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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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 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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InDesign: Any way to prevent styles from being edited?

I want my document's styles not be editable (paragraph, character and object styles). Can I lock these somehow, or link the styles to another document which is out of reach of employee?
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Is there a way to make my files editable for a client without InDesign?

A client needs me to design a brochure for her. The problem is that she wants to edit and change the text and maybe also change some of the pictures herself. However, she doesn't have any of the ...
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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 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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Illustrator: locking a single object – what's the quickest/most efficient way to re-unlock only that object again?

I find my workflow for temporarily locking/unlocking single objects to be very awkward. I often refrain from this operation since the process of re-unlocking only that, one, particular object at a ...
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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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Photoshop - export multiple color balance masks into multiple pngs from multiple layers

Can anyone share what the workflow would be for exporting multiple pngs of different layers using multiple color balance masks. E.g I have a pixel face on one layer, followed by a layer for eyes and ...
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How to handle multiple page design projects in Photoshop

Recently we have moved from using Fireworks to using Photoshop for mocking op website designs. As I've been used to Fireworks for doing this, I'm running into some issues organising my mockups. Where ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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(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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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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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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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 are the types of logos designs we have? [duplicate]

I see different types of logos. Some are designed with the first letters of the company's name, some their initials, and others are abstract among others. What I want to know is the types we have and ...
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Inkscape + Beamer for slideshows

So I have tried using JessyInk for slideshows and found it rather underwhelming, but I love the idea of being able to make slides in inkscape. I am a physicist who is making scientific presentations, ...
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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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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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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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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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Importing transparent background PNG in CMYK

So I have Illustrator document in CMYK mode intended for print. I need to import PNG image (because I need to place object extracted from the background). And here I step on the unknown area because 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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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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Multiple views in illustrator

I work on some detailed graphics. I would like to have two windows of the same file open at once, one zoomed in and the other at 100%. This is easy. But what I can't figure out is how to remove ALL "...
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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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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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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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How do I partially break a clipping mask border?

I’m looking for a non-destructive way of allowing an image to be partially "clipped" by a clipping mask, like so: I view the above image as having three parts… a Person (top layer; being clipped) a ...
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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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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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How can I see enclosing folders in Illustrator?

Across most Mac apps, windows have a feature that enables the user to open the enclosing folder(s) (this is done by pressing ALT and left click on the folder name). However, Adobe CC apps have their ...
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Creating cinematic for an app/Question about 3D Models

I would say that I'm fairly new to the modeling and animation field but I'm not a complete beginner. I'm trying to create a cinematic for a program, just don't exactly have the time to go through all ...
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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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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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What are efficient, responsive and accessible workflows to create data tables?

I will soon have to design several data tables collecting text data to compare different tech services. I am therefore wondering what the best practices to make data tables are today. They don't ...
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How to improve performance with multiple duplicated objects?

I am creating an image in Illustrator that has a cornfield in the background. To make it, I created a cob of corn and some leaves and then rearranged these items and duplicated them over and over ...
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Work-life balance as a designer [closed]

I know that this is not your usual design question everyone posts about on here, but I'm going to ask anyways! I am currently on my final year of design school/university and have chosen to write a ...