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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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, ...
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How to create high quality 32x32 pixels BMP?

I know it oxymoron but I have a pretty unique situation. We have LED panels with 32x32 resolution. To display an image on these LED panels, I have to run BMP format file through a special program to ...
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How to structure logos with different color combinations in Illustrator?

I'm sure this is a common problem, but I haven't found an efficient solution yet. I've created a 4 color logo and I want to create a few versions of it with different colors for use on different ...
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InDesign: how to browse for images like you could with Bridge CS5

I am trying to find a floating palette that I can browse image files with and drag & drop to my InDesign doc. Does Bridge still do that and is it just hidden somewhere?
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Am I working at a realistic pace?

I've been working as a graphic designer for a small company for a little over a year (I originally started as a college intern and became my boss's first employee). My boss specializes in video ...
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Recommended practice to improve illustrating skills?

The last few years my interest in illustrations and animation has grown a lot. I work as a visual designer at the moment, focussing on interfaces mostly. I'd like to start improving my illustrating ...
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Is there a standard naming convention for design phases?

Is there a standard naming convention for design phases, as in rounds of revisions, that’s not just Concept 1, Concept 2, etc.? I know that my agency uses Concept Phase, then Copy Layout, then ...
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How is CIE-Lab colorspace suitable for Correct Color Management? [closed]

Situation: find color transforms of sufficient CIE-Lab colorspace with closest/widest gamut monitor/... and for Correct Color Management of images computed for devices and human vision Motivation: to ...
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How far (and how often) in the process do you let a client see a work in progress?

Before you start typing on your keyboard, I know it's good practice to let a client know what you're doing by showing them WIP (Work In Progress) pictures of the artwork you're doing. But sometimes ...
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Create multiple images with diffrant zoom level from one document in Adobe Illustrator

I’ve following project… (Inspire by Fastest way to custom design a race course map?) Download vector data from www.openstreetmap.org Import in Adobe Illustrator Dismantle and separate everything on ...
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Indesign workflow for cover jacket design

In Indesign, I know the accepted way of creating 3 pages (back, spine, front) for a spread that will be used as a paperback cover. I use a 5 mm bleed as well. The confusion arises when I have to work ...
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Requirements for clients at the beginning of the design process?

After freelance designing for a little while now, I've realized that sometimes the process between the designer and client goes smoothly mostly when the client has a pretty good idea of what they want ...
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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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Workflow and software choice when converting complex image to favicon?

I have a logotype which is complex (a line screened image consisting of multiple thin lines) that I want to turn into a favicon. If I just scale it down to favicon size (32×32px) I get a blur. Are ...
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Whats the best way to archive projects before revisions? [duplicate]

Working on ads and pleasing your client is hard. Sometimes they will change they mind and would prefer the one you made on the 5th revision when you already revised it 10 times. And changing small ...
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Design Style Edits across Multiple PSD files

Is there a way to reconcile design style edits (fonts colors etc) across multiple PSD files? Kind of like a styles palette that syncs with your files?
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What is an easy way to export thousands of Adobe Bridge thumbnails for a remote collaborator? [duplicate]

Using Adobe Bridge and/or other Creative Cloud software, how can I export thumbnails with filenames, for a remote collaborator? I realize there is a tedious way to do this. I am asking for an ...
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Workflow problems and Proofreading

I have a situation with my company. Every time there's a project I never get the final copy to start my design work. The constant changes and many hands getting involved is making my workflow suffer ...
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How to quickly come up with ideas? Deadlines are tight and work is plenty

Deadlines are tight (5 days) where I'm employed at and it really challenges me with coming up with designs/ideas. For example I'm given 2 different topics but have to come up with 5 different themes/...
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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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Reduce handmade graphics for sharper look?

From hearsay I know that some designers reduce handmade graphics (hand drawn sketches, woodcut, linocut, ...) to give the graphics a "sharp" look. I imagine that making the original 10 times the size ...
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Illustrator timelapse

I was wondering how to make illustrator workflow time lapse ? (e.g. Something like this). Right now I just take screen shot after each step and then stitch together. It is very time consuming and ...
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Looking for advice on a mood board [closed]

Just wondering if somebody could give me opinions/input into a problem i am having. For a college brief I was required to visually record my journey to work over a period of 2 weeks, then narrow in on ...
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Is iMac Retina 5K suitable for webdesign?

It is time to retire my old MacBook Pro which served me well for over 5 years, since I dont require portability I am leaning towards buying an iMac 27 with 5K display. I work as a web designer and my ...
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InDesign: layering options ignored when updating links

Question How to update links when prompted, but also preserve previously selected Layer Import Options from earlier placement? (linked file has been altered to trigger prompt) Issue Context ...
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How to have multiple panels/tabs of the same thing (e.g. multiple swatch tabs)

Is there a way to have two or even three panels/tabs of the same thing such as 3 swatch tabs? I was looking for a way to be able to switch between default and custom swatches instead of having them ...
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How to deal with mistakes

I am a fledgling designer but I have a bit of a problem - when I give people the "final" copy, there are always mistakes that I couldn't find (blinded from over saturation in the project usually) but ...