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This is a place to discuss topics about visual or graphic design. Requests for photoshopping or free work go on /wsr/ - Worksafe Requests or /r/ - Adult Requests as appropriate.

#/gd/ @ irc.rizon.net
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>What literature should I read to get into graphic design?
The sidebar on the /gd/ wiki has plenty of book reccomendations.

>What programs do I need to get started?
Adobe Illustrator
Corel Draw

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>Can somebody photoshop X? Can somebody make me a logo?
All requests for photoshopping belong on /wsr/ - Worksafe Requests or /r/ - Adult Requests. /gd/ doesn't take requests or do free or even paid work sometimes. However, if you're new at something, asking "HOW can I X?" rather than "CAN YOU make X?" will give you better results.

>Can I post some of my work for critique?
There is usally a critique/What-Are-You-Working-On thread, and that is where work for critique go.

>Can somebody find [font]?
also check out your local torrent site or the font-share thread.
Remember to share and not just take. Also remember that using liscensed fonts in commercial works is a bad idea.

>Where can I find inspiration?

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sup /gd/ -- looking for advice on a new machine. ive been designing from a 2011 mbp with upgraded ram + monitor for a while now and the macbook is crapping out.

anyone have any experience with Mac Mini? im far too cheap for a Mac Pro and already have a good monitor so iMac is redundant. don't want anything to do with the new touchscreen mbps...
get an iMac

sell ur monitor
What are you going to be doing with the Mac?
What software do you intend to use?
adobe master suite
ableton live

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Looking for advice.

Need a home printer I can test my proofs on without having to run to an actual printer. Anyone have any suggestions? Price isn't too much of an object but something between 100 - 300 would be nice (With decent mileage on cartridges and what not), not too bulky.

Thats the one I have. I like it. I don't do too much print design anymore but it helped me a lot in college. I loved being able to print up to 13 x 19 because it saved me from having to print bigger portfolio pieces out at a print shop.
Whats the cartridge expense like?

-Most people I have talked to recommend canon the but huge price gap between the printers and the PRO versions kind of has me second guessing
off hand i think each individual cartridge is like 30 bucks. thats through epson though, they may be a little cheaper through other sellers.

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How do I get to post my work on this God level graphic design board called Dribbble?

start by talking like an adult and let us see your designs.

I've been a graphic designer for over the past 10 years
From a storyboard artists to a catalogue guy. I did a shit load of ads and god knows how many campaigns on social media
i am fucking sick of this job
i want to quit
i came into the buisness to do commercials and tv and shit and i ended up doing internet bullshit.
This is just absurde, the wages dropped and the working enviroment doesn't look like it used to.
i am torn between working with old people who shouldn't be in this buisness or kids who have no fucking idea about advertising
i can't switch into being a project manager because of alpha nature and assholeness
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What the actual fuck. Are you me ? Are you a literal copy of me ?

I've been working in the field for 7 years now, and i'm sick of it. It's a fucking straight dead-end, both financially and as a career.

Plus, i feel drained spiritually, i don't know how to explain. I need to do something "honest". It's not that graphic design isn't an honest work, far from it, but shit if it's shallow.

I will try to see if i can find a new career in helping people out (health) or something related to nature. But shit, staying in front of a computer all day and be only satisfied by my own work ? Never again. I need some kind of external validation, something i can use as a parachute in bad times.
How can I go through this transition? How to change careers if I'm not a youngster changing majors?
We surely must be the board with the oldest demographic around here.
I used to love being freelance but I'm glad it's over now. It works as long as you don't mind living dirt cheap and not having savings. I still do freelance shit for a couple of loyal clients but having to deal with clients in the first place isn't compatible with most of us.
I had a big argument with my boss today and I really want to quit tomorrow but it sucks to go back to freelancing without a plan B. Thinking about it right now while chugging a beer.

>not that graphic design isn't an honest work
it isn't unless you manage to do something that isn't advertising
>video VERY related (and it has haunted me for several years cause I totally agree with it but I need to pay rent)

apply to shit and see how it works out?
>23 years old
>in the middle of my second internship
>agency is small, a lot of clients
>realize my own pace isn't the ideal for a place of work like this, boss get irritated a lot from time to time, start to doubt my own abilities
>still love the idea of designing, creating stuff, everything about logos, posters, etc
>being told by my teachers that i have lot of creativity, good ideas and intersting projects in mind
>good grades in general

some of you seem to be in the industry for a lot of time, have any of you been in this situation?

You know, if designers applied their skills on their own product to sell in stores or online.....

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/gd/ font share thread

Old threads

Specimen generator: https://github.com/nilesr/font-specimen-generator

#46 >>287895
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requesting mvb sirenne
Has anyone got Quadraat Sans Mono and would share it? Thanks.
still looking for the full family
Thank you, a lot.
I get the point of the thread but it's only $5.

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I will be creating a magazine cover soon and I have to take photos to use in it. Are their any tips you can give me to make it effective as possible?

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sup /gd/ i"m gonna need a cheap lightweight laptop for VERY lightweight illustrator/photoshop ( just opening the .ai and .psd )
should i get the stream 11 x360?
anyone have an experience running adobe on low end hardware?
also the screen doesn't matter because will be hooked to an external screen

What does Adobe say the hardware specs are? I'd try and find a copy of an older version. Illustrator and Pshop have done the basic stuff for years and years on end. If you don't need fluff features, get an older version. And a 3" thick "bible" from Amazon on each program if you want. They're next to free for older versions. And you OWN the license to older versions, none of the "cloud subscription" nonsense.

I ran After Effects on a cheapo core i3 laptop without much trouble (doing simple on-the-go stuff).. all in all I think you'll be fine.
Ask >>>/g/

It seems like it's a bit underpowered for the current versions of Illustrator and Photoshop, but it depends on what version of the software you want to run.
A good idea could be going to a store and try and use a portable version of Photoshop and Illustrator on a USB, it wouldn't be exactly the same as installing it on the hard drive, but it could give you a rough estimate of the performance.


>portable version of Photoshop and Illustrator on a USB

Forgot to say, if you do try this, use a USB 3.0 drive.

Anybody have any good gd memes?

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Anyone of you here use Behance to get around and use as a digital portfolio?
Lets discuss it and share it here
any tips you want t share? any work?
if you want I'll follow your work
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gj broby

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Is good?
Is that a brownie looking in the distance?
No, that's the Empire State Building
try using a different font that blends in and looks like a quote, like italics helvetica, and get a more high quality brownie pic, good luck op

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Why are logos today becoming more simple? I've only noticed this from logos that had definition or gradients, but now have an almost matte display now, as if someone ironed the logo down, such as the Windows logo or the MasterCard logo. Why is this, /gd/?
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I like the old mastercard
Less is more
the fact that there's no distinction between the fonts means that you can't recognize the brand by the lettering alone. League of legends has a distinct font, and so do a lot of companies. No ones willing to admit these designs are just crappy bottom dollar replacements for companies to jump ship on their expensive contracts they were actually benefiting from but don't understand because when the staff change rolls over you have young bloods who have no fucking idea what they're talking about making exec decisions to "save a couple bucks." (Muh nephew could draw it) and then they wind up with something that is just letters, and has no outstanding purpose other than that display the name itself. No actual branding, no unique aesthetic tie in, nothing that makes you think of the actual company. Retard executives that don't understand the logic behind branding need to hang themselves before they take their entire company with them.

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Hi there. I designed this website here:


It's not finished, but I hope to get some feedback on it's current state. Some things are out of place, and the spacing is wonky in some sections.

By the way, here's our current but not active website http://www.ezpaynow.biz
People at work don't seem to think it's too bad though...

Pic unrelated

Hey /gd/ I haven't been on this board much, but I've recently come to ask you guys what software you use for tablet drawings..

I recently got krita, but krita fucks up and inverts my cursor movement; left is right, right is left.. Perhaps some help, or a brand new program is what I need.
try with sketchbook by autodesk
I use FireAlpaca, its pretty much PaintToolsSAI but free, thats what i rock and roll with ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As someone coming from Photoshop and moving into Illustrator to a make vector graphics, why is Illustrator so god damn unintuitive?

Why do I have to CTRL + Click a tool to select it's variation? Why can't I right click layers to change their settings?

There is literally NO cohesion between any of these programs, which is made worse by the fact they they LOOK so similar.
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>they they LOOK so similar
Illustrator is in no way, shape, or form similar in appearance to photoshop. The fact that you say something like that makes me want to strangle you.
I'm talking about Affinity products. Certainly they weren't developed 25 years ago.
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>used amtemulator
I currently got hit with the bad image error and saw the first fix on google that prompted visual c++ distributive for visual studio 2015 and now i cant open it,can anyone help
Jesus Christ fucking this. It keeps me up at night wondering why Photoshop won't adopt that hotkey.

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