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What is so good about Helvetica?
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I think Helvetica's biggest strength (and thus is greatest weakness) is just how "neutral" of a typeface it is. It really can work well in all sorts of situations and applications because of how ...

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How to convince a client to have their logo redesigned?
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There may not be a good reason to redesign a logo if it is easily recognized and if the market generally has a positive opinion of the brand. In fact a better option would be to make subtle updates ...

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Why are raster images still used when vector images have so many advantages?
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Photographs and pixel-based art can have a real-world fidelity that vector artwork can not easily achieve. In real life, things are not really mathematically precise and clean. One can get greater ...

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How do I approach reusing and charging for previous work?
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For clients where you have an established relationship and the trust is mutual between both parties, option 2 could be a beneficial outcome to both parties as 1) the project timeline can be compressed ...

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What advantages/disadvantages do specific font formats have for print production?
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To add to DA01's excellent answer and to provide additional context, OpenType comes in two flavors: TrueType and PostScript. So way back in the day, when Adobe created PostScript, they defined ...

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Are portfolios overrated?
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Portfolios demonstrate the following: Creative thinking Design theory Design craft Knowledge and use of design tools Portfolios are an important tool in getting design jobs - it is the evidence of a ...

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What techniques can be used to create a proper hierarchy of design elements?
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Things that help designers focus on what's important to a design: Identify the key message - this is what people viewing the design should intuitively grasp, this is the voice or message of the ...

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Is it preposterous to have 2 different light sources in a design project?
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Is it preposterous to have more than one lighting source in real life? No. There are reflections and man-made lights after all. Do what makes the most sense to you and your project needs. It would ...

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Using colour within fontographer 5
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Fontographer is for creating typefaces, which does not concern itself with colors. PostScript Level 3 typefaces may possibly include color information - you would need to read up on the specifications....

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Name of style often used in sport-related logos
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Pictogram or icon would be the most likely term used for these types of figures. See Wikipedia's article for more information. Of graphic design interest would be the image of the swimming pictogram ...

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SVG images for JavaFX-based game client
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SVG would be an excellent cross-platform, cross-medium vector-based art file format. But I wouldn't recommend using Illustrator's default SVG exports as they tend to come cluttered with unneccessary ...

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Will typeface design ever "stop"?
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Ultimately a typeface is a representation of an individual or organization's creative vision for displaying commonly accepted symbols representing written human communication - and there's an almost ...

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How to edit eps file in Photoshop?
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Short answer: no, you can not edit an EPS from a vector application directly in Photoshop. Slightly longer and more meaningful answer: You can not directly edit the vector shapes, points, lines, or ...

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Does monitor calibration temperature depend on the season?
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For color calibration to be of any real use, it is important that you work in a controlled, stable-light environment - meaning that your light quality does not change. This does mean avoiding natural ...

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How do I turn on animation timeline options in Photoshop CS6?
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You need Photoshop Extended version (or a subscription to Creative Cloud's Photoshop) to get the animation timeline and additional features (stacks, 3D tools, etc.). So basically it's not possible ...

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Is there a way to copy an image on illustrator
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Choice of tools is always a personal preference although some tools work better for certain tasks than others. For stickers (or finely-cut materials) a vector-based tool (like Illustrator) will ...

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What are common attributes to psychadelic designs?
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The purpose of psychedelic design was/is to express contempt for the order and balance seemingly enforced by society during a particular era (1960-1970s) and to try and break societal boundaries and ...

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Is it legally ok to show concepts for existing companies?
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What you do on your own is on your own - but the moment you start showing it, it than enters the public realm. And once it enters the public realm, legal frameworks are applied. At this point, what's ...

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Design & OCD: Are there any exercises/methods to avoid over-analysis in a design project?
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Good and open communication with the client and your peers are one of the best tools to use to avoid "getting into the weeds". This creates flexible and responsive feedback loops that help you stay ...

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Best practices for client presentation when not face to face
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If an in-person or online meeting is not possible then I'd suggest using an annotated PDF full of your designer notes - the equivalent of providing a marked up document. The only downside to this ...

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"Some text layers contain fonts that are missing" when opening PSD files in Photoshop
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It means that your operating system does not have the fonts installed that were used in making those PSD files. This means that if you try and edit the text in those files, Photoshop will use the ...

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How can I export a PNG8 image with alpha transparency from Adobe Illustrator?
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Go to File -> Save For Web. A dialog box will appear displaying the original artwork on one side and what will be saved out on the other (a preview). On the far right are the settings. In these ...

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How to know how much to charge for an animation?
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Pricing should always be a reflection of: Cost of living (how much do you need to earn to live) The actual time spent working on the project Cost of doing business - like your computers, electricity, ...

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Photoshop : Difference when drag an image to psd file directly and copy/paste manual
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Approach 1: This places the artwork into your Photoshop piece as a "Smart Object" (thus the special symbol in the corner). If you double-click that smart object, it will take you to the source artwork ...

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Making a curved road texture in Photoshop?
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I would approach this problem by using the bézier pen tool in Photoshop or Illustrator. This allows you to "draw" mathematically-defined vectors and shapes that have the added benefit of being able to ...

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Why are brand guidelines kept confidential?
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You're often dealing with business people, many who may not really know anything about design and branding. They may also be quite busy with other projects and business needs. Locating and sending out ...

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Illustrator templates editor
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Ah yes. The client who thinks that they should be able to edit graphic work after its been produced. There is no technical or tool solution to this problem If the graphic work is in a source file, to ...

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Graphic design beginner: How do you get to the point where a design is in your head?
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Graphic design, like any other skill, is a mix of theory (the why) and practice (the how) but it is also an iterative process as one tries to identify an optimal design solution to a problem. You ...

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How can I create a radial gradient for a hexagon?
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So I originally thought this isn't possible but then geometry for the win! A hexagon can be created from 6 triangles. Create a triangle shape and give it a linear gradient Copy the triangle and past ...

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When does a font become a font?
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As others have already noted, a font is a combined system of glyphs or symbols. It doesn't matter if the symbols are stylistically different from each other as long as the glyphs/symbols are combined ...

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