Questions about Adobe Photoshop, the graphics and photo editing program.

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What makes a design professional?

Can anyone define why something might not look "professional"? What differentiates between professional/unprofessional designs? I have clients who have said my design does not look very ...
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Fireworks for website design - why?

I've used Photoshop to design (more or less) every website I've made in the past 9 or 10 years. I hear people going on about Fireworks saying that it's excellent for web design and prototyping. When ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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Any way to use an Android tablet as a cheap touch-screen (display + pointer-input-device) for Photoshop?

Is there a way (a hack; a commercial app; etc...) which enables me to use any of the available <300$ tablets as a pen-input device to my PC? And specifically in Photoshop? Wacom's offerings are ...
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How can I achieve a sharp pixel perfect stroke effect in Photoshop?

I'm working on retro-style pixel art for a video game. I would like to be able to add a border around a sprite, but I need it to be sharp and "pixel perfect". Using Photoshop's Stroke effect seems ...
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How to create a “zig zagged, jagged” effect with Photoshop?

I'd like to create the effect of a zig-zagged line at the bottom (or top, or any edge) of a rectangle. I also want to use this image on a web page, thus I think I should do it such that I can repeat ...
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How to get dashed line in Photoshop?

How can I make a dashed or dotted lines in Photoshop?
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Is there a faster way to save all layers in PSD to PNG?

I'm trying to export all 155 raster layers, each 240*240 in pixels, to separate png files, but it takes ages to do that using CS5 File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files. This script creates new psd ...
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Photoshop CS5: Setting a black background to transparent

I have an image of smoke over a black background. If I set the blending mode of this layer to screen, the image's background is perfectly edited out, however if there isn't another layer below this, ...
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Learning Photoshop just for web designing

I want to become a web designer, so I'm watching a lot of Photoshop video tutorials, but some of those tutorials are not useful for web designing. For example, some movies are about skin, or teeth or ...
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What should I do regarding color profile when designing for the web?

I have read this article by Doug Avery where he explains how to disable Color Management in Adobe Photoshop and the follow-up article in response to the uproar of the commenters arguing against it and ...
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how to add one smart object in multiple files in photoshop?

I know I can do multiple iterations of the same Smart Object within the SAME document and have it change all instances, but what about Smart Objects placed across DIFFERENT documents? That would be ...
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How to produce a blurred abstract (frosted glass) background like this?

I have been seeing these blurred backgrounds all over the place, so I would like to know the exact steps how to reproduce something like this . What I can imagine, is that they first blurred an ...
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Effective way to cut out clouds in photoshop

I've had to use clouds in projects on more than one occasion, and I'd like to find a way to extract (select only) the clouds. There are a lot of good brushes for this type of thing but often times ...
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How to create a fabric pattern with wavy lines

I would like to create a fabric pattern, like this one: I'm not very experienced in graphic design. Could somebody please explain how to create a fabric texture and overlay a wavy line pattern in ...
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How can I create realistic business card mockups?

I'm trying to produce the effect in the below image: I'd preferably like to do this with Photoshop or Illustrator. How can this be accomplished?
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Replace black background with a transparent background

How can I add transparent background on this image instead of black background, but I also would like to keep the partial transparency effect on some of the particles and particles borders. Could ...
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sRGB, Photoshop and Color Picker “proofing”

I have recently started with web developement and changed my Photoshops Color Profile to sRGB, in addtion I set the Proof Setup to Monitor RGB to make the colors look more like the end result will be ...
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Turning off slices in Photoshop's “Save for Web & Devices” without deleting them

I have a document set up with slices in Photoshop. If I want to export the whole PSD as one large JPG and no other files, can I do it? I don't see any option to select combine all the slices into one ...
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Can Photoshop Be Used for Vector Purposes?

Usually vectors are only created in vector-based programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, with some limited support for drawing vectors in programs like Adobe Fireworks and Flash. Can ...
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I want to be a graphic designer. How should I approach learning Photoshop?

While reading a lot of design blogs and notable designers, I keep seeing the joke/statement come up over and over again that using Photoshop does not entitle one to the name Designer (or one who can ...
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How can I use multiple overlay effects simultaneously in Photoshop?

There are 3 overlay effects available in Photoshop as layer styles: Color, Gradient and Pattern. The problem: these effects come in a strictly fixed order! Is it possible to make a translucent ...
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Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality?

Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality ? Like this: I've watched this tutorial : but the quality of the outcome is still far away from the one above. Is there a way to ...
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How to create this fading shadow effect in photoshop?

I would like to know how to create this shadow effect in photoshop. I know how to make shadow in photoshop but don't know how to make this fading shadow on the left and right side in the image.
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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Using a Smart Object as a mask for another layer?

Let's say I create a complex smart object containing layers, filters, effects, shapelayers, etc. Then, in the main comp I want to use that smart object to mask another layer/smart object with. ...
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Why can't Photoshop properly open this PNG?

When I try to open this image in PS (CS5) I get red rectangles around the parts of the image that are not transparent. If I copy the image and paste it in PS I get the contents of the image, as seen ...
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Nesting Photoshop Smart Objects without losing the “link” between them?

I have created a text layer, converted it to a Smart Object, and duplicated the Smart Object twice. I then applied Stroke blending option to both copies and set their Fill to zero: At this point, ...
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How can I identify what font was used in a Photoshop layer when the font is not installed on my computer?

So I created a layout for a website a while back and now am getting back to the project. The issue is I have a small logo designed and I am trying to recreate the logo at a much larger resolution. ...
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Photoshop CS6 Resize Rectangle with Rounded Corners

Before my question gets marked as duplicate let me explain that I did my research. This question is about Photoshop CS6. Hopefully the feature was added in this version. Before posting I looked up ...
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Font Awesome as Photoshop Custom Shape Set

Everytime I need to use font awesome in photoshop, I'll always copy an icon from website and paste in photoshop. I can print it into pdf and copy into illustrator as vector but I want them as ...
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How to make an inner shadow around a page in Photoshop CS2?

I'm working on a web site and want to create a bounding-shadow effect around the whole site, like in the image below. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I've tried inner-shadow but it doesn't ...
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Working with .psb in a psd

EDIT: A Big update on this topic is presented with PS CC 14.2! Now you can have linked smart objects, it works like in InDesign. Just go to File->Place Linked… and choose your .psb file. This is the ...
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How would I replicate this long shadow image?

I've recently got into that "hipster" trend of long shadowing. I have seen this example quite a lot, and have tried replicating it myself. No efforts have been successful though. And even the close ...
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PSD fonts and Html Page fonts

I am a web developer. What happens is that the Client sends a PSD (Photoshop designs) to the company. Then the designer needs to create a HTML page from the PSDs What happen every time is that the ...
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Select 1px aliased border

When I choose Select > Modify > Border and select a 1px border - the border I get is anti-aliased, hence if I fill my selection a 3px border is affected. Is there a way to select a 1px aliased ...
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How to extract the black and white components of an image to superimpose it over colored backgrounds

Say I want to create a glowing button for a website. I would like to have the possibility to dynamically change the color of that button by changing the color of it's background. For this I need to ...
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How to edit the photoshop patterns?

I wonder if there is a possibility to edit the source image of the patterns from the preset manager in photoshop. On right click on a pattern the only options are Delete Pattern and Rename Pattern.
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How to design 3D logos like this?

How and where - (in what application Photoshop, Corel or something else) can I make a 3D design that looks like the illustrations, for example? Images from Logopond.com Thanks in advance. Best ...
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How do I change RGB value without changing the Alpha channel?

I would like to know how can I change color of RGBA image when alpha channel will be unchanged for each pixel. If I use Paint Box Tool it will set alpha channel for all pixels to constant value. Look ...
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Resources for learning Photoshop (CS5)?

I've been searching for some good resources for learning Photoshop from scratch. I'm someone without a formal design background, but I'm looking to become competent using Photoshop (not trying to be a ...
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What is the standard method of slicing a photoshop document?

Is there any industry standard method of slicing a PSD to convert to HTML? Because I use marquee tool rather than slices. At times there is design where slicing cannot do the job like if you need 2 ...
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Copy & Pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator loses transparency

I often run into this issue. I'm creating a file in Photoshop with masked layers etc. I want to make the final output available for some mock-ups in Illustrator, so I rasterize the layers and marquee ...
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Text in my Photoshop image looks “blurry”

I am creating a website header in Photoshop CS5, however when I look at it, the text looks very blurry and I have no idea why. I use the Web preset. What do you recommend for the sharpest and best ...
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Perspective manipulation

I'm trying to achieve the effect shown below, but with a photograph and I'm having some trouble maintaining the height width ratio so the photograph doesn't look too distorted - can anyone offer any ...
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How to ensure scalability of logo design?

How can I make my logo suitable for all purposes, from webpages to very large printed banners? I currently use use Photoshop.
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Steps between Wireframe / UI design for web development

Based on my sketch/wireframe prepared for a UI designer (links below): Link: http://postimg.org/image/npt5zlvu7/ 1) Would I be able to approach a UI designer with the wireframe/sketch above? 2) ...
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Using Photoshop - how do I make text “wrap” (break) around an image like in the images linked in this post?

Example 1: Example 2: Is there a simple and semi-automatic way to do this? I know I can do it manually, but there ought to be some way to make the text automatically break when it reaches some ...
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Is pixelmator a viable alternative for photoshop?

I've always been a photoshop user, i know the ins and outs and know my way around all the tools i need for my webdesign work. But now i'm faced with a dilemma, for my new job i haven't got the budget ...
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How can I increase the size of a .jpeg without losing quality?

Is it possible to make a .jpeg photo larger without losing "quality"? I have a photo that is 450px x 750px and would like to make it 3 times bigger for web not print? I've been told that Illustrator ...