25
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12answers
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Do web designers need to know how to code?

As a web developer, both front-end and back end architect, I work with many different designers and sometimes find it frustrating working with design comps where no thought was put into how to ...
1
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1answer
179 views

How to create an art asset that can be dynamically colored in software?

Specifically, I have a bunch of photographic crayon images. I would like to remove the color from one to produce a neutral image that I can load into an iPhone app that I'm writing and dynamically ...
0
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0answers
122 views

How to explain the difference between stealing the design and copying the design? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does inspiration end, where does illegitimate copying start? How to explain the difference between stealing the design and copying the design? In Web Designs. How ...
0
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1answer
471 views

Fireworks CS4 - Editing the size of the background of an animated .gif without changing the size of the sprite

I have an animated .gif which I'd like to modify. Specifically, I'd like to be able to make the background/canvas slightly larger without it affecting the actual animated sprite. Is there a ...
2
votes
3answers
20k views

How to edit the Photoshop patterns?

I wonder if there is a possibility to edit the source image of the patterns from the preset manager in Photoshop. On right click on a pattern the only options are Delete Pattern and Rename Pattern.
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2answers
773 views

How do I add caps to paths clipped by a mask in Adobe Illustrator?

Below is a blown up, cropped sample of a project I’m working on in Adobe Illustrator. The shaded portion is a cross-hatched shadow effect created by applying a clipping mask to a pair of blended ...
0
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2answers
583 views

Practice Assignment for Clone tool in Photoshop

I have been looking around on Google for practice photos for the clone tool, but haven't found any good so far. The thing is that I am taking a paid course for Photoshop, and I have missed a couple of ...
2
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3answers
4k views

How to use Layer Comps in photoshop

Recently I've come to know about Layer comps. They are great way to create and save multiple variations of a document without having multiple files. Can anyone explain how to use/create them? How do ...
1
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1answer
437 views

How do I erase “writing” from an object

I have a picture that has writing over an umbrella: I would like to accurately remove the writing from the umbrella so it appears air asia was never there. What is the most accurate way of ...
1
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2answers
417 views

Compositing transparent paths so topmost pixel wins

I'm having difficulty wording what it is I want to accomplish, but I'll try to explain. Let's start with the images below: (a) (b) Image (a) shows the image as I have it right now, ...
3
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1answer
144 views

Can you help me with a font licensing question (AKA what is the licensing for my font)?

I'm asking this question on behalf of the occasional new members who ask questions in the following categories (fill in the blanks as appropriate): Does anyone know the licensing terms for ______ ...
8
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3answers
163 views

What are the best widely-distibuted typefaces when I don't have access to commercial alternatives?

I frequently find myself producing printed material without the luxury of using commercial typefaces. What typefaces typically installed with operating systems or software applications are good ...
0
votes
1answer
161 views

PS Scratch disk obsolete?

I have 16GB of RAM and I do not believe that I can saturate all that RAM. I am only dealing with 16MP+ photographs and I will not be opening 20+ images at a time. From my understanding scratch disks ...
2
votes
4answers
578 views

What is this black and white graphical style called?

What is this style refereed to as? Image is from a promotion for the show The Mighty Boosh. I keep wanting to call it Banksy but that's not it...
14
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3answers
479 views

Where does inspiration end, where does illegitimate copying start?

I'm creating the UI for a web application which will mainly run on Macs. So my goal is to preserve the look and feel of Mac OS. But since I don't use Apples Frameworks I'm not allowed to use their UI ...
1
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1answer
428 views

RTL support in sIFR, Cufon, and Typeface.js

I want to use some font-embedding technology for a website which uses right-to-left language. I don't know which of these alternative ways of font-embedding support right-to-left languages. If they ...
4
votes
2answers
725 views

Compiling a new font from existing fonts and embedding it in a website

I'm working on a project, which is a bilingual project. There are beautiful fonts for each language (I'm talking about free fonts). However, in any special case, only a subset of each font is suitable ...
0
votes
1answer
4k views

Emulate gold letters in Inkscape

I would like to write with golden letters in Inkscape. I've found the Gold gradient, but no gold texture in the filters. How can I do that?
25
votes
4answers
534 views

Should in-house clients receive native files to make their own changes?

I am the in-house designer for a company that employs 8 marketing managers. These marketing managers are the ones that supply me with the lion-share of my projects. However, more and more, the ...
1
vote
1answer
473 views

.tga compression

Is it possible to compress/degrade a .tga image to a specific file size/range? I read about RLE compression, and from what else I've read, this seems to be the only way to compress it. Other than that ...
3
votes
2answers
16k views

iOS 4 retina display resolution size

I'm a little confused about the resolution here, I know the dimensions suppose to be: 320x480 points but what do I need to put for the resolution? e.g. 300 dpi? I'm designing on CS5.
3
votes
5answers
8k views

Fluid Images: How to set width and height?

I'm trying to build a fluid layout, for which I am styling big images with: .fluid_img { height: auto; width: auto; max-width: 100%; } This works fine, the problem is that I can no longer use ...
4
votes
1answer
687 views

Creating grids for documents

I really love grids and guides. I tend to follow and break them at cases to create visual interest. I'm trying to create grids for a 8.5" x 11" document. What must one look for when creating ...
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votes
3answers
356 views

font identification for resume [closed]

I would like to know what font type is used in this resume? And how do I reproduce it? It seems that the header is using some-kind of an Arial font, not sure what the sub header is.
3
votes
1answer
100 views

How do I fix a broken font after adding anchors and changing ligature lookup names?

I changed the lookup table names for some ligatures and anchor classes and now the font is broken. Is there a way to repair it? I am using FontForge to edit an Arabic font.
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votes
1answer
9k views

Multiple Canvas Sizes in one PSD (Photoshop)

I'm working on a favicon which needs to have multiple sizes. Right now, I have a PSD file for each size, e.g., 16x16.psd, 24x24.psd, ..., 64x64.psd. After I'm done drawing them, I export each size ...
-1
votes
2answers
267 views

Connect peaks of EQ bar with smooth curved line in Photoshop

I am working on a project in which I have to make an equalizer that matches an audio loop that will be playing in a background. I have everything I need together, except I have hit one major snag. I ...
34
votes
9answers
101k views

How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
1
vote
2answers
4k views

Photoshop - Eraser tool - how do you edit multiple layers at once?

Is there anyway to use the Eraser tool on more then one layer at once? my question stems from a project I'm working on where i am cleaning up a scan of an architectural drawing. The Architect has ...
25
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I improve my color selection skill?

I'm a web developer, started to become a web designer. However, I think my understanding of colors is not practical yet. There are tools out there that can give you color harmonies, and more stuff, ...
5
votes
1answer
975 views

Halftone pattern within InDesign

One of QuarkXpress features I used a lot in the mid-nineties was the ability to apply an halftone pattern to any bitmap import. It was unbelievably effective when printing black&white graffiti ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

What's the best way to create a subtle, barely noticeable texture? [closed]

Using Gimp (or other free software), how would I go about creating a subtle, "mild" texture, like the green in the header at forrst, or the gray in the background of the backbone.js home page? Those ...
4
votes
3answers
504 views

Any tips or resources for designing e-mail newsletters?

After spending hours in Photoshop I haven't found a great template I like. I love the design style of many newsletters I subscribe to.. including Smashing Magazine and Hongkiat.. but I wonder what ...
4
votes
3answers
8k views

PANTONE and color conversions

I have been given a standard color palette. The colors are defined in terms of PANTONE #### X for example PANTONE 1234 C. Followed by their CMYK, RGB and HSB values. Another page defines ...
2
votes
3answers
232 views

Turning normal image into a sketched looking image

I want to know if there is an easy way to turn a normal looking icon into one that looked sketched. I need some or a web project I am working on, ill give an example. Normal image: Sketched ...
13
votes
6answers
5k views

Learning Photoshop just for web designing

I want to become a web designer, so I'm watching a lot of Photoshop video tutorials, but some of those tutorials are not useful for web designing. For example, some movies are about skin, or teeth or ...
6
votes
2answers
776 views

Designing icons to represent abstract concepts- match test / suggestions

I'm making a site which requires users to review and tag information. The interface would benefit from icons, but many of the tags represent abstract concepts that I'm struggling to represent. I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
255 views

Computer drawing surfaces

I was looking at some Adobe products and noticed at this page the artist appears to be drawing on her computer screen directly, it appears to be a Mac. How is the artist doing this? Is she using a ...
0
votes
3answers
3k views

I need to slice one image into 50 different images automatically.

I have a big image that needs to be sliced into about 50 smaller images. I know there is a way to do it using 'guides' in photoshop and 'save for web and devices' options. I just can't seem to find ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Best Way to Build & Design Buttons for iOS in Photoshop? [closed]

I have been getting into designing interfaces for iOS, mostly iPhone and iPhone 4 retina display. I'm wondering how I should go about creating interfaces, the most standard way? I have been using the ...
3
votes
3answers
14k views

In Illustrator, how do I cut off a protruding end of a line going through a circle (letter)?

In Adobe Illustrator CS5, I have a circle (the letter "O") and a line going through it, like so: Now, I want to remove the protruding south-east part of the line, for an end result similar to ...
4
votes
2answers
664 views

What is the most uncommon pigment in the phyiscal world?

My intuition on why Hollywood movies use a particular hue of blue for the background screen is because this pigment is not common in the real world. So a computer program would have an easy time ...
6
votes
8answers
19k views

Segoe UI font licensing

I am planning to use the font Segoe UI (Included with Vista/Windows 7 and Office products) in my new businesses logo and website. I've tried my hardest to find out if/who to license this font from and ...
1
vote
3answers
720 views

About font size in web design

I like web 2.0 style design - less info, more space, bigger font-size, etc. But my designer doesn't. So when we use a web 2.0 design template, she changes the font size of contents into smaller one ...
1
vote
1answer
989 views

Designing a button with an inset icon style in Photoshop? [closed]

I am using the Glyphish icon set, and I am trying to achieve an "inset" look of the icon in a button in Photoshop. Any recommendation on how best achieve it?
5
votes
6answers
2k views

How to create SVG for good typography on the web without buying Illustrator?

I have a web font which I would like to display using SVG instead of in HTML. The reason for this is that I want to display large typographically beautiful text, and I don't see any way of getting the ...
3
votes
4answers
11k views

What kind of tablet are pros using?

This is more of a curiosity, but I was wondering what professional graphics designers/artists are using now that tablet pcs have been much more common and powerful in the passed few years than they ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

Settings to create transparent PNG's with minimal file size for mobile devices

I want to create a theme for android phones. I guess the best way to go is to create a file that is as light as possible. Now I want to create the files in photoshop, they have to be transparent ...
2
votes
1answer
115 views

Can anyone name this font?

WhatTheFont and Identifont have been unable to recognize it. I'm sure it's something really obvious. Thanks!
9
votes
4answers
32k views

Smallest font size for small print?

I'm setting up a document and the document has some * and footnotes. The document itself is A6 size, which is pretty small (postcard size). What font-size should I assign to the smallprint footnotes? ...

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