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Illustrator: Snap at some distance from existing objects

I'm drawing a bus line map. On some streets several bus lines pass together, so parts of the lines should be parallel and on a uniform distance from each other. Ideally, I would like that when I draw ...
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4answers
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With the invention of CSS3, should a web designer use Photoshop?

I see that many designers create beautiful web design works in Photoshop, but now with the arrival of CSS3, when they want to change that to HTML & CSS, they simply start from scratch and create ...
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4answers
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Direct select Layer (PS)

Since some of the newer cs versions of PS I got the problem that the [Ctrl/Strg] + * left click * stopped selecting layers directly when they're grouped in a folder. Instead PS simply selects the ...
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2answers
398 views

How can I prevent Export/Printing of an InDesign document if placeholders are still in place?

Pretty straightforward, as in the title. Our University paper's staff sometimes doesn't have the manpower to even Search for Lorem Ipsums, and often times other basic omissions occur, like updating ...
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2answers
1k views

Colouring illustrations - RGB or CMYK?

I am in the process of colouring a series of hand-drawn illustrations in Photoshop using a graphics tablet. The colouring process takes place mostly using Photoshop's native drawing tools - the ...
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3answers
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Digital way of detecting and removing pencil traces?

I draw pencil sketches on paper and "ink" them using a variety of pens. (I'm using the term "inking" very loosely here to describe the process of drawing the final lines over a pencil sketch, no ...
3
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1answer
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What's the best way to create custom grid lines in Photoshop?

Is there a way to quickly define a baseline grid on photoshop using the guides tool? For example, if I want to create a 24px vertical rhythm, can I do this quickly on PS?
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4answers
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What makes a design professional?

Can anyone define why something might not look "professional"? What differentiates between professional/unprofessional designs? I have clients who have said my design does not look very ...
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3answers
1k views

Outlining text without soft edges?

I'm trying to do text outline, however I'm having trouble making the outline exactly the same shape as the text itself. When you do an outline stroke, the edges appear soft which I don't want. Any ...
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2answers
3k views

Inverted colors on opening PDF in photoshop

When opening this PDF in Photoshop(CS3) all colors are automatically inverted. How can I change this behaviour? The file has correct colors when opening it with Adobe Acrobat. The file is generated ...
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4answers
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How to show background texture through text placed on background in Photoshop?

Say you have an image of a wall or an old, creased piece of paper and you want to add text on that background. How can you make the texture of the background come through the new text in Photoshop so ...
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1answer
9k views

Why doesn't Size/Resolution in InDesign match the PDF?

I am working in InDesign and I need to create a PDF file. The problem is that if I have a 200px x 200px box in InDesign when I save it as PDF the box appears larger... I am a bit confused about ...
2
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2answers
233 views

How good is the fonts.com webfont solution compared to the current @font-face standard?

I guess the title says it all. I've been successfully working with @font-face (with near-perfect cross-browser support, if you use all the hacks). However, a client really wants to use Helvetica, and ...
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2answers
374 views

Branding a company that has no public identity

Ok, that title might seem a little strange, but I will try to explain. And I will say, I do know this is more of a discussion type question, and not a technical question. Hopefully I wont get ...
3
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2answers
457 views

Storyboard for a product pitch

I've never done a storyboard/visual user story for a new app/software program before, so how would I do that? Or what are the key elements? Basically, I need to create a storyboard of how it would ...
2
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2answers
2k views

Smartphone resolution

I am going to make a design for a smartphone game, now I have seen that there are MANY resolutions around. Luckily iPhone has only a few, but Android contains already more, not to speak about upcoming ...
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4answers
286 views

How can I create nice looking subtle buttons in Photoshop?

Can you give me some hints for recreate these two buttons? Which effects are applied? Thanks!
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2answers
9k views

Colors change in Photoshop when copying a selection from one document into a new document

I'm trying to copy a particular layer out of a Photoshop document into its own new document and export it for use on the web. I'm doing this by right-clicking the layer in the layers palette, ...
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2answers
866 views

Photoshop: layer comps with smart objects

I have several layer comps in my document. I also have a smart object (to apply smart filters) which have those same layer comps. The problem is: when I want to change the layer comp of the image, I ...
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3answers
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light painting in photoshop

How do I accomplish light painting like in Photoshop? Is there a font I can use? I couldn't find any great tutorials on it. Also, note that I don't own a wacom. Any help to accomplish this ...
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1answer
227 views

How Do I make a simple webpage out of image, need some pointers

I have an image and its source in photoshop and Adobe illustrator format. I know some programing, PHP, HTML. But I have never created a simple webpage using an image or adobe products. I'm also ...
6
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3answers
4k views

Any Google Font that renders equally well both on Windows (IE) and Mac (Cr, FF, Saf)?

I like the fonts available at Google Fonts but I've noted some sans-serif choices render markedly different when comparing Win XP (IE) to browser on a Mac (Saf, Cr, FF). An example is Open Sans, ...
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3answers
1k views

What size should I make my gatefold brochure?

I am a web developer who now needs to create a brochure, so excuse me if fumble some terms. It is a gatefold brochure and the requirement is that the central piece is as close to square as possible. ...
2
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2answers
14k views

Techniques to draw tasteful lines and border in Photoshop

When I draw lines or borders in Photoshop for my web design work, they are usually not beautiful and seem to me to not be aesthetically appealing. I don't know why, as drawing a line seems to be a ...
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4answers
309 views

How to create this soft look around the logo?

Any ideas of how to create such looking logo like this: This logo in site. I like this roundness feel around letters. Dribble logo is also with similar effect. I do not think that it is only ...
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4answers
3k views

Gutters - Padding and Margin for Columns with Background or Border

What are the recommended design guidelines for gutters when a column (or box, or any layout module) has its shape clearly visible because it has its own background or border? Typically one would put ...
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4answers
5k views

The most advanced JPEG image compression on mac?

Sometimes i work with JPEG files for my web designs. There are occasions where the PNG format is not suitable.. There are several optimization techniques for the PNG format, but I noticed that for ...
2
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4answers
882 views

What is the state of cross platform web safe fonts in 2011?

You can see the traditional cross platform system fonts like Arial and these , but in 2011 with Leopard/Lion and Vista/7, surely there are a load more fonts we can use reliably? Thanks!
4
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2answers
262 views

What is the best way to label an image?

I have an image which I would like to label certain areas with some sort of a text label. I'm trying to figure out what the best way is to make the text clear. The image is color, and objects may have ...
2
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1answer
9k views

How do you create a new document from a layer group that's also the size of the group?

I'd like to create a new document from a group of layers. It should be the same size as the largest layer in the group, even if the current document is a lot bigger. For example, I have a web page ...
3
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1answer
2k views

What are the possibilities choosing colors using Phi (the Golden Ratio)?

I recently sat down with a friend, and we hypothesized that Phi (the irrational number) and that it could be used to determine colors using an algorithm of a sort. So, I came back home, and googled ...
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3answers
368 views

What is your favorite Photoshop design tool and why? [closed]

Simply wondering what your favorite or most used tools are when you are (web)designing in photoshop. This way we maybe get new insights on the tools and how to use them. Never hurts to learn right? I ...
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2answers
3k views

Make a non-raster glow in Illustrator

I was wondering if it was possible to create a non-raster inner/outer glow? If so, could you please tell me how to do so. Thanks.
3
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1answer
5k views

Web safe font for Chinese similar to Trebuchet?

I have created a Flash banner to be used on a site that is localised across Asia-Pacific region, and according to provided brand guidelines I need to use Trebuchet as the base font and theres 3 ...
8
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3answers
17k views

What kind of Interview Questions should one expect at their first design job interview?

If you were interviewing for your first graphic design position, what kind of questions should you expect? The posting is fairly vague, aside from the assumption of basic design skills.
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2answers
303 views

How do I establish international copyright to my works?

What should I do to establish rights on my work? Does it depend on the country where it was created?
3
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2answers
34k views

How to create frames from layers in Photoshop extended?

Is there a way to automatically create frames from layers in a Photoshop document? Bridge lets you open several images into one Photoshop document as layers, now I would like to get these layers ...
5
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1answer
1k views

Is there a standard “magazine” size for printing?

I'm thinking of printing a informational project in magazine size, however I have a hard time finding what the standard size for magazines is? There is no default size for this in InDesign and from ...
9
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5answers
4k views

Do a lot of freelance designers buy fonts?

A lot of the fonts I see are pretty darn expensive, of course you can find some awesome ones for free, but do freelance designers usually buy fonts? Or is buying fonts a practice reserved mostly for ...
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1answer
94 views

Representing “My” in Logo Design [closed]

What's a good way to represent "My" or ownership in a logo? Specifically own ideas. [Edit:] The logo is for a web app called Mypothesis, it's for people to put their own personal theories out there, ...
3
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4answers
1k views

Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality?

Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality ? Like this: I've watched this tutorial : but the quality of the outcome is still far away from the one above. Is there a way to ...
0
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0answers
164 views

Are there easy ways to convert an image to a cartoon achieving a high quality? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality? Is there some relatively easy way to convert an image to a cartoon with a high quality ? This example ...
3
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2answers
3k views

What is corporate identity and what does it contain?

As question explains, I did a search on the web and didn't find a suitable answer, even in wikipedia. Can anyone please explain it to me?
1
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1answer
401 views

Help me get this design to look right. Folded paper with a sense of depth

I'm designing a site for a client. And I was wondering if I could get some help using shadows to create a "folded" effect on this div. The div overlaps the bottom edge of the header, and I want to ...
10
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5answers
36k views

Is there a “Fit to Canvas” option in Photoshop like there is in Fireworks?

I am a Fireworks user new to Photoshop. In FW there is the very handy "fit to canvas" button in the properties panel at the bottom which when clicked snaps the image to the canvas by adjusting the ...
1
vote
5answers
15k views

What is California license plate header font?

This is my first question here. I hope my question wasn't out of context. I want to know what font is used in California license plate header. The word "California" I mean. It would be great if you ...
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12answers
2k views

Do web designers need to know how to code?

As a web developer, both front-end and back end architect, I work with many different designers and sometimes find it frustrating working with design comps where no thought was put into how to ...
1
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1answer
158 views

How to create an art asset that can be dynamically colored in software?

Specifically, I have a bunch of photographic crayon images. I would like to remove the color from one to produce a neutral image that I can load into an iPhone app that I'm writing and dynamically ...
0
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0answers
122 views

How to explain the difference between stealing the design and copying the design? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does inspiration end, where does illegitimate copying start? How to explain the difference between stealing the design and copying the design? In Web Designs. How ...
0
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1answer
420 views

Fireworks CS4 - Editing the size of the background of an animated .gif without changing the size of the sprite

I have an animated .gif which I'd like to modify. Specifically, I'd like to be able to make the background/canvas slightly larger without it affecting the actual animated sprite. Is there a ...

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