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4answers
2k views

How to keep printed documents accurate color reproduction

Is there a way to widen the gamut of a CMYK print so that the darks stay dark and the lights stay light? I suspect it has something to do with color space being exported, but I don't know how to ...
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24answers
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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 ...
2
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1answer
591 views

How to simulate low contrast LCD screens

School and cooperate environments usually uses very cheap LCD screens with abysmal contrast and color reproduction. I'm currently required to design for these types of screens, and often find that ...
3
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2answers
233 views

Drafting Designs - Do you start from paper first, or straight on the computer? [closed]

When you are initially drafting the design for something, do you usually start from the paper first and draw thumbnails of the design, or straight on the computer first?
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4answers
791 views

How to direct users eyes on a website

There is a common principle in photography that a photo should lead the viewer's eyes. This is frequently accomplished with a line that runs across the photo. Recognizing how the observer will scan ...
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4answers
547 views

Photoshop Alternatives for G5 Macs

I'm in the market for an alternative to Photoshop for my G5 tower. I tried GIMP and I'm a bit blah about it; are there any other options that you can recommend?
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2answers
3k views

Is there any way to remove a digital watermark from my image?

Should I be concerned about someone removing a watermark I add to my image? Are there steps I can take to ensure that it's not possible?
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5answers
3k views

Logo design and text placement

What style is more effective/easier to read for a logo that includes text? Logo on the left, with text/name just to the right of it. or Logo on the right, with text preceding it. The use for ...
19
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5answers
2k views

Learning Logo Design

What are the good logo design learning resources (books, sites)? How can I learn logo design more in depth? What are some good instructional resources for learning logo design? This question is not ...
10
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3answers
765 views

What is the Slicing Option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used For?

What is the Slicing option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used for? Doesn't the Guides option provide such functionality?
11
votes
3answers
277 views

Is it possible to tell from a printed sample what software/layout algorithm was used?

Is there a way to determine, or at least hazard a guess at, which page layout engine was used in the preparation of a given print publication? I've spend awhile looking at some quirks in the Times ...
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7answers
12k views

How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?

What is the difference between these fonts, and what are some typical examples of why one might be used over another?
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7answers
3k views

What are good sources for Open-Source fonts?

What are good sources for Open-Source fonts? Note that by "Open-Source" I don't mean only free, but truly "open, free to modify and published under an Open Source license" fonts. These are still very ...
34
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5answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Where can I find good filigree? [closed]

I don't have the skills necessary to create filigree elements myself. Where can I find some pre-existing ones (preferably vectors or fonts)?
22
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6answers
44k views

Font-face loaded on Windows look really bad. Which fonts are you using that render better?

EDIT: The problem was that I did not have "Cleartype" turned on in my settings on Vista. This question may not have much meaning if you have Cleartype is installed/enabled on Windows OS. A new ...
18
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4answers
15k views

What are the differences between vector graphics and raster graphics?

I understand from prior knowledge that there are two different image format / composition options available for creating images; raster and vector. I would like to understand more about them, such as ...
14
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4answers
1k views

What is kerning and what is the point of it?

From what I see here, it seems kerning is just rearranging the space between letters. However, the comments here lead me to believe there's more to the story. Is kerning really that simple? Is the ...
8
votes
1answer
91 views

What benefit does proper balance add to a design?

Given multiple designs with the same elements, how does the balance of elements help a design to make it more favorable / effective than the others?
23
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7answers
16k views

Which format is better for saving images intended for websites; PNG or SVG?

When exporting / saving images with a transparent background that are intended for websites, should I save it as PNG or SVG? Why?
21
votes
12answers
63k views

Is there a standard width for designing web page mockups?

Is there a standard size for the width of a website in a mockup? What is that size? Why?
11
votes
4answers
5k views

What's the difference between a logo and branding?

Are they the same thing? Or does branding = logo + colour palette + typeface? Edit: Just to highlight that I asked about 'branding' - which I definitely hear used to mean solely visual elements - ...
23
votes
10answers
83k views

How to get dashed line in Photoshop?

How can I make a dashed or dotted lines in Photoshop?
7
votes
2answers
12k views

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 ...
25
votes
5answers
2k views

What is meant by “busy”?

What do web developers mean when they think something will make their site look "busy"? What gives this feel of busy-ness?
4
votes
1answer
353 views

Line spacing in a block of text

Generally speaking, does there exist an "optimal" line height as a proportion of how high the text is, for maximum readability?
19
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9answers
3k views

How can I design a simple logo without any prior skill in graphic design?

I want to create a simple logo, but I have no skills or experience in graphic design. Although I'm familiar with GIMP, I'm not sure how to get started. A text-logo would suffice, but it should be ...
12
votes
2answers
4k views

Creating CSS sprites from Photoshop

I have a PSD with a web design. Every time I tweak the design, I need to manually copy different portions of the image, with different layer visibilities (for transparency) into CSS sprites. How ...
7
votes
2answers
146 views

Calibrating a screen on a budget?

How would you calibrate a screen on a budget? Are there simple, affordable devices, methods, or printed kits that help achieve at least some degree of colour correctness on a modern TFT monitor? ...
5
votes
2answers
11k views

How can I achieve the “bent paper” effect in photoshop?

I've seen design elements on webpages that contain a "bent paper" effect. In other words, it looks like the paper is shaped in an arch, based on the visual perception of the shadow. How do I achieve ...
4
votes
1answer
475 views

How do I make custom textures for overlays?

I have a physical object that has a really nice, unique texture and I would like to duplicate that texture digitally for overlays (2D or 3D). What steps do I need to take to accomplish that? What ...
8
votes
6answers
8k views

How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. I want to go from start i.e learn using each tool first and then move on. Where can I find tutorials for this (Youtube is a good source). I cant ...
1
vote
2answers
584 views

What is the standard method of slicing a photoshop document?

Is there any industry standard method of slicing a PSD to convert to HTML? Because I use marquee tool rather than slices. At times there is design where slicing cannot do the job like if you need 2 ...
51
votes
5answers
100k views

Point vs Pixel: What is the difference?

What is the difference between points and pixels?
3
votes
2answers
3k views

What is a good scanner on a budget? [closed]

For my purposes, I think that a good scanner plus a vector graphics program is just as good as a drawing tablet, if not a better deal for the money, because I can use a tracing algorithm in ...
4
votes
1answer
399 views

What are the correct set of principles of Design ?

I have started the design learning road from scratch using Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline. In the first section it mentions design principles. The first link : Principles ...
13
votes
2answers
3k views

Version Control for Design files

Can someone describe their workflow they use to handle multiple versions of a file ? For example, if more than one person worked on it or you explored an idea with the design then realized you have ...
18
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
14
votes
3answers
959 views

Why do we still use points as a measurement of type size?

I'm in the UK, which uses metric units for pretty much everything now except road distances and beer (obviously best kept apart). Page sizes have been metric here and in most of the rest of the world ...
9
votes
5answers
10k views

What is 5-colour printing?

When my print rep talks about five-colour printing, what does he mean? I know you have cyan, magenta, yellow and black - but what's the fifth?
18
votes
1answer
3k views

Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?

Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps? Assume I'm producing a small multi-page ...
5
votes
3answers
437 views

How many colors should be used in a background gradient?

For on-screen design (web or desktop applications), in areas where there is significant background space visible, a subtle gradient adds a lot to the look of the app/page/image. How many colors (max) ...
3
votes
3answers
525 views

How to export PNG to be compatible with all browsers

I recently found our that some PNG files render a slightly different shade of color in Safari. (I think this is because Safari can't render PNG Gamma channel properly or what). How do I export the ...
7
votes
2answers
208 views

Scrap-work Methods

Should one start their scrap-work / mockups in an ordinary notebook or scrap-paper to be thrown away ? What is the recommended practice? Keep older drawings ? Throw them away ? Is it better to ...
-1
votes
2answers
4k views

Is there a free alternative to Comic Life?

I am looking for an alternative to Comic Life. The main feature is to make comics out of your photos: Easily create amazing Comics, picture albums and how-to-guides using your digital photos on ...
1
vote
1answer
292 views

What is the GEGL function in Gimp?

What is the GEGL function in Gimp?
5
votes
3answers
263 views

Where can I find tutorials for Inkscape?

Where can I find tutorials for Inkscape?
-1
votes
1answer
139 views

Where can I find tutorials for Gimp? [closed]

Where can I find tutorials for Gimp?
4
votes
2answers
3k views

How to remove background with Gimp?

How to remove background from an image with Gimp?
7
votes
1answer
283 views

What is page bleed and how can I avoid issues with it ?

I have never had problems in the past with printing documents, but ever since I started doing posters or mockups.. somehow I end up unconsciously cropping or padding (I am not sure it that is the ...

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