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: Client modifying our PDFs and publishing — do I have redress? Our client (who says they haven’t been very busy lately) has been in-house modding our high res PDF advertisements we have done
Our client (who says they haven’t been very busy lately) has been in-house modding our high res PDF advertisements we have done for them and sending on to publications. They are just saying there’s no work at the moment, but I see these ad ‘updates’ in the local press. My partner says it’s ‘rude’ but I would like to take a stronger position and would like to know where you think I stand if you could... thanks
: Re: How long are designers expected to keep client files? A client recently emailed me asking for the source files from a project I did for them two years ago. I don't have the source files since
Without a contract or agreement, there's certainly no obligation to keep backups of the work you've done for your clients in the past, and I don't think most people would expect you to either. In fact, I doubt even the client in your story genuinely expected you to either (Data gets lost; people lash out.) But it's definitely good practice, if not for their sake, then for your own.
If you're a struggling design student, don't stress about it. If you own or run a successful business, or something of that nature; it's within your interests to invest in a more comprehensive storage solution. For sure. That's not to say you need it. You want it.
It's not really a situation where x is right and y is wrong. It's more like..
How professional are you?
How proud are you of your work?
How attached, or emotionally invested are you?
How concerned are you
with the public perception of your self/business/work/art/service/whatever?
Are you thoughtful?
Do you care?
Are you solely interested in you own personal, financial gain?
Are you a bare minimum, or extra mile kinda guy?
A personal experience:
Recently, I contacted an independent recording studio about a couple of records that were made between 2007 and 2010 (or thereabouts) by a friend of mine and his band. No, you've probably never heard of them. The engineer didn't even seem to know who I was talking about. Which is fine; I'd never heard of him, or his studio before either.
What did I expect?
I expected it to stay that way; they would say no, or ignore me altogether, not long before sliding back into obscurity. I'd forget their name, and I'd forget their existence, forever...
What actually happened?
A young, enthusiastic employee (intern? helper.. person?) contacted me early the next day; invited me to come around and collect three dual layer DVDs containing all the raw (& mixed) audio stems, and ProTools project files, etc. recorded over multiple sessions. I was invited to stay for a beer at the end of the day, and to come visit the studio during the week. And now I associate them with this great, positive experience. I'll never forget them. I recommend them all the time.
Did I expect there to be backups? No.
Would I've been mad if there were none? No.
Would I've be reasonable if I did? Not really.
Would I've been disappointed? A little.
Was I thrilled to find there were backups? Yes.
: InDesign - Content going into other page? I just made myself a 18 page InDesign document to print. Then I drew Graphic Frames that line up to the page edges and placed my images (Using File
I just made myself a 18 page InDesign document to print. Then I drew Graphic Frames that line up to the page edges and placed my images (Using File > Place.. or CTRL + D) in the graphic frames.
When I later export the document to PDF, I find that almost each page has either a black line (that differs in size but no bigger than a small stroke) or the image from the next page overlaps into another.
So my question, where did I go wrong?
I checked each graphic frame I made. They are touching the middle page edge exactly. However when I double click on the placed image, the image (now a red line) is overlapping into the other page. But if it outside the graphic frame (the blue line), shouldn't it not appear?
: Hi-res billboard design print specs I'm tasked with designing the FIRST billboard for our store. I'm excited and I have the design all set, but I wanted to know if I've done this right.
I'm tasked with designing the FIRST billboard for our store. I'm excited and I have the design all set, but I wanted to know if I've done this right.
The specs are as follows:
Final Trim (includes pockets and bleed): 13’4”h x 49’4”w
Live area: 12’h x 48’w
7 ounce lightweight vinyl
Scale: 1/4” =1’0”
3”h x 12”w Live Area
2.812h” x 11.812w” Safety
3.312h” x 12.312w” with Bleed and Pockets
400 ppi image resolution at above mechanical size
All art bleeds
Any live fonts or images used in the file must be provided.
So...first of all, I can't see how to get this to be 400 ppi. I'm using Illustrator. I'm a newbie. And I'm not sure how to set the bleeds.
: Re: What is an eBrochure and how would it differ from a website? I've been asked to create a print brochure (like a traditional tri-fold) and a corresponding "ebrochure". I've never heard of an
Edit: After a little more digging on google there does seem to be an "eBrochure" genre out there:
catalog pages taken straight from print
delivered via custom web browser that simulates page turns
and that is just about it. Much simpler than what I originally posted...
: Re: What is the best colour scheme to use for a shirt design, CMYK or RGB? What is the best colour scheme to use for a shirt design, CMYK or RGB?
I would think CMYK
The CMYK color model (process color, four color) is a subtractive color model, used in color printing, and is also used to describe the printing process itself. CMYK refers to the four inks used in some color printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black). Although it varies by print house, press operator, press manufacturer, and press run, ink is typically applied in the order of the abbreviation
Sort of by it's definition it seems to be the best for screen printing, but you might want to check with whomever is making the shirt.
: Blurry mirage around cut out after uploading on a website Hi, when I uploaded this image on a social media site it had this blurry mirage-like pixels around the shrimps. I am not sure what
Hi, when I uploaded this image on a social media site it had this blurry mirage-like pixels around the shrimps. I am not sure what is causing this, because when I viewed the image in my pc it looks crisp and not like this. What seems to be the problem? Is it the way I saved it from photoshop? Or the website just decompresses images so It doesn't look like how I want it?
: How to draw mathematical diagrams in Inkscape Mathematician here trying to create some diagrams for my undergraduate thesis. I' Long story short, I'd like to be able to create something like this.
Mathematician here trying to create some diagrams for my undergraduate thesis. I'
Long story short, I'd like to be able to create something like this.
I'm trying to work with inkscape and want to be able to export it into a latex file.
Any helpful tips for a complete beginner? I'm especially puzzled by how to get the angles for my vectors right and all the correct fonts.
: Is there a trick for removing the background from behind a cage in Photoshop? I need to remove the background from this image. Is there a trick to removing the background from between/behind
I need to remove the background from this image. Is there a trick to removing the background from between/behind the cage part without having to go into each section? The floor, wall and cord will be removed, all else needs to stay. Using the latest version of Photoshop.
: Exporting Adobe files to work in alternative platforms? My Creative Cloud is going to run out soon and I'm looking into cheaper alternatives, such as Sketch, however I'm concerned about the files
My Creative Cloud is going to run out soon and I'm looking into cheaper alternatives, such as Sketch, however I'm concerned about the files for current projects that I'm working on.
Can they be exported, or will I have to recreate the designs from scratch? They're mainly layered designs, logos and some photoshop gifs.
(Oh, and if you have any recommendations on alternative platforms!)
: Adobe Illustrator radial gradient is not smooth in both SVG and other image formats Adobe Illustrator gradients are not smooth. I have tried to export in high resolution, and applying a blur
Adobe Illustrator gradients are not smooth.
I have tried to export in high resolution, and applying a blur effect to the gradient, but still it is not working.
Did I mess up some setting?
There seem to be circles in the gradient:
: Difficulty in deciding the margins and columns in InDesign I have got a A5 flyer of 5 Pages to design in Indesign. The Word Document has 7 Pages of text. I spent so many hours deciding whats
I have got a A5 flyer of 5 Pages to design in Indesign. The Word Document has 7 Pages of text.
I spent so many hours deciding whats the number of coloums and margins to set so as the 7pages of Word document fits in the 5pages of A5 Indesign file. First tried with body copy size 12 and the default margins 12.7 mm,12.7 mm,12.7 mm,12.7 mm. That didn't work. Then tried with font size of 11.
Can someone please help me out and tell me the right way of planning for this ?
Another issue that I'm facing is I have aligned the text to the baseline grid and now if I have bodycopy size of 11 and headings (16), the headings take an extra linespace and the leading is not correct.
: Re: How do I create a transparent hole in Adobe Illustrator I am designing some key tags and am VERY new to illustrator. I currently just have a circle placed where I would like the hole, is
Use the pathfinder tool:
Google it or youtube it:
: Re: How do I create a transparent hole in Adobe Illustrator I am designing some key tags and am VERY new to illustrator. I currently just have a circle placed where I would like the hole, is
The easy method:
Select the circle, Object > Path > Divide Objects Below.
Then click the circle again and delete: Hey presto...
: In Illustrator: How do I stop layer from Artboard 1 going into Artboard 2? I'm creating a thank you card that has a front and a back using two artboards in Illustrator. In the card design
I'm creating a thank you card that has a front and a back using two artboards in Illustrator. In the card design I am using a floral element and have placed it on the side of one artboard. However, I realised that because of its size and position, parts of it stretches onto my second artboard.
In Photoshop, I would use a layer mask to remove it from the second artboard. However I am not sure if I have done it correctly or if I am using the wrong thing, but does a clipping mask apply in this situtation for Illustrator?
When I try to make the clipping mask, instead of hiding that little piece on the left, it hides the entire element.
: Photoshop Indesign / Photoshop Placement issue I have a bit of an issue that I was wondering someone might have the answer to. I'm working with some images, that are 24mm x 17mm (they're really
I have a bit of an issue that I was wondering someone might have the answer to.
I'm working with some images, that are 24mm x 17mm (they're really small 35mm slides) at 3600dpi. I need these to be this is exact size.
However, when I come to place the image into InDesign, my image is then 24mm x 16.994mm. Normally, i'm not that fussy about this kind of thing, but the client wants the to be the exact size, as he wants them to be truly represented in the publication. Can anyone help me fix this horrible 3 decimal place thing?
: Re: Efficient methods to clean up vector art I have this artwork I was sent for a product and I need to clean up the lines and all these overlapping lines. I can't get the client to go back
As Scott mentioned Doing it manually would produce the best results, it would also take a while.
Doing it manually
You could potentially use the path eraser tool and/or the direct selection tool to select and manually move each and every anchor point
If you want it to go faster you would need to use a plugin. I know you said you were looking for a cheaper way, however:
Time = Money
Note: Astute Graphics usually offers a free 14 day trial for their plugins so you can try them out.
: Is a 3D modeler considered a graphic artist? Is a 3D modeler considered a graphic artist? When I think graphic artist, I think 2D, photoshop, advertisement, comics, etc, so I am not sure if
Is a 3D modeler considered a graphic artist? When I think graphic artist, I think 2D, photoshop, advertisement, comics, etc, so I am not sure if modelling falls in this category too.
: Re: How to make this shape in Illustrator CC I am not a graphic designer but I can do a few things in Illustrator. My task is to convert the below image to a vector in Illustrator. I can do
You can use auto trace for this (as it is a basic shape)
For more accurate (and controllable) results, use the pen tool: (P)
Read more on the pen tool here
Note: this was my 15 sec attempt at the pen tool, if you spend a few more minutes, you can get it really good
Scott's answer is correct as far as symmetry goes, my answer is considering that this shape is intentional and you are trying to recreate a perfect copy of this exact shape
: Batch processing images to be proportional I have a series of small images, all on white backgrounds. Some of them are square proportioned, others are rectangular proportioned; either vertically
I have a series of small images, all on white backgrounds.
Some of them are square proportioned, others are rectangular proportioned; either vertically or horizontally. I'm looking to make all all of the images square, the size doesn't matter but the proportion does.
Is there a quick way to batch process all images so that it turns rectangular images into squared images while keeping them centered and also ignoring images that are already square?
I'd try a macro or script, but I don't know how to code something like: "make the image and bigger at its biggest side".
I'm working with Photoshop but I can upload the images to any online tool if needed.
: PDF too large when saved from AI file I have an Illustrator file and I can save as PDF, but need to reduce the size of the resulting PDF. What's the best way to achieve that?
I have an Illustrator file and I can save as PDF, but need to reduce the size of the resulting PDF. What's the best way to achieve that?
: Re: Sketch - Line linked to other objects Let's say I build a diagram with list of items (text), every text is linked with line to another to show relation. How can I snap line to text object,
What AAGD has said is true.
You can try using a plugin or a library with moderate success rate: sketchflowkit.com/ seems to work well and looks awesome.
also abynim.github.io/UserFlows/ - there's a plugin that can help with some flowcharts.
Let me know if this helped!
: Re: How to add text in center of a rectangle Sketch I am new to sketch and I really want to know there is anything like Button. In order to draw a button, I first draw a rectangle shape then
For this specific case it seems best if you create the button like in the video I'm sharing:
create a rectangle
create a text box with a number in it & make it as big as the rectangle. if it's 'auto', set it as 'fixed'
make the text centered vertically and horizontally
when you select both layers and resize, the text will always remain in the center
make it a symbol, copy/paste it as many times as you want and use the symbol overrides to change the number. this way, when you change the style/color/font in the symbol, it'll change throughout.
: Edit a PDF while preserving quality I have a PDF file I need to cut some parts out of for a presentation. I tried doing this with GIMP and saving the result as a PDF. However when I zoom
I have a PDF file I need to cut some parts out of for a presentation. I tried doing this with GIMP and saving the result as a PDF.
However when I zoom in on the result, the quality is bad, even though the file format is correct, the output doesn't have the quality I expect from a PDF.
At the moment my solution is the following: when I import the pdf file in GIMP I set a very high quality, but I don't like this solution. It seems "naive" to me. I hope that you understand my question, I can't explain myself very well in this context.
*I am not an expert of graphics, I don't know the right terminology but what I mean here is that when you zoom in on a PDF file the quality is preserved. You can zoom it how much as you want and this is the thing that I want to preserve.
: Re: How can I get Farsi/Arabic text to render correctly in Photoshop? I downloaded a number of Farsi fonts and they render individual characters fine but but don't join multiple characters together
Enable Middle Eastern and South Asian from Edit → Preferences → Type.
Close and restart Photoshop.
Use correct Arabic or Persian (Farsi) fonts. Some of those font don’t work correctly. One of best Persian (Farsi) fonts is Shabnam.
: Re: Photoshop - Draw sketchy rounded rectangle borders I would like to draw a sketchy frizzled border around the panels of a comic page in Photoshop. Basically a brush stroke border with a precise
As an addition, I just discovered that there is also a similar looking shape in the collection of the custom shape tool.
: Photoshop file size cost of multiple drawing layers I am new to drawing in Photoshop and I would like to know how costly it is to make new layers for all elements in the picture. As I deemed
I am new to drawing in Photoshop and I would like to know how costly it is to make new layers for all elements in the picture. As I deemed it is easier to transform and edit objects without interfering with the others but is this advisable? Does this explode the file size or is it the same as drawing on one layer only. Any other reasons that advise against it?
I'd just like to get a more experienced opinion on that.
: Extracting background from PDF with 100s of sublayers A colleague of mine sent me a design in .PDF format (first time seeing a design in such a format), Adobe Illustrator was able to recognize
A colleague of mine sent me a design in .PDF format (first time seeing a design in such a format), Adobe Illustrator was able to recognize the vector paths inside the file, but I am having a hard time removing its background color.
I have tried saving it as EPS and PNG--hoping it would just save the paths that I have selected, but the background remains. I have gone through the sub-layers (there are literally hundreds) but none of them appear to be the white background--so I am guessing the background is a composite of several sub-layers.
Is there an easy way to extract the white background and just preserve the paths that make up the design? Illustrator already recognizes them as a number of sub-layers.
: How to use the indexed color mode in Photoshop? i want to understand the indexed color mode please hep me out how to work with indexed color mode.
i want to understand the indexed color mode please hep me out how to work with indexed color mode.
: Re: Correct and simple way to convert PNG to SVG? What would be the best way to convert this type of image to SVG?
Technically speaking, it can't be done.
Since PNG is raster image while SVG is vector (in the name Scalable Vector Graphics)
You can't actually convert a raster to vector
However, what you could do is Trace the image into Vector (SVG)
Trace the Image in Illustrator (using the auto-trace feature)
then save the traced output as SVG.