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October 12, 2012 / becca shayne

designer etiquette

The page is called Photoshop Etiquette, but really, it applies to all types of files. Illustrator, InDesign, Finder, whatever you use to organize your life, you should generally ALWAYS assume that someone else is going to have to open the file you started and finish working on it for you. You aren’t going to be a student forever. In real life, you share files. So PLEASE read this, and learn the basic etiquette of keeping not just your finder organized, but the file itself too. I hate it when someone hands me an Ai file where stuff is not grouped, and things are on all different layers and you can’t find where the thing is you are trying to click on because nothing has a name. Don’t do that to your coworkers. Plus the guy who wrote this has a great sense of humor. Click the little + and x to open and close his example images within each chapter.


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  1. ephemeralgecko / Oct 13 2012 2:41 AM

    Top advice, and It’s not just sharing files with other folks – it’s sharing files with our future selves too.

    I once had a colleague whose files were all called variations of ‘untitled.doc’. I mentioned once it might be easier to give them meaningful names. Taking this advice on board they were then saved as letter.doc and report.doc. I gave up trying to help after that….!


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