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How to simulate long exposure light trails?

How can I apply long exposure lighting effects to a road (ideally using Photoshop or Illustrator)? See the image below for an example. How can this be achieved?
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How to create a pattern or tiles from rotated elements

I have a geometric pattern – say, a cross: Which I want to repeat with some overlap and tile … easy: The blue square marks the 100×100 px unit tile. However, here comes the catch: I want to ...
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Adobe Photoshop: Creating a matrix grid / collage of images

Is there a convenient way of creating a grid, or a collage of images, without having to do it manually? Ideally I want a 64x64 square grid of images that are each 100px * 100px. I've seen them done a ...
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How to buy a used version of Photoshop

I would like to by a second-hand version of photoshop as I am not ready for the $700 investment yet. Is it possible? If it is, what is the process and were would be a safe place to buy a used ...
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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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How to convert a video file into an Animated GIF in Photoshop?

I was trying to convert an MP4 into an animated GIF for an answer on here. I tried opening the file directly in Photoshop, and then clicking on the timeline menu and choosing both: Convert Frames > ...
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How do I recreate this radial noise effect?

I have tried using noise/blue etc. to create a similar effect. It looks similar but not quite as graduated. I'm interested in hearing about different approaches!
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How to export/import a Photoshop action from one Windows computer to another?

I switched computers and I need a Photoshop action I used on the previous computer. None of the instructions I found online helped so far. :( I call the action on the old computer (Windows 7, ...
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Is it possible to open an .ai file in Photoshop?

I currently dont have Illustrator but I do have Photoshop, is it possible to open a .ai vector file and save as JPG/PNG in a desired size?
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Optimizing (Compressing) GIF images in Photoshop

I am trying to optimize an animated GIF image in Photoshop. The current size is 2.2 MB. Following the guides I found online, they told me to "Save as Web" and then decrease the colors from 256 down to ...
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'Un-smart' object in Photoshop

I've created a design in Photoshop CS6, and used a large number of smarts object which made the workflow more easy (at least for me). Now I've finished working on the design, and I want to "unsmart" ...
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How to use Subversions for Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

I found the tool Timeline from Pixel Novel, but I wondered if I could use any subversions app to manage my design files. I'm not sure to understand everything about Subversions yet, and I did not ...
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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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Scan of paper: keep grain pattern, remove gradient

I have a hi-res scan of some paper, where you can see the grain. However, the scanner has made some parts of the page darker than others—for example, it is a lot darker near the page edges. This can ...
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Placing a logo on a hot air balloon (Photoshop)

I want to use Photoshop CC to place a logo on a photo of a hot air balloon and make it look realistic. I've tried a displacement map but the logo came out oddly distorted, as follows. I've tried ...
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How do I recreate this color overlay layer effect in Photoshop?

I would like to use the overlay effect used on the screenshot(s) below. I've tried experimenting with several Blending modes but keep missing the mark. I'm sure this has a very easy answer but I'm ...
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Is there a way to set up text tabs in Photoshop?

I have versions CS4 through CS6. I have a nice numbered list and I'd like to align things. Is there any way to set up tabs rather than letterspacing or splitting the text into separate layers? (I ...
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How to change a certain color to specific other color within an image?

I'm a Photoshop layman and have a task that I figured would be straightforward, but which I haven't been able to figure out even after researching online. I hope you don't mind me ask what is likely a ...
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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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Photoshop Layer -> SVG [duplicate]

I've got PSD file with vector logo (smart object). I need to save it as SVG for website use. I don't see such option directly in Photoshop though. Can anyone shed some light on the process? Is it ...
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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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How to make a lens with zoomed effect in Photoshop

How do I go about creating this effect in Photoshop cs6? Don't forget to mark this question as useful :)
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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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Why are colors shifting when converting from CMYK to RGB in Photoshop?

I have an image that is CMYK and I have tried to convert it to RGB so that I can edit the colour of the image. However it won't let me work in 32 bit and asks me to convert the image to 16 or 8 bit to ...
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How to create a saturation map?

Is there an easy way to create a "saturation-map" in Photoshop/Gimp? I need a grey-scale version of an image showing where the colors have less saturation (black) and where they have more saturation ...
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Making a curved road texture in Photoshop?

I have a very simple road texture (200 x 200) like this: I need to create a curved version of this texture that is double the size (400 x 400). Here is a picture to give you a basic idea of what ...
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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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Photoshop CS6 - Animate / Keyframe Smart Filter

I've applied the 'Oil Paint' Smart Filter to a layer in Photoshop CS6. I'd like to animate the filter's 'Angular Direction' from 0 to 360 degrees but I the keyframes in the "Style" lane of the ...
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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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Photoshop on a retina screen, how to fix? [closed]

I am curious what's your favourite fix or option for using photoshop on a retina screen like a macbook pro 13' like mine. I'm quite upset with this computer as it is a pain to do web design in, ...
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Why does a GIF increase in size when I add a logo although number of colors stays the same?

I have an animated GIF that's about 2 MB large. When I open it in Photoshop CS 5, add a layer with a logo, then save it for web, its suddenly 4 MB large. Why? There aren't more colors or anything, so ...
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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 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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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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Invert background to white in Photoshop

I have this image: What's the easiest way to convert the background from black to white?
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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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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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What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?

So, I have never really been into design beyond a few wireframes and paper-pen sketches and have now now bought David Kadavy's book, Design for Hackers and am getting into design a little bit. I am ...
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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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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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Why should I make reponsive templates in Photoshop?

I am a designer and currently working on responsive web templates in Photoshop. I started to learn responsive designs just now after seeing its market need. As I am a designer so I started to try in ...
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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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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 ...
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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 remove background from an image of a transparent object?

I am having hard time removing background from this image. I tried using Magic Eraser and also Background eraser tool. Both of these do not work perfectly. The reason could be the fact that lower ...
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Difference between 'Normal' and 'Interlaced' saving a .gif…?

What's the difference between the 'Normal' and 'Interlaced' when saving a .gif in Adobe Photoshop? And which one is better for an image for the web?