Workflow describes the process of a task, the steps required to go from start to finish. This term is not limited to design, but in the design world it can be applied to different processes, from creating a logo to digitally retouching a batch of photos. Workflow is often a subjective topic, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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where to get web-design critiques and suggestions?

Where do you get you design critics for your project, particularly on web design? A friend had suggested to me a website where people critique and give suggestion on your website. But I forgot the ...
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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 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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Scrap-work Methods

Should one start their scrap-work / mockups in an ordinary notebook or scrap-paper to be thrown away ? What is the recommended practice? Keep older drawings ? Throw them away ? Is it better to ...
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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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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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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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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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How to solve the tragic fate illustrated in the article: How a web design goes straight to hell?

This is the article: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell Some of the solutions I thought: Quitting web design and starting an own online business. Only accepting jobs offered by professional ...
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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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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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How can I best provide feedback to my designer

What's kosher when providing feedback to your designer? Are there best practices? If he's making a mockup of an iPhone dashboard should I tell him that I'd prefer the icons be monochromatic, or that ...
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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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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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Easy way to create repeating custom radial gradient?

I want to create a simple repeating gradient for a Gradient Overlay effect in Photoshop. I had to manually create this: Is there an easier way to make a repeating pattern by designing a small one ...
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What factors make a campaign go viral?

I've been tasked with designing a viral campaign with limited budget. I've not worked on such things before, so I don't really have any idea on how to handle this task. What exactly makes a campaign ...
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How can I create multiple image sizes at the same time?

I program Android apps, and one of the requirements is that there are images of multiple sizes generated for different sized devices. I might create a 48x48, 64x64, 96x96, 128x128, and 144x144 image ...
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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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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 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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Vectors: How do you deal with background 'spill' on overlapping edges?

When covering one vector shape with another; if the edges overlap, the background shape's color is used as a (distasteful looking) pseudo-anti-alias effect on the foreground shape's edge, instead of ...
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Is there a gesture-like exercise for drawing faces?

Many people told me doing gestures is great as a learning tool, gives you the pencil mileage, feeling for shape, form and proportion, and so on. I started doing them, basing my tries on this, this ...
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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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Solutions for a comic production workflow?

I am looking for suggestions on a convenient solution for the following workflow. Scan a hand-drawn panel Fix and retouch drawing errors (using a small set of simple brushes) Separate elements ...
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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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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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iOS, Android, etc., tablet devices in a design workflow?

I'm going to have to spring for one or more tablets (iPad, Tab, whatever) for testing ePubs, digital magazine ads, site rendering, etc. Because I don't have the consumer nature and also because I'd ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I store work files on my local drive or an external one?

When I worked in small design studios, I was always trained to keep my work files on an external hard drive, and never store them on the computer hard drive. One of my design friends asked why I ...
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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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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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GUI Based Workflow Tracking Solutions for Designers

I have been interested in finding a way to track my progress and tasks for client work with a visually engaging workflow program, that isn't like a git-hub style solution. I'm looking for a program ...
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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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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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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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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 ...