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 query : Re: SketchUP: How to to resize only one dimension of the model and leave others as is I am somewhat new to sketchup - I have used it for just simple woodworking. I have a problem with this

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Perhaps you don't have the correct orientation selected when you try to scale (resize) the model.

With the whole model selected click the scale tool and then click the node at the center of the side you wish to push.



Now either type a decimal scale value (.5 for 50%, 2 for 200%) or drag mouse until its there. Click again to set it.

For this fine adjustment you will want to scale the short side by .98673740

I got this by converting your before and after measurements to a fraction and dividing.

1'11 and 9/16" = 377/16"

1'11 and 4/16" = 372/16"

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 query : Change Illustrator Default Export Settings In Adobe Illustrator CC, is there a way of changing the default export settings for SVG from the defaults? I would like to use layer names as id's

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Svg

In Adobe Illustrator CC, is there a way of changing the default export settings for SVG from the defaults? I would like to use layer names as id's and always export text to outlines, for example.

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 query : Re: Rescale in Illustrator and maintain proportions in After Effects? I ran into a problem. I've a character in Illustrator that is animated in After Effects. I've setup and animated the character

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Well, is an illustrator file, so is vector, there is no reason why you shouldn't use "continuously rasterize" on each vector layer, that should fix your sharpness problem.





About the scale, just parent all to a single null, and scale this null to the new size you need.

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 query : Script to create a pre-comp inside my main comp in After Effects I am a new to After Effects scripting. I am looking for a way to make a pre-comp inside my main comp and have the pre-comp

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Posted in: #AdobeAfterEffects #Javascript #Script

I am a new to After Effects scripting.

I am looking for a way to make a pre-comp inside my main comp and have the pre-comp contain a shape.

I'm looking to do it automatically by script.

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 query : Re: Designing in Microsoft Office I have a client who needs a few editable word documents / powerpoint documents. Currently, I don't have office on my pc so I'm looking at getting it. I know I

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I know this is an old entry now, but it's worth stating that the biggest obstacle for using Word successfully is training. People seem to get this from the person sitting next to them, which is hardly ideal. Corporations seem to think people are born with the skills, when they are actually failing to give their staff the skills they need. And then there are the mavericks. The ones who can't learn and are hell bent on making their lives more difficult because they insist on breaking the rules that are there to help them.

Building a robust template is a mixture of considered design, preferably by a designer who knows how Word actually works, or people who can work with them, and using Word for what it's meant to do not what a designer assumes it can do. Two very different things in my experience. Almost all the designers I work with have only a basic knowledge of Word, so how can they expect to design a template that works correctly? I can change a wheel on my car, but that doesn't make me a mechanic.

I would guess the users would be using Office 365 by now, since it's 2018 and most are upgraded, but there's no reason why a well constructed and used template in Office 2010 can't do the job. Structure is everything in Word. Abuse it, ask it to do something it isn't designed to do, and you pay the price. It's too easy to blame the tools for a lack of knowledge or understanding.

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 query : Re: Should I go back to school for graphic design? I graduated college several years ago with a degree in English, and have been working in various creative positions in marketing departments since

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If you intend to be a professional graphic designer and you have the opportunity to earn a degree in that field than definitely do it.

Many companies will not consider a designer that does not have a Bachelors degree.

This is a very popular field and you can not afford a disadvantage.

Of course a stunning portfolio is very important, although many of the job applications I see simply ask for "a sample of your work" in .PDF form, so have that ready to upload.

You need to be a good designer, you need to have a work history and you need to have examples of work. While you don't need a degree it often makes the difference between qualifying for a good job or not.

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 query : Re: Adobe Photoshop, curly brackets for a publication I need to create a "dynamic" curly bracket for some conceptual maps that I have to write for a book. This is the result that i need to reproduce.

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You can type an open curly brace and stretch it vertically but this will distort the curves and point.

In your examples the curved ends and center points are the same size, it's the legs which are longer.

I know how to make these in Illustrator.

Type the curly brace, expand it or "create outlines".

Now with the white arrow tool you can select and only certain nodes. The legs are vertical columns and will not distort.

With the white arrow tool select all the nodes that are in the top curl only. Use the up arrow to nudge the nodes higher. Count the number of button taps so you can do the same thing to the bottom curl.

Once its the right height (compare it to the column of words), copy and paste the curly and stretch it more for the next column.

With this technique you should be able to make all the sizes of curly braces from the one starting example.

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 query : Re: Render 3D CAD model as lineart/blueprint Coming from an engineering design background here. I’ve got this rather complex CAD model I’m supposed to make a poster for. I figured turning it

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Not an CAD guy myself but it does look like Fusion 360 will export the canvas as an image. Gives you control over resolution, transparent background, image file type. The samples I saw all show solid shaded representations of the design but I would think that line work would export the same way.

Via File menu: File>Capture Image...


(source Autodesk)

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 query : How can I draw a loopback connector using Inkscape connectors In drawing a state diagram (nodes connected by one-way arrows) I need that some nodes connect to self. I want to draw a connector

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Posted in: #Inkscape

In drawing a state diagram (nodes connected by one-way arrows) I need that some nodes connect to self.


I want to draw a connector like the one in the example, which I made up with a circle shape.
I'm using Inkscape 0.91's connectors because of the needed feature of the arrow ends snapping to the shapes.
When I draw an arrow that starts and ends in the same shape I get a zero-length arrow with an arrowhead in the center of the shape.
I also tried using two equal shapes, one over the other, with identical results.
Please help!

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 query : Re: GIMP - How do I change UI DPI? This is a problem I have been having recently. My screen size has a pretty high pixel density and, as a result, all of GIMP's icons are criminally small and

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I have gimp 2.8 on Windows 10 and this is what solved the small tool icons problem for me:
open This PC > Local Disc (C:) > Program Files > GIMP 2 > bin,
right click on gimp-2.8,
open Properties,
click on Compatibility.
On the settings options select:
Override high DPI scaling behaviour.
Scaling performed by,
scroll and select System,
Apply,
OK

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 query : Re: How I can make this Complex Gradient in illustrator? I want to make this complex gradient, what tool should i make ?

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I think your example is a painted pattern, but something similar can be achieved with a "Gradient Mesh".

Draw a rectangle for the entire background, select it and choose Object>Create Gradient Mesh.

It will ask you for the number of rows and columns. My example used 10 of each. You might try higher numbers to get a more complex gradient.

Your rectangle will now be divided into a grid and each grid crossing is the center of a gradient that blends with its neighbors.

Select them all with the white arrow tool and choose a dark purple. Now, with the white arrow tool select individual nodes and make them a lighter purple.



Experiment with colors and shapes until you get the desired results. Multiple gradient meshes can be placed above each other and transparencies applied to get real organic and random patterns.

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 query : Re: What are some strategies for dealing with poorly written text? While many people thing they are good writers, few actually are. I'm often given content in a word document—often consisting

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If the writing is a problem then ask them if it's "locked in stone", if they're attached to it or if they would like to see revisions.

The communication can be achieved up front, open and professionally with a touch of designery haughtiness.

The justification: as a multimedia professional I take personal responsibility for all work that lands on my desk. Correct writing is just as important as correct visual design. I found the copy here to not be the most effective for your intended communication.


It's not worded powerfully
It sounds too casual
Sounds weird
Sounds wrong
Too technical
not technical enough
too eager
too obtuse
too confusing
It is not a professional tone
etc.


If you, the designer, are not a writer then encourage your client to get a rewrite or suggest a writer. Have a discussion about the brand, message and tone appropriate for this piece. Have them read their sentences aloud to see how it sounds. Besides that teaching writing is not in scope.

If you are a writer than take ownership of all content and reassure your client that the writing can be improved.

In degrees:


No changes, but I will make notes of typos and grammatical errors for you to decide what to do with, fix them if you want.
I will rewrite this minimally, to correct typos and grammar.
This needs to be re-written. Here is my version. Let me know if any part of it needs more work or revision.


If they are a touchy and difficult committee than you should be firm in your resolve. Deal with only 1 person. Get their change suggestions in writing and enact them.

If I receive a bullet list and am told to make it a brochure than a lot of creative decisions are called on, including writing a brochure based on the bullets.

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 query : Re: Does the black ink in dye-based printers always smudge? I recently purchased an HP Envy 5540 printer with original inks and noticed that none of the colours smudge when I run my fingers across

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If ink is not drying there is a mismatch between ink and paper media.

Your HP Envy should be able to output prints that dry correctly. There is no need to purchase another printer.

If your print is not dried after weeks than the machine put down too much ink on a media that cannot absorb it.

Some media travel more slowly through the printer with heat applied to make sure it's dried. If the printer wasn't prepared for that media it might not use the dryer or sloe setting, it may put down too much ink too densely.

Coated photo paper, gloss and frost is designed to keep the ink drops from spreading so lines and edges are crisp.

Matter paper is uncoated, the ink can spread widely. Prints are not sharp but it dries quickly.

It sounds to me like settings got off in the printer, your print software or the RIP. Illustrator can make ink saturation with 100% of each CMYK. This makes the blackest black but the ink is too thick and it runs and smudges.

Make sure you are using media appropriate for your printer and print settings and make sure you prepare your print in a way that will not over saturate.

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 query : Re: What are such illustrations called? How are they made? What are such illustrations called? How can they be made?

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That's called Flat Art or the Flat Look. There is no automatic way to make it, it's drawn by hand in a vector graphics program like Illustrator.

The look is defined by basic geometric shapes like circles and squares. There is no shadow, transparency, gradient or outline used, only solid color blocks.

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 query : Saving Working Files as PSD or TIFF? I was reading a few articles about how people saved their working files and it got me thinking about my own method. I used to save everything as a PSD,

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Tiff

I was reading a few articles about how people saved their working files and it got me thinking about my own method. I used to save everything as a PSD, but recently I have started saving my working files as TIFF's. I use Windows, so I don't know if it's different for Apple users but with a PSD, all I can see is that "PSD" icon. But a TIFF file shows up as a normal image (that I can edit), so I found it really great when I have a lot of working files for one project and could just quickly preview it without opening the program.

That being said, I am no expert in which method is better. And I know a lot of people here are pretty seasoned users in all things Adobe, so I was wondering what your two cent on the whole topic is?

Is there really any difference to saving it as a PSD or TIFF? Is there something I should specifically know about saving my files as a TIFF rather than a PSD?

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 query : Re: How do I tell my boss that email responsive design is not perfect? I've been working on this new e-mail for a month now (concept, design and code) and after long testing on emailonacid and

@Berumen635

Show her how emails get mutilated on different platforms and after forwarding or replying.

Desktops and phones handle email very differently, and peoples local settings affect look, size, images, preview, everything.

No one has complete control how an email appears on someone else's machine. Even the big companies like constant contact or signature formatting folks need to simplify and design for the least complicated display. They say it has to do with the receiver's email settings.

With CSS and HTML its unlikely the receiver sees what you want. It's uncommon that someones email is set up to interpret styles as you send them, for security reasons and others.

You can reassure her that you're designing for the most common settings with images turned on, for example, for most common platforms like Gmail, Outlook etc.

If you want to deliver fancy graphics you have to link to them in your email.

Also show her how your design degrades to decent plain text when someone is blocking features.

After forwarding or replying all bets are off but you can assume its reduced to simple black text, images often appear as broken links.

If its one character length that's causing the problem tell her all email subjects or preview lines must be kept under the character count which causes the bump to next line.

The problem is a real one, and it makes designers look bad, because email formats are so inconsistent and non cross compatible.

Responsiveness, css and html do not work consistently within emails. I believe its intentional, someone didn't want them to be like websites, but like plain letters.

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 query : Re: Weird white space in illustrator CC 2018 when using pen or brush tool I need help getting rid of these white spaces connected to the lines I'm drawing. Ive tried it with no fill but I cannot

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Select one of the line shapes and turn off the white fill.

That brush has a thickness independent of stroke. If you want to use brushes you can change the diameter of a calligraphic brush after double clicking the brush in the Brushes panel.

I'd just draw those lines again with the pen or line tool so the stroke works. When starting out regular lines (paths) are easier than brushes. Draw the lines, select the stroke again in the tool panel, with stroke selected you can control thickness and color.

If you want your stroke pointy you can select that under profile at the bottom of your stroke panel.

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 query : Re: Free font similar to Quattrocento, with italics I'm a fan of Impallari Type's Quattrocentro. It has a certain classic elegance that I like, and it is very readable on screens. Unfortunately

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'Inscriptional' or 'lapidary' is how I'd describe it. Its characters are wide, it's designed to look good on a heading not for extended text. It feels constructed–for instance the 'b' and 'd' and 'p' and 'q' are mirror images. I don't have a great recommendation that's free, I'm afraid, but Tex Gyre Pagella (a Palatino clone) has the proportions. If you can afford to buy English Engravers Roman is a pro font with the italic you want, or Orpheus.

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 query : Illustrator: Canvas is so small? I am designing a couple invitation cards on Adobe Illustator using the the sizes 5x7in and 5x3.5in, CMYK mode, 0.125in bleed and 300ppi settings. Normally if

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Posted in: #Adobe #AdobeIllustrator #Canvas

I am designing a couple invitation cards on Adobe Illustator using the the sizes 5x7in and 5x3.5in, CMYK mode, 0.125in bleed and 300ppi settings. Normally if I used those settings in Photoshop, my canvas would open up zoomed it to 66%. However while creating a new canvas to work on in Illustartor, I realised that I was immedately zoomed into 300%.

I don't work that often with Illustator so I am not sure if this is normal. However all the files I've opened before (vector/pattern files you can download online) are usually huge and zoomed to 25% or something around that area.

Does anybody know if I did something wrong while creating a new document? Or is there some Illustrator only trick I haven't learned yet? Haha I know Illustrator is vector base so I don't have to worry so much about the quality, but it still worries me a little that I am working on such a tiny file. When I zoom out to 100%, the file looks so tiny!

Here are how the two files look on Photoshop and Illustator. Both using the same settings. It's not so much if your screen or my screen is bigger but rather, why is it such a huge difference in size on both software?

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 query : Re: How to make these elements transparent instead of colour? (Illustrator) Just a quick question. I'm working on a couple of shirt designs, and I want the print to be single colour. However, There

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Solved it! It was so simple, wonder why I didn't think of it! I just selected both the outlined text and the box and clicked 'Minus front' on Pathfinder panel. If there was something behind it I just used the eraser tool. Took like a couple of minutes to go through all the designs.

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 query : Re: Export in multi sizes with illustrator create several icons I designed a set of icons for a website in Illustrator CC. What would be the difference between using Illustrator CC's tool to export

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Most basically the difference is automation, you save a lot of steps by drawing only one and blowing it up to export.

All icon sizes cannot be generated from one file. A 64 pix icon looks terrible if reduced to 16 pix, and if you design at 16 pix and export x4 you will get a mess.

Between the biggest icon, 256 pix thumbnail, and smallest, 16 pix favicon, you should draw at least 3 different versions with greater complexity and detail at the larger sizes.

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 query : IPhone Screenshot Print Size The current iPhone (non-plus models) have a screen resolution of 1334x750px. If I were to use one of these in a design, what physical printed size could I scale

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Posted in: #DigitalPrinting #Iphone #PrintDesign #PrintProduction

The current iPhone (non-plus models) have a screen resolution of 1334x750px. If I were to use one of these in a design, what physical printed size could I scale the screenshot to where the resolution would still make an acceptable print?

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 query : Unable to bridge my cylinders I am making a roller coaster in Maya 2017. I have been following this tutorial. I am at the part where I have to bridge all the individual pieces But when

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Posted in: #Maya

I am making a roller coaster in Maya 2017.



I have been following this tutorial. I am at the part where I have to bridge all the individual pieces



But when I try to connect the edges by using the bridge tool, I get this error



Why is that so? When I select faces and bridge, it works but it takes ages to complete. How can I connect them quickly?

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 query : Re: Need help troubleshooting live paint, shape builder tool I have packaging that is created with lines (paths). I need to color some of the parts of the packaging. I am having difficulty using

@Berumen635

Your current selection has a black stroke and no fill. I suspect the stroke is in Greyscale mode.

Select your fill, select a color, go to the color window, use the dropdown arrow in top right and make sure color setting is CMYK.

Before applying the paintbucket I load up the fill and stroke I need, select the objects and then apply paintbucket.

With your color selected in the fill and in CMYK color mode apply the paintbucket. (Do you really want a stroke on your paint objects? if not turn it off and have only a fill)

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 query : Re: Search icon direction why are search icons facing northwest instead of northeast? A northwest facing search icon like facebook's feels awkward. And so is google chrome's search icon.. so.. why?

@Berumen635

The magnifying glass icon is shown leaning north west because it was originally a mouse cursor. Other mouse pointers such as the arrow and the pointing hand are shown as if they are being used from the right hand.

Action and progress typically move from left to right on screens, and symmetry/balance are important components so the lean can look odd, but the pointer coming from the right feels more natural to the majority of mouse users.

Also you can fit more long graphics in a rectangle if you go corner to corner.

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 query : Re: What is the name of the color wheel that a person can use to pick the logo color What is the name of the wheel used to pick the right colors for a logo to be an exact match

@Berumen635

That is just called a color wheel and when its interactive it is sometimes called a color picker or a color chart. Yes it is a great place to choose a color, but to Match Colors you should use the alpha numeric color codes so they will be exact.



If you have a logo and you want to match the color you must use the eye dropper tool. The eyedropper samples the color you clicked and loads it into fill so you can use it other places.

When you sample the logo color make note of the color values, you can record the CMYK, RGB, or my favorite as a web developer the Hexadecimal color code. This looks like this #A0A0A0 , six letters or numbers after the hash sign. This code can refer to any color possible on a computer and if you have the code you can recreate the color anywhere, even in paint (there wil be some conversion).

There are many color wheels and color pickers online, if you search for those terms you will find them. Also Illustrator and Photoshop have great color pickers that give the color values, and they have the eyedropper tool.

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 query : Re: Ideas to highlight various areas of a Single Page Web Application I have created the following page. I have created a textured background, borders for two sections in the page. Search Results

@Berumen635

To Highlight the titles, or make them more noticeable and easily read you can use some typography tricks:

Make them bigger, make them bolder, in a clearer font (a script font does not catch the eye, it is not immediately and subconsciously read as a word).

I would Left justify them with the section they are titling, Not centered.

Because your background is light you should contrast with dark text.

"70 Results found" should come immediately after "Search Results".

This was not asked for but I think the wording would be clearer and less redundant if it said : "Search Results: 70 Items" and "Images Selected: 2"

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 query : Re: What is an ".eps vector die line?" I am getting a special cut sticker printed out (not sure if you can see from the photo. I am getting 25 of them printed. I sent the printer the sticker,

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I'm not expert but looking it up shows that a sticker dieline is the cut line the die will use. On the graphic with your sticker art draw a big arrow to the cut line and print in bold "This is the cut line".

Make the line bold and obvious.

This site below says the dieline should be 1/8th" thick to allow for cutting error.

Take your graphic with the sticker art, cut line and bleed line (not the arrow and words), save it as an .eps (that makes it vector) and send it to them.

Writing this made me think maybe they need the actual line to be definitely in vector. If your art was ever saved as a .jpg or .bmp or other raster file types than the line may not be vector. With your illustrator file open draw a new cut line with the pen or line tool, save as an .eps and send.

If they still won't accept it then ask them what they are looking for specifically, with examples and possibly a template.
99designs.com/blog/design-tutorials/how-to-design-a-die-cut-sticker/ blog.jakprints.com/die-line-tutorial/how-to-create-a-dieline

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