128 Answered Questions for the topic Graphic Design

05/12/19

What are different types of image file formats?

05/11/19

How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a <del>washed out</del> *"muddy dark grey"* and *"washed out"*. What causes this and can I improve the... more

05/10/19

What are standard ratios for typography on the web?

In laying out a web design, I often try to make sure that my typography is proportional and consistent. However, I haven't been able to find any definitive articles or resources on what ratios and... more

05/09/19

Why should lines be avoided in tables?

I read some books about typography and design. They all recommended to avoid lines in tables, and instead to make use of spacing. I found that reasonable and adhered henceforth to those... more

05/07/19

Client buys logo but wants to buy other concepts too?

I have a client that hired me to design a logo for them. By our contract I supplied them 3 concepts from which they chose one.After all was said and done the client asked to buy the other 2... more

05/05/19

Making the background of an image transparent in Gimp?

I have some jpg images and I need for each of them to have a transparent background.I have **GIMP** as a graphic tool. I need to put them in a web page and I need to see just the main element and... more

05/05/19

How would I know how good of a designer I am?

To me my designs looks good, at least for some months.But to others not so much.I want to go freelancing but I don't want to be a bad designer. So how do I find out if my logo/website/business... more

05/04/19

What are the differences between Helvetica and Arial?

I've heard there are a number of slight differences between these two similar fonts, is one better than the other for different contexts?

05/04/19

How do I treat requests for work for causes that go against my personal principles?

Recently, I received a request for a quote from a party that promotes and teaches an ideology that diametrically opposes my own beliefs. The job involved designing promotion material for classes... more

04/27/19

Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?

04/27/19

How or why do your eyes move away from a focal point to other elements?

In studying composition, we're told to pull the viewer's eyes into the frame using a strong focal point, and then lead his/her eyes into moving around inside the frame and hold his interest inside... more

04/26/19

Photoshop CS5, how to create a layer mask from a layer?

I have a layer in Photoshop that I'd like to use as a layer mask, is this at all possible?It's a black & white layer with some gradients that I would like to apply to another layer that's a... more

04/26/19

Must one have a knowledge of fine art to be a Graphic Designer? Should all Graphic Designers know how to draw?

Is it true that **nice design comes with a nice drawing?**Do designers have to know how to draw to be a good designer or not?

04/26/19

If an image is only red, is it still a 24bit image?

04/20/19

Should I ask for client’s budget before the initial first meeting?

First of all, is it a good idea to ask a potential client for a ballpark budget they are thinking to work with? I just don’t want to meet with somebody who has a very low budget, and who could be... more

04/19/19

What is so good about Helvetica?

For as long as I have known, a majority of designers have been beyond enamoured with Helvetica. While I can see that it's a nice typeface, I really don't understand the hype.Some research into the... more

04/19/19

Why don't upper case numbers exist?

Capital letters add a lot to text in various ways, for names, brands, emphasis (although capitalisation for emphasis is frowned upon)Why then, are there no upper case numbers?

04/19/19

How to answer the ever-present 'make the logo bigger'?

Just like most of us, I regularly face the client desire to 'make the logo bigger'. Especially in web designs, clients want to inflate their logos to ridiculous sizes. How do I effectively counter... more

04/18/19

How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

It is practically impossible to edit a white illustration on the default white artboard background. Hiding the artboard makes the whole work area receive the artboard's white color.**Is there a way... more

04/18/19

Safety of using images found through Google image search?

I am working on a Facebook education page for my church. I often find Google search images that don't have an obvious copyright symbol at the bottom of the article or blog. How do I know if these... more

04/17/19

What is wrong with Comic Sans?

There's [a great TEDxExeter talk](http://youtu.be/Ia55clAtdMs) by a colleague of mine, Simon Peyton-Jones, about the recent advances in the English lower school 'computer science' curriculum. Like... more

04/15/19

How to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another?

Is there a way to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another? I was working on a project earlier on that required this but I didn't know how this could have been done. (Procedure not as... more

04/10/19

Point vs Pixel: What is the difference?

What is the difference between points and pixels?

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