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There's a seperate question on which is better: Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software? For the question of why Macs are more popular, there's a very simple answer: Almost all art colleges and design schools bought Macs back in the days when Macs were unquestionably better for design (Alan G's and Horatio's answers below detail how) Art /...


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Super short answer: History. In 1984, when the Mac was launched, it was the first computer that was ideal for desktop publishing needs. This included a GUI, WYSIWYG drawing tools, decent typographic tools (for the time) and a nice relationship to the laser printer (The Apple LaserWriter). It got a foothold, and that's that. Today, it's just a preference. ...


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I think a lot of the legacy reasons have been established here, so I won't address that. I recently purchased a new computer (after asking this community about what hardware matters to a designer), and I went with a Mac Mini. My full-time job for four years had me working on a PC, I like Windows 7 just fine, and I'm comfortable with Ubuntu as well, so when ...


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Two things not mentioned in other answers that were keys to establishing the Mac as a DTP platform in the early days: The original Mac supported PostScript out of the box due to a brilliant collaboration between Adobe and Apple, so that it could provide hinting for low-resolution output on screens and laser printers (300 dpi is low resolution in typesetting ...


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They're familiar. Designers tend to use Macs, so when they want to put a mockup on a screen, it's the first that would come to mind. They're popular. Sure, Windows has more market share. But can you name a single model of PC that's super popular? What about an all-in-one desktop? What about an external monitor? They're good-looking. Macs have a reputation ...


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You need to be at 500% zoom or higher and then hold Shift+Mouse Button to have your guides snap to the pixel grid. Otherwise, by default it'll snap to: every 2 pixels at greater than 100% zoom every 5 pixels at 100% zoom every 10 pixels at less than 100% zoom However, if you set your grid to every pixel, then it should snap to the pixel at 100% zoom or ...


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*Disclaimer: I've been a Mac user for more than 20 years and still use a Mac daily. That being posted, I have clearly seen Windows close the gap in the areas where Apple was the frontrunner and the preferred system for designers. 15 years ago, using Windows was, at best, a lesson in frustration where design was concerned. There was a time where the Mac was ...


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I think the main features you're after are: Being able to paint with a non-antialiased pencil or brush. Nearest neighbour scaling (keep blocky things blocky when you scale). Non-antialiased selections. Layers. Being able to export the formats you'll need (PNG? GIF?). Based on that criteria, there’s a few tools that can do it. Pixen is awesome, and worth ...


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To add in words, Since Export Layers to Files is run by some script all I had to do was find that script, then find the function which saves the layers to files, find which part of the function does the numbering prefix & comment it out. So here are the steps - on Mac running Lion, goto Applications > Adobe Photoshop CS5 > Presets > Scripts &...


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I believe many years ago Mac were better suited to Graphic Design. I remember hearing about the screen being superior at least. These days there is no difference as the majority of features and software are comparable. I think once you establish yourself in an industry as the go-to brand, old habits die hard. It is like Bing trying to compete with Google - ...


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The main reason for Apple having a large design presence is "tradition." Apple went all out inserting their computers into the design school workflow as far back as the late 1980s. Because of this, the OS became the standard target for prepress and commercial printing hardware and the Windows versions of the drivers for these RIP devices (etc) was a ...


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When evaluating graphics software for pixel art this is the kind of tools I'm looking for: The most well known software that is also great for pixel art is Photoshop. If you don't have access to it and are looking for the next best alternative, look at GIMP. I've been happily using it on Macs since around 2010 and it has everything you need for pixel art. ...


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Fonts Mac OS X arguably comes with better fonts out of the box, but people can argue about this. Where it has a clear advantage, though, is management and ease of use. The built-in font chooser on a mac is leagues ahead of what you get in Windows programs, and the built-in font manager is simple and powerful (for some purposes you still need 3rd party ...


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Preview is simply a terrible PDF viewer. It has many rendering issues with PDFs. Preview is designed by Apple to view PDFs for average home end-users. It is not designed to be a professional PDF viewer. Apple simply appears to not be concerned with many rendering issues in Preview where PDFs are concerned. What you are describing I'd actually call one of ...


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It seems that Apple has intentionally locked down the default system font. However you can download a development version of the font which you can install in addition to the system version. It has tight licensing restrictions, mockups only, but that's all I needed it for, so this solution worked well for me. More detail can be found on Ask Different.


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Instead of "Export As...", select "File > Export > Artboards to Files": This will give you the option to export the selected Artboard only.


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It's got nothing to do with Windows vs. Mac - walk into any office and look at the different monitors on folks' desks. Assuming you're using a standard color scheme (sRGB, etc.) the information will go out to each of those monitors the same way (i.e., white = "ffffff" which is hexidecimal for "turn the red, green, and blue values for that pixel all the way ...


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When saving images as .jpeg you always lose information. The dialog basically asks you how much information you would like to lose in favor of smaller size on disk (1 = most loss, 100 = least loss). There is no way to tell what you originally selected and the only use would be to have a history of your workflow because this loss is irrecoverably applied to ...


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For the mathematical formulas, I would definitely use LaTeX, since it gives you high quality typesetting for math stuff. You don't have to install LaTeX yourself if you don't want to, because there are online LaTeX renderers which let you export the result to e.g. pdf. Therefore, if you go to this site and enter the correct code for your formula $$\lim_{n\...


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While the other answers are accurate, the real explanation is far easier: They're standardized. What's a windows laptop look like? What's an android phone look like? What's an Apple laptop look like? What's an iPhone look like? There you have it, two of those you could visualize, two you couldn't. You might have ideas about the Windows and Android look ...


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PikoPixel is a free pixel-art editor.          Easy to use Unlimited undo Supports multiple layers Customizable canvas background Hotkey-activated popup panels Export upscaled images Runs on OS X 10.4 Tiger & later


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Price is not the issue. High end hardware comes at a high end price. Apple's hardware is high end because it is intended for performance purposes. Similar quality PCs typically sell at a similar price point, minus a few bucks for their lower status in the market (but not much). Don't forget about resale value. If you are a freelancer (there are many in the ...


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If your needs are that simple, you can probably do what you need using the free, web-based and popular http://pixlr.com/ which supports PSD files. It has a simpler interface and gentler learning curve for people familiar with photoshop than the obvious other free alternative GIMP (which you could always download any time you needed any more features or if ...


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Yes! You can do this from command line (using the Terminal app) with ImageMagick. After you install ImageMagick, navigate to the directory where your picture is located and run the following command: identify -verbose yourimage.jpg | grep -i quality Where yourimage.jpg is the name of the image. And you should get the value which indicates the image ...


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From a hand-made measurement, the corner radius seems to be 7px. Plus 1 px, if you include the left drop shadow:


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Hold down Cmd+Option+Shift on launch. You won't get any dialog or any visible sign prefs have been reset, but they have. The logic is, the AI team felt if you hold those keys down on launch, you know what you are doing and therefore didn't provide any direct feedback. If you want to manually delete the prefs, you've got the wrong location. You need: [home ...


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I can tell you that the Optima Regular that came with my Mac is definitely the Roman weight. I'm using OS X 10.8, AKA Mountain Lion. It's possible, but rather unlikely, that older versions of OS X came with a different set of weights. Some additional background, if you're curious: Mapping names to weights will vary a bit depending on the history & type ...


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Resetting your preferences may fix your problem. ---WARNING--- This will remove any custom settings that you have set up in your application Windows: Hold down AltCtrlShift while starting the program. Mac: Hold down CommandOptionShift keys while starting the program. If you are concerned about resetting all of the preferences, you can reset the settings ...


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I think this question has been asked before but I haven't found it yet and if you do a google search for wireframing tools or mockup tools you will get a huge list to go through. That said some people use Omnigraffle for mockup which if I had to use I would. Other tools: balsamiq pidoco justinmind framebox (which is online) Mockup Builder Depending on ...


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as a designer that uses BOTH Mac and PC for designing. i'll admit that OSX runs much smoother and more reliably than Win 7 or 8. on similarly spec'd machines. the main advantage is color, well use to be color, if you look in any design program you'll see color profile "Adobe RGB (1998)" all mac monitors stuck to this for years as its standard, allowing the ...


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