frame. That frame comes from ...
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Non-displaying objects in illustrator and photoshop

So I'm trying to set up templates for other designers to use to adhere to design guidelines, and I want to know if there is any way to specify objects in illustrator and photoshop that do not show up ...
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Where can I build a customizable HTML e-mail template to reply to individual customers requesting information?

We receive a number of e-mails everyday requesting further information on our prices and service. I used to answer with a "plain text" message and some PDF attachments with a graphical showcase of ...
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Software for Creating Yearbook (50+ Pictures/Page) Layout

I'm trying to create a yearbook with each single page holding 50 to 60 pictures, depending on the class size. I have Adobe Cloud but I don't even know what program would be best for this project. ...
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How can I create a letterhead template that doesn't break our company branding guidelines?

I'm a director of a nonprofit, and I've been working on a letterhead for my group that we can use. Nearly a decade ago, we had an actual graphic designer draw up a branding guide for us that we try ...
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Can I “donate” source files to non-profit for tax deduction?

I created a template for an 8-page monthly print publication and created the publication for print each month for 7 happy years. The client hired a new PR person who suddenly let me go and demanded my ...
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Creating templates for Illustrator

I am very familiar with template creation for Coreldraw but I have never done this before in Illustrator nor did I see the question from a search. How do you properly create a template and where ...
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How to reflect objects on one artboard onto another in Sketch?

I created a new file from iOS App Icon template in Sketch, and put some objects on the largest artboard there, which is 1024 x 1024 size named as iTunesArtwork@2x. However, you still have to put the ...
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How to couple an Illustrator workspace to an Illustrator template?

I have made a template in Illustrator CS5 as an .ait file. Now I am wondering if it is possible to couple a certain workspace (Drawing, Painting, Like Freehand, etc.) to this template such that that ...
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Illustrator color fill problem

I'm working on a packaging box and I have a ready template. I'm not an expert in Illustrator and I can't seem to fill the other boxes with colour. If anybody knows how I can successfully fill color ...
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zigzag folded brochure template for 11“x17” sheets

I am trying to make a quick start guide similar to those that come in product packaging. They are usually made of one large sheet folded many times to make pages/panels of about 4"x5" or so and ...
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Is there a template to display a tri-fold or page-turn for a portfolio?

I'm building my portfolio, and rather than handing out hundreds of various designs, I want to put several items on one page. But I also want to illustrate what they are, such as a tri-fold or magazine....
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Tips on creating Microsoft Office 2011 Templates/Themes?

I'm attempting to create some basic branded templates in Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint) to be deployed for office use. Just some colours, and basic typography hierarchy so people can easily ...
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Standard placeholder text for a business card

I would like to know if there is any standard placeholder text for each & every content in a business card? The content may include Name Job/position Email Phone
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Where can I input a color palette and find combining colors that fit in?

I use the Affecton template in a bit different way that it was designed to be used probably. I do not have as much content as it was designed to support. I have only couple of pictures on the page and ...
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How do I save as a template in Photoshop CS4?

I've been making my templates by just saving a psd file but that brings up the problem that I might save over the template on accident. When I go to File> I don't see a "Save as Template" option. Is ...
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Printing multiple files on one page with Illustrator?

I have made a template for a small sign that will label cafe foods, but I can't find the best solution to print more than one sign on a page. The signs are about 3 by 2 inches, and I'd love to fill a ...
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Illustrator templates editor

I have a client to whom I have designed a couple of brochures, she wants to be able to edit text and change the images of the file. I gave her the files as templates for easy edition but she doesn't ...
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Switching between templates in InDesign

I have a document that I'm currently working on in InDesign which has white text on a dark background. Graphic styles (boxes with outlines) are also light on dark. This is well and good for when I ...
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How can I make a template Icon in Adobe illustrator?

I created the attached icon for my client. Now my client wants to have the original AI file and he asked me to make a template so that he can change the flag in shades anytime he wants. I was ...
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Help with Microsoft Powerpoint templates and themes

I am working in a commercial agency. At times clients need custom powerpoint templates and themes. We don´t have people in our agency with enough skill and knowledge for this kind of job, and few have ...
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Changing Opacity vs Changing Color

I have noticed in several professional documents (templates, guidelines, co-workers' projects, etc.) the designer has adjusted the opacity of certain elements to get the desired colour. Is this best ...
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Templates / variable length text / consistent spacing vs. consistent space

I have a template (for multiple pages in a brochure) which includes a block of text (squarish, fixed dimensions per each page with a border), which describes a program. How do I deal with the variable ...
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How to Print Onto Letterhead Designs

I'm looking to start offering letterhead designs to clients. I could of course handle the design and printing side of things no problem, but how do my clients go about setting up their documents so ...
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Why can I only unlock some elements in my master template in Adobe InDesign?

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 to make and use GIMP templates? [closed]

I want to use a template (with layers, fonts, guides, etc) and pull it out from a folder to make repetitive images in GIMP, like I can in Inkscape. How is this possible?
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How should templates for automated banner creation look like? [closed]

I'm trying to create banner ad automatically using Python and Pillow library. So, basically, my program will generate thousands of banner ads with a template and tens of images as the input. The ...
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How to recreate devices to present responsive sites

I have recently just created a template, and I would like to show it on my site that it is responsive & fluid. I would like to take a few screenshots of my site, and display them on multiple ...
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What is the most up to date design template I should use?

I am a web-developer and am starting a new project. First step is designing the site. In the past, I have used 960 grid system but I was wondering if this is still the standard pretty much? Is there ...
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Critique and redesign: Change template for a philosophical website

Please help me in designing the review and critique of this page I am a programmer, and a designer gave me an image of a webpage. I made it and everything is OK, but I don't like this template's ...
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InDesign: Create changeable “Profile Pages” from template

I want to create a yearbook for my school with Profile-Templates (think about a Facebook profile). Let's assume i have 3 of these Profile-Templates. All contain various graphics, styles and ...
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Tips for designing governmental internal systems

I have been asked to design a template for an internal use to register and document equipment for a government sector. The system will be used locally by employees only in the sector and will not be ...
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Is there a free service/website/method of testing an HTML email in a specific client?

I have designed an HTML email template for a client and it works fine everywhere except, according to the client, Outlook 2013. I don't have access to Outlook 2013 but it would be very helpful if I ...
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Printing problems using Illustrator

I made a brochure for my internship this summer using the brochure template illustrator already has available. Now, I am having trouble printing the document. I have the settings as US letter ...
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How to make vector templates from CSS frameworks?

I am planning in creating a Illustrator/Sketch vector based template for the CSS framework UiKit. And I wonder how to do that. My first thought was to print to PDF and dissect it from there, but then ...
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Recommended powerpoint template dimensions

I am creating a new powerpoint template for my company (yes, I know, I know...) and I am not sure what dimensions are best to use. I know the most popular is 4:3, but I see the 16:9 is widescreen and ...
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Save Preset Selections of Visible Layers, to be accessed later via control panel

So this is basically me searching for a specialized feature I just hope Illustrator has, or finding a helpful alternative. The project I'm working on requires multiple combinations of many different ...
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Specific Animation: Object Falling Into Snow

I was wondering if anyone knows where I could find a template for After Effects that involves a ball or some other object being dropped into water, snow, smoke, or some other kind of environment. Are ...
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Interactive template for making printable document

I'm creating a template for a simple printable document where the user should be able to change the placeholder text and example images. These user won't have access to any fancy program like InDesign....
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How to create 3D Box designs with User-Generated Dimensions? [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn how to make 3D Box Images in Photoshop. I need this for box designs of different sizes, and so I found this tutorial that makes it easy to create with the use of Photoshop Actions. ...
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Template or tool for creating single-page multimedia presentations?

Some examples I have in mind are: The next America, Pew Research A game of Sharks, The New York Times Recalling a Vision of the Future, The New York Times How would you create something like this ...
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How to brand my company car online

Wondering is there any sites where I can make an example embodiment of branding my company car. Just to put some colours and logo on it, yo how it will look like. Thanks.
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What´s the most suitable software and way to do this kind of CALENDARS? [duplicate]

I like 2 kinds of annual calendar. ONE is this ( origianl in PDF ) ANOTHER(numer two) is this ( origianl in PDF ) I usually use Fireworks CS6 (and may be than in a few months I´m going to use ...