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Aug
6
comment Aligning letters “Wrong” appears more “Right”
@bharat I genuinely don't know :-) I realise that isn't very helpful. I guess "optical" is commonly used to mean "by eye, not by absolute rule", it just feels like the intuitive name to me, and it's come up in conversations with other designers and everyone's know (or, figured out) what was meant. The other terms I discovered while struggling to find a reference to link to for "optical alignment"...
Aug
6
comment Aligning letters “Wrong” appears more “Right”
@bharat almost everything has a name, the names are just often not very well known or widely used :-) see my answer below - tldr; you can use "visual alignment"
Aug
6
comment What is the difference between a font and a typeface?
@Hugh This comment is completely unhelpful - care to say what is wrong in this answer and what the answer should be?
Aug
5
comment Should I use company's logo color as a website color even if its bad?
A couple of related questions you might find useful: Designing around an awful logo, and Tips for using poor colours well which is also about designing around bad shades of blue
Jul
27
comment Client refusing to pay
@Scott it might be a duplicate, depends on what the deal with the contract is. The key characteristic of that linked question is that there wasn't a written contract (and some unrelated stuff about powerpoint...).
Jul
27
comment Client refusing to pay
What does your contract say? Most contracts I've used have some sort of deposit and cancellation penalty written in. Also, the client's analogy is terrible - if you've got 10 years' experience and it doesn't suit their needs, chances are their brief didn't communicate their needs. And you've already done a bulk of the work: it's not like a customer in a shop, it's like hiring builders to build an extension then trying to cancel without paying when they're mostly finished because they "thought it'd be more spacious". Or sending a dish back in a restaurant because they misread the menu.
Jul
22
comment How to present email marketing in a portfolio?
Yup, and (as with web pages), if a selling point is that you do responsive (email) design, showing the same design on a selection of differently sized devices usually goes down well
Jul
21
comment Highlighting/Changing the backroung colour of a text that is on a path-ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
Do you want the background colour to follow the shapes of the letters, like an outline of the letters, or to be a smooth line following the line of the path, like it's a ribbon the text is sitting on? (I thought both had been asked before here but actually I can't find either)
Jul
14
comment What is the difference between a font and a typeface?
Fair points, I said "track" in an earlier version, can't remember why I changed it - I'll change it back
Jul
13
comment How do I earn more as remote freelance Graphic Designer?
The short answer is, by finding real, serious clients, who want a designer they work with to really develop a style that brings out their brand, not the kind of clients you find on freelance sites, who generally just want something quick, professional-ish and fashionable-ish. As for how to find them: I've been in-house for too long to answer that but I'm sure others here can.
Jul
9
comment Is creative writing needed to be a Graphic Designer?
I spent my first day of my first job at a small company putting up shelves in the office... That job certainly had variety.
Jul
7
comment How to edit the “lists” defined in Bullets & Numbering in paragraph styles?
Great, Type > Bulleted & Numbered Lists > Define Lists answers the question, thanks - why not put that as your answer?
Jul
7
comment How to edit the “lists” defined in Bullets & Numbering in paragraph styles?
By "Properties" I mean a) list name b) is "Continue...stories" ticked yes/no c) is "Continue...book" ticked yes/no - the three things you set on creating a list, visible in the screenshot
Jul
7
comment Why are drop shadows so hard to render, and is there an easier alternative for an aging computer?
Also, size will be a factor. Normally, how big (in mm) a vector is makes no difference, but raster (pixel) effects like drop shadow are based on an internal pixels per inch (PPI) setting (probably 300), so if you're designing your logo bigger (in mm) than usual, it'll use more pixels to render than usual, and will be slower than usual. (tip: it's a good idea to avoid pixel effects in logos - they'll be used in so many varied contexts it's best to stick to things which size and render reliably across formats and media)
Jul
7
comment How to create a uniformly distributed dashed plot in a scatter graph in Adobe Illustrator CS4
That's weird, I'm sure I used to do this all the time: create graph, ungroup graph, select line segments using the funny "group select" tool under the white arrow, then join and it joined them all at once. Alternatively Unite in the Pathfinder window should work
Jul
6
comment If business card will only contain one phone number, is it necessary to specify which type of number it is?
It'd be good to add what country this is, and whether it's a country where you can tell what type of number it is by looking at it. For example in the UK there's no need, since if it's an 07... number most* locals will know it's a mobile whereas if it's an 01... or 02... number most* locals will know it's a landline number. If there's no equivalent convention where you are, you should specify. *[citation needed, your mileage may vary, etc]
Jul
5
comment How to make a bulged hexagon in Adobe Illustrator?
Great answer, just one thing to add - after doing this, you can either fix the effect with Object > Expand appearance to get normal handles on the bloated corners, or if you don't, you can edit the effect setting under Window > Appearances
Jun
29
comment Hero Banner - Responsive Design
Responsive design tends to be minimalist because a) it gained popularity while flat design is/was in fashion, b) it's much, much easier that way and c) it tends to be implemented by UX-oriented design teams which err towards minimalism (every flourish or decorative element needs to be able to prove its objective utility). In theory, you could have a design that was both perfectly responsive, and highly decorated/complex... but you'd be swimming against the tides of fashion, technology and the decision-making processes of most responsive design teams, for little benefit. +1
Jun
25
comment Is there an autosave feature in Adobe Illustrator?
While this is useful, there are a few issues with it: 1) the "pause" you set applies to everything in your Actions palette. It's per illustrator session, so it might also forget what you set it to next time you start Illustrator. 2) Once it starts, it applies to whatever Illustrator file is in focus. You can't apply the action to one file but not another, and only files in focus will autosave. 3) If you set an autosave folder, that becomes the default save folder for the file.
Jun
25
comment Why does Illustrator add zeeros in all units?
What are your language settings? Maybe you have it set to a language that uses , as a decimal point, Adobe forgot about these languages in some update, and now illustrator is storing the number as 12,00 (twelve point zero localised) when saving it, changing that to 12 00 because some adobe engineer told one part of the system to always ignore commas in numbers, and then reads that as 1200... Adobe are pretty terrible with international stuff (for example), so this seems like the kind of mistake they'd make.