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How to center text vertically within a textbox in Photoshop

It's pretty annoying that you can't center text vertically in Ps automatically, like you can in Indd. It's even more annoying that the bounding box of text can't be 'collapsed' or 'fit to text', like ...
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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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How can I achieve shadows only at the corners of a rectangle? [duplicate]

I'm looking to recreate this effect in Photoshop by giving a shadow only to the corners of the rectangle (in this case a sticky note):
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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 can I add notes to a photoshop document?

I'd like to add textual notes to a Photoshop file, like the notes you can write when preparing a power point, not seen by the end user but only by the presenter. I need to add quick notes about the ...
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How can I edit the colors in an already-placed, custom gradient in Photoshop?

Here's a basic list of what I did to the document before I sat down at the computer tonight: Customized a gradient Applied the gradient to the image in the usual way (mouse stroke), in its own layer ...
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How can I fine-tune my tile pattern to make it seamless?

I'd like to create a seamless pattern from the image below: I can cut out a rectangle and attempt to tile it but it doesn't quite line up: I know photomerge works really well for creating ...
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Photoshop CS3 Layer effects - Radial Gradient's center

How do I pick the center point for a radial gradient that has been applied via layer effect to a shape? It's defaulting to the center of my shape but I want the gradient's center point to be near the ...
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How to choose the right color to get the wanted effect in web design?

For example, in this tutorial, how could the author know which color to choose for creating a navigation bar? Why did he/she know that the gradient from #d0d0d0 to #f9f9f9 would generate the following ...
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How to make a logo single-colored?

I'm trying to convert a bunch of company logos to one single color (not just black and white). It's for a website I'm working on, for the "We support those products" type of thing. Here's what I'm ...
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How can I use gradients to imitate depth for isometric mazes?

I would like to create a maze with gradients, but I don't know where to start. I can see that they are subtle gradients that shift, so I would like to start with some techniques that could help me ...
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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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Recommendations on how to synchronize Photoshop actions, swatches, etc. across computers

Is there any convenient way to synchronize Photoshop settings like keyboard shortcuts, actions, swatches, custom layer sytles, etc.. across several computers, preferably in an automated way? So far, ...
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PNG32 vs PNG24 vs PNG8

I thought there is only PNG8 and png32, but photoshop has option for PNG24, and fireworks has all 3 options. Which is better for web world? Also when I export PNG24 with alpha transparency in ...
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Avoid cropping “transparent” areas when using logo

We have the following logo for a project at my school: (PDF: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13934366/M2/Grafiska/Logotyp/M2.pdf) Now, as you can see, it has a descending triangle to make it look like a ...
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Best practices around creating LARGE poster image 24X36

I need to create a large image (for print) at 24X36 inches. It is a seating chart poster for a wedding. What settings in Photoshop would I set for an image this size (DPI, etc.)? I would need it to ...
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Faking a page-fold with photoshop

Do any of you happen to know of some recommended techniques in creating the effect/look that makes a page appear as though it had been folded before? Something like this:
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Can I have a Photoshop action pause itself to wait for user input?

I am new to photoshop. I want the action to pause , then I want a user to be able to select his own path via a selection tool, and then the rest of the action should run. How is this achievable?
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How to revive an old children's book?

I have a scan of an old children's book that contains both graphics and text. I want to revive the book for my children, while preserving as much as possible from the original layout and ...
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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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How do I create symmetrical curves on vector shapes in Photoshop?

Let's say I want to make a mark representing the shape of a rotor in a rotary engine: (image source) This shape is similar to a Reuleaux triangle: (image source) I know how to create equilateral ...
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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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How can I achieve a ribbed pipe/tube effect in Photoshop or Illustrator?

I'm looking to create a tube with an effect like the following - the cylindrical segments which come together to make a pipe. I was wondering how this might be achieved; You could layer ellipsis with ...
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CMYK to PANTONE differences between Illustrator and Photoshop

I'm trying to find a way to match CMYK color to the closest PANTONE solid color. In Illustrator I use the "Recolor Artwork" dialog, in Photoshop the color dialog. But, if I convert (C=0, M=100, Y=100, ...
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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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Check image compression used in PDF document?

Is it possible to find out what compression algorithms have been used for images in a PDF document?
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Distorting a layer to fit shape

I have a rectangular image which I'd like to distort so that it fits into a shape. I can almost do it using "Distort", but I need to move more than just the corners, which is all I can seem to do ...
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Crop to specific size (not a ratio of it) in Photoshop

I'd like to crop several images to a specific size. Previously, I would set the size in the crop tool and happily run through a few images and have them all crop to the same specific size. Now it ...
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Force PS to alias smart object

I'm trying to create an icon based on a 2 color png I downloaded from icon monster. It is placed in my document as a smart object. I want it to be crisp, but photoshop doesn't want it to be.. even ...
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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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Is there a way to make Photoshop CS6 work with touchscreen monitors?

I have a 15.6" touchscreen laptop and I would like to be able to use the touchscreen in Photoshop. It works fine in Illustrator but for some reason Adobe didn't make Photoshop compatible with touch ...
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Why does painting with 1% opacity not always do something?

I tried this with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. When I have a black background, and a white brush with an opacity of 1%, the color should get brighter if I click onto the same spot over and over again. ...
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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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Why is the opposite of yellow on color wheels sometimes purple and sometimes blue?

Why do traditional color wheels have yellow opposite to violet (purple), whereas graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop have yellow opposite to blue? Yellow opposite violet (purple): Yellow ...
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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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Replace individual colors in multiple layers

The goal Replace individual colors in a multi-layer Photoshop document in a way that is flexible and efficient enough to be done a multiple times in the production process—like when I need to update ...
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How to convert paths into shape in photoshop cs6

I drew paths thinking i was drawing a shape but later realized it is only a path. Now i could create a temporary shape like a box and paste this in and delete the box path. But just as there is a ...
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Can't save PSD as JPEG

I have a PSD file with one layer. When I try to save as JPEG it doesn't show JPEG and other formats as an option. It only displays a limited set of formats (5) including Photoshop. When I manually ...
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Create frozen screen effect

Is there a way to create this effect in Photoshop? I could duplicate the same image over and over again, but that's just wrong. There should be an easier way. Edit: Use of Illustrator and MS Paint ...
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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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Testing if a BG will Repeat Tile Properly in Photoshop?

I am frequently working to create background textures in Photoshop to be used on the web. Unfortunately I usually have to guess, or just use freebies from other websites. I would like to build my ...
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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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Using Photoshop to create a magazine

My question: Can I create a magazine exclusively using Photoshop? My understanding: It should simply be a case of using CMYK and an adequately high resolution. Other software: InDesign is pretty ...
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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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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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How to view all layers in Photoshop?

Is there a quick way to do this, for example, short key or script?
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How can I achieve the “bent paper” effect in photoshop?

I've seen design elements on webpages that contain a "bent paper" effect. In other words, it looks like the paper is shaped in an arch, based on the visual perception of the shadow. How do I achieve ...
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logo on building

I have a company logo i would like to photoshop on a building for a promotional ad. The problem is that when i put the logo on the building it doesn't look very real, it should look like its painted ...
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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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removing 'scatter' lines in transmission electron microscopy image

Has anyone have an ideao if there is a way to remove the lines like the attached picture ? These are so called 'scatter' lines on a T.E.M. slide, made by a microtome.