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Should I watermark my work?

I am an art student who is trying to upload some digital work on a website. Do graphic designers typically watermark their work? If no, how do graphic designers protect their work? Update: ...
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Good color palette, usable for the color blind.

I'm designing a chart right now, that will slowly have more items added to it. I'd like to create an list/order of colors for the items, that will be most usable for the color blind to differentiate ...
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How to hire a graphic designer?

I am developing the backend for a website. I always had the trouble of making an attractive design for my websites and have never hired any graphic designer yet. I have no logo nor web template. What ...
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Need guidance on logo redesign for hobby site [closed]

I'm a non-graphics guy who runs a player-finder website for tabletop gamers. I'm not happy with the site's current logo but don't know what to do about it. The current logo at the top of the front ...
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professional design of an extremely slim vertical menu

Ok, so I am a programmer and a complete disaster at web design. Untill now I have been able to produce "acceptable" looks with the help of frameworks like bootstrap, but I am stuck with a little side ...
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What is the default dimension for a user's Twitter's Background image?

What are the default dimensions for a Twitter User's Background image? If I want to upload my own image for my Twitter account's Background image, what should its default dimensions be, as per ...
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First client's partner demands free website redesign, wants deposit returned - moral dilemma

Sorry in advance for the long read. I'm 22 years old and just finished university for graphic design. I was approached by a small business which wanted me to design them a logo, stationery, and a ...
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Pixelated images and smart objects in Adobe CC suite

I have been using Adobe softwares for a couple of years now and I never had this issue before. Every time I save for web (png), or even pasting smart objects from illustrator to photoshop I get a ...
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How to blur part of the underlying image in photoshop?

I am a newbie in photoshop and learning it all by myself, recently I came across of this image and tried to recreate the effect (I used another image though). What I did: 1. Loaded the image on one ...
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How do web designers and companies copyright their work?

Most of the small companies just create designs and do not apply for a copyright. How does copyright come into play if the designer or the company has not copyrighted their work?
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When designing PSDs for responsive design, how do grids and columns behave?

Ok, so I have this question that has been bugging me for quite a while, I'll try to explain it in detail. I'm designing a regular marketing website, and did the desktop version first using the ...
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How do you create a client website design mockup/image?

For all the graphic designers who do web design too: How do you produce client design mockups for review and then convert them into HTML/Wordpress etc? Are they created in Illustrator/Photoshop and ...
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Photoshop layer comps and canvas height

I have a workflow issue. I create a homepage design in Photoshop and save out a layer comp. When I make secondary page layer comp it's invariably shorter. Obviously I can't crop to size, so I export ...
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Graphic/Web Designers - Offering a monthly retainer?

After a web design project has been built. Is it standard practice to offer a monthly retainer to support the software you have built? Such as £100 per month that gives the client a maximum of 3 ...
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Animated SVG Javascript Infographic for timeline

I am considering to make an animated infographic based on SVG, Javascript and CSS technologies of a timeline. I have lots of experience in programming but not so much in using these technologies to ...
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Is Balsamiq good enough to produce a mockup/exmaple of a site to present to a future client?

Is Balsamiq a "Stage 1" product and part of the initial design process for producing a mockup/design for a client or can I be used solely for this purpose?
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How to answer the ever-present 'make the logo bigger'?

Just like most of us, I regularly face the client desire to 'make the logo bigger'. Especially in web designs, clients want to inflate their logos to ridiculous sizes. How do I effectively counter ...
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Getting into Web Design [duplicate]

I'm a graphic designer (at least I like to call myself that) specializing in illustration and vector graphics. I'm self-tauggt and I work with Photoshop, CorelDraw and Blender. I really want to get ...
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55 views

Fixed header, useful or not? [closed]

I'm making a website now, and to be honest I'm not really a designer. Currently the site I'm making does not have a fixed header, and I'm not currently sure if I should make it fixed or not. A lot of ...
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Which format is better for saving images intended for websites; PNG or SVG?

When exporting / saving images with a transparent background that are intended for websites, should I save it as PNG or SVG? Why?
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Alternative to Lorem Ipsum (dummy text) for websites

Lorem Ipsum has been the known default for dummy text. Per a search the last discussion in regards to alternatives is two years old. I thought I would post a new thread on this topic. So, what are ...
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Changing icons or graphics based on user geographic location/language?

Inspired by this question on international police icon, I started to wonder If there is a reasonably simple way to replace an icon depending on browser language? ...and if anyone has come across ...
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The strange case of Japanese Websites

Japanese Websites are strange entities that live a digital world far away from the one we are used to. They probably have their standards, that are still obscure to me - and it's not a matter of ...
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Is it possible to change the colors of [all] layers at once in Photoshop CC

I went to far, but even if I didnt, I might want to change in the future project - the color scheme. Is there a simple way to select all layers and change a layer? I did some searching and couldn't ...
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Sketch: how to get design to developer?

I've been wanting to learn Sketch but am not sure what the process is once it comes to handing over the design to the developer. Most developers won't have Sketch as it's mac only, and even then most ...
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How can I make the logo light up against a blurred background?

I'm trying to create a website for a friend and I'm having trouble I tried adding a transparent white or black background on the logo and it just doesn't look good. The text is okay, it's just the ...
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Why does browser add bluish and brownish colors to a solid font color?

I'm wondering why my browser (Firefox) add blue tints on the right and brown tints on the left of a solid grey (#333333) font color as shown in the image below. Could somebody explain to me why ...
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How much to charge for projects transferred to you? [closed]

I've been doing freelance design for a while, and some marketing agency is interested in my work. They want to transfer projects to me, most likely when they have a big workload. They offered me 50% ...
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Does a graphic designer need to be able to code websites? [duplicate]

The title says it all really. I just want to find out whether I need to know web code to be a good graphic designer.
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116 views

is it okay to mix two font styles on the front page of a web site?

I am developing a static website which has to look professional. I found a font (Quicksand) that looks good as a short introductory kind of message / slogan that goes just under the header on the ...
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Does my very ugly website violate any general tenets of graphic design?

I'm learning how to use AngularJS (a Javascript framework used in web development), so I decided to throw together a website to test out some of its features. The website is mostly comprised of ...
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208 views

Sizes for icon for social sharing

I am creating an icon for our brand to appear on our clients sites next to the sharing options e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc. I cannot find a standard size for all these icons. I realise that each ...
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White Outline Appearing Around .GIF Logo Image When Saved for Web [duplicate]

I am having a problem with a white outline appearing around a vector logo I built in illustrator. When I try to save it for web as a .GIF it has a white outline once I save it as a GIF but as an .AI ...
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Bootstrap buttons - text hard to read?

Is it just me, or does the text on the Bootstrap buttons hard to read: I feel that the text is way too small for the size of the button and the letters are too close to each other, making them ...
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Web Design Sizes

This is one of my major issues these days. I'm using 15" Retina Macbook Pro. When I'm designing websites in Photoshop I normally use following settings, width = 2560, to make it easy to view on ...
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Designing properly for the web - grids for bootstrap and preparing files in photoshop

I have graphic design skills but never designed anything from scratch for the web (except using WordPress templates). I have a lot of experience in Photoshop but not a lot in web. I want to start a ...
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Twitter bootstrap prepended and appended input text

We are working on a CSS framework for our app, having made the prototype with Twitter Bootstrap and we started by designing the elements of Bootstrap we had used. One of them was prepended and ...
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I'm searching for sketch design software

I'm looking for software which can make sketches such as the one on the image below. I need this software because i start new big project, with many pages. I'm working in a team and I need to ...
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Why does 1px equal 1pt in photoshop but not on the web? [duplicate]

Please explain why in Photoshop setting a font size to 16pt or 16px looks exactly the same size but if I do the same test on a web site, the font-sizes are VERY different. Example on the web Why ...
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Choosing colours for type in web design

This is something that I've struggled with for a while now and I really want to correct it. Whenever I create a web design I use a colour pallete of 2 or 3 contrasting colours normally for things ...
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Rendering HTML Form inside Bootstap's popover

One of my teammate came up with a web design layout of rendering an HTML form inside a popover. I've experienced using HTML forms inside a popup and it can be made responsive as well. I had an ...
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What is the best Pantone swatch to use for on-screen designs?

If my work is going to only be used to create image files that will be used online, or in email messages, what is the best Pantone swatch for me to use?
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Apps for free-hand graphic design

I have always drawn with pencils and paper. I like drawing things that are just plain creepy. But I want them on my computer, but I don't want to just scan them on, so I've decided to draw them on the ...
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Unsharp PNG logo on website

I've an issue I've been struggelig with a while now. I've made a logo with Illustrator CC 2015 for my new website. The issue is that on most Windows computers, the logo looks unsharp, while on Macs it ...
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Is there a visual web editor based on bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a great framework, and I want know if there is a tool that gives you the possibility of dragging html components, re-sizing and moving them, changing colours, all while generating the ...
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RMOS Consultancy logo design Problem? [closed]

Problem with logo design: doesn't scale down well I need some advice/opinions on the attached logo and what my designer should have done to make it scaleable. It looks fine at high resolution and ...
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How to create a PDF template and export as HTML/CSS?

I need a tool that allows me to design how a PDF file would look like in a web page. Something simple the image below, I would like to design using some visual tool, export to HTML/CSS and then just ...
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When, why and how did this simple/plain polygon/color design start? [duplicate]

Ever since Windows 8, there's this simple design of icons, GUIs, logos, websites, but not just in software, but even the UEFA Chamions League has a logo like that. The whole Windows 8 and Windows 10 ...
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How do I maintain visual crispness in a small (50x50) logo?

I'm not sure whether it's due to antialiasing or something else, but the logo and Twitter icon on my site look blurry, especially on mobile: http://scarletstringstudios.com/ The logo source was a ...
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Pantone: Coated vs. Uncoated? Which one to pick for rgb?

I am pretty new to the Pantone Matching System and I understand the difference between C (coated) and U (uncoated). Now my question: What should I use when I only need it on the screen? (no print, ...