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What design principles are important for doing “more with less”? [duplicate]

What design principles can be used to achieve simplicity without diminishing the ability of the user to use an interface efficiently for complex tasks? Specifically, I'm wondering which key design ...
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4answers
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Design Nuances: Can they add value to any design, or are they simply a personal taste decision?

Update Since asking this question, I've come to a better understanding of how question scope should be defined (more precisely than this question's original version), so I'll better define the scope ...
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3answers
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How can I easily add color to unclosed shapes?

I've got a line art drawing of a dragon that I'm trying to color. I don't necessarily care if I use Illustrator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro; I'm just trying to figure out the best way to color the ...
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0answers
223 views

How do I make a transparent background on a master page? [closed]

I am working on an InDesign Master page document supplied by a publishing company. the background is solid yellow with black type for the title. How do I make the yellow background transparent? How ...
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2answers
1k views

Create a 2D posable stick man in Illustrator

I need to design some aide memoir cards for a martial arts club, to help people learn the forms (kata - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kata). These are to consist of a series of stick men in the ...
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2answers
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How can I improve a poor quality scan/photo of an ink signature on paper?

I am trying to "transfer" my signature from paper to the computer. Here is the procedure I followed, yes you may laugh, I know it. My question is, is it possible instead of the hard lines I got to ...
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2answers
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Get a vector path from Photoshop to Inkscape or SVG

I need to extract vector paths from Photoshop into SVG format (or anything else Inkscape can use). I don't have Illustrator, and buying it just to convert file formats seems silly. So how can I get ...
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1answer
327 views

How to Print Onto Letterhead Designs

I'm looking to start offering letterhead designs to clients. I could of course handle the design and printing side of things no problem, but how do my clients go about setting up their documents so ...
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3answers
441 views

What software can be used to create scientific posters?

For "political" reasons I used MS PowerPoint to create a scientific poster. Scientific means mainly having formulas, plots(they could be images), text and images. Although I would prefer to use LaTeX, ...
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1answer
41k views

How can I change hue of a vector image that has many colors?

How can I change color of this vector in Illustrator? Each triangle is different. I want it to be in other color tones like brown, grey etc.
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1answer
542 views

How to get this noisy fog or skies effect with a gradient texture in Photoshop?

I really wanted to get this kind of foggy sort of glowing texture, with also the noise. And it seems it got a little bit of gradient in it's side. I've been tweaking the gradient maps with noise ...
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2answers
113 views

What should I do to resell a branded design to national partners of an organisation, that I created for a single local partner?

I tried searching for some answers before posting this but since my situation is so unique my questions were never completely cleared up. So about a year ago I was approached by a member of a ...
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1answer
62 views

How do I create new spreads

when I add 6 pages in Indesign they create a multi-page spread, 8 pages in a row, instead of adding 3 new 2-page spreads. how do I create 2-page spreads?
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0answers
156 views

Rescale an image on a log scale

I'm trying to rescale a map based on a log scale (so the first inch is about a mile, the second inch is two miles, the third is four miles, etc.). To complicate things, I would like this to be radial, ...
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2answers
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Embedding pdf in illustrator

So, I'm using adobe illustrator for creating vectorial figures, mainly for graphs. In illustrator, creating graphs is not so well implemented, so I'm using another tool to make them (e.g. R, xmgrace, ...
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2answers
112 views

Need some advice on a websites color scheme [closed]

My website is about gardening and vegetables etc. So I decided to make the background and the tabs have a green color so it looks natural and organic. But then I realized that all my images are green ...
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0answers
405 views

how to make an helix in form of an oval?

I am trying to draw on Catia a helix, that is not shaped liked a straight spring, but instead rotates around an 3D oval shape... I tried already to project the wireframe onto an oval surface, but I ...
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1answer
72 views

Could you please point out design inconsistencies in the picture that I have attatched?

Okay so first of all I am a developer and I donot have much idea about designing and all. Now it so happens that I have to fix design inconsistencies of the table that I have attatched below. I would ...
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0answers
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Magnifying glass effect on screenshots

I use Snagit to capture screenshots on my PC and saw the picture below that has a magnifying glass effect on it. I tried to recreate it on Snagit but the magnify options are pretty basic and I don't ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Large png file size gets even larger with Ps save for web after cropping?

I have this png header image with transparency that is quite large 2500x1236, but only 343KB. I don't need or want it that big, so I throw it in PS and crop it down to 1666x444 and save for web, ...
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0answers
114 views

How can I get area text inside this RV logo path on Illustrator? [closed]

So i'm trying to fill in this RV logo with text so it can turn out to be a typography like logo that has the RV outline.
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1answer
87 views

How do you design typefaces? [closed]

Hi Everyone I am working with a client and he wants me to design handwritten typefaces. I tried it with mouse but it is hard to do with mouse. Any idea of how do you do such task?
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3answers
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Difference between brand/design style guide and a UI Pattern Library and how to avoid conflicts?

What is normally covered in a brand style guide that is not included in a standard design style guide in the context of traditional and digital production? Does the brand style guide only cover the ...
3
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1answer
528 views

The best PDF pre-set/standard for print?

I am curious to know if there is a PDF version that is preferred by most printing studios? I remember being told that PDF/X1a is the format to use when preparing design/artwork for print. But, I don'...
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3answers
827 views

Photoshop CS6 -> Export Layers To Files Subfolders

I hope that anybody of you could be able to solve my Problem. I'm using Photoshop CS6 and would like to get only the filename prefix I specify. If I try using the Export Layers to Files command, I ...
4
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1answer
1k views

Can photoshop wrap 2D image around entire custom shaped 3D object?

I've been playing around editing textures for some video game objects. I recently discovered that I could use "Merge Down" to put a 2D image over the 3D object and translate that to the texture. My ...
3
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2answers
497 views

Why does an image get Larger when I up the DPI?

I am currently working on a print media project that requires a 300 DPI minimum for all images. I thought I had to discard a bunch of photos that were 180 DPI at their default resolution. However, I ...
0
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1answer
46 views

Stroke adding size to an object

I know this happens in indesign where i would create a 3"x3" object and when i add a stroke it becomes 3.0139x3.0139. I know the shape is still the same, but is there a way i can disable this and have ...
3
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2answers
2k views

How to align an object relative to nodes of another object in Inkscape?

I'd like to align one object to the nodes of another object. In the screenshot below, I'd like to horizontally align the text below to the axis marker that's represented by the two selected nodes ...
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2answers
509 views

Can image transparency be calculated automatically from multiple non-transparent samples?

I'm wondering if there is a way to automatically calculate transparent image from set of non-transparent ones. No manual work with individual pixels or manual setting of opacities. Many times I need ...
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2answers
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How many InDesign points to a milimeter? (and mm to pt)

What's the conversion between InDesign's point measurement (as used in leading and text size etc) and millimetres? What's the pt : mm ratio? I've seen sources suggesting that a point is 1/72 of an ...
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2answers
858 views

How can I create scalable half tone patterns for images in Adobe Indesign?

What is the best way to use images with halftone patterns in Indesign? I'm working on a book in which all the images will have an halftone effect. I'm applying the halftone filter in Photoshop but, ...
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3answers
407 views

Critique: How can I make my 'add post' website element stand out better?

I'm working on building my own blogging website from the ground up, or at least that's what I assume that's what it will turn into at this point. So far what I have built is fairly basic but one ...
2
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1answer
224 views

Special Characters (InDesign) Total pages marker? [duplicate]

Is there a special character marker for Total Pages? I can use a marker on my master page for current page where it will say A, but if I want it to say A of 3 (3 being the total number of pages) is ...
4
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1answer
293 views

What should a designer consider when deciding on the print size of promotional materials?

When it comes to creating printed promotional materials such as leaflets, brochures and any other print design medium, what should the person deciding on the size consider, and why? The few ...
4
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1answer
159 views

Can you protect social media iconography?

I frequently create mock-ups with free-use icon sets. I've begun to see many designers offer "Premium" commercial licenced sets of Social Media icons. I'm wondering: Is it even possible to make an ...
2
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2answers
344 views

What points should we take into consideration when choosing a web font?

I want to deepen my knowledge in typography, more specifically, web typography. I'm looking for good information for this purpose, but I'm not finding anything good. I see many people talking badly ...
2
votes
1answer
715 views

What to do with negative Values in HSV?

in my c#-application, I use an RGB to HSV (and back) converter for changing a specified color-spectrum to another. In the actual case: rgb1=5,122,255 to rgb2=22,165,220 similar colors to rgb1 will ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

How to prevent Photoshop from selecting the space after a word when double clicking it?

So when double clicking a word to select it, Photoshop likes to select the space after that word. Is there any way to prevent this? Sounds so simple, but it means having to select and drag to ...
3
votes
1answer
177 views

Can a Word Document Be turned into a Data Stream To allow for Editing over the Network to Update a link into InDesign?

So here is the idea. To have a Folder on a Server containing Word Documents for all our books and Materials. Turn These Documents into Data Streams that are linked to InDesign Documents. Allow ...
3
votes
1answer
947 views

Add diacritics to fonts in Illustrator

There are many free fonts, but they often don't include letters with diacritics such as Ă, Â, Ș, etc. Placing those marks by hand in a large text that keeps changing can be a pain. Is there a way to ...
2
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1answer
463 views

Gimp, how can I find the positions of a layer?

I need to find the x / y positions for each layer. I've googled but I can't find the answer.
3
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1answer
170 views

What causes Illustrator to lose Exactitude?

See below image, then read on... Previously this circle was 76 pixels diameter. I changed it to 64 by manually entering it into the W: container, then tabbed, expecting 64 to appear in the H: ...
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1answer
1k views

Is it possible to export a *.png with RGBA8 in Photoshop?

Doing some design for 3D and developers need PNGs with RGBA8 for transparency. I am not even sure if this is possible with png. When I look at channels I see no alpha channel but there is alpha on the ...
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3answers
133 views

Is there a proper name for a “coming soon” website?

I know it is a simple question, but I failed to google it, or the answer is simply "no". A "coming soon" site is a page that keeps on the domain while the actual page is developed. There are examples ...
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2answers
660 views

How to choose color palettes for a theme?

Do you know / can you recommend good practices in choosing a color palette for a theme ? As you might have guessed, I am not a professional in the graphic field, I do coding and from time to time I ...
8
votes
4answers
21k views

How do I make an incomplete circle stroke for a donut chart?

I'm trying to emulate this type of stroke: So far, I've only been able to pen over the stroke and try to Minus it off (though I'm a rookie and still don't understand the whole pathfinder tool ...
4
votes
2answers
282 views

How do I avoid selection box shrinkage when working with transparent layers?

TLDR: When I use the marquee tool to select a box around layer and then move it with the move tool, the selection box shrinks to surround the populated region of the layer. Is there a way to keep the ...
0
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2answers
279 views

Photoshop skills are not great [duplicate]

I'm a entry-level graphic designer. My skills in Illustrator and Indesign are pretty strong but my skills in Photoshop are not great and I have no drawing skills either. Will this affect my career?
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votes
4answers
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BRANDING: How can you create a 'brand' for many different companies under one parent company?

How can you 'brand' 5 different websites that live under one parent company that are all very similar with the exception of the demographic? Stack Exchange is a very good example because they sites ...

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