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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall sized graphics and large banners (e.g 3m x 5m), what is an acceptable PPI for print. As i understand it 300 PPI is the typical for 'small' artworks (esp. for clean text resolution), however ...
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11answers
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Tips and sources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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8answers
1k views

Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select?

No matter how nice the composition, flow, and lines of my design are, if I am not copying directly from nature, I have a very difficult time picking a decent color scheme. It either looks too drab, ...
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4answers
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What price should I charge for design services?

I was hoping I would find some people in the industry that could help me decide what's the best price to charge to design (in this case) business cards. What are standard prices for professional ...
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3answers
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How to make a logo where a letter is made of particles of varying sizes?

How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/? It is a large ...
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8answers
3k views

Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?
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1answer
222 views

I need to print an image a certain size. What dimensions and resolutions should I use?

(This question is meant to be a resource to direct others to given that this is a common question.) Given the task of creating an image that will be printed at a certain dimension, what pixel ...
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12answers
7k views

How do I learn to be creative?

I've been a programmer my whole life, and now I've found that I really need to start designing my own stuff. I know how to use Photoshop in and out, but I just can't create anything nice. I often ...
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5answers
3k views

Photoshop curved Shadow

How to create the shadow effect as per the url/image below? Specifically, the rounded/curved shadow at the bottom:
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4answers
448 views

How to hire a graphic designer?

I am developing the backend for a website. I always had the trouble of making an attractive design for my websites and have never hired any graphic designer yet. I have no logo nor web template. What ...
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3answers
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What's the difference between vector graphics and raster graphics?

Also, when would you use one vs the other?
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1answer
317 views

Strange bordering in Illustrator

I made a couple of vector shapes in AI and I get this strange thin border appearing around them. I can't get rid of it. Any suggestions?
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2answers
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Making the background of an image transparent

I have some jpg images and I need for each of them to have a transparent background. I have GIMP as a graphic tool. I need to put them in a web page and I need to see just the main element and have a ...
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12answers
1k views

How do you break out of current creative mind sets?

All designers hit a roadblock at one time or another. Few designers get those "dream" projects where they are allowed to create anything and everything they want. In most cases we all have to adhere ...
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6answers
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How can I automatically determine fonts used in an image or PDF?

How is it possible to determine the fonts used by text in PDF and TIFF files?
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4answers
1k views

How would I know how good of a designer I am?

To me my designs looks good, at least for some months. But to others not so much. I want to go freelancing but I don't want to be a bad designer. So how do I find out if my logo/website/business ...
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11answers
13k views

What DPI should be used for what situations?

I've been seeing the word 'DPI' pop up quite a lot when I export my work out in Photoshop and Illustrator. While I know that DPI stands for 'dots per inch', and that if you have too low of a DPI on an ...
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8answers
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What is the difference between CMYK and RGB? Are there other color spaces I should know?

I'm a photographer, who dabbles in graphic design from time to time as well. What are the differences between the various color spaces?
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6answers
2k views

Is it possible to have global color swatches or color styles in Photoshop?

I'm looking for a way to use one color in multiple different layers, and then be able to change that color in all the layers in one single place. Lets say that I have four layers using #ffffff. Now I ...
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5answers
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is it mandatory to keep 72 dpi for web design? What if I create in 200dpi?

I have been designing web banners in photoshop for more than 1 year but never considered the DPI, as I was using the default 72 dpi, but now I want to know is it necessary to create web designs in ...
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17answers
2k views

What is the single most influential book every designer should read?

What is the single most influential book every designer should read?
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6answers
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What font types are good for a technical document?

What are some good fonts to use for a highly technical document? Is there any specific type that should be used/avoided?
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6answers
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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 ...
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5answers
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What does the size of the font translate to exactly?

I have a 40 pixel font that I'm trying to translate into custom images. I'm trying to match the size of the image exactly, but I'm having some problems getting exactly the right size. Basically, what ...
7
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7answers
14k views

How to create a non-destructive and reusable blurred/frosted glass effect?

How can I create a generic blurred background that can be used on multiple images similar to the example below? I need a white frosted glass looking png that I can set use to layer over regular ...
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6answers
894 views

On which crowdsourced design site have you the best experience?

I'm looking to have a couple logos and website designs done. I've had some great local designers, but each one has moved or gone else where so I keep having to look for new designers. My thought and ...
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3answers
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“Fake” 3d effect in Photoshop/Illustrator with raster images

I need to create a "fake" 3D effect for some raster image, like this one below: do you know how I can achieve this in Photoshop (CS5) or Illustrator? Thanks.
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5answers
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Font (anti)aliasing in Photoshop

I'm using Photoshop for designing websites and whenever I compare a photoshop design with the live browser preview the fonts appear to be rendered differently. Basically any anti-aliasing method I ...
8
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3answers
776 views

What is a spot/Pantone colour?

When should I use them, and how do I pick one? (NB: I know the answer, but think this question fills an important gap.)
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8answers
1k views

Lower-cost alternative to Photoshop

Maybe once a month I need Photoshop. Since it is rare, the cost seems like a disproportionate amount of money to spend by my startup. I think the tasks I need to achieve when I'm converting a ...
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3answers
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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 ...
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2answers
1k 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, ...
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3answers
2k views

Best workflow for icon design: Start big, or start small?

When designing icons that need to be delivered at several sizes, do you start at the smaller size, then scale up to the bigger sizes? Or do you start big and scale down? There's several advantages to ...
10
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2answers
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How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?

I am working in Illustrator 15.0.2 (CS5) and when I try to move objects small distances, they snap to the nearest two pixels on some invisible grid. I can't find anything in the preferences. Here are ...
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8answers
52k views

How do you make a font in illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface in 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 or ...
12
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5answers
803 views

Developer to Designer path: How To

Being a developer wanting to be a designer, I'm really interested in learning how to create top notch UI for websites, mobile apps, etc. However, I know nothing about PhotoShop or anything related to ...
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7answers
10k views

Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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5answers
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What is the difference between DPI (dots per inch) and PPI (pixels per inch)?

There are lots of other questions on Graphic Design which partly cover this, e.g. What DPI should be used for what situations?. However, I have become frustrated at the number of questions and ...
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3answers
4k views

Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work

So, you've finished a design job (eg. a logo design) and the client asks for your IP surrounding the logo, eg copyright, original artwork files, notes, sketches, all of that stuff that went into ...
6
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10answers
22k views

Make Arabic text show properly in Adobe Illustrator

Arabic text doesn't show properly in Adobe Illustrator. Even with a font that supports Arabic text (e.g. Arial), the text is back to front (left to right, not right to left) and the letters don't join ...
5
votes
3answers
4k views

How to resize icon sets in Photoshop?

When looking online for icons to use on my websites, I often find very well designed free icon sets. However, often these icon sets are only available on a single size - for instance the icon set ...
5
votes
4answers
7k views

What software is best for GUI design?

I've used Photoshop extensively, but the fact of the matter is that it's a photo editing tool. It has some complicated effects built in, such as the drop shadow and inner and outer glows etc., but it ...
4
votes
1answer
307 views

Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, team work means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
4
votes
2answers
514 views

How to create a pattern or tiles from rotated elements

I have a geometric pattern – say, a cross: Which I want to repeat with some overlap and tile … easy: The blue square marks the 100×100 px unit tile. However, here comes the catch: I want to ...
10
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2answers
9k views

What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas. I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my ...
3
votes
3answers
790 views

Which tools for digital art & paintings

i like digital art and paintings. I want to create my own. Which software/tools i need to accomplish? Below are the examples: ...
77
votes
23answers
15k views

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 ...
41
votes
6answers
2k views

What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?

I've always found font selection to be a little bit of a mystery. What factors should be considered when choosing a font? How does one successfully incorporate two fonts into a design? I realize that ...
30
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8answers
2k views

Sources for Color Theory or Psychology of Color

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book/blog/forum that focuses on design principles such as psychology of color, specifically where it relates to picking a color palette for a communication ...
39
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8answers
17k views

What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

my question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK) : C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...

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