Questions about optimising workflow for professional graphic designers. Workflow describes the process that a task undergoes, from initiation to completion. Ask anything related to the workflow of a graphic design project.

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Drafting Designs - Do you start from paper first, or straight on the computer? [closed]

When you are initially drafting the design for something, do you usually start from the paper first and draw thumbnails of the design, or straight on the computer first?
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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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What is your ideal workflow for web development?

More than occasionally if I am tasked with creating a website from scratch, it seems doable right up until I begin working on it. Then it feels like a mountain of work that is bigger than I can ...
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How can some designers produce dozens of web templates a day?

There is a highly ranked designer in DesignCrowd that posts dozens of web designs each day, with so much variations on each one. What I want to know is: Would this require using templates, and then ...
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Illustrator: locking a single object – what's the quickest/most efficient way to re-unlock only that object again?

I find my workflow for temporarily locking/unlocking single objects to be very awkward. I often refrain from this operation since the process of re-unlocking only that, one, particular object at a ...
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Is there a solution to running out of undos in Corel X6?

I have created a bitmap from a vector image. After editing a while, I wanted to scrap the idea and return to the vector image, but my undos have run out. Is there any way to get the vector back?
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How to get motivated when drained

I know many work in where they enjoy but lately after spending all day at work I get home and all my thoughts and ideas for my freelance projects all day become annoying after I am drained and ...
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How to approach the creation of a personal logo

I need advice on creating a personal logo. I am stuck. I have done one professional logo for a friend before, It was for a trust, the logo came out well because I know what the logo represented very ...
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Ad layout for programs - Illustrator or InDesign

today I'm looking for some advice from folks who have laid out event programs. In this case, the client (a local nonprofit) has a famous keynote speaker at their event, and have solicited donations ...
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How can I display sound distortion through images?

I've become very fascinated with the idea of digital destruction through a physical medium. There was PBS video on youtube How Does Glitchy Art Show Us Broken Is Beautiful? Example Pieces: Cultural ...
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Paragraph “space after” shortcut - InDesign

I'm looking for a keyboard shortcut to change spacing before and after paragraphs in InDesign CS6. So far I haven't been able to find a default shortcut nor to setup a custom one (couldn't find ...
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Best workflow for editing massive posters/banners for print in Photoshop?

I have a very large poster that is 98" by 90" and I would like to know some good tips for making edits to the file I tried to make it a smart object and then decrease the image size, only to increase ...
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Is there a simpler solution than Photoshop for web development?

During web development it's only really necessary to chop, crop, extract layers and save as PNGs, etc. A web developer will only use a tiny fraction of a tool like Photoshop. Photoshop as a tool for ...
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How to address a flaw in a client project

In a large company environment client projects are delegated to teams. That said, if your team is completing a website for a client and you happen to run across a large design and code issue but your ...
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Design software that allows reuse of common elements, like the DRY principal of programming

Often when I am designing for the web (be it mocks, or full spreads of websites) I have many repeating elements throughout my document. I am looking to follow the Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY) ...
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Is there a graphic design specification system?

Is there a commonly used design specification system to present a graphic design to a customer before we start the implementation? My challenge is specifically on mailings (PDF A4, html sent per ...
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Best Practice : Adobe Illustrator Layer Setup

I've worked in Illustrator for years... not professionally. I'm starting to charge for my services, and started wondering. I've taken an Illustrator class at my local college, and designed hundreds of ...
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Recommended grid systems or layouts for large display and responsive designs

I've been working with 960 layout for years – but was wondering if there are other grid systems that are strongly supported by the design and development community and also have blank or starter pages ...
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Multiple views in illustrator

I work on some detailed graphics. I would like to have two windows of the same file open at once, one zoomed in and the other at 100%. This is easy. But what I can't figure out is how to remove ALL ...
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Photoshop print to postscript outputs incorrectly as 8.5X11

Our normal workflow with CS5 was printing the .psd to .ps (postscript), and then processing the .ps with Distiller to .pdf. Under CS6, I don't know if it's me or the version I am using, but all ...
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What is an optimal time limit to meet with potential clients?

I was interested to know what some go by when meeting with a new client and discussing their options and trying to figure out what they want and how you can execute. I typically set aside 30-45 mins ...
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Best workflow to save an image in 3 different sizes

In Photoshop, I want to create 3 different sizes of the same logo. There will be some differences in the look of the logo depending on target screen size. I believe the slice tool is what I want but ...
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Switching to GIMP from CS5.5. Is it feasible?

I've recently moved to linux from Windows7. The only program I can't do without is photoshop. I make a lot of banner ads and small landing page creatives. My question, is it realistic to switch and ...
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How do I speed up my design work?

I've been a designer for 6 months, having previously had a 1st class honours degree in Graphic Communication. My issue is that I am a Very good designer, but I work too slow. It's beginning to drive a ...
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What is the best way to design for a group where multiple people have equal input?

I am building a website for a student organization. Although I'm a novice at graphic design, I can do basic sites (bootstrap is a lifesaver) and am moreso of a pro when it comes to development. The ...
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The way it's supposed to work with books in a team in InDesign is not coherent, then how to properly work?

Imagine this scenario: User A opens the book User B opens the book and make important changes User B saves the book User A closes the indesign and it's asked if wants to save the changes to the book ...
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How do deal with frontend developers remotely

This is more a question for the web designer guys. I'm just wondering how you guys deal with sending designs to your frontend developers? Or do you just do it yourself? What is your process for ...
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Tools to put into place for designing for yourself

I know I am my worst enemy from critique to execution. I ask this question because I wanted to know any good ways to stop myself from going on and on in my own work. I have several ideas and things ...
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Learning WordPress for designers does a framework help?

I ask this question because it is in relation to Scott's thread here. I understand we have a WordPress stack exchange but I wanted to know before I dive into WordPress how designers have approached ...
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Recommended workflow for previewing a PSD (Win) in an iPhone

I'm looking for an app that would allow me to simply view my PSD on my iphone as I'm creating it. Something like this exists for Mac (LiveView and Skala Preview), but I can't find anything similar for ...
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Bulk download or Web service offering brand logos

I have a rather long list of global brands (about 2000) for which I would like to download a brand logo. I was wondering if there is a way to automate this process, since I know that this list will ...
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How much effort should I put in to optimizing (cutting up) images for the web?

I often get designs from our artists which contain large complicated images that can be turned into a background-color, some tiling, and overlaid smaller images. The problem is, doing this often takes ...
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Increase image resolution without increasing the image dimension on export

I'm trying to increase the PPI of my logo using Adobe Illustrator, but when I export it the image dimensions that should be 131x31 increase to 268×64. How can I fix it?
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Recommendations on how to synchronize Photoshop actions, swatches, etc. across computers

Is there any convenient way to synchronize Photoshop settings like keyboard shortcuts, actions, swatches, custom layer sytles, etc.. across several computers, preferably in an automated way? So far, ...
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Mobile First and RWD workflow and how to interact with client

Our agency's workflow for creating a website normally consists of: discuss content-design with client we create wireframes (with optional, depending on client, approval) we create one or more pixel ...
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Gimp: export XCF as a list of commands?

It took me a lot of time to create a graphic in GIMP, and now I need to make some variations of the same graphic that actually only require the change of the FG color twice in the process. The GIMP ...
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Dreamweaver Uploading

When we work on websites, sometimes the PSD files save in the HTML/Images folder of the project. We usually upload HTML folder to the server through Dreamweaver. Is there a way we can tell Dreamweaver ...
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Best workflow for icon design: Start big, or start small?

When designing icons that need to be delivered at several sizes, do you start at the smaller size, then scale up to the bigger sizes? Or do you start big and scale down? There's several advantages to ...
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Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?

Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps? Assume I'm producing a small multi-page ...
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Downsampling images when they are produced, or in the final document?

I work with documents mixing text and bitmap images, for which the final format is a PDF file. Most of the times, I produce my own graphics, which means that I have a choice of: Creating all bitmap ...
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How do I keep file sizes down when editing PDFs?

I have a set of white label PDF forms that I need to brand for our company. The initial document is 6 pages, 316KB, and already has a full set of fillable fields. In a perfect world, I just open up ...
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How to go ahead in web design?

I am having a hard time learning web design. I read several books and I know a bit of how to do things. I also like to study with firebug how the "big guys" made their web sites. But when I try to ...
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How to describe/talk like a designer?

I am a front end web developer. I tend to mostly deal with code but do, from time to time, have the opportunity to create graphics. I notice the designers I work with are able to talk in great detail ...
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The role of the designer in content – should he have one and how big should it be?

I'm a designer, not a marketer, and not a writer (at least not professionally). A lot of the work I do involves working with material in a field that can be above my head. Because of that, I'm content ...
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Efficient use of Illustrator's export File Dialogue

When I File > Export using Artboards from Illustrator the (OSX)file dialogue is always pointing at the directory where the Illustrator document is located. If I need to export to a different directory ...
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Are working outlines, like the ones shown inside, a product of the workflow or added, manually, for presentational purposes?

I've seen a few images like this one, they fascinate me, but what I wonder is whether the geometric 'work-lines' are a product of the workflow (hidden masks, etc) or added, manually, for ...
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Can more than one designers work together?

I've been wondering if it really works successfully to have one graphic design made by two or more designers! I tried few times, but I end up with a design that is not good enough! Even though we are ...
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iOS App Icon design - the rounded corners issue

The problem: The anti-aliased rounded corners of my app icons show, due to the transparency, some pixels of the underlying background. My quick solution: Instead of exporting with "intact" corners I ...
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Illustrator: is there a way to toggle snapping while moving anchor points?

Situation While moving anchor points around and… …you currently have Snap to Point and Smart Guides turned On and …you momentarily don't want the points to snap during this operation Problem …you ...
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advice on workflow and people needed for an app

I'm looking for some advice on workflow and what people I'll need to put together an app for tablets and smartphones. There are 3 questions down the bottom of this post. There are 2 apps planned -- ...