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Who first discovered CMYK?
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There is no single definable point when the CMYK Process Colour printing was discovered. High fidelity process colour reproduction printing has been a gradual series of technical refinements. The ...

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Which techniques do you use to find the right brightness setting for a photo for web?
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When you photograph any well (evenly) lit object against a white wall, you diminish the contrast by introducing flare from the reflection of light from the wall into the lens. Ideally, you would use ...

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What printer offers the best quality?
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It's not the printer that will make the difference; but, the printing process. The finest detail printing process is gravure. The most difficult image to reproduce is a hologram. The most difficult ...

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where does black come from in CMYK color mode?
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Adding to the answers by others using (printing) industry terms: While it's true that C, M, & Y can be used in varying proportions to simulate full colour in a printed image, there's a limit to ...

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Best practice for cap height and x-height for bilingual sign-making inside and outside of a public institution: a hospital
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The subject is dealt with as "way finding" and of interest to architects and signage professionals. Secondarily, "readability" and "legibility" will be good subjects to review. As a point of ...

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Sustainable revision workflow for print/digital documents with non-designers
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A piece of software that was popular years ago because there wasn't anything else was Quark XPress. It was rock solid. It depended on plug-ins for most everything which were sold a-la-carte from 3rd ...

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Business Leads Icon
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I used an extended "hand" silhouette holding a business card which has good recognition and is immediately associated with making business contacts. The hand with the highest acceptance worked out to ...

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What printing process is this?
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You're describing offset lithography. The maroon (and silver) metal plate was the actual printing plate made by a photomechanical process in a process camera then in a contact printing frame 1:1. In ...

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What is Albrecht Dürer's Perspective Machine drawing style?
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You might also be interested in scratch-board or scraper-board techniques that approximate some of these effects. Although the process is different, the line quality is/can be very similar.

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How to display better a product on a outdoor photo, without making it look childish and unrealistic?
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I would split the ad itself in two. Pick whatever monument - What you have (if well-known and high recognition) is fine. The concept you want to push is "Then & Now." Then: On the left side ...

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Better way to handle colors for printing
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Construct a Custom Process Colour Tint Book for reference You can purchase Colour Tint Books printed on uncoated white paper stock. https://www.amazon.com/Uncoated-Tintbook-Selection-Process-...

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Are these concepts okay to show the use of an air purifier?
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The use of labels and arrows emphasizes that the metaphor is weak. Explanation is not necessary for an intuitive design. If you cannot illustrate the process, illustrate the effect. (Sell the sizzle, ...

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What does “Pica” mean in the name of a typeface?
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The term "pica" refers to the size of the font. Long before type fonts had sizes in standardized (more or less) units, the sizes had names. Pica is roughly equivalent to 12 pt expressed in today's ...

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What are the names of those thicknesses of lines in pixel art?
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How to differentiate/specify (name) line thickness. Line thickness is usually specified in term of how it would appear as printed at 100% (scaled/actual size). Thus, a line when printed can be ...

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How to decide if a design is very similar to my own work?
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My lawyer told me that, in simple terms, a design infringes another if an uninformed person could mistake one for the other. At the very least, one could be described as an alternate or alternative ...

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ink / laser printer at the same time?
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Heat reactive foil will stick to most any laser printed image; but, sticks best to black toner which has carbon particles encapsulated by the wax toner. I would suggest that you print the whole job ...

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Do I have to crop images in Photoshop before placing them into InDesign
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Always size an image to the right number of pixels using Photoshop. While reducing or enlarging using InDesign is possible; doing this will increase the amount of time it takes to output the job. (...

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Can typography & elements be more balanced & less forced in this book cover design?
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Swap the author and title positions so that the title is at the top and the author is at the bottom. That will pull the "paper" elements and the title together to strengthen the implied metaphor. ...

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What's the name of this type of chart
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Range plots are a relatively new* chart type. It's an extension of the dot plot, which William Cleveland created in the 1990s. Dot plots show one or multiple dots on one line. Range plots show exactly ...

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Acknowledge a design company as source for my work
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You answered your own question. The order of the citations can make a difference however. Put yourself first. This site was produced and developed by "Ebatsin." Original site created by "The Design ...

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How to master a typeface?
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Be sure you choose typefaces complete enough to use well. You'll need weights, widths, and complete character-sets–––glyphs, serifs and sans serifs. You'll need roman, italics, upper and lower case ...

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How should I mix small caps with digits or symbols?
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You could use old-style (lower-case), non-lining numbers with the small caps letters for a more balanced appearance. Lining numbers look more uniform for use with full caps or in rows and columns for ...

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Why did people used to make buttons that looked pressed by default?
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Speaking for myself, I show a button depressed to indicate: That the virtual button could be depressed to cause the indicated state of the display. and That an activated virtual button would look ...

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Resale of design to another client?
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I have a rule to charge friends twice as much as my business clients for the same work. I was told this by the accountant at one of the first places where I ever worked.Here's how it played out. "...

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What was this 1970s scale drawing device called?
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It was called a Viewer. It is in the "Commercial Art Projectors" section of an elderly catalogue. There were several models made by the Goodkin Company. I'm holding the catalog in my hand. There was ...

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Can black and white noise texture images be copied exactly as the original from print?
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No, it will not, which explains the intrinsic value of the "original" of most anything. An attempt to copy an original in every detail has a variable degree of social acceptance. To some 'faithful' ...

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How to unhide node in Houdini?
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Version 16.5 of Houdini has solved this problem. In the new version, clicking again hides the node as well as unhide. It is now a toggle - Hide/Unhide node.

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What's the origin of "Kern, Baby, Kern."?
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It's a paraphrase of the book sub-title "Home Fire Inferno - Burn, Baby, Burn!" by Suzanne Brockman. Burn, baby burn was a chant during the race riots in Watts, California. The Watts riots, sometimes ...

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Color wheel with constant subjective hue gradient (better than CIELAB)
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A Rational Colour Circle There are tweaks of the 12 hue colour wheel originally envisioned by Michel Chevreul called "rational" colour circles that compensate for the failings of digital displays of ...

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What icon can represent "other" or "miscellaneous"?
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The actual symbol exists for what you want to identify and appears in the International Symbol Dictionary to indicate an otherwise unspecific (miscellaneous?) place of interest. Some interpret it as a ...

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