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What's most important, GPU or CPU, when it comes to Illustrator?

If you're sticking with Mac, then buying the fastest CPU and GPU that you can afford will get you part / most of the way to the speed that you want, but having lots of RAM will make just as much (if ...
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What is the name of hobby grade equipment to create photos where the background can be easily removed?

How about a light box? They are cubes made of some sort of semi-translucent fabric that diffuses the light. You can probably find something like that in your local photography equipment store. Here is ...
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What's most important, GPU or CPU, when it comes to Illustrator?

Illustrator uses GPU to accelerate most operations. My experience: a couple of months ago my Illustrator was very slow (at the time I had a GTX650)...for example I was almost unable to vector images ...
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What type of printer do you recommend for printing greeting cards?

I'm a huge fan of the Epson printers but the printer you have chosen would seem ideal for photos. You would get better prints since it is 6 colors (CMYK LC LM) though if that is the route you want. ...
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What is the name of hobby grade equipment to create photos where the background can be easily removed?

I have had some luck "hacking Ikea" for similar projects. For greenscreen-effects, they even have bright green tables :D. This is but one alternative, and you find instructions here, at IkeaHackers ...
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What issues will I face when doing photoshop and design work on a curved monitor?

It makes minimal difference in terms of distortion. Unless you do a lot of perspective correction for architectural shots and the like I wouldn't worry about that at all. If you work on critical work ...
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What is the name of hobby grade equipment to create photos where the background can be easily removed?

Chroma Keying is the use of a backdrop that makes it easier, particularly in video production, to use the "keyed color" as a mask. If you look up "Setting Up a Chroma Key studio" on your favorite ...
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Where can I get colored pencils for custom palette?

I think the answer is no. Pencils is a tool for artists and they are really don't care about any hex color values used over digital devices. I think you need to do your choice "by eye". In anyway, ...
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Does graphics tablet language matter?

I bought mine from a german retailer, and did not get anything in german at all. Software is in english, even the box was in english. Not sure what they could be referring to.
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Is buying a tablet worth it if I can't draw?

A tablet can make your workflow more efficient, even if you are not an illustrator with a hand drawn style. Particularly, it can make photo retouching in PS more efficient. If you buy a tablet that ...
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What gadgets are recommended for an icon designer?

Okay, let's see if I can help I've been working as icon designer as long as I can remember, I also sell some sets out there. REMEMBER, TOOLS WON'T MAKE YOU A GOOD DESIGNER / ARTIST INSTANTLY There'...
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Is buying a tablet worth it if I can't draw?

Before you buy a tablet, try using pen tool and see if you like it. Most logos are made by manipulating shapes so a tablet is not needed in such scenario. If you're planning to draw comics or ...
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How can I decide between the medium sized intuos tablet or the small one?

Some things to consider: If you use a laptop and are likely to need to take your Wacom with you, you may find a large isn't practical. A medium Wacom is pretty much the same size as a 15" laptop, ...
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What is the name of hobby grade equipment to create photos where the background can be easily removed?

Usually, what's done in that case is simply to shoot the object against a white backdrop with lighting positioned to control the shadow. Some homebrew examples can be seen at http://www....
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What's most important, GPU or CPU, when it comes to Illustrator?

I am going to risk a really usless answer here, because I do not know. But I just want to bring atention to some points and I am gessing that they are related to a specific hardware. First the ...
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Which PC hardware specifications should a Graphic Designer focus on?

Before thinking of upgrading, I would suggest you evaluate what you're using Photoshop for. Is it for professional reasons? Will having a faster system mean you're making more money by being more ...
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Microsoft Surface VS Drawing Tablet Monitor

You might want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (Not a Samsung Tab, that is different). It has the same Wacom digitizer and works like a DREAM! I love it. Only slight downfall is that is runs ...
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What is a good upgrade for Wacom Bamboo Fun

The "Bamboo Fun" was Wacom's bare-bones, entry-level, dirt-cheap, option. It was the least robust of any tablet. Wacom appears to have discontinued that model or anything like it. The CTH-680S series ...
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Is buying a tablet worth it if I can't draw?

Well. This is opinion based, but here I go. I have an Intuos 5 Touch. That is my second tablet. Cool talblet. But I almost never use it. I only use it from time to time for photo retouching, like ...
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Suggestions Needed for a Drawing Tablet

For onscreen drawing, you either drift towards something expensive, or something with low precision. Like a Cintiq, an Android tablet/iPad + a pressure responsive stylus, etc. There are some nice ...
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Intel HD Graphics 4000 for Adobe CS5.5

CS5 and CS6 both should work completely fine on your laptop, doesn't matter if you want to use Ps, Ai, or ID. Check this link, Intel HD 4000 is on the Adobe approved list. https://helpx.adobe.com/...
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What to look for in a Graphics Card for Graphic Design?

This is not a complete answer. But here it goes a generic one. 1) Memory matters. So look for at least 8Gb. 2) Probably the safest bet in brute force processor now is i7. Look for the biggest number ...
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Is iMac Retina 5K suitable for webdesign?

Retina displays are definitely suitable for web design. There are some things you should understand when using them though. Typically, Apple’s “Retina” branding is applied when a display is 220 ...
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Printing solid black on transparencies for creating plates

Laser is really the only way to do this - you just cant get the density with inkjet. You will need to persist - maybe contact HP directly for advice.
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Media teacher... but really a student... choosing computers

If you are working in Adobe tools, you might want to use Adobe’s System Requirements for Creative Cloud, at least as a starting point. They have specific requirements for each app. The easiest thing ...
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Recommended friendly mouse for graphic design work

Try a small one. Let your hand rest on the table and move the mouse by your thumb and nameless finger. Set the mouse fast enough and be sure to have an easy to use speed switch on the mouse. Addendum:...
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Printing solid black on transparencies for creating plates

Hum. Are you doing silk printing? Why you need to print that small? Can you print a letter sized group of labels? The quality of that process is very inferior compared to direct to photographic film. ...
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I'm using two monitors and buying my first graphics tablet. Does a two monitor setup affect what I should buy?

Wacon Intuos Pro at least can be configured so that by pressing a button on the tablet you can move between screens. This in many ways better than even having a very wide touch area for the whole two ...
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Graphic designer/illustrator about to buy my first display drawing tablet

There are a lot of things you're asking for and you'll be unable to get all of them. But most are totes possible, if you're willing to sacrifice certain parts of your workflow to using a desktop. I ...
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Lycra Printer- Elastic Fabric Printer

I think the usual way to print that kind of material is screen printing. The inks used, should be stretchy. I don't have experience in screen printing Lycra, but I believe you can mix an additive to ...
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