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Designing a Digital Portfolio, Second Edition by Cynthia L. Baron

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Chapter 7. Repurposing and Optimizing

Many of us who work on the computer view our finished, printed art as the final step in a long creative process. When we gather our work for a portfolio, it’s natural for us to think of that physical artifact as the work we should show. After scanning, shooting, and agonizing over lost details, it can suddenly dawn on us that sometimes the best art is the original file version.

Returning to your original file is sometimes your only option. When you freelance, or leave a company while a project is still in production, you may never receive a copy of the final, printed work. Then there are the times when you create something you’re particularly proud of, only to see the final, produced work and groan. The ...

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