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PDF colours coming out 'dull' when exported as cmyk

We make quite a lot of mood boards in InDesign, which we then export as CMYK PDFs (Document CMYK - U.S Web Coated(SWOP) v2) as the image below. We then send them off to the printers to be printed on ...
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1answer
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What are some techniques in designing around a colorful logo?

I usually have to make websites based around logos that are very colorful (4-5 colors). Let's say the colors of the logo is similar to the logos of Chrome, eBay, Joomla, MSN. What are some of the ...
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Should your website and logo have the same color scheme

I am working on a completely new blog from scratch. New logo, branding, house style, everything needs to be done. Now the logo that is designed for the website has 3 colors, brown, green and black. ...
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Blend only affecting specific base color?

I need to blend a white text on top of a multicolored background and I only want to blend with a particular base color. (in this case it's the orange) How do I configure blending options to do ...
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2answers
542 views

How are designers creating the 3d effect often seen on sites like dribble lately for displaying portfolio screens? [duplicate]

I am seeing it a lot lately and I'm curious what tools are being used for this technique, is it an actual 3d app, or photoshop? Here is an example: ...
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How to re-create this iOS7 blur effect

Tried a lot but I just can't quite get it, how do I achieve a translucent tab bar like this:
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2answers
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Best way to save AI/SVG graphics for website purposes?

I'm using Adobe Ilustrator CS3. I have a bunch of small images (200x200 px) which I originally created as ".ai". I saved them as ".svg" using option Save for Web & Devices but to my surprise the ...
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what is the largest glyph width in Arial?

Im designing a DIV container that will contain some rows of text. Every row can contain 0 to 35 chars. I need to specify a fixed width for the div, but I cannot predict how "wide" the string can be. ...
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1answer
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Exporting a GIF animation in Photoshop - how do I make it more vibrant?

I'm trying to export a short, 6 second GIF in Photoshop. It looks great on the canvas, but very washed out after the export. I know the GIF format has a maximum of 256 colors (and I select that) but ...
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What is the single most influential book every designer should read?

What is the single most influential book every designer should read?
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How can I create a multi-color blurred background?

I have seen an image with this background. As a newbie I am unable to get this multi colored mixed background. I am able to get just two colors and that too linearly with the Blend Tool. But that ...
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2answers
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What font does the logo for East Photographic use?

See the website for the logo. I tried What the font, but it didn't recognize the "s" and "t". This might be custom vector work.
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Change black background of image to a color

This was a black and white image that I inverted in Photoshop with command/control+i. I want to convert everything that is black to a color. How would I replace the black with a different color?
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2answers
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Plugin or brush for transforming a photo to a fractal in gimp?

Folks, I've been looking all over for a plugin or brush that will help me take a photo and reduce it to that 'electric look' (or fractal?) that i'm seeing in various places. I'd vastly prefer one for ...
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2answers
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Making a Shape Edge Vertical in Illustrator

I'm making a letter M in Illustrator by using the pen tool and drawing half of the letter and then mirroring it with a transform effect. I noticed that when I zoom in there is a hairline space due to ...
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1answer
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12 or 16 column grid for a full width website? [duplicate]

So I'm looking for the right answer for my grid system: 1) Should I use 12 or 16 column grid for a full width website similar to these websites: http://xfinitytv.comcast.net http://www.vevo.com 2) ...
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4answers
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What's the term for CMYK ink proof/tests that are printed on inconspicuous places of packaging, newspapers, etc?

I'm looking to place the color proof/test somewhere on the printable area of a box. The problem is that I don't know what they are called and where to get information about them (pattern, template, ...
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What is the term for the short lines of a square bracket?

In a square-angled bracket, what is the name of the short horizontal lines at the top/bottom of the vertical line? ex. [ ]
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1answer
62 views

Margins between varied size elements (heading, input, and button)

I have to design a page with two button choices separated by horizontal rule. The first group has a heading, text input and a button all on new lines. The group after the horizontal rule has a ...
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1answer
174 views

What's the name of this 3D overprinted text effect

What is this kind of 3D text effect called? It's made with either overprinted letters, or different colored layers into a fake 3D effect.
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1answer
343 views

White and black design style

Recently I noticed a trend in graphic and industrial design that focuses on (usually predominant) white or very light gray and high contrast black or dark gray shapes — which fascinates me because of ...
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2answers
367 views

How does the grid system work for a full width page?

How does the grid system work for those websites that expand to the full size of the browser (no matter how you resize) while working with a base 12 grid system (such as 960.gs)? For example, take a ...
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447 views

What (sans-serif) font should I use for an OS X application?

Currently working on an application, which will be released on Multiple platforms, targeting OS X and Windows devices first, followed by iOS release. The current focus is on the OS X version, which ...
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Make Angled Guides in Illustrator CS5

In Adobe Illustartor CS5, you can select/click, hold the mouse, and drag the Vertical ruler to make a vertical Guide (Cyan Color by default). The same can be done with the Horizontal ruler to make a ...
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search layers in photoshop

There are a lots of layers in my projects. Previously I have renamed a layer with "system" and to that layer I have set visibility hidden. I want to show that layer again but I have to search manually ...
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5answers
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How to remove gray background on gray picture?

I have a scan of an old anatomic atlas; it's grayscale and not really bright. I suppose it's a copy of an engraving. My question is: is it possible to remove this background relatively easy? Or magnet ...
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1answer
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How to join two endpoints of different paths in Illustrator?

How to join two endpoints of different paths in Illustrator? It is said in manual, that points should be selected first, but I can't select them, since they are not on the same path. I can select ...
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1answer
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Making parts of Illustrator logo transparent - rather than faking it with the background color

So a designer has given me some logos (for the web) which are white on a blue background. She has, however, added blue paths to the shape to make it match the background. I would prefer to change ...
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3answers
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How to export ICO files to use as Windows folder icons

How can I export a file that you could set it as a folder icon in Windows 7? And also, how do you get an application that has only one icon to change it's size when re-scaling? I set folder options to ...
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2answers
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How to write text from right-to-left in Central Asian Languages group fonts

Can anyone help me with this problem: I am having problem with Right-to-Left writing with the Old Turkic font. Turkish is written with extended Latin letters left-to-right but: Old Turkic is a ...
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1answer
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How to record action for automatic repeat in GIMP?

I have repetitive actions I need to perform on images that are all consistent. For example I have 100 images with size 100 X 100 What I need to do on each one: 1. scale to 75 x 75 2. export as png ...
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1answer
695 views

Why downsample to 300 ppi only for images above 450 ppi - why not for all images above 300 ppi?

Here's something that's puzzelled me for a long time. Here's the default on InDesign's Export to PDF (and also Acrobat's PDF optimiser): Obviously 300 ppi is the default it downsizes to because 300 ...
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4answers
336 views

What are the essential must-read magazines for the design industry? (UK)

What are the essential must-read and industry magazines in the design & advertising world? (UK, printed) What should I expect to find on a coffee table at a high end design house? (Why? you ...
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1answer
432 views

Border on borderless pie chart, Illustrator CC

I'm an Illustrator beginner, and I have just made pie chart. I removed the borders but I still end up with a 1 pixel wide border between the pieces of the pie whenever I export to PDF or AI. Please ...
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2answers
597 views

Designing shape in InDesign - how to emulate effect from Quark XPress?

This is part of my original document from Quark XPress [Windows demo] (which I am recreating in InDesign, since I'm converting manually for now, I don't need Q2ID for now, since it's just a ...
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1answer
259 views

Recommended workflow for creating complex curves for circular patterns

I keep seeing quite a lot of stuff like the attached screenshot: At the moment, I usually fumble around with the pencil tool to draw a rough curve and then spend ages smoothing it before tiling it ...
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1answer
1k views

Export Illustrator layers to Photoshop Smart Objects

I'm trying to export the layers of my illustrator document into photoshop, but the only way to do so is one by one copy and pasting...are there any ways to mass export these layers while still ...
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4answers
398 views

Why link a portfolio site to external services?

In regards to external services (Dribbble, Behance, and Deviant) what is the purpose of having a portfolio website but you link all your images externally and take a viewer away from the main site and ...
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How to snap to every half-pixel (0,5) in illustrator?

I am trying to optimise a vector graphic so it does align well to pixels but if I try to align-to-pixel grid I loose too much from the quality and I still need to be able to snap with 0.5px ...
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1answer
46 views

How can I have a vector shape that is smart-cloned and kept in sync in Illustrator?

I try to design a vector shape that will render good at different sizes. I do have an artboard for each icon size: 16x16, 24x24, 32x32 and I do want to "clone" my shape so I will be copied in each of ...
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1answer
557 views

How to remove a point from a closed vector shape in Illustrator without breaking the shape?

When I try to delete a node in a space, by pressing DEL, the closed-shape it gets broken (not-continous anymore). How can I remove point from these without breaking them? Note: I used Illustrator ...
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1answer
166 views

Slicing a flat bitmap in Fireworks, exporting each slice with full canvas size and transparent background

I have a large image that I want to cut up in to 25px * 25px squares. I haven't used web slices before created a square slice, copy/pasted it in all the places I needed it, then selected them all and ...
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Which is a better design pricing model?

I'm curious which pricing model other feel best fits freelance design, in what situations, and why. I am not seeking dollar values. There are a few basic pricing models a freelancer can use: ...
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2answers
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Where did my default brushes go?

I was working on a logo design for a client in Illustrator CS4 when suddenly the default brushes were no longer there. The brush files are still in place but they do not show up in the brushes panel. ...
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2answers
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How to reduce the file size of a Live Trace (high fidelity) image

I have a PNG, its width is 1960px and height is 1583px. It is 3.3MB in total. When I go to Illustrator Live Trace > Photo High Fidelity, and then I expand the paths, the vector image is very good ...
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2answers
767 views

Are there any films about graphic design?

I'm looking for fiction films that are either about graphic design, or have important elements of its history, and I'm a bit stuck. I'm not trying to find movies that would be inspiring for ...
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2answers
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How do I get my artboard to appear behind the grid?

I'm new to Illustrator. I've just started a new project and my artboard is appearing in front of the grid, per below. How do I force my artboard to appear behind the grid, so I can use it for my ...
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4answers
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AIGA - Worth it for web designers?

I haven't been to an AIGA event in a few years, and I've only been to a handful between the VT AIGA and Philly AIGA. What I remember between the two were they seemed great for students, and maybe ...
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2answers
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How do I save a layer without the transparent background?

I have a layer, which I would like to save as an image. See (the image is the complete button) When I choose the layer and choose file->save for web.. it save the image with the transparent ...
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1answer
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Is there anything that can read, import or convert CMYK SVG?

Short question: I have SVG files with CMYK colours, specified as according to the SVG specs. I want to get this into a design program - any design program - to finalise the design and prepare it to ...

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