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Aug
18
comment What's the name of this staggered portfolio style?
Among the general public it's probably best known as the style used in Pinterest, so if someone doesn't know what you mean by " masonry style", "Pinterest style" might get across the type of columns of thumbnails
Aug
14
comment Why does my line drawing look so sad
Thicker or thinner is fine - the point with the lips is that they should be more consistent or symmetrical thickness. At the moment the part closest to the viewer looks tighter than the part further away, which makes it look clenched or tense.
Aug
13
comment Double space acceptable after period before abbreviated title?
Personally in that example I'd use a semi-colon (or comma) sentence since the two statements are related (yet independent), though that's more of a grammar thing than a typography thing. It also can't be used for everything like this e.g. I've not met Dr. Wang. Dr. Kazarmous is a good doctor, I like her manner has the same problem and wouldn't suit a semi-colon or comma (though maybe a long dash or an elipsis would work here, to suggest an extended pause and change of subject...)
Aug
13
comment Workflow for print publishing children's book?
So the question is essentially - how to digitally paint around vector sketches, but in a way that will still be print quality and not pixelated when done? Is this right? It is true that digital painting is most often done in raster/pixel applications like Photoshop not vector ones like Illustrator.
Aug
13
comment How can I evoke the style of Impressionism in a web design?
Interesting question. I'm sure I have seen a site a bit like that, but I can't think what it was. One quick tip: a website must be clear and ordered to be usable, and you're trying to make it appear impressionistic and less ordered - so give it the simplest, clearest, most consistent underlying structure possible, and make sure every decorative flourish is background that can be skimmed over and doesn't distract from or hide this structure.
Aug
8
comment RGB to CMYK conversion problem
Sounds a lot like this question: Saving a document in photoshop CMYK turns SOME black into gray - key bit: "The washed-out greys you're seeing are the software trying to simulate the range of possible blacks on a screen."
Aug
8
comment Why is the blue in my AI file black in my PDF file?
When you say "...and attach it on the email it is black" what software are you using to view it on the email? Sometimes non-adobe PDF software gets confused by illustrator-specific stuff (e.g. hidden layers, some blend modes) and displays them incorrectly. Saving without illustrator editing capabilites can help reduce this. Also, is it a spot colour or is it a CMYK blue? Maybe some software doesn't recognise some spot colour definitions
Aug
7
comment What is a good generalized “navigate to” or “open” or “more” or “choose” or “select” icon?
Really, this depends on what selecting the row and going to the new page actually means. If it's a table of products to buy and the next page is checkout, then it'll be something shopping cart related. If it's a table of choices in a multi-step process and the next page is just the next step, something like a right-pointing arrow. If it's a menu in a food venue and the next page is confirming your order, then something like a knife and fork icon. Etc etc etc.
Aug
2
comment How to make a good scatter plot (bubble chart)?
Not quite true: They use the javascript visualisation library D3, then a layer of custom code unique to this visualisation built on that. See answer below.
Aug
1
comment PDF prints don't look the same as the on the computer
Some PDF viewing software interprets things differently to others - I'd suggest printing from Illustrator directly if you haven't already.
Jul
31
comment Tools for Brainstorming/Mind-Mapping Ideas
Software for general diagram making and particularly flow diagrams would also work for mind maps. Personally, I'd just use Illustrator or whatever alternative was available.
Jul
31
comment Creating vector art with a programming background?
If it's the creative thinking / concept generation bit you're having trouble with, we've got a popular old question on that: How do I learn to be creative?
Jul
31
comment How can I display sound distortion through images?
That would require a tool that reads external data sources - I'm not aware of anything that does this in Photoshop. You could make something using Photoshop scripting, but you'd be starting from scratch. I'd personally recommend starting with something like Processing or D3 that is designed for data visualisation or generative art, then transfer to Photoshop for finishing touches.
Jul
30
comment What design trend led to movie trailers displaying the title at the top of the screen?
That's true for the first point. For the second and third, movie trailers are online talking points more than other types of advert: it's common for people to scrutinize and re-post movie posters and rare for people to do the same for cereal adverts, and stills from movie trailers are often used in blogs, memes, articles etc.
Jul
30
comment How can I change the Blending Modes in Adobe Illustrator?
I don't think so, I think it was possible at least in CS4, but I think it's one of those lesser-known features. I discovered this by accident quite recently while trying to do something else with the appearance window and now use it quite a lot. There are lots of little non-obvious tricks with using the appearance panel.
Jul
27
comment Improving design skills
See also - Tips and sources for beginning designers, plus How do I learn to be creative?, and, when you start making progress, How would I know how good of a designer I am?
Jul
27
comment Improving design skills
...and since you mention having no art/design background, if/when you start applying for design jobs, see What are some tips for getting hired without a formal design education? - hope that all helps!
Jul
24
comment Simplest Program to create alternating page layouts
The question looks totally fine to me - it's asking for the most suitable tools for a well specified type of problem. As I understand it the only problem with "shopping list questions" is if they are like "Pls list every publishing application evar" with no criteria - which this isn't.
Jul
24
comment Using a picture which had been modified beyond recognition. Is that copyright infringement?
See also: Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works? and Is vectorizing an image copyright theft if the image is not CC/Public domain?
Jul
24
comment Using a picture which had been modified beyond recognition. Is that copyright infringement?
Simple solution: since the end product won't be recognisable as the original anyway and doesn't need fine detail, why not use photos as 'mood board' images for inspiration (perfectly legal), then just create something yourself? Sketch a humanoid figure shape, looking at this and other similar images, then apply your effect to that.