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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...


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comment How do I go about finding a font that says “safe, secure data”?
This is more comment than answer, don't you think? Your answers are among the most insightful on GD. Perhaps with the question rephrased, you could expand it.
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comment How do I go about finding a font that says “safe, secure data”?
Since you won't get much mileage with the question as originally phrased, especially without some examples, I've reworded it to something that may be easier to answer.
Apr
18
comment Low vs high pixel dimenion downsampling
Please include information about which program you're working with, what part of the program (e.g., Photoshop's Image Size or Save for Web), and what will happen with the output (press, photo print, other).
Apr
15
comment How to maintain a grayscale image (1 channel) output in a cmyk layered file that contains a color layer?
There are a few ways to do this (ain't that always the way with Photoshop?), but this is by far the simplest.
Apr
11
comment Is it bad practice to use non-brand fonts in ads?
No, it's not, for the reasons I outlined. Current campaigns being run by Apple, Google and Microsoft are excellent cases in point. The typeface is part of the branding.
Apr
11
comment Racially Sensitive Icons
Superb answer, well thought through and articulated. In the end, it's all down to cultural context, current sensitivities and taking responsibility for what message one is sending out.
Apr
11
comment How can I create an action that hides or shows layers by a specific name in Photoshop?
@horatio That's worth expanding a little and making it an answer.
Apr
11
comment How can I represent speed in a graphic?
There are many ways to do it. Shorter motion blur tends to be too opaque and insufficiently feathered, and there's a definite limit to how far you can move it. If anything, I'd use a larger blur and move it in the opposite direction.
Apr
10
comment Designing a paper plane for the game
It's worth pointing out that the same steps as outlined would work pretty much the same way in Photoshop. Perhaps add that to your answer?
Apr
10
comment Set default colors of line graph in illustrator?
@user568458: How about making your answer an answer, rather than a comment, so it can be accepted? :)
Apr
10
comment Photoshop - How to reduce the file size in KB by reducing resolution
This confusion between ppi and image resolution keeps coming up: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/20294/…
Apr
10
comment Extruding with a slant using Lightwave?
If you expanded this answer with a bit more explanation as to why you're making that recommendation, it would be a great deal more useful for others who might come across it in the future. (And you'd avoid downvotes.)
Apr
9
comment Life drawing effect with moving animations
You've already asked this question, with only a slight variation. If you have a specific area of difficulty, ask about that instead.
Apr
2
comment Illustrator - Using an RGB transparency mask in a CMYK file
I've added that technique to the answer.
Apr
1
comment Is there a way to apply Paragraph styles on a conditional basis
Hey, cheers! Love to see those lightbulbs lighting up!
Apr
1
comment Which graphic design application should I learn after Photoshop and Illustrator?
Great! If we all tackle these a few minutes a day, I'm sure we can cut the number dramatically. Think of it as good housekeeping, ready for coming out of beta. :)
Apr
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comment How to tone an image to with a specific color? Like greyscale, but toned
I took your suggestion, but added my expanded answer to this one rather than the other way round. As you observed, it keeps things all in one place. :-)
Apr
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comment Which graphic design application should I learn after Photoshop and Illustrator?
An easy thing to miss. I've been spending time on the "Unanswered" tag recently. Seems it would be good to reduce the number of those.
Apr
1
comment How to balance dignity with a calculated risk of offensiveness / tastelessness?
See, there's an interesting point. In India, a very large segment of the (mostly upper-class) population are actually relatively fair-skinned. Here in the US, most of the ads in, say, Ebony magazine show light-skinned people -- a pragmatic choice: that's what sells. It's a dodgy area, fraught with shifting political and cultural considerations. The acceptable roles and appearance of women in advertisements have changed radically in the last 50 years, for example, and they're still changing.
Apr
1
comment Moving Transformation Anchor Point in Photoshop CC
You might want to carefully check all the lock icons in the Layers panel to make sure none are active, but I've added a few other tips to the answer -- things I would do in this situation.