Questions tagged [workflow]

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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Repeat last selection in Inkscape

Repeating the last selection can be useful. For example: Sometimes you apply changes to several selected objects simultaneously. To properly appreciate the result and avoid clutter, it is necessary ...
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Is it possible to resize the page interactively in Inkscape?

I would like to resize the page interactively in Inkscape, either with the mouse or with a keyboard shortcut. Is this possible? If it were not possible, could this potentially be a desirable feature, ...
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Why does my cursor select the object in back when I select the top level object in Illustrator

I have two layers in this document, hands on top and orange background behind it. If I click on the top hand to try to move the layer, I "click through" it and it drags the orange background....
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“Actually” filling a shape with a pattern in Illustrator

I am trying to "actually" fill a shape with a Pattern in Illustrator. When I create a shape, then use the Window > Swatch Libraries > Patterns > Basic Graphics > Basic ...
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Why does my document change size between Illustrator and Inkscape? [duplicate]

If I create a 150mm x 150mm document in Illustrator, as such: and then create a 80mm x 80mm square in the middle of the document, as such: then save to .svg format, when I open the document in ...
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How do most graphic designers handle their branding mockups? Templates or DIY?

I'm curious about how you handle your branding mockups for final delivery on a job. Putting logos or branding assets on 3D, real-world objects to demonstrate its use and final application, as well as ...
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Expanding blended strokes in Illustrator

My question is different than this question. I have created a design with blended lines: And now I would like each of the intermediate steps between the two base strokes to become a stroke as well. &...
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“Paste into shape” in Illustrator 2020

At the bottom of the toolbar in Illustrator there used to be an option to paste inside a shape: It's a really convenient that helps you not have to make a clipping mask if you don't have to, and ...
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how to add custom keybinds in krita?

I am trying to add a keybinding that converts my current selection as a transparency mask for the current layer, Krita can already do this by right-clicking the layer> add> transparency mask. I ...
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Is QuarkXpress still relevant for manuscripts and books please? [duplicate]

I used QuarkXpress years ago when freelancing on a temporary basis with a local printer/publisher, when I edited manuscripts for local authors and developed the layouts. The version with which I am ...
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Best workflow for both google HTML5 banner ads and animated GIFs

We have recurrent product campaigns and we are moving on to HTML5 banner ads from just plain GIFs but we are still keeping both formats as some of our target audience is on old systems. I am looking ...
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Photoshop's “Snapshot” equivalent in Illustrator?

What is equivalent functionality to Photoshop's Snapshot in Illustrator? There is no History panel in Illustrator that I know of. If nothing of sorts exist, what is a good approach to save multiple ...
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Find and locate text in a hidden Illustrator layer

I am working with a AI document that has over 200 layers with country names. All the layers are hidden and locked (because each layer contains overlapping elements with the others, so it's better not ...
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Determine the enlargement factor of an image automatically to scale it back down

This might be hard to explain. If I have an image that was obviously enlarged (i.e. pixels are visible), can I revert the enlargement process to get the original picture back? For example this ...
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Post-processing inDesign layouts? When to transfer to photoshop, illustrator, and in what order?

I know that there are a lot of similar questions on this topic and at the end of the day, it is a flexible process that really just comes down to personal preference, but I'm seeking some insight. I ...
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Illustrator vector objects lose their curves when imported into InDesign

I am having a new issue with Illustrator 2020 and InDesign 2020 compatibility. If I drag-and-drop .ai files into an InDesign Artboard (or Place them), their curves become edgy. However, if I copy ...
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How can I reposition pages in InDesign to space them more?

I am working with InDesign with a layout that contains 4 different elements of different sizes. However, sometimes these elements bleed over onto another element's page boundaries, and I would like ...
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Should you offer multiple logo design options to the client or just one final design?

When designing a logo for a client, do you offer multiple options, so 3 different logos for example? Or do you offer just 1? How do you price for these?
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Adobe Illustrator: “This file cannot be opened because it has no pages”

I cannot open one of my .ai file. When I try, Adobe Illustrator throws an error: This file cannot be opened because it has no pages. I can open the file in Preview. I can open the file GIMP. The ...
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I am a client and my work is being delegated without informing me

I am a client who posted on Linkedin a request if somebody would be interested in designing a thesis cover for me. I had a few responses and decided to go with a person who offered me the following (...
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Challenge to manage multiple language translations

In our open source project for medical supplies, we face the challenge in the illustration team to manage translations of text labels in imagery for manuals and animations separately of the actual ...
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Check EXIF orientation

When you create a photo with your camera, the image stores the camera orientation. (https://www.impulseadventure.com/photo/exif-orientation.html) I'm trying to find an app that will show these flags....
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How to determine whether logo design will require illustrative skills [closed]

A new potential client has reached out to me to design a logo that features a mascot. This mascot would need to poised in different positions and needs to be animated. Does this sound more like a job ...
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How to start constructing a logo?

When designing something like the logo below, what is the right approach to start? I face problems with angles. I can't determine the angle from the picture and incorporate that into my design. How ...
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How to change the size and/or color of intersection points in Illustrator?

Is there any way to make these blue dots smaller or lighter? Its not anchor point. They are intersections between grid lines... Checked the preference but don't know where to look or what to change.
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Rendering 3D model with animation as pixel art

I have been making games for a while now and have a substantial understanding of the 2D animations and processes. However my understanding with 3D modeling is limited even though I have made some low ...
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How to batch rotate image to make them all landscape?

I have a thousand of pictures of the same fixed scene, but for an unknown reason some of them are vertical, not horizontal. So I would like to batch process all the images and rotate them 90° if the ...
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How to add some perspective to AI files placed in InDesign

I'm working with 50+ floor plans drawn up as AI files (Example image 1). I need to keep the artwork intact in the AI files for future updates, but need to add perspective to these when placed in ...
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How to isolate a cat's whiskers from background in Photoshop 2020?

This is our cat: I am attempting to isolate her whiskers from the background: The Object Selection Tool does an excellent job of identifying the cat and selecting it but it struggles with the ...
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How can I ensure consistency in web design?

I had a lot of trouble formulating this question, hopefully the title is representative to the question asked. Currently I'm assisting / managing an intern with his first big 'web design' project. ...
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Adobe Fireworks - the best replacement?

Okay yes back in 2011 and 2014 similar questions were asked. But now that it is on the cusp of 2020, my question is who HAS FOUND a replacement to Fireworks that they LOVE and would highly recommend? ...
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photoshop workflow: after action ran, make early step revisable?

I often want to make my workflow revisable - I often go back to an early step and change it, and, often with help of Smart Object if later layers are NOT all adjusting layer, I could pass that change ...
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How can I improve at drawing calligraphic font glyphs

Here is an example font glyph that's reasonably complex: You'll notice a few things about it: Continuity. It's not built out of primitive simple geometric objects like circles and triangles like ...
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What exactly is an Illustrator Artboard

I am taking the plunge and going to learn Illustrator by focusing on some of the fundamental elements I've heard about or seen here and there in tutorials but never fully grasped. First up is ...
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How to efficiently work on resizing glyphs in FontLab

I'm wondering if people use Illustrator to design the actual font-glyph, and use Illustrator until the glyph is fully developed, positioned, etc.. Then only once the glyph is basically done do you go ...
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What are the downsides of UXPin compared to the top 4 players (Sketch, Figma, XD, Studio)?

Short question: The last 2 days, I tested various UI / UX / Prototype Tools like Figma, XD, InVision Studion and said UXPin. I'm currently working with Sketch + Craft. What I realised is, that Sketch, ...
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Do professional vector artists use a tablet and brush to draw or the pen tool

I am trying to learn how to draw faces in Illustrator. I am wondering if fast and good artists typically use freehand drawing with a tablet and a brush and then refine it somehow either with the ...
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Is it normal practice to screen share with a client?

I have a client who has asked if it's possible to screen share so that he can watch/dictate changes in real time. The issue is, I've already made several requested revisions per his direction. ...
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Should I create a button image in high resolution if the product needs to be low resolution?

Should a mobile game button (say 72x72 pixels round one) be created in these exact dimensions or create it in a larger resolution and export a low resolution file? I think working with a larger one is ...
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How to speed up creative design work? [duplicate]

I’ve been working as a designer for a while. I work on print and digital assets. I work in-house especially involving materials for events, such as posters, flyers and social media post graphics. My ...
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Illustrator workflow: merge vertexes on contact

When drawing a path B with the pen tool, is there a way to automatically merge with another path A, when I’m adding a vertex on path B that is at the same position as path A?
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How can I compare specific copy across all installed fonts?

When I chose a font for a project, I always spend way too much time. I'd like to type the copy in a program, and it would be displayed in each font installed on my computer so I can compare which ...
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How to copy text from Illustrator to another program?

If I open an Illustrator document from a collaborator and select the text with the Type tool: ...then proceed to copy the text through the Edit menu: ...then try to paste this text in another app ...
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Adobe Illustrator: How to consolidate complex objects?

Sometimes when I'm working on a piece, I'll use multiple resource intensive patterns & effects like Transforms, 3D revolves, etc. to the point where the document becomes slow and unstable. Then i'...
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Adobe Illustrator: Can I temporarily hide highlighting of selected paths?

Sometimes when working on a piece, you want to browse through various options, styles, effects, etc. and experiment until you find the right one. The problem is this thin blue line (and sometimes ...
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Approximate path Illustrator plugin

I've been creating simple animations like the one shown here. But I want to find a way to speed up the process by making the path jitter (not the thickness) while keeping a uniform stroke thickness (I'...
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Using “recolor artwork” to only have certain set colors

I often adapt illustrations to fit brand guidelines. It usually is a tedious task when I have to select each color by hand. So I've been trying to make sense of the "Recolor Artwork" feature... I ...
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(AI) Possible for middle scaling handle to stay allways visible?

It's been annoying since forever I have been using Ilustrator (CS6). I will illustrate the problem with a gif
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Adobe Illustrator: Can I Suspend Rendering of Complex Objects or Bypass the Progress Bar?

Towards the end of a project (or when revising an old one, or whatever), there comes a certain point sometimes, where multiple tools & effects have been used on several layers and any false move, ...
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Illustrator: How to stretch or resize multiple objects relative to each other

#1. Original Illustration The grey circles are ~ 15 × 15 pt. #2. Scaled Together The grey circles are resized to ~ 25 × 25 pt. They're all selected or grouped together, and values collectively ...

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