167 Answered Questions for the topic Graphic Design
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
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
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
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 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
How to cut a large photo into a grid of smaller photos automatically in Photoshop?
Is there a way, maybe a script, that would help me cut an image into say 50 images? I have a massive panorama I would like to print on normal stock photo paper and I am using Photoshop. The output... more
How do you remove guides in Photoshop?
In Adobe Photoshop (I'm currently using CS5), is it possible to remove the cyan-coloured guide lines? I'm talking about the ones added by `View > Guides.. >` [*horizontal/vertical guide... more
How to get Layer size (Width and Height)?
I have a number of layers in a Photoshop document.I want to find out what a specific layer's width and height is. How do I do that?
What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO?
All designers love ligatures but vanilla web typography just sucks. I heard of [smartypants](http://daringfireball.net/projects/smartypants/) that solves many of thoses issues, bringing sexy... more
How to get dashed line in Photoshop?
How can I make a dashed or dotted lines in Photoshop?
What is the difference between a font and a typeface?
Originally, the typeface is a particular design of type, while a font is a type in a particular size and weight. In short, a typeface usually gathers many fonts.Nowadays, with the digital design of... more
Why are raster images still used when vector images have so many advantages?
I have read some posts and see many advantages of using vector images when compared to raster images:1. They can be zoomed or scaled at any ratio.2. File-size efficiency. Because vector image only... more
Graphic Design Pixelation
How to enlarge an image with as little pixelation as possible?
What technique(s) can I use to enlarge small digital (raster) image in order to best avoid pixelation? I can print the image and scan at high resolution, but I also want to preserve as close to... more
How do you save an Animated GIF file using Photoshop?
I am making a `.gif` file in Photoshop CS5. While saving this animation, I used the steps = `File > Save for web & devices > Preset= GIF 128 Dithered > GIF > Save`. After saving the... more