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 query : Starting out making vinyl phone skins I want to cut out vinyl iphone skins with a silhouette portrait on a plotter. Where can I download ready-made iphone outlines for silhouette studio? Or

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Posted in: #Cutter #Iphone #PrintDesign #Vinyl

I want to cut out vinyl iphone skins with a silhouette portrait on a plotter.

Where can I download ready-made iphone outlines for silhouette studio?

Or what other software I can use to cut out this skins?

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 query : Re: Why Outline fonts are rasterized before using on screen? I am new in Typography and now a days reading about fonts, rasterizer like FreeType etc. What i get till now is that fonts are mainly

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Almost all output devices, with very few exceptions, are raster devices. A monitor is one; it uses pixels to display text and everything else. So a font must be displayed in raster form. The program or part of the operating system that handles that can vary, depending on the OS and application program.

Old toner-based printers and dot-matrix printers worked by having several sizes of bitmapped fonts in memory or downloaded. But even those old devices could print images, and a font rasterizer on the computer could have been used to work with outline fonts.

Postscript was one of the first languages to scale vector fonts to any size. But in the end, they all get rasterized. The only type of printer that produces shapes directly from mathematical formulas (vectors) is an old-style plotter.

The NEXT computer system used Display Postscript to drive its monitor, but still a postscript interpreter had to produce raster output for the monitor; it's just that the display engine accepted Postscript input.

These days it's usually not necessary to focus on font technology and whether or where it gets rasterized. But I do applaud you for trying to learn. Too many people don't know the why and how, and they get into trouble when they submit files to printers or design web pages and emails that won't display correctly on every device.

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 query : Re: How not to get dark line on the edge of colors when doing gaussian blur When gausian blurring image that is left half red and right half green there appears somewhat of black border instead

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Good explanation of the problem here.

If you can use the current development version of Gimp (2.9.x) you can work in "Linear light" (ie, the equivalent of "squared" in the video) and the blur works as you expect:

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 query : Re: 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

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The common typographic practice is to reverse the italics, that is, to use the non-italic version of the typeface to emphasize something within italics.

Using a different typeface will most probably not convey the meaning you want to the reader.

More info: italics within italics at Wikipedia

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 query : Illustrator saving in small size distorts shapes I have a symbol in vectors at raw with around 500px width and 600px height. All strokes were outlined. Saving it straight from its normal size,

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Save #Vector

I have a symbol in vectors at raw with around 500px width and 600px height. All strokes were outlined.

Saving it straight from its normal size, this is what I get:



However, if I save it in "Save for web" with 100px height, this is what I get:



See the top part with the yellow helmet? The black shape (aka the outlined stroke) is way bolder than the original size.

Why is this happening?

You can download the AI file here: www.dropbox.com/s/33pjfcjupkqdoig/Symbol.ai?dl=0

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 query : Re: Are there collaborative drawing software? I was reflecting on Google Docs today and wondering if there are any graphic design software that include some real-time collaborative features? I'm talking

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You might want to chek out Figma which emphasizes its real-time collaboration features.

It is geared towards interface design, bit since it's a vector editor, it could potentially be used for anything else.

There is also vectr, which seems to have collaboration features (but I have not tested that)

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 query : Re: Sketch3: export a group and keep the size of the transparent background I have a group with a transparent rectangle as the background, I'd like to export the group, make the exported png the

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For me as a developer who received ready sketch file, the fastest way is to open image in Photoshop, go to 'Image → Canvas Size', change the size and save it.

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 query : Re: How to unlock the alpha channel lock in gimp? In the layers dialog, there are two things you can lock and unlock: pixels (looks like a paintbrush icon), and the alpha channel (looks like a

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The problem has nothing to do with the alpha-lock. The image is in color-indexed mode, and in that mode many restrictions apply. In particular, in that mode, transparency isn't progressive but binary (fully opaque or fully transparent), and color-to-alpha would not do anything useful. Use Image>Mode>RGB to go to full-RGB mode, and unlock alpha if still there, and you'll get the Color-to-alpha enabled.

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 query : Re: Highlight region with a darkened background I am struggling to do this in Gimp 2.8.22-1. https://s.natalian.org/2018-01-05/gimp.mp4 I used to be able to do this like so: http://dabase.com/blog/Highlighting_a_region_in_a_scre

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What I do is:


make a selection around what I need
Invert the selection (Select>Invert) (to select the rest of the picture)
Use Colors>Brightness/Contrast to reduce the contrast over the rest of the image (and possibly slightly reduce the brightness as well).
In the more extreme cases apply a slight Gaussian blur (2-3) pixels


In other words what I want to highlight remains untouched, it is mostly the rest of the image which is dimmed.



(Image above: Contrast -30 and that's it).

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 query : Re: What is a suitable icon for nonspecific spirituality? Christianity can be represented with the crucifix icon, Judaism with a Start of David, Bhuddism with a Dharma wheel, etc, etc. What icon

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I would argue that the circle is the most representative as a spiritual symbol. I believe it symbolizes the ongoing energy found in nature. It is unbroken and unbent, forming unity. It is universal, divine, and sacred to many cultures.

The circle is found in both the male and female symbols. In Chinese culture, it represents "Heaven", as well as being used for the Yin and Yang symbol (balance). Ancient Celtics used the circle to form a ring of protection.

The circle is THE symbol of divinity.

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 query : Re: Gimp - fix distortion of old photos I got some old photos to my hand. Unfortunately, I didn't have a possibility to make a direct scan of them and I could make a quick photo of them with

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You want the Perspective tool, but check the Direction: "corrective (backwards)" option. Then drag the 4 handles to the corners of you image, and Gimp will make that a rectangle.

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 query : What's the exact name of this Material design component? Sorry but not really a formal question, but I wanna ask, what are the exact names of this Material design components? Tried scanning

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Posted in: #Android #GoogleMaterialDesign #InterfaceDesign #UserExperience

Sorry but not really a formal question, but I wanna ask, what are the exact names of this Material design components?




Tried scanning the whole guidelines and looks like there no mention for that such component. I wanna know it's guidelines and how it's really done right. Or is it bc even Material still isn't yet fully documented yet?

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 query : Dev environment & tools for designers I'm wondering what kind of dev environment and tools are reasonable for web designers? We've hired someone who is familiar with css and html but not really

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Posted in: #FrontEndDevelopment #WebsiteDesign

I'm wondering what kind of dev environment and tools are reasonable for web designers? We've hired someone who is familiar with css and html but not really git, github, the command line. This is someone who more designs with photoshop and does css/html work.

Is it reasonable to assume that designers should know how to use git nowadays? We could obviously train this person, but I'm wondering if we should train them.

I'm wondering how the workflow would operate if we didn't get this person using git.

Say, they would sftp to a remote server where they would work and then when they're ready, another person could do the git stuff?

What do you guys do?

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 query : Re: How can I see column guides but not all the little grids in InDesign I am used to seeing what I call 'column guides', the blue nonprinting boxes that suggest the outlines for columns. Now

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My team accidentally discovered that if you hold down Ctrl + " (quotation marks key), then a grid appears. I call it a magical grid because it has helped with alignment so much. If you also found that grid by accident, maybe pressing those keys will make it go away. Could you show us a screenshot please of the "little grids"?

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 query : How could text become inserted at the end of my InDesign file without my knowing it? I discovered today that the end of my long file has text that appears to be in Spanish or Italian. I

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign #Text

I discovered today that the end of my long file has text that appears to be in Spanish or Italian. I did not add text to the end. Did this happen because of a virus or hack? Or did I push a button by accident?

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 query : Indesign: remove anchored objects in Table of Contents Below is a heading on page 10 starting by an anchored object When I create my ToC (below), this anchored object is still there. Any

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign #TableOfContents

Below is a heading on page 10 starting by an anchored object



When I create my ToC (below), this anchored object is still there. Any idea to get rid of it?

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 query : Re: How to create an (over)spray effect (in gimp)? How to create an overspray effect? I tried fading out the selection and fill it with one color on a background layer and tried different brushes

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Another method:


Make a circle selection
Bucket-fill with color
Select>Invert
Filter>Noise>Spread... and give the maximum extent of the "spill"




You can also use Select>Feather to blur the selection a bit to avoid the sharp edge:

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 query : Re: How can I achieve this pattern? I need to replicate this pattern (the distorted white, pink and red circles spirals) I have tried a few ways but wasn't satisfied. I am using Photoshop currently,

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In illustrator, I'd create a dot grid and play around with effects>Distort and tranform > Free transform, with envelope distort, or with the "map art" feature of the 3d effects. This is a quick 3-minute version I did:

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 query : Re: Is there a free Helvetica Neue Extended alternative? Does anybody know a free web font which is a good alternative to the Helvetica Neue Extended? We need it for the headlines on a new website.

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There's plenty of helvetica-like open source fonts, but few that have extended versions. I managed to find ONE with an extended version:

Lunchtype


Helvetica Neue Extended for reference

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 query : Accessible visually-differentiable cells in a data table [rewritten with more focus] I have a table where the are the 12 months and the rows are various financial items. So it's about 14-ish

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Posted in: #Accessibility #Readability

[rewritten with more focus]

I have a table where the are the 12 months and the rows are various financial items. So it's about 14-ish columns wide, and might be several dozen rows long, with various rows presenting sub-items and subtotals and totals.

I want to be able to distinguish cells in an accessible way, especially for those with poor vision. The first six months for a given row might require 'Label 1', whereas the next six months might require 'Label 2'.

My intent is to have a contextual "legend" that shows what each "colour" represents.

But what other indicators can I use in addition to colour?


various colours (great! need another)
boldness of type (works great, but only two options)
font-family (yuck!)
font size (yuck!)
?

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 query : Re: How to remove layers from PDF file in acrobat? I have large techical drawing PDF with a lot of layers. But i need only three of these to open in Illustrator. How to delete layers from layer

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In Adobe Acrobat XI Pro:

Go to "File > Save as Other > Optimized PDF > Discard User Data.

Then mark "Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers".

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 query : Re: Have any Unicode symbols reached archetype status for indicating good, bad, and neutral or winner, loser, and tie? I am looking for a way, preferably with symbols, to denote a winner, loser,

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Universal symbols for positive (i.e., good): + (plus sign), ^ (up arrow)
Universal symbols for negative (not good): - (minus sign), down arrow

Also, filled and unfilled circles, along with color variation, can indicate opposite values. Consumer reports has used filled, unfilled, and half-filled circles for years in their ratings tables. See below:

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 query : Re: Define different styles for typography with SketchApp How can I define styles for typography with SketchApp? For example, I have a H4 with these variants: Normal Bold Colorful I defined as:

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You can try to organize your styles in "folders" or groups. If you name a style "h4/BodyBold/color" and another "h4/BodyBold/Default", they will behave as nested folders, making it much easier to select and understand:

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 query : Re: How to import vector graphics into Keynote 6.6.1 Apologies if this is the wrong forum for my question. I'm having a difficult time importing vector graphics (svg flat icons) into Keynote 6.6.1.

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There is another very easy way to get vector shapes into Keynote.

For first download and install app SvgToKeynote.


Launch application
Select desired SVG file for conversion
Open new .key file and copy shapes into your presentation.


You can download SvgToKeynote here:

SvgToKeynote Homepage

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 query : Alt row colouring on nested, collapsible tables (This is not a CSS question; this is a visual design / user interaction question.) I have an app that renders multiple rows of data, with several

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Posted in: #InterfaceDesign

(This is not a CSS question; this is a visual design / user interaction question.)

I have an app that renders multiple rows of data, with several levels of collapsible nesting:


I plan to tint the alt rows to make them distinguishable:



The problem comes when expanding/collapsing nested rows. As they expand and collapse, like-tinted rows will be adjacent
(eg. 1.1 and 1.2 are adjacent and both blue; potentially - 1. and 2. can be adjacent and will both be grey):



But if I adhere to a fixed even/odd row colour, like this:



that means that a given row does not maintain a fixed colour (1.2 was blue, now grey; 2. was grey, now blue):

So, as the table is expanded and contracted, many rows are changing tint. Is this visually confusing for the user? Is there a better/best answer for this setup?

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 query : Why is InDesign inserting a space after my lines when the lines in the Word file have no space after? After I place my Word file into InDesign, the software is adding space after lines that

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign

After I place my Word file into InDesign, the software is adding space after lines that shouldn't have any. In Word, some lines have no space after. But now in InDesign, they do. Is there a way to prevent this? It looks like every line that has a hard return now gains the same amount of space after.

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