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 query : Re: InDesign or Illustrator for package design? I was debating with my students this week about which software to submit their files in for my package design class. A few advantages of InDesign

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I've worked at as an in-house designer for a publisher with it's own very large press, as well as a designer and art director for larger agencies, creating work for international clients (coke, mcdonalds, lipton), and I think you are spot on in your assessment of the programs & their use.


Illustrator is excellent for vectors, which is what printers are all about, but sucks at handling raster images.
Photoshop isn't ideal for print stuff, but people accomodate it due to it's widespread use as the #1 design program.
Indesign isn't a great creation tool, but does a great job at consolidating color profiles, keeping working vectors & laying out images. It's especially great for packaging because it's masters allow the creation of templates for consistency across product labels.


I've actually experienced situations where printers prefer illustrator exclusively because of the preflight plugins for it. Realistically, its more laziness because they can just as easily make any prepress adjustments off an appropriately exported PDF.

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 query : Best transparency method to achieve CMYK offset effect In Illustrator, using pure color shapes (100% cyan, 100% magenta, etc.) what’s the best method to overlay them so this effect is obtain

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Posted in: #Cmyk #Transparency #Vector

In Illustrator, using pure color shapes (100% cyan, 100% magenta, etc.) what’s the best method to overlay them so this effect is obtain (colors blend together, instead on merely being added one on top of the other, and a CMYK offset effect is created). Should I use multiply, but with all the shapes in the same folder?

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 query : How do you nearly darken an image in Photoshop? I have been trying to darken pictures of animals but the it only darken the darks and I wanted the whites to darken. What are ways to accomplish

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Images

I have been trying to darken pictures of animals but the it only darken the darks and I wanted the whites to darken.
What are ways to accomplish the style?



enter image description here

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 query : Re: Pattern Brush Doesn't Keep Original Shape in Illustrator I created a circle (using the shape tool and while holding down shift), and turned it into a pattern brush. Then I applied that pattern

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you can use the BLEND function to do this;


Create a blend between 2 circles : Object > Blend > Make
Set the blend options to set distance etc. : Object > Blend > Blend Options
Create the shape you want the blend to follow (in your example a bigger circle)
select your blended path and the shape you want the blend to be applied to and REPLACE SPINE : Object > Blend > Replace Spine.

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 query : Re: I'm making a multi-layer stencil. How can I keep the threshold of each layer live? I am trying to make a multi-layer stencil effect in PS CS6. How I got here: 1. Made several copies of

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So the solution is the following:

Basically for each layer of the stencil, I first convert layer to Smart Object, and then:


I add the Threshold Adjustment Layer - making sure the "Clip to Layer" icon is checked. This can be changed, since it's a live adjustment.
I double-click the layer: Layer style > Blending options >Blend if > Adjusting the grey slider until the white of the Threshold effect disappears, leaving only the black. (holding ALT while clicking the slider, allows a range to be set, this allowing a threshold level range to be chosen)
Then I add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to change the black it into any grey/colour I want.


THANKS "AwwwSnack"!

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 query : How to make all layers seamless in a same way? Let's say I have created one photoshop document with 3 layers. (visible in the image I posted). I am going to use these maps in a 3d-modeling

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Posted in: #Layers #Maps #Texture

Let's say I have created one photoshop document with 3 layers. (visible in the image I posted).

I am going to use these maps in a 3d-modeling program, so it is very important that I need to have these files to be seamless in the exactly similar way.

I know that I can use the "Offset" filter and then "clone stamp tool" to make one image to be a seamless pattern, but the problem with that is that I need to have all the layers exactly similar way to be seamless. Otherwise, the texture won't work. With manual clone stamping, I cannot find it be possible. So is there someone who knows how this can be achieved?



Here is also an image of how these are being used. You can see the seam in the render quite clearly in the middle of the rendering viewport editor.

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 query : Make a new Background layer in Photoshop with default properties I photograph crafts I've made and turn them into collages to share online. Usually I accomplish this by unlocking the background

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Cs5 #Layers

I photograph crafts I've made and turn them into collages to share online. Usually I accomplish this by unlocking the background layer on one photo and copying all the other photos into the same document, then mushing them around till I have a nice display.

Using this method I've essentially gotten rid of my background layer, which leaves me with a transparent background. I can throw a new solid fill layer back there, but resizing the canvas doesn't fill in the edges of this new layer like a background layer would, requiring me to re-fill it.

Is there a way to mark / make a new layer as a background layer so that it retains the properties of a default Photoshop background layer?

I am on a Windows computer if this is something that involves keyboard shortcuts.

Note: I know the described workflow is horrible but this was the easiest way I could think of to illustrate this scenario. I'm not looking for better workflows. I specifically want to know if I can create a default background layer.

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 query : Photoshop Javascript - Resize not working correctly I have written a script in Javascript for photoshop which gets user input (number of boxes on the desktop) then converts it into pixel sizes.

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Javascript #PhotoshopScripting

I have written a script in Javascript for photoshop which gets user input (number of boxes on the desktop) then converts it into pixel sizes. The problem is on resizing, the layer doesn't change to that amount, it changes by that amount. Eg. microsoftbox starts at 800*800 then should change to 500*500 but adds that on to equal 1300*1300.

app.preferences.rulerUnits = Units.PIXELS;
//Get all input
var microsoftboxes = prompt("How many boxes for microsoft?");
var gamesboxesx = prompt("How many across boxes for games?");
var gamesboxesy = prompt("How many down boxes for games?");
var adobeboxes = prompt("How many boxes for adobe?");
var filesboxes = prompt("How many boxes for files?");
var toolsboxes = prompt("How many boxes for tools?");
var recycleboxes = 1;
//Add percentage on and convert to pixel num
var mb = microsoftboxes * 75;
mb = mb + (mb * 0.04);
var gbx = gamesboxesx * 75;
gbx = gbx + (gbx * 0.04);
var gby = gamesboxesy * 75;
gby = gby + (gby * 0.04);
var ab = adobeboxes * 75;
ab = ab + (ab * 0.04);
var fb = filesboxes * 75;
fb = fb + (fb * 0.04);
var tb = toolsboxes * 75;
tb = tb + (tb * 0.04);
var rb = recycleboxes * 75;
rb = rb + (rb * 0.04);
//vars for change size
var doc = app.activeDocument;
var m = doc.layers.getByName('microsoft');
var g = doc.layers.getByName('games');
var a = doc.layers.getByName('adobe');
var t = doc.layers.getByName('tools');
var f = doc.layers.getByName('files');
var r = doc.layers.getByName('recycle');
m.resize(mb, 73, AnchorPosition.MIDDLELEFT);
g.resize(gbx, gby, AnchorPosition.TOPCENTER);
a.resize(ab, 73, AnchorPosition.MIDDLELEFT);
f.resize(fb, 73, AnchorPosition.MIDDLELEFT);
t.resize(tb, 73, AnchorPosition.MIDDLELEFT);
r.resize(rb, 73, AnchorPosition.MIDDLELEFT);


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 query : Re: Cut Rounded Triangle Into 2 Equal Halves And Fill 2 Different Colors I want to divide a rounded triangle into 2 equal halves vertically and then fill 2 different colors in the two halves.

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Use a guide to mark the center line, then use a rectangle to draw over one side, select all and use Pathfinder > divide tool. Then un-group, delete extra part of rectangle, and you should have two equal parts of the triangle you can color.

Ok here is how to make the triangle and then split it.
Again start with some guides.
then draw the basic shape without any round corners.
then get your selection tool.
hold down ctrl, and click on the circles on the corners you want to round.
you will have to play with the radius you give each corner to fit your shape
then refer to the above instructions on how to split the triangle in half

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 query : Re: Sketch how to export all symbols to file system, while keeping hierarchy How do you export all symbols into folders in the file system based on their hierarchy in Sketch? For example, how do

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It looks like you've set up your naming conventions correctly. Now you just have to make sure that your symbols are exportable. Select your symbol artboards and click "make exportable". Then choose the file format of your choice.



With that done, you should be able to export all the symbols to the destination of your choice and sketch will automatically format them into that folder filing system.



Hope that helps!

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 query : Cut A4 design to A5 for printing I design a 32 pages (excluding cover and back) A5 (A4 folded to center) booklet. While designing, I put page 1-2 in one A4 landscape format artboard, 3-4

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Crop #PageLayout

I design a 32 pages (excluding cover and back) A5 (A4 folded to center) booklet.

While designing, I put page 1-2 in one A4 landscape format artboard, 3-4 in another, 5-6 in another, and so on.

When I sent it to print, they want me to re arrange because according to them for each printed page, page 1 should have page 32 on the other half. Page 2 should have page 31 on the other half. and so on.

I use illustrator in this booklet. Most of the artboard contains linked image that span from page1-page2.

Is there any quick way to cut and transfer half of artboard to another to rearrange the pages?

Any idea what would be the quickest way to do this?

Thanks

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 query : Images in symbol overrides get distorted I created a symbol with a picture inside that has proportions of a rectangle. Here how it looks: When I'm creating instances of this symbol and want

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Posted in: #SketchApp #Symbols

I created a symbol with a picture inside that has proportions of a rectangle. Here how it looks:



When I'm creating instances of this symbol and want to change the picture using symbol overrides the picture gets distorted because it scales to the proportions of the one in the master symbol.



I suppose I have to create a nested symbol for each phone but I'm not sure it's the most productive way of doing it.

How can I quickly and effectively use symbol overrides to place images that have different proportions?

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 query : Re: Recommendation for Helvetica-like font with excellent distinguishability I am looking for a recommendation for a font which has certain properties. It is for use in figures in a scientific publication.

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One very nice (if you ask me) option is IBM’s new set of fonts called Plex. The family includes both a sans-serif, a serif, and a monospaced variant, all with excellent distinctiveness (1/I/l and O/0 are easily distinguished and it has both dotted and slashed alternates available for zero), and the entire family is free and open-source.*

At the moment, only Latin-script languages are supported (though the family does support a wide variety of diacritics), but more are in the works (Cyrillic is nearly done; Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, and Thai will kick-off soonish; CJK will follow some time in mid-2018). Sadly no small-caps (yet).



You can download it through FontSquirrel or straight from the IBM GitHub where it’s hosted.

 



* Or at least it will be open source. The actual source files that you can use to compile your own fonts from scratch won’t be available until 2018, though all the compiled font files are available now.

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 query : Re: Company wants to see email design portfolio, I (stupidly) never created one? I screwed up bigtime. I never considered myself to be an "email designer" until just recently, when I ended up

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You didn't screw up, getting a foot in the door is the hardest part. It's good the clients asking for examples.

I agree with the comment above. Quickly whip a couple up. It's mostly a template workflow with graphic artists updating the graphics, colors and fonts. Sign up for a free account at MailChimp & turn this in tomorrow morning.

Stop wasting time on here and get on it!!

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 query : Re: How do you make a picture look like it's coming out of a circle? How do you make a picture look like it's coming out of a circle? Like this:

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Tons of different ways to achieve this. Given the nature of the question, I will share a simple approach.

Photography:
The picture will require the graphic artist to cut the subject out. (in this case a cat/dog)

How To:


Using the "Polygonal Lasso Tool", cut the cat/dog out of the
picture.
With the subject cutout, on a new layer, create a circle using the Ellipse tool. This tool will allow you to add color, borders,
shadows to both the inside and stoke of the shape. You will want to
make the circle smaller than the subject cutout so it gives the
illusion of coming out of the circle.
With the shape created on one layer and the subject cut out, make sure the subject layer is above the circle layer and drag it on
top of the circle you created.

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 query : 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

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Posted in: #Inkscape #Selections

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 the place where the object is under another object while using a selector tool and pressing Alt. I tried it and it did not work out. What may I have missed while doing the procedure?









At the last screenshot I am pressing Alt, using the selector tool and click at the place where the ellipse is under the rectangle. But I end up with a rectangle being chosen.

I noticed that clicking twice, while pressing Alt does the job. Is it supposed to be so? Should I always click twice?

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 query : Clip set and clip release in Inkscape Could someone, please, explain me dumb proof what is a clip set and what is a clip release? I learned how to make an inner shadow in Inkscape using

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Posted in: #ClippingMask #Inkscape #Path #PathEffects #Vector

Could someone, please, explain me dumb proof what is a clip set and what is a clip release?

I learned how to make an inner shadow in Inkscape using Clip->Set, but I am still confused what is happening when I apply it.

I read the article. And from it I started to think that Clip Set just an operation which finds the intersection of two provided objects and deletes the upper. And it is seems to be so, because it does not contradict to how I created the inner shadow. And article did not manage do explain me what the Clip Release is.

So, does Clip Set really just the intersection which deletes the upper object and what is Clip Release?

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 query : Illustrator Pattern Brush has lines between segments I defined a new pattern brush with an image, but when I used it, I noticed these really thin white lines between each segment of the brush.

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Brush

I defined a new pattern brush with an image, but when I used it, I noticed these really thin white lines between each segment of the brush.

I tried different fit options, but that didn't help.

Is there anything else I can do?

Thanks!

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 query : Unsure how to add an oval to an image. Illustrator I am new with AI, this may be easy. I am trying to make an earring for laser engraving. I imported a jpg (also tried transparent gif)

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #ImageTrace

I am new with AI, this may be easy.

I am trying to make an earring for laser engraving.

I imported a jpg (also tried transparent gif) Ive traced it.

I am trying to add half an oval for the earring part.

As you can see, I can't get the hoop to place on the top of the image, since the image is square it's not matching up and getting the border. Not sure how to go about this. And I hope I explained it well enough.

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 query : Making a PDF form accessible in Acrobat... what a nightmare! I have a basic 2 page form, converted from a word document. I gather that I must use the TouchUp Reading Order panel to draw boxes

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Posted in: #Accessibility #AdobeAcrobat

I have a basic 2 page form, converted from a word document.

I gather that I must use the TouchUp Reading Order panel to draw boxes around the content and specify its type (Text, Form Field etc) and order.

My main issue is that it keeps merging my boxes together e.g. sequential radio buttons get merged into one Form Field even though I have only drawn the box around one. It is incredibly frustrating.

I'm also unclear as to exactly what I should be selecting. Take this for example:



14 is a radio button which I assume is to be Form Field, but what about 11 and 13, are these text or Form Field? And 12, which is a textbox, this is to be Form Field too right?

Appreciate any help

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 query : Re: Adobe Illustrator Zoom around selected, not to screen centre? Command (Cntrl) and = gives zoom in, in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a way to set it so that it zooms to the selected object rather

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if anyone else is looking for a quick way to locate or zoom to a selection / layer in the viewport, you can do this without scripts in Illustrator CC by creating an automated Action.

Works on text too!

Use the Insert Menu Item... option in the drawer menu to choose or type these steps instead of recording them.


Fit to Selected Art
Fit Artboard in Window
Undo


What this does is


Resize the current artboard to your selection
Zoom viewport in on the modified artboard (Ctrl + 0)
Undo and change the artboard back!

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 query : Layers intersecting each other with 3D Layer (after effects) I have two layers, one for red bar, and another for the photograph. The red bar is above the photograph, but when i animate with

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Posted in: #AdobeAfterEffects #Layers

I have two layers, one for red bar, and another for the photograph. The red bar is above the photograph, but when i animate with 3D Layer, both layers intersect each other.



The photograph is going up, red bar is going down. My problem is this intersection (yellow arrow).

How can i put the photograph always behind the red bar and avoid this intersection?

My suggestion: I cut the photograph, but the result is not satisfactory. Is there another way?

Thank you!

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 query : What is a suitable visual indicator for an anchor in UI? Anchors are links on websites that when clicked will take the user to another part of a screen. We know that buttons and link indicators

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Posted in: #Icon #InterfaceDesign

Anchors are links on websites that when clicked will take the user to another part of a screen. We know that buttons and link indicators take users to other pages or makes certain actions happen. But what would be the most suitable visual indicator to tell the user that this is an anchor?

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 query : Re: How to put pictures in running text as if they were text? Some tutorial books have text lines containing graphics like these: It'd be a lot nicer to build an OpenType-SVG font, but there

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InDesign allows you to paste RGB images from your Pasteboard into the Text Box. I do this all the time.


Create a text box,
start typing,
leave the cursor at the last character,
go to Photoshop and copy/paste a flatten RGB (not
transparent layer)
go back to your cursor in InDesign and paste.


After the image is pasted, you can also select the image's corner anchors and resize (bonus!)

Warning: if your file is going to press, be aware that your image was placed as a screen resolution BMP format.

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