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Jan
25
answered Can't save PSD as JPEG
Jan
24
comment Print outline preview in illustrator
Well, my own Google research suggests that there isn't a way other than doing a screenshot, but I know that there are screen grab utilities out there that can capture a window that extends beyond the edge of your screen. So in theory, you should be able to just expand Illustrator to be big enough to show the entire image and do a screen grab that way.
Jan
24
comment Print outline preview in illustrator
Why is taking a screenshot not an option?
Jan
23
comment If I make a design in RGB mode and then change it to CMYK how will it look when it's printed?
e100 makes a good point. And (R0, G0, B0) gets converted to a form of "rich black"--(63C, 52M, 51Y, 100K). You can read more about the different blacks here.
Jan
23
answered Export a design for Print Usage, preserving the vector
Jan
23
answered If I make a design in RGB mode and then change it to CMYK how will it look when it's printed?
Jan
21
comment Which angles look good
I think most ascetics prefer chanting scripture and self-flagellation over playing Xbox.
Jan
20
comment What does MMH stand for?
Is this something that is still actually used? I'm having a hard time finding any info on "Modified Modified Huffman". All the references Google comes up with are on myspace or in other languages.
Jan
16
revised Why is black not a natural color?
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Jan
16
comment Why is black not a natural color?
Another thing worth pointing out is that neutral white/black points vary depending on the lighting. Many inks may be designed to be neutral black in specific lighting conditions, but if you view them under sunlight vs. fluorescent lighting, they might not seem so neutral. Similarly, depending on the surrounding color choices, an off-black black may seem more neutral as well as more natural/realistic.
Jan
16
answered Why is black not a natural color?
Jan
14
comment What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?
The other suggestions are spot on, however. Josef Muller-Brockmann's "Grid systems in graphic design" is an excellent book on layout design. It's a dense read, but is the definitive text on grid layouts. Also, a note about margins: don't make them all the same. A simplification but a good rule-of-themb is to make the top margin slightly larger than the bottom margin, and the outer margins greater than the inner margins (the side along the binding).
Jan
14
comment What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?
I disagree with using a single typeface. Most professionally typeset books use a different display type from text type. Having contrast between headings and body text adds aesthetic appeal, and using contrasting typefaces and weights is a good way to achieve this (e.g. a hard sans serif heading paired against a softer serif font). Assigning distinct roles is also good practice (e.g. a monospace/typewriter font for code samples and another typeface for pullquotes). I'd say having 2~5 fonts from 2, maybe 3, families is within reason for a textbook.
Jan
14
comment What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?
Yes, some designers also have other jobs/titles/skills. But the point remains, non-designers shouldn't do their own graphic design. I actually came across an article recently on /. talking about the "typographical horrors" on much of today's ebooks because publishers have handed over the design of these ebooks and iPad adaptations to the programmers. You may save a little money, but it's still not worth it if you actually care about the results. If he really cares about having professional presentation, he needs to work with a designer to design the page layout and the typography.
Jan
13
comment Where can I find small and limited projects in order to make my first steps toward working professionally as a designer/developer
@Milkalichov: One way that I find very effective in pushing myself (and the rest of my design team) harder is to subscribe to design feeds and regularly visit design showcases or design sharing sites (e.g. Creattica, dribbble, weheartit, ffffound!, etc.) and constantly compare your own work to the work of better designers. If you get into the habit of putting your own work next to the work of professional designers from top agencies, it'll be much harder to become complacent about your own work.
Jan
12
answered Where can I find small and limited projects in order to make my first steps toward working professionally as a designer/developer
Jan
11
answered Any ideas on how to get this TV faded color effect?
Jan
11
revised How to scale down to an exact pixel dimension?
added 62 characters in body
Jan
11
answered How to scale down to an exact pixel dimension?
Jan
11
comment Web Safe Alternative to Myriad Pro Font?
Frutiger and Trebuchet are also a good match, Lucida Grande slightly less so, but also similar.