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Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select?
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One useful tool is Paletton (previously known as Color Scheme Designer): You specify a starting color and a type of color scheme and it will generate a palette for you and allow you to modify that ...

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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator
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Inkscape is a free and open-source SVG vector graphics editing program. I've never used Illustrator, so I can't directly compare, but I've done all of my work in Inkscape and it is quite capable. You ...

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What free/open source image design programs can you recommend?
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It depends what kind of images you are designing. For vector work: Inkscape For non-vector design and/or photo-editing: GIMP or Paint.NET (less advanced, but still very capable)

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What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?
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Aside from the obvious rules (it must be comfortable to read if it is going to be used for long text, it has to fit with the theme of the rest of the design, etc), there are no hard rules about ...

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What style is more effective/easier to read for a logo that includes text?
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I'm not sure if there is any real answer to this question without more details, but I'll give it a shot anyway, since I think it's an interesting question. Here are some things to consider when ...

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What are good sources for Open-Source fonts?
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The Liberation fonts are GPL-licensed and designed to be compatible with the most common fonts shipped in Windows: https://www.redhat.com/promo/fonts/

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How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator?
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There is no substitute for experience. In my opinion the best way to learn a new program is to just start using it and use google if you get stuck. If you want some tutorials on the basics, there are ...

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Are there examples of software that use a dark colour scheme?
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Adobe Lightroom (and many of Adobe's other apps) effectively use a dark color scheme: More screenshots: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

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What is a good CLI-based bitmap tracing method?
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The software that powers Inkscape's bitmap tracing function is actually a non-GUI program called Potrace, so you're in luck: http://potrace.sourceforge.net/ Download here: http://potrace.sourceforge....

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How can one create a design style?
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While this is not always true, graphic design often involves expressing the style and message of a website or cause rather than your own ideas. Where painters may use their work most often to express ...

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What are some good resources for tablet drawing?
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If you mean getting used to drawing on a tablet in general, then there is nothing better than experience. You will learn more by using it than you ever will by reading about it. That said, there are ...

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Which format is better for saving images intended for websites; PNG or SVG?
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Definitely use PNG for a website. SVG is simply not sufficiently widely supported and it has few (if any) significant benefits over PNG for a flattened export. That said, keep all of your working ...

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Photoshop Alternatives for G5 Macs
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Due to the expense of Photoshop, I bought Pixelmator a year or so ago. I only do photo-editing with it, so I can't comment on using it for design, but it has been powerful enough for me. http://www....

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Creating a shiny black plastic effect
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Try following this tutorial: http://www.suite101.com/content/make-an-easy-shiny-plastic-button-in-gimp-a104126 It is supposed to create this image: If you then make the background black, slant (and ...

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Clean, simple CSS styles for text and table-heavy sites
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For the tables specifically, you could check out this site which has CSS for many, many table styles: http://icant.co.uk/csstablegallery

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Is there a free alternative to Comic Life?
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There don't seem to be many alternatives to Comic Life, however there is one web-based alternative called Comiqs: http://comiqs.com/

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How to enlarge an image with as little pixelation as possible?
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The Liquid Rescale plugin for GIMP resizes (smaller, larger, different aspect ratios) images using seam carving which is able to find the least significant lines of a photo and add or remove those ...

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data visualization over time
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You might check this out: http://insideria.com/2009/12/28-rich-data-visualization-too.html

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What web graphics formats to use?
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In an ideal world, it would come down to this: JPEG - For raster images and photographs PNG - For vector graphics (eg. logos, etc) Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 6 (still, unfortunately, a large ...

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