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What are common mistakes that you see in “professional” designs? [closed]

This might be too subjective but I'm curious about other peoples' experiences. Mods, please close if this is too far into "not a real question" territory. I see many questions on this site about ...
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1answer
909 views

Photoshop overlapping tab and scary PEN TOOL

Here are my menu tabs: #1 is the look I am trying to achieve but I can't quite make it look the same. #2 is my attempt. I have 2 questions: Is there another easy way to create these that does ...
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2answers
737 views

Dotted square in gimp?

I've seen this effect on several sites, basically it's just a simple background with a bunch of dots, and I'd like to use this for a background for something but I don't know where to start!
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1answer
86 views

Where can I learn about graffiti for my next project?

My next project is to design (as a vector graphic) a logo inspired by the so-called layer style of graffiti. As such, I need to learn as much as I can about this particular graffiti style. It would ...
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2answers
429 views

How do I reduce the use of horizontal scrollbars with tables?

I'm creating a website whose sole purpose is to show users large datasets in tables. Many of the tables have upwards of 20 columns, and I absolutely hate having horizontal scrollbars. What are the ...
3
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1answer
395 views

Digital pen with realtime viewing

I've looked for this online forever but can't seem to find it. Is there a digital pen that doesn't need special paper, uses easy to replace cartridges, and let's me see what I'm writing on a screen ...
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1answer
1k views

Color harmonies math:triada, complement, analogous, monochromatic

I need help in color math. I have one main color and i want to know how i can calculate other colors of chosen harmony. I need such color harmonies: triada, complement, analogous, monochromatic. Any ...
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3answers
470 views

Sources of inspiration for the graphical design of a business intelligence web application

I'm looking for sources of inspiration for the graphical design of a web application. The application is used to display historical information on industrial processes. In the back end there is a ...
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5answers
421 views

What is the type of these coarse drawings?

Disclaimer: This question might not be suitable for this site, I am not sure beforehand. Having seen this sketch on today's Google Doodle, I remembered that I have an innate crush for them - those ...
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1answer
2k views

How to change photoshop's file size to trigger warning about performance?

I bring in pictures in RAW format from my camera to Photoshop CS5 but in raw format they are around 10 MB each. When I do Ctrl-Alt-Shift-S to save them for web, I get a dialog every time warning me ...
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6answers
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How can I match a site's background color in both Chrome and Firefox?

I'm designing a page with both a background image and a background color for the area past the end of the (gradient) background image. Something like: background: url("/images/bg.png") repeat-x ...
8
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3answers
776 views

How can I best provide feedback to my designer

What's kosher when providing feedback to your designer? Are there best practices? If he's making a mockup of an iPhone dashboard should I tell him that I'd prefer the icons be monochromatic, or that ...
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4answers
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Export photoshop layers to individual PNG files - batch process?

I am a web dev and competent in Fireworks but not so much in Photoshop. I have just received a layered PSD file to turn into a web page. Can anyone tell me the easiest way to export all layers to ...
4
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1answer
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Working with .psb in a psd

EDIT: A Big update on this topic is presented with PS CC 14.2! Now you can have linked smart objects, it works like in InDesign. Just go to File->Place Linked… and choose your .psb file. This is the ...
2
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2answers
4k views

How do I control the way the cropping tool works in Photoshop CS3?

I'd like to set the behavior of the cropping tool. I want it to define cropping areas based on... A fixed, numerical set of pixel dimensions. A given proportion, e.g., a 9 by 12 area of arbitrary ...
0
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2answers
182 views

I need a good tutorial for building a background image for a website search form in Photoshop

I'm building a website with a focus on searching so I want a very large search form in the header. I've been looking for a tutorial using Photoshop to create a background image to superimpose the ...
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2answers
2k views

Using GIMP to redraw an existing low res logo

I am just getting my teeth into Gimp and am not a graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination! I'm a developer trying to make myself a bit more useful on the design front. Anyway, I am ...
5
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8answers
876 views

Which graphic design application should I learn after Photoshop and Illustrator?

I have used Photoshop and Illustrator a little bit and am about to spend time learning more about Graphic Design. I would like advice on what one (Windows 7 compatible) application to purchase when ...
0
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1answer
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Photoshop export for web and devices comes out pixelated.

When I export for web and devices in photoshop CS5 it comes out pixelated. What setting should I change? I have a picture of my export settings at http://www.brandonsdesigngroup.com/photoshop.png
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1answer
337 views

What is a good size for category box on web site?

I'm designing a web site which has a large number of categories. On one particular page each category will be displayed with a photo, light description and a a list of subcategories or products. ...
6
votes
3answers
540 views

Can an artist display their past work in a portfolio if they were paid to produce it?

I'm creating a website an artist who draws with pencil+paper. The artist has scans and/or prints of all the illustrations completed over several years for various clients. Many of these were for ...
3
votes
1answer
664 views

What Photoshop CS5 Book Describes Making Images From Scratch?

Can someone direct me to a photoshop cs5 book that details the image making process from beginning to end ie showing how to make an image from scratch, best techniques etc Please share why you think ...
0
votes
2answers
726 views

How Can I Make Share Buttons Look Better?

You can see my site here. The share buttons on the left side obviously look quite untidy... Any ideas on how to make them look better?
3
votes
4answers
587 views

What would be a cool yet simple way to style an “!” with just CSS?

I want to create a cool looking yet simple exclamation mark with just CSS. Anyone have any cool ideas?
5
votes
2answers
572 views

What are my options for gallery-quality prints of digital artwork?

I have some traditional media artwork that I'd like to scan and then have printed to be shown in an art show. I'll be doing the scanning. Where do I go to get this done? (What is the generic name ...
2
votes
1answer
473 views

Xcode Dock Icon Shadow Effect

I'm attempting to replicate the drop shadow effect used by Xcode for it's dock icon. Specifically, the shadow around the blue square. It seems to be some mixture of outer-glow, drop-shadow and stroke, ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Faking a page-fold with photoshop

Do any of you happen to know of some recommended techniques in creating the effect/look that makes a page appear as though it had been folded before? Something like this:
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2answers
4k views

How do I get two photos into gimp? [closed]

How can I get two pictures into one gimp window?
2
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2answers
3k views

Is there a way to make Adjustment Layers ignore certain layers?

Is it possible to insert a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer at the top of all layers - but make it so that chosen layers are not affected by it? Can it be done without altering positions? (Ie. moving ...
3
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7answers
353 views

Free pixel icon sets on the web?

where I can find very small and clear icons that I can use in a personal (non-commercial) project?
2
votes
1answer
566 views

Procedural texture generation in Illustrator CS 5

I'm trying to add detail and grunge to my vector based designs through the use of procedural textures. Currently, I'm using the noise filter, and the sponge filter on a grey rectangle as multiply or ...
4
votes
1answer
198 views

How to choose embossing color?

I'm using css to emboss text with this: text-shadow: black 1px 1px 5px; My site uses different font colors and background colors. I was wondering how I can choose the "best" embossing color based ...
7
votes
1answer
18k views

How to change the colour of the transparency grid in Photoshop?

My default transparency grid in Photoshop is white. Where can I change this to transparent or some other color, so that I can more easily differentiate what is really white and what is transparent in ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Photoshop - adjustment layer to change colors of multiple layers?

I remember I opened a PSD file which did this. It had like 4 hidden "adjustment" layers, each for a specific color, and all the elements that used a certain color were being changed depending on ...
0
votes
3answers
5k views

With what software I can create 3d expo booth designs?

I have to make some 3d expo booth designs. I worked with 3D Max before but I am not sure if that's the right tool for this kind of thing. Also I was not very good at it. Some examples: Is there ...
8
votes
8answers
27k views

How to create an EAN-13 barcode with a font?

I've googled for over 30 mins now, I can't find a free barcode font for EAN-13. Anyone know of any? fontsquirrel have none, Dafont have a few, But none of them are EAN-13 (as far as I know).
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vote
1answer
816 views

How to align contents of a slice in Adobe Photoshop?

Is it possible to align the content inside a slice? How?
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Photoshop Smart Filters

I was looking at some freebies from Orman Clark and i've figured out that he uses Smart Filters to Add Noise to Layers, instead of rasterizing them. Example of what Orman uses: Now I have two ...
6
votes
2answers
5k views

What is the difference between Opacity and Fill on a photoshop layer?

The opacity and fill settings on a layer in Photoshop seem to do the same thing. What is the difference?
2
votes
2answers
14k views

How to apply a texture to the background

I was trying to follow this tutorial to build a website and on Step 2, it said that I should paint the jpeg texture to the background. http://www.designzzz.com/how-to-make-web-template-photoshop/ ...
0
votes
3answers
176 views

Looking for recommended sites to find Joomla and WordPress themes.

I am new to pre-defined themes, and I need a theme similar to this image: I already searched but I can't find any similar theme, I probably searched in the wrong places. What websites could you ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

Good monitors for graphic design / printwork ?

I am working primarily in book graphic design: edit images, color profiles, do the layout of the book, prepare it for print etc. Sometimes I do logos, corporate identity packages etc. I do not do ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I calculate the center of mass/gravity for vector objects?

I'm making a mobile (in the Calder sense) by laser-cutting from a vector file (Corel Draw). I have a set of outlines that will be the individual pieces. Is there a way in Corel (or some other ...
5
votes
2answers
458 views

Solutions for a comic production workflow?

I am looking for suggestions on a convenient solution for the following workflow. Scan a hand-drawn panel Fix and retouch drawing errors (using a small set of simple brushes) Separate elements ...
3
votes
1answer
572 views

What is this style of illustration called?

I saw this Oracle illustration yesterday and it was produced by Google Ad randomly on a web page. I love the illustration in the background. I love 'corporate' illustrations especially when they are ...
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votes
4answers
1k views

How To Make a screen shot “Shine” in Photoshop

I want to add some screen shots of my product to my website. However, every image seems blurry. How do I scale them properly? Also, are there any tutorials to make the screenshots shine? For example: ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

How to choose colors for a website layout?

Given that I'm new to graphic design and I'm trying to design the homepage of my website, I can't really understand the reason why I can't make the homepage color "shine". I'm sorry for the ...
1
vote
2answers
185 views

Does anyone know what font this is?

Tried searching on MyFont's 'What the font' but no luck. Hoping it's a free font. Thanks.
5
votes
6answers
8k views

Good and Cheap alternatives to Photoshop for CMYK

I have been using GIMP for many years and do not want to go through the expense and learning curve issues of Creative Suite/Photoshop but occasionally I may need a CMYK file. Other than the ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

Is there something in Illustrator that resembles tabs/tab-stops in MS Word?

I'm using Illustrator (CS5) to create a menu for a restaurant. In a word doc, I have a tab at the end of a textcolumn. It's a 'right'-aligned tabstop. So my text resembles this: food ...

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