Ryan
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How to handle client requests to violate copyrights?
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I've never run into this exact problem but if a client sends me a logo from another company I email them back asking if they have written permission to use said logo in their marketing. If they say ...

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Why is it that people are so surprised that graphics design can be hard?
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It's a simple answer really, low barrier to entry. No school requirement No certifications or accreditation required Most people already own a computer so capital investment is very low too. Even on ...

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How can I edit an .SVG file?
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An .SVG file IS a source file. It isn't layers in the Photoshop/Gimp sense but it absolutely can be picked apart. Use an SVG editor - that would be Illustrator or Inkscape. Alternatively, if you want ...

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Techniques for cutting out hair accurately
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Advanced hair extraction tutorial First off, plugins and simpler methods are available. This is if you want to get higher quality results. It is largely the same as ACEkin's answer except going into ...

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Is the use of a QR code worth the space it requires?
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QR codes can be valuable tools if there's a real incentive to use it. Augmented Reality, Coupons, and Time-Sensitive Content are the primary things that come to mind. And really above all, and worth ...

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Why is Photoshop changing my CMYK numbers?
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You have "Only Web Colors" selected. Turn that off as its essentially irrelevant on modern computers. It's trying to figure out how to best represent 50% K in a vastly reduced RGB palette known as Web ...

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What font characteristics are associated with luxury and wealth?
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While I agree with a lot of what has been said, I disagree with one of the fundamental ideas everyone else seems to have--there are certain characteristics and treatments that makes something feel ...

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Do my potential customers need to understand the "meaning" of a logo, or just recognize it?
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Your customers don't have to understand your name. Your customers don't have to understand your logo. Your customers do have to remember both. To make it easier to remember you'll typically make a ...

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How to copy a layer's mask photoshop?
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The easiest way to duplicate a layer mask is by holding the Alt (win) or Option (mac) key while dragging the layer mask thumbnail to another layer in the layer panel.

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Photoshop: Save a part without cropping
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There's no "Save Selection As" if that's what you're hoping for. The quickest way is probably to do: M (rectangular marquee selection) Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+C (copy merged) Ctrl / Cmd + N (new file) Ctrl /...

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What is wrong with Comic Sans?
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Comic Sans MS scores extremely well in readability, particularly for educational content (like Higgs-Boson announcement): Fortune favors the bold (and the Italicized): Effects of disfluency on ...

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How do you break out of current creative mind sets?
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Well since you all are leaving the question open here's my genuine answer: When I run out of ideas I like to do things like booze, sex, go to the beach, read, write, paint, sculpt, dance, travel. My ...

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How to edit a pixel without modifying surrounding pixels
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You'll want to use the Pencil tool instead of Brush tool. It allows you to do pixel level edits without any anti-aliasing (the fuzzy area). It's located below the Brush tool or can be accessed by ...

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How to extract PNGs from Adobe Illustrator file
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Select what you want Ctrl + G (Group Selection) Ctrl + C (Copy) Ctrl + N (New file) Ctrl + V (Paste) File > Save for Web & Devices then on the right switch .JPG to .PNG, then you also want to ...

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How can I edit a scanned business card?
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This isn't how graphic design works. You have a raster file, meaning the text cannot be edited very easily. It's essentially a photograph of a business card. See What are the differences between ...

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Client requesting admin work
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Option 1: "Sorry but this isn't in my contract. I don't offer the service either to give you a rate." Option 2: "Sorry but this isn't in our current contract. I am able to add that service for $x ...

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How to explain to a client that their logo is incredibly poor
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To give some sort of an answer for you: Sales figures on similar branding update data would be one very good approach. Just make sure it relates and had a similar reason. A racist logo from the 1920s ...

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Just how much information should you share with a former client?
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I wouldn't give them or any client really anything if its one of your sources. "Thank you for your inquiry. My sources and vendors are part of the value I bring through my X years of experience. ...

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What are the pros and cons of using Lab color?
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Lab Primer The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. (Yeats) Lab, which I often read as Lab but is properly said L-a-b, is amazing. It makes the world a ...

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How to create a map in Photoshop with hills?
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Start with a very loose idea: Marquee tool to quickly go over the High: Add your high color: If I press Cmd/Ctrl+Plataeu thumbnail on Layer Panel it will select it for me. Then do Select → ...

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How do I modify custom radius for each corner of a rectangle in Illustrator?
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This only works in Illustrator CC or newer. Draw a rectangle Use the Direct Selection Tool A (White Arrow on Toolbar) Pick one corner Use the little circle that appears to create a radius You can ...

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When are typefaces considered conflicting with each other?
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Subtle differences look like careless mistakes and sloppiness, not just in fonts but in all designs. When things are just slightly off, its enough people notice, but not enough people think its a ...

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What changes might be considered offensive when altering a person's profile image?
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Correct skin tones, pimples, scratches, and highlight spots primarily. Beyond the a little light dodging and burning if appropriate on any particularly bad ones. Basically, correct anything that is ...

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When does the designer pay for a reprint
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The designer would have to really screw up on their end, not just in design, but in the handling of the project to ever pay for a reprint. Or they'd have to really want to salvage the client and be ...

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Should I watermark my work?
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Only watermark if you're trying to license There is only one time to watermark - when you're trying to sell the rights to the image such as a stock graphic. That's it. A good watermark that can ...

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What is this design pattern called? "Continuation wave."
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Looking it up from a CAD / Architecture perspective it can be found referred to as Break Point or Break Line. The Alphabet of Lines (PDF) has it as Break Lines: Note the jagged break line to indicate ...

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How do you deal with clients who bash your designs?
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When a client bashes my design, I move on with my life and just do whatever they want. They're paying so screw it. All I can do is advise them as a trained professional, try my best to convince them, ...

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In a 85.6mm x 54mm business card, what is an ideal font size?
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5pt is not a readable size, especially if any bleeding or misalignment occurs. Why don't you just print some tests out? Its not like you're printing a poster or billboard. Any printer is big enough to ...

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Does this New York Times magazine cover have any cultural significance?
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How am I supposed to get what the cover tries to tell me? Well reading the article is a good place to start. If that's not sufficient then it might not be the best design either of the cover or the ...

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When is Photoshop an inappropriate tool?
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Photoshop is a tool just like any. It's not necessarily right or wrong - it just is. There might be better tools or worse tools. You need to ask: Can I achieve the necessary result using Photoshop? ...

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