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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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How to split an A0 document into A4 pages to be printed true to size?

I have an A0 design in Inkscape of a sewing pattern. What is the easiest way to make this into printable A4 PDFs, in such a way that it prints true to size taking into account printer margins of the ...
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Steps to creating a Motion Graphic Scenery

I am looking for directions in creating an animated scene like the one portrayed in this link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh0jhjs2z7c I am completely blind to the process and I would love to get ...
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Shortcuts for specific Live Path Effects (LPEs) in Inkscape?

I'm using Inkscape to work with Live Path Effects (LPEs) to apply dynamic effects to my vector paths. However, I'm looking to streamline my workflow and would like to know the specific keyboard ...
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Pros and cons of threading text frames over columns in InDesign?

I've recently learnt about threading text as frames and started using it - but when would it be better than a text column or table? I understand you'd use columns for something like newspaper ...
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Inkscape - how to change double lines font inside the rectangle box?

I am new to inkscape. I'm primarily using it for make flow diagrams. I've put landscape orientation of the page. When I add text inside rectangles created they come to be of double lines. I've font ...
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Typography, editorial design, editorial practice, copy editing

I tried to figure these things myself, but with no luck yet. Maybe because I'm a foreigner and a complexity of terminology mixes with a complexity of English. And so the question. It consists of four ...
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Does InDesign have a "bitmap copy" function to rasterize in place?

Inkscape has a function "Make a bitmap copy" that converts a selection of items in a document into a raster image, in place. Is there an equivalent function available in Adobe InDesign? What ...
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How to create an image that is black on one side, and white on the other side, using Gimp?

I need a way to create a new image in Gimp which is completely black on one side, and completely white on the other. I've tried color to alpha but that did not seem to yield the correct results. I'm ...
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Is there a way to edit or import List Items from/to a Combo Box in InDesign?

I'm currently working on translating an interactive PDF in InDesign and I am wondering if there is a way to edit already written List Items instead of having to delete and adding new ones each time I ...
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Issue with Business Card Design: Multiple Logos

I'm realizing I must have missed something in design school. I work for a huge family of car dealerships- I make the business cards in Illustrator. They are a double sided folded design- the inside ...
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Website building workflow on iPad?

I'm going on a bike trip for a few months really soon. I'm dreaming about building a (photo) portfolio website. I've built one website on a desktop machine so far, so I'm not that experienced. I don't ...
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InDesign: Section/Chapter Navigation Panel (extension workaround?)

Can I name chapters/sections of pages in InDesign - as well as navigate them through a panel? Yes, I've seen the [a,b,c]-[i,ii,iii]-[1,2,3]-solution suggested on this platform. I also know I can color-...
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A good workflow from Mellel to Indesign

I'm writing a book and it requires an immense amount of footnotes, endnotes and a bibliography. I started in Word, and after 200 references and 300 citations, Word is slow and clunky. I am now ...
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Can this geometric shape be created in Illustrator?

I am trying to think of a way to make this shape in Illustrator, is it a shape that encloses two circular gears (below is the hand drawn, non geometric shape I have now): This is as far as I have ...
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Can I create a half-circle with rounded corners?

I am trying to create this shape in Illustrator and finding it particularly difficult: Creating a circle and cutting it into thirds isn't that difficult but rounding the corners similarly on each ...
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Is my workload too big?

I work as the only designer in a marketing agency. A lot of the time I have a day to produce a whole packaging design, another day to produce a suite of social assets and a couple of infographics, ...
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What is your backup strategy?

It is time I took backing up my work more seriously. Currently I only have a backup external hard drive which is connected to my system all the time. One problem I have is that the light on this drive ...
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Saving work flow for print, web, original scan files in GIMP

How does everyone deal with work flow and xcf files - like if you need to make 3 versions of same image i.e. : save image for web save image for print save image as original scan Do you touch up the ...
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Flowchart layout connecting single data to multiple process in the flow

I have got a program in which same database has to be accessed multiple time and single data has to be used at multiple points. Proccess 1 uses raw data 1 and db 1. Process 2 uses results from process ...
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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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