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An independent graphic designer and instructor in InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver after tiring of working for other people. I'm also a software tester for various companies and "Tier 0" tech support for friends, family, various associates and lots of clients...


Jul
25
comment How do you scale a vector image to equal a measurement in inches, in illustrator CS3?
@Julie Select all the stroked paths and use Object > Expand Appearance to turn the strokes into shapes. Then increase the size. I suspect you would need to do this anyway. As joojaa says, NC equipment will follow the path and ignore the width of the stroke unless strokes are converted to shapes.
Jul
23
comment “Inverted” corners in Rectangle
Great question! This is one of those things that's so nicely hidden, and so awesomely geeky, it can completely baffle anyone.
Jul
20
comment Photoshop CC Generate Ignores “Layer Mask Hide Effects” option
The Smart Object approach works well on your test file. Just remember to create the Smart Object, duplicate it, then apply the masks.
Jul
20
comment Is it possible to reference two anchor texts hyperlinks for the same paragraph in Indesign
I've expanded the answer. I suspect you're choosing "Paragraph" instead of "Text Anchor" in your workflow.
Jul
20
comment Photoshop CC Generate Ignores “Layer Mask Hide Effects” option
I've updated the answer. Still not entirely clear to me why you have the issue, because I can't reproduce it, but I've suggested other ways to approach this workflow that bypass the problem anyway.
Jul
19
comment Numbers and Sections Options altering layout upon changing page number
Not unless you specifically export spreads (a handy way to do foldouts, which is what you're thinking of, but not the only case). I've not come across confusion with it, once it's understood. On the other hand, I'd also never put an even numbered folio on a recto, even in a pamphlet. :/
Jul
18
comment Numbers and Sections Options altering layout upon changing page number
An alternative is to turn off "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle" after doing your Step Zero. This creates the same result.
Jul
18
comment Illustrator script to export eps files to black/transparent only pngs
That does change the question considerably.
Jul
17
comment Is there a color scale for perceived color on different surfaces?
The Pantone formula is an ink recipe that produces a specific color on a standard substrate. The swatch color is the Lab definition of what is produced by that recipe on that substrate in standard viewing conditions. The Lab numbers show in the Info panel in InDesign when the swatch is selected. The Pantone website has more information. See also the Natural Color System (NCS) website for more understanding of how color works.
Jul
10
comment What can a designer do if a client claims that the work delivered is unacceptable and refuses to pay?
A well-reasoned and excellent answer that takes a different path to the same conclusion: walk away and learn from the experience.
Jul
10
comment How can I hire a manga artist, and what are the general cost factors associated with producing a comic?
This question appears to be off-topic because it really doesn't relate to graphic design.
Jul
9
comment Batch Resize Multiple Images in InDesign Document from Placed MS Word Content
If you place an entire Word doc with images all in one go, you're working directly against the basic architecture of the program. Anything you do from that point will be slower and more difficult. The solution is to build a workflow that uses the software, not try to bludgeon the software into fitting your preconceived workflow.
Jul
2
comment How do you rectangulate a quadilateral selection in photoshop?
I love the wording of this question. :)
Jul
2
comment What are some good fonts to use for bullet characters?
You pretty much covered all the usual suspects. All of the pi fonts that ship with the OSes have a collection of useful bullet-type characters, including Wingdings and its siblings/offspring.
Jul
2
comment Batch Resize Multiple Images in InDesign Document from Placed MS Word Content
You're welcome! An amazing number of file formats are zipped XML collections, like ePub. All of the MS Office 'x' formats are that way.
Jul
2
comment What design tool shows zoomed-in and normal-size versions simultaneously?
Joonas, that looks awfully like an answer to the question... :)
Jul
1
comment Export InDesign layers to Photoshop
Actually, InDesign is a fantastically useful tool for laying out web page designs. It's way underutilized by the design community, mostly because InDesign users, in general, think with print and ePub, but not so much with HTML for the web.
Jul
1
comment Set fonts per document
Active fonts, whether activated in the OS or via a font manager, will stay active. Fonts that aren't already activated can be made temporarily active for a document that uses them if a) the font manager supports the application or b) the application itself has the font available in a "document fonts" folder. The best way to understand how these things work is to try them out.
Jun
30
comment Set fonts per document
Think it through. Deactivating "everything else" would make document loading unbearably slow on most systems. How would the software know that you are still iterating and haven't finalized font choices yet? What happens when the customer wants to switch fonts? How does it deal with new documents? Deactivate what you don't need; activate only when needed. See my next-to-last paragraph regarding font activation per document.
Jun
30
comment How to make Illustrator not to lie about colors?
I understand that it is annoying when something doesn't work the way you expect, but be cautious with statements like "How professional program can be so inaccurate with colors?" The truth, as Scott's answer shows, is that professional programs require professional knowledge. Until you are expert, always assume that you made a mistake or there is something you don't know. You will learn more quickly if you do that.