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What is the name of a photographic effect where there are subtle shadows in corners?

If you take pictures and the aperture settings are not ideal, you will see a light shadow in the corners. Example: This effect is a sign of bad quality, but is also often used as a design element ...
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What is the name of this effect, and what is a good way to replicate it?

See how the image background fades with the black menu bar? I see this effect very often and I like it a lot. I would love a tutorial (either Photoshop or Illustrator) or how-to article but I don´t ...
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Does this poster convey a “Frenchy” look?

In the brainstorming to give a visual identity to the French Language & Usage StackExchange, one of the proposals is to base the design on vintage posters such as this one: But I am afraid that ...
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What do you call the process of taking a real photo and adding new textures to it?

I'm trying to find tutorials for certain types of photoshop image modifications, but I don't know what words to search for. Things like "touching up" and "photo manipulation" aren't specific enough. ...
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Difference between kerning vs letter spacing?

What is the difference between kerning vs. letter spacing?
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What's the difference between a graphic designer and an artworker/Mac operator/production artist?

What's the difference between a graphic designer and an artworker/Mac operator/production artist? Is one a subset of the other? Do they overlap? Are they industry-specific terms? Are in fact artworker/...
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Graphic, Graphics, Graphic Design, Graphic Controllers

I don't have any experience with graphic design and similar arts. But my thesis is about photographic rules, and many of the rules there are derived from graphic design. I have a book about ...
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Is there a name for abstract pattern with lots of parallel lines and subtle curves?

Sort of like a spirograph? Like that old Mistify screensaver for windows. I feel like it shows up a lot as an abstract shape in the background of things. Trying to think of the best way to make one ...
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What's the clean Blackletter font used in this jeans logo?

I know it is not ideal to post the what-font-is-this kind of questions but I find myself intrigued by this sample I found on flickr. What I'm most interested in is a Blackletter font that has similar ...
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Is there an industry term for a ribbon wrapping the corner of a design element?

Is there an industry term for a ribbon wrapping the corner of a design element? I'm going to be referring to this a lot in the near future, and it would be great if I could call it something more ...
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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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What is meant by “busy”?

What do web developers mean when they think something will make their site look "busy"? What gives this feel of busy-ness?
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Info-graphics , Informative Graphics and Visualizations: Are they the same term ?

I was looking at Phil Gyford's Infographic and wanted some clarification on the proper way to develop and maintain an Infographic. The majority seen on Twitter and Graphic Design Blogs ... are they ...