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Best workflow for icon design: Start big, or start small?

When designing icons that need to be delivered at several sizes, do you start at the smaller size, then scale up to the bigger sizes? Or do you start big and scale down? There's several advantages to ...
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How often is the Golden Ratio actually used in modern design?

The Golden Ratio is the stuff of legend (and I believe some derision if Pepsi's latest logo change is of any indication) and is purported to have been used in many famous projects. My question is ...
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Developer to Designer path: How To

Being a developer wanting to be a designer, I'm really interested in learning how to create top notch UI for websites, mobile apps, etc. However, I know nothing about PhotoShop or anything related to ...
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Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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What are the key principles that effective designs share?

You have arrived on this page because you are clearly curious about underlying fundamentals that you can incorporate into your thought process when designing. According to many that came before us, ...
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What software is best for GUI design?

I've used Photoshop extensively, but the fact of the matter is that it's a photo editing tool. It has some complicated effects built in, such as the drop shadow and inner and outer glows etc., but it ...
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How to resize icon sets in Photoshop?

When looking online for icons to use on my websites, I often find very well designed free icon sets. However, often these icon sets are only available on a single size - for instance the icon set ...
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Are logo design contests considered “spec” work and what are the pros and cons of participating as a designer?

I know logo design contests and the whole "spec" work issue is a controversial subject. As a designer given the AIGA's position on spec work what are the pros and cons of entering such contests?
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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 ...
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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, team work means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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Illustrator CS5 brick pattern with perspective

I created a curving arrow shape that starts wide at the bottom and thins out near the top where the point is. I also created a brick pattern swatch but when I apply it to the shape it appears like the ...
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How to make an image look like it's been printed

I'm wondering if anyone has any tips, tutorials or templates on how to 'fake' a printed effect. I want to make it look in my portfolio like I have printed business cards and other collateral without ...
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What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas. I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my ...
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Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works?

I have some stock vector files from istock that I'd like to use as the starting point for a logo. I'd like to stress I wouldn't be using the original image in the logo - but using as a starting point ...
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How do I make an incomplete circle stroke for a donut chart?

I'm trying to emulate this type of stroke: So far, I've only been able to pen over the stroke and try to Minus it off (though I'm a rookie and still don't understand the whole pathfinder tool ...
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1answer
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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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976 views

Recommended tools for digital art & paintings

I like digital art and paintings. I want to create my own. Which software/tools do I need to accomplish this?
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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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How do I avoid lines at top and left borders of png files exported from Illustrator

When I export Illustrator artwork as a png file, I get a one pixel grey border at the top and left edges. There is no background object, but I export (Save for Web and Devices) with matte white ...
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What do you call these infographic icons?

What do you call these simple, basic types of graphic elements that are used in infographic commercials, and the like? They are vector based, look like pixel art, but have smooth edges, and are ...
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1answer
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Alpha Transparency Remove Background Photoshop

Is there any way in Photoshop to remove a background color from an image, when some of the background is behind a transparent object. So far, I've tried using masks and channels but have not made ...
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7answers
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Free vector graphic images, for commercial use

Is there a free library of vector graphics for commercial use?
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3answers
557 views

Where can I post a job listing to outsource a graphic design project?

I'm on the stage of hiring a graphic designer for my Android app and I was thinking that it will be a better idea to hire the right person for this task. I know about websites as elance, odesk, etc ...
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New generation of Save icon that is not a “disk”?

Currently, the save icon in almost all applications represents a 3.5-inch disk from the 20th century. An example from Microsoft Office 2010 is shown below: As we move towards more advanced ...
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Why do some logos look.. old? How does design age?

This drives me crazy. What makes design look old? How subjective is this? Who decides? Look at this Bell logo: It's from 1969. And boy, does it look that way. It's simple and minimal, but.. it ...
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What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?

I've always found font selection to be a little bit of a mystery. What factors should be considered when choosing a font? How does one successfully incorporate two fonts into a design? I realize that ...
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8answers
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Sources for Color Theory or Psychology of Color

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book/blog/forum that focuses on design principles such as psychology of color, specifically where it relates to picking a color palette for a communication ...
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8answers
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What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

my question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK) : C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...
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6answers
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Is it really impossible to have gradient without banding?

I am struggling to create a gradient without banding. I have watched all the videos on YT and tried: Bluring all kinds, Noise, Dither,bit depth, Brush and doing the gradient in Illustrator. ...
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3answers
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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm not ...
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9answers
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Is there any way I can add watermark to .jpg files (around 15000), en masse instead of one by one?

I have around 15000 .jpg files that need to be watermarked. Is there any way to process these images en masse to add the watermark?
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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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How to make Objects follow a path (illustrator) (like on the las vegas sign)

Does anyone know how to get objects to follow a path in illustrator symmetrically? For example (and what I am trying to emulate), the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. I figured out the basics of the ...
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4answers
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What's the difference between CMYK Black and RGB Black

I know this sounds a stupid question, black is black right? Wrong: It's black right? so why are the CMYK Values so far away from black?
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2answers
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How does a monitor display the CMYK color? Is it actually showing the true CMYK color?

Just few moments ago I asked a question regarding RGB to CMYK conversion. say, RGB (86,92,214) the color in my image. Then monitor uses same values for displaying (lightning LEDs, LCDs or CRTs). ...
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Must one have a knowledge of fine art to be a Graphic Designer? Should all Graphic Designers know how to draw?

it is said that nice design comes with a nice drawing Do I have to know how to draw to be a good designer or not? I don't have drawing skills :(
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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 ...
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5answers
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Drawing block diagram?

Is there any software that allows to draw block diagrams like this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/Windows_2000_architecture.png Or like this:
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2answers
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How to design sleek magnifying glass effects like these?

I'm wondering how I can create the magnifying glass effect I've seen a lot lately on pages that sell software (either desktop or web-applications). Here are two examples. I really like the first one ...
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4answers
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How can I resize this object without distorting it ?

How can I resize such item without changing the curvature at edges ? You know, I don't want the half-circles at the extremes to become half-elipses. thanks
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2answers
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How to produce a blurred abstract (frosted glass) background like this?

I have been seeing these blurred backgrounds all over the place, so I would like to know the exact steps how to reproduce something like this . What I can imagine, is that they first blurred an ...
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3answers
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How to convert every pixel of raster picture to square objects in Illustrator?

For example I have 10×10px icon. I want to produce 100 squares with correspondent color and location each. Actually, the question is how to make exact pixel mosaic out of raster image. I try Live ...
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2answers
475 views

How can I write requirements for a graphic designer?

A friend of mine is in need of some graphic design work. I'm trying to explain to him that his make-me-something-like-X-but-different-approach is not a very good way to communicate his needs. We tried ...
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2answers
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How to achieve this 3D “Card” effect

How do I create this type of effect with an image? I'm wondering how to get the thick edges and the tilted look. Is there an online tool that will convert a flat image to look like this? Source
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5answers
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Beginning with drawing

I want to begin with drawing but I have literally no experience. I wonder if there are high quality video tutorials, like www.digitaltutors.com just for drawing? I want to start with hard surface ...
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3answers
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How can I remove the unwanted background from a scanned handwritten signature?

I need to upload my signature in a PDF document, but I do not know how to edit the background of this image. I wish to remove the bluish-tint background, and make it pure white. Can anyone help me ...
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2answers
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What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?

So, I have never really been into design beyond a few wireframes and paper-pen sketches and have now now bought David Kadavy's book, Design for Hackers and am getting into design a little bit. I am ...
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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 ...
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4answers
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Why can't Photoshop properly open this PNG?

When I try to open this image in PS (CS5) I get red rectangles around the parts of the image that are not transparent. If I copy the image and paste it in PS I get the contents of the image, as seen ...
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Why do people keep telling me my site looks awful?

I've developed a website, and recently was looking for a job. Practically all interviewers, after taking a quick glimpse at it, told me my site was designed awfully (but liked the concept). I should ...

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