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Feb
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revised Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?
Open University is not actually open source/free
Feb
8
answered Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?
Jan
21
revised Add 3D perspective to a vectorized text
3D features aren't available in normal Photoshop CS3/CS4/etc.
Jan
18
comment Terminology for a “futuristic” interface, objects, etc.
But futurists typically try to analyze technological, cultural, and social trends to extrapolate where humanity/technology is headed in the future. What the questioner describes sounds like pointless visualization that is strictly there as superficial decoration. It's sorta like how old sci-fi films have walls or workstations covered with rows and rows flashing lights, illuminated buttons and toggle switches--totally unusable/impractical and just looks pretty silly to us these days, but back then it looked "futuristic".
Jan
13
comment How can I make a screenshot look like a photograph taken of a real surface?
This is probably the way to go 99% of the time, as it's not like it requires a lot of expensive props or specialized equipment. But if you happen to not have a camera with you or need to simulate a screen on a concept device, then the Photoshop/Gimp route is still viable. But yea, his example definitely seems like a real photo (though the moire pattern is from the rescaling of the image interacting with the pixel grid; it's not there if you look at the full-size version).
Jan
13
comment Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!
@DA01: I understand that. And I know that in the case of magazine ads, many publishers don't want anything more than a single flattened file. In that case, I know they're dealing with probably a hundred different advertisers/designers, and they have a highly optimized workflow. But at least based on my own experiences, these are in the minority. Most of my work is in web design, logo design, product design, etc. and are more long-term assets. So if a client wants to make a second run on CD/LP, they're gonna need the PSD/INDD/AI file to edit the copyright line, liner notes, etc.
Jan
12
comment Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!
@Scott: I don't think I'm sacrificing much profit from giving clients fully editable masters of the designs they commissioned. If I needed to resort to withholding editable files to create vendor lock-in or to nickle and dime clients for non-work, I would immediately quit graphic design. IMO, it's a bit like a web developer giving the client no way to update their website on their own in order to ensure more work for themselves. Aside from the ethics of it, even if in the short-term you might earn a little extra, you're gonna lose a much greater amount of revenue in the long-term.
Jan
12
revised How can I make a screenshot look like a photograph taken of a real surface?
add link to flickr tilt-shift discussion
Jan
12
comment Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!
So even if the contract calls for the design in print-ready PDF form as the main deliverable, I'll still include the PSD, AI files, uncropped photos/textures, etc. used to create the PDF. It requires little to no additional effort on my part, and it's useful in a lot of scenarios, even if they're not foreseen by the clients themselves.
Jan
12
comment Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!
@DA01: I suppose that depends on what you consider production files. Licensed fonts and stock assets (photos, vectors, brushes, etc.) could be considered production files that you would not normally turn over to the client, so I'm referring mainly to design artifacts created specifically for the purpose of the project. In this subset, it's still common to leave out alternate designs, but I generally try to hand over as much of the files used to create the final design in the most flexible/hi-fidelity format as possible.
Jan
12
revised How can I make a screenshot look like a photograph taken of a real surface?
forgot a piece of info
Jan
12
answered How can I make a screenshot look like a photograph taken of a real surface?
Jan
12
answered Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!
Jan
11
answered What is “perspective” in the 3D Extrude and Bevel Options?
Jan
8
comment How to image trace halftones in Illustrator
That's a problem with your image/settings, not Phantasm. Your image has almost no midtones, only shadows and highlights. That's why I blurred it. You can also emphasize the midtones by adjusting the dot gain curve.
Jan
8
revised How to image trace halftones in Illustrator
add phantasm halfton settings screenshot
Jan
8
revised How to image trace halftones in Illustrator
Phantasm CS can produce the desired effect
Jan
8
answered How to image trace halftones in Illustrator
Jan
8
comment Photoshop: How to use a non-white background as the basis for semitransparent layers in PNG8 export?
You should add that as an answer and then mark it as correct.
Jan
7
answered Cheap Cintiq alternatives - tablet PCs with digitizers?