116 Answered Questions for the topic Graphic Design
How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
What is the difference between these fonts, and what are some typical examples of why one might be used over another?
GIMP: Trying to move selected text layer but moves background layer?
I have a background overlay on which I have three text layers on top. Now I want to move these text layers around on the overlay, but I can't get it to work.As soon as I click inside the text layer... more
How can I get the closest color word for a hex color?
Say I have a color like #7B0D40. Are there any tools out there to output the nearest human-understandable word for that color? (Like #7B0D40 ~= Magenta?) I know there's ways to search the words... more
How can I determine how much bleed to use?
I'm starting to do designs meant for printing, but I'm fairly new to this medium so I don't really understand how bleed works and how much bleed should I specify for:- Business cards- Large format... more
How can I automatically determine fonts used in an image or PDF?
How is it possible to determine the fonts used by text in PDF and TIFF files?
How do I change a single layer to grayscale in Photoshop CS4?
I know you can have the whole image turn grayscale: *Image* → *Mode* → *Grayscale*What if I only want to make specific layers grayscale? There's gotta be an easier way than pulling out the layers... more
How can I describe the font I am looking for or looking at?
I have no experience regarding Graphic Design, so this is kind of a intro question.If I have a font I'd like to identify, but cannot describe the details/semantics of it, how would I explain it?... more
How can I duplicate smart objects and make them separate in Photoshop CS6?
In **Photoshop** I can copy and paste Illustrator paths as a **smart object**, and then double click this smart object to edit it in **Illustrator**.When I duplicate this smart object (say to... more
How do I apply anti-aliasing to the edges of a layer?
How do I apply anti-aliasing to the edges of a layer?I have a layer that has rough edges. I want to apply anti-aliasing to it so it blends well against the background. What is the best way to do... more
How can I force a guide to snap pixels whilst being dragged?
When I drag my mouse through a ruler to create a new guide, I want this guide to move pixel by pixel so that when I leave it, it will have snapped to a side of a pixel instead of staying in the... more
How can I export an image from Illustrator image at multiple sizes?
I am new to Adobe Illustrator and I have a logo image which I need to use in 5 or 6 different sizes. The logo image was created in Adobe Illustrator, but when I try to save the image to PNG or JPEG... more
How do I change the colour of a shape in Photoshop after I've drawn it?
For some reason it seems impossible to change the colour of a rectangle I've drawn in Photoshop after I've drawn it. I can change the colour of a new one that I want to draw but once it's drawn... more
How Should Adobe Bridge Be Used?
Adobe Bridge was installed by default when I installed Adobe CS5. What is Adobe Bridge used for, and how can it be integrated within a designer's workflow?What I know about it is that it is... more
How do you handle client's browser zoom ?
I have a lot of images on a page, a gallery. I want the images to stay sharp, so I don't do any browser scaling, I use the original dimensions of the image. However, this works only when the... more
What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?
I would like to know the difference between Wireframes and Mockups. I'm hoping to gain a simple understanding of the difference or to definitively know that both are the same.I googled it but I... more
Why is black not a natural color?
I've had at least two art teachers tell me that black does not naturally occur in nature, so using pure black makes your designs look synthetic. I do not understand this. Aren't the following black... more
What should you ask the printer?
We get a lot of questions in regards to *what should my file spec be, what should I do with X and Y, how should I do my black* etc. etc. and a large majority of the time we suggest to ask the... more
What's the difference between opentype vs. truetype?
I know very little about typography. What are the differences in terms of opentype vs truetype. I do know that they are types of formats to render fonts (correct me if i'm wrong). Are there... more
How to convert RGB colors into CMYK (real paint colors)?
How can I convert an RGB color into a real life color?If I mix equal amounts of red, green and blue paint together in real life, I will never achieve a white color, in the way you do when setting... more
How to convert a square SVG to all-size ICO?
I've drawn an icon in InkScape and would like to export it to an ICO file that would include sprites for all the reasonable resolutions (16x16, 32x32, ... 256x256 etc). How can this be done... more
What exactly is a "Pixel"?
Pixel always confuses me whenever I do web banner work. I use CorelDraw x5 for my work. I usually prefer to use inches rather than pixels as inches are much intuitive for me. But when I do an "Inch... more
Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?
Just to give a little context, I have a background as a design-savvy developer (not a developer-savvy designer). I worked at an agency many years ago. I've been out of the design game for about 3... more
How to deal with vague comments about a design from my clients and boss?
I am the only qualified designer in the company I work for, and I struggle with someone higher up the food chain, who has no experience in graphic design, who doesn't know current trends or... more
What is the purpose of using a very dark color for text instead of a pure black?
I have seen that some web designs implement an almost black font color (hex #001c00) in their designs instead of a pure black color (hex #000). Does the design actually benefit from this or is this... more