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4answers
10k views

Should I Save Images Intended for the Web as PNG or SVG?

Possible Duplicate: What web graphics formats to use? When exporting out images intended for websites, should I save it as PNG (Transparent background) or a SVG? Why?
20
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12answers
48k views

Is there a standard width for designing web page mockups?

Is there a standard size for the width of a website in a mockup? What is that size? Why?
10
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4answers
4k views

What's the difference between a logo and branding?

Are they the same thing? Or does branding = logo + colour palette + typeface? Edit: Just to highlight that I asked about 'branding' - which I definitely hear used to mean solely visual elements - ...
19
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8answers
65k views

How to get dashed line in Photoshop?

How can I make a dashed or dotted lines in Photoshop?
7
votes
2answers
9k views

Exporting a Pattern to Image in Photoshop

I am designing a website and in the background I am using a pattern that is done by somebody else. Now while slicing, is there anyway to find and select the exact dimensions of the pattern that the ...
24
votes
5answers
1k views

What is meant by “busy”?

What do web developers mean when they think something will make their site look "busy"? What gives this feel of busy-ness?
4
votes
1answer
336 views

Line spacing in a block of text

Generally speaking, does there exist an "optimal" line height as a proportion of how high the text is, for maximum readability?
16
votes
9answers
2k views

How can I design a simple logo without any prior skill in graphic design?

I want to create a simple logo, but I have no skills or experience in graphic design. Although I'm familiar with GIMP, I'm not sure how to get started. A text-logo would suffice, but it should be ...
12
votes
2answers
4k views

Creating CSS sprites from Photoshop

I have a PSD with a web design. Every time I tweak the design, I need to manually copy different portions of the image, with different layer visibilities (for transparency) into CSS sprites. How ...
7
votes
2answers
112 views

Calibrating a screen on a budget?

How would you calibrate a screen on a budget? Are there simple, affordable devices, methods, or printed kits that help achieve at least some degree of colour correctness on a modern TFT monitor? ...
5
votes
2answers
10k views

How can I achieve the “bent paper” effect in photoshop?

I've seen design elements on webpages that contain a "bent paper" effect. In other words, it looks like the paper is shaped in an arch, based on the visual perception of the shadow. How do I achieve ...
4
votes
1answer
448 views

How do I make custom textures for overlays?

I have a physical object that has a really nice, unique texture and I would like to duplicate that texture digitally for overlays (2D or 3D). What steps do I need to take to accomplish that? What ...
7
votes
6answers
6k views

How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. I want to go from start i.e learn using each tool first and then move on. Where can I find tutorials for this (Youtube is a good source). I cant ...
1
vote
2answers
512 views

What is the standard method of slicing a photoshop document?

Is there any industry standard method of slicing a PSD to convert to HTML? Because I use marquee tool rather than slices. At times there is design where slicing cannot do the job like if you need 2 ...
39
votes
5answers
72k views

Point vs Pixel. What is the difference?

What is the difference between points and pixels?
3
votes
2answers
3k views

What is a good scanner on a budget? [closed]

For my purposes, I think that a good scanner plus a vector graphics program is just as good as a drawing tablet, if not a better deal for the money, because I can use a tracing algorithm in ...
4
votes
1answer
330 views

What are the correct set of principles of Design ?

I have started the design learning road from scratch using Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline. In the first section it mentions design principles. The first link : Principles ...
13
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
16
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
13
votes
3answers
830 views

Why do we still use points as a measurement of type size?

I'm in the UK, which uses metric units for pretty much everything now except road distances and beer (obviously best kept apart). Page sizes have been metric here and in most of the rest of the world ...
9
votes
5answers
7k views

What is 5-colour printing?

When my print rep talks about five-colour printing, what does he mean? I know you have cyan, magenta, yellow and black - but what's the fifth?
16
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
410 views

How many colors should be used in a background gradient?

For on-screen design (web or desktop applications), in areas where there is significant background space visible, a subtle gradient adds a lot to the look of the app/page/image. How many colors (max) ...
3
votes
3answers
446 views

How to export PNG to be compatible with all browsers

I recently found our that some PNG files render a slightly different shade of color in Safari. (I think this is because Safari can't render PNG Gamma channel properly or what). How do I export the ...
7
votes
2answers
196 views

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 ...
-1
votes
2answers
4k views

Is there a free alternative to Comic Life?

I am looking for an alternative to Comic Life. The main feature is to make comics out of your photos: Easily create amazing Comics, picture albums and how-to-guides using your digital photos on ...
1
vote
1answer
284 views

What is the GEGL function in Gimp?

What is the GEGL function in Gimp?
5
votes
3answers
251 views

Where can I find tutorials for Inkscape?

Where can I find tutorials for Inkscape?
-1
votes
1answer
136 views

Where can I find tutorials for Gimp? [closed]

Where can I find tutorials for Gimp?
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How to remove background with Gimp?

How to remove background from an image with Gimp?
7
votes
1answer
256 views

What is page bleed and how can I avoid issues with it ?

I have never had problems in the past with printing documents, but ever since I started doing posters or mockups.. somehow I end up unconsciously cropping or padding (I am not sure it that is the ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

What are lossless image format?

What are lossless image format?
7
votes
3answers
528 views

What are some common open (royalty-free) image formats?

Which common image formats are open or royalty-free?
3
votes
2answers
548 views

Tool for working with cross platform/desktop icon format?

I want to create/edit a desktop icon that must work on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (KDE/Gnome) and mobile devices. Is there a tool that handles all these different formats?
8
votes
2answers
299 views

Range of icon sizes and formats on various operating systems

I would like to know the range of icon sizes allowed in different OSes (such as Ubuntu, OSX) and the default format they use. For example, windows allows icon sizes from 16x16 to 256x256 and uses a ...
38
votes
12answers
8k views

Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?
13
votes
1answer
910 views

What are Color Profiles?

What are color profiles (in Photoshop) and how do they actually affect the printing?
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Save for Web using Photoshop Actions

I would like to create an action, at the end of which I would like to save the file using Save for Web option. The problem is the action is not being generic as it is remembering the static path of ...
5
votes
2answers
343 views

Why are certain colors more prone to compression artifacts than others?

I most often see this with compressed video, but I've also seen it often enough with JPEG images. Many times blacks, reds, and other generally dark colors seem to be especially prone to compression ...
6
votes
1answer
993 views

Removal of scanning artifacts

I've had a couple of times when working with scanned images where the piece I need is obscured or otherwise blemished by things such as halftoning in the case of printed items or moire effects when ...
7
votes
2answers
291 views

How can I improve my drawing tablet skills?

I've tried using my fianceé's tablet a few times, but I keep getting uncomfortable looking at the screen instead of my hand as I'm working. Does anyone have any tips for becoming more comfortable so ...
5
votes
3answers
748 views

How can one create a design style?

How can a person create a style of graphics that uniquely identifies that person? I've often heard of many forms of art the importance of creating a style, how does this apply to graphic design?
6
votes
6answers
693 views

I want to be a graphic designer. How should I approach learning Photoshop?

While reading a lot of design blogs and notable designers, I keep seeing the joke/statement come up over and over again that using Photoshop does not entitle one to the name Designer (or one who can ...
5
votes
2answers
209 views

Info-graphics , Informative Graphics and Visualizations: Are they the same term ?

I was looking at Phil Gyford's Infographic and wanted some clarification on the proper way to develop and maintain an Infographic. The majority seen on Twitter and Graphic Design Blogs ... are they ...
12
votes
5answers
11k views

Can Photoshop Be Used for Vector Purposes?

Usually vectors are only created in vector-based programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, with some limited support for drawing vectors in programs like Adobe Fireworks and Flash. Can ...
21
votes
11answers
18k views

What DPI should be used for what situations?

I've been seeing the word 'DPI' pop up quite a lot when I export my work out in Photoshop and Illustrator. While I know that DPI stands for 'dots per inch', and that if you have too low of a DPI on an ...
8
votes
3answers
7k views

What formats supporting animation are suitable for the web?

What formats supporting animation are suitable for the web and what are the pros and cons of each.
18
votes
10answers
4k views

Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator for Mac? I am learning vector based graphic design, but I am not ready to make such a large investment as to purchase a copy of Adobe ...
12
votes
9answers
4k views

What programs can be used to make animations?

I am specifically interested in software that can be used to combine existing sets of images (frames in the animation) into an animation. Having the ability to add transitions/effects between the ...
7
votes
2answers
469 views

Design OpenCourseWare course recommendation

I have alway been creative and interested in Graphic Design but never had any formal training. Ideally I would like to return to University to do a degree in Graphic Design, but due to time and ...

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