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: Re: Adobe Photoshop CS5.0 or 5.5 Where can I find a hard copy (CD) of Photoshop CS5.0 or 5.5. Adobe will no longer support my copy of CS and I would rather not go onto the Cloud and pay a
I did a quick search for the product you note and found that eBay has a number of listings for licensed versions of Photoshop CS5 for Windows, although the Mac versions outnumber Windows substantially.
Another search on Amazon resulted in a smaller amount of packages available.
Editorial comment: some of these sellers have astonishing pricing!
: What is the name of the japanese font used in Acchi Kocchi logo? I mean the font of the biggest purple letters. It says あっちこっち幼稚園 I've searched in google and Whatthefont with
I mean the font of the biggest purple letters.
It says あっちこっち幼稚園
I've searched in google and Whatthefont with no results.
Point to look at:
The hiraganas あ and こ have arrows added.
: How / what to charge for an all-inclusive book design? I'm hired to create a visual identity and illustrate a children's book series. How should I go about charging and licensing my art work?
I'm hired to create a visual identity and illustrate a children's book series.
How should I go about charging and licensing my art work?
I have previous experience with branding, where I charge for the whole project. Should I take each part of the project i.e. the branding, and illustration separately - offer $Xxx for branding, deliver it, and then offer $Xxxx for the artwork that goes into the book?
I have no experience with licensing art work, so how should I go about that? Is it just me drawing up a contract based on my client's needs and what that would cost if they use my art work?
Thanks a lot
: Logo semiotics survey I have a quick survey regarding a logo design I'm refereed by a client. I'd like to ask you 2 simple questions about the semiotics of the design: What industry/market
I have a quick survey regarding a logo design I'm refereed by a client. I'd like to ask you 2 simple questions about the semiotics of the design:
What industry/market do you think this [fragment of a] logo might represent?
Whats the first adjective that comes to your mind in regards to the design.
Thanks for your input.
: 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
My business is not a backup service for any client.
All clients should be backing up the files they've received on their own. It's not my responsibility to be an indefinite backup service for any client, ever.
Clients are not paying a regular fee to maintain equipment, upgrade hard drives, purchase additional hard drives as needed, maintaining software, etc. Therefore clients are NOT compensating me for backing up their files. Clients have no claims to any of my company's backups. I maintain backups for my business just as they should be doing for their business. If I were running a backup service, there would be a monthly subscription fee and contracts in place for such a service. To expect my business to retain old items your business may need in the future is ludicrous.
Let me be clear... I have backups for my business since, well, prior to even its inception. I think I have files more than 30-35 years old. Chances are very high that should I need a file from 10-20-30 years ago I have it. Whether or not I can open it (i.e. Pagemaker, Freehand, Quark, Dimensions, etc) may be another matter, but I'll probably have the files.
The difference here is what the client may be requesting...
Essentially my backups are there to support my customer relations and ease my own workflow, but my backups are never free storage for clients to retrieve files at a later date merely because the client asks for them.
It's somewhat unprofessional for a client to be asking for "source files" without compensating you for those files. Here, source files always cost money. It's also a bit "unprofessional" for your client to not be backing up their own files and relying on some unrelated business to maintain their important digital content.
It's not unprofessional for you to fail to have a 2 year old backup of their files if they haven't been a client in two years. In fact, it's often normal to not have files for older clients. And even if you do have them, you are not obligated to provide them. It's your backup, not theirs.
My backup procedures....
There are no real rules regarding this. In general, I keep files as long as I'm still working with a client or until it becomes inconvenient to maintain them.
I maintain a triple redundant current backup at all times which encompasses all relatively active clients in addition to all client branding, custom illustration, high resolution images, etc.
The triple redundancy and incremental backup system allows me to remove a file or several files from my primary working directory with the knowledge that the file I've removed is already backed up in at least 2 other locations. This tends to keep my primary working directory at a reasonable size. I'll often remove .zip archives or client supplied files, or previous, unapproved/rejected, iterations of a project - basically the superfluous stuff that wouldn't be needed in the future anyway. Again, I remove these files but I know they also exist in a minimum of 2 other locations. So I'm really only pruning the SOURCE directory, not the backups. Individual project directories here can easily surpass 10s or 100s of GB at times. So some consideration to overall backup size is kind of imperative. Anything I can do to ensure important files are kept while reducing the total amount of MB/GB/TB needed for the backup is a good thing. If all I had were 50-100MB web site HTML/PHP/CSS files and web images, then I'd probably keep absolutely everything.
I tend to rebuild my backups entirely every 4-6 years. What I do is disconnect one of the backup RAIDs and store it (safe deposit box). Reformat the other backup RAID, add a new backup RAID and backup everything starting fresh from that date. With this method nothing is actual ever disposed of, but older files are no longer part of a redundant backup. If the only location of a particular clients file(s) is on that single archived hard drive in the safe deposit box, and that RAID happens to fail, well, I've lost those project files. So any projects older than 4-6 years may or may not have had their files removed, lost, or destroyed due to corruption.
Since implementing all of this roughly 15 years ago I've not lost a single file. Not one. Sure, it may take me the better part of a week to restore things from various backup RAIDs, but the important thing is I still have everything.
Charge if you are going to dig for it.....
The hard reality is anything more than 3/6 months or possibly 1/2 years old should be considered gone by the client, even if I do happen to still have the files. I would certainly charge an hourly fee to check to see if I still have their files and the time it takes to retrieve anything I may have, all associated with a minimum fee. That in addition to any delivery fee for the files. Clients who fail to maintain their own backups are liable for the expenses associated with losing their files.
Unless a client is paying me for storage, I'm not responsible for backing anything up for them. I'll stress again, that if the client wants to hire me to update to an old project, I have no issue diving into my backups to retrieve the old project (saving the client money possibly). I really only have issue with using my backup merely to be a source for file delivery because some other business failed to maintain their own backup.
The sneaky clients......
Also be aware... some haphazard or perhaps nefarious or unethical clients can use time passage as a method of getting around your standard practices. It's not always malicious in nature, but it can be. Client knows full well that you charge a fee for project files. They don't want to pay that fee when you complete the project initially. No problem. You deliver what the contract states you are to deliver, client pays you and everyone moves on happy.
Some time later, usually a year or more, the client may return asking for project files as if "they've lost them" or "they were mistakenly destroyed" pretending like they were delivered initially as part of the project. This is done in the hopes you may fail to remember specifics. Be cautious of this practice. Like I posted its not always malicious in nature, sometimes clients honestly forget you charge for project files. However, it can also be very intentional and thought out to try and circumvent payment while getting the files. I've encountered both over the years.
My backups are for my business, They are mine. My backups are not for the clients business and the client has no "right" to my backups without compensation. Clients are entirely 100% responsible for their own backups.
: Re: What happened to the Magic Erase tool? When I select the erase tool, there is no longer drop down to select the Magic Erase tool. I can not find anywhere on PS CC where the Magic Erase
It's under the eraser tool where it's always been.
: Re: Tips for Magazine Cover? School artistic magazine, done in Inkscape. Not sure about the readability of the entirety, nor about the colors for the text. Any tips would be great. Also, someone
Not sure why anyone would bother answering if you've already chosen what you see as the "correct" answer :) You might do better to wait a bit before hitting that "correct" button so quickly. Anyway....
I mostly agree with Lucian, however....
"Introducing" is pretty poor on readability. The typeface appears to be a poor readability typeface to begin with then laying it on top the artwork further deceases it's readability. If it were me, I'd choose a more readable script typeface if you want script.
Everything else is readable though. I too would remove the forward slash before "2018". It's superfluous. I so however also feel "THE" is far too close to the left edge. Also not sure why "THE" is all uppercase when "introducing" isn't.
As for the crest and url. I'd stack these and center them at the bottom. The lower left corner of any design is the least visible space. You really should try to avoid placing content in lower left corners. Sometimes it's okay if the content is not really important, but I'd imagine the crest and URL a bit more than unimportant.
If you were to place these on the right side, they'd throw the rest of the deign off balance. If you were to leave then configured horizontally and center them, again, they'd throw off the balance of the rest of the piece. By stacking them and centering, crest above the URL, you maintain balance overall and get them out of that lower left corner. Becuase of this alteration I might consider reducing the size of the primary art a bit and moving "2018" slightly closer to the border on multicolored art.
: Re: photoshop - how to make a layer on top of all layers effect all layers except one down I using a transparent grunge texture on a street building layers I maked using shape tool so I want
Group the layers to be affected by the textrure.
Select the texture Layer.
Create a Clipping mask.
Now your Texture will only affect the layers inside the group.
: Re: How to make sure the color of PNG file in InDesign is similar with PDF file exported? I'm a newbie to Indesign. My client give me the logo in RGB PNG file, when I export to PDF file, it
The PNG format does not support CMYK colors.
You should not be using PNG for placement into InDesign if the final destination is a CMYK press-ready PDF. You should be using CMYK images.
You will need to color correct the images and ensure the CMYK in the images themselves is proper before you use them. I would strongly suggest you do not rely on any auto-color conversion from RGB to CMYK (which InDesign does when you generate a PDF/X file from a document with RGB images). It's best to actually convert the color yourself and verify the appearance.
More Info: Problem converting color from RGB to CMYK for print
: Re: Acronyms in headers/lists - small caps? I am doing my resume right now, and I have a lot of acronyms. I'm using an OpenType font, so I've always put those acronyms in small caps. I've never
This is a matter of preference....
For Acronyms I would use all uppercase. Small caps is fine if mid sentence and the entire acronym is small caps.
However, starting a sentence or section should be all caps for acronyms. There should not be any visual variance in the size of the glyphs in an acronym, ever. That kind of defeats the acronym itself.
: Re: Name for having a background of the main element I am totally new to illustrator and I am trying to make myself a logo. Something neat I found online was a trick where you used the same
I don't think you'll find a name for this.
It's merely -- Duplicate, Scale, Change Color.
: Re: Instagram Desktop Version - Profile Pic Blurry/Pixelated Question....I am trying to use a logo as a profile pic on Instagram. On my phone it looks fine but on my desktop it looks very pixelated.
You're welcome. I doubt colour choice would affect the clarity of the image but you could try a black and white version to prove me wrong. To be honest, I'm not exactly sure if what you're seeing is what I'm seeing, and if the image in your post is accurately reflecting what others will see either.
There reason I say that is because when I view your Instagram page on my iMac with Retina Display, your logo looks as sharp and crisp as the Instagram logo itself.
Your logo is downscaled by 50% but displays with twice the resolution on my Retina Display so it looks great. When viewed at 100% on its own, though, it still looks a bit soft and muddled but not as much as the image you posted. It does the same to my sample logo, though, likely due to high compression.
As my reputation doesn't allow me to add comments, I can only post answers and I don't know if this even qualifies but I will view it on my regular iMac screen to see how it looks and edit this post with the results. Perhaps you could post a link to download the 640px file itself?
Update: Converting the PNG you posted to a max quality JPG and posting it to my Instagram profile does yield a softness on my regular iMac screen, and it does the same with my test logo. With a regular screen, Instagram serves up the 150px version only and upscales it to 152px. It does appear to be the result of their compression so you're most likely to get the best results by posting a 640px or more uncompressed PNG file via your phone instead of a JPG. It might be worthwhile trying black and white or even another colour to see how the compression affects the contrast and legibility. Good luck!
: Photoshop how to make a collage from images with the same complex background I'm trying to make a collage of passport stamps from my outgoing passport. So far I've managed to create this in
I'm trying to make a collage of passport stamps from my outgoing passport.
So far I've managed to create this in Adobe Fireworks CS6 by loosely cutting the stamps out from photos and then using the Interpolation blend mode. As a proof of concept it's great, however I'm not very happy with it as a finished piece.
As you can see the stamps are washed out and the cutting lines are clearly visible in places. Ideally what I'm trying to achieve is a clean blend of the passport page watermarks (the background) with the stamps nicely arranged and prominent.
How can I achieve this effect in Photoshop CS6? (or Fireworks?)
Here's an example of the raw photo image illustrating the complex background:
Edit, final version:
Here's what I've come up with based on everyone's feedback, in particular @Ryan . Thanks for everybody's comments and suggestions.
I simply used the lasso tool with 100px feather, Darker Color blend mode and a Curves Adjustment Layer to improve the contrast.
: Re: Creating a rounded corner on a shape What you're looking at here is a zoom-in of a custom drop shadow I've created in Illustrator CC for some text. The foreground text is hidden. Since
Use Outline Mode (view > Outline)
Use Nudge and set nudge (Preferences > General > Keyboard Increment)
to a very small amount, like 0.125pt
Sometimes it is easer to merely add two anchors with the Pen
Tool/Add Anchor Tool where the circle would touch the original path and then convert the original corner anchor
to a smooth point and adjust. You don't actually have to use a circle, just add two anchors, one on either side of the corner.
Ideally... AstuteGraphics VectorScribe It's still light years better than the Adobe Live Corner implementation
: 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
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 designed, im just worried legally if i can use what they did or what i need to get from the artist before making changes. Any suggestions?
: Re: My InDesign PDF is larger than what I set my document as? So I'm trying to upload a PDF to Blurb.ca, and it only accepts the file if it's within the dimensions it requires (21x26 cm). I
This could be a rounding issue.
Have you tried changing your settings to inch or cm directly?
By looking at the PDF in acrobat. Which dimensions does it show? Navigate with your mouse in the left bottom corner.
: Re: Illustrator - Duplicating text across several artboards I'm creating canvas' of multiple sizes and shapes that have blocks of text that are the same. Is there a way to have edit the text in
Set your text once, then drag the text box to the Symbols Panel. You can then place as many instances of the Symbol on different artboards as you want merely copy the original symbol instance (text block). You can even transform (scale, rotate, skew) the symbol instances independently if necessary.
Then if you need to edit the text later, double-click the Symbol in the Symbols Panel. Once you edit the text there, all instances will update.
This is about as close as you are going to get to dynamic copies.
: Re: White lines around the logo today I'm here to ask you how to export better on Illustrator! I made a text logo, I was going on Photoshop to add a background and I saw these lines: Did I
Stop exporting anything from Illustrator for Photoshop. There is no need to export anything.
Either copy from Illustrator, and then paste into Photoshop (as a Smart Object), or save your .ai file, then use File > Place within Photoshop to place the .ai file into Photoshop.
Your issue is because you are unnecessarily exporting the vector content in Illustrator as raster images. You can use the vector content in Photoshop. By exporting Illustrator artwork to a raster format (png) you are actually degrading the quality.
: How to fill a shape with different elements of varying sizes I'm looking to replicate this effect without having to putting each icon in by hand manually. Is there a program or script that
I'm looking to replicate this effect without having to putting each icon in by hand manually. Is there a program or script that could help me achieve this?
I tried it with some mosaic apps but it didn't work out very well.
Does anyone have some ideas?
: Re: 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 think that you need to move the blue object on top of the "L" shaped one and then select these both> Clipping Mask > Make a mask
(you can use these shortcuts > Ctrl+X and then Ctrl+F to cut the blue shape out and then paste it on top of everything in the same position. )
Hope it's gonna help! :)
: Re: Adobe Illustrator - File - Icon Preview When I save my Illustrator file the file preview shows like this. How can I change it? At the moment it is showing many different layers in the document.
Rasterise a copy of the desired image an place it on top Layer.
This will make only that Layer visible.
The Mac viewer always shows all the Layers.
If you move the undesired content to another artboard works fine too, cause it will be shown only the arboard one.
: Re: Can you fill a shape in .dxf format? I hired a guy to do a layout for a printed circuit board design and I'm trying to get my graphic printed on the board's silkscreen. The designer tells
I work in Illustrator and I have to send some files in .dxf for a CAD program called Audaces.
The open path problem is the CAD program do not interpret the curves in a path.
If the path is rounded you must do the following:
Increase the anchor points 4 times, now you have anchors enough to do the next step;
In simplify panel check straight lines. This will remove all the curved segments;
See the image below:
: Re: How do you choose 'light' and 'dark' shades in Google Material Design From the Material Design docs: To create contrast between elements, you can use lighter or darker tones of your primary
Google's Material Design Color Tool uses chroma.js to generate the light and dark colors. They use the color.darken and color.brighten to generate the dark and light colors respectively.
: Re: How to do this grungy effect in adobe illustrator i wanted to ask if anyone knows how to do the daily minimal effect in adobe illustrator. I already played around with pathfinder to do the
Change the Document raste effects to 72dpi.
Use the Pointilize effect with a value of 3.
Duplicate it and change its mode to multiply, rotate it a little and edit the effect to 4.
Dupplicate this new circle, rotate it again and edit the effect to 6.
Repeat this step if you need.
: Re: How to change the color of text to the mix of other colors (other part of image)? I'm trying to make a text like this one here in Photoshop and i have no idea how to do that. If this
Paint the text in white, no need to rasterize it.
Change its mode to Difference.
Now it will show the opposite colors.
: Re: How to change the color of text to the mix of other colors (other part of image)? I'm trying to make a text like this one here in Photoshop and i have no idea how to do that. If this
Chose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Invert and click OK (ignore what it does to the image right now)
Set your type on a layer above the adjustment layer.
Command/Ctrl+click the Type Layer thumbnail in the Layers Panel to load the type as a selection.
Turn off visibility for the type layer.
Highlight the Adjustment Layer Mask and fill the selection with black.
Deselect All (Command/Ctrl+d)
Choose Image > Adjustments > invert to invert the mask
From here you refine as desired by adjusting the mask.
: Re: How can I use character styles in my table? [character styles only visible1 when just type in one cell highlighted][2cell styles panel only2I would like to highlight an entire column or row
Apparently you are expecting the Control Bar to show both cell and character styles. It doesn't if you are working on a table. If working on a table the control bar shows cell and table styles rather than paragraph and character styles.
You need to actually open the Character Styles Panel via Window > Styles > Character Styles.
From the Character Styles Panel you can assign the character style to the entire column. You merely can't assign character styles via the control bar if you are working on a table. The Control Bar is meant to be a shortcut to commonly used options and not a path to each and every option possible.
: Re: Colours in InDesign different in Illustrator I've created a logo in Illustrator CC for print in CMYK color mode. I've saved it as a PNG to import into my flyer I'm creating in InDesign.
Yes, as stated by Scott, use the AI file but even those could look different in InDesign on your screen. They DO print out the same. To triple check go to your INFO palette in both programs and zoom in and use the eye dropper and check your values, sometimes you catch an error but at least it is BEFORE you go to print! Good luck!
: Re: using graphics tablet as left-handed So I've tried using a graphics tablet for the first time... I am left-handed. This isn't really an issue, when using normal mouse, as I use my right hand
I have begun using a tablet as a lefty. I'm doing 3d sculpting and love keyboard shortcuts. I think the solution for me is to learn to use my right hand for drawing just like I've always used a mouse. My tablet doesn't have shortcut keys and I found I was getting cramped up trying to type shortcuts while juggling the pen. I also habitually touched the mouse which then sends the viewport flying the second you put the tip of the tablet pen into motion.
: Re: Photoshop 19 brush color is always black I'm new to photoshop and very confused about pretty much everything... So for some reason I cant change brush color now Here's video example: https://streamable.com/2le1f
Looks like your Option/Alt key is stuck or otherwise depressed.
Your cursor indicates Option/Alt is depressed:
The fact that the background color is changing is also an indicator of the Option/Alt key being depressed.
That being posted.. you can pick a background color (by depressing Option/Alt when choosing a color) than tap the x key to swap the foreground/background color... and paint.