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Getting a fixed width border when resizing a box in InDesign

I've been building a document in InDesign, and want to collect my text into color-coded boxes and sidebars. My technique so far: Make a text box. Make a colored rectangle. Size them like I want, ...
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1answer
469 views

Overprint vs transparency

Does anyone know what is the difference between transparency and overprint? In other words: if I print 100% cyan and then 100% magenta with 50% opacity, how is it different from printing 100% cyan ...
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454 views

How to get an object style in Illustrator scripting?

I'm writing a script to automate scene states. I using graphic styles to change appearance. How do I get object's graphicStyle? Is there a way to have a collection of objects of chosen style?
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How do I change the color of a monochrome image with some transparency?

I have this image: and I want to change it so it looks gray instead of black. My problem is that it has some anti-aliasing, so there are some half-transparent and/or gray pixels on some borders. If ...
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1answer
3k views

How to make Illustrator slice coordinates match HTML coordinates?

Today I have the problem to slice a map from illustrator CS6 to HTML. For example i have a map with many states like this map states Because I want to make the mouse hover to each state so that i ...
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1answer
177 views

Does building a site from a design concept violate creative commons no derivatives clause?

Let's say I'm building a personal blog / portfolio site and I'm looking for design inspiration. So here is an example of a website design concept that is protected by creative-commons-no-derivatives. ...
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If I wanted to create my resume in Illustrator/Sketch what pixel dimensions should I use?

If I create a 8.5x11in file in Photoshop, it works out to 612x792. If I want to create a resume in Illustrator or another program like Sketch by Bohemian Coding should I use that size? Or would it be ...
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1answer
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Flash to Illustrator CC conversion… possible?

I've spent years drawing vector art in Flash, and recently decided to move to Illustrator (because that's really what I should have been using all along). The trouble is, Flash art is strangely ...
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What is this black line around image in PDF? [duplicate]

The the psd file is a clean cut. Looks great (1) Still looks good when brought into Illustrator (2) But then as a PDF this ugly black line appears around the edges of the psd file (3) Any ideas ...
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1answer
485 views

InDesign CS6 - Content conveyor: placing collected objects (links) at their original positions

With the intent of easily updating elements across several pages I am using the content collector tool to place linked objects. I am finding it unpractical to precisely position several collected ...
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2answers
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What resolution should I use for my photos in Inkscape?

question from a non-graphic designer here who doesn't fully get the whole 'resolution' thing. From what I understand, Inkscape saves all embedded images as 90dpi. However for printing, 300 dpi is ...
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3answers
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How to save slices as separate images without using “Save for Web” in Photoshop cs6

question from a non-graphic designer here. All the examples I have seen at saving slices as separate images rely on using "Save for Web". What if I want to do the same when saving for printing?
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2answers
61 views

Is there a solution to running out of undos in Corel X6?

I have created a bitmap from a vector image. After editing a while, I wanted to scrap the idea and return to the vector image, but my undos have run out. Is there any way to get the vector back?
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5answers
997 views

How to repeat the last run script in Illustrator?

If I run a script, is there a way to run it again without doing File|Scripts|My_script?
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1answer
3k views

How can I make Illustrator reopen the files I was previously working on?

I can't for the life of me find a way to tell Illustrator to save the files that I have currently open and reopen them after I restart. Am I missing an obvious setting?
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1answer
384 views

How would you differentiate a dismiss icon from a delete icon?

I currently have two icons I am using for list items in an application. Accept, represented by a check mark, and reject, represented by and X mark. I need to add a third icon for dismiss. Dismiss or ...
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How to use hatching and crosshatching with ink?

Recently I have been trying to learn some new media, and ink is one of them. I love what some people can do with it, both modern comicbook artists and old masters. I would love to achieve effects ...
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2answers
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How to use hatching and crosshatching for shading using graphite?

Up till now, my main shading technique with traditional media was to use graphite and charcoal pencils and smudge it a lot. It works fine on charcoal-heavy drawings, but charcoal has its own pros ...
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How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?

If you design a piece for print. It gets reproduced several times over the course of a few years. Then the client doesn't return for any work for a few more years. And suddenly you are contacted ...
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1answer
324 views

Using incomplete web designs in a portfolio

I have battled a situation in the past from when I have an idea for a website I would design it. A few years back I decided to apply for some companies that were starting out in web development and ...
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2answers
333 views

How can I create a background pattern with small, cartoon-like, hand-drawn stencil images?

For example, in this picture (ignore the logo): I love how the background is cute and made up of small, simple images. Where can I find resources like this background, or how can I recreate it?
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1answer
544 views

Creating realistic shadow of an irregular object

Can someone either point me to a tutorial on how to do this or tell me how? I'm working on an illustration of headphones and I need to make it look as thought the wire coming out of the headphones is ...
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1answer
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How to make a fill or stroke change its color when the swatch used for it changes?

New to Illustrator, and perhaps I am misunderstanding the purpose of a "swatch". e.g. My understanding was that if you were doing a 4-color design, and one of those "colors" corresponded to some sort ...
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1answer
4k views

Why don't Photoshop shapes align to the pixel grid?

I have Photoshop CS3 on a Windows 7 32bit machine with onboard / integrated Q45/Q43 chipset graphics. I have a problem where it seems any Photoshop element; shapes, text and the like do not align ...
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1answer
166 views

what free fonts can I use in my app for in app purchase?

I'm an ios developer and created an app which allows the user to add different texts and reposition them. I would like to provide my users with a premium feature which is a font pack. I'm looking for ...
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1answer
40 views

Should I aquire largest size of image if it's free?

If I can get an image in any size I want (for FREE), but only ONE size/format of each image, would it be wise of me to get it in the largest vector/scalable (eps) size? Wondering if it's an issue at ...
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2answers
258 views

Fonts/Webfonts + My website

This question might be kind of stupid... but I am looking into creating multiple websites featuring a couple different fonts from Typekit and other places. I was just wondering... if I have a font on ...
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1answer
248 views

In Inkscape, how can I easily select multiple objects that are obscured by other objects?

I have object 1 which obscures object 2 which obscures object 3 which obscures object 4. Object 1   Object 2     Object 3       Object 4 I know ...
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1answer
8k views

How to create a triangular grid in Illustrator

This has been bugging me for some time and i'm not sure how to approach it. I've attempted several times. I'm trying to create the lines similar to the compositions in the picture shown: PS - If ...
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1answer
3k views

InDesign - Can I “float” an anchored frame to the top of a column?

It is very, very common in textbooks and publications of that ilk to locate a figure (or even two) at the top of the page that contains the figure reference text (e.g., “See Figure 39.2”). If layout ...
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1answer
434 views

Can I export from pdf through Photoshop and back to pdf and keep the color values the same?

I've been sent a pdf which contains text, vector shapes and rasterised images. I would like to take a small area of that pdf, which contains all of these, run that area though Photoshop so I can use a ...
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1answer
112 views

Illustrator vector nondestructive actions destroying

I'm having a very strange problem with Illustrator CS5. When I'm doing non-destructive actions, such as eye-dropper or selecting and dragging, the points in my compound object are shifting around. ...
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2answers
14k views

Setting up bleed/margin for printing [closed]

I have to create a 400 page book with the measurements height: 16cm by 24cm in Adobe InDesign. It is intended for publishing, but what are the bleed and margin measurements I need to follow so that it ...
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2answers
218 views

Right amount of black for striped background

I am creating a PDF document that has a table with pyjama stripes. The grey stripes are defined using RGB with equal amounts of each colour. I'm want to make the stripes light enough so that you can ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Splitting an EPS

I have an EPS file containing a load of icons. Is there any way I can export each individual shape in the file to a PNG? It's difficult to work with a number of EPS files because I don't see ...
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0answers
452 views

How to control quality of light baking in 3DS Max?

Our team has been struggling to figure why a shadow/light is rendered with high quality and something rendered in low quality (pixalite). Example of good light map (shadow of sofa on the wall and ...
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5answers
6k views

Can logos be made just by using a font rather than creating a logo image?

Most people make logo by creating an image for it. I don't want that since I don't know Photoshop and I may make it ugly. Can logos be made just by using a font rather than creating a logo image?
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1answer
20k views

How to apply stroke when drawing with shape tool (vector)?

With marquee tool selection, I can go to Edit -> Stroke to render outline style. If I wanna do the same with vector shape tool, Stroke option is disabled and by default it fills the whole ...
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2answers
10k views

Photoshop CS4 color fill mask layer [closed]

I am trying to make the same color fill layer (if correct term) to the attached image so rendering color of a graphic element is simpler without the color overlay effect. If I click the solid color ...
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1answer
222 views

Is it realistic to use house ads in a magazine mockup?

I've been learning InDesign, got all the basics now, but now Ive moved onto learning about how to put adverts together. ...
2
votes
2answers
153 views

Why does the screen fill with the foreground color of a deleted shape in Photoshop?

When I delete a shape, I am left with a colored background, and this background has the color of the foreground color. And this colored background covers everything else that is in the other layers ...
3
votes
1answer
769 views

Scaling images down in InDesign and ppi

If I place a 10" X 6.7" 72 ppi .jpg into InDesign and scale the image down to about 3" X 2", does the ppi change for that image? And how can I tell?
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3answers
819 views

How can I make my icons smaller in file size?

I have designed an icon (using the Mac app Sketch). They are 24x24 pixels and their size is 3 Kb. But I've seen icons with the same resolution and size between 300-400 bytes. Why is this, and how can ...
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0answers
35 views

Convert greyscale image to transparent [duplicate]

I have a greyscale image that I would like to convert to a transparent one, and I have no idea of how to do it. What I would like is a step by step explanation of how can I obtain an image where ...
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vote
2answers
184 views

Should design dimensions be in inches (or any other physical dimension unit) instead of pixels?

The requirement is to scale a design from a 100ppi, 4inch display up to a 400ppi, 4 inch display. The design should scale such that a 40px X 40px button dimension has the same physical size across any ...
2
votes
1answer
6k views

How to make a diagonal elliptical selection in Photoshop?

I try elliptical marquee tool in Photoshop. But it goes either vertical or horizontal. And when I try to rotate it afterwards it rotates with what's in it. I need to make a diagonal elliptical ...
2
votes
1answer
149 views

Whats a good way to find a good designer? [closed]

I'm running a company that needs design work from time to time. Things like business cards, web design, marketing materials, etc. We probably have about 20 hours a month of design work on average. ...
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votes
4answers
15k views

Color picker in InDesign

Is there a way to change the color picker to emulate illustrator or photoshop's color picker? I can never figure out how to get to the color I want in InDesign. I always have to go to the other ...
2
votes
1answer
35 views

Should an arrow be the same weight as the text?

I am creating a directional sign for an apartment building "Units 1-5 (arrow right) Units 6-10 (arrow up)". If I make the arrows the same weight as the text they do not stand out very well. Is it bad ...
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5answers
8k views

Flat Rate vs. Hourly: Fast work = lower pay?

I'm new to designing graphics for clients, I normally did things just for myself or for friends when they needed something done and I had a free minute. I've also worked at a retail store that does ...

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