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 query : Re: What do you call this type of top down grid, sort of trapezoidal? I have checked and this may be called Top-Down (Oblique) from the wikipedia page of Axonometric projection BUT the image

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The image seems to contain three different perspectives:


The tiles (magenta) are drawn using two-point perspective. The x-axis is parallel to the picture plane while the lines parallel to the y-axis converge to vanishing point A (backwards) and the lines parallel to the z-axis converge to vanishing point B (downwards).
The characters (cyan) doesn't really have perspective. They are just flat sprites seen from the side. The rear character seems to bee a little bit smaller than the others, so there might be some scaling going on. In lack of a better term I would call it two and a half dimensional or 2.5D.
The background (orange) is drawn using a classic two-point perspective with the two vanishing points, C and D, placed on the horizon.


This style of graphics might have a proper name in the (japanese?) gaming industry, but I'm not aware of it.

I don't think there is a special mathematical logic behind it. It's really just a collage of images, cleverly placed and sized in an attempt to give a three-dimensional illusion.

Wikipedia on perspective.

Wikipedia on 2.5D.

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 query : How did Pink get associated with feminine beauty to begin with? Women's History Month began this week, and gender equality is booming more than ever. Many brands are attempting to show support.

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Posted in: #ColorTheory #History

Women's History Month began this week, and gender equality is booming more than ever. Many brands are attempting to show support. Some of those same companies however are facing backlash over their design decisions. One of the largest points of contention often seems to be the use of the color Pink (of various intensities).

It's no secret that Pink has long been associated with feminine beauty. The question is from a purely historical standpoint where did this originate from. What are some of the oldest and most significant representations of Pink in this way?

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 query : Re: Photoshop: How to remove vertical teal lines? I just received a design from a designer and I opened it in photoshop but there are teal vertical lines. How do I remove them?

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If you wish to delete it off your illustrator file, right-click on the teal guideline, select "Release guides", then continue with on the select other lines and hit "Delete" button.

Or if you simply wish to hide it, just press Ctrl + ; (for windows).

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 query : Re: What can i do if my boss gives me an image to use and says he has rights for but wont show me that he does? So my boss buys tons of old images and asks me to use them on some of our

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First - save the mail, print it with a date, put company stamp on it, just keep it for later use.
Second - check your contract. In mine they state that all materials are provided by company as well as all what I create belong to them.

Third - does your boss want to use exactly the photo as in likeness of a star? Like this


Or like the one used in Charlie Chaplin Wikipedia page?

You may need to educate your boss on law and say that buying a physical copy of a photo don't give you rights to use it/make money on it/ or even duplicate.

In the end you may think about changing jobs. A boss who infringe copyright on purpose may act the same way toward you and later use you as a scape goat.

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 query : Re: InDesign Colours not great For some reason the colours I select in InDesign does apply to the art board. But imported images display the colours correctly as well as the colour selector. Please

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I assume you work in file that is created for WEB.
When you use color picker in InDesing on picture it prompt this little message (unless you clicked to never show it again at some point in the past) that color are based on RGB.

So, it use InDesing RGB profile to probe the photo, that is showing color using picture RGB profile, and then you use that color to in an object.

Now, the color you are seeing in that object is shown in the Indesing selected RGB profile. And that's why it's different than what you see in picture.

The color picker window is not affected by Indesing color space.

Open the "see video on web" in photoshop and color pick the blue and then compare RGB values. If they are identical in what InD picker shows you it's definitely InD color space issue.

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 query : Re: Convert shapes and lines into a single outline Coming back to Illustrator after many years away, and I seem to have forgotten how to do what seems really elementary. Forgive my quick hand sketches...

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One way of doing it is using Pathfinder.

Given your example I would:


Your example [img 1]
Close all the lines into a single shape [img 2]
Use pathfinder to unite the resulted shape with the two farther
circles [img 3]
Use pathfinder with minus front to cut the middle circle out of the
newly created shape [img 4]

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 query : Re: Acronyms in headers/lists - small caps? I am doing my resume right now, and I have a lot of acronyms. I'm using an OpenType font, so I've always put those acronyms in small caps. I've never

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Butterick's guide to typography is my go-to typographical reference, here's what it says on the matter:


With small caps, it’s your call whether to use reg­u­lar cap­i­tal
let­ters at the be­gin­ning of cap­i­tal­ized words. I pre­fer not to.

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 query : Is there a way to select layer transparency in Photoshop (CC) using JS? Selecting transparency layer that I mean is similar as Cmd+Click (Windows: Ctrl+Click) on Photoshop layer panel. What I

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Javascript #Layers #Selections #Transparency

Selecting transparency layer that I mean is similar as Cmd+Click (Windows: Ctrl+Click) on Photoshop layer panel.

What I found so far in the Adobe JS reference document only to load from the channel color.

// only for rgb img //

var doc = app.activeDocument;
var channelRed = doc.channels[0];
var channelGreen = doc.channels[1];
var channelBlue = doc.channels[2];

doc.selection.load(channelRed, SelectionType.REPLACE,true);
doc.selection.load(channelGreen, SelectionType.EXTEND,true);
doc.selection.load(channelBlue, SelectionType.EXTEND,true);

//save as jsx and run in ps


However, this above is to select by load the selection from color plate/Channel. While what I need is to load the selection from Layer.

Any clue that I can follow?

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 query : Google has removed the "Download Image" link, what changes should I make as a designer? Thanks to a lawsuit by the large stock congolomerate Getty Images (which also owns iStock) Google has

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Posted in: #Research #ResourceRecommendations #Workflow

Thanks to a lawsuit by the large stock congolomerate Getty Images (which also owns iStock) Google has removed its popular "View Images" feature (one of many articles on the topic: time.com/5163852/google-view-image-search-remove/)
How does this affect us as designers and what workflow changes should we make?

I see there's two different scenarios:


When our work goes onto websites and ultimately into search engines.
When we're researching ideas and existing images.


What changes, if any, should we be aware of and make going forward in those two scenarios?

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 query : How can I use data to drive my decisions as a commercial artist working for a client? There are many outlets available to designers to acquire data and drive design decisions. With the rise

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Posted in: #Business #Marketing

There are many outlets available to designers to acquire data and drive design decisions.

With the rise of AI in the realm of marketing automation and analysis how can individual designers make use of data to improve their design decisions?

Specifically when responsible for an ad campaign what metrics and data should I be looking for to inform my design decisions? For a large client should they have this and provide it to me or should I know to ask them for it? For a smaller client when is it feasible to get this type of data or what alternative methods might I suggest to the client to ensure the marketing materials success beyond going off "feeling."

Please be sure to cite any research you may have on the subject as part of your answer.

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 query : Re: Layer comps in Illustrator I've searched for this, but I suppose it's not very common. I am web design enthusiast and I want to make different states for buttons and etc. Personally I don't

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Using Illustrator's variable data can accomplish rendering of view states through the usage of he Visibility variable. Using the VariableImporter script can help with consolidation of work regarding this, but the premise is to assign a name to all of your objects and in the spreadsheet every record would contain each of those names and would stand for one view-state. So from your most elaborate view to the most simple, each of the items will need to have a true/false value in each cell for every view state. Now you can use the Variables palette to switch between view states. This feature also enables you to batch export your datasets, meaning that you can render your different view states to all kinds of picture file formats - even SVG - which could be useful in some mockup kinds of workflows. Also thankfully the VI script lets you put in a character vs no character for the true/false. You will simply need to put an "X" into cells which you want visible and nothing for the opposite effect.

Additionally, Illustrator has a layer-comp-like feature called "Views". It records layer visibility and the x/y position of the document view. You could probably take some advantage of this archaic feature, but I doubt it. For one, there's no cycling of views, and one has to reach all the way into Views menu item to pick the saved view. They do provide a shortcut key customization for a user to handily pick from one of the first 10 views only. And as with other super-old features from its heyday, the updating of views is much like the updating of print presets of workspaces in older software: you can't 'redefine' but you have to either overwrite existing items by choosing the exact same name (if you can remember it) or even so far as to having to delete the existing item of the same name first. With views, it's the worse case as the input for view naming does not support overwriting and disallows usage of an existing name.

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 query : Re: Should I go back to school for graphic design? I graduated college several years ago with a degree in English, and have been working in various creative positions in marketing departments since

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A portfolio is more important than a degree, these days. People can spend a fortune in schools, feeding the salaries of the professors and contributing to campus amenities or simply get started hustling customers and learning what works and what doesn't in the field of graphic design when applied to the real world.

Just diving in can humble an ambitious would-be designer, it can reveal to one self the extent to which they want to pursue the career. If it's fun and rewarding, even when it does not pan out, then you know you're on to a passion. And no university could really teach that.

To learn any technique or skill there's a multitude of YouTube tutorials and inspiration. There's no shortage of people also asking for free work - a great way to hone beginner's skills without the pressure of actually being accountable for the work. (Hey, if it's free spec work, they only deserve if you decide to drink with your friends and snooze on the deadline (It is not a troll comment, I truly believe this)).

But once you're through doing a bunch of crap Fiverr work, you'll be over it and then you can demand real dough ($$$) since you put in a bunch of time. And once you make enough from your hobby to afford a real university education you could go in for fun and win awards, wow your teachers and peers, and skate through it.

Sorry if this is a bad GD answer and terrible advice; I myself am a college drop-out and I'm not a very good designer either! I went toward the software route!

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 query : Re: Efficient way to replicate "confetti" effect for repeated use I have several "confetti" images that I want to take the design and create a method so I can replicate it as a fill I can apply

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You can use raster images in various layers and colors along with the Illustrator "Object Mosaic" feature. Once you have your object turned into many colorized squares by Illustrator automatically, you can ungroup everything and apply a rounded corner effect or appearance to make each square into a circle. Also you can use the convert-to-shape or various fill transforms in the appearance palette to effectively turn each little square into virtually any shape you desire by using graphic styles.

But, work will not be over yet as there's the randomization /swarming to account for. In order to accomplish this you can once again act on the ungrouped individual selected items via the Transform Each command. Transform Each has a 'randomize' checkbox and can help you randomize x,y change in position, vertical and horizontal scaling and rotation. While xy changes are obvious, rotation may be helpful if you choose to incorporate gradients or brushes or patterns upon your circles, this way the round shape can be rotated and provide more variety with the contents of the circles having a visual distinction such as what you can barely see in your sample image where a pale line runs through the circles at different angles.

And here's the stacking order snippet.
#target illustrator
function test(){
function shuffle(a) {
var j, x, i;
for (i = a.length - 1; i > 0; i--) {
j = Math.floor(Math.random() * (i + 1));
x = a[i];
a[i] = a[j];
a[j] = x;
}
};
var doc = app.activeDocument;
var s = doc.selection;
var arr = [], thisItem;
for (var i = 0; i < s.length; i++) {
thisItem = s[i];
arr.push(thisItem);
}
shuffle(arr);
doc.selection = null;
for (var i = 0; i < arr.length; i++) {
thisItem = arr[i];
thisItem.move(doc.layers[0], ElementPlacement.PLACEATBEGINNING);
}
};
test();

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 query : Re: What is the best colour scheme to use for a shirt design, CMYK or RGB? What is the best colour scheme to use for a shirt design, CMYK or RGB?

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There are many different answers to this question. You really need to talk to the printer and find out more about their requirements and the production method best suited for your design.

Depending on what you print shop says, the workflow could be any of the following:


Work in RGB. Deliver pdf in RGB.

In this case you create your design in RGB and use your eyes to choose the colors (whether these colors are "correct" depends on the quality and calibration of your monitor). You export a pdf in RGB and leaves the CMYK converting to the print shop. The printer will ideally try to match the colors, as well as possible.
Work in RGB. Deliver pdf in CMYK.

Like in the first case, you work intuitively in RGB, but when exporting the pdf, you convert the colors to CMYK. Since there are many different CMYK profiles, you need to get the correct one from the print shop. Doing the conversion yourself gives you the benefit of seing the converted file with your own eyes. Many bright colors from the RGB color space are not possible to print using CMYK colors, so you might notice a shift in colors.
Work in CMYK. Deliver pdf in CMYK.

You can also work in CMYK all the way through. This way you are rather "construction" colors than "painting" colors. When choosing a CMYK color you manually choose the percentage of each CMYK ink which in the end will lead to a certain size for the tiny raster dots. This is traditionally the way to work, but you are not at all guaranteed that a CMYK color will look the same on different medias using different production techniques. To get the best possible preview when working this way you should set up your application to use the correct CMYK profile provided by the print shop.
Work in spot color. Deliver pdf in spot colors.

If your shirt is going to be silkscreen printed (and if it fits the design) you would often choose a couple of solid colors for printing instead of CMYK. This saves money, gives a cleaner result (especially if you stick to solid colors with no tints) and the possibility of using brighter colors (and maybe even neon and metallic colors).

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 query : Re: How to make realistic shadows in composites? Currently I'm practising doing compositing combining different photos to make them look like taken as a single picture. I find it quite difficult.

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The girl looks pretty good but the rocks weren't adjusted to match. Like the rock dead center should really have almost no shadow. Then the rocks on the left side should all have their shadows on the left side -- probably easier to just flip the rocks.

It might help to create a more defined sphere to give scale and position to light you have. It's a bit hard to tell if its right next to her or if she's a little in front of it. Likewise I took it as floating directly over that rock in the middle of the image but it's really not clear if that's the case or not.

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 query : Re: How to decrease the size of my svg file Attached is an image, new.jpg, which I created in Illustrator and then converted it into SVG as required for a project. I have also used 2 compression

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If you are ok with modifying the output code manually after exporting, there are some interesting approaches:

Since a big part of your SVG is repeated (the two lenses seem to be identical), you could use <symbol> and <use> elements to spare you some kbytes. In my tests, it went from 4.021kb to 2.453kb.

It will look something like this:

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" width="25" height="25" viewBox="9.14 6.96 25 25">
<path fill="#FED428" d="M12.37 16.13c-1.38 3.51-.51 7.56 2.23 10.16 3.18 3.01 8 3.57 11.94 1.77 2.96-1.35 4.93-4.9 4.75-8.13-.29-5.31-4.24-9.71-9.62-10.07-8.35 1.72-7.81 2.46-9.3 6.27z"/>
<path fill="#872C0C" stroke="#872C0C" stroke-width=".2" stroke-linejoin="round" stroke-miterlimit="10" d="M27.12 22.39c-.84 1.3-1.8 1.77-3.15 2.44 1.54 1.1 4.38-1.78 3.15-2.44-1.02 1.57 1.03.55 0 0z"/>
<symbol id="l" viewBox="0 0 32 32">
<defs>
<path id="a" d="M20.97 14.81c-.46-1.39-2.79-.69-3.53-1.78-.66-.7-1.59-3.34-2.95-2.13-.98.87-1.12 2.29-2.5 2.66-.87.27-3.52.75-2.36 2.25.56.95 1.66 1.63 1.63 2.81-.03 1.24-.42 3.75 1.68 3 .62-.22 1.23-.44 1.85-.66.61-.22 1.29.16 1.87.37.55.19 1.29.61 1.88.38.85-.34.68-1.29.66-2.02-.02-.82-.17-1.57.36-2.25.48-.64 1.71-1.73 1.41-2.63z"/>
</defs>
<clipPath id="b">
<use xlink:href="#a" overflow="visible"/>
</clipPath>
<g clip-path="url(#b)" fill="none" stroke-width="3.04" stroke-miterlimit="10">
<path stroke="#EE6455" d="M37.59 25.2c0 9.37-8.74 16.65-17.95 14.97-9.18-1.66-14.78-11.55-11.53-20.28 2.55-6.84 9.83-10.96 17-9.66 7.15 1.29 12.48 7.71 12.48 14.97 0 8.4 0-8.41 0 0z"/>
<path stroke="#FFEE2C" d="M34.55 25.2c0 4.47-2.54 8.68-6.49 10.77-4.01 2.12-9.01 1.8-12.7-.82-3.68-2.6-5.65-7.13-5.04-11.6.6-4.4 3.66-8.21 7.82-9.76 7.81-2.92 16.41 3.07 16.41 11.41 0 6.72 0-6.72 0 0z"/>
<path stroke="#29FFC2" d="M31.5 25.2c0 4.56-3.49 8.52-8.02 9.06-4.53.55-8.89-2.45-9.97-6.89-1.08-4.44 1.39-9.13 5.68-10.72 4.29-1.59 9.24.33 11.31 4.4.66 1.28 1 2.71 1 4.15z"/>
<path stroke="#74A6FA" d="M28.46 25.2c0 3.32-2.77 6.09-6.09 6.09s-6.09-2.77-6.09-6.09 2.78-6.09 6.09-6.09 6.09 2.77 6.09 6.09z"/>
</g>
<path fill="none" stroke="#F5F7F8" stroke-width=".55" stroke-miterlimit="10" d="M20.97 14.89c-.42-1.28-2.52-.82-3.38-1.6-.76-.7-1.47-3.21-2.89-2.46-1.16.61-1.19 2.37-2.56 2.77-.92.27-3.3.58-2.65 2.07.45 1.02 1.8 1.72 1.77 2.91-.02.95-.47 3.89 1.42 3.22 1.2-.42 2.21-1.01 3.45-.57.53.19 1.08.46 1.63.58 1.07.38 1.47-.67 1.45-1.5-.02-.84-.28-1.98.27-2.69.5-.67 1.79-1.81 1.49-2.73z"/>
</symbol>

<use href="#l" x="0" y="0" width="32" height="32"/>
<use href="#l" x="12.8" y="0" width="32" height="32"/>

<path fill="#F5F7F8" d="M21.23 15.65c.14.26.9.32.79 0 .27.55.71.99 1.05 1.5-.89-.3-2.05-.5-2.91 0 .37-.47.79-.96 1.07-1.5.26.52-.21.41 0 0z"/>




Also, you can lower the number of decimal cases to one. It will mess with the shapes, though. In this case, the difference is small, but noticeable. For a better result, you can tweak the vector before exporting. Here, it went from the 2.453kb to 2.153kb. This can be done on the export options panel, on Illustrator.

An idea that I haven't tested is using circle svg elements on top of each other for the rainbow, (you don't really need each circle to have a hole in it). It will sure spare another kb since specifying the dimensions for a circle is way more compact than specifying each anchor!

If it's for web, you can always gzip the file!

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 query : Re: delete half transparent pixels in image I need to convert a 16bit png into an 8bit png for size reduction. Problem are the half transparent pixels that will generate a white border around my

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In the Layers panel, Ctrl+click (or, if on mac Cmd+click) the layer thumbnail to turn its transparency into a selection.
Use Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode to enter Quick Mask Mode.
Use Image > Adjustments > Threshold and set the Threshold to 255, to remove all transparent pixels.
Push Ctrl+i (or if on mac Cmd + i) to inverse the mask.
Exit Quick Mask Mode with Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode.
Make sure the layer is selected and press Delete to remove the transparent pixels.


This could be turned into an action.

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 query : Re: Make a very "white" black and white picture? I just saw the music video of BTS Mic Drop. I really like the style of this scene. Does anyone know how to create this effect on any picture

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Making any picture as light BW is impossible. But if there's well selected colors, they can be turned to nearly white in BW mixing. Let's assume all walls and floor are green and with well directed lights and material selections there's no green on the people and other objects which really are in studio. => you can treat the walls and floor separately.

A fake example (This popstar maybe hasn't as slick outlook, but with the same amount of AutoTune his singing would stay as well in pitch):



Desaturating the image gives this:



But color selective BW mix gives this:



Note1: In studio the light on the objects really must be able to supercede all green reflected light

Note2: Red objects could as well be mixed to black or white without spoiling the Popstar because there's no well saturated red in him.

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 query : Re: Getting Illustrator to send true black to Ricoh printer My Illustrator design shows "rich black" but when I send it to my Ricoh Aficio GX e3300n printer the black comes out dark maroon/brown.

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That printer has quite comprehensive driver setting guidance. Seemingly Mac driver has much less control than Win driver. See a screenshot of the manual:



If you are Win user, be sure that K is used for black in your image and printer settings.

BTW the proper "rich black" mixture is different for different print processes.

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 query : Re: Failing to draw round circles in Fontforge I'm using Fontforge to design a typeface, but I have a problem: I cannot draw round circles! :( I click the circle tool, then draw the circle in

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I think this problem is related to both the cubic/quadratic setting and grid snapping. Are you drawing at a very small scale?

A workaround could be to draw a large circle, and then scale it down. This way you maintain a more circle-like shape.

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 query : Re: Hat is your way to organize and archive works what is the best way or your way to organize file on windows to save your old design works. do you use a particoular software like adobebridge

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There are plenty of archiving (more specificly: asset management) tools available - free and paid.

Here's a link to an introductory guide to the subject: photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-choose-asset-management-software-for-your-digital-picture-archive--cms-24356
Archiving software have one problem: Once you start to use one, it's difficult to be without it and there's no practical (=easy also for non-programmers) way to change the system. This is a perfect opportunity to business productivity optimization. Imagine this:


you have purchased a good asset management system or took a free one
the software is good => its price starts to rise. It was initially free or paid once say 0,- but one year later updates (necessary, beacause Windows evolve) are available only for the rented version which costs say ,-/month/user


One possiblity without archiving software: Save every file to a project folder which determines the original reason of the existence of that file. In different disk drive keep other folders for different classifications. For example folders for different customers, content types and formats.

In those folders do not save the files nor folders, but shortcuts. You can drag a created shortcut into as many folders as you want without losing it, if the disk drive is different.

It really pays off to carefully decide what classifications you need and do the archiving job as soon as possible.

Windows shortcuts are much more useful if they have preview stamps of the images. Windows has got several extensions which make previews for different image formats. There are also third party file browsers which show much more previews than non-extended windows.

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 query : Re: How to center a shape with text under it? TL;DR I want my pattern to be centered with the (dashed) outer circle, but I want the text to stay at the same position in correlation with the

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Use Transform Effect


Group your icon and other object.


Add a Transform effect to the other object. This way you can translate and rotate the other object without affecting its true position.





Centering works as you ask for.

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 query : Re: Why does my text overflow right away? Why am I getting the text overflow symbol, when there isn't any overflow? When I create a text box over a photo I have placed and just type in 1 letter

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Probably the photo have a text wrap set to it and your text box is not "ignore text wrap" checked. This force text to be moved "outside" and in result you get "overflow" status.

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 query : Can anyone tell me what font this is? Thank you! I appreciate your help! None of the font ID apps can accurately identify it. I've tried: WhatTheFont! Identifont Serif Font Identification Guide

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Posted in: #FontIdentification

I appreciate your help! None of the font ID apps can accurately identify it. I've tried:


WhatTheFont!
Identifont
Serif Font Identification Guide
What Font is


I saw the font on social media. I'm looking to ID the font.

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 query : What font is used on the cover of Boosey & Hawkes pocket scores? I have consulted WhatTheFont!, Identifont, and FindMyFont, with pretty abysmal results. I would like to identify the font in

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Posted in: #FontIdentification #SansSerif

I have consulted WhatTheFont!, Identifont, and FindMyFont, with pretty abysmal results. I would like to identify the font in the image below:

This is the cover of a pocket-sized orchestral study score, printed probably sometime between 1967 (the date of the copyright) and 1984 (date of purchase of this particular score). Boosey & Hawkes is a London publisher of study scores and other music.

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 query : "Column/Frame Breaks" vs "Keep Options" If I directly add a Column/Frame Break after Paragraph break. it would be create a new line to place the break. I can't style 2 breaks in one line.

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign

If I directly add a Column/Frame Break after Paragraph break. it would be create a new line to place the break. I can't style 2 breaks in one line. The Keep Options do not like that but I should set them in the Paragraph styles. Anyone have better ideas?

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 query : Re: Most believable way to draw multiple tiles on top of each other I am terrible with graphic design but I'm trying to make a figure in Keynote where squares are drawn on top of each other

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If the time is from bottom to top representing history till today, I would usually go by most transparent in the furthest past, and most intransparent for today, because memories become unsure, at least that's the idea.

Reaching into the future, I would probably get more transparent again.

For dashed lines I have no hint.

Probably I would stack the frames from bottom left to top right, because users of Latin alphabets read from left to right. In scientific papers, graphs about time go from left to right, but since left to right is only intended as a perspective effect, I don't consider it to be important, so if other aesthetic reasons lead to a different preference, I would give the idea up, easily.

And I would try it out and compare it with my eyes, not just the brain.

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 query : Re: find and change text boxes I have a complicated svg image with hundreds of text labels (a phylogenetic tree). Of those labels, there are certain text boxes that are important to me. I'd like

@Alves566

The Find/Change functionality seems pretty limited in Illustrator, since it can only find and change the text itself. It's much more sophisticated in InDesign where you, among other things, can change the styling of the found text.

I have written a small script which I hope will help you (even though I don't really know much about your document). It does the following:


Prompts for a list of words.
Finds all text frames in the document.
Compares each text frame with each search word.
Selects the text frame if there is a match.


The list of words must be a comma-separated list. Spaces are allowed and will be included in the search. So a search for one,two,three will search for "one", "two" and "three", whereas a search for one, two, three will search for "one", " two" and " three", with the spaces included in the search. You can search for whole sentences with spaces, but they can't have commas.

Note that there must be an exact match for the text frame to be selected.

If you need to search for commas, you can change the comma in var words = wordString.split(","); to another character to use as list separator.

Copy/paste the script below to a text editor and save as a .jsx file. Make sure everything in the document is unlocked and run it with File > Scripts > Other Script...



#target illustrator

var wordString = prompt(
"Select text frames containing certain words or phrases." +
"Input words or phrases to search for as a comma-separated list." +
"Spaces are allowed and will be included in the search.",
"please,insert your,search,phrases like,this"
);

if (wordString != undefined) {

var words = wordString.split(",");
var document = app.activeDocument;
var textFrames = document.textFrames;
var textFrameCount = 0;
document.selection = null;

for (var i = 0; i < textFrames.length; i++) {
var textFrame = textFrames[i];
var contents = textFrame.contents;
for (var j = 0; j < words.length; j++) {
var word = words[j];
if (word === contents) {
textFrame.selected = true;
textFrameCount++;
}
}
}

alert(textFrameCount + " Text Frame" + (textFrameCount === 1 ? "" : "s") + " selected");

}




I'm unsure of how robust the script is - please let me know if it works for you.

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