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7answers
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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 ...
6
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1answer
135 views

What is the name of a photographic effect where there are subtle shadows in corners?

If you take pictures and the aperture settings are not ideal, you will see a light shadow in the corners. Example: This effect is a sign of bad quality, but is also often used as a design element ...
9
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5answers
8k 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?
7
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3answers
147 views

What are the best widely-distibuted typefaces when I don't have access to commercial alternatives?

I frequently find myself producing printed material without the luxury of using commercial typefaces. What typefaces typically installed with operating systems or software applications are good ...
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1answer
757 views

What font is this? 1920's, 1930's, Art Deco, Italian, but simple

Looking for a match or similar font to the text on these signs. Particularly the "D" on the middle sign and "R" on the right most sign -- how they're fatter on the bottom of the curve. Any ideas ...
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1answer
146 views

why can't I duplicate a paragraph style in illustrator CS5?

I'm trying to drag a paragraph style onto the 'create new style' icon in the paragraph styles panel in order to duplicate the style, but the cursor changes to a circle with a slash through it, ...
2
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3answers
719 views

How to extract a blended layer from its background

I often get PSD assets that have layers with blending modes that end up blending them into a background layer. I'm trying to figure out of there is any way to cleanly extract these layers from the ...
6
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5answers
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Guidelines for logos using multiple typefaces

I was wondering there were any helpful guidelines and/or tips for designing logos with multiple fonts. It seems to be a dangerous area to enter into, but can lead to some great results. Often times ...
0
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1answer
74 views

Masking problems in illustrator [closed]

I have a group of paths and a rectangle like so: I am trying to cut a hole in the rectangle using the group of paths, I have managed to do this in Photoshop just fine but I'm a bit of a newbie when ...
2
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2answers
266 views

Whats the proper way to create a PSD containing a gradient which hue can be easily changed?

Take for example this file. I would like to make it as easily as possible for someone to grab it and change the hue from red to any other color, quickly and without losing the luminosity variation ...
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3answers
363 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 ...
2
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3answers
248 views

How can I avoid boxes in web page layouts

Have you any good examples where content on a web page doesn't look boxed in everywhere? edit examples of what I want to avoid:
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3answers
495 views

What are the basic rules for designing a book (novel)? [closed]

I promised my friend I'd design a book for him he's releasing for free and I could use the help of you guys. I'm going to use the latest InDesign. The book should be in .pdf format and is intended ...
6
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3answers
429 views

Does this poster convey a “Frenchy” look?

In the brainstorming to give a visual identity to the French Language & Usage StackExchange, one of the proposals is to base the design on vintage posters such as this one: But I am afraid that ...
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3answers
294 views

icon / design element database / site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are some good places to find free stock images? Are there good central locations for icons / buttons / ui elements? There are a number of great font databases ...
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1answer
352 views

How to get rid of business template card borders [closed]

Created business card from template. But now blue borders appear on the page too. How do I remove them from psd?
2
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2answers
782 views

Font suggestion(motion/speed/sports)

I am looking for an oblique, slanted font that suggest motion/speed/sports but in a very subtle way. What I was thinking of is something like any font in italic mode but instead of the text leaning ...
5
votes
3answers
496 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
374 views

Where to find good examples of typography for inspiration?

I am working on a piece where typography is the main design element. However, I can't seem to get the inspiration I need in order to come up with something I like. It would be helpful to me if I had a ...
3
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3answers
6k views

How can I split an image in several layers of same size?

I want to split this image in several layers, one for each square. Is there a way to do that?
0
votes
2answers
8k views

Take away negative space in clipping masks

I am using clipping masks to cut PNG images in illustrator (purely because I don't know how to do it in photoshop) and I was wondering if it was possible to take away the white space that is created ...
0
votes
1answer
466 views

Program for drawing patent illustrations

Is there a free cad or similar program that would be good for making drawings that will be submitted as part of a patent application?
5
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4answers
3k views

logo on building

I have a company logo i would like to photoshop on a building for a promotional ad. The problem is that when i put the logo on the building it doesn't look very real, it should look like its painted ...
1
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1answer
66 views

How do I choose width for a set of text fields?

A programmer myself, I find it hard to make certain seemingly simple design decisions. Currently I'm sketching a signup form for a website, and I want to keep the design really simple. There are ...
1
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1answer
872 views

Resize a collection of different sized png images to the same dimensions

I have a collection of a few hundred png images, each are different dimensions. I want to be able to resize them all to the same dimensions, preferably keeping the aspect ratio intact. Is it ...
1
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2answers
272 views

Design solutions/ideas/examples/sugestions for good looking cropped images in a product booklet

I am doing this booklet for some chairs and I have a problem. The problem is that I have small images, but the booklet is intended for A4 print. I will post 2 images to explain my problem. What I ...
2
votes
2answers
8k 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, ...
0
votes
2answers
8k views

Problem: Color change when pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator

What I want to achieve: I want to copy an image in Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop. The image is just a grey circle with a #d1d1d1 fill and no stroke. The problem: Bottom line, the color of ...
6
votes
1answer
157 views

What is typographically right: 100€ or 100 €? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is supposed to be a white space between the number and the € sign. 100€ or 100 €
7
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3answers
153 views

Is it a bad idea to change a single - major - element in isolation?

Our team just had a rather strong argument over an issue. The issue: Some team members want to "update" one of our websites by changing the colors of the left navigation bar, and maybe also the ...
2
votes
2answers
464 views

What do you call the process of taking a real photo and adding new textures to it?

I'm trying to find tutorials for certain types of photoshop image modifications, but I don't know what words to search for. Things like "touching up" and "photo manipulation" aren't specific enough. ...
0
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2answers
2k views

How to make adobe photoshop background smoother with gradient?

I am creating a background in photoshop with a gradient overlay. Everything works fine. its just that the background has this rigid look to it where the colors start to blend with the next color.. ...
1
vote
1answer
229 views

Any good websites that offers free icons or icons to purchase? [closed]

Hi i have the following queries: Are there any websites that offers free icons for mobile design? As in totally free for commercial use and does not need to link back to website? Alternatively, are ...
1
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3answers
8k views

How to wrap text on a curved path with perspective?

I need to replace some text in a photograph where the curved path is on a plane not perpendicular to the camera. I am using PS/AI CS4. This example is actually harder than the one I'm working on, ...
0
votes
3answers
546 views

Image resizing, maintaing image size - beginner question [closed]

I am attempting to resize an image from 480x800 to 320x240. Below are the results. The original image has an oval shaped circle whereas the re-sized image has a more spherical shape. Is it possible to ...
2
votes
3answers
153 views

What is the name of this effect, and what is a good way to replicate it?

See how the image background fades with the black menu bar? I see this effect very often and I like it a lot. I would love a tutorial (either Photoshop or Illustrator) or how-to article but I don´t ...
2
votes
1answer
302 views

What have mustaches to do with typography

It seems that mustaches is a recurring meme amongst creative people in areas of graphic design, typography etc. I am referring to things like these t-shirts [1] or these posters [1], [2], [3], [4] ...
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votes
1answer
60 views

How do I apply a border on a picture from another picture [closed]

I want to add the border on this picture: to this picture: How do I accomplish this?
2
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I remove a space between two words and still make it accessible?

In headings, I am getting rid of spaces between two-word phrases and using color to differentiate between the words instead. EXAMPLE: I would like this... <h1>Two Words</h1> to render ...
1
vote
2answers
556 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
545 views

Illustrator: Opacity Mask doesn't scale (i.e. follow vector art when scaling up/down)

Something weird occurred, in which the opacity mask (the texture) doesn't scale when resizing the motif. I can't recall what setting affects the behavior for opacity masks. All is Ok; as in, the ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I create symmetrical curves on vector shapes in Photoshop?

Let's say I want to make a mark representing the shape of a rotor in a rotary engine: (image source) This shape is similar to a Reuleaux triangle: (image source) I know how to create equilateral ...
0
votes
1answer
99 views

What script font is this found here?

What font is found here in the following image?
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3answers
1k views

How can I color a mixed object in Illustrator?

I have a mixed object (a group of either stroked or filled paths) in black and white, and I want all of the blacks to be blue. I know I can go into the group and select each black path and change it ...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

Web storage for graphic data [closed]

I need good web/cloud (paid/free) storage for my graphic work. It's lots of data with photos and videos too. Any ideas?
4
votes
3answers
3k views

Typeface or font for children's signage

What are good typefaces for use with children's signage (don't say Comic sans). Im looking for something playful yet legible. By children, I mean elementary school age (and younger).
1
vote
1answer
375 views

What are examples of creative uses of restaurant print design paraphernalia?

I was recently asked to design all the print design paraphernalia for a tapas restaurant of a great friend of mine. That would include a menu listing all the tapas and wines, a glass pad, a place mat, ...
3
votes
3answers
127 views

Suggest an icon for top tracks in a music application

I'm designing an online music player application, and in top bar of the application, we need a "Top Tracks" button. The application is skinned with a Mac OSX theme as of now, so ideally it should be ...
-1
votes
1answer
507 views

What are some good guidelines when designing website for telecom-business [closed]

I know that this question might be tossed out, and I apologies for that, but here goes nothing: I work at a small call center in Sweden as a IT-technician. Since we´re so small we cant afford to hire ...
2
votes
2answers
382 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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