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Questions regarding the research of resources (books, websites, videos, etc.) pertaining to a specific design topic.

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What are good resources for learning to use Illustrator to design iOS apps?

I've been using Photoshop to do visual designs of apps from wireframes until now and it has gone pretty well. But there's a trend these days to do the visuals also in Illustrator use multiple ...
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Does anyone know where I can find a bike template or mockup? [closed]

I'm working on a school project about a fake campus bike rental company and I'm trying to create mockups of everything but I can't seem to find any customizable bicycle templates or mockup photoshop ...
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Graphic Design - Video games — events, seminars, workshops, etc

My daughter loves drawing - using pencil. She wants to be a Graphic Designer - mainly for video games area. We got her a drawing tablet, but she is more comfortable using the pencil. I have not ...
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where to find free casual videos to use in web design as background

I want hd small loop-able casual video which i can put in background. It'd be good for it to be about office work, adventure, playing, community, city life, ocean, sports, school, outside, streets. I ...
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Is there a good place to start selling my designs? [closed]

Good day all. My question is quite simple, I've been making designs for many years, I have a good library of designs, but most of them were unused due to the fact that when a client ask me a design I ...
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Where to find flat icons for formatting?

I want to create a tool bar with the following items: Browse Templates New document Copy Paste Cut Fill Save Undo / Redo Line Color I've been looking everywhere for a free icon set with the above. ...
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Without having an academic background in Graphic design, Can I still get on the top? Any resources/techniques and ways to succeed? [duplicate]

I am currently studying computer sciences and I don't have any design school here to go to after I complete my degree and going abroad can take some time. I am very interested in learning and ...
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Critique: Is this a good way to present images and captions for research document?

I have put lots of pictures/images in my document and I would like to refer them. Below is my attemption after reading this. What do you think about the font, the alignment, the size of images, etc? ...
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How would I go about printing on plastic sheets?

I have a laser printer, and I wish to print onto plastic sheets for creating boxes to hold playing cards. How would one go about the printing process, or is it even possible? What plastic should I use?...
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My designs are dull [closed]

I'm learning web design. When I design a page I ask my friends to tell me their opinions about it and I always get the same answer: it's dull and boring. They say my designs are nice but very dull, ...
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What are the key principles that effective designs share?

You have arrived on this page because you are clearly curious about underlying fundamentals that you can incorporate into your thought process when designing. According to many that came before us, ...
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How to reinforce intuitive design decisions?

I am not a professional designer, meaning: I have not studied Graphic Design at university or similar. I wanted to, but the numerous clauses didn't allow it. On the other hand, I'm actually doing ...
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How do I start designing a ribbon 3d with shadow Text in Photoshop?

I just want to ask for some resources and as to how I could implement such in Photoshop: I saw this image online in a website: https://www.zirtual.com/ and it's just simple as it looks but I was ...
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Where to buy graphics for cheap that I can use in work that I sell? [duplicate]

I am making my own cards to sell, however, I would like to use some graphics and or backgrounds once in a while without having to make them all the time. Where is the best place to buy graphics, ...
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Introductory books on graphic design

I will probably get some downvotes for this since I asked a similar question here: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/29362/cs-graduate-starting-out-in-graphics-design-what-are-the-main-...
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Any books on actual how-to of logo design?

I have been stacking up on books for logo design and scouting dribbble fairly intensely. I read (and loved) David Airey's book Logo Design Love, but what I am really looking for at this stage is a ...
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How can I render a 3D crystal object?

I've been trying to make pretty much exactly this crystal: http://wallpapersus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/abstract-crystal-digital-art-3d.jpg Now, the only thing I've used is Photoshop CS5, and ...
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How to start with Blender?

I'm very interested in animation however I only have a little bit experience in Flash Pro. I would like to start from Blender and how to make easy models then go higher and higher. Is there any book ...
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Easy, Fast, Secured Icon Recommendation

I am trying to do a new website and there are 3 key points to it (Easy, fast, secured). I have already been thinking of using icons for those 3 words but I am not so sure yet. The site that I am doing ...
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Where can I find hi-res stock photography previews?

Does anyone know of a stock photo resource that offers high-res watermarked comp(preview) images? Creating mock-ups with the tiny comps that getty provides really dials back the look of the mockups.
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Free Tool to create Social Media Graphics for Websites and Landing Pages? [duplicate]

I am searching a free tool to create Landing Page Buttons, cool designs, social media call-to-action tools, graphics like below - for beginners. I have it difficult finding free tools. Could you ...
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Where can I find vectors / blueprints of different car models (vinyl design)?

I need to design a vinyl for Seat Ibiza Coupe (2009). I have already found this site: the-blueprints.com but I think it is too expensive for a vector. Is there any site that has free or unexpensive ...
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Recommendations for acquiring (affordable) font bundles

I have never - technically - bought a font for personal use (I can state that in shame, all the fonts I've bought were for clients or came with software I own). It's now time to spend some gold coins ...
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Icon to Signify “search products” or “products”

I'm trying to design a search box for products searching and I can't seem to think of how to represent search for products. My client wants his website to look like this http://www.hipmunk.com/. I'm ...
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Faking print finishes on a mock up

I've looked quite a bit for resources demonstrating how to fake spot varnishes and print finition in general (embossing, foil, flocking, etc.) on real mockups (i.e. no Photoshop). I would exclude ...
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Resources for metrics about brands

I love the site Emblemetric but I've read everything on there since it's not updated so often. Where can I find other resources dedicated to metrics and analyzing logo trends?
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Resources on web design aesthetic

I am looking for online resources (no books please) that provide general rules and guidelines for web graphic design. I am pretty good at scripting (as far as HTML, JavaScript, and PHP are concerned), ...
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Specific Animation: Object Falling Into Snow

I was wondering if anyone knows where I could find a template for After Effects that involves a ball or some other object being dropped into water, snow, smoke, or some other kind of environment. Are ...
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What does Google provide web designers with?

I'm quite new to web-design, being primarily focused on web programming on server-side. I usually power my apps with twitter-bootstrap, using the myriad css classes it provides and I don't interfere ...
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Interesting documetaries on graphic design and any kind of design [duplicate]

I'm looking to be introduced to interesting documentaries in the field of design, I saw Helvetica and it blew my mind and am looking for films similar to this one.
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What it the name of the computer art that seems to zoom forever?

I was watching BBC Click today, and they showed this website where there was a picture that, when zoomed in, it does not get hazy. You actually zoom straight into another picture, and this just goes ...
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Is there an easy way (a pattern or plugin) to create urban maps? Inkscape preferred

This is a tall order, but I thought it might be worth asking. I'm working on a project where I need to basically fake a large urban map: streets, parks, rivers, etc. Essentially I'd like to wind up ...
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What books or ebooks can I use to learn Photoshop? [closed]

I am learning Photoshop at home, but I am finding it quite difficult. Can anyone recommend me any book(s) or resources to learn it (preferably for free)? I have a good internet connection but I'm ...
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What skills to learn for web development? [closed]

I'm a new enthusiast of web programming/development. Recently I started lectures and started studying to learn web development. I don't know if this forum is the right place to find help, but I wish ...
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Resources for finding good web font schemes/combinations

I have started doing some freelance website design work for small business clients, and part of my work will involve selecting fonts to use on the sites that I will be making. Given that typography ...
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Are there any films about graphic design?

I'm looking for fiction films that are either about graphic design, or have important elements of its history, and I'm a bit stuck. I'm not trying to find movies that would be inspiring for ...
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What software should I use to design clipart pictures of human's performing different exercises?

I am building a database with descriptions and various other information for strength training exercises. One of the most important things is to actually let the user get a visual idea of how to ...
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How to begin with UI design

Newbie here. I like the web and UI design, and I know what good UI and good design is, but I lack Photoshop skills. Sometimes when I try to do design work my mind goes blank or gets mixed up because ...
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Git-style Managing for Graphics/Programming Assets on Filesystem level?

This question addresses my problem about handling derivative works but I am trying to find some Git compatible solution. Extensis Portfolio may be a good candidate but for me it is essential that I am ...
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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, teamwork means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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Creating an .ico file with multiple sizes - web application

I want to be able to create an .ico file containing a complete set of Windows icons (16px x 16px, 32px x 32px, 48px x 48px, and 256px x 256px). Is there a web application that can do this for me given ...
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Graphic design feeds to follow [closed]

What are some Graphic Design resources online that regularly post content addressing history, trends and changes in- or explaining principles of Graphic Design? In the best case they offer a feed to ...
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What does an artist who wants to learn graphic design need to know?

There's a (very popular) question that discusses tips and resources for learning graphic design already, but it's from the perspective of programmers who want to get in the game. I have a friend of ...
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What are some good resources for learning calligraphy?

I'm not known for my good penmanship, but I would like to be able to make these hand lettered pieces that have become really popular in the past few years. I know that calligraphy can be a learned ...
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Recommended books about styling elements for App / Interface Design

I'm new to Photoshop and I'm looking for a book which helps me to learn design iOS Apps and user interfaces. I don't look for a book that teaches me about good UI, I'm looking for techniques I can use ...
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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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How can I learn website/webpage design [duplicate]

I asked the closed https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/16602/how-can-or-should-i-design-my-personal-and-professional-sites, and one of the comments was that if the commenter stumbled ...
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What are good pre-internet books or courses for the creation of a logotype?

I am a software engineer attempting the impossible: to codify logotype creation. I want to learn all the rules and principles for logotype design and don't want to rely on blogspam. I'm looking ...
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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm not ...
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Where do professional designers go to look for typefaces?

I was reading The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams and was very impressed how on almost every page, Ms. Williams seems to "pull out" some beautiful typeface which I've never heard of. I'm ...