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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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How to resize icon sets in Photoshop?

When looking online for icons to use on my websites, I often find very well designed free icon sets. However, often these icon sets are only available on a single size - for instance the icon set ...
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How to select colours that match each other?

Looking at the colours in this logo, it is clear that the colours match each other. How do I find an orange and purple that match the same colour scheme? I suppose the colour in the 'R' is yellow? ...
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How can I prevent Photoshop from applying anti-aliasing to a layer when it's resized?

I want to size down an already small rasterized layer in Photoshop. I notice that Photoshop distorts the layer by applying anti-aliasing after the resizing is applied. During the resizing, when we can ...
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How can I change the color of this object properly?

I'm pretty new to Photoshop. I would like to change the color of this object on my .png image: But anyway I try, it becomes this fuzzy with the new color: How can I change it's color to stay in ...
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Reduce file size without losing quality

I would like to save files in Photoshop but keep them as small as possible. I use Save for Web (and Devices) and save as a JPEG. Here are the settings I used: I really do not want to lower the ...
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How to automate exporting multiple PNGs with different sizes from Photoshop?

I have a .psd file with a 96px x 96px resolution. Now I want to save this as four .png files with different resolutions such as 36px x 36px, 48px x 48px, 72px x 72px and 96px x 96px. Instead of ...
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How do I create realistic looking gold in Photoshop?

How do you make a realistic looking Gold in Photoshop? I have tried using Layer Styles and using Gradient Overlay > Metallic Styles > Gold but at best that looks just okay and many time not the best. ...
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Why is my PDF so huge?

This site seemed like the best match for my question. So I'm about to graduate college, and I made a nice resume in Word. I used a kind of fancy tabling system that took me forever (I had no idea ...
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Is there a way to copy text style in Photoshop?

Is there a way to copy text style(font, weight, etc) in Photoshop?
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Show Preview of .psd files in Windows 7's Explorer

I was wondering if there is a way to view a preview in the icon of the photoshop files in windows 7(simmilar to the preview of a jpeg file for example) instead of the photoshop file default blue icon. ...
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Checking through different fonts quickly

There's a trick I've seen other graphic designers do wehre they'll highlight a block of text, and then seemingly down-arrow through their whole list of fonts, seeing how it looks on that text block, ...
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How do you cut out the centre of an image, bringing the edges closer together?

I need to cut a large number of columns out of a PNG image. The area I want to remove is in the centre of the image; I therefore want the left and right edges to be closer together after the cut. I ...
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What software is best for GUI design?

I've used Photoshop extensively, but the fact of the matter is that it's a photo editing tool. It has some complicated effects built in, such as the drop shadow and inner and outer glows etc., but it ...
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Is there a 'correct' way to convert an image to grayscale in Photoshop?

In Photoshop, there are several ways to convert an image into black & white. For example: Image > Adjustments > Desaturate; Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and set the ...
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Embedding an image in an image so that it becomes invisible when resized

I'm trying to do something a little like steganography - that is, I want to embed an image in an image so that when it's reduced to 50% size, the embedded image disappears and it becomes a plain ...
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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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Rotatable guide in Photoshop?

Is it possible to get something much like a guide in Photoshop, but such that I can set it any angle? I have Photoshop CS4 Extended.
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Save for Web using Photoshop Actions

I would like to create an action, at the end of which I would like to save the file using Save for Web option. The problem is the action is not being generic as it is remembering the static path of ...
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How to resize a palette that's dropping off the screen?

I'm using CS6 on a laptop, usually hooked up to an external monitor. In that setup, the monitor is my primary screen and the latop's is my secondary. Since I like some real estate in my palettes, I ...
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How to completely remove the background from an image?

I have an image (a logo) that was on a black background. I have used Photoshop's (CS5) Background Eraser Tool to remove the background. This is great except that there are black (well grey/black) ...
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Exporting a Pattern to Image in Photoshop

I am designing a website and in the background I am using a pattern that is done by somebody else. Now while slicing, is there anyway to find and select the exact dimensions of the pattern that the ...
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Triangular Pixelation Technique in Photoshop

I want to be able to create the triangular pixelation effect depicted in the following image. I've been successful with the technique detailed here--and it's nice--but It is not quite the effect I ...
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Auto crop layer in Photoshop

I've been googling this subject and also searched in this forum, all I found were posts about removing semi transparent pixels, ie. not what I have a problem with. Basically, I've added a layer to my ...
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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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Best workflow for editing massive posters/banners for print in Photoshop?

I have a very large poster that is 98" by 90" and I would like to know some good tips for making edits to the file I tried to make it a smart object and then decrease the image size, only to increase ...
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How to keep Photoshop history snapshots?

I have a design layout in Photoshop, I have several different "snapshots" in my history each with s slight color variation. I know if I save the file and reopen it, I will only have whatever is ...
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Does the 'Other Dynamics' brush option exist in Photoshop CS5?

I have CS3 on one computer and CS 5 on another. On CS3 my dynamic brush options have a section called 'Other Dynamics' that allows me to change jitter opacity, but my CS5 does not have that option in ...
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Photoshop CS6 -> Export Layers To Files Subfolders

I hope that anybody of you could be able to solve my Problem. I'm using Photoshop CS6 and would like to get only the filename prefix I specify. If I try using the Export Layers to Files command, I ...
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How to write text from right-to-left in Central Asian Languages group fonts

Can anyone help me with this problem: I am having problem with Right-to-Left writing with the Old Turkic font. Turkish is written with extended Latin letters left-to-right but: Old Turkic is a ...
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How can I fix jerky text panning in Photoshop CS6 video?

I'm testing CS6's new video features. One issue I found is that when I add panning to text, it does not pan smoothly. It seems like the kerning is adjusted slightly for each frame and it looks pretty ...
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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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How to get this blur texture effect in photoshop?

I'm trying to get an image to look similar to this photo: I'd guess they took a picture of the monitor with a regular camera. But I'm more interested to know what effects / filters they used to get ...
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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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Draw a rectangle of a specific size

How do I draw a rectangle of a specific size? I need to draw one that is 1072 pixels wide and 620 pixels tall.
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Name and possibly a tutorial for this inset rounded rectangle technique

I am speaking about the drop-in effect around the round edges. I like the fact that the actual theme seems to be a bit further back and the border is closer to the viewer. I can gather that a ...
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What is the difference between Opacity and Fill on a photoshop layer?

The opacity and fill settings on a layer in Photoshop seem to do the same thing. What is the difference?
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How do i convert a color transparent PNG to white (not B&W) transparent PNG?

I'm trying to create two states for an image. I have a color transparent png icon and I need a duplicate of it that is a 'white' transparent png. This will be used in for a mouseover effect in CSS ...
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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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Why are computers so bad at automatically kerning?

Photoshop, Illustrator and similar graphic design software are in general bad at kerning. Why does the computer find it so hard that we need to manually go through headlines and text just to get it ...
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How can I simulate a reflective table surface in a photograph of an object?

I'm trying to give a photograph I took a nice reflection on Photoshop. I've done this with previous pictures by simply making a copy, flipping it, and fading it out. However, I took this picture in ...
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Digital way of detecting and removing pencil traces?

I draw pencil sketches on paper and "ink" them using a variety of pens. (I'm using the term "inking" very loosely here to describe the process of drawing the final lines over a pencil sketch, no ...
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How to get speckled shading in Photoshop?

I am trying to achieve, for lack of a better term, a speckled shading in Photoshop. I'm not getting the right effect using noise (even with a gaussian blur) or setting the layer to dissolve. Here ...
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How do I turn a full color design, into a 1-color design?

I was asked to design a piece of junk-mail advertising. It has to be one color. Here are links of how it should look: What I want to know is, how do you get your design like that? It's like ...
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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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Lower-cost alternative to Photoshop

Maybe once a month I need Photoshop. Since it is rare, the cost seems like a disproportionate amount of money to spend by my startup. I think the tasks I need to achieve when I'm converting a ...
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Inner shadow issue in Illustrator CS5

I gave a comp to my client that I did in Photoshop. I used an inner shadow but now have realized the in Illustrator CS5 I have no such "easy" filter. I have spent 2 days seaching the web, trying ...
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How can I use Photoshop to imitate a photo taken with a low-quality camera?

How can I create an image in Photoshop that imitates a photo taken with a low-quality phone camera? Examples of qualities I want to simulate: blurring in some areas caused by a dirty lens low ...
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How to change the perspective of an image in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I have a site screen shot(like this - http://d.pr/i/KxHN), and i want to rotate it to "perspective view" like the below image. How i can do that? Google hinted nothing about this problem.
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Exporting groups of layers from a PSD to a single PNG file using Photoshop

What is the fastest way by which I can save a group of layers as a single .png file with empty spaces around the group of layers trimmed. I know I can run a script to export every single layer to a ...