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When should I use rich black?

What kind of black should I use when designing for print ? explains what rich black is, but when should it be used? If it gives a "blacker black", why not use it for all black elements in a CMYK job ...
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3answers
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Multiple non-inheriting transforms effects?

I'm designing a template for product packaging. While designing, I'd like to have the layout as it would be printed out flat, but I'd also like to have different 'views' (front, back, bottom, etc) so ...
7
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2answers
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How does random choice of alternate characters work in OpenType fonts?

I have a question similar to “Writing text with character variations”: I would like to create a casual hand-written-style font, that reproduces the natural variety between occurrences of the same ...
3
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2answers
115 views

What's the best software/service for classifying fonts by height, ascender/descender, aperture, etc?

Is there any font classification service (web page, app, book) that classifies fonts by x-height, ascender and descender lengths, stroke contrast, apertures and counters, besides the basic serif and ...
4
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2answers
232 views

How to shade region under a mathematical curve?

I want to show the effect of threshold on FAR and FRR( basically the region under a curve with when the x-range is bounded ). To do that I need to do something like this!! image If the threshold is ...
5
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1answer
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How to pick a specific Pantone color in Photoshop? What about finding a Pantone that is close to a specific CMYK color?

How would I select a specific Pantone color in Photoshop, e.g. PMS 5625? Also, how do you pick a Pantone colour that is similar to a specific CMYK color, e.g. C61, M41, Y58, K16 green? In this ...
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1answer
40 views

Difference between ISO_expand_a1 and ISO_a1 paper size options?

Im exporting a number for cad pdfs (not graphic design i know, but the paper sizes are still relivant) ive been given a couple of options, either ISO_expand_A1 or ISO_A1 they from the mm length and ...
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3answers
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Resizing a large number of Images with Gimp or IrfanView

I have about 300 pictures. They were taken of the restoration of the place where I work. Now we have an opening night with some people. The pictures are sometimes portrait and sometimes landscape, ...
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1answer
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Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 degrees. Why, and how do I deal with it?

As I open a PDF file in Illustrator CS6, it displays it rotated 90 degrees CW. If I rotate the artboard and content back to normal for editing and save it, Acrobat Reader displays the file rotated 90 ...
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2answers
951 views

How to get arced drop shadows with center glow effect in Photoshop?

I was just browsing the plugins.joshlobe.com and the thing that caught my eye was interesting use of drop shadows. I am talking about the drop shadow in the linked image with a center glow kind of ...
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1answer
2k views

In GIMP how to scale up image without scaling layers?

I am trying to scale images without scaling layers. I tackled the problem of scaling down the images by selecting the largest visible layer and the cropping the image to that layer. This way none of ...
2
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1answer
933 views

Font management tool across multiple machines

I have mac pro, imac and mac air and all of which I use at various times in the work flow creating a range of media. I have various fonts across all three and have been trying to manage with font ...
2
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1answer
80 views

How do I sell a typeface I've made?

Does anyone have experience selling a typeface they've made? What are some foundries that buy from individuals? Any advice? Asking price? It's a full set of glyphs with some ligatures. Thanks!
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1answer
77 views

How to create the effect shown in the attached picture in Photoshop?

How can I create the effect illustrated in the attached picture? If a box of a given width (say 300px) and of the same height and color as in the picture is inserted in the middle, the resulting ...
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1answer
82 views

LayerVault folder restore [closed]

We've started using LayerVault to manage PSD revisions and things were going well. However, we had a sync inconsistency and the web UI was showing two folders of the same name, one of them empty. ...
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5answers
2k views

Using multiple artboards in Illustrator

I've got a fairly large illustrator work document where I've been mocking up and developing a logo over time. Each 'stage' is presented on it's own artboard to separate it from the previous. I'm ...
2
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1answer
13k views

Photoshop “Save as PDF” doesn't retain the transparency

So I have this PSD with several transparent layers. As I need to hand out the file for a professional printing, I export it through Photoshop (CS5) using the usual PDF/X-4:2008 PDF 1.4 profile to ...
0
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1answer
1k views

Compute the hue/saturation/lightness shift between 2 colors for paint.net

So, I have a color set up for links on my site. let's say that color is f80021. This is for a particular red theme on my site, complete with colored icons, backgrounds for buttons, etc. What I want ...
0
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1answer
688 views

Text hyphenation in iOS apps

I'm not sure if there are any typography gurus here that might be able to answer this question, but I don't know where else to look. I'm looking to add text hyphenation into one of my projects, and ...
10
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3answers
9k 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.
2
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4answers
13k views

Change the color of an image in a website

I have this image in my website, is a png: I want to know if there is any way with HTML5, javascript or css to change the color of the image. Or at least make the image change to white (invert ...
0
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2answers
265 views

How to draw independent line with pencil in Illustrator?

I drew 2 circles with circle tool, one inside another. Then I switched to pencil tool and drew a line for future callout. But the line damaged previous circleto for continuous path. How to turn ...
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1answer
720 views

Add fill to comic-style font in Inkscape

In Inkscape, I'm using the Komika Glaze font, styled like the drop shadows that you might see in a comic book. So, the shapes formed by the font itself should remain black. But, the interiors of the ...
3
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2answers
945 views

What is a good illustration (or example) of the Helmholtz–Kohlrausch effect?

While reading on the Lab color space, I stumbled onto the Wikipedia page for the Helmholtz–Kohlrausch effect. I can honestly say that, while all the words in that page make sense individually, I ...
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2answers
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How to calculate other colors with the same perceived lightness as a given gray value?

This is related to a question I asked on tex.stackexchange, which has a color aspect. The result of that question is the following image: I have drawn a series of gray squares on the left, with a ...
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2answers
269 views

Is there any InDesign extension that gives Sublime Text 2 like capabilities?

I've been working in Sublime Text 2 on my own time to learn web development. Now I'm laying out another book in InDesign and just dreaming of having some of Sublime Text 2's workflow. Does anyone know ...
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1answer
3k views

Creating Patterns in Illustrator CS5

I'm trying to follow this tutorial to create an iPhone from scratch in Illustrator. I'm onto step 18 and cannot seem to create the pattern needed. My problem is this, after creating the layout of ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Extract glyphs and make a new font

I have a web font that i'm using but I only need 0123456789. Is there a way to extract glyphs from that font and generate a new font?
3
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2answers
872 views

How to group ico files

A while ago I noticed some .ico files actually came in "packs" that contained the same image in different sizes. I now need to create one of those packs (I have 10 different sizes). Do I need a ...
4
votes
3answers
4k views

How do I blend a black-background fire image in Photoshop?

This fire image: As you can see, it has a black background, which I can't delete (because it would probably destroy the smooth-looking fire effect). I want to place some fire in a photo. However, ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

Jagged lines on my icons

I'm creating an app and I am trying to create some icons for it. I made the icon in AI, changed the color of the icon in Fireworks, and then resized the icon to the exact size I needed in Photoshop. ...
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3answers
3k views

Photoshop kern and css kern ratio?

I am trying to determine the how much line spacing to set for the amount of kern used in photoshop. I can eye-ball the spacing but does anyone know the exact ratio between the two. ex. Set text kern ...
0
votes
1answer
4k views

What program should I use for animated vector style graphics for an iOS game

I'm starting to design a game for iOS and I want to use a style similar to the image below: The game will have a few animations for the player, what program can I use to do that? I couldn't find a ...
3
votes
1answer
381 views

Printing an 8ft X 4ft design

So I have a friend who wants a vector image done for a wall print in their karate studio. But they want the image 8 ft high and 5ft long. Do you actually make a file that big then draw the design then ...
4
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3answers
2k views

How to work out font-size setting by counting pixels?

I have an image of a proposed website. How do I work out what px font-size value to set text to by counting pixels? E.g. I have font-size: 14px, (in Arial) but counting from the top of an "L" and ...
0
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2answers
158 views

Is there an easy way to handle minor content changes in InDesign?

I would like to know if there is a way to handle minor content changes in InDesign 5.5. I need to create a few different versions of a document where the majority of the content will remain the same ...
2
votes
3answers
620 views

Make 100 PDFs with unique code

I have a text document/csv with 100 unique codes that should be used for a gift card. For the gift card, I need to provide 100 PDF's each with the unique code. Is it possible to do this using ...
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2answers
2k views

Object > Expand on font seems to change the weight of the font

I am creating a logo for a client, I have two simple lines of text in Ai. I have duplicated the logo and moved the copy below the original so I can compare the 2. It seems that when I do Object > ...
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4answers
2k views

Logo Pack - What should I include?

What files should i put in a logo pack to give to clients? Should I put small, medium and large version of my logo as well as the vector file.
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vote
1answer
366 views

selecting vector path only from the current layer in photoshop

does anyone know if it is possible to "shield" other layers from path selection? for example lets say I have 3 layers with different vector shapes in each one that overlap eachother in some points. if ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

Can I rotate an object clockwise or counterclockwise around its center handle using shortcut keyboard keys in Illustrator CS5?

I am reproducing a poster from an image that I've placed in the background. There are a lot of rotated objects, graphics, text all of which I would like to line up with the original image. I've been ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
4
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3answers
3k views

How do I keep file sizes down when editing PDFs?

I have a set of white label PDF forms that I need to brand for our company. The initial document is 6 pages, 316KB, and already has a full set of fillable fields. In a perfect world, I just open up ...
4
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4answers
3k views

Adobe Illustrator CS5.5 resizing bug?

I've drawn a simple logo with some curve, and when I resize it it losts all it's curves, why? I've tried with the mouse and with the numeric value with the same result from 7cm to 0.5cm, here is the ...
2
votes
1answer
6k views

Tools to convert from 16-bit RGB to 24-bit RGB and vice versa

Are there any image editing or research tools, commercial or otherwise which will allow me to: map colors (images) from 16-bit RGB (565) space to 24-bit RGB (888) space or vice versa save files in ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

Select/distort a single anchor point of a group in Illustrator

With a normal shape, I can select one corner using the direct selection tool and drag to distort: to I want to apply the same type of single-point dragging distortion to the bounding box of a ...
2
votes
5answers
452 views

Wireframing tool to design a website idea

I have nothing to do with design, because I don't know how to mix two colors. Some time ago, I've read about some tools which are used in the creation of interfaces for application and web pages. In ...
2
votes
2answers
405 views

Good color to get attention in presentation

I am working on an important presentation and and need a color to highlight otherwise black text on white background (beamer presentation). An example is highlighting data in a table with a color for ...
3
votes
4answers
11k views

Photoshop CS5 Polygon Tool smooth corners “too smooth”

I'm trying to create an 8-sided shape with the polygon tool. This is not a problem, but if I want smooth corners for my shape and I check the option "smooth corners" its too smooth - its basical a ...
0
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1answer
350 views

design inspiration collection of horizontal website layouts?

Who knows a good resources to get some fresh design inspirations for horizontal layouts? Searching google gives some blogposts with relative bad quality designs. I look for fresh, inspiring layouts ...

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