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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 of the grid by going to 'File → Document Setup'.


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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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You can align to a specific dimension (horizontal or vertical) using the "Distribute Spacing" selection in the "Align" tab. Select the objects you want to distribute, single-click on one object to set it as the anchor object, and enter the amount you want them distributed. Click on either the distribute vertically or horizontally button. You can also use ...


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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, vectorized PDFs across Windows, OSX, and Linux, and it's also possible to define your own custom formats and commands. There's a wealth of documentation ...


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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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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 Colored Paper" - You will get this image - There is no any other layers except of text ones...


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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 at the top, a down arrow, and two separate nodes at the bottom: This will disconnect the nodes without deleting them. Here is the result:


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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 divisior of 360 (2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 15, 20 etc) Hit duplicate Keep hitting ctrl+d (repeat last) until a full revolution is done. Image 1: Timelapse of description above....


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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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On a Mac, cmd + ; On Windows, I think it's ctrl + ;


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The Info panel will tell you what position your mouse is at. To display your info panel go to Window > Info, or hit F8 on your keyboard. Also note that it may default to a unit of measurement other than pixels such as centimeters or inches. If this is the case, click on the "+." next to X and Y as highlighted in the picture above, and select Pixels ...


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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. ColorFavs - Palette from image as well as gallery of palettes & colors from other's images Pictaculous - Palette from image (opposite is image from color) ColorKitty - Palette from image Cohesive Colors - New ...


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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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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+Shift+[) - or even to a lower layer and make the layer a template layer, so that it isn't included in the export. It's not a perfect solution, I know, but it ...


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(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 interesting anomalies. I think a general history of illuminated manuscripts might also be interesting, but that would be a different question. Vellum and parchment ...


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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 lines, phrasing. But this is always done with professional writers so they have the final word on what will be used. While a client may pick my brain for creative ...


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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 copy the line over itself and rotate each copy 10° and we will copy it 17 times. You can adhust the values the way you want it. Now we will draw two circles on ...


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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 → Hide/Show Print Tiling). You can even move it around manually with the Print Tiling tool, but unless you're directly printing from Illustrator there's ...


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As someone working in printing, one of the biggest for me is the Pantone Color Book Regardless of of how well your monitor is calibrated, it is crucial to know what your printed colors are going to look like. The discrepancies of the RGB values between Photoshop and Illustrator for Pantone Colors is bad enough as it is. I always check my formula guide ...


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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 one: http://www.ezcube.com/ I made my own, though, out of cardboard and velum paper. And I used plain 100W lights instead of professional ones. Here is a ...


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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 preview of the differences between 2 versions of a given PSD. It does a pretty good job at keeping files safe, knowing who modified what and when, and retrieving ...


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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 color or a mixture of colors, it is an absence of ink. Even if you're working with an RGB document, that's still the way Illustrator thinks about color: white = ...


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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 image. So if you had the following image as a mockup you could use the single-column marquee tool to grab a 1 x 64 px slice and save it as a lightweight GIF ...


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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 though, as 'pretty things' help me get inspired. I would grab my beloved, nice looking notebook much quicker than an old drab. Next to this I also like that ...


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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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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 pie chart data dialog. When using Divide you can keep the inner parts if you'd like to use them later on in your design. Get yourself some pie. Then open the ...


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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 > Appearance or just click SHIFT + F6 Now select the circle you have just drawn and make the herunder setting, or just make the values that you want. make sure to ...


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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 drop shadows. The benefits are: Less objects, less data to upkeep. More efficient workflows. Easy to replicate, you can save the style stack for reuse. Some ...


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"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 around the world. Additionally, they needed to manage a lot of assets (logos, photo shoots, SKUs, etc.) They were pretty much working through FTP but had a very ...


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