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Jan
23
comment How create such amazingly smooth grain with gradient like this?
A slightly more elegant way to do this is to use gradients. That's the way to do it in Illustrator as well. Mind if I edit and add to your answer a bit?
Jan
23
comment What kind of files, graphics, and information would be in an “identity starter kit?”
Great advice. Just wanted to chime in and add a couple of resources for the budding identity designer that I'm finding helpful. Graham Smith's site is great. Not only does he do great logo/identity design work but he blogs, inspires and otherwise helps out the design community as well. Brand New is another fantastic website for identity inspiration. You should be able to pick up you some ideas about what a great identity does and does not usually entail from there.
Jan
13
comment Are there any go-to resources for how to grab users or readers attention?
I guess what it can be narrowed down to is "how can I structure my design/layout to bring attention to certain aspects of it?" But that's still an extremely broad question. In order to be a bit more helpful though, here's a decent read on structuring your design to communicate more clearly. It's far from perfect but will help introduce a few core concepts of good design. Beyond that I'd suggest looking up lists of good design books to get you started on learning graphic design. There are a few such questions on this site.
Jan
13
comment Which fonts don't come with Windows 8 that would come with a new MAC?
Just to help out. There are a bunch of decent to quite good fonts available for free these days. Check out fontsquirrel.com for a good selection. Another good service if you have the money is typekit.com though it's also included in the Adobe Creative Cloud-service if you're subscribed to that. Both these options will give you a good selection of quality newer fonts. Unfortunately the classic, good ones are more expensive to come by. Though a decent amount is included with Adobe's software.
Jan
12
comment How can I beat the browser when it comes to reducing image size?
Not sure I understand your question. How is the browser beating Gimp? In perceived quality of the image (when resized)? In that case, how are you actually resizing the image? Would you mind posting some examples?
Sep
21
comment Rebranding a website to get a professional look
Do your research and ask "Why?" a lot. Why are the buses green? Why do they have their current graphic profile? What needs and purposes does it fulfill? What was the idea behind the rainbow? Etc. etc. Then base your design on those reasons/answers instead of off the current design. And if those reasons suck, then make up better ones that the bus company might not have considered. For example: "the buses are largely green because they're eco-friendly". You shouldn't lie of course, just find things to highlight and use as selling points.
Aug
22
comment What are good places to start learning web typography and layout?
Hmm, that's true. I suppose it might not be as up to date anymore since the advent of the responsive web. But grids are an important part of typography and have been given too little consideration in a lot of modern web design. So I suppose this article in combination with learning about responsive web design should give you a decent start.
Aug
5
comment When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of “fluff” has been added?
Great answer! Just wanted to add that I wouldn't call the Kenwood ad minimalist in any way or form. Minimalism is about stripping the expression of something to its bare essentials, to only those elements that strongly communicate something to the viewer. The Kenwood ad may have little actual "fluff" but it still isn't minimalist. Why? Because there are a bunch of informative elements that don't really need to be there. That combined with as you say, bad composition and typography, creates something that is simply not very well designed nor minimalist. Ironically, neither is this comment.
Aug
3
comment How to reproduce the gradient effect in the 'Find My iPhone' icon?
Bit too lazy to make a full-fledged answer right now but this article should point you in the right direction: astutegraphics.com/blog/…
Aug
1
comment Draw Inside Tool - Illustrator
Well, just hit me up if you run into the problem again. Seems like a nut worth cracking.
Jul
31
comment Draw Inside Tool - Illustrator
Ok yeah, that seems likely. When is it that the problem arises? After exporting from Illustrator or before as well?
Jul
30
comment How do I find a range of colors (ex. different blues) that will contrast well with another range of colors (ex. reds, yellows etc)?
I'm assuming you have but will ask anyway, have you tried Kuler? Using the complimentary mode seems like it would do what you want.
Jul
30
comment Reduce image size
What file formats does your printer accept? Is it necessary for your to supply a PSD or can it be in other, lossy, formats?
Jul
29
comment How can I replicate GTA V “Los Santos” Font/Text in Photoshop?
Glad to help! I've updated the answer with a solution to the antialiasing problem. If you find that it works for you please mark the answer as accepted.
Jul
24
comment How to move the background in After Effects?
You should put your background elements in first, then do as Krisa said and put them all in a composition together. That way you can simply animate the position property of that composition to slide slightly as your character walks on. Or if you have your elements on different "distances" you could animate them individually so that those elements "further away" from your character will slide slower than those that are closer to him/her.
Jul
24
comment Why isn't the black in a video made with After Effects a true black when it's viewed on Windows 7?
How are you determining if it's black or not? Just by looking at it or by color picking it after rendering? Maybe it's just looking off on your monitor? EDIT: It seems you tried to post a still from your video, but it won't show for me.
Jul
24
comment Warp/arc text shows original text too
You might also want to tell us what version of Illustrator you are using.
Jul
23
comment Change all uppercase letters in a named style to initial case (Indesign Grep)
Is this the script you are speaking of? Also, it would help further if you could describe what you have already tried as well as post screenshots.
Jul
23
comment How to create an artistically posterized monotone portrait?
+1 In my opinion the best way would be to combine both of those. First convert the photo to black and white, boost the contrast and posterize it in Photoshop. Then bring it into Illustrator to manually trace the different "levels". This way you'll get some guidance as to where to place your anchor points but still have complete control over the final result.
Jul
22
comment How do I get the height and width and spacing for all layers elements in adobe photoshop?
Oh, ok. I'm sure it might be possible in some way, possibly through saving the results to the measurement log and creating a script that prints that info to your document instead of having to do it manually. But that honestly sounds pretty complicated for such a simple thing. Photoshop wasn't really made to do this. You might try Fireworks as that works easily with Ps files. Other than that I'm afraid I simply don't know how to help.