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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the general process for planning and developing a new website?

I work at an agency mostly focused in software development however sometimes a microsite is accessory to one of our solutions and we need to build it. I'm trying to define the process for creating ...
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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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How to set different color to guides(Ai,Ps,Id,Fw)?

I've been working on this file with a lot of guides(in Illustrator) and at some Point I was wondering is there a way to give different color to guides ? Like the gutter guides to be black, the main ...
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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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Charge someone for wasted time?

So I have a guy that I do regular work for but he's flaky at the best of times, sometimes he takes an age to pay, sometimes he "didn't receive the invoice", sometimes he is super vague in his brief "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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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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Gimp: export XCF as a list of commands?

It took me a lot of time to create a graphic in GIMP, and now I need to make some variations of the same graphic that actually only require the change of the FG color twice in the process. The GIMP "...
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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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"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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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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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 to handle freelance designers that fail to meet expectations?

Lately we've been slammed we decided to out-source projects that a few designers would provide source files to. Per the initial contract terms and requirements with a spec delivery sheet are agreed ...
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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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How do I speed up my design work?

I've been a designer for 6 months, having previously had a 1st class honours degree in Graphic Communication. My issue is that I am a Very good designer, but I work too slow. It's beginning to drive a ...
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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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Adobe XD and file management workflow

Our UX designer uses Adobe XD to mock up and communicate look, layout and behavior to the dev team. UX dev has everything in a single art board, which (AFAIK) is encapsulated in a single binary ...
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Steps to to handing off designs to engineers

I work as a UX/UI Designer at a small startup right now. My background is in design with some front end work. I'm not sure our process for handing off files to developers is the most efficient 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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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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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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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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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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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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Client wants me to teach them InDesign

My client wants me to teach them how to do basic editing in InDesign. This is after, against my better judgement, I had agreed to give them the source files of the documents I created in favor of ...
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How to fit a vertical headshot into a horizontal frame

I am frequently asked to make vertical headshots fit into a horizontal size, to display on my company's website. I'm often given low-quality images with sharp cuts to the person's shoulders or ...
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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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How to quickly and easily create a grid with Adobe Photoshop?

Suppose I need to draw a grid in Photoshop, each square being the same size, and a certain amount of pixels tall and wide, and the grid lines having a certain pixel width. Like this: Currently I do ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How do you create a client website design mockup/image?

For all the graphic designers who do web design too: How do you produce client design mockups for review and then convert them into HTML/Wordpress etc? Are they created in Illustrator/Photoshop and ...
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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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