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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is there no capitalize button in Inkscape?

Mine is in the Menu Extensions > Text.
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Adobe Fireworks - the best replacement?

I use Affinity Designer as a replacement for Fireworks. I also use Graphic by Picta which is pretty good too, but vector only.
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Is there an automatic tool that can crawl a live site and generate both a visual sitemap and single-page screenshots?

If you're not afraid of coding you can do this with Python: import gtk.gdk w = gtk.gdk.get_default_root_window() sz = w.get_size() print "The size of the window is %d x %d" % sz pb = gtk.gdk.Pixbuf(...
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How to begin designing PDF Business Reports

It is possible to learn how to do this. However, you should realize that graphic design is a design field you need to know quite much more than, PDF template with different styles to begin with. ...
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Inkscape adds handles to corner nodes after node deletion

Hold Ctrl and press the Del key to delete the node. If you already have the handles hold Ctrl and click the round ends of the handles to remove them. That way you don't need to move the mouse to the ...
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Determine radius of a rounded rectangle

You can see the radius of a rounded rectangle by selecting the rectangle with the path selection tool (black arrow icon in the toolbar) and opening the properties panel. (see screenshot) This will ...
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How to draw a non-defect transparent line?

You can draw the line that you want on a dedicated layer with 100% opacity, then set the layer at 70% opacity or as you like.
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Why doesn't the Shape Builder Tool let me select this specific shape?

There is probably a very small gap in there. Double click on the shape builder tool icon. This opens up options for the tool, enable gap detection and you should be good to go.
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What is an "Eber rule?" (Ruler to measure type)

Generally, manual type measurement is done via an E Scale. Sometimes referred to as a Type Scale. These can be purchased at any art supply store. They are customarily see through plastic. In fact ...
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How to enable Paint Bucket instead of Material Drop Tool on CC 2015?

In the upper right corner, switch from 3D workspace to essentials.
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How do I achieve this?

I want to have bulk experience of how the industry works. OK For that, I wish to make logos for tons of clients for free. But that's pretty much the opposite of how the industry works. Clients ...
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Is there a tool to extract the primarily used colors in a picture?

You can do this directly in Photoshop! Select an Image Open "Save For Web" Select "GIF Restrictive" from the dropdown labelled "Preset" Select how many colours to include in the top right field ...
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How do big design companies share art files

I think that Digital Asset Management Software (DAM) is specifically used for exactly the situation you describe. Here is a nice write-up that explains what DAM is and how it is used. I haven't ...
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Polygonal lasso tool went mad

You are zoomed in to the pixel level of your image. There's no way to cut a pixel in half, when zoomed out it looks smooth, in reality it's just "a staircase" selection. What looks like this zoomed ...
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