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Feb
27
comment How to scan charcoal and graphite drawings?
I actually do a lot of work with paintings and drawings, and photographing them is almost always a better option than scanning. I use 2 photo lights, polarizing filters to reduce glare, and a Digital SLR using RAW format. I use a low ISO setting to minimize noise, which usually requires longer exposures and therefore a tripod. If you have a consumer camera, check to see if there is a "custom white balance" setting: you take a shot of a white piece of paper in the light setting you are using, and then set the custom white balance to that photo.
Feb
27
comment How to scan charcoal and graphite drawings?
yes, disable any post-processing effects in the scanner software.
Feb
26
comment How do you avoid bands of prominent color in gradients?
note, i made a comment about perceptual bands (below), but this was before I really looked at the question. I see that you are speaking about how two particular color ranges stand out.
Feb
26
comment How to get a hand colored effect in Illustrator or Photoshop?
It was a toss up between that and "pouty" :O
Feb
26
answered How to get a hand colored effect in Illustrator or Photoshop?
Feb
26
comment What's the fastest-drying pen?
Sharpies are indelible markers. If you sweat washes up the ink, you must be an alien. Joking aside, beware of the solvents: they are usually toxic. Even the seemingly innocuous alcohol-based designers markers used to cause breathing and even liver problems after long-term (read: career) use.
Feb
26
comment How do you avoid bands of prominent color in gradients?
the perceptual bands are from color quantization. It is a problem with 8-bit per pixel representation. I don't know anything about the plug-in, but using 16bpp RGB when producing gradients and then down-sampling to 8bpp will produce far better results with far less banding than building them in 8bpp.
Feb
22
answered What are the benefits of making gesture drawings?
Feb
21
comment Is there graphic design software made for beginners, suitable for designing websites?
It see that it also works as a Firefox plug-in (!)
Feb
21
revised Adobe Illustrator PDF displays incorrectly in Apple's Preview application
text said "import" but tags say export and final specimens were pdf, so presumably, the OP exported to PDF
Feb
20
revised Grunge effect for vinyl
added 23 characters in body
Feb
20
revised How to exclude a shift-tab character from a nested character style?
fixed tpyo in ttile
Feb
14
revised How to make to tables in InDesign to flow horizontally (in other words be side-by-side and not one after the other like normally happens)?
added 156 characters in body
Feb
13
comment How to batch resize a group of images by area?
"roughly the same size visually" is not a good enough specification for a batch process. Can you be more specific?
Feb
12
comment Tools to simulate different DPI screens?
The problem with simulation is that there are minor problems with reducing schemes that are not pixel perfect. A very low-tech first pass might be a reducing glass, but nothing will really be as accurate as using the target device itself.
Feb
8
comment Literal versus indirect imagery
I would encourage anyone to be careful in a discussion like this with a client. If you start talking about affect transfer etc, you will probably be considered, at best, odd, and at worst, a total asshole. Ultimately citing papers and research will not win your argument and is probably going to be a tactical failure regardless of you being technically correct.
Feb
8
revised Identifying HTML colour codes placed in one pixel
too much editorializing, reduced to a bare question
Feb
6
comment How much effort should I put in to optimizing (cutting up) images for the web?
it should be noted that base-64 encoding is about 1.33 times larger than the original binary data. (You are correct about lots of server requests for small files are slower than one large file because of request overhead.)
Feb
5
answered Extract inner glow to separate layer?
Feb
5
comment Are people in science-related fields appreciating clean and simple slides?
Consider that most people (scientists and engineers especially) have almost no practical design skill-set, so what you see as a "style" is going to be mostly accidental and the rest is going to represent the style guide(s) set out for them as undergrads. I speak from personal multi-generational familial experience.