Last seen: Tue 11 May, 2021
: How to know which second typeface should be used, given a contextual typeface? When searching for how to "italicize" a word in an italic context, I come up with an idea that changing the typeface
When searching for how to "italicize" a word in an italic context, I come up with an idea that changing the typeface is the solution that still convey the psychological effect that an italic-in-roman word normally does.
But how do I know which typeface should be used, given a contextual typeface? My choice of Arial in the example is merely because I feel it's right, not really based on any explanation. What knowledge of typography that I'm missing that can explain this phenomenon?
: Re: how can I "Save As" after I finish recording (in Action) So Recently I learnt how to record my action on Photoshop. it went smoothly and everything. But, I am having problems while saving.
Check the box next to the Save command in the Actions Palette and Photoshop will stop and prompt you with the "Save As" Dialog box.
By default the box is unchecked. You need to toggle the dialog to "On".
: Re: How to get paid for design work? What is the best way to receive payment for one off design work? I have been asked to do some design work for a company logo for my family friend's big
My suggestion would be to accept payment in as many ways possible. It will make it easier for you to get paid by the companies you work for.
For example, I had a client that could pay me as soon as I billed them, if I accept credit card payments. Or I could wait 1-2 months for them to submit the bill to their corporate office and then wait for them to mail the cheque out.
Other clients like to pay via direct deposit to a bank account. Others (most) by cheque. More and more accounting departments are starting to incorporate online payments into their methods of approved payment, which is great for everyone in my opinion.
Bottom line, make it easy for the client to pay you. The more painless you can make the process, the more likely you are to get paid quicker. And especially important when working for smaller businesses/clients, make sure you get paid. Cash flow can be painful for small business, and the quicker you get paid the better.
: How can I mimic a used magazine cover (crease, earmark, cracks) with Gimp? I have made a fan magazine cover with Gimp (Sunken novels): I would like to imitate creases, cracks, earmarks, tears
I have made a fan magazine cover with Gimp (Sunken novels):
I would like to imitate creases, cracks, earmarks, tears (maybe even coffee mug marks) to give it a used, worn-out look. Something like:
I marked the places of wanna be creases, earmark, tears and cracks with black marker. Any pre-made existing filters, script-fus, or maybe another software, web app, or simply a transparent PNG with the creases and tears which I can merge / blend onto the magazine coover?
: How do I move a pattern swatch once I've applied it to a shape? I want to create patterns/images within an image in Illustrator E.g. smaller triangles within a large triangle. I’ve tried
I want to create patterns/images within an image in Illustrator
E.g. smaller triangles within a large triangle.
I’ve tried to create a swatch with the smaller images and then chosen the larger image and selected draw inside tool but once this has taken effect you can’t move the swatch inside without it moving the larger image, could someone please advise the best way to achieve what I need to do?
: Re: Cannot add proper bleed in Illustrator I'm having a little problem in Illustrator CS6 that makes me very confused.I'm trying to extend my file to the "bleed" grid,but the extended background
Looks like you have two boxes to extend. The first one is the pattern, which you've extended, the other should be the solid colour box that is behind your pattern. You should be able to select both boxes at once and extend them. If not, double check that all objects are unlocked, then try to select the colored background box and extend it.
Object > Unlock all
: Pathfinder unite is coming out jagged This has never happened before and it's driving me insane. I'm merging perfectly aligned elements and when I do the rounded edge comes out jagged. Any ideas?
This has never happened before and it's driving me insane. I'm merging perfectly aligned elements and when I do the rounded edge comes out jagged. Any ideas?
: Re: Same Colour graphics as logo Hi everyone I was just wondering if anyone knows of any stock image sites or apps or programs for getting images in the same colours of our logo or a program
I used Shutterstock Spectrum and labs.tineye.com, both are amazing site for choosing color combination.
Apart from it, colorhexa.com -free tool, guide you about any color and generating matching color palettes for your designs
I hope you would like Colorhexa.
: Why does my color correction look different if I put it under my lighting correction? I'm working on concept art for a video game, and trying to keep my designs easy to implement in a game
I'm working on concept art for a video game, and trying to keep my designs easy to implement in a game engine. However, during my initial brainstorming, I focused mostly on shapes and added lighting & colour correction filters after the fact to get the colours I was looking for.
Apparently during this process I placed my lighting filters under my colour filters. Since ideally there would be no colour filters applied when implementing this in the game engine (the colours would be chosen correctly in the first place). I reversed the order of these filters and suddenly my concept didn't look nearly as good - it turns out the order in which you apply these filters matters.
I'd like to know what causes this to happen, and if there are any workarounds to create the same end-effect with less/no colour-correction at the end.
For reference my layers are arranged as such:
Which results in the following image (which looks how I'd like!):
If I re-arrange my layers so the lighting is on top (which is ideal):
It results in the following image (which doesn't look how I'd like):
: Re: Type 1, TrueType, OpenType - expressivity I remember being told that Type 1 fonts support cubic Bezier curves (start position + scaled direction, end position + scaled direction), while TrueType
PostScript (PS) Outlines are described with Cubic Bézier curves.
TrueType (TT) Outlines are described with Quadratic Bézier Curves.
Now, a Bézier curve of degree n can be converted into a Bézier curve of degree n+1 with the same shape (see Bézier Curve Degree Elevation). This means you can describe a TT Outline (Degree 2) exactly with a PS Outline (Degree 3), while you cannot do the same in the opposite direction (though you can do it as accurately as required).
Talking about formats:
PostScript Type 1 fonts use PS Outlines,
TrueType (TTF) fonts use TT Outlines, and
OpenType (OTF) fonts can use both (TT or PS flavor).
Note that sometimes, OpenType TT flavor fonts can have the TTF file extension.
So the answer for the first question: Type 1 and OTF with PS Outlines can describe the other formats exactly but only the glyph shape.
Now, some information of the formats.
Is described with PS Outlines.
Has encrypted parts.
Depending on the platform, requires 2 or 3 files per font.
Is described with TT Outlines.
Supports hinting (by describing glyph outline distortion, which can lead to more powerful hinting, but requires more work and the result is highly dependent on the quality of the hinting program by the designer).
Has very basic Digital Rights Management.
Can have bitmap embedding.
Can be described with PS or TT Outlines.
Can have bitmap embedding.
Can have much more glyphs per font.
Has advanced typographic capabilities.
Answering the second question, I guess the only scenario in which I could choose TrueType over OpenType (since Type 1 is basically superseded by OT) is when I need the more advanced hinting capabilities of TT, e.g., for very low resolution devices. As I mentioned, it will depend on the quality of the hinting of the font.
: How to format a chat conversation? How to make a chat conversation really look like a conversation? The final result should be in text, not in image since this conversation is a supplement
How to make a chat conversation really look like a conversation? The final result should be in text, not in image since this conversation is a supplement of a research article, and it should be phone-friendly, hence MS Word is a preferred program.
If the usernames are emboldened to know who is who, the focus will be shifted to the names rather than the actual text. Together with extra space between each people's turn, the conversation will look like different sections of the article. Following how chat apps work might be a good idea, but I don't think it's necessary to right-align one person and display each message in a bubble. Screenplay is close on what I'm looking for, but it doesn't reflect the nature of chat that every sentence is always return.
How to display who is who, and have it feels like really a conversation? I want to have it formal, but not losing the atmosphere of chatting.
FYI: How to format a plain chat conversation like how chat apps display in Word?
What word processing tools that can work with complicate text boxing?
: Illustrator: weird blobs when using Inconsolata from Google Fonts Does anyone else get these blobs on the corners of some characters when using the Inconsolata Font in Illustrator? Is this intentional
Does anyone else get these blobs on the corners of some characters when using the Inconsolata Font in Illustrator? Is this intentional to make the ends of the characters look more flared? It's fine at small sizes but I want to use it for a heading and it looks gross at about 40pt.
BTW I didn't convert these to outlines or do anything else to the type.
: How can I render a ground shadow as semi-transparent in the final output PNG? I am rendering a 3D model into a transparent PNG so that there is no background in the final render. All it
I am rendering a 3D model into a transparent PNG so that there is no background in the final render. All it contains is the fairly well detailed 3D model.
Now I want to include a shadow below the object as though it were sitting on a plane. I want the PNG to contain the model and a transparent shadow below it so that when I compose it over a variety of background images (which will be done on a website in markup) the shadow will appear to be cast on whatever I choose for the background image.
I've tried modeling a plane below with transparency, but then it doesn't seem to receive a shadow at all. What else could I try?
I am using 3DS Max, but I imagine that solutions exist that could be executed in various 3D software tools, though the details of implementation may be different.
So basically, what I am asking for help with is: how can I render a shadow below a 3D model such that it will be rendered as semi-transparent and without the ground plane in my final output?
: Re: What are the best practices and techniques to fix rags? What would be the best practices to fix the rags on a left aligned text for print. Besides breaking lines and hyphenations, should you
Here is another way to deal with that: indesignsecrets.com/when-to-use-balance-ragged-lines.php
: Re: Illustrator - Problem with Vector Graphics when I resize it I got this problem when I shrink an object that I have created by minus a text (appearance expanded) from an ellipse. Scaling to
This is extremely bizarre. I was not able to duplicate this problem. I used Exclude (Minus Front) and Divide on small and large-scale versions, and both had the same result when I enlarged it or shrunk it - no problems, and very smooth output. I also noticed that in your screenshot, there appear to be blue paths elsewhere in the document and wonder if this was part of your original Exclude that has gone wrong. Since this is a very simple design, I would suggest you recreate it at the desired size by zooming in.
: Adobe Animate Game Design alpha issue Okay so I'm building an escape game for a class I'm currently doing. I know how to make the object to dissappear when I click on it, i just dont know
Okay so I'm building an escape game for a class I'm currently doing. I know how to make the object to dissappear when I click on it, i just dont know how to make the alpha of a second object go from 0% to 100% when i click on the object.
: Re: Select object under object in Inkscape I want to be able to select objects under other objects in Inkscape. After watching a few tutorials I noticed that designers achieve this by clicking at
Alt-click will select deeper objects each time.
So if you have nothing selected, the first Alt-click will select the top-most object. Then the second lowest, then the third, etc.
So your double click may be actually selecting the rectangle and then the ellipse.
If you need to select hidden objects regularly, you may want to switch to outline view (View -> Display mode -> Outline). Here you see the outline of all objects, and directly select the one you wish.
: Bizarre Illustrator error - SVG output looks different I've never run into this. For some reason, Illustrator is changing this SVG file (see versions 1 and 3) for a coat of arms, although it
I've never run into this. For some reason, Illustrator is changing this SVG file (see versions 1 and 3) for a coat of arms, although it looks perfect on my screen and there are no apparent SVG errors. (I apologize as I do not code SVG by hand, so I wouldn't know how to fix it by looking at the Code).
This is how it looks on my screen:
And yet this is how it looks in a browser:
It's cropping off the top of the three pales nebuly (red bars with wavy lines). The earlier version actually cropped off the bottom, and then I recreated it, thinking I hadn't been paying attention, and it started cropping off the top:
There are no SVG errors with this file. I tried workarounds and finally got it to appear correctly by exporting to PDF and then using cloudconvert to convert back to SVG. But this still bothers me. I'm using Illustrator CC 2015 on Mac. Is this just a bug? Thanks.
: 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
I have created the following page.
I have created a textured background, borders for two sections in the page.
What I want is an effective way of highlighting the titles "Search Results", "70 Results Loaded" & "2 - Images Selected"
I have tried using different backgrounds, but it just looks ugly. Borders look out of place.
I am open to suggestions and ideas, even if it involves a redesign. The basic operation of the app is
Searching for a topic.
Displaying the results in one section.
User clicking images, thereby transferring them to the selected images section.
Some operations on the selected images.
I have limited design knowledge, so I have made a preliminary, fully functional version. Just looking to improve the design further.
: Re: Can I achieve shadows like this using layer styles? I'm trying to reproduce the shadow in the image below, the two grey bars under the actual image. I have tried using drop shadows but looks
My initial reaction was that it’s not possible. But, if you get really creative, it might be.
Here’s an incomplete attempt, using strokes.
I’m using two strokes, and the strokes are filled with a gradient. It’s pretty inelegant, and also replicates the shadow at the top.
Using a drop shadow and contour also gets part of the way, but it has rounded corners.
If you allow two layers (one for the image, and another identical copy that’s offset for the shadow), I think it would be possible with inner shadow or inner strokes.
: Re: How to select a single anchor point on a frame in InDesign? I'm having trouble selecting single anchor points in InDesign. When I click a frame's anchor point with the direct selection tool
Make sure that you have nothing selected before you try to select the anchor point with the Direct Selection Tool. If you have the object already selected, you won't be able to select a single point on that object.
I usually click off the page to make sure nothing is selected and then go in to make a single selection. It's a habit at this point but I'm always clicking off the page between actions to make sure nothing is selected. This is especially helpful (or annoying) when working with the type tool.
: How do I find on demand graphic designers in the NYC area with out using an agency? Looking for quality, on demand designs with varying skills for on demand for print design work is nearly
Looking for quality, on demand designs with varying skills for on demand for print design work is nearly impossible.
Does anyone have a process of how they interview freelancers?
How do you validate their skills?
: How do I make JPG the default format when exporting in GIMP? Using GIMP 2.8.22 on Windows. When I export images, gimp usually makes PNG the default. How do I make JPG the default format
Using GIMP 2.8.22 on Windows. When I export images, gimp usually makes PNG the default. How do I make JPG the default format when exporting?
: Copying an artboard with a clipping mask I want to copy an artboard containing objects created with Effects -> Distort and Transform -> Transform and a clipping mask. But after I copy an artboard,
I want to copy an artboard containing objects created with Effects -> Distort and Transform -> Transform and a clipping mask. But after I copy an artboard, the original one breaks and the new one has all the lines in it invisible.
I'm pretty sure it's because of a clipping mask — the new one clips the old one and vice versa, but I don't understand this behavior or how to avoid it.
Am I using a wrong workflow for copying artboards?
: Is there an HTML/CSS version of the StarCraft 2 Menu buttons? I am building a webapp and I want to modify one of the StarCraft menu buttons to add them to my webapp, (StarCraft is a Blizzard
I am building a webapp and I want to modify one of the StarCraft menu buttons to add them to my webapp, (StarCraft is a Blizzard Entertainment Game). This is an example photo of one of the menu pages from the game from which I would love to recreate the OK button in HTML/CSS:
Unfortunately, I cannot find a website that has code for such buttons. Is there a place where I can find HTML and CSS code that create the OK button from the above photo?
Thank you very much
: Re: Make "Snap to Canvas Edges" the default? Using GIMP 2.8.22 on Windows. More often than not, I like to have View -> Snap to Canvas Edges checked. How can I make this the default? The
Well that was easy. I've been wanting this for a least a year. I found this post on github:
That worked! I closed gimp, added above line to C:Usersusername.gimp-2.8gimprc file and restarted gimp
: Make "Snap to Canvas Edges" the default? Using GIMP 2.8.22 on Windows. More often than not, I like to have View -> Snap to Canvas Edges checked. How can I make this the default? The
Using GIMP 2.8.22 on Windows. More often than not, I like to have View -> Snap to Canvas Edges checked. How can I make this the default?
The only thing I could find is a forum post from 2007 which suggests modifying the source code www.gimptalk.com/index.php?/topic/26643-how-do-i-set-default-values-for-gimp/
: Re: EXO 2, Helvetica Neue, roboto family i used for UI apps design i usually used EXO 2, Helvetica Neue, roboto family for UI apps design, is it standard for this or and alternatives. Thanks
Sans serif fonts are mostly used for app UI's. You can find some free ones via Google Fonts while Proxima Nova, Helvetica Neue, Avenir Next are some good commercial alternatives.
: Favicon size in browser tab I am creating a website and I have the logo. When I insert the logo in the HTML basically as a fav icon in the tab, it appears so small. The question can any
I am creating a website and I have the logo. When I insert the logo in the HTML basically as a fav icon in the tab, it appears so small. The question can any body help to increase its size so it can be big and clear.
: Re: Who first discovered CMYK? It has been used for colour printing for many, many years, but who (and when) first discovered that a bright pink colour (magenta), a light blue (cyan), yellow and
The three- and four-color process was invented by Jacob Le Blon around 1725. His original color model used RYB (red, yellow, blue) and RYBK (red, yellow, blue, and black). He wrote a book called The Coloritto, in which he explains his discoveries and results that lead him to use these set of particular colors and the reason for adding black to his original three-color process to produce more realistic natural colors. You can find the book in the Library of Congress.