167 Answered Questions for the topic Graphic Design
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
What are the differences between RGB, HSV and CIE-Lab?
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
Graphic Design Typefaces
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
Why is pure blue darker than pure green?
If I convert 100% green and blue to grayscale, the blue one becomes about twice as dark. I can see that green looks brighter, but I also want to understand reason behind it. Looking at colors in... more
Should I watermark my work?
I am an art student who is trying to upload some digital work on a website. Do graphic designers typically watermark their work? If no, how do graphic designers protect their work?Update: The... 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
If an image is only red, is it still a 24bit image?
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
Optimum line height in relation to font size?
Is there an agreement on what the optimum mathematical proportion of line height and the size of a text is? And if there is, is it the same for print and web?
Graphic Design Units
Point vs Pixel: What is the difference?
What is the difference between points and pixels?
Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?
Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps?Assume I'm producing a small multi-page... more
What is the difference between a designer and an artist?
I've noticed that I often use the words **"artist"** and **"designer"** in the same context. It seems to me that every designer can be an artist, but not every artist is a designer. I wasn't sure... more
Why is a digital signal better than an analog signal in computing systems?
Can I stylize the trademark symbol to match logo design?
I need to know if the trademark (™) symbol has to remain fairly generic in styling, or can it by made to match the style of a logo?