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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
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.
Jun
30
comment InDesign CS6 - form with umlauts
Are you asking about inserting diacritics in text being typed into the form fields?
Jun
30
comment How do I create a layer mask that only shows non-empty pixels of masked layer
Glad to help. Yes, you definitely should learn about channels in general and blend modes in particular. I've expanded my answer to give you some info on layer masks.
Jun
27
comment Light text on a dark background vs. dark text on a light background: which allows the reader to keep focusing for longer?
Unfortunately, I don't have the free time to dig up 40-odd years of references. What I've given here is what I've also found to be true in practice and is easily tested for oneself. The one part that you might find difficult to track down, I suspect, is the vision information. I've linked to a page with a number of excellent articles.
Jun
24
comment Applying Mask to the Effects in After Effects
Best you expand this answer to explicitly lay out the basics. You can't guarantee that particular video is going to be online or at that location forever, so the essentials should be here regardless of the link.
Jun
23
comment Bullets combined with numbering for InDesign?
Just to clarify, you want to insert automatic numbering with the bullet items?
Jun
23
comment When making a Gradient Ramp can the Start/Stop be relative to the object?
In a situation like this, with multiple instances of essentially the same graphic, I'd use the ramp+precomp approach to improve render time for RAM preview and final output.
Jun
21
comment How do I place a picture onto Photoshop without creating a canvas?
Ha! I knew there was a simple one I was forgetting! :)
Jun
20
comment Indesign question about layers on objects or texts
I can understand that. I have the opposite effect: whenever I have to set type in Illustrator (or, worse, Photoshop) I cringe at the crudeness of the tools compared with InDesign. It's all in what you're used to, but the whole point of the suite is to give you a set of programs that work together. Illustrator and Photoshop are fantastic plug-ins for InDesign... :-D
Jun
20
comment How can I reset the path to the result appearance of an object distorted with effects?
Might be a good idea to duplicate the object first, just in case you need to backtrack later.