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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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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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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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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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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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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 can´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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You can't actually use them as bullets in the usual sense unless you create a single-glyph font, which you can do using IndyFont (helpful video and trial download). If you don't want to buy IndyFont (although I highly recommend it), you can still add a vector from Illustrator to your bullet paragraphs. Paste the graphic into InDesign. Cut to the ...


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"Points" in typography e.g. in Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc are "PostScript points" and, helpfully, they're a unit Google converts on searches like points to mm or mm to points. Has to be points or postscript points, not pts or anything involving software names. One point is 0.352777778 millimetres. One millimetre is 2.83464567 PostScript ...


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Following on from your (most excellent) set up: 5) Create a new character style, name it "non-italic" and set it's font style accordingly ("Regular" works in this example). 6) Bring up Find/Change, but leave the "Find what" and "Change to" fields blank. Beneath those fields you'll see Find Format. Specify Character Style as "italic" and Paragraph Style as ...


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Books for electronic devices are typically sold with reflowable text. I suggest you look into how to build an ePub. I suggest this because your are not allowed to sell or offer PDF format on iBooks Since you have mentioned possible building for android I would advise reflowable and not fixed. Fixed layout ebooks are developed based on the devices ...


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All the business cards I create are done in Illustrator anymore. It simply offers more freedom. Of course, this only makes sense since Illustrator CS4 and the addition of the multiple artboards feature. Prior to CS4, I used Indesign (Or QuarkXpress) due to the overwhelming headache of needing one Illustrator file for each name on a card. That's simply not ...


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A bleed is needed whenever any ink is intended to align with the edge of the printed sheet. You can't print extactly to an edge. What a bleed does is print beyond the edge so that when the sheet is trimmed everything is lined up. If you do not intend to trim an A4 sheet... you can not print exactly to the edge of the A4 sheet. You would require a bleed to ...


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Yes! First, be certain the font has both upper and lowercase. Then, highlight the text you wish to convert. Locate from the top menu Type -> Change Case -> lowercase. Is this what you are asking? Or If you need to find something specific you can try the Find/Change feature... Locate from the top menu Edit -> Find/Change (or use the keyboard ...


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i think it is not possible with pre-installed software on both OS: Mac OS X and MS Windows, but with a third party application like: Suitcase (Win) / Suitcase Fusion (Mac) Font Explorer X there are more Applications, auto on/off fonts is possible with, can be found on the web …


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Well among what could be many answers—right here. We're all different levels of experience, and in different aspects of graphic design. Some more web, others more print, others more technical drawings, etc... But we're all here to help people just like you (and each other, because we don't know everything either). I agree with John Manly's comment. ...


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It is because somewhere there is a font which is not licensed to embed in PDFs, just as the warning states. The PDF will look fine if the font is installed on the system. Therefore it will look okay on your system. However, any system which does not contain the font may not render that particular font properly.


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Crop marks are automatically created during pdf export. You just gotta make sure you enable it in the export settings. Exporting can be found in: File > Export or Ctrl+E ( Cmd+E in mac ) When you are exporting a pdf, you gotta go to Marks and bleeds and select Crop marks. You may also need to select Use document bleed settings.


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For this kind of logic to work within InDesign, you need a script. Data Merge is pretty simple -- no different from the "Mail Merge" you find in word processors. Without a custom script, you have two choices: create the correct number of individual lines in the original CSV or create one instance of each label and print it the appropriate number of times by ...


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As you have found out: the "story" (the body of the text) is linear, but the placement of the "boxes" (windows looking in on the story) has no such requirement. If you are re-arranging text in such a way that page 163 flows to page 63, then you have a basic structure problem with the story itself. You should break the story into logical subunits which can ...


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You can simply change the color on your associated master pages. Master Page A is red, applied to pages 1 through 15 Master page B is orange, applied to pages 16 through 20 Master page C is blue, applied to pages 21 through 25 And so on... Remember you can apply master pages to other master pages. So you can set up a master page for common, non ...


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Should I be expected as a graphic designer to proof read an entire book? As long as your job is specifically as designer: most certainly not! Stay clear. There is a large field devoted specifically for that. Proofreading is a highly skilled task, and as is the case with graphic design, not everyone can do it and do it well. You should not do it. Or ...


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I am a designer and a proofreader. I've encountered this situation more than once. No, you are not expected to proof what you are laying out unless you explicitly state so in your contract. And if you do agree to proofreading, then you dang well charge for it. Your time is not free. Your expertise is not free. If you are being paid to design, then it's ...


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There is no standard size. You're free to create a magazine at whatever size you want. Customarily a more vertical rectangle is used, but there are several magazines who utilize a more square shape.


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The drop shadow appears on both objects because the anchored object is part of the main text frame object. Instead of applying the effect to the text frame object, apply it to the fill. Since the fill is contained in the text frame object, and not the anchored object, the shadow will appear only behind the text frame. (Note that this only works if the text ...


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If your PSD contains any vector information, don't place it in the InDesign layout. Save as a PDF instead, and place the PDF. The reason for this is that a placed PSD is always a raster image in InDesign, because Id uses the raster layer that Photoshop saves within the PSD. A PDF retains all the vector information and makes it available to InDesign. A quick ...



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