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Customer Requests (Sometimes) Drive Me Bonkers!
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One thing I've learned over the years is that (as much as we are inclined to think so) most clients are not really idiots. They simply don't know what we know about graphic design. In my experience, ...

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Creating large banners to be viewed from a distance, at a size Illustrator can't handle
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I've designed billboard art (same basic size as your project) for several different vendors, and they mostly ask for 10th (1:10) scale artwork at 300ppi with some kind of pocket allowance. 100% scale ...

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Is it possible to construct the letter 's' out of flat shapes?
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Based on the look of what you supplied, here is what I would recommend: For further clarity:

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Will desaturated colors use less ink?
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Yes, in most instances, reducing the saturation of a given color (particularly bright colors) will result in less ink/toner being needed to produce the printed piece. The result can be directly linear ...

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Looking for a design that contains a distraction object
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Perhaps it is rare in graphic design because graphic design itself is often a distraction, and it would be considered counterproductive to build a distraction into the distraction. However, the most ...

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InDesign or Illustrator for package design?
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Some printers require files to be submitted in Illustrator format, so ultimately it will come down to vendor requirements. However, I think of Illustrator and Photoshop as tools to generate layout ...

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Set white objects to print as black in Illustrator
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If the PDF is created properly, this is pretty simple to do using Acrobat. Create a copy of your reversed (white on black) layer. Put the copy below the reversed layer and set it to be black on a ...

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Mysterious line breaks in InDesign
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It looks like your text frame is slightly skewed. This, combined with indent settings can cause exactly what you're experiencing. Look along the edge of the frame in your image. See how the frame edge ...

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How to deal with mistakes
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First, I would recommend never using the word "final" until the client has actually given final approval, and even then I would only use it tentatively. Every stage prior to that I always treat as ...

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How do I treat requests for work for causes that go against my personal principles?
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If you are a freelance designer, it's entirely up to you. You can tell them outright that you choose to not promote the ideology, or you can simply say that your current workload doesn't allow for you ...

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Printing on Plastic - How is this being done?
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This kind of thing is typically screen printed for large quantities. However, for prototyping or for small runs that don't justify the cost of screen printing, a UV-cured flatbed printers can be used. ...

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Finding open paths in Adobe Illustrator
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My method: Create a pattern brush using grey for the inner sections, but with bright red end caps for the beginning and end sections. Apply the brush to the artwork to identify the open paths. Undo ...

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How to make logo more 3D while flat?
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I think by tweaking the screen values to simulate natural light falling on an extruded bevel and adding "shadow" will add a bit of depth. I've enlarged the "C" to make the shadow illusion work better. ...

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Illustrator - how to create a Pattern Brush that overlaps itself?
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Instead of a pattern brush, you could create a scatter brush. With a scatter brush, you can precisely control the spacing between the chevrons. Be sure to set "Rotation relative to:" as "path".

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Which font's digits resemble Nixie tube digits?
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Here are a few options that you may find useful: Code Light Regular NeutraTextTF-LightAlt Brandon Grotesque Thin Gotham Thin

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Client's editor wants to work directly on my InDesign files
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I would start by stressing how uncomfortable I would be with the proposition. It would jeopardize version control if the source document and related assets changed hands during the editing process. I ...

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The eraser tool is now replacing parts of the photo I initially erased
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You are erasing portions of a layer mask, rather than the layer itself. The icon to the right of the layer thumbnail is a mask that is applied to the layer. This is a non-destructive way to hide parts ...

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What is this geometric pattern called and how to construct it?
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A common name for this kind of image is a "knot" or even a "torus knot." Celtic knots are good example of this idea taken to the extreme. There are many different techniques used to make them, so the ...

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Critique - Logo for company that cleans medical linens
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It's attractive, but it looks dated. The stethoscope concept is really coming through, even though the lower portion is missing, so good job there. Scrubs have no lapels, and lab coats have angular ...

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What are the pros and cons of embedding images in InDesign?
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The biggest con I know of is that it ruins the dynamic nature of you indd library. By that, I mean that if you refresh your brand by updating a logo or photos, you have to replace it manually wherever ...

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When to use one-point versus two-point perspective drawing?
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I'm not exactly clear on your question: If you actually mean "whether" to use one or two-point perspective, the only rule is that you should use it when it helps achieve your goals. If you're having ...

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1px pencil draws 3px in Photoshop
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Be sure to select the 1-pixel brush from the square brush set. If you select a larger square brush, the slider may not scale it down to 1 pixel.

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Spacetime Fabric Curvature
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This is quite easy to achieve using a few simple lines connected by a blend. Just create one half of the grid, then copy, rotate and mirror the effect for the other "axis". It would take about as ...

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How can I create this dark room effect in Photoshop
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You can get most of the way there by applying a Black & White effect layer and tweaking the settings of the High Contrast Blue preset. Mask out anything you don't want affected. Then apply a level ...

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How do I change 'your text here' in vector files from Adobe Stock?
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Stock art almost always comes with the text converted to outlines. You can edit it as a regular vector shape by manipulating anchor points, but it is no longer editable as live text. Instead, you have ...

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Pathfinder vs Shape Builder
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It's probably just a matter of him having learned by using the pathfinder, and sticking to it. The shape builder tool is newer, so he probably just isn't as familiar with it. The shape builder is ...

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Will a commercial printer print my invitations using floral png's
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First: Always consult with your vendor about how they require their file submissions. PNG format can be used for printing, and very often are used with perfectly acceptable results, but it may not be ...

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Is there a way, while dragging, to "snap" to the nearest guide?
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@Danielillo's answer is the first and best option if it works. Unfortunately, occasionally the smart guides do not snap to the guide or object that you want. If this happens, you have a couple of ...

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What is the pattern and which color is the odd one out?
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00CC76 is redundant and a bit too dark for the scheme. There aren't two of any other color aside from green. Edit: Added a little more support to my statement and an image: I think it's safe to say ...

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Minimum font size for “Jr. Poster” Billboard (5 by 11ft)
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When designing for billboards, I don't worry about making anything too large. Practically speaking, the size of the text should be a function of both aesthetics and the distance from the billboard to ...

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