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Don't Make Me Regret My Lack of Piracy!

Is there any way to recoup the money I spent on Adobe products for Windows, now that I've switched to Mac? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Jul 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Do I have to buy Photoshop/Illustrator?

I'm 27 and I want to learn design on the side just for the hell of it, not because it has anything to do with the job I have now. Does that mean I have to buy Photoshop and Illustrator to start with? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Is there a free program similar to illustrator that I can use on a mac?

I'm a teacher and would like to make a few custom posters for my classroom for next year. I'm pretty decent with Illustrator but don't want to invest in it for rare projects such as this. I need something that will let me a bit more nuanced formatting than just a word doc. Any ideas?
posted by shrimpsmalls on Jun 27, 2013 - 15 answers

Design software for the homeowner?

I have a few household projects for which I'd like to mock-up some designs. Mostly pressingly a bathroom, and after that garage storage, landscape design, and other things. What is the best (free, or individual consumer-priced) software to get the job done? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Graphic file formats, master files, Inkscape and me

How do I get Inkscape files ready to be worked on in Illustrator? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on May 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Introductions to illustrator?

I have a tablet, a computer, a copy of an older version of Adobe Illustrator, and a desire to create simple icons for one of my websites. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Boring to 8-bit

How can I take an image in Illustrator and turn it into an 8-bit-looking image? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Mar 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Half-Drop Repeats in Illustrator

Is there an easier way to preview half-drop repeats on illustrator than this super nuts way I'm doing it? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Apr 11, 2011 - 21 answers

I'm ready to lose my letterpress virginity. What now?

I'm about to order a batch of letterpressed business cards. I've never worked with letterpressing before—do you have any experience or insight to share? [more inside]
posted by Mr C on Mar 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Does it make sense for me to learn Adobe Illustrator?

I am a back and front end web developer - primarily a coder (that's my background) but can also hold my own in html/css/UX/GUI design. But I don't know the first thing about vector graphics. It it plausible for me to learn Adobe Illustrator? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jan 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Adobe Illustrator for Science Posters

I am interested in designing my next technical science poster using Adobe Illustrator. Can anyone suggest good tutorials that explain this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Need Illustrator reference recommendations

I can competently use Illustrator CS3 and do so daily for my job but want to increase my knowledge base and skills. [more inside]
posted by karmaville on Jul 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Adobe Creative Suite Upgrade

We want to upgrade from Adobe Creative suite 1 to at least CS 3 at our office. We use mostly Illustrator and Photoshop. But the upgrade seems to be more important for Illustrator than photoshop. -It needs to be relatively cheap to get approved so I am wondering the following: a) Would it make sense to just upgrade illustrator or would that cause compatibility issues with the older version of photoshop? b) We need to upgrade on 4 machines? How many upgrades would we need to buy. c) What are the benefits of CS 4 vs CS 3? d) Sicne CS4 is out does that mean CS 3 is cheaper?
posted by ChloeMills on Feb 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Monitor recommendation for design work

The boss said "tell me what you need and we'll get it" so I need advice on a monitor for daily CS3 Photoshop and Illustrator work primarily for print with some web work. [more inside]
posted by karmaville on Jan 15, 2009 - 10 answers

Do's and don'ts of graphic design

Advice on how to be a successful graphic designer. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Aug 9, 2008 - 15 answers

Free Vector Graphics/Borders for a Wedding Invitation

I am looking for the best sights for vector border graphics as I am designing my wedding invitations. Anyone recommend some decent sights? When I googled I did not get many sights with much. Thanks for your time and consideration!
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 3, 2008 - 5 answers

What is the best and easiest way to make a template for designers to use to submit cap designs?

I'm organizing a fitted cap design contest, and I'm trying to find the best and easiest way to make a template for designers to use to submit cap designs, which is harder than t-shirt designs because cap designs must be 3D. Is it possible on Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, or something else? Please help! [more inside]
posted by ialas on Feb 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Name this (illustration / graphic design) style!

I know you've seen this style of illustration (example, another example). But what's it called? There are a bunch more illustrations in the same style on each site, but I can't for the life of me figure out what the style is called. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by zpousman on Jan 8, 2008 - 16 answers

Twirl me around.

Design filter. Help me layout a circular dial. Both InDesign and Illustrator are making this very tricky. Is there a plugin or other program that can help? HELP! [more inside]
posted by spakto on Nov 19, 2007 - 4 answers

How to scale corner radius based on a logarithmic scale

Is there a method that exists for defining corner radius on a drawn box in Illustrator which scales proportionality based on a logarithmic scale that is directly related to the size of the box. [more inside]
posted by tmgstudio on Oct 29, 2007 - 4 answers

export illustrator paragraph styles

How can I extract the font and color information from an *Illustrator* file's paragraph styles and character styles? An ordered plain-text list would be great, coded CSS based on style names even greater. [more inside]
posted by pinto on Aug 29, 2007 - 1 answer

Generating swatches around a specific color

Is there any way to generate a series of swatches around a specific spot color in either Illustrator, InDesign, or CorelDraw? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on May 15, 2007 - 14 answers

illustrator live trace: simple outlines

livetrace / illustrator cs2: how would I go about tracing only the outline of a complex image (in this case, a cutout of a building) so as to create cut lines for a printer? [more inside]
posted by pinto on Apr 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Should we use save our Illustrator files as .ai, or .eps?

Should we use save our Illustrator files as .ai, or .eps? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 20, 2007 - 21 answers

Repeating pattern design in Photoshop and Illustrator

Repeating pattern / seamless tile design in Photoshop and Illustrator -- do I need plugins? [more inside]
posted by kmel on Jun 5, 2006 - 11 answers

Designer Imposter!

Help me impersonate a graphic designer! I know it’s kind of insane, but as early as this afternoon I may receive the proverbial offer (well, assignment) that I can’t refuse, and I’m wondering if anyone might be able to offer some fake-it-till-you-make-it tips for this sort of project (a short catalogue for a half-dozen or so boutique products). See, the thing is, I'm not a designer, although I have some experience with Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop. I’m most interested in a list of ten or fifteen things that you talented designer folks do over and over again that seem impressive to the uninitiated, but that are simpler than they appear to we of the untrained eyes. Books are also fine, but due to the potential immediacy of this, the shorter the tutorial, the better. [more inside]
posted by Sinner on Apr 26, 2006 - 32 answers

Linking Illustrator Paths Together

How can I draw two or more paths in Illustrator and link them together while preserving each paths' own fill and stroke? Example inside. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 3, 2005 - 8 answers

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