Last seen: Tue 11 May, 2021
: Re: How can I resize a vector to a specific size and resolution? I'm fairly new to design and I'm having issues resizing vectors. My end goal : to print to a t shirt through something like redbubble/printful.
As a alternative to the other answers, you can copy the elements from Illustrator into Photoshop as smart object or path and you can scale it at any size with any DPI.
: Re: Changing hardness/size of a brush on a wacom tablet does not work My Wacom tablet does not cooperate when I want to change hardness/size of my brush in photoshop. It works with mouse and shortcuts
Reinstalling the Wacom drivers may fix the problem.
: InDesign Colours not great For some reason the colours I select in InDesign does apply to the art board. But imported images display the colours correctly as well as the colour selector. Please
For some reason the colours I select in InDesign does apply to the art board. But imported images display the colours correctly as well as the colour selector.
Please see my image attached - I opened Colour picker, selected the eyedropper and selected a blue from "see video on the web" - that same blue shows on colour picker. Once I click OK to apply to another square that blue goes almost purple.
: Illustrator: which canvas size and settings for new logo document What canvas size and other settings should I do in Illustrator when creating the main master design of any logo?
What canvas size and other settings should I do in Illustrator when creating the main master design of any logo?
: 3D Exhibition Design Software I have been using CREO and Inventor to create exhibition designs but I find this software very time consuming and I'm sure there must be a quicker and easier software
I have been using CREO and Inventor to create exhibition designs but I find this software very time consuming and I'm sure there must be a quicker and easier software to use. Any recommendations?
Here is an example of the type of stands I design:
: Re: A logo that will be printed on a T-Shirt I want to make this logo print-ready on a T-shirt, but I have a few questions: 1) I have an overlap in my logo, I tried to merge the whole artwork
@New_spirit_designs - you really need to look at the specific PSP's (Print Service Provider) published submission guidelines: here are some sublimation printing art submission guidelines from a super-quick web search which are generically similar to your question:
JakPrints Art Sublimation
Five Ultimate Sublimation Submissions
As you can see, some ask for specific approaches to colour, some just want spots, some require CMYK only, some have pre-existing file templates they require that you download and use as the base for your design effort: it's crucial you query the specific PSP as to their requirements to be sure your print comes out as expected.
IMHO pdf is a good overall general file exchange format, and can be printed from with reasonable success in a lot of PSP shops, but there are also many who will not take a pdf - either they've had poor results with pdf in the past, or they may have different proprietary RIP or imposition software which only takes EPS or AI, so you absolutely need to check with them!
: Re: What software should I use to create editable mathematical vector images like these? Little bit of background: I own Affinity designer, looking into learning Blender 3D, and am decently familiar
The utility Grapher on Mac OS can handle analyzing and displaying most of this sort of stuff out-of-the-box, but as the easiest output is then raster instead of vector, I agree with the earlier post by @2287001 that Scilab is a high powered tool which would get you a lot of what you need.
Also worth mentioning GeoGebra 3D, an online 3D grapher, which will output vector formats including svg and pdf.
Also, @sambler is correct that Blender supports math functions as nodal inputs to create meshes, so you should be able to accomplish a lot of these figures in Blender with a little research and thought - though I freely admit I'd be hard-pressed to do so quickly or fluently.
I'd use the procedural geometry nodes in modo to approach this if I were trying this whole cloth for myself, and wanted maximum flexibility, but that's also because it's one of my primary tools and I know it intimately.
I downloaded and tested Scilab for Mac based on @2287001 's recommendation, and I find it dense, immensely powerful, and indeed output can be done in svg - I just tested pulling a multisurface 3D plot output with false colour indicating amplitude into Affinity Designer - came in as sheer vector, all editable. I think we have a winner here!*
Here are outputs from Affinity Designer - original and then two quick alterations - one adding slight transparency to the fills (which also shows you that the output to SVG saves overlapping data correctly versus doing an overprint knockout) and one quicky B&W adjustment layer.
As is from SciLab:
Transparency adjust to fills:
B&W Adjustment Layer
: Re: How to export icon in different sizes without getting blur edges? I need to export icons for an android app in 4 different sizes: 36x36, 48x48, 64x64 and 72x72 px. The original size of icon
when you scale done 272 to 36 I guess you wont be able to avoid blurry edges without altering your icon, since it simply will have have half pixels as (at least if my maths hasnt failed me completely) you cannot devide 272 by 36 without a remainder.
It is best to design at the smallest size you need to and then scale upwards. Maybe this video here is helpful: vimeo.com/169809377
: Re: How do I grab the end of a letter and strech it along a curved path to join it to another letter? I would like to stretch the end of a letter and join it to another letter. I would like
If you want to imitate ligatures between letters, but make them manually editable, you can turn your text to outlines and tweak them however you'd like.
: Re: What to do when finishing a logo that was started by another artist? I have a client who had a design they had done by another artist and wants me to finish up the logo using what they
This depends entirely on whether the previous designer was employed to do "work for hire" or if there's other contract language granting client full IP rights to work, including derivative works which is what your "completing" their previous work would legally be.
If there's no explicit wording granting IP rights to client, they don't own any of it at all, and you're better off not using that starting point.
If the client or your working relationship with the previous designer is not in tatters, contact them and find out what the IP status is for that work - if they are on reasonable terms with client, they may be willing to issue a rights-granting for "completion". If however the client has failed to pay for work tendered, the previous designer would be fully within their legal rights to refuse to grant IP rights - and if that is the case, you should be very careful in contract dealings with said client.
I'm not a lawyer at all, and this shouldn't be taken as competent legal advice per se, but I am a multi-decade graphic designer & illustrator, so I am somewhat familiar with the topic at hand.
Nothing in this answer shall be considered legal advice and no attorney-client relationship has been established.
: Re: Why can I only unlock some elements in my master template in Adobe InDesign? So I am using templates, and can override the locked master items (e.g. text boxes and headers) yet cannot seem
Select all pages in the 'Pages Panel'. right click and select 'Override all master page items'.
: Illustrator: How do I create a clipping mask with 2 paths? I'm trying to create a clipping mask to ensure a shape doesn't spill over outside of the containing shape. Here's the image I am
I'm trying to create a clipping mask to ensure a shape doesn't spill over outside of the containing shape. Here's the image I am working on:
I would like the L shape to remain inside the blue box. I will later add a little animation which requires the L shape to be larger.
Here is how I am attempting to do this:
Select both of the paths
Object > Clipping Mask > Make
But this doesn't produce the desired results. Instead the blue background shape disappears.
Any advice on how to do this?
: 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.
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. Can someone teach me how to do that? Thanks!
: Krita Color Management Settings I am a new Krita user and confused about the Color Management Settings. I understand Krita cannot provide the more usual color profiles since they may be copyrighted.
I am a new Krita user and confused about the Color Management Settings.
I understand Krita cannot provide the more usual color profiles since they may be copyrighted. On the other hand, I have these profiles already and would like to make Krita do what I am used to in other programs. To keep it simple I tend to use sRGB IEC61966-2.1 for images and 2 monitor profiles made using DisplayCal and an xRite ColorMunki, one for each Display. I have a regular screen as Display 1 and a Cintiq as Display 2. Krita will usually be used on Display 2.
In Settings|Configure Krita|Color Management, Display tab:
"Use system monitor profile" is unchecked.
It lists "sRGB-elle-V2-srgbtrc.icc" for both Display 1 and Display 2.
If I check "Use system monitor profile", will it use the ICC profiles I created for Display 1 and 2, respectively (depending on which display Krita is running on) and ignore the ones with elle in the name. Seems like this would be the easiest way to get my calibrated monitor profiles.
If "Use system monitor profile" is unchecked, should I be specifying the appropriate calibrated monitor ICC profiles. (I can add these using "Add new color profile).
Under the General tab, there is a way to specify the color model, presumably for images. There does not seem to be a way to specify the ICC profile (which I would like to be sRGB IEC61966-2.1 for the RGB/Alpha color model). I have added this profile, and notice I can set it in the New file diaplog. It seems to remember it for the next time.
Before adding sRGB IEC61966-2.1, I used the default sRGB-elle-V2-srgbtrc.icc. I saved an image as PNG, checked to embed the profile. When opened in Photoshop, it said the profile was "sRGB built-in (8bpc)". I would have expected "sRGB-elle-V2-srgbtrc.icc", which is the display name for this profile. I don't understand this.
Thanks for the help.
: Re: How to save Multiple pages as a single PDF? In my CS6 version of Photoshop there doesn't appear to be a way to save multiple pages to a single PDF. How can I do this in Photoshop?
In CS5 version have to use File-->Scripts-->Export Layers to files. There you set your output as PDF and its quality. After execution of the script you have to merge your PDF pages into one document with help of external software (ex. jPDF Tweak )
: InDesign: Display number of heading on all pages that belong to said heading I am currently working on a larger document that has a number in the top left of every page to give you an idea
I am currently working on a larger document that has a number in the top left of every page to give you an idea what part of the document you are currently in. Not as in the page number, but rather regarding the content structure.
This screenshot may give you a better example:
The number shall only increase on pages with a new heading, however. Not every page. This for example is page 2 of the document, which however still belongs to my first heading (would you call these chapters? Sections? Idk ... I am lost for a better term here):
Now the problem I have is, that I don't know how to update it accordingly:
As I may have hinted above already, I thought one might be able to do that using chapter / section numbering? But I am having a hard time figuring out whether this is even the right way of going about that or if there is another / better method. Especially one that is easy to update if I were to add more content later-on.
: Re: How to undo expand appearence? I made this vector illustration in Ai but after expanding the appearence there seems to be too many anchor points even double ones so now when I am trying to
Once you no longer can Edit > Undo this action, you are out of luck. Illustrator simply doesn't store the necessary data anywhere.
The only option you have is to recreate from scratch.
: Re: what to use instead of $$$ as cost level in design? Is there any alternative? This question may be quite confusing so I've attached an image with it. Below is a snap from Yelp site, there
A generic coin icon (gold, round, maybe a head or eagle on it) and using several filled or empty / greyed out based on price could work across many cultures.
: Re: Colours being shown differently throughout web browsers and image editing software In a web browser, this colour (#495D7A) looks like this: But in Photoshop, that colour looks like this and the
tl;dr: Don't try to micro-manage colour in webdesign.
Every screen is different, every time you use that screen the lighting is different and even the same screen at the same moment may be seen differently by distinct users. Trying to colour manage in such a way that colours are exactly reproduced every time online is a waste of time and effort.
Yes, you can come pretty close by taking colour profiles into account, and you might even get to an exact reproduction of your Photoshop colour in your browser on your screen. Then, you show your prototype to your client, who will look at it either on a mobile device or a monitor that is, in 99.98% of cases, calibrated differently than your screen—if it is calibrated at all.
Add to that the fact that humans' lens slightly changes colour as they age, making them perceive colours to be more yellow the older they are. Add to that the fact that colour perception is changed depending on the intensity and colour of light that falls on the screen it is viewed with. Add to that the fact some screens may be dimmed or brightened because their user prefers it that way. All these factors thwart your efforts to colour manage.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you shouldn't colour manage and just choose something that's 'close enough'. Try and reproduce your colours accurately, but keep in mind that the Big Wide World™ will do its utmost to shake things up.
Considering that the deviations you are observing are in the order of magnitude of a single RGB unit on a 0 to 255 scale, they are, for all practical means and purposes, negligible. If colours would stray by 10 units or more, I'd start to be concerned. But, even if they are put up directly next to each other on a screen, the vast majority of viewers will not be able to discern between two colours that differ only one unit.
Save yourself the time and effort and just leave it.
: Re: Upload photoshop-created PNG to Discord without changing colours Here's an icon made with photoshop: Looks fine when I open it in Preview or Safari. When I upload it to discord, the colours
I came up with a method that avoids photoshop because it seems every time I touch that everything breaks. My method is to take the graphic created with photoshop, and use it to punch a hole through a sample of the color that I want.
I opened that png, the one that was meant to be my icon, in Preview.app (not photoshop because photoshop was messing everything up) and then maximise contrast, made saturation as low as possible, and mess around with other settings, like maximising/minimising exposure, to make it completely black on a transparent background.
Then I cmd-A copied it all, drew a white rectangle, and pasted it down again. So now my original image is a completely black-on-white icon.
The color settings in Preview let you invert colours by moving the leftmost levels arrow to the right, and the rightmost to the left.
Now it should be white-on-black. Save that. This will be a mask.
Then I screenshotted the color I actually wanted. I used Preview's resize to resize that color to a 1000x1000px square (the size of my final image). Just a solid color. Screenshotting a solid block of color from the original png that you want to preserve the color of (first image of question) would have worked too.
Then I ran this command with imagemagick:
convert color.png mask.png -alpha off -compose copy_opacity -composite warningicon.png
It spat out exactly what I wanted, which was a png of the correct color that doesn't weirdly change colours when uploaded to discord.
: How to recreate slanted logotype? I need to recreate this logo (of course, no one has the source file. I'm struggling with the type where it says HAWKS. I can't find an easy way to have
I need to recreate this logo (of course, no one has the source file.
I'm struggling with the type where it says HAWKS. I can't find an easy way to have the logotype increase in size and fill a parralellogram-like shape.
I tried using the envelope distort tool, but the text gets really wavy.
It seems like there is an easy way to do this, that I'm not aware of. Does anyone have suggestions?
: Re: Script won't output bleed on PDF export, and stuck on other portion of script So, the following script is a modified version of the script I found here. Its goal is to: Export the current
You need to duplicate the "[High Quality Print]" preset and make any changes as unlike the pageRange preference, the bleed settings will be over-ridden by the ExportPreset. You can bin your duplicated preset when you're done:
var myExportPreset = app.pdfExportPresets.item("[High Quality Print]").duplicate();
myExportPreset.useDocumentBleedWithPDF = true;
doc.exportFile(ExportFormat.PDF_TYPE, myFile, false, myExportPreset );
Step 1: Open a new document. Create a New Layer. Select Marquee Tool. Press Shift and Draw a circle. Alt + Delete and color fill the layer.
Step 2: Double click on the layer. Select Stroke - Select color and size of the border as per your requirement.
Step 3: Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer.
Step 4: Ctrl+T and reduce the size of the circle.
Step 5: Ctrl + Select the small circle layer. Once the small circle is selected, click the big circle layer and delete
Step 6: Deselect the selection and hide the small circle layer.
Step 7: Select Rectangular marquee tool. Create a rectangle and delete the selection. Your semi circle is ready.
: Re: How to identify fonts in iOS apps, from iOS? Often I want to find out what font I'm seeing in an iOS app. And I want to do it without going to a computer. Is there a way to do this?
First thing to say: I'm the programmer/designer of the app I present bellow.
Second thing to say: if you try it, you'll agree it's the best & easiest solution! :)
A few days ago, we released Find my Font mobile - a free app for both iOS & Android - which identifies any free or commercial font from an image.
So, if you want to identify the fonts of an iOS app:
a) You take a screen capture of the app
b) You run the Find my Font app and load the screen capture
c) You select 1-7 distinct letters
d) You can optionally choose a font category (you can target your search to "All Fonts", "Freemium", "Commercial" or "Google Fonts")
e) You tap on search button and get the 30 closest font matches
Take a look at the screenshots bellow, for an example of finding the closest matches of a book cover using Adobe Garamond.
Happy font hunting! :)
I'll be glad to respond to any questions or suggestions on how to make the app even better.
PS: The WhatTheFont app mentioned above is an excellent one but it only matches fonts that MyFonts.com is selling. Find my Font matches any commercial or free font (like fonts of dafont.com and Google Web Fonts).
: Photoshop content not moving with Artboard Content move along with artboard when changing position by dragging with the mouse, but changing position from properties panel only moves the artboard,
Content move along with artboard when changing position by dragging with the mouse, but changing position from properties panel only moves the artboard, not content.
: How do I change the border radius for multiple points at the same time in the new Adobe Illustrator CC 2018? Since the last update of Illustrator the interface has become very clean. The border
Since the last update of Illustrator the interface has become very clean. The border radius functionality has disappeared and can be accessed by double clicking in one corner but it's a pain now to just change al border radii in one single stroke.
Any ideas? Or am I missing a feature?
: Re: Online Tool to Find Closest Google Font I find it convenient to use Google Fonts on the websites I build. Quite often I need to find the closest Google Font to a specific commercial font
An important update regarding my previous post about Find my Font.
A few days ago, we released Find my Font mobile (a free App for both iOS & Android) which makes it even easier to find the closest Google Font:
a) You take a photo (or load an image) of your original font
b) You select 1-7 distinct letters
c) You choose "Google Fonts" as matching category
d) You tap on search button and get the 30 closest Google fonts
Take a look at the last 2 screenshots bellow, for an example of finding the closest Google font for Adobe Garamond.
You can get the free App from either App Store or Google Play, at the following link: www.findmyfont.com/download/download-mobile-edition
Happy font hunting!
I'll be glad to read your comments & suggestions on how to make the App even better.
PS: Using Find my Font mobile you can also match any commercial of free (e.g. dafont.com) font
: Word representation in Graphics Does anyone know of a good repository where words are represented as symbols/graphics. So for example, a cycle is represented as a line sketch of a cycle and
Does anyone know of a good repository where words are represented as symbols/graphics. So for example, a cycle is represented as a line sketch of a cycle and a boat as a drawing of a boat. I am not from a graphics background so perhaps I am not using the right lingo, but I hope I am able to communicate the question.
I am looking for what are the best pictorial representation of words like debt, equity, loans, financial returns etc. Any ideas ?
: Re: I have done a Video above as I am unable to move an image to the PSD in the correct size using the move tool. I am sure that there must be some method https://charitothemes.tinytake.com/sf/MjEzNTM1Ml82NjY4MzI4
There are two ways:
You either adjust the image using distort or skew tool and scale it according to the screen size.
Step 1: Select Lasso tool and create a shape according to the screen.
Step 2: Create a new layer and fill the selection with the desired color.
Step 3: Right click and Convert the layer into a smart object
Step 4: Double click on the smart object layer. A document will be opened
Step 5: Drag and drop the picture in the document and scale it with distort or skew tool to get the and save it.
: Illustrator: how to insert image into shape I downloaded a template and trying to add a picture into the shape. I can place it over the top but not into the curve. I have tried to select
I downloaded a template and trying to add a picture into the shape. I can place it over the top but not into the curve. I have tried to select the picture and the outline and then "Clipping mask", but doesn't seem to work.