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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
May
6
comment “semi-bold” font in Photoshop
If someone was REALLY determined to muck around with a font, they could a) make their type really big, b) add a layer stroke, c) flatten the layer, d) shrink it down... not good practice though...
May
1
comment How can I do some free design work?
Can you add a bit more to this? Many designers aren't familiar with the open source world. Also, related: How can graphic designers contribute to Open Source projects?
May
1
comment How can I do some free design work?
Some related questions: What are some good ways to gain practical experience to add to my portfolio? and Spec-work vs pro-bono?
Apr
30
comment How can I make this into a better dashboard?
For a starter on dashboard design, see this other question
Apr
29
comment New generation of Save icon that is not a “disk”?
I like the idea of a dual-purpose icon with a "tick" (just saved) and * (unsaved) state. Maybe there's a better way of visually linking the two states, e.g. reversing them out of a circle or square with cut corner?
Apr
29
comment Vector images/Infographics created in coreldraw does not look clear and sharp
An example would help - edit in images showing how it looks in Corel, how the exported image file looks, and then how it looks on your site
Apr
28
comment How to use the info panel in illustrator?
Hey, you're right! For me (on CS6) this only works when rulers are visible (view > show rulers), but with rulers visible, it does switch the info panel to use the currently selected artboard, which is the last one clicked on.
Apr
28
comment How to use the info panel in illustrator?
Some crazy person voted to close as "unclear what you're asking", without even bothering to ask for a clarification. That's crazy, it couldn't be clearer what this question is asking. Is someone voting to close at random?!
Apr
27
comment Wall-Sized Canvas Print
While looking for an example print shop who does foam board I found this guide to choosing materials for large-format print jobs, I think you'll find it very useful - supersizeprint.co.uk/materialsguide.aspx?mode=0 - be aware though that this example company's max size for one sheet with no joins is 2.5 meters by 1.2 ( so about 8 feet by 4 feet )
Apr
27
comment Wall-Sized Canvas Print
Wow, I don't know why this question got such a negative response. As the person who answered the "duplicate" I can say that it is NOT the same as this question... that question is extreme, this one is routine. As well as canvas I'd recommend looking into exhibition roller banners (convenient but pricey), or foam board. For checking quality, talk to the print company, they should be very keen to show you samples and to discuss proofing.
Apr
24
comment Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?
WillAdams this sounds interesting - can you add any comment from experience on what its strengths and weaknesses are in terms of usability as UI design software compared to Fireworks?
Apr
24
comment Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?
+1 Affinity Designer is really exciting; it's new, but I'm cautiously optimistic that it'll grow into being the alternative to Creative Cloud we've been hoping for.
Apr
24
comment Illustrator - action to adjust line weight
Have you tried using Actions instead of a script?
Apr
24
comment What is this effect called? It has soft rectangular boxes
@Voxwoman Design is often a bit flavour of the week unfortunately... I wouldn't say that style is "out", it just seems not to be the new big thing or mainstream anymore. It's still quite widely used in appropriate contexts (craft products, historic themes, steampunk or hipster culture, etc) but it was 2010-2013 when it was at its peak and cropped up almost everywhere, even in contexts that didn't quite make sense (like random tech products, comms from mainstream brands and media startups)
Apr
23
comment How can iconography be simple and clear without being childish or unprofessional?
I've been involved in user testing for communications aimed at professionals, which involved icons done in a house style which was deliberately slightly childish (to "soften the brand"), and I was surprised at how receptive people were to it. They're human and they responded well to a touch of warmth and accessibility, even in professional comms - so long as (as others have stressed) it looked professionally produced - stylistically consistent, clear, visually balanced, etc etc, and coupled with high-quality, non-dumbed-down content.