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Dec
20
comment What should I do if a potential client claims my pricing is too high?
That chart "How Would You Like Your Graphic Design?" might help...
Dec
20
comment How to give back as a designer?
@boblet :-) I work mainly with NGOs voluntarily and professionally and yes that's a CONSTANT issue that MUST be pre-empted... For initial negotiations (yes, negotiate everything, even/especially free work), include something like "What is the sign-off process?" then "Who will be involved in the sign-off process?" then "What aspects will they be signing off based on what professional expertise/remit?" then "Please sign to confirm that revisions will only come from these people on the basis of these remits". It never works like that, but try... And yeah it's maddening... but on balance worth it
Dec
20
comment How can I convert to seamless pattern in Illustrator?
Unless you can make a pattern then rotate it as Scott suggests, making tiles with rotated/diagonal images is much more complicated than if they are straight. See How to create a pattern or tiles from rotated elements for some detailed explanations on why
Dec
20
comment How to give back as a designer?
I've had some similar experiences: sadly it's often true that if they can't hire a designer, they'll often also not have the know-how on how to work with one. A good tip is to treat pro-bono work like any other job: have a signed contract formally scoping out what is and isn't included in the task, and expect to have to lead on writing this up. There's something about receiving work for free that makes certain people sloppy and unprofessional: anything that reminds them it's a (donated) real professional working relationship can help keep them on track.
Dec
19
comment How to construct a cube in 3-point perspective
You don't need to duplicate the article (though, if you can summarise it and if you wanted to, that'd be great). You could maybe just mention the things it discusses (e.g. auxiliary lines) and maybe the most relevant of the diagrams, so that people know what they're clicking on and so they could google some of those terms if the link was to go down.
Dec
18
comment How to construct a cube in 3-point perspective
Can you add a quick summary? Otherwise the answer will become useless if the link goes down.
Dec
17
comment Is it a copyright violation to trace everyday objects and use them for commercial use?
The best guidance on these questions I've seen is that to infringe, there has to be substantial similarity with protectible elements of the original. So in your case I'd imagine (not a lawyer) that it would need to be a) recognisable and b) of something distinctive or unique. Generic features (e.g. the shape of an average sofa): no problem. Distinctive features (e.g. a particular pattern, or distinctive chair design): a problem unless you use it as only inspiration, creating something that is not "substantially similar".
Dec
13
comment How to align all selected points to a grid?
@KromStern if those links helped you make a script that works and if you don't mind sharing it for other people facing the same problem, you could edit the working script into the end of the answer. People could then also edit in new features or improvements if they wanted.
Dec
13
comment How to align all selected points to a grid?
That script is basically the same as the pixelalign script I linked to - it only aligns objects, not points within objects
Dec
13
comment How to align all selected points to a grid?
If it's a minor value it's likely to be consistent (or, very very similar) for every point - so can't you then move all points at once to get them exactly on the grid?
Dec
13
comment How to align all selected points to a grid?
No idea what the downvotes were for - this is a really clear question. On some StackExchange sites there's a really ugly undignified trend where some people downvote questions when they don't know the answer... (i.e. any interesting, challenging questions...) I really hope that's not what happened here because I thought we were better than that.
Dec
12
comment Could this photo-realistic Morgan Freeman painting really be done like this on an iPad?
If he did the "digital tracing" method I described using layers, then it wouldn't be surprising if the photo and image were near-identical - any differences would simply be where he got bored of tracing details. Mau Horng posted a link to an overlay comparison he made showing several very small differences which was deleted for some reason: tiny differences would make sense if the guy did 200 hours of tracing then finally got bored.
Dec
11
comment Illustrator assumes I want to type on a path— can that be changed?
Just did some experimenting, weird observation (in CS6 on Mac): if you click while holding down ctrl (not cmd) and alt while over/near a path, it doesn't put the text on the path. It does, however, create the text as a text box with a seemingly random size and position... other versions might give other results...
Dec
11
comment Illustrator assumes I want to type on a path— can that be changed?
I'd be surprised if there is, unfortunately. One possible workaround if you're working on something with many paths adding many text points would be to have the paths on one layer, text on another, and lock the paths layer while you work on text.
Dec
10
comment How can I make a nav bar thats not boring!
A thought: dull isn't always a bad thing for something functional like a nav bar. You don't want a nav bar that distracts from your main content and trips up users because it's not what they are familiar with. I'd suggest saving the spice for those things you want to be eye-catching, and keep everything else simple, familiar and easy to use: this will also make the genuinely eye-catching stuff stand out more strongly. If everything stands out, nothing does.
Dec
10
comment Cut a square in half to produce line corners
So, an easy way to go from your first image to your second image would be to use the direct selection tool (white arrow, a), select the points at the corner of each triangle (holding shift), then copy and paste just those points.
Dec
9
comment What are some techniques to drawing abstract art
Surrealist artists were very big on devising fixed formalised techniques for coming up with ideas and starting points accidentally, randomly and/or subconsciously. Search on 'surrealist techniques' and you'll find some relevant stuff.
Dec
9
comment Change viewbox attribute in svg exported by illustrator
Strange - definitely can work in CS6. Must have changed between CS6 and CC - seems like an odd change though.
Dec
6
comment What image file format is used by Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile?
It only allows one save file? :-/ not ideal... I generally find Infinite Painter to be better than SBM - also, the guy behind it has a pressure-sensitive galaxy note version, a vector drawing app (Infinite Design) and an animation app (Animation Studio), as a kind of Android design suite.
Dec
4
comment Could this photo-realistic Morgan Freeman painting really be done like this on an iPad?
Can you add links to the "some other video" mentioned, and if possible images of zoomed side-by-side high-detail areas (e.g. hair) of the photo and painting to support "you will see that there is not even one pixel difference betwen them"? Also - to clarify - is what you are suggesting that the first 80% of the video is real, but the final steps leading to the final image are just erasing the painting to show the photo?