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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 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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How can I write requirements for a graphic designer?

A friend of mine is in need of some graphic design work. I'm trying to explain to him that his make-me-something-like-X-but-different-approach is not a very good way to communicate his needs. We tried ...
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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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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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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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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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Photoshop action to export icon resources for OS X app?

Is there a photoshop action for exporting a 1024x1024 canvas as all the required icon resources for a OS X app? Seems like something the design community would have made, but I can't find anything so ...
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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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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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Endnotes in InDesign: Closest thing to a pain-free, flexible workflow?

It's an age-old complaint: up to and including CS6, InDesign supports footnotes, but not endnotes. Documents, books, reports etc aren't going to stop needing endnotes because Adobe don't support them. ...
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How to guide the workflow in a collaboration? How to not kill the other’s motivation?

While working together, how can I discuss my ideas and objections without killing the other person’s motivation? I want to do a design project with a friend, for study purposes, but I experienced ...
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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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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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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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Version Control for Designers / Alternative to Version Cue

I've just been searching around the net for version control that has some support for graphic/Photoshop files. We're currently using BitBucket which is free and unlimited when it comes to file size ...
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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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after effects workflow for popup roulette numbers

I'm using After Effects to create png sequences for roulette's winning numbers. First I create a sample animation with effects and transforms (8 frames). Next I create timeline with colored numbers ...
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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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Delivering a graphic design to a customer

I work as a photographer but recently I've been working on stretching my skills and took on a project to create a graphic design for a non-profit. The designs are complete and the organization was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Quick copy text in Photoshop Text layer

Is there a way to copy all the text within a Photoshop text layer without having to "open" the layer. I'm hoping there's a way that I can just select the layer and then have some shortcut that copies ...
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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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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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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with ...
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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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Best workflow for pdf to ePub processing and editing (large project)

Colleagues have been asked to convert a large pdf archive (about 150,000 items) to ePub and Mobi (keeping the pdfs, too, of course). I ran a few newish ones through Calibre to find the pain points: ...
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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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How to set different color to guides(Ai,Ps,Id,Fw)?

I've been working on this file with a lot of guides(in Illustrator) and at some Point I was wondering is there a way to give different color to guides ? Like the gutter guides to be black, the main ...
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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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Photoshop vs. Illustrator for Icon Development

My client is requesting SVG files (saving as an SVG would require me to build the icon in Illustrator), but I have always designed icons in Photoshop (importing vector art from Illustrator, and ...
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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 -- ...
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Moodboards: how to use them in a workflow?

I'm new to design and have started working with moodboards. It seems like a really essential part of a design workflow. How best do you use them? What is a good process for compiling one? What is in ...
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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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Format (Index) to locate sketches in scrapbooks

I am looking to sit down diligently every day and sketch something in my Moleskine whether it be for work or fun to get a grasp on my own creation versus checking design blogs only. What I would like ...
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How to troubleshoot a design that doesn't “feel” right?

I'm a new designer (sort of) and I'm wondering how you guys fix a design that just doesn't feel quite right. When you've been working on a design for a while, you can get the feeling that one of many ...
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Workstation recommendations for designers?

I have a question that comes a bit unconventional and I apologize if it is a little off topic, We need to buy computers (laptops because we have many power outages in Mexico) for web designers and ...
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Illustrator: Quick way of removing redundant anchor points after unifying shapes?

Except for manually removing redundant anchor points that gets added when unifying two or more objects, is there a quicker operation to wipe in-between anchor points? EDIT: To complement ...