130 Answered Questions for the topic Graphic Design
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
Inkscape: remove stroke preserve size/shape?
I've created a path with a stroke and a fill of the same color, and I'd like to remove the stroke while preserving the size/shape of the object. Is there a simple way to do this?In other words, I'm... more
What is meant by "busy"?
What do web developers mean when they think something will make their site look "busy"?What gives this feel of busy-ness?
Is there a standard width for designing web page mockups?
Is there a standard size for the width of a website in a mockup? What is that size? Why?
InDesign: Faster way to resize image in frame?
I'm using Adobe InDesign (CC 2014) to layout a photo book. I've created a frame, and placed an image inside it. I want to resize the image and drag it around to frame it nicely.I know that you can... more
Which format is better for saving images intended for websites; PNG or SVG?
When exporting / saving images with a transparent background that are intended for websites, should I save it as PNG or SVG? Why?
How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?
I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm... more
What technical/objective qualities do good logos have?
What objective (that is, not aesthetic) qualities should (almost) every logo have, that should you take into account when designing a logo or ask for when hiring someone to create a logo for you... more
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 it was such a long time ago and the client said it was very... more
What is the difference between CMYK and RGB? Are there other color spaces I should know?
I'm a photographer, who dabbles in graphic design from time to time as well. What are the differences between the various color spaces?
How was brand consistency maintained before computers?
The era of computers makes it easy to regulate brand consistency - you can e-mail anyone your branding guidelines in a PDF and it will have all the information they need. However, I still sometimes... more
What's the point of converting RGB images to CMYK TIF/TIFF before placing them in InDesign?
Currently we receive CMYK TIF/TIFF images of photographs from our design agency (who get them from the photographer). Our in-house designers then place them in InDesign for posters and magazines,... more
In Pathfinder window, what is the difference between a shape mode and a pathfinder?
I'm learning Illustrator CC and right now I'm trying out the various tools in the Pathfinder window, and how they allow me to create shapes. Something that confuses me, is that they seem to be... more
How to fit text box size to text?
I want to fit the artboard to selected art (two text boxes) - the text boxes are larger than the text inside them - how do I fit (shrink) them to wrap tightly around my text?Illustrator version - CS5
How to go to layer of currently selected object in Illustrator?
Say there are hundreds of unnamed layers in an Illustrator artboard. How do you just click one of those objects and reveal what layer it is on? And change to that layer?
Who is responsible for text mistakes in a print project?
I am a graphic designer and my project was to design and print a cocktail catalog. Everything worked fine till the client realized, when I delivered the printed catalogs, that a cocktail΄s... more
What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?
I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas.I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my... more
How to change artboard size in AI CS6?
Sorry can't find this simple feature. I was asked for document size at creation time but don't know how to change this later.
How to subtract text from a shape in Adobe Illustrator?
I've created a rectangle, and I want to cut some text out of it, so that the text will appear as the background pattern. I expected to be able to achieve this by selecting the rectangle and the... more
What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator?
The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called `export selected` which does just this. The aforementioned... more
How to align all objects in the center of the artboard using Illustrator?
Is there a shortcut to align all objects in the center of an artboard instead of doing it manually?
How to distribute an equal amount of space between each object in Photoshop?
I'm using "Distribute Horizontal Centers" in Photoshop, but it might be the wrong tool for the job. I'm guessing Photoshop will be distributing the CENTER of each text object and aligning that, so... more
Is there a way to copy guides from one Photoshop document to another?
I'm using Photoshop CS5. I have a PSD file. We'll say it's 600x400. I have guides set up at, let's say, 100 pixels over and 27 pixels down, which I am using to position a layer correctly.I have to... more
How to automate exporting multiple PNGs with different sizes from Photoshop?
I have a PSD file with a 96 px × 96 px resolution. Now I want to save this as four PNG files with different resolutions such as 36 px × 36 px, 48 px × 48 px, 72 px... more