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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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How can I practice my design skills in a more motivating and engaging way?
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Finding work (as opposed to a job) is part of the motivation in (and reason for) creativity. Any couch potato can think of a design job — a tee-shirt with four descriptive words that begin with the ...

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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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Is there a name for illustrations with non-rectangular borders?
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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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How can I make this picture print exactly (or almost exactly) the way it looks on screen?
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Study Colour Management. Find and worship "CMYK 2.0 by Rick McCleary." I use it as my course text. Tip: What you should be trying to do is to get your screen to look like the print. Begin by making ...

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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 can I show the feelings of motion, distance, proximity, aggregation and segregation with dots?
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I would tell my students to look up the meanings of the words.Also, rather than look for one meaning, look for variations so that you have a broad understanding of the concept the word might be used ...

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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?
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The answer may lie in the difference between formative and summative assessment — the kind of feedback your employee requires to advance. Note: In the pedagogical feedback theory suggested below, ...

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How to identify and understand the principles of a design?
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A good way to identify principles of design is to study each of them in isolation with a definition, an explanation, and examples of the principle. Graphic Design studies include areas in different ...

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What resource to learn about the psychological effects of typography?
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I don't think Psychology is the proper search term to associate what you're looking for in relation to your line(s) of questioning here in graphicdesign.stackexchange. Rather than Psychology of ...

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I need to print an image at a certain size. What dimensions and resolution should I use?
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Determining PPI Resolution given the Viewing Distance from the image For Raster (halftone screened) graphics, the PPI resolution is determined in two steps using only basic arithmetic. There's ...

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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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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?
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For Raster (halftone screened) graphics, the PPI resolution is determined in two steps using only basic arithmetic. There's nothing mysterious. Step 1. Determine the necessary LPI Step 2. Use the ...

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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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Constant text revisions - how to stop the madness?
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Consider composing a short document "Guidelines for submitting documents." In this, specify the desirable and reasonable practices you want/need to perform your part of the project. Offer limited (...

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How can I prepare for a career in character design?
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I realize that I'm "begging the issue" with my answer; but, I think it's valid here. Strive for a well-rounded general education at this point. Keep your options open by avoiding a specialization too ...

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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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How to shore up a portfolio with only one major application for the last five years?
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You've effectively joined the 9 to 5 job market and must rely on a CV until you can squeeze-in a few contracts to build a reference. That's the trade-off with the job market versus freelancing. You ...

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Is there a font that has the same height for every character?
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Q: Is there a font that has the same size for every character? A: There is for every character in the font itself; but there's not one for every existing character. The fonts are incomplete, in effect....

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Name of the technique used to simulate eye focusing?
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The photograph you chose demonstrates the optical effect known as depth of focus. Focused or in focus is the term for sharply defined areas of the image. It shows the inability of spherical lenses to ...

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What is the name of this sort of chart?
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This type of chart is called a Venn diagram used in set theory and logic. It is a variant of Euler diagrams. Normally the subsets (minterms) are circular but this uses squares for holding the ...

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What is a spot/Pantone colour?
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What is a spot/Pantone colour? Colours that are created without using any of the four "Colour Process" colour screens or dots are referred to as spot or solid colours. Pantone Inc. [ink?] has a ...

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What is the average pixel size for human writing?
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Forms Design for Human Input Allowing enough space for human input on paper forms must allow for variations. Three to five lines per inch is the rule of thumb. It's even etched into my elderly 18" ...

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Printing with Heidelberg CMYK Explained
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Your answer is "Yes, that will be fine." FOGRA39 Coated FOGRA27 Coated (lightweight) FOGRA29 Uncoated You'll see that the CMYK working space for the document on uncoated stock is FOGRA29. EDIT > ...

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Double space acceptable after period before abbreviated title?
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No. Neither typographers nor editors would permit your example to survive a manuscript. EDIT: If I were forced to use such a configuration, I would kern the punctuation marks to minimize the yawning ...

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Sources for Color Theory or Psychology of Color
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I can see these on my shelf from where I sit. I have more; but, these references will cover most casual questions superficially, at least. The first four cover psychological aspects with some cultural ...

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What is the name for making words equal in length?
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The line length is referred to as the "measure." The above sample of different words on different lines are set "flush." They may also be referred to as being set optically aligned flush. Flush-left ...

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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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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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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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