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Is there a shape/icon to indicate something is safe?

There are lots of icons and shapes that we associate with danger and that indicate to excercise caution. Source, public domain Source, CC2.5 BY-SA Source, Pixabay Proprietary License Source, CC4.0 ...
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Is Adobe Illustrator too heavy for handling complex EPSs?

I am used to downloading realistic, complex vectors from Shutterstock to edit and use in compositons. The files are not necessarily large in terms of drive size (8Mb or so), but some of them are so ...
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Looking for a printer for thick paper and A3 format size?

I am looking to invest in a printer for my work that can print on thick papers 200 gsm+ up to a3 size. It'll mainly be used to print graphic design related stuff. It'll mainly be used for internal ...
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Krita3.0 - brush recognised on mouse but not on tablet

So, I was using Krita3.0 for animation, when I noticed that the brushes were perfectly recognized on using the mouse but the same brushes were just faintly recognized on my drawing tablet. I use ...
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Photoshop RAM usage [closed]

I have been using Photoshop for a long time now, the version i'm using right now is CC 2017. I've been always asking myself, why is it using so much ram and the .psd files, when saved occupy so much ...
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PC configuration for smooth performance in Photoshop and Illustrator? [closed]

How to organise Moderate configuration to setup a PC for smooth performance with Photoshop and Illustrator? I would like to assemble a PC for best performance when doing day long graphic design.
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Is a Wacom tablet a good product for a beginner/hobbyist?

I am a hobbyist (like doodling/fashion designing) and want to start on Illustrator etc. I Googled a lot and realized that Wacom tablets are all the rage. However, I have my doubts over whether I'd be ...
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What issues will I face when doing photoshop and design work on a curved monitor?

I've got this great deal online for a samsung curved monitor and printer combo so I've been thinking of buying the monitor for graphic design work. Due to the curved nature of the screen, I fear that ...
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Why is the numpad on a keyboard not designed to print typographically correct symbols?

As Wikipedia states, the numeric keypad, number pad or short numpad provides calculator-style efficiency for entering numbers. The numpad’s keys are digits from 0 to 9, addition (+), subtraction (−)...
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Is the Monoprice Tablet a good investment? [closed]

I'm planning do to some serious animating and drawing this summer so I've been considering buying a cintiq 13HD. The pad tablet works, but it's not the same feeling as drawing on papers which is why I ...
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Display Screen colors on laptop vs desktop [duplicate]

I do my work on a laptop. I have this problem and I'm trying to find a solution which the problem is when I set screen brightness on 100%, the colors on my screen are mixing up with the backlight of ...
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What to look for in a Graphics Card for Graphic Design? [closed]

I want to buy a new computer, I was doing fine with understanding what processor and memory I need.. but on the Graphics Card I get completely lost. I want my computer to run great Photoshop and ...
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How big of a difference does IPS really make and can it be compensated?

When considering a new monitor for Graphic Design that includes Print, Photography and some Videography (YouTube grade) how important is IPS in the display? It's easy to find things citing its ...
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Who needs more computational power, a designer or a programmer?

I’ve worked in many companies in my career and I always got a hard time when I asked for an upgrade or better computer. It seems to me that programmers have more computational power available than ...
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Lycra Printer- Elastic Fabric Printer

I am looking for a printer that prints on Lycra material (This is like swimwear material and also sportswear material). Does someone maybe know this type of printer? Where I can find it and what is ...
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How do small agencies collaborate?

How do small office or agencies use share resources, client files, and so forth effectively to collaborate? Do they use local network attached storage, Dropbox, Google Drive, or something else? I am ...
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Are there any serious competitors to the Cintiq Companion 2? (pro mobile tablets)

Precise details on what I mean by "serious competitors" below. Wacom recently announced the Cintiq Companion 2. It's a laptop-sized pro tablet that can run all design software including Adobe CS6/CC ...
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Are there performance differences between Intuos2 vs newer non-Cintiq Tablet? [closed]

I have an Intuos2 that has been a nice, solid, tablet for years now and, as far as I know, I'm happy with it. Now, I say "as far as I know" because I've not had the opportunity to try anything new. I'...
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Icons for hardware elements (cache, pipeline, etc.)

I am trying to find symbols for hardware elements which are not usually visible and do not have AFAIK a more recognizable symbol, such as caches, pipelines, etc. It's in the context of a hardware-...
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Is there a trackball with pressure sensitivity like in a pen tablet?

As for the title, is there a trackball with pressure feature for brushes in Photoshop? Many years ago I used a trackball in CAD/CAM software and now I'd like to use it in Photoshop retouching but I'...
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Building A Computer Specifically for Graphic Design, 2K Budget [duplicate]

I've looked around for a good desktop rig to suit a 2K budget computer focused on graphic design/ rendering capabilities, but I'm have trouble finding exactly the type of setup that I'm looking for. ...
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What hardware do I need to work with very large 300dpi illustrator files?

What hardware do I need to make a 300dpi 2000mm x 1200mm illustrator files rich with 2 x layers of jpeg artwork and 1 x layer of vector? I suspect the final files for printing will be in excess 1GB ...
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What are some important things to look out for when buying a used silkscreen press?

I've had my eye on Craigslist for a few months looking for a silkscreen press. I've only ever dealt with my own 1 color/1 station press which I purchased new, so I'm not especially well versed in what ...
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What computer hardware matters to a graphic designer?

I've had my MacBook Pro since 2007 and I'm starting to think about what the next system might look like. I'm not made of money, but if upgrading a component helps to make me a more efficient worker ...
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What should I consider when purchasing a new laptop and accessories for design?

I've been thinking about getting a laptop that is somehow 'optimized' or focused in design. I know it will never compare to a desktop, but I usually find myself having to work while travelling and it'...
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Will the Radeon HD 7670M + 7670M Dual Graphics Work Well With Photoshop CS5?

I have just recently purchased the HP Pavilion M6 15.6" Laptop - Silver (AMD A10-4600M / 1TB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8). This laptop has a AMD Radeon HD 7670M + 7670M Dual Graphics.I am having some ...
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Cheap Cintiq alternatives - tablet PCs with digitizers?

Most of us would love to work with a cintiq-like tablet, but very few could afford one, especially if they are not professionals. There have been questions about this, ideas to try to use an android ...
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How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...
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How to select a graphic tablet for 3D applications?

A friend of mine works a lot with CAD programs like AutoCAD or Autodesk Tools. To his birthday I thought it would be a good idea to present him with a graphic tablet for 3D applications. Unfortunately,...
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Workstation recommendations for designers?

I have a question that comes a bit unconventional and I apologize if it is a little off topic, We need to buy computers (laptops because we have many power outages in Mexico) for web designers and ...
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Should I store work files on my local drive or an external one?

When I worked in small design studios, I was always trained to keep my work files on an external hard drive, and never store them on the computer hard drive. One of my design friends asked why I ...
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Do companies/firms usually provide drawing/artist tablets to their designers and artists?

Or do you have to provide your own?
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What are the differences between the Wacom Intuos 3 and 4 graphics tablets?

For the Wacom Intuos graphics tablet, are there significant functional differences between the current model (4) and the previous model? Does the newer one have additional features or design ...
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Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software?

Excuse me for being totally uninformed, but it usually seems like creative types of people i.e. graphics designers prefer Macs over PCs for accomplishing their tasks. I was wondering, why is this? Is ...
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What image tablet can you recommend on a budget?

I'm looking for a tablet to use in illustrating on a computer, priced between $150-$200. Any recommendations?
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Are graphics tablets worth it?

I've always felt curious about graphics tablets, but I've never even used one. Most people I know either give up or love them. I'm not a big illustrator myself, but I do the occasional doodle and ...