128 Answered Questions for the topic Graphic Design
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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