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Kerning Hebrew diacritics in InDesign

In Hebrew, there are some diacritics which occasionally need to be combined. However, a frequent result is that they will all be centered, leading to a stack of characters which need to be re-kerned. ...
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Where did the early graphic design theory in Asia originate from?

As a North American designer, most of the graphic design theory I've encountered can be traced back to the Bauhaus in Germany. I've also read there was a less famous Russian equivalent to the Bauhaus ...
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Add Git log as table to InDesign Document

I use InDesign CC as the last step in document processing. The source is written in Markdown and converted via pandoc to an InCopy document which gets linked to a text frame in InDesign. The whole ...
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Inconsistent kernings shown in metrics view in FontForge

I am working to modify an existing font (Sacramento, under SIL OFL license), and wish to adjust kernings after having made a few stylistic changes. I thought I had found the proper way to do it (...
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Ascender/descender help for brand specifics

Hello everyone! I'm designing for a brand that requires left-justification for all text, which can make consideration for ascenders and descenders a nightmare. Typically this brand calls for tight ...
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Isolated > medial substitutions in FontForge

I've been working on a font for a fictional language (Ta'agra from Skyrim) and I'm having issues getting the substitutions to work. It's supposed to be written similarly to Arabic where each letter ...
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Multiple-page, varied-information Data Merge in InDesign?

Can I use Data Merge in InDesign to input various information from a .cvs file into multiple pages of a resource directory? The idea is sustainability for the customer... lay it out once and then ...
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Critique request: Vtuber logo

Was finding a site/forum where I can get some design critique about a logo I am creating for my brand, for the vtubing industry, and found this forum by chance! :D I am not a professional graphics ...
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How do I make sure the unicode box drawing characters work properly in my font?

Unicode has a set of characters for drawing simple graphics. Here is an example from Wikipedia: ┌─┬┐ ╔═╦╗ ╓─╥╖ ╒═╤╕ │ ││ ║ ║║ ║ ║║ │ ││ ├─┼┤ ╠═╬╣ ╟─╫╢ ╞═╪╡ └─┴┘ ╚═╩╝ ╙─╨╜ ╘═╧╛ There ...
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Why are images with proPhotoRGB profile not displaying colours in inDesign correctly

I have been experimenting with exporting images from Lightroom 6 using a variety of rgb and cmyk profiles as both jpegs and tif (8bit and 16 bit). The images all look much the same on Windows Explorer ...
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Ending a Photoshop script when no layers are selected

I've been working with a function I found on stackoverflow here that works as far as I can tell by grouping the layers, dumping layer names into an array then ungrouping them. function ...
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What is the math governing the shape of Inkscape's spiro paths?

I have begun experimenting with Inkscape's "spiro" mode for curves. Since I usually end up writing Python to create art that Inkscape just doesn't have the tools to accomplish, I'm curious what the ...
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Does Ink Manager use official Pantone recommended values?

I was wondering if anyone knows if you use the Ink Manager to convert Pantone Spot Colors to CMYK in InDesign is the outcome an official Pantone recommended value?
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Soft proofing grayscale images in Photoshop

When printing a grayscale image it's treated exactly like the black channel of a color image. So in order to get a correct preview of how it will look on print it must be soft proofed with the CMYK ...
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Font with its name displayed in different font

When looking in Microsoft Word, some fonts, such as Wingdings, are shown in the dropdown using a different font for the font's name, so that you can actually read it. I have designed a font, but its ...
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Is there a way to save the "Export As" Scale All Sizes in Photoshop CC?

Photoshop now has a nice feature you can right-click on an Artboard and choose "Export As.." Once you do this on the left side of the screen you have the ability to add multiple sizes for scaling ...
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How do I create a water ripple distortion animation on text?

Hi everyone. Can you please help me to understand the process behind it? I'm studying the process starting from the static image so through displacement map on photoshop but I'd like to obtain my ...
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Making free Munsell color chip sheet

Munsell color reference chips are really useful for painters but awfully expensive. It should be easy to create a sheet that can reliably be printed on most printers though, shouldn't it? I.e a PDF ...
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Turn off ALL hyphenation in Illustrator

This seems like something that should be easy to do... but I'm stuck, today, needing to use Illustrator. And desperately want to turn off ALL hyphenation. How do I do this? There's no switch, ...
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Script to pick closest Pantone from CMYK reference in Photoshop

I'm trying to script the process of selecting the closest Pantone+ Solid Coated colour from a CMYK reference in Photoshop. Manually the process is: Click on the Foreground Color picker. Enter a CMYK ...
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Is there a way to auto set alt tags on images in PDFs with Acrobat Pro?

We're creating pdfs of images in acrobat pro using create pdf ->combine files. The files we are using are all large file images that have been fully marked up in adobe bridge. We need these PDFs to ...
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InDesign Faux Italic Font for EPUB

I'm producing an EPUB with Adobe InDesign. Most of the fonts I'm using have Italic and Bold versions. I simply select the correct font in InDesign, and it is set up as a @font-face in the CSS when I ...
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Acrobat Pro: how to add multiple custom stamps at once

Is there a way to add many custom stamps at once? Adding within the program only allows one stamp to be added at a time (I have 71 to add). I tried adding the image files to the stamps folder within ...
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Identification of a lively style of hand lettering from around 1900

I have come across a certain lively style of hand lettering on some old postcards that interests me. I have only two examples: The full images can be seen here and here. The images are from ...
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Vertical aligning image caption and sidebar notes with body text?

How do you vertical-align smaller type such as image captions or sidenotes with body type? Do you align it with the cap height or the baseline? What are the benefits? I'm looking for general guidance. ...
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Indication at page bottom that a poem's stanza breaks or does not break?

When a poem written in stanzas carries over on to more than one page, it is common when submitting it to a publisher to type "[stanza break]" or "[no stanza break]" where necessary,...
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Is there a list of all known national official typefaces?

Most countries have an 'official' typeface(s) that they use as part of their identity guidelines in promoting the government or typesetting legislation. For example, all UK statutes are typeset by ...
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How to batch convert multiple Inkscape SVG to plain svg and converts all objects/layers to paths?

I'm making some illustrations for a dissertation in Inkscape and I like this software. However, when inserting those illustrations to Word files, there appear some weird artifacts like: disappeared ...
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What color should be use on the edge of isometric pixel art

Is there a general rule to put outline/contour in isometric pixel art and what color should be used? I know the inside can be outlined not by black but by the color used, but what about the outer ...
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Inkscape not showing svg that displays correctly in browser

This svg from wikimedia, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/OOjs_UI_icon_language-ltr.svg, is visible in web-browers, but shows nothing in Inkscape 0.91r13725 <svg xmlns="http://...
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How to reset a graph in Illustrator

If I use one of the graph tools, typically I don't get the results I want by changing settings and need to use the Direct Selection tool to move/change some things around. Sometimes I want to revert ...
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All superscript (and subscript) font

Background I am creating an app with React Native which needs to be able to display super/subscript. For some reason, there is no way of doing this on Android because the View cannot be nested in the ...
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How to draw perfect rectangle using paths tool in GIMP?

I want to draw rectangle (perpendicular edges) using paths tool. I tried using grid, but it does not give precision. Also tried "snap to grid" option seems to not work with Paths tool. In pencil tool,...
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Create metric-compatible font

How can I create a font that is metric-compatible with a commercial font? I don't need actual glyphs, just rectangles that will preserve the document layout. What properties are important? Advance ...
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How can you "unbake" a normal/displacement/bumpmap in maya

I have a complete 3d model with all sorts of maps (to reduce geometry) added. However I would like to 3d print the model and would like the additional resolution of the maps back in the geometry of ...
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SVG for WPF from illustrator – URL?

Has anyone got some fool-proof settings for exporting SVG files from illustrator for WPF environment dev buttons? Specifically, I'm being told by the developers the icons with a gradient are ...
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Google Web Designer distorting image sharpness

I'm using Google Web Designer to create an animation. The program is awesome for the most part. The one area where it's a bit befuddling is with image quality. Original images are usually quite ...
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How can I control the size of my generated asset when it contains transparent areas?

I'm trying to use Photoshop's Generate Image Assets feature to export a 32 x 32 transparent image with a solid 16 x 16 square in the middle: My layers look like this: I'm using a fully transparent (...
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How to auto resize text, to fit a bounding box on Photoshop?

Heu guys, I have defined a text bonding box (275px x 153 px for example). Now I need to set this text to AUTO fit (resize both spacing and font size) this bounding box. How can i do this in ...
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Pinta fill-transparent for everything lighter than black?

I have an image which I wanted to set the background as transparent for, which was pretty straightforward in Pinta due to a great tutorial. But I was left with a faint whiteish grayish outline when I ...
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After Effects Scripting : fontSize adjusted to boxTextSize Script Optimization

I need Help Improving and optimizing a Script. I'm fairly new to java and scripting in general and I've been Trying to do a script that would increase the font Size of a text until it fully fills it'...
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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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inDesign: Place textframes relative to other textframes, with automatic repositioning on resize

I use javascript to create an inDesign file containing multiple textframes. During script runtime, the textframes are easily positioned at the right place. The problem arises, when I change the text ...
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Can i view hidden data in an adobe acrobat pdf file?

I have an adobe acrobat pdf file. I have adobe acrobat pro dc. Does acrobat pdf have hidden information / metadata? If so, how do I view it?
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Comparison chart for glyphs that work in MS Word, Illustrator, InDesign+

I want to buy some fonts and ran across an excellent comparison chart for the advance glyphs and ligatures available in the various programs such as Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and so on. ...
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How to differentiate two symbol copies

In my Sketch wireframes, I'm using a list view of cards, with a single card being a Sketch symbol. To get a list view, I use multiple copies of this symbol on a screen. When I import this into ...
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Illustrator CC Radar graph tool - cannot override calculated values

I am using Adobe Illustrator CC on a Mac Pro and trying to modify a radar graph. I have created a radar graph with two sets of values plotted (two columns of data in the data table, and one column ...
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Typographic and formatting conventions for plain text

Are there any typographic or formatting conventions for making plain text (a simple *.txt file in ASCII or UTF-8) more readable? Specific details that I'm considering: when to use hard line breaks ...
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XML special characters

I am doing a catalog layout in indesign using xml. Is there a special character in xml for column break similar to &#09; for tab characters or are column break characters just an Indesign feature?
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Preventing overlapping contours from "cancelling out" in Type Light

I'm using Type Light 3.2 and am struggling to find a reasonable way to prevent overlapping shapes "cancel out" and leave white areas in glyphs. How can I avoid this without having the overlaps be ...
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