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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

The easiest way to see white artwork in Illustrator is by opening the View Menu and selecting Show Transparency Grid. This gives your white artwork something to contrast with. You can adjust the color ...
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How to delete the path between two nodes, but not the nodes themselves in Inkscape?

You need to use the "delete segment" button. In the node tool, select the segment you want to remove. In the second line of the top toolbar, look for an icon that has two nodes connected with a line ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

You can "tweak" the artboard color by this way: Select File->Document Setup... On the popup window you will have Transparency sub-menu: Choose the upper color (I set it to rose) and Mark "Simulate ...
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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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How do I hide guides in Photoshop?

On a Mac, cmd + ; On Windows, I think it's ctrl + ;
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

Draw 2 concentric circles Draw a connecting line (w. line tool for example) Enable rotate tool (with line selected) and alt click on the center of circle. Type in a value in degrees that is a ...
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Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select?

There are a lot out there, but here are some of my favorite generators. Most listed allow you to enter in your own color like you specified. ColorKitty - Palette from image Cohesive Colors - New ...
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Illustrator: what is this black dotted box? How can it be disabled?

It's the print tiling indicator, basically showing you what and where your artwork will print with the print page size you currently have set. You can turn it on and off from the view menu (View ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

There's no simple way that I know of. You can, however, create a rectangle of the same dimensions as the artboard, change its colour to one that works better, move it to the back (Command/Control+...
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What tools would Monks use when DESIGNING a large illuminated letter or pattern?

(BTW - nuns also made illuminated manuscripts...) Very interesting question. I have studied old manuscripts for years, and there are a few things to keep in mind; either as explanations or as ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

In part, yes. As an expert, heck no. Writing is its own profession. You don't need to be an English major or writer to be a designer. As a designer, I am often asked for ideas, i.e. slogans, tag ...
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

Please follow these steps: Draw a Line from the line tool or press \ Open appearance panel or press SHIFT+ F6 Apply the hereunder setting, those setting will array the line "Polar Array" we will ...
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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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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

The short answer is no, you can't, but there is a reason for that which becomes apparent the moment you look at a CMYK "white" swatch. It's 0% everything: no ink. White, to Illustrator, is not a ...
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How do big design companies share art files

At my current workplace we use a version control system. To be exact, we use Git + Bitbucket with the LFS (Large File Storage) extension. We also use a graphical diff plugin that lets us see a quick ...
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What is the purpose of single row and single column marquee tools in Photoshop?

It's been a while, but before it was possible to create gradients using exclusively CSS it was a handy tool to isolate a 1 px cross-section of a vertical or horizontal gradient to use as a background ...
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What makes a Moleskine notebook so good and when should someone invest in them?

In my opinion Moleskine are more looks and brand than quality. Not that I think they are bad, I personally like them but I've had better quality as well. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing ...
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

This is not the fastest method, but it is the easiest to understand for novices. And has these added advantages: You can make unequal parts as well as equal parts. Just input different numbers in the ...
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How to make a circle with grid on the outside ring

Another Smarter answer (just to enrich the answers) to use just one circle and to take advantage of the appearance tool. Draw a simple circle open the appearance panel by going to Windows > ...
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The pros and cons of using the appearance panel to create complex shapes and strokes in AI

The effect is live. That is it will recreate itself whenever you make a change to the underlying object. Some of the things can simply not be done in any meaningful way with other methods, such as ...
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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." Not necessarily. I freelanced for a while in a food packaging studio that had other studios ...
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SVG2TikZ or Inkscape2TikZ: convert from SVG graphics to TikZ/PGF code

According to the instructions, all you need to do is to copy the .inx and .py files from here: https://github.com/kjellmf/svg2tikz/tree/master/svg2tikz/extensions into your user extensions directory ...
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How to convert object fill in to fine lines?

This is a partial solution for Inkscape. Another answer for Illustrator shows how one can use the Scribble effect in a non-random way and get the wanted straight line zigzag fill and the result needs ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

Required? No. The larger the company, the more likely it is that they'll have specialized departments for certain jobs. Marketing is a skill, writing is a different skill, graphic design is another ...
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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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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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How do I hide guides in Photoshop?

Control+H in Windows or cmd+H in Mac Take your time and click through the menus, its not that difficult to find things like this without asking us. Could even google search but that's probably longer ...
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Structured pattern, random elements in Illustrator

In the end I couldn't find a mechanism to automatically distribute and repeat a pattern, but this article on The Noun Project's blog did give a really good runthrough of how to do it; manually, but ...
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Is creative writing needed to be a graphic designer?

I think that depends on where you work, but largely I don't think these skills are a necessity. My girlfriend for instance works at a place where graphic designers are part of the marketing ...
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How to enable Paint Bucket instead of Material Drop Tool on CC 2015?

It's a little hidden now, but you can find the good ol' bucket tool under the "Edit Toolbar" icon ···
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