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comment What are the rules for creating optimized image formats?
What do you mean by 16-bit formats? Do you mean 16-bit color? Because I don't see why you can't use gradients with 16-bit color.
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comment What are some common open (royalty-free) image formats?
Still, PNG is technically superior to GIF in all ways. The only reason to use GIF is for animated GIFs--due to the lack of support (mainly IE) for APNG. That's one of the fundamental flaws of the patent system--by the time a patent expires the technology will have long since become irrelevant.
Jan
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comment Font-face loaded on Windows look really bad. Which fonts are you using that render better?
Actually, it does vary from browser to browser. Firefox and IE will render the same font differently, if only because one uses EOT and the other uses OTF/TTF/WOFF. And ClearType does use subpixel rendering as well. Many people just prefer OS X's font antialiasing over Windows' options.
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revised How to simulate low contrast LCD screens
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answered How to simulate low contrast LCD screens
Jan
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comment Is there any way to remove a digital watermark from my image?
Also, in my experience, the artists/photographers that use the most obnoxious watermarks tend to also be the type who really don't have to worry about anyone stealing their images. I don't know why that is, but it seems like the really successful photographers/designers never really worry about someone saving their images or passing it off as their own.
Jan
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comment Is there any way to remove a digital watermark from my image?
Generally speaking, a watermark is effective. It doesn't keep honest people honest. Someone who needs a watermark to deter them from copyright infringement isn't honest--they just know it's easier to find an image without a watermark. The real downside of a watermark is that it treats honest users as thieves also and just look plain ugly. If you keep the watermark small, it can be cropped out, but if it's big, it looks obnoxious. IMO, it's better to just accept that some 16-year-old might steal your image than to watermark an image you want to display to people.
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revised Learning Logo Design
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revised Learning Logo Design
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answered Learning Logo Design
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revised How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
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answered How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
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answered What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?
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revised How can I design a simple logo without any prior skill in graphic design?
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answered How can I design a simple logo without any prior skill in graphic design?
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comment Tips and resources for beginning designers
@Andy Groff: That sounds like a good plan. I was mainly referring to web developers who try to handle design themselves for commercial projects and end up spending 95% of their time on the development part and then try to do the design in the last 3-4 days before the deadline. But I think anyone can get something out of learning new skills and expanding their horizons. It's sorta like how athletes do cross-training, which helps improve their overall performance.
Jan
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comment How can I improve my drawing tablet skills?
This sounds like a good idea for smaller tablets, but I question how practical it is for larger tablets. I have an Intuos4 XL (probably not the best choice for my first tablet), and I simply can't imagine using the pen as a mouse replacement. I'd have to move my arm 10x as far just to reach the same places that a small flick of the mouse would let me reach. So I really can't can't see myself using the pen for general computer use for 8~10 hours a day.
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comment Why are certain colors more prone to compression artifacts than others?
Re-compressing an already lossily compressed JPEG compounds the problem of compression artifacts. That's why you should never do it. If you need a copy of a JPEG, just create a copy of it. Don't open it up in a graphics editor and recompress it. If you're getting corrupt files all the time simply from copy a file, then you need to replace your hard drive. That's not normal.