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PDF Alteration with Photoshop

A golden rule in graphic design is to always start with the source design files and re-export once the appropriate changes have been made. Often in digital printing in publishing this is not an ...
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Is it okay to visually align the elements in a logo?

Sometimes, some elements in logos look off-centre or misaligned even though we align them in the software (mechanically). Is it accepted practice to shift the mechanically aligned elements, so that ...
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Presenting a large number of items in one slide – too crowded or not?

I am creating a presentation and I have to list the following items (personal information you should take care of): Full name Address Social Security number Date of birth Mother’s maiden name PIN ...
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Illustrator: Renaming <Group> and <Compound Path> layers or not?

It may very well be a subjective question, but, is it a good habit not to rename <Group> and <Compound Path> layers? My main hesitation of doing so is that I loose track of what it is. ...
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How to can extract all icons from an .eps file?

I Have shutterstock_219776725.eps that I downloaded from http://www.shutterstock.com/ , it looks like this when I open it in Photoshop. I want to export all those icons in there into its own pieces ...
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When advertising a URL, should the leading https:// be included?

I realize this question belongs more on the Digital Marketing Stack Exchange, but since that experimental SE was deleted, I'm dropping it here. Please forgive me. I'm working on a flyer that has a URL,...
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Borrowing punctuation from another typeface

I am designing a piece of editorial and using Univers throughout, except for the pull quotes where I have used the quotation marks from Gotham instead as I feel they are more distinctive and appealing....
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White space around vector portrait 12 x 18 inch' rule(s)? Best practices?

I'm doing a poster series around vector portraits and I have two elements on the page. a. Portrait / Head + Neck b. { just below } a small centered logo connected to a box with a persons name. What ...
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Android Launcher Icon "suggests" a border

Looking at the Android Asset Studio Launcher Icon Generator, the launcher icons always end up with a transparent border of at least 2dp. Same goes the App Icon Template. But Googles Design Guide does ...
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Should I send a separate invoice for each job?

I've done 2 jobs for the same client this weekend. Do I put them on the same invoice or send him two separate ones?
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Which raster image format is better for digitally displaying images when there is no transparency; JPEG or PNG?

I'm trying to determine which format is better to use when there is no transparency in an image. More importantly though, I'm trying to figure out when it's better to use one over the other. From ...
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Best practice for cap height and x-height for bilingual sign-making inside and outside of a public institution: a hospital

Whats is the best practice for cap height and x-height for sign-making inside and outside of a hospital? I have to design some bilingual signs for a hospital. I have some problems because I don't ...
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Putting the employer's Logo above the Customer

I'm a Front-End Dev with a background in design. I would like to know if someone would be able to help me finding a good explanation for why I shouldn't put the employer's logo in a place with too ...
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Print catalogs: should pdf version have selectable, searchable text? Even if ten pages?

I do in-house graphic design for a retail store. We outsource the production of our short catalog-flyers, roughly ten facing pages and two covers. Among my duties is to maintain the ecommerce side of ...
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Is there a standard design for adding(editing)/removing/reloading a file? [closed]

I am building application that stores pictures of my friends in a database. Each friend has exactly one picture of himself in the database, so there will not be multiple pictures of the same person. ...
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Should I upconvert low-res images to 300dpi for printing?

I'm having a custom deck of cards printed using images of varying resolutions. The card printer asks that all images be at 300dpi, the industry standard for printing. Certain images that I've uploaded ...
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Changing Opacity vs Changing Color

I have noticed in several professional documents (templates, guidelines, co-workers' projects, etc.) the designer has adjusted the opacity of certain elements to get the desired colour. Is this best ...
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Is it OK to only use the wordmark of a logo?

I have a logo that resides in this category: Combination mark When a symbol and a wordmark fall in love, they make a logo. More specifically, a combination mark (a traditional logo) is comprised of a ...
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What to do for eye/retina "burn-in" now that we're all darkened up?

Like many, I've been so excited since I switched to dark mode on macOS. I've been able to work at night and in my studio with dim lighting so much easier. My eyes feel so much better now! But this has ...
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SVG Pros & Cons for Graphic Designers! [closed]

What Are the Pros & Cons of Using SVG for Web Graphics? Q: SVGs (Scalable Vector Graphics) are becoming a popular choice for web graphics. What are the main pros & cons of using them today ...
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Italic Cursive/Running Resources

I am in the process of practicing a running Italic hand, with most letters connected in the spirit of Paul Standard (I also own Alfred Fairbank's book). In addition, I'm trying to minimise the number ...
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Saving assets for Web?

Is it best practise to make an icon for example in Ai and then export to png resolution 72 for use on the web?
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New web designer - strictly design in the browser, or be open to designing from PSD mockups?

I'm someone that's been following the industry and reading up on web design/development for a good few years, and only now making the leap into studying it properly in order to go freelance. From what ...
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What should be size of Document in Adobe Illustrator?

I have downloaded Adobe Illustrator 2017. It has different options for Mobile, Web, Print, File Video, Art Illustration. I have to redraw a logo in illustrator which I have already designed in Adobe ...
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What are the Best Sizes for Designing an Icon Set Used for Web

The icons that I've created for a website of mine are starting to become a little disjointed in size and styling. I"m wanting to spend some time creating a standardized icon set. I'm most concerned ...
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UI specifications to developers [closed]

What is the best way to give IOS/Android developers UI specifications like font sizes, icon size, images, positions, etc.? Is there a best practice for this?
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How to efficiently code a Web site wireframe? [closed]

If you have in your mind, on paper, or on screen an image of your Web site, how should you go about implementing it? Use Adobe Creative Suite? A text/HTML editor? My understanding is that people ...
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Which font to use for making editable PDF forms?

I'm recently re-doing a couple of company forms. These used to be just regular PDFs, which would have to be printed and then filled out. With the move to a more paper-less office environment, I was ...
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What are best practices for creating a duotone? [duplicate]

Any duotone experts out there? What would be your main tips to create duotones? Other than using a light and a dark color and mapping them to light and shadows. I'm interested especially in print ...
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What do you recommend: a Widescreen display or a higher-res display? [closed]

I am currently using an old 1920x1080 21.5" display, and I find it very hard to make high-res designs on it. While searching for a display that will suit my needs better while still being under 300$, ...
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What are the best practices in defining layouts or shapes of pages in an educational web application? [closed]

I am working on choosing layouts and shapes of page components for a large educational web application containing more than 100 variety of web pages. I am currently trying with flat layouts and trying ...
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