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Nice question! In theory, any of those (plus others you haven't mentioned, like the open source alternatives Gimp and Inkscape) let you design a business card. If you are particularly proficient with one of them, you might want to consider going for that one to save time. While the three Adobe products have some similarities of use, they all require some ...


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Don't be guided by personal preference like 'effects', 'not fun' and 'clunky interface'. They are not relevant. As a designer you should pick the right tool for the job. This is not only about business cards. But applies to all pre-press productions. Adobes big three have overlapping tool space. But all three have their own speciality. If your design ...


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Lots of great answers but I'm surprised none of them have talked about batch production of business cards with data merge templates. Even if you're designing for a 2-person startup, with any luck a year or two down the line they'll be coming back to you for business cards for their 8 newly hired employees, then coming back a few years later with a much ...


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You should be talking to your billboard company or at least working from the information on their website. That's the short and critically important answer. The rest is based on my own experience here in the US, but should apply equally to your area. Billboards are never created at full scale in the authoring application, in my experience. For example, one ...


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I used Scribus recently on a personal project. For an OS GD app, it's quite impressive. I'd definitely put it above PageMaker in terms of usability and features. that said, it's far from finished and does have some annoying quirks (such as you can't undo text edits). InDesign is pretty high end, but for personal, smaller project, Scribus might be just ...


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Actually, this is fairly straightforward. I'll give you the steps to save swatches in Photoshop for Illustrator / InDesign, but it works pretty much the same way in any direction. In the Swatches palette, click the top-right menu and select "Save Swatches for Exchange". Save your file somewhere you can find it. In Illustrator, go to the Swatches palette, ...


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Head over to Adobe.com and do a bit of reading regarding features. In general: Photoshop = raster image editing (photographs) or digital painting (Illustration) Photoshop Extended = Same as Photoshop + ability to use some 3D tools and basic video editing Illustrator = Vector artwork (Logos, illustrations, etc.) Indesign = Page layout (books, manuals, ...


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With Indesign open but no document open go to Preferences > Units & Increments and set the drop down menus to Millimeters. Indesign will then use MM as the default. This won't change existing documents, but it will change any new document.


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Yes, Photoshop could be used to design a magazine. But, so could MSPaint. This is absolutely a job suited for InDesign. InDesign has much better tools for typesetting. If I didn't have InDesign available to me, I'd probably even use word processing software to lay everything out instead of going with Photoshop. It's definitely not the tool for the job.


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InDesign gets my vote. It does all the tasks you're describing, and is meant for layout. However, as a general note, do NOT over-design your résumé. Even if you're a designer applying for a design job, please, make your CV clean and straightforward. If I'm reading through 100 résumés in a week (which I've done), I am really, ...


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Set up your four page document the way you normally would. In a case like this, I'd probably turn off Facing Pages in the document setup dialog, but it doesn't really make a difference. In the Pages panel flyout menu, turn off "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle." (This never makes sense to me, since the whole point is to let me shuffle them, but they mean ...


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Honestly, this is the print provider's job. There's no reason a designer should be doing pagination for press. That being said, I realize that some print providers are lazy or at times, honestly don't know how to paginate native files, or aren't using a PDF workflow yet (unbelievably) and don't know how to paginate a PDF. There are software packages ...


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Design in greyscale, black and white. And it's printed with one ink. It doesn't matter what color that ink is. It's still just one color. Don't use Pantone or spot colors, just design everything with black and white. The printer will use whatever ink color they choose. There is never a reason one would need to use one spot color to design something like ...


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As Lauren says, you can simply uncheck Hyphenation in the Paragraph panel or in the Hyphenation section of your Paragraph Style, but don't be too quick to throw away the hyphens. No hyphenation also tends to leave you in trouble when you have widows and orphans to deal with. Some things worth considering: Language: Hyphenation requires the language of the ...


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I've been doing my own research and found an option that seems to work okay. It gives the writer an imperfect but near-accurate version of the layout to work in, and takes almost no time away from real work to produce it. It's based on turning a PDF into a Word doc... the very idea of which makes me feel unclean... but it seems to work, and the copywriter I ...


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Bleed and slugs are meant to be cut off after printing. Therefore you don't want them on the page. By being outside the InDesign page definition, it should make it clear that when printed, only the actual page will be seen. When you export to a press-ready PDF or output the InDesign file with printer's marks, the additional areas for bleed and slug are ...


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I am not sure if what you're asking is possible, but you can try going to Edit> Preferences> Units & Increments and changing the origin from Spread to Page. If not then.. I dunno :)


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The key to understanding InDesign's pixel-based RGB document modes is that ID "thinks" 1px=1pt. Acrobat, it turns out, wouldn't know a pixel if it met one at a birthday party; it only understands points, inches, millimeters, etc. So you can get into quite a tangle with it. Be aware that the "96ppi" you're selecting in the Interactive PDF output applies ONLY ...


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This is one of the problems that File > Package solves. It will scan for any problems (e.g. missing linked files) then copy the document, all the linked images and fonts into a new folder.


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Several options. draw it. Not that hard to do in a vector illustration program. Draw half of it then flip to make the other half and join them together. Scale a brace from a particular typeface (as e100 suggests) or perhaps the easiest/most versatile: choose a brace from a typeface in your vector illustration program of choice and convert it to outlines. ...


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In reality, since the implementation of multiple artboards in Illustrator the reason for using Indesign compared to Illustrator changed a bit. Pre CS4 the immediate reason was a single Indesign document rather than separate documents for each page with Illustrator. Nowadays, there are still reasons one may prefer Indesign over Illustrator but, similar to ...


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InDesign is usually the best bet for anything multi-page, although I've used Illustrator for simple two-sided trifolds.


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Click the S or B options to the right and then adjust the vertical slider. This will retain the hue but allow you to alter saturation or brightness.


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Thinking outside the box on this; a simple triangle could represent Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I can't think of anything that would represent it better, that can also be captured and conveyed in such a simple icon. A simple triangle maybe with a few horizontal lines depending on its size would be a well thought out icon. It may be a little obscure but ...


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When placing an ai file Check the checkbox Show options and Then in the new modal window, select Crop to: Crop


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I'm actually surprised to see so much love for Illustrator in response to this question, but all the business cards I've done have been very sober corporate designs, so I guess the drawing tools weren't necessary. Our shop used InDesign exclusively for business cards, and wouldn't have dreamed of using IL or PS. ETA of course I should note that a company ...


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Sounds like your display performance is on the low setting. In your InDesign document, go to the top menu View > Display performance and choose High quality display. The lower settings exists when working with heavy documents, it improves performance. Hope this helps!


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Even if I use RGB Colors in inDesign and print the document, I will still get the right colors on the printout Nope. There are 2 primary reasons as to why there is no guarantee that your chosen RGB colors will print the way you want them to. You can't reproduce all of the CMYK colors in RGB space Converting RGB to CMYK isn't an exact process and ...


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The same way you'd export any print-destined file. Export as single page, PDF/X-1a with bleeds and marks. Be aware, you really want large inner margins for any type of spiral or comb binding. And spanning images across the gutter may result in misaligned images. It's generally not a great idea to span across the gutter when spiral or comb binding.


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That's not something you can do with regular paragraphs of arbitrary length, but it's easily done using a two-column table. Set up the table so that the text offset top and bottom is exactly half your normal paragraph spacing. The right column will contain your text. The left column will the Paragraph Style for your guillemet, with the cell style set to ...



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