3
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2answers
9k views

How to compress an animated GIF?

I have an animated gif banner 125x125 that needs to be < 10 KB. I started at 60 KB and my best efforts (remove all animation, reduce number of frames) resulted in 28 KB. Any ideas how to make it ...
11
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4answers
2k views

How to manually identify a font when the automatic services fail?

A common problem: Designer has spotted a delicious font being used on/offline, but there are no references what is the name of the font. The designer either gets unsatisfactory results from automatic ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Are there some standard sizes when it comes to square page layouts?

I am designing this luxury product catalogue and I was thinking to make the pages square so it would somehow be a little more unique and stuff... The way I have it set up now is 8in x 8in(about 20cm ...
2
votes
3answers
6k views

Automatically add a link to multiple PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Pro (Batch process?)

I would like to add a link to an external website to a set of PDF files - Ultimately each file would have this link in the upper left hand corner. Is there a way to automate this, much like the ...
0
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2answers
326 views

What aspects of HTML5 are replacing Flash?

Everyone is saying that flash design is dead for websites. Besides the issue of compatibility with "iDevices", why else should flash be kicked out the designer's door?
0
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1answer
77 views

Another font identification question

I'm looking to identify the font used in the logo found here: I tried several online tools without luck.
2
votes
1answer
459 views

Is scaling an image by 200% the same as doubling dpi/ppi?

I am sure this is a simple question, but the answers I have received from people are never simple. I am trying to apply an answer to this question for scaling images for the iOS Retina display.
5
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3answers
477 views

Is there something like smashing magazine.com for the Print Industry?

I know the print industry isn't probably changing as much as the web stuff nowadays but Im just wondering were do print graphic designers get their inspiration, latest news and that kind of stuff. ...
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3answers
2k views

What is a good free font management tool for linux?

I've been trying to find a font management tool that is free, but all solutions are comercial. Is there a good font management tool that is free?
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1answer
161 views

OSX: Thousands of fonts

How can I access the thousands of font files on my Mac without "installing" them and thereby slowing the machine to a crawl?
0
votes
3answers
6k views

Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator for web design [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop? Would you recommend Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator for a professional freelance web designer on a ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

Affect mutliple layers in gimp

Is it possible to apply things like brightness/contrast or hue saturation, or even filters to more than one layer at a time in gimp.
1
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3answers
1k views

Any ideas on how to fill a blank sidebar?

I would like to have some suggestions on how to fill my sidebar empty space on a feed aggregator. One solution may be advertising, but for now advertising is not acceptable in the page. A second ...
1
vote
2answers
430 views

Deciding Theme and Colour Scheme For Trivia-Based Game

I started work on an Android-based trivia-like game. You basically pick a topic (eg. volcanoes) and get a random set of 10 questions out of a bigger pool. I'm really struggling to pick a colour ...
1
vote
1answer
512 views

What drawing style are the esurance characters?

What drawing style are the esurance characters? Actually, more specifically what drawing style is this Gorilla?
5
votes
5answers
22k views

Replace black background with a transparent background

How can I add transparent background on this image instead of black background, but I also would like to keep the partial transparency effect on some of the particles and particles borders. Could ...
1
vote
1answer
842 views

How to make borders that look like clouds? [closed]

I have Gimp and Photoshop, so any of the two could be useful to me. I have an image, I would like to use it to create a cloud pattern that uses the borders of the image, this is, an image of clouds ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

How do I accurately slice images in Illustrator CS3?

I have just finished building a new web page in HTML 5 and using a jQuery slider effect to horizontally scroll across the web pages. Now I need to design a background at 8000x1000px so it all "flows ...
11
votes
5answers
353 views

What's a good (and easy) way to show that a screenshot is a screenshot?

I'm using Mac OS X 10.6 and I like the system screen grab tool. By default when you grab an entire window it will put a bit of a shadow / gradient below it, with transparency, using a PNG image - ...
11
votes
11answers
10k views

Should I (a web designer) stick with gimp, or buy Photoshop?

I am a web designer. I do not use/own any adobe products... except for watching flash videos online of course. I currently use gimp 2.6 for my graphic needs. It's free and I know how to use it. The ...
2
votes
1answer
370 views

What to do to polish a website design? [closed]

I'm the type of person who's between a programmer (because I enjoy it) and a designer (because I have a sense for it). I've been designing various websites in the past years and while they've been ...
25
votes
5answers
23k views

What does the size of the font translate to exactly?

I have a 40 pixel font that I'm trying to translate into custom images. I'm trying to match the size of the image exactly, but I'm having some problems getting exactly the right size. Basically, what ...
0
votes
1answer
745 views

Making a simple line from a path [closed]

I'm very new to Adobe Illustrator, and having problems with the pen tool. I have a path created that is a single straight line. (appears as a light blue line, with anchor points at both ends, within ...
0
votes
2answers
398 views

What is the font used in this logo?

What is the font used on this logo or any similar to it?
2
votes
4answers
7k views

How to convert a high number of PNG images to JPG forcing the background color?

I have around 200 hundred PNG small images and I would like to convert all of them into JPG with a black background. I usually do these kind of batch work with FastStone Image Viewer but there are no ...
0
votes
1answer
9k views

Formatting text in Illustrator - paragraphs - numbered lists

I have this really "great" task of creating something in Illustrator that shouldn't be normally done with Illustrator...I am no gonna go into details about that, im just saying so no one starts blah ...
0
votes
1answer
489 views

Create a font comparison sheet

Is there an application that will take a string, like my company name, and produce a comparison of that string in many different typefaces?
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votes
3answers
93 views

Having trouble with a simple selection of a layer

I'm trying to select a layer so I can run select > modify, but the modify option is never enabled. Here's a screenshot: (Oh, and I'm a complete noob to photoshop ... obviously)
3
votes
6answers
9k views

Looking for the best PDF editor or plugin for InDesign

Does anyone know about a good(free would be great) PDF editor? I am trying to edit/translate an "Instructions Manual" PDF for a certain product. I need to edit the text in the PDF in order to ...
0
votes
2answers
646 views

When using the blend tool in Illustrator, I get large white patches

So I made one path, then another. Opened Blend, set to Specified Steps, and then applied it to the paths. With straight paths, all was well. But with curved ones, I have large white patches where ...
0
votes
1answer
861 views

How to mimic this text in Gimp?

I found this really cool text, and would like to use the style but for a different word. How can I do it in GIMP or pixlr.com?
-1
votes
3answers
233 views

PSD to XHTML…resolution question

I have a PSD designed around 1920 pixel i.e the canvas is 1920 pixel wide by 1110 pixel height. My question is, when slicing: Do I slice it the way it is? or Change the image size to a lesser width ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

Sorry for the confusing title but, I'm curious to know if anyone knows any effective techniques at finding the center of an object that curves. In the screenshot below you'll see a crude version of ...
3
votes
2answers
374 views

Childish logo, sober and professional website: how to? [closed]

A new customer asked me to design a new website for the company, but the company logo is somehow childish (think comic-sans like fonts). Redesigning the logo is a no-go. I'm not sure how to make the ...
-1
votes
2answers
741 views

Medieval gothic font with cyrillic characters

There are plenty medieval gothic fonts with latin characters, but I can’t find one with cyrillic characters. Can you recommend some?
6
votes
2answers
627 views

“Change this design to a quarter page, from a half” - page layout reduction but keep content

Hopefully won't be too vague a question or specific, but understand that it might be. I rarely touch design work, but my employer has asked me to take an A4 page advert (PDF) for a client and ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

CS PDF Export color loss

I'm working with a psd in PS in CMYK mode. After exporting a standard "High Quality Print" PDF, there is noticeable overall desaturation in the exported PDF. Why, if I am working in CMYK, and ...
0
votes
3answers
283 views

How should I determine which graphic design tool to use?

I usually build grey-ish government type applications but lately I've been try my hand at some iPhone and iPad work. It looks like graphic design plays a large part in these systems. I'm wondering if ...
2
votes
6answers
739 views

Remove parts of a picture in photoshop

I have this image below: and I am trying to figure out a way to remove all of the colored dots from the image. Are there any techniques that anyone would suggest to be able to remove this from the ...
3
votes
2answers
274 views

How to fill with similar colours?

I have this image that have been damaged by JPG, and would very much like to restore it, as if it had never been compressed with JPG. Can someone help me with this? I assume I need to fill with ...
1
vote
1answer
452 views

How can i make the alphabet beautiful? (web) [closed]

I'm working on a directory type of page where I will have your typical "A B C D E ..." alphabet posted on top so people can jump down to listings starting with their letter of choice. The alphabet ...
5
votes
1answer
179 views

Is unsolicited design a form of spec work?

Mike Monteiro frequently rails against spec work in his show, Let’s Make Mistakes. In a recent episode, he invited venture capitalist Chris Sacca whereupon they agreed that designers aren’t “hustling” ...
2
votes
3answers
8k views

Recoloring .eps files

I've got 280 .eps files with QR-codes that I data merge into InDesign. However, I need to change the black color into the company color. I can't find a way of doing this in InDesign directly, so I'm ...
4
votes
3answers
849 views

Vectors: How do you deal with background 'spill' on overlapping edges?

When covering one vector shape with another; if the edges overlap, the background shape's color is used as a (distasteful looking) pseudo-anti-alias effect on the foreground shape's edge, instead of ...
2
votes
2answers
7k views

Converting text layers (with blending options) in Photoshop to Vector

I've recently spent a lot of time creating a logo for my website using basic text layers with blending options in Photoshop CS5. I'm aware that because all of my layers are text, I should be able to ...
0
votes
6answers
452 views

Need png optimisation/compression advice

I have a large set of png images I am trying to compress and I would like some advice from all of the graphics experts out there :) on the best method to do this. I have access to both a Mac and ...
2
votes
2answers
243 views

How to prevent having to redraw lines in Illustrator

I do a lot of artwork in Illustrator, and am pretty experienced. However I find myself having redraw lines often with each new level of detail, for instance adding shadows to a complex object - I have ...
-2
votes
2answers
107 views

Where do I find these kind of elements and what is the font used?

My question is where I can find logo elements like the one above with similar colors? Also, what is the font used?
1
vote
3answers
4k views

Leading error in Text box in InDesign, do you know of a way to fix it?

I am creating this text box in InDesign CS5 and on the last row of a paragraph I get a bigger leading for no reason. If I select the text and check the leading setting it is the same for all rows in ...
2
votes
1answer
210 views

Canvas and Save for web colors mismatch in Photoshop

The colors of my Photoshop canvas are not the same as my Save-to-Web output. For example, #0000FF: I know there is something set wrong in the color profiles, but I can't figure out what is is. ...

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