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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Something like this? to quote from the link: You can make any active font the default font in the document by first making sure that's nothing's selected in your document (Command-Shift-A/Ctrl-Shift-A), then choosing the font you want from the Type > Font submenu or in the Character palette. All new text frames you create from then on in the ...


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Call me old school, different or just plain wrong but Photoshop should be used just for that: photo editing and retouching. Fireworks should be used for web design (the CSS exporting ability alone in Fireworks is heavily underrated much like Fireworks itself). Illustrator for, yep you guessed it: illustration work and logo's. InDesign for magazine/newspaper ...


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If you can properly embed the fonts, then yes, you could just create the PDF directly from Word. InDesign is a much more robust page layout product, and offers a designer a much broader set of typographic and page layout tools with plenty of fine-tuning, but if you're find with the Word version, then technically, you can just convert that to the PDF you ...


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You can actually export as .doc from InDesign, sort of. Export your INDD as PDF (File > Export > Adobe PDF), and then save the PDF as a Word Document (File > Save as > Microsoft Word). You can also export the PDF to HTML, and open it in Word, but it looks like it's not recommended. In this Adobe forum thread some users mention two programs that you ...


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Yes! It's called GREP styles, and you'll find it under paragraph styles. It allows you to enter a "regular expression" ( code-based super powerful advanced search), then, it applies a character style of your choice to anything that matches those criteria, instantly and automatically. If you edit text so a snippet no longer ...


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You are talking about microprinting. The whole idea of that, is that you cannot reproduce it by using printers or printing presses. It is engraving that are designed to trip up professional counterfeiters. So, no, I canĀ“t see how on earth it would be possible to pull off. (of course, if you have unlimited resources and good connections in shady parts of town ...


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Lauren's answer is correct, in that InDesign is a layout program, but in the last few years InDesign has taken on many more tasks than just layout-for-print. With CS3, Adobe built a "headless Photoshop" (the actual Photoshop code) into InDesign, giving us drop shadows, bevels, glows, feathering, etc., and they expanded these capabilities greatly in CS4 and ...


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Sadly, there isn't a straighter native way. There has been some threads on the topic on Adobe forums and even an Adobe employee recommends exporting the image in PDF and opening it in Photoshop — though it is kind of same as exporting it to a EPS and opening it in Illustrator. One other thread comes to the same conclusion, but someone does indeed ...


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Last time I was in Europe, magazine size was not on my mind... however, what I would do in a case like this is go to a kiosk or magazine stand, or even the nearest library, and measure one that was in the format I had in mind. The British mags I see around here look to be larger than A4, but they may not be typical.


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Not to detract from lawndartcatcher's answer, which is correct, there are a couple of important caveats with regard to changing the default font. The big one is, don't ever change the [Basic Paragraph] style to your other font. If someone else opens your document in their copy of InDesign, all your "[Basic Paragraph]" text will be converted to their [Basic ...


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IF it's a Quark 4 file, you can open it directly in InDesign. Otherwise you can try Q2ID from Markzware. It's pricey ($199); I've never used it, although I've heard good reports. Beyond that, you'll have to recreate it somehow.



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