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Hi, I am Donna Hocking a freelance graphic designer. I specialise in working with smaller businesses, start ups & freelancers to build their brand & online presence. I also work with larger companies providing ad hoc graphic design or artworking support.

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I offer a range of services such as:
Logo design; Branding development; Design for printed materials including, flyers, posters, brochures, POS, & outdoor; Digital design including web banners (static, gif & HTML), social posts, website design &/or build; Presentation design

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Convert PDF to CMYK / RGB (one colour mode) with Acrobat Pro

After writing the last blog on how to check a the colour modes within PDF I realised it might be helpful to explain how to then convert PDF colour mode using Acrobat Pro. So below is a guide to show you how to convert a PDF to one colour mode such as RGB or CMYK. Using Acrobat Pro makes it fast and simple when you don't have the original file or to save exporting huge PDFs when converting with Photoshop...

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Is this PDF RGB or CMYK? Check PDF colour mode with Acrobat Pro

Is this PDF RGB or CMYK? As designers and artworkers we have all heard this question and usually it's with a PDF we've never seen before or maybe you just simply can't remember. Well there's a quick way to check PDF colour mode with Acrobat Pro Some of you may know this already but I wanted to post this as it's really straight forward and I've definitely seen people (and done it myself) spend so much time trying to find...

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Creating a paragraph style for figure numbers InDesign CC

Recently I wrote a post on changing the full stop in a numbered list in InDesign CC (this post can be viewed here). This got me thinking about another huge time saver that works in a similar way. Creating a paragraph style for figure numbers. I have seen it plenty of times especially when working on bids especially and each image or 'figure' has to be labelled accordingly then one figure is removed and all the numbering needs to...

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Change the full stop in numbered list InDesign CC

To be honest apart from adapting the style of the number and the font, size, colour, etc I've never considered changing the full stop that follows the number when creating paragraph styles for a numbered list in InDesign. It never really bothered me until recently. I was putting together a contact sheet and the photos needed to be numbered. I wanted to use a paragraph style for this as photos are always being added or removed and it saves...

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Revert to your previous save in Text Edit

I just discovered there is a very simple way to revert to your previous save in Text Edit on a mac. I wanted to share this with you because it just saved me a huge amount of aggravation! Quick instructions are just below. If you are anything like me you have 100s of passwords to remember and some of them are a ridiculous range of number and letters that I don't use often enough and as such they are never...

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Copy & paste slides in PowerPoint and keep slide formatting

In this post I will show you how to copy & paste slides in PowerPoint and keep slide formatting. Some of you may know this already but if you are like me you may have never had the need for it and when you do, like me you may realise that the instructions on the PowerPoint help centre are less than straightforward so I intend to explain it in simple terms as it is actually a very straightforward and...

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Insert editable vectors into PowerPoint for Mac

As mac users it is really frustrating that features and compatibility with PowerPoint seems to get worse over time rather than better especially since (as far as I'm aware) we pay the same as PC users for what is a reduced package. That being said it is the way it is unfortunately but I have some good news. After a lot of time searching for an answer I finally stumbled across a work-around which means we can once again...

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Extract images from PowerPoint quickly

As designers and artworkers we often receive content from clients in the form of a PowerPoint. We all know that you can copy and paste but this provides a low res copy and if you are not going to get the original images from your client the only way is to go through and individually save them out and we are all too aware of what a lengthy process that can be! Well here is a solution. This is unfortunately still...

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