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Jun
17
comment Protecting against copyright?
You'll probably find the tools in Image search engine, but for logos / How do you spot plagiarized logos? useful for this
Jun
16
comment How to create a fictional city map
OpenGeoFiction might be of interest - it uses the tools behind Open Street Map for fictional maps. Seems to be just one collaborative map though, rather than allowing lots of individual maps. Blog article on it
Jun
12
comment CMYK colours wrong on export in Illustrator
That's unusual, does it also seem red when you print it? It'd be great if you could show a sample
Jun
11
comment Name for noir-esque art style in the Burial at Sea promotional art?
+1 the main thing in the sample not covered by "noir" is the arrangement of different elements including faces over a paint like pattern, which is classic 1960s film poster style
Jun
8
comment Does the Retina Icon pack represent good value for money? (1200 - 3000 icons for $58+)
Whether it's good value to you depends on how much you use icons and how much you could re-use one particular icon set between projects. I've edited the title to be more about the objective thing of whether that is good value for money in general. At a glance it looks like a fair, competitive price and a well-produced set, but I don't shop for icons often and haven't checked the fine print.
Jun
6
comment What is the best approach to improve skills? i.e good tutorials, books, course
+1 I'd strongly recommend treating things like books, courses, tutorials etc not as ways to get better but ways to get ideas, inspiration, new techniques and approaches, which you then practice. It's that actual doing that will make you actually improve, everything else is just fuel for the fire.
Jun
6
comment Golden ratio and Icon design?
A lot of it is instinct to be honest, and the "golden ratio" isn't quite the magic bullet it's sometimes cracked up to be e.g. see this on the cogsci site: basically it's real, but good well-balanced design is more important than whether a design uses the golden ratio or not. See also: How often is the Golden Ratio actually used in modern design?
Jun
6
comment Shape moves when changing stroke thickness in Illustrator?
I think it snaps the edge (or near edge) of the stroke, so the anchors of a 1px line are half way between pixel edges so the line goes from one pixel to another (otherwise a 1px line would be half of one pixel and half of its neighbour), which is why it moves the anchors. Then, it gets stuck because after being scaled up a while the other grid line is closer.
Jun
5
comment Shape moves when changing stroke thickness in Illustrator?
Looks like something to do with the snapping to grid or pixel align settings, not sure what exactly but that's where I'd look first
Jun
2
comment scale pattern in illustrator when already applied to object
You can select the input then use the up and down arrow keys to see it nudge up and down more conveniently
Jun
2
comment How does color affect kerning and leading in CSS?
I'd suggest getting a 'before' and 'after' page up and comparing the Computed panels in your browser's inspect element tool between the two with the problem elements selected, so you can see exactly which properties end up different
May
28
comment Does anyone recognize this font?
The font and style look quite a lot like the font in the "Goodfellas" film poster - Bodoni I think (this is slightly less bold). It might well be based on that style.
May
23
comment Is online freelancing a viable source of income?
Related reading re 99designs and similar sites: Why was my experience with a logo contest so miserable?
May
23
comment How should I handle a client when they ask for my opinion about another designer's work?
Any appraisal of any design work depends on whether it meets the brief they were given. Do you know the brief? If not, that's a handy way to dodge an awkward question (e.g. "I'd normally avoid that style for [reason] but it might meet the brief they were given")
May
23
comment How can I create WORKING gears in Illustrator?
For simple gear illustrations, this is a really good simple method as it will apply teeth of the same size on any size of circle and is easily adjustable, for example i.imgur.com/LG9krpS.png
May
23
comment Are there any free emoji fonts?
Looks great. Any idea where someone could see a sample before installing the font?
May
22
comment Maintaining correct line thickness and small dots seem mutually exclusive in Illustrator's Image Trace
Can you provide a sample? Also something to try: I'd suggest copying and tracing it twice, once for the lines, once for the dots, then delete the dots from one or the lines from the other
May
22
comment How do I use designs in a stacked bar chart with precise statistics?
So, pictogram charts like these tend to be best for cases where your audience want a general idea more than precision (and so the numbers shown tend to be rounded, avoiding the problem, like in your example). If your audience are more interested in the exact numbers, a regular bar chart is probably more suitable.
May
22
comment How do you edit or simply add color to downloaded vector Icons?
No idea if it's right or wrong but any work with vectors is easier in applications designed for working with vectors (it would also help if you edit a link to the tutorial into the question)
May
22
comment How do you edit or simply add color to downloaded vector Icons?
Since they're vectors, this'll be much easier in a vector design application like Illustrator or one of its alternatives than in Photoshop