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Questions about the arrangement and styling of content elements on a page. Ask anything related to laying out print, web and other types of pages.

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Trying to find balance in uneven text blocks

I'm designing a business card for my small business. The text at the bottom of the card is throwing me off. I'm separating the employee's name and title from their contact information, to "square ...
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What tools are used to generate this white-paper styling? [duplicate]

In this blog post the author shows some different types of "page turning" whitepapers. IMO this style is quite impactful and I would like to attempt to create something similar. One example from the ...
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Figuring out the Ligatures/Kernings of a Font

There are ways to measure text in the browser, taking into account the font size. However, you could get a performance improvement if you only measure the different characters, and then you combine ...
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How can I improve this magazine page layout?

I am an amateur graphic designer. Me and my friend are working on a Japanese-English bilingual magazine for our University. Can I get some feedback on how to improve the design of this page?
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Is there a name for illustrations with non-rectangular borders?

I work on RPG books. In a lot of those books, there are illustrations that do not have rectangular borders: I know that the process is "text wrapping," but is there a concise way to describe an image ...
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Preview PSD mockup on @2 @3 iOS

I do have a layout built in 1242 width for iOS application can you please suggest what can be a good way to test it how it will look like on the real phone?
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Does this layout look okay?

I've never been great at laying out text and other elements within a rectangle. I know a few tricks (like the rule of thirds) but I'm still unsure. Does the layout below look okay? The rectangle has ...
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Illustrations showing up pixelated in Indesign despite huge resolution

Illustrations I create in Procreate show up pixelated at edges despite high resolution when I place them in Indesign. I'm working on illustrating books for print. It's my first time working on a ...
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Create an input range slider with a high range [closed]

I want to create a web page for some visualizations I made using d3.js. I create a map, an heatmap and some other small charts. In this drawing I show (very schematically) how the created graphs ...
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What dimension should I use in photoshop when using full-width bootstrap layout? [duplicate]

I've read about dimensions here: What width should I design for when creating a website? The question I have is that I use bootstrap4 with full width (fluid). So for now what dimension should I use ...
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Is there a standard name for a crossed rectangle placeholder?

In DTP type applications, a rectangle with a pair of diagonal lines from corner to corner is used as a placeholder to signify blank space awaiting content, or not rendered. Example: Is there a name ...
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How to display a grid of images that have different aspect ratios?

If I have a grid of images, let's say political cartoons, that have differing aspect ratios and cannot be cropped, how can I display them in a grid or even linear fashion? My current solution is ...
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Cover page: is it ok to start subtitle with dash?

By far most of the research reports I read that have a subtitle start the subtitle with an uppercase letter (figure to the left below). Is there any reason why the subtitle should not start with an en ...
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Form Design - Splitting content among PDF Fields

I am having a problem where I have on page 1 of my document a simple clean easy to read form which users enter the information and then the document formats it and populates the actual form (which is ...
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What the Frick is “Hollywood Sleek”? [closed]

Okay so I have a client who ALWAYS asks for things in a very vague manner but absolutely and categorically refuses to divulge more into their idea(s). So recently they sent me an email saying they ...
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How do I create a good design style that the client is looking for? [closed]

I know how to follow flyer and poster design tutorials to learn new design effects, and I know how to sketch a layout. But when I’m working on a comp for a client, I often struggle with creating a ...
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Script to resize InDesign page to fit content

I'm wanting to use ExtendScript javascript to loop through each page of an Adobe InDesign document and change the size of the page to match the visible bounds of all the objects on that page. I'll ...
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Simplifying mobile web design without altering given requirements [closed]

I'm writing and designing a mobile web application where users chat with one another. This question is about designing a page where each user's interactions with connected contacts are shown. This ...
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How to align vertical text of differing lengths?

I’m creating cover art for a game that I’m making. I have a narrow vertical space for my title text, so I want the two-word title to be vertical. The words are different lengths (“Sherlock ...
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What's the alternative of using Cmd+\ in InDesign to align text?

My co-worker is the one who taught me this short key in InDesign. It's very useful to align content for a much cleaner look, but it can only be used if the content is in the same paragraph or ...
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Why would I want to a use baseline grid in Illustrator cc?

What are the benefits be of using a baseline grid in Illustrator for a limited amount of text?
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Why does my text overflow right away? [closed]

Why am I getting the text overflow symbol, when there isn't any overflow? When I create a text box over a photo I have placed and just type in 1 letter it immediately puts a text overflow symbol on ...
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Designing for responsive layouts [duplicate]

I've come to find a love for UI design, and I really do enjoy it more than most other aspects of the Graphic Design field. But an issue I have encountered is designing for responsiveness. I know the ...
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How to format a print booklet with fold out tabs on certain pages

I am creating a sort of portfolio book for an interior design company. They requested the sections have fold out tabs on the pages. I've never had to make something like this before so I am trying to ...
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Generate layers positions in Photosop

How I can generate grid/layout guides with positions of all layers in photoshop and save it? I would like to look like this, but for all elements in document. If it is not possible to generate, how I ...
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Cut A4 design to A5 for printing

I design a 32 pages (excluding cover and back) A5 (A4 folded to center) booklet. While designing, I put page 1-2 in one A4 landscape format artboard, 3-4 in another, 5-6 in another, and so on. When ...
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Is it possible to apply a right side master to a left side page in InDesign?

Is there any way to apply a right side master in a spread to a left side page? If not, is there a way to split all master page spreads into single master pages, so they can be applied to both right ...
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Layout term for bar or rectangle of solid color

I'm trying to find the term for a rectangle or figure made of rectangles of solid color, as found sometimes near the title on the front page of publications and websites. I have looked at various ...
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How do you decide on a typeface? [closed]

Do you go through all your fonts and choose the best one? Do you find a typeface you like and get variations of it? Do you copy your favorite typeface combination from a cool looking website? Do ...
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Critique: How can I more clearly represent overlapping relationships in this chart

I have the following chart showing relationships between various items (I've removed all text except for placeholders on the relevant parts. I'm happy with this much, but the issue is the following ...
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Good UX for container alignment for main content

I'm working on User Interface and I'm trying to figure out if a left alignment on the body container or a center alignment would work/look better. I'm adding screenshots of my project. Have there ...
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Ideas to highlight various areas of a Single Page Web Application [closed]

I have created the following page. I have created a textured background, borders for two sections in the page. Search Results Selected Images What I want is an effective way of highlighting the ...
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Name of this kind of design element?

Maybe a dumb question, but is there a name for this kind of design element? Zoom, preview or something along those lines?
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print Word A4 document to A4 Booklet with A5 pages

So I saved the Word document to PDF with A4 layout. Then I tried the Booklet print with Adobe Acrobat Pro, but It makes a new frame around the framed A4 pages. And it isn't symmetric by the way. I ...
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The process of setting up Baseline Grid

I've been an avid reader of the site and now asking my first question. In regards to setting up baseline grid for multi column layouts, with a mix of type and image per page like a magazine spread. ...
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InDesign - Link text frames without threading and proper Master creation

InDesign novice here. I am trying to create a catalog-type document to simplify the creation process for a client (previously using Illustrator), but I am not understanding very well how Master pages ...
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InDesign: how to prepare book for perfect binding

I am designing a perfect bound book, I understand that the pages will all be single, so they can easily be in different paper (colour, weight etc), but I can't figure out how I can tell the printer ...
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Designing in Microsoft Office

I have a client who needs a few editable word documents / powerpoint documents. Currently, I don't have office on my pc so I'm looking at getting it. I know I won't use it much, so I'd be fine with ...
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How do people create visual designs for text documents (such as ICO whitepapers and investment prospectuses), and what software do they use?

By "design", I mean this sort of minimalist visual formatting that uses accent elements and negative space to focus specific pieces of text, not infographics (which are a different topic): https://...
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RWD 100% correct way to do breakpoints

Having questions about this approach: https://medium.freecodecamp.org/the-100-correct-way-to-do-css-breakpoints-88d6a5ba1862, also checked two other threads on this forum: What are best practices for ...
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Contextual shapes in margin calculation

I am having a doubt regarding margins in this project I am realizing. Should i consider these triangular shapes when calculating margins, or should I imagine a blank page as I am doing now? Sometimes ...
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Any standard size for a signature and/or logo on invoices or receipts?

I want to make a master layout for invoices and receipts which will include a company logo and signature of authorized person in (png/jpeg format). So what should be or what is the standard size for ...
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How to create an A4 trifold brochure?

I need to to know what my artboard's size be to created for a trifold brochure. For my own reference I folded an A4 paper manually. So my question is will a horizontal A4 sized artboard will do to ...
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Is there any universal grid division rule to use in any format?

I've been wondering if there's a universal grid structure to use regardless of format/page size/proportions? While researching online or reading professional books i usually can see that there are a ...
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Formatting: left aligned vs. justified body text?

I'm currently writing a business report and set up a single column design with many diagrams of varying sizes throughout the document. I was wondering, which alignment is most appropriate, and why? ...
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Deciding On Inside Margins For A Perfect-bound Book

What factors should guide my decision on adding extra inside margins when preparing a book for perfect binding? I'm working on a book that will be perfectly bound. It's a budget job, so I'm using an ...
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Long document with two independetly running columns

I am working on a translation a try to put the original and the translated text side by side in the document. I would like the columns to be independent and run over multiple pages, so that if I enter ...
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InDesign: preserving master page elements when adding single pages into a 2-page-spread document

I am designing a report for a municipality that shows different measures that municipality should take. The whole report has more content so I have set up one master page that has the page numbers and ...
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InDesign: horizontal to vertical spread

I have a horizontal spread of pages (1 and 2 side by side). I need to get page 2 at the bottom of page 1. How can I achieve this? I have tried manually drag, but as these are master pages applied, it'...
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Unequal columns in InDesign book chapters do not mirror/reflect when more pages are added

I’ve typeset this huge book with unequal columns: text in the larger inside column, pics with captions in the smaller outside column. The problem is that, of course, all the chapters are separate ...