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Questions about optimising workflow for professional graphic designers. Workflow describes the process that a task undergoes, from initiation to completion. Ask anything related to the workflow of a graphic design project.

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Embroidery workflow on a Mac

After meeting with a few designers and artists who do Embroidery design, and seeing scanned, embroidered designs by famous designers slowly take over design blogs as a means of expression in itself, I ...
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Illustrator: how to apply graphic styles to multiple objects?

Is it possible to apply graphic styles to multiple object or even for whole layer in Illustrator? Adobe's website says the following about applying the graphic style: Select an object or group (or ...
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How to toggle between Pen Mode and Mouse Mode with Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet

Using Wacom Intuos Pro Tablets, (Paper in my case): When editing photos or images using Gimp, Photoshop, etc., I find it helpful to be in "Pen Mode". But, in vector graphics, I prefer "Mouse Mode", ...
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Workflow for users to advance-add things to a table

Attached is a quick sketch of a table idea I’m trying to improve. Ignore the naming conventions. Above the table are dropdowns to select an apple or an orange. The user also has the option to add a ...
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how do you plan your teams collective design output in a decentralised workflow

I work with a creative team that designs banners for the homepage and landing pages in an e-commerce website and app. These banners are in fixed placements and the campaigns in each of these banners ...
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InDesign: how to expand all collapsed links

Is there a way to expand up all the links listed in the 'Links' panel at once? I want to get a quick overview of all the extra info I toggle to display in links (resolution, color mode, etc.). Is ...
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How to open all folders in one click in Sketch?

I'm tired of opening a tree of subfolders. I want to open all folders in a Layer List panel in one click. Is there a Sketch plugin or any other way of doing that?
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quick way to “label” or “caption” a vector in sketch

This is a common technique in workflow diagramming programs. The idea is to simply add a caption to a flow vector. In sketch I have to do the following: 1. create a vector 2. create a rectangle with ...
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How do I make my InDesign document easier to update?

I made a price book for my company last year when I was completely new to InDesign. The book contains many two page spreads that are saved as PDFs, and are tables that I created in a separate indd ...
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Grid distribution of objects based on their center

I am trying to align objects in Illustrator in a grid. (The grid must not show in the final image). I want the center of each object to be aligned vertically and horizontally, as if it were at the ...
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Trim transparent pixels on the outer edge of an animated GIF

Here is a transparent GIF that I made using Blender and Photoshop: I'm happy with it, but I would like to trim out the transparent pixels that are unused around the ball throughout the animation to ...
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Fastest way to create a transparent GIF from PNG

I often create GIFs from a consecutive sequence of transparent PNGs (exported from a 3D modeling app). My current workflow is: 1-Export the animation from the 3D app (Blender) to transparent PNGs 2-...
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Google has removed the “Download Image” link, what changes should I make as a designer?

Thanks to a lawsuit by the large stock congolomerate Getty Images (which also owns iStock) Google has removed its popular "View Images" feature (one of many articles on the topic: http://time.com/...
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InDesign or Illustrator for package design?

I was debating with my students this week about which software to submit their files in for my package design class. A few advantages of InDesign I see are as follow: The capability of creating mixed ...
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Object-based alignment guides in Illustrator

In InDesign, I never have a problem aligning objects in relation to other objects because the Guides always show me where each object's center points are: I would love to know how to do this in ...
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Multiple view in Photoshop : different layers visible for live modification (without Smart Objects)

I'm working with non-destructive layers in PS CC. I have a stack of three layers where each layer outputs to the next one in the stack (1st layer outputs to the 2nd which outputs to the 3rd). I'd ...
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What is the best process to test Pantone formulas for plastic before production?

We've been tasked with designing a plastic straw that will have a printed logo. The Pantone colour of the plastic straw (320 C) and the printed logo (7700 C) have been provided by the client, ...
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how to add multiple pics in multiple pages and put link in PDF Acrobat Pro DC cloud

We want to add images to books and coaching notes which we sell. Books are scanned version PDF files. We want to add few pics to each page and add link to those pics. our images are in a folder. As ...
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Are there any shortcomings to making layouts in InDesign to place in Photoshop?

Is it a crazy idea to make artwork in InDesign and then export to JPG then place linked files inside Photoshop, then save for web export to GIF? Should I just design it inside PS? it's just that I ...
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Sketch button symbol: scalable centered text?

I use labels, buttons, filters etc with text in them in my design. I created symbols for all of these to keep it easy to organize. However, when I use instances to change the text in these buttons, ...
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Clever way to get equal margins in Sketch app?

When I'm designing pages I want certain margins to be the same. To achieve this I currently draw up a rectangle with a height/width of X, and use this to space out the elements equally. This is an ...
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Modern image/assets saving workflow for Print and Digital using Adobe CC

my departments are setting up some new file naming conventions. We use a CMD system to autogenerate a number of folders from a dynamically created Job Number. Currently, we have the following ...
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How can I assign hotkeys to specific layers?

I am flatting pages in a comic book. The process is always the same, and I have a set of four layers that I need to cycle through constantly while working (but there can be several dozen other ...
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How do you create a product design documentation?

I'm working as junior UX/UI designer in a company. I'm in charge of (re)designing the application, and setup some design in the company process. I want to create some sort of "design documentation" ...
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How Do I Go About This Photoshop Bulk Templating

I have a folder with designs that need no further work designwise. They all need the same treatment, to have width set to 500. Once treated each and every image needs to be put through two generated ...
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Should I discard rough sketches as I develop my final version?

I have a series of paper sketches done as part of my design process. As I take the design to the next stage I am creating a better representation of my design that builds on my sketches and will ...
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Quick method for adding bleed to masked images?

I often need to create bleeds for designs that include photos inside of clipping masks, and I currently know of only two ways, neither being very speed-efficient. Method 1 - Reposition all four ...
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InDesign: How to make auto-updating page-in-page teachers' guide?

I'm making materials to teach children how to read, and the two main products are A primer book so children can follow a lesson, and A teachers' guide that includes a preview of the corresponding ...
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Creating numbering for math compendium in Adobe InDesign CS6

I am currently as the teacher of a math class creating a math compendium as a complement to the course book that I feel lack some crucial parts. Now The compendie is mostly constructed from scanned ...
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How do I change the (fill/stroke) color of multiple (Illustrator) files in InDesign?

Is there a way that I can change the fill color of multiple linked .ai files all at once in InDesign? My process is as follows: I'm working on a photobook in InDesign. I've a master page with various ...
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Sustainable revision workflow for print/digital documents with non-designers

It's my first time posting here so if this topic has been addressed please let me know. I'm the only in-house designer in my company. The company I work in has a lot of non-designers who work on ...
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How do big design companies share art files

Many projects with many files all uploaded by humans on one server will get messy, by definition. Even if they have a structure, when 1000 of people work on projects there will be made mistakes. How ...
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Is co-design applicable to branding projects?

I've been reading up on co-design / human-centred design (whatever you want to call) it recently. It seems like a great approach to take when working on, for example, large web or app projects as it ...
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How to work around 100 artboard limitation in Illustrator for large project with many symbols?

In Illustrator CC 2017, there is a limit of 100 artboards per file. For a project I'm doing, I have several global swatches and symbols that I need on more artboards than that. (If the limit were ...
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Merge content of files line by line (intersperse lines)

I am using Windows 10 and InDesign CS6. I would like to take 2 files, mix the content line by line and output to a third file to make an ebook, as follows. INPUT FILE 1 (e.g. TXT, XML, SQL, etc.) [...
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How to get from sketch to design? [closed]

Despite me asking it because of A concrete problem of mine I think the overall problem can be applied more generally and may help beginners to semi-beginners. The question goes like this: If you know ...
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Adobe Illustrator - managing graphic styles library across multiple files

I've created new Graphic Styles and saved them in a Graphic Style library. Later on I'm busy working in a new document where I have opened that library. I decide I want to update the Appearance of one ...
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How to ensure color consistency between Illustrator, InDesign and 4 color printing?

I am making a catalog that will be printed by using four color process printing. The catalog is created in InDesign and the catalog is full of vector images created in Illustrator. Can someone ...
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Can I change the text in each instance of a linked object

I am reusing a design element many times in a single file. Rather than duplicating all the layers each time I reuse the element, I set it up as a linked asset which I include multiple times. This is ...
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How to split work while designing on InDesign?

I am new to InDesign. We are about 6 people working on an yearbook about 200 pages. The plan is to combine each article (separate InDesign document) to an InDesign book file. Is it practical in ...
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Illustrator: complex artwork takes too long to redraw

I have eliminated thousands of points on a map exported to Illustrator. The redraw time is still 10-15 seconds after each click, even in Outline mode. The file size is not that large. Any suggestions ...
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Sketch app exporting in different sizes

I often need to export my assets in multiple sizes. The '1x' and '2x' option in Sketch simply isn't enough, as I sometimes need the same icon in let's say 200x200, 300x300 and 400x400 while the ...
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Sketch Export CSS workflow

I'm looking to enhance my workflow for design websites with Sketch. I know Sketch has a built in ability to export CSS but it only exports the actual CSS atttubutes . Is there a way to export the CSS ...
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How can I check if a logo already exists?

I have a logo design idea that I've put together, how can I check if the logo or idea has already been used elsewhere?
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Create SVG asset library with Illustrator

I'd like to use Illustrator to generate a set of assets for use in web. The idea is that I would define one or more defs that could be called upon late. It seems this is not the intended use, and to ...
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Missing the ability to link different artboards in an external document in Illustrator CC 2017

Before I update my current Illustrator Version to CC 2017, I used to get a pop-up before placing external .ai files in my current document offering me multiple options as well as the ability to choose ...
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Which conversion process produces better results – RGB to CMYK or the other way around?

I've thought about this question for so long but I couldn't think of a good way to phrase it to be searchable. So I decided to ask you guys, and I apologize if it's a repeated question. If I'm ...
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How do I achieve this?

This is NOT a question about replicating a graphic effect. Please read full. Before beginning working as a graphic designer (right now I'm a student with a decent portfolio), I want to have bulk ...
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How can I convince my manager to stop predisposing our designers?

I'm trying to convince our manager that we want a fresh look. What we really need to do is to describe the features to a designer and see what they come up with. Instead he shows them pictures of last ...
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Creating a Flowchart for Wireframes

I am kind of new to wireframing, so I might have the wrong conceptions here, but I would like to create a flowchart showing how different wireframes of an app are related to each other. The thing is, ...