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It's a simple answer really, low barrier to entry. No school requirement No certifications or accreditation required Most people already own a computer so capital investment is very low too. Even on the highest end you're talking about maybe $3,000 in top of the line software and hardware It's like the tagline from the game Othello, "A minute to learn a ...


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It seems you and your client use different definitions of the word "original". You seem to mean it in the sense that you created the emoticons from scratch without copying anyone else. Your client seem to mean it in the sense that they look too much like other emoticons already out there. Compare this to much of pop-music. Most songs are original in the ...


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I'm not a graphics designer, but I don't think the issue you're describing is in any way specific to graphics design. I think that if you look hard enough, you can find this is issue in any field -- I know I've seen it in software development, for example. There's something in psychology called the Dunning–Kruger effect, which I think is related. It is a ...


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There are a couple of ways to approach this question: in relation to someone new to doing graphic design, and someone new to paying for it. It's true, graphic design is easy to jump into - anyone can get a computer, download the software and within ten minutes have a state-of-the-art setup on par with the best designers out there. And you can learn the ...


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In answer to your question about can you make derivative works from the source files provided by an external agency - it depends on how you purchase those "source" files. If you are paying for "work for hire" and the agreement is you own the source then yes you have every right to modify size or even use graphical elements in other works. I'm familiar with ...


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While I generally side with you that original work implies that you performed the work from scratch, I must ask a few questions: Did the client approach you about this or did you pitch it to the client? If you are the one that pitched the idea then the client trusted you to truly wow them since they are likely paying a premium for these original ...


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My opinion (as a part-time web developer with low-mid graphic skills): People only see the result. They know nothing about your thoughts and ideas. Recreating graphic design is pretty easy (compared to Photoshop speedpaintings or handmade illustrations for example). As you pointed out above, dividing a circle into five pieces isn't hard. It's a ...


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Sort answer—No, it isn't your job. Is a Graphic Designer expected to always do a "check spelling"? If the client needs copywriting or editing, by all means specifically charge for the service. Otherwise it is down to the client. In the past I have corrected spelling mistakes only to be told later that it was intentionally misspelled—I then had to front ...


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Interesting question. You partially answered yourself: "heavy edits offensive". Do not heavily edit anything. In my experience shooting portraits: 95% (sort of) of clients want "Put some Photoshop on it, Ok?" Woman are worried about weight and wrinkles. Man are more worried about weight. As Ryan commented, a temporary feature like blackheads, some ...


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It's because of the I can do that reflex. Let's look at the difference between painting and designing. Any experienced designer can tell you that there is very little difference in effort between doing a beautiful painting and creating a beautiful design. Everything up to the actual creation of the work is exactly the same: imagining, composing in your ...


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Correct skin tones, pimples, scratches, and highlight spots primarily. Beyond the a little light dodging and burning if appropriate on any particularly bad ones. Basically, correct anything that is either a temporary mark like a pimple or stained shirt. Or anything that was caused by poor lighting and photography. Do not remove wrinkles, dimples, lines, or ...


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Because good design is 99% invisible. So because they don't see it, they don't notice how hard it actually is.


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Show them your process of creating the emoticons! The sketches you have made, the progress, etc.


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This depends. Mostly upon the agreements / contract you agree upon with your client. In principle, I'd say this falls outside of a designer's responsibility. For example, I have a set of terms and conditions that apply to all my contracts, and they include the clause that I'm not responsible for spelling mistakes, provided I placed the text as I received it ...


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Is a Graphic Designer expected to always do a "check spelling"? No, it should not be a client expectation. Sometimes clients don't understand where the line between graphic design and copy writing is and they might assume that it is the designer's responsibility but I am always very explicit that copy editing and graphic design are two separate services. ...


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As mentioned in other answers, this does not just go for Design, but for any skill. The root of the problem is in the fact that everyone starts out as unconsciously incompetent, the first of the phases of mastering a skill. The beginner does not see things they could do wrong because of their lack of skill. It is only when someone becomes consciously ...


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It all depends on how you sell yourself as a service, and the expectations you set with the client up-front. My design agency markets itself as a full-service agency, where we review all the copy that comes in, modifying it for clarity and style consistency. As a freelancer, I rarely review the copy I receive (not never). I make sure that the clients know ...


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My 2 cents. (Some special cases not taking into account like blind persons) I. Drawing One of the first activities that an infant do, inclusive before talking or walking is grab a crayon and do some lines. Culturaly, drawing it is taken as a medium of expression. And this is reinforced a lot with complements "Oh what a great drawing". < This is in most ...


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What you're describing sounds like completely legal work, and is in fact how advertisements are transcreated to then be sent out across the world. An external agency creates the 'Master' advertisement. Lets say, for example, a poster of a woman smiling, holding a tube of toothpaste, with some text at the top. It is then the job of the transcreation agency ...


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This is like "hei, can i please drive your car? oh by the way i dont have a drivers licence and never driven before" :) Experienced clients will not ask for this. They will know its generally impossible to edit inhouse without the actual software installed, or the knowledge of using it. A client who has had brochures made by other providers in the past will ...


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Not really. You can circumvent the problem in several ways. Use a software she can use. Usually this means to use MS Word, with all pains that come with this, or better yet PowerPoint. Or use something esle like webpage. Use a software that overlays on the PDF like PDF mail merge (thanks @hsawires). This might work better. Off course you lose the ...


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1. Always have a contract The terms you will be working by, including deadlines, the number of included revisions, scope of the project, final deliverables, costs etc. should all be set out in a contract. You should have this contract read, signed and returned, ideally with a deposit, before starting any work. There is a very helpful post about what should ...


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Speaking as someone who doesn't do this professionally, I'd say people assume it's easy as a result of naive ignorance, since it's something that the general public would never see behind the curtain. Before I started learning it myself, I never really thought it was "easy", but I also never ranked it very far up in my mind on the scale of "difficult things ...


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Basically people aren't very good at recognising what they can't do. This is a general rule with a few possible outcomes: They put out junk designs without realising it. They find someone more confident (not necessarily competent). They realise it's hard and either. Give up or Carry on because they have no choice (this is where I fit best) I've ...


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This is a necessary part of any contract, and you need to have a contract. The contract should say that you have all the rights to any images or other copyrighted work that you supply, and similarly that the client will obtain any necessary rights to any material they supply. The contract also must specify any licensing or transfer of rights, and probably ...


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I have just had to deal with this, I came here looking for the same answer as you and what I decided to do was: Simply explain that this is normal practice in the design/illustration field, since what was paid for was the design rather than the native files, which are a blueprint for the design and so are a separate entity. Firm but polite. I think the ...



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