23
votes
10answers
5k views

Do interfaces really need to “look good”?

I notice that sites and software with less superficial value (less style, inspiration, or simply "neat-ness") often succeed far above their fantastically, well-designed counterparts. Is the style, ...
5
votes
8answers
607 views

How to make this hand-colored drawing even more fancier?

I wanted my son to color some brain template. I will put this into front of my thesis (on visualization of diffusion MRI tractrography data of the human brain), as book cover. How can I put this in ...
0
votes
4answers
42 views

What is the best program to use for making book covers (digital and print)?

I'm looking to start making book covers for myself and a few friends, and I am wondering what software to use. I have Photoshop and GIMP for the manipulation aspect, but what about the rest? Many ...
0
votes
1answer
9 views

Health Startup illustration

I am working on designing a health website with illustrations such as the one used by Zocdoc. It will be mostly viewed by mid to old aged viewers. Any ideas, inspiration will be greatly appreciated. ...
1
vote
1answer
16 views

Is there any vector drawing program that the origin of coordinate system is top left corner?

I've been using Inkscape, but the origin is at the bottom left corner, and I can't seem to change it to the top left corner. GIMP's origin is at top left corner, but GIMP is not a vector drawing ...
1
vote
0answers
8 views

Should graphics meant to be wrapped around a cylinder be stretched to compensate?

I am designing a graphic to be printed on a mug. The graphic is a circular logo (my user icon) which normally has a 1:1 height-to-width ratio. However, when printed on the mug, the circular logo looks ...
9
votes
4answers
342 views

Principles of Typography for different languages

Sometimes German students ask me how to do the typesetting of documents in English, French or Spanish. I'm not able to help them because I never learned to speak or write French or Spanish. ...
3
votes
2answers
42 views

Have there been any attempts to improve the design of spreadsheets?

Are there notable attempts to redesign the spreadsheet, as a number-heavy GUI which requires hours of painful concentration? As of today, the mainstream spreadsheet applications still use the same ...
7
votes
4answers
100 views

Proper typesetting guide

Is there a typesetting guide for English on the web somewhere, whether UK or American or both? I’m thinking of something with rules for correct hyphenation, punctuation, dashes, commas, correct ...
4
votes
2answers
533 views

Embedding pdf in illustrator

So, I'm using adobe illustrator for creating vectorial figures, mainly for graphs. In illustrator, creating graphs is not so well implemented, so I'm using another tool to make them (e.g. R, xmgrace, ...
4
votes
2answers
75 views

Is there a way to tell if there are any font references in a Photoshop PSD file?

I need to convert all fonts in a PSD file (CS6) to outlines for printing preparation. Unfortunately, fonts aren't just in text objects; there are a lot of Smart Objects and some of them may have text ...
1
vote
2answers
30 views

Presentation of webdesign

I'd like to ask you how you manage with presenting webdesign. Usually, I send a jpg file/files to client directly to the mail, but this isn't the best approach. In most cases it does the job, but I've ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Best sans serif webfont that display well on Windows and Mac

I have found that most of the web fonts looks great on a Mac, but not on windows. I am just curious to learn, is there any sans serif web font that is perfect on both windows and mac?
3
votes
1answer
172 views

How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
0
votes
2answers
35 views

Font identification of paint-brush-like letters

I am trying to identify the font in the image: Any idea appreciated.
4
votes
1answer
140 views

Position copied content within guides using a single PS Action

I'm struggling to get the following done in a single action: I have retouched full res TIFF's - each with a product shot on transparency background. The products are in slightly different place in ...
17
votes
12answers
4k views

Business Cards: should I design in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Export layers to files sized according to content of layer

Sorry for the confusing title. What I did was scan 3-4 photos at a time and then crop those photos into new layers per scan and then I combined them all into one PSD. So what I have now are several ...
0
votes
3answers
39 views

Template or tool for creating single-page multimedia presentations?

Some examples I have in mind are: The next America, Pew Research A game of Sharks, The New York Times Recalling a Vision of the Future, The New York Times How would you create something like this ...
1
vote
2answers
15 views

Indesign Data Merge - Variable number of pages from column in CSV file

I have a CSV file with one line per SKU and a column "Qty" specifying the quantity of each SKU in a large shipment of products. To clear customs in the country I'm in, I now need to stick one label ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Highly-legible Font options for Living Room Computer?

I recently had the good fortune to inherit a very small form factor computer (Mac Mini). I've hooked it up to the TV in our living room, and it's working well. The TV is not too small, but it's not ...
16
votes
11answers
4k views

What exactly is a “Pixel”?

"Pixel" always confuses me whenever I do web banner work. I use coreldraw x5 for my work. I usually prefer to use inches rather than pixels as inches are much intuitive for me. But when i do "Inch to ...
3
votes
2answers
70 views

Disable each step from being show on screen when using user-defined actions

I have created a few actions to add border and guide marks on images. Depending on the border required, a different action button is used. Part of these actions are canvas size changes, image flips, ...
-2
votes
2answers
38 views

how do I fill a shape with other small objects and text in photoshop?

This is what I need to design. Is there an automatic way or just manual? thx
2
votes
2answers
32 views

Gimp: removing background from product images

I often have the task of making the background of product images pure white. While preserving the best possible image quality, what is the quickest way to adjust colors such that the background ...
0
votes
1answer
17 views

Photoshop to CSS, just got Retina

I just got a new Macbook Pro with Retina and I'm confused about how to attack my PSD's. If I'm designing a site which has 14px font size, should I be settings it to 28px in Photoshop to get what it ...
4
votes
2answers
12k views

Gimp - Using an image as the transparency layer of another image

I have two images (For the sake of simplicity, Image1 and Image2). I want to use Image2 as a transparency for Image1. How can I do that? Assume I've done little more with Gimp than play with some ...
0
votes
1answer
288 views

Clipping a photo to a rounded gradient background

I have a photo I removed the background from, leaving only the human models - 3 people sitting in front of a computer. I need the new background to be gradient filled and the left bottom corner of the ...
9
votes
2answers
6k views

What’s the difference between an art director and a creative director?

I have seen both Art Director and Creative Director as titles, but I'm not sure what the difference is. Is one to do with visuals and the other with content? Are they more or less interchangeable? Do ...
3
votes
3answers
76 views

End marks: are they a good idea?

I'm currently writing my thesis and I have come up with old thesis that have an end mark at the last chapter. It usually is a small centered sign. So, my question: should I use it? is it a normal ...
4
votes
4answers
4k views

How do I avoid lines at top and left borders of png files exported from Illustrator

When I export Illustrator artwork as a png file, I get a one pixel grey border at the top and left edges. There is no background object, but I export (Save for Web and Devices) with matte white ...
2
votes
2answers
40 views

Do I need to create my images at twice the pixel dimensions on a retina display?

I just got a new Macbook Pro with Retina and I'm confused about how to attack my PSD's. If I'm designing a site which has 14px font size, should I be creating it at 28px in Photoshop to see what it ...
0
votes
2answers
74 views

When a client wants 2 of my logo concepts and I quoted one.

So I estimated a job for a new client. 3 concepts, 1 logo, 1 revision. I gave them 4 to get a feel for their style. They liked none and drew their own. I executed that one plus another original ...
0
votes
2answers
19 views

Selecting objects on top of other objects in Illustrator i.e. selecting only objects which are completely inside the selection rectangle

I could select the four blue rectangles with just drawing one selection box using the selection tool (V) around them if the green box would not be below it. However, now I have to click on each blue ...
0
votes
3answers
49 views

Feelings icons that are not emoticons?

For a particular project, I've got to come up with a set of a ten small one-color icons meant to represent certain feelings. However, these icons must not be emoticons, or faces, of people for that ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Alpha for each layer

How can I set a script that applies an alpha channel for each layer in the PSD file? An action makes it for one layer only. I`d like to have an ability to automate it for a bunch of layers.
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Subtracting shapes [Photoshop CS6]

I am trying to subtract a rectangle from a triangle. While the process does seem to complete successfully, the result is not exactly what I expected. I know other users have had similar issues but I ...
1
vote
3answers
56 views

Critique: How can I improve my logo design?

Can anyone give me some feedback on these logos - I have been asked by a client to design a logo for a lingerie maker whose name in portuguese is "Virgem Lingerie", and means the same as virgin ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

I want to make font, I have digitized the characters, how to proceed next?

Basically I want to learn how to use the kerning, spacing, ligatures to make it more legible. If any one knows any tutorials or guide available online please let me know. thank you.
0
votes
2answers
24 views

Low vs high pixel dimenion downsampling

If i have two images and one image is 7360 × 4912 and the other 3888 × 2592 and i downscale them both to 3000 px width - does either of the image get downsample differently or would one of them need ...
1
vote
1answer
29 views

Smooth faceting of beveled/embossed text in Adobe InDesign?

I have been trying to achieve a text effect similar to this "Hobbit-Inspired" text but I keep getting this strange faceting that I can't seem to get rid of. I'm fairly new to InDesign (CS5) and am ...
1
vote
2answers
34 views

How can I get rid of these 3 PMS channels, without flattening it and losing the transparency

How can I get rid of these 3 PMS channels, without flattening it and losing the transparency? Thanks All!
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Add more white color to Gimp layer

How can I add more white color to a Gimp layer? What about adding other colors to it?
5
votes
1answer
349 views

InDesign CS6: How should I structure pages of lists?

I'm having several different parts of a publication I'm doing where I'm presenting essentially a list of compound data. Examples are contact specifications (data points are [Name,Phone,Email]), recent ...
0
votes
3answers
3k views

Photoshop CS5: Text cursor has disappeared

The weirdest thing is happening. My coworker noticed his blinking text cursor doesn't appear anymore, no matter where he selects/creates text. Even weirder? I'm editing his file now and I'm having the ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

anchor a floating selection to multiple layers in GIMP?

I'm making an animated GIF using layers in GIMP. I have an image of an equation that I want to put on the same place in each frame. I tried opening the equation in GIMP, and then copy and pasting it ...
0
votes
2answers
102 views

How to intersect existing shapes in Photoshop

I'm trying to intersect 2 existing shapes in Photoshop (CS6). I've found tutorials that allow me to intersect at the time of putting the second shape down, but nothing that allows me to do so with ...
0
votes
2answers
61 views

Photoshop: can't make red rectangle but RGB channel is on

Accidentally pressed something like ⌘ 5, and it must have changed the color channels. I made sure they are visible now, but the red is acting up. If I make the rectangle bright red it works, but a ...
2
votes
1answer
102 views

How should I design a left-right UI where the left is smaller?

This is the current design: Where should I position the left-top element so this UI is more balanced?
3
votes
2answers
127 views

Executing multiple commands in sequence in GIMP

I've been working with GIMP for some time now and at the moment I'm creating some wood graphics for a game. For creating the wood, I first fill the image in brown, then apply some filters and finally ...

15 30 50 per page