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May
27
comment Illustrator CS6- How do I draw a rectangle to perfectly fit my artboard?
That's no help if you want the rectangle to be 100% perfect fit to the artboard. You can 100% perfectly align a new artboard to an existing rectangle, by clicking on it with the artboard tool, but it's not so easy the other way around. I have this problem often and have a couple of workarounds using smart guides or align window but I'm not really happy with either. Hope this gets a good answer.
May
26
comment How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?
For the final point, we've got a suit of content on this site to help coders learn basic design principles. Check out Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design? and Tips and resources for beginning designers and How do I learn to be creative?
May
26
comment How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?
sprockett, have you considered open sourcing your site? If so it'd be a more appealing project to support (more clearly "worthy cause" and not exploitative) for designers, UI people and others interested in doing pro bono work to build their portfolios, and you might get pro code support too.
May
26
comment How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?
no no no this is definitely on topic, it's a question that applies to lots of people, and if we can't help someone who is providing a great service for free and wants it to be well designed too, what are we here for?!? This is a great question, I've edited it slightly to make it tighter, but we want more questions like this.
May
25
comment Help ID wedding invite font
This is a tough one... Closest I can find is Lunchbox Slab which is a really good font but not a match. Judging by the kerning (e.g. L-Y) and the lack of variation I suspect this is a free font - most paid-for hand lettering fonts have neater kerning and many character variations
May
24
comment Help ID wedding invite font
Hmm, it's a light hand-lettering style/script style slab serif, which is pretty unusual, those search terms might help. I'd bet it was made in the last 5 years. Style reminds me of lauraworthingtontype.com but I don't think it's one of hers. Also tartworkshop.com have a slightly similar style
May
22
comment How to simulate paint mixing?
@AndrewH see diagram and detailed explanation here - en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/RGB_color_model R+G=Y, R+G+B = white, therefore Y+B = white
May
21
comment How to change mind about taking on a freelance project
Sounds like a briefing document will help. Most ordinary people have no idea what the design process is like, or even that it is a serious professional process. Give them a briefing document to fill in, tell them that you'll use that as the basis for drawing up a contract for the work, and that one round of revisions is allowed but changes beyond that will cost. It'll become clear they need take this more seriously. (also, learning to firmly but politely say "no" is a vital, vital skill for a freelancer! You're not changing your mind, nothing was agreed, you're 100% doing nothing wrong)
May
21
comment Which font is the quickest to read? Which font is the least misread?
FYI you're asking about two separate things. "Quickest to read" = "readability" where the research is murky regarding typeface characteristics (but much clearer on things like line spacing, measure aka column width, etc). "Least misread" = "legibility" and the research is better quality, used for things like road signs, license plates, etc. Typefaces can be good for legibility and bad for readability (e.g. BLOCK CAPS, monospace), and visa versa (e.g. light low x-height)
May
18
comment What font characteristics are associated with luxury and wealth?
hkaube's list of characteristics is pretty good :-) I wonder, if a crafty fixer could convince enough A-list celebrities to wear t-shirts with the word "MUG" written on in comic sans, and if comic-sans-emblazened "MUG" outlets appeared in the top exclusive locations selling t-shirts at outrageous prices, whether it could become a luxury brand? I suspect it could.
May
18
comment What font characteristics are associated with luxury and wealth?
Very interesting question; I think the answer will be in the interplay between type characteristics and the context around it (e.g. swimming in whitespace, subtle use of vivid and contrasting colours) plus associations of the text itself (e.g. the word 'Marc' is already half way there). Also keep in mind that building luxury brands is >90% (?) placement and association-building, and <10% actual design - there's nothing about Lacoste's cartoon crocodile that lends itself to being a luxury brand mark, for example... Who you're seen with, not what you are (sadly)...
May
12
comment Who is responsible for text mistakes in a print project?
I'd emphasise that proofreading and factchecking are professions, there are professional proofreaders and factcheckers, and unless your contract specifies proofreading and/or factchecking as additional services (in which case, charge extra!!), you can't be expected to take on this extra professional duty, just like you can't be expected to fix your client's computer or cook them lunch (if you chose to anyway, it'd be a zero-obligation friendly favour). It's a very good strategy to explicitly state there are no proofreading responsibilities in your contract - but it's not essential.
May
12
comment What are the options for digital magazine publishing?
Can you add what your main criteria are? For example, do people pay per issue, pay for a subscription, or is it free/ad supported? Are you looking to recreate the look and feel of the print magazine, or simply put the content online?
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
@joojaa I actually had real trouble understanding your answer (might be because I have a cold today...), in fact I've only just twigged that the key part of what you're doing is selecting a section of the artwork then making that section of the artwork into a envelope distort. Nice trick! Am I right in thinking though that it couldn't, for example, warp half a dot and leave the other half unwarped like in your white-on-black example? (Unless you used a copy and a clipping mask for each 'fold' then warped the masks?)
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
I thought it didn't - but actually you can get something a bit like that using the bloat tool set to very low intensity. There might be other such things too... I've editted a note about that in. "Is there something like proportional editing in Illustrator?" sounds like an interesting question
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
You can expand the pattern instead of rasterising it?
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
Yes, but all except yours are based on rasterized (pixel) graphics
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
I've added another answer (four good answers clearly wasn't enough :-D) with a couple of additional tricks for the straight edges the asker was looking for: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/53302/3327
May
8
comment How do I create a depth illusion effect with a spots pattern in Illustrator?
+1 this is the best answer. The great things about envelope distort for this are, you can apply it to anything without harming the original vectors (you can even keep text editable!), and you've got complete control to create smooth curves. Tip: to push envelope distort points around in a smooth way, I find it can be really useful to use the lasso tool (q) to select several points in an area, then scale (s), rotate (r) etc. Can make it easier to create natural smooth curves than one point at a time.
May
7
comment At what size can I print a pixel image of an existing without losing quality, and can I use it for personal or resale purpose?
The question was what size can it be printed without visibly losing quality - which largely depends on how far away you intend it to be viewed from. There's lots of helpful info at this answer to another question - graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/1115/3327