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What is the best software for creating exam paper template?

LaTeX is meant exactly for stuff like this. LaTeX is a programming language of sorts, designed with the explicit purpose of typesetting documents... like, say, an essay template. It spits out nice, ...
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Why do so many books indent all paragraphs except the first one in each chapter?

You are correct. This is the way these things are done: only the paragraphs following the first are indented.      I can little hope to better express why we do this than ...
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Is there a name for illustrations with non-rectangular borders?

The style of embedding illustrations within a text block or floating on a page of a book surrounded by text or other design items is not a characteristic of the illustration itself. The illustrations ...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

The main argument I always hear (I work with scientists, and they say it a lot), is that it looks better at first glance*. For a lot of people, the ragged edge looks disorderly and chaotic. On a first ...
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How can I improve card design?

This is a small item, so avoid filling precious whitespace by containing every element into its own separate box. Instead, break the design down into 2 sections for better separation between the top ...
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Is it possible to determine how many columns a web design grid has?

There are a few issues here. Not everyone uses a grid system and even if they do there's no guarantee the grids are consistent. Maybe your example uses a four column grid with a wider left column. ...
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Critique: How can I more clearly represent overlapping relationships in this chart

Based upon zero information abut the actual process involved.... I would simplify a great deal. All that's needed is a single arrow path. This shows boxes 1-6 must go to LOREM, then IPSUM, then on ...
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Is Illustrator accurate for business card sizes?

I don't think any of this has anything to do with Illustrator specifically. Illustrator is a fine tool for business cards just as InDesign, QuarkXpress, etc would be. 9pt type is small. Using ...
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What are side boxes properly called?

Pull quote, Lift out, or Callouts are common terms. Which term is most fitting is somewhat dependent upon the content of the "box". A pull quote (also known as a lift-out pull quote) is a key ...
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Is Illustrator accurate for business card sizes?

To answer your question, yes, Illustrator is accurate for the size of a business card, or any print document. The problem: 100% zoom is not the physical size of your document on-screen. Selecting ...
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How can I improve card design?

This is an opinion based answer, and there is no right or wrong here. Generally, I quite like the basic style of it. It's very traditional in a kind of educational establishment way. However in my ...
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What are good places to start learning web typography and layout?

I totally understand the frustration of being in weak in grids and typography, specially if you are a self taught graphic designer. To me this is very open ended question and that there is no right ...
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How to match my layout grid with my margins, columns and baseline grid in indesign

I'll start off by pointing out that fitting a 5x7 box into a 2x3 area (plus some gutters (which will only make the area thinner rather than fatter). You may find those horizontal guides very ...
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Why do so many books indent all paragraphs except the first one in each chapter?

This is a common approach, but amounts to a stylistic choice. A quick, random check through my library found five books with every paragraph of a chapter indented but the first, one with every ...
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Is there a name for illustrations with non-rectangular borders?

From my own experience in broadcase, we often refered to these as "cut-out" and refered to the process of making a cut-out as "close-cutting". If you go on stock photography sites, you will find this ...
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Usage of blank space in trade banner and text-positioning

This is merely my opinion... take it all with a grain of salt. Realize that I know nothing about your company, it's audience, the target market, the nature of the trade show. What you sell, what you ...
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Why do newspapers use multiple columns?

I am amazed that not one of the responses gave the ACTUAL reason which is that it is far easier to work with shorter line lengths when it comes to the type set. This is especially true with the ...
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What is the best software for creating exam paper template?

Photoshop is probably the last choice for this type of work. InDesign could work better as it can natively create a 'facing pages' document, meaning left & right page templates and yes with the ...
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Is there a name for illustrations with non-rectangular borders?

Vignette. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/vignette (by extension) Any small borderless picture in a book, especially an engraving, photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge. ...
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Inner margin in a classical book layout

Hi Vincent and welcome! I think Tschichold's Canon works esthetically but yes, depending on your binding, you will have to add to the inner margin. It obviously depends on the kind of binding and also ...
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How can I thread text with offset headers?

Set up your text frames with a custom baseline grid that starts offset from the top of the frame. Set the Start to a value big enough to fit your headers: Set the paragraph style for your body text ...
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Is it OK to layout landscape images vertically in a book?

While changing orientation isn't unheard of (indeed, sometimes it can be used to striking affect), it's worth pointing out the full range of options available to you, obvious though they may be: Crop ...
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What's an effective way to electronically distribute a trifold brochure for review?

What I sometimes do is just place some very light gradients where the folds are going to be, on top of all the artwork and set these to 'multiply'. This kind of simulates the folded object while ...
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What are these kinds of typography called?

Designing how a page should look is usually called layout and is not usually considered a part of typography but typography is often considered a necessary skill to do a good page layout. Page layout ...
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A1 size paper: minimum font size

12 point text on A1 paper is the same size as 12 point text on A4 (or Letter) Try holding up a printed sample and see at what distance you can read it. Then imagine the same A4 paper tiled in a 2x4 ...
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Is Scribus a viable alternative to Quark or InDesign?

Being an 'all DTP tools minitechnicus' it was easy for me . I mean, it took a very little amount of time to accommodate well with Scribus. My tool of choice for years was PageMaker then InDesign - I ...
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What should a designer consider when laying out print materials for elderly audiences?

I work for a group called Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (alcoa.ca) — we were looking into design issues affecting websites and found this site to be very helpful: http://www.nia.nih.gov. ...
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Inner margin in a classical book layout

I think you're right. Classically, inner margins are smaller than outer margins. However, you do need to ensure the inner margins are large enough to keep content out of the gutter. The reason outer ...
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