What topics can I ask about here?

What to ask here

Graphic Design SE is for questions targeted toward design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. This includes questions about:

  • graphic arts theory and history;
  • layout, printing and typography;
  • color and composition;
  • the look-and-feel aspect of web design;
  • illustration and image manipulation;
  • how to achieve something with design software (please read this FAQ before asking such a question).

For some kinds of questions that are a weird fit for our Q&A model, we have rules to keep them fitting and answerable:

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also okay to ask and answer your own question.

We ask kindly that your question shows some effort. Tell us what you already know and understood; show us what you tried and failed; document what you found when searching the Internet or manual. If applicable, illustrate your question with sketches, screenshots or examples.

What not to ask

Please avoid asking questions about or for:

  • doing your work for free, including brainstorming or idea gathering;
  • extended tutorials – instead focus on a single aspect that you are struggling with (see this FAQ);
  • software problems that are not specific to graphic-design software, require access to a specific file, or can only be solved by trial and error – such questions are either a good fit for Super User or can only be answered by the manufacturer; also see this Meta post;
  • video editing – ask on Video Production instead;
  • web-site architecture and development – please consult this page on where to ask such questions.

For more help, see: What types of questions should I avoid asking?

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