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May
19
comment Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
According to the Wikipedia entry on Liberation fonts, "...documents embedding these fonts do not automatically fall under the GNU GPL, but will still likely cause problems with commercial software." I'm not a lawyer, but it seems that if you use Liberarion fonts in a software product, you may be obligated to apply a GPL license to that product, which may not be what you want. Again, stressing that I'm no expert in licensing, but I had to give up using Liberation on one project because of concerns over licensing.
Oct
19
comment How do I create a bevel effect on a complex object in Inkscape?
One other thing that I've noticed is difficult with the Inskcape filters is that when you apply two, they seem to impact each other. I found that when I first applied a drop shadow, then applied a bevel, the drop shadow would disappear. And, as you say, the interface makes it very difficult to determine what exactly is happening.
Oct
19
comment How do I create a bevel effect on a complex object in Inkscape?
@Scott: Who said anything about asking about a "1 button or 1 menu item selection". This is the second time you've told me that, and frankly, it's a little tedious that you keep making that assumption. Let me be clear for hopefully the last time: I am willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how complicated, I am just looking for guidance on how. What's wrong for looking for guidance? So next time you want to offer this tired and misplaced advice, save it for someone for whom it actually might have relevance.
Sep
14
comment Is there a filter I can use to create this 1960s poster texture?
@Scott: Fair enough. I suppose there are lots of people looking for shortcuts. But I assure you, I'm willing to do what it takes, I'm just not sure how to get there. All I mean by "global" is that I have an existing colour layer, so I think that going in with, say, some kind of brush and making touch ups runs the risk of some sections being inconsistent with others, unless I repaint the whole thing, which squashes the work already done.
Sep
14
comment Is there a filter I can use to create this 1960s poster texture?
@Scott: Where does it say I'm looking for a shortcut? In both questions, nothing I have said excludes the possibility of multiple layers of technique, or of time and effort. The key difference is that in this question I am looking for something with global effects across an entire image, as opposed to spot specific effects that one might achieve with a specific brush or localized technique. The only implication of looking for a shortcut came with your assumptions based on the mention of the term "filter".
Sep
14
comment Is there a filter I can use to create this 1960s poster texture?
@Scott: The other question specifically looks for brush techniques, and this one is asking about filter techniques. In this question, I already have an existing set of colours, but I need to modify them, not draw them from scratch. In the other question, I'm starting from scratch. They are separate issues, requiring separate answers.
Aug
17
comment Which graphic design application should I learn after Photoshop and Illustrator?
I agree whole heartedly with this answer's essential premise that for what you are trying to do, getting deeper into Photoshop and Illustrator will be better than learning other graphics tools. However, while I don't disagree that books are helpful, I would suggest that it's far more worth your while to just keep making stuff. Keep playing, trying things out, and post them somewhere to get feedback. Hope that helps.
Aug
17
comment Resize a big image into a small one without constraining proportions or stretching it
I downloaded and looked at your original image. Because of the placement of the cows, it is physically impossible to crop this image to a 960px X 200px, and not cut the cows, and keep the sky in, and without stretching or squashing. The only way you can acheive all those criteria is to use Photoshop's many other tools to reposition the cows, edit how low the sky goes, repeat the image on one edge to extend the area, or something like that.
Aug
16
comment Technical term for stray pixels
I think you're confusing what aliasing is with what aliasing looks like when seen in unintended ways. In other words, of course aliasing looks bad if you are close enough to see the jagged edges. But then, so does anti-aliasing if you zoom in and see the gray dots. That anti-aliasing looks better at low resolution and on screens and aliasing looks better at higher resolution in print just goes to show that each has its place.
Aug
15
comment Technical term for stray pixels
@horatio: No, I am talking about aliasing. While it is often visually unappealing, especially on video, it is not by default, a problem. Especially when you are designing for certain print needs, anti-aliasing is not desired, as it causes murkiness in the print process. Thus, whether or not you want to have "aliasing" depends on your goals. Since aliasing is not always a problem, but "stray" pixels are (because they're "stray") you can't simply equate the two terms.
Aug
14
comment Technical term for stray pixels
Thanks for the added example. In the picture of the dog, what is happening is that the stray pixels are the result of JPG compression (possibly combined with the white not being as pure as you thought before saving to JPG format). The compression algorithm is trying to reconcile the negative white space around the dog with all the colour within the dog, because JPG compression is looking for the best average colours across wide spaces. As in my answer, I would definitely call these "artefacts", but, again, please note that "artefacts" can also have other causes, such as bad aliasing.
Aug
14
comment Technical term for stray pixels
@horatio: Distance has nothing to do with it. The point is that "aliasing" is not an error. It's a feature that is sometimes useful and sometimes not depending on the desired outcome. The OP is asking about a problem, when pixels have undesired visibility. They may be the result of badly done aliasing, but aliasing is not, in itself, the problem or the description.
Jul
26
comment Why do people keep telling me my site looks awful?
@OrenA: I did not mean for my posting to be a discouragement, and I'm sorry if it came off that way. Please don't take it to mean that "feel" is something you will necessarily struggle with because it is unquantifiable. I meant more only to emphasize that because learning design is largely a process practical experimentation, you should be prepared to not have it click with one or two explanations in a support forum. If it's something you enjoy and want to do, then I am simply cautioning that a little patience is needed, and don't get frustrated too soon.
Jul
26
comment Technical term for stray pixels
Is there a reason why the term "stray pixel" is itself insufficient for your needs? If you could explain why, that might give more context so as to be able to answer your question accurately.
Jul
26
comment Technical term for stray pixels
I'm not sure this would be a correct use of the term aliasing. Aliasing is not always undesirable, and does not always result in "stray" pixels.
Jan
30
comment Is there no such thing as OCR-B font in bold?
I think the verdict is in... no such thing as a bold OCR-B, especially considering @AlanGilbertson's comment. I will look into options for making custom alterations.
Jan
30
comment Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?
I'm definitely not limited to freebies. The client will cover whatever it costs to get a really choice font, so if anyone had an exotic paid font to recommend, I'm all ears. :)
Jan
30
comment Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this detailed and insightful answer, so +1 for that. I think you make a compelling case for why DejaVu is the most readable out of the usual monospace offerings. But, and I'm sorry to be picky, the question wasn't "which monospace is best", but "does a monospace that doesn't look like the rest exist". DejaVu is actually included in the links I mentioned in my original question, so I had considered it, but also dismissed it because, for all it's clarity between characters, still follows the same conventions.
Jan
26
comment Is there no such thing as OCR-B font in bold?
Yeah... OCR A and OCR B are very, very different.
Jan
26
comment Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?
It's for a program that is trying to do something innovative with textual interface. It's kind of a long story, so suffice it to say that I'm trying to get a monospace font that is easy on the eyes and readable.