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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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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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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Version Control for Design files

Can someone describe their workflow they use to handle multiple versions of a file ? For example, if more than one person worked on it or you explored an idea with the design then realized you have ...
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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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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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What is the best way to make arrows in circular shape?

I need to make (actually re-creating) a diagram for a repeating process consisting of 5 steps. Here's how it might look with two arrows: I need to do basically the same thing with 5 arrows, ...
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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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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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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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How can I fit as many letters into as tight of a space as possible in Illustrator

I have a text which I outlined and broke into individual objects. I want to fit this text into as tight a space as possible without overlapping, rotating or moving the letters around. The text ...
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Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?

My question is should I start with paper to learn to draw or learn to digitally draw with Photoshop or Illustrator or any image manipulation application. I am thinking of using a book or some other ...
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What are some of the benefits of having a Mac vs a Windows PC in a design environment?

I work in a b2b business and everyone here is on Windows PCs. A co-worker is pushing to move the design department from Windows to Mac. I worked on a Mac about 15 years ago when I worked for an ...
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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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Fastest way to custom design a race course map?

Here's a decent example of what I'm trying to do - a print version of something like this: I need to pick-and-choose which crossroads and street labels to show, add custom icons, plot the actual ...
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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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Web-based workflow solutions for graphic designers (hosted and self-run)?

There are some common tasks in almost every graphic designer's workflow that are made immensely easy by the Internet, but are often clumsy to handle through traditional channels like E-Mail. ...
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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 ...
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How to avoid the tragic fate in the Oatmeal cartoon “How a web design goes straight to hell”?

This is a famous web comic about a common experience in web design: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell It's based on the author's personal experiences and describes a typical / caricature ...
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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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How can I localize an InDesign file?

I'm looking for some method for automating the localization process for an InDesign document. Basically, I want to be able to take the contents of the file, translate it into a few other languages ...
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Is there an advantage to doing a full image mock-up versus diving straight into writing the HTML/CSS?

In the past, many companies and web designers had a workflow that was two or three parts, minimum -- design, markup, backend. These are generalizing and the lines may blur a bit... but I'm sure you ...
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What benefits are there to workflows using Images at 32-bits per channel?

To be clear, I'm referring to images that have a color depth of 32-bits per channel. Has anyone ever used images this large in a workflow – other than as RAW files directly from a camera? If so, why ...
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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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Resizing content in InDesign vs. Photoshop

I've put together a book full of different types of images: raster, vector, and mixed. Everything is placed with their original dimensions and fit to frames. Do I need to resize all the placed ...
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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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What is the best way to create partially extracted photos?

This is from a magazine but I was just wondering how this effect is done please see pink arrows showing areas of image that extends beyond where the background has been cropped. So its kind of like ...
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Illustrator files with linked PSD files working over the network makes PC slow to a crawl

Me and my buddies have a small design studio going on here at our office. We always work from the network when working on any of our Adobe files. Our server is on Windows 2012 Standard with 9TB ...
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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 ...