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There's a seperate question on which is better: Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software? For the question of why Macs are more popular, there's a very simple answer: Almost all art colleges and design schools bought Macs back in the days when Macs were unquestionably better for design (Alan G's and Horatio's answers below detail how) Art ...


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Super short answer: History. In 1984, when the Mac was launched, it was the first computer that was ideal for desktop publishing needs. This included a GUI, WYSIWYG drawing tools, decent typographic tools (for the time) and a nice relationship to the laser printer (The Apple LaserWriter). It got a foothold, and that's that. Today, it's just a preference. ...


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Check out Inkscape: http://inkscape.org/ Inkscape is a free (and open-source) SVG vector graphics editing program. I've never used Illustrator, so I can't directly compare, but I've done all of my work in Inkscape and it is quite capable. You might also want to check out Inkscape's tutorial for Illustrator users: ...


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graphics designers prefer Macs over PCs for accomplishing their tasks. I was wondering, why is this? I think it's dangerous to make this generalization, but it seems to ring true to a lot of people. I think there are a lot of nuances and history behind this but it all sort of boils down to the obvious. Graphic designers appreciate good design. ...


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There's also the aesthetic side to it. I am and have always been a PC user. However, I still have to admit that OS X and Mac hardware have always been better designed from an aesthetic standpoint than Windows/PC. Designers naturally gravitate towards beautiful designs. And since we all draw inspiration from our environment and absorb influences from the ...


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I think a lot of the legacy reasons have been established here, so I won't address that. I recently purchased a new computer (after asking this community about what hardware matters to a designer), and I went with a Mac Mini. My full-time job for four years had me working on a PC, I like Windows 7 just fine, and I'm comfortable with Ubuntu as well, so when ...


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*Disclaimer: I've been a Mac user for more than 20 years and still use a Mac daily. That being posted, I have clearly seen Windows close the gap in the areas where Apple was the frontrunner and the preferred system for designers. 15 years ago, using Windows was, at best, a lesson in frustration where design was concerned. There was a time where the Mac was ...


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Two things not mentioned in other answers that were keys to establishing the Mac as a DTP platform in the early days: The original Mac supported PostScript out of the box due to a brilliant collaboration between Adobe and Apple, so that it could provide hinting for low-resolution output on screens and laser printers (300 dpi is low resolution in ...


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You need to be at 500% zoom or higher and then hold Shift+Mouse Button to have your guides snap to the pixel grid. Otherwise, by default it'll snap to: every 2 pixels at greater than 100% zoom every 5 pixels at 100% zoom every 10 pixels at less than 100% zoom However, if you set your grid to every pixel, then it should snap to the pixel at 100% zoom or ...


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To add in words, Since Export Layers to Files is run by some script all I had to do was find that script, then find the function which saves the layers to files, find which part of the function does the numbering prefix & comment it out. So here are the steps - on Mac running Lion, goto Applications > Adobe Photoshop CS5 > Presets > Scripts ...


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Preview is simply a terrible PDF viewer. It has many rendering issues with PDFs. Preview is designed by Apple to view PDFs for average home end-users. It is not designed to be a professional PDF viewer. Apple simply appears to not be concerned with many rendering issues in Preview where PDFs are concerned. What you are describing I'd actually call one of ...


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It's got nothing to do with Windows vs. Mac - walk into any office and look at the different monitors on folks' desks. Assuming you're using a standard color scheme (sRGB, etc.) the information will go out to each of those monitors the same way (i.e., white = "ffffff" which is hexidecimal for "turn the red, green, and blue values for that pixel all the way ...


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The main reason for Apple having a large design presence is "tradition." Apple went all out inserting their computers into the design school workflow as far back as the late 1980s. Because of this, the OS became the standard target for prepress and commercial printing hardware and the Windows versions of the drivers for these RIP devices (etc) was a ...


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If you're comfortable with Ubuntu (either in VM or dual booting), I suggest Xara Xtreme for Linux: http://www.xaraxtreme.org/ It's really powerful, commercially tested, and is by far the best open source illustration software. Here are some examples:


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You might try something like Corel Draw. It is significantly less money and very full-featured. Still might be a bit more pricey than you're looking for, though. If you were very recently a student be sure to check to see if you can get education-version prices. Or see if you can find an older version of software at a lower price since most of the core ...


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I do not think that nowadays it is particularly true any more about Mac better than PC for graphic design. You do not have to have a Mac to be a Graphic Designer. PC & MAC have same potential in software and hardware. I love and hate both, and use both for various things. In past where 2 factors to make you choose the mac: There were software ...


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I believe many years ago Mac were better suited to Graphic Design. I remember hearing about the screen being superior at least. These days there is no difference as the majority of features and software are comparable. I think once you establish yourself in an industry as the go-to brand, old habits die hard. It is like Bing trying to compete with Google - ...


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It sounds like the issue is (yet again) monitor calibration. If you're using the same color profile (sRGB, etc.) the values will be the same regardless of the OS used. You and your designer should agree on a color profile (there are many, many profiles and they're mostly OS independent) simply for the sake of consistency. Since color is part of design I'd ...


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If your needs are that simple, you can probably do what you need using the free, web-based and popular http://pixlr.com/ which supports PSD files. It has a simpler interface and gentler learning curve for people familiar with photoshop than the obvious other free alternative GIMP (which you could always download any time you needed any more features or if ...


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Error 1 This particular message is not significant. It just means that the font file you have is not the same version as your colleague's, and there's no harm in telling PS to update the layers. A "Missing Font" error is more important; it means he used a font you don't have. That would be handled by having the designer either rasterize or outline (convert ...


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Adobe Fireworks is a cheaper alternative to Illustrator, but it can still handle vector graphics. The downside is that you'll miss out on features like Live Trace, Live Paint, and a lot of the filters. Also, you can try Inkscape for free. Both, however, are a different workflow than Illustrator. Also, if you're looking for a free Photoshop alternative, try ...


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When saving images as .jpeg you always lose information. The dialog basically asks you how much information you would like to lose in favor of smaller size on disk (1 = most loss, 100 = least loss). There is no way to tell what you originally selected and the only use would be to have a history of your workflow because this loss is irrecoverably applied to ...


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From a hand-made measurement, the corner radius seems to be 7px. Plus 1 px, if you include the left drop shadow:


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For the mathematical formulas, I would definitely use LaTeX, since it gives you high quality typesetting for math stuff. You don't have to install LaTeX yourself if you don't want to, because there are online LaTeX renderers which let you export the result to e.g. pdf. Therefore, if you go to this site and enter the correct code for your formula ...


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Fonts Mac OS X arguably comes with better fonts out of the box, but people can argue about this. Where it has a clear advantage, though, is management and ease of use. The built-in font chooser on a mac is leagues ahead of what you get in Windows programs, and the built-in font manager is simple and powerful (for some purposes you still need 3rd party ...


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Given you already have Photoshop, it sounds like you need a machine of similar spec to your graphics team. I'm not sure that anything which allows you to open a complex, layered Photoshop file and fully supports its layer effects compositing would be significantly more lightweight - it's not simply turning a stack of raster images with alpha transparency on ...


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A good OSX alternative to Photoshop is Pixelmator. It supports PSD files but the picture might be a little different because it doesn't support all features (like layer styles).


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Probably a Mac user would have a better opinion, but from the 'outside' its seems like Macs more consistently deliver high quality experience. The hardware is damn attractive and the OS (from limited experience) is more consistent at giving you information you need and hiding information you don't (though Windows 7 was a huge improvement Microsoft). Hardware ...


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I can tell you that the Optima Regular that came with my Mac is definitely the Roman weight. I'm using OS X 10.8, AKA Mountain Lion. It's possible, but rather unlikely, that older versions of OS X came with a different set of weights. Some additional background, if you're curious: Mapping names to weights will vary a bit depending on the history & type ...


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There's also a paid one here. It says it's available for Illustrator, Fireworks, Visio, OmniGraffle, Axure, Keynote and PowerPoint, and the Illlustrator single license is apparently something like $24.



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