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How big should Photoshop canvas be? (Maintaining scalability)

I usually design in Illustrator, which appears to be vector so I don't really care about the .ai size, scaling wouldn't be a problem, but Photoshop uses Bitmap and scaling can mess up the image ...
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Custom brush texture

In my document I have an olive leaf (top part of the picture), which I'd need to repeat so it would look like in the middle part of the picture. Leaves size and angle would need to vary a bit ...
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Removing people from pictures seemlessly

I'm currently trying to remove a person from a photo that tried to be cool and photobomb, but i'm at a loss as to how it can be done with no loss of photo quality. My attempts have been to use the ...
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Clipping mask retained in jpg file

I have a JPG which appears to of retained a clipping mask: (http://gdh.guildmembers.co.uk/logos/LEVENE%20MAG.jpg) When this file is opened in photoshop / fireworks and then the "Paths" tab is ...
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Is it possible to create Kinetic Typography effect with PhotoshopCS5 and AE4?

I am saying this because, I don't have Illustrator, so I want to know with what I can create Kinetic Typographics
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How to create a pixelate background in Photoshop CS6 to blend an image with the background

I need to blend this photo into a square shaped flyer and don't know what effect should i use on th background to make it look like the photo. This is the photo This is what i've done so far I ...
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tips on designing high-quality semi photo-realistic icons that attempt to be modelled 3-D objects

I'm an amateur graphic designer. When I'm free I do some simple graphic designing with Photoshop and Illustrator (mess around with the pen tool, add style to a layer, adjust hue of an image, etc). ...
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Need directions regarding the learning process I should follow for learning Photoshop

I am starting out as a freelance website developer so I need to improve my graphics drawing skill. Up till now I'm using an open source tool GIMP to create the concepts and mock ups of the websites I ...
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Photoshop: What is the quickest way to make changes to headers and footers in a web design?

When I start working on a web design project and finish up the home page, I duplicate that PSD file, remove the contents leaving the header and footer, and start working on the next page. I run into ...
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Automating Export Layers to Files

I have many .psd files that each contain 2+ layers that I need to export as layers. For a single psd fileD I can use: File > Scripts > Export Layers To Files ... However if I use this script (in a ...
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Corruption when exporting PDF from Photoshop CS6

My document looks like this: I save as a PDF from Photoshop, using the default High Print Quality setting. The resulting PDF looks like this: What's going on?
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In Photoshop, I've drawn a circle with fill set to 0% to get a circle without a fill, but the circle is filled when saved as PDF

In Photoshop, I've drawn a circle with fill set to 0% to get a circle without a fill. This looks fine in Photoshop, but when I save it as a PDF for use in another document, it fills the circle! What ...
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How to split into multiple layers when you've accidentally drawn two layers worth of material onto one layer?

I drew two separate objects in Photoshop that are meant to be on different layers, but I drew them on the same layer. They do not overlap right now, but I can't seem to figure out how to separate ...
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PSD Files: Quick Preview without opening Photoshop?

I have a lot of PSD files in many random directories. Sometime I need to view many files quickly without loading into Photoshop. I am looking for a lightweight PSD viewer application, is there any?
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Colors appear differently on webpage when saving in sRGB

I've made a webpage with an image next to text, set as the same color I thought I had used for the image. However when I looked at the webpage on Safari (on Mac) I noticed that the actual color of the ...
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Photoshop “Save as PDF” doesn't retain the transparency

So I have this PSD with several transparent layers. As I need to hand out the file for a professional printing, I export it through Photoshop (CS5) using the usual PDF/X-4:2008 PDF 1.4 profile to ...
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Darker shade of a given color

What does it mean and how do I get a darker shade of a given color. For example if I have the color R = 53, G = 140, B = 205 or H = 204, S = 74, B = 80, or #358CCD What value do I change in ...
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How to change the file size of images without losing photo quality using Photoshop?

I have a set of images of up to 20mb each, and I want to reduce the file size without losing quality. How can I do it?
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How to take a drawn grid and essentially rotate in the z-plane?

I'm very new at graphic design, so my apologies if this is a very basic question :) I have access to Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1. I have a series of grids that are currently flat on the 2d cartesian ...
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Picking only black-white and grayscale images for batch-processing

Is it possible to pick only black-white and grayscale images for photoshop (or another graphical program) batch-processing, even if they are have colored mode (24 or 32 bit). Thus, all pixels bypass ...
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Black-white and grayscale to alpha conversion for images

Is there an utility for converting all black-white and grayscale images from certain folder to the same images with adjusted alpha channel? For example, for pixel (r:50, g:50, b:50, a:0) I would like ...
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Is there a Photoshop action to create bump, normal and reflection maps for rendering software?

Does anyone know of a Photoshop action, or set of actions to produce a defuse, bump, normal and reflection map for use in 3d rendering software? It seems like quite a simple thing and I have searched ...
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How to merge two images, so that one will take the shape of the other?

Got two images, one of an old sheet of paper with jagged edges. The other is a photo of beach. How can I merge them together, so that the beach image will take the shape of the other picture, i.e. ...
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Realistic Gold Bevel Pattern

I am trying to replicate the gold bevel effect used on Jay-Z's "Watch the Throne" album (see pic) in Photoshop. Any ideas?
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Adjust Brush Opacity drag hotkey/shortcut?

I thought I read somewhere that there was a way to adjust the brush opacity interactively in CS6 (13) in the same way you adjust brush size and hardness (ie: Alt+Right-click and drag). In fact, the ...
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Is there a way to sample metallic paint?

I have some color swatches from a local car dealer that are about 8.5" by 11" and the paint samples are metallics. Is there a way to scan these metallic color paint samples sheets, then use a large ...
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Using an invert mask on one single layer

I'm stuck with this little thing, which should be extremely easy but I simply cannot achieve it the way I want it. Working with Photoshop CS5, I have a PSD with several layers, most of them being ...
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Is there any way of applying a gradient overlay over a color overlay in photoshop?

Whenever I add a color overlay layer style to an object in photoshop, it goes over top of any gradient overlay I have. Is there any way to change this order?
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How to create an anvil / coat of arms shape?

How can the above shape be created in Photoshop? It is the shape of an anvil, a logo commonly used by universities.
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Drawing by pixel without smearing or blurring

I am going crazy trying to figure out this very simple thing. I want a drawing tool (like pen or pencil or paintbrush) that can just paint pixels directly as pixels. Thus if the size of the tip is ...
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using the 'straighten' feature of PS to straighten just one layer not all of them?

When i use the straighten of PS, i cant find a way to just get it to straighten one layer at a time, itseems to straighten the entire canvas, is there a way i can get it to work on just one layer ? ...
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Photoshop CS6: selecting all shapes contained inside a rectangular area

In PowerPoint, Visio, and many other programs, there's a "rectangle selection" mode which allows selecting a group of objects by drawing a rectangle with the mouse. All objects which are fully ...
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Extract image x/y coordinates and width and height info from PDF via IL or PS

We have a professionally designed floor plan in PDF form for an event we are running currently. It is similar to a CAD drawing. We have booths (rectangular squares) drawn on it. I have a colleague ...
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Can I blend layers by formula with brackets?

I have 4 layers (A, B, C, D) which I wish to blend by the following formula (A xor B) plus (C xor D). Is it possible to accomplish this in Photoshop? I am a newbie and found that layer can only ...
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Face illusion in ads

http://doityourself.edublogs.org/files/2008/10/club-med-illusion-ad.jpg I'm trying to achieve the same effect, but I can't even get close to what I need. What I basically need is to merge face/body ...
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what tools to use for beginner

Could some experienced graphic designer suggest what tools to use- what software, to do this- make a picture of some money bills, which are curved and floating around randomly, with some background ...
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How to change a google map into something similar to the poster background?

How do I change a google map into something similar to the map in the 1st poster? How do I change it to blue and also include shadows? Please help! Regards, sammydude
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London Olympics Ticket Design - How to?

I'm in the process of designing a program invite and thought I could experiment something similar to the London Olympics ticket. I am more interested in knowing how I can go about designing the blue ...
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Is there a way to force Photoshop to always align on pixel boundries

Is there a way to force Photostop to never put anything on a sub-pixel or size anything to a sub pixel level? I'll move layers around or resize them and I'm always getting the positions at 234.2 or ...
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Photoshop: Layers disappearing when select lower layer

I am using Photoshop CS5 and am encountering an odd issue: I have simply layer A sitting on top of layer B. When I select layer B, layer A becomes invisible. The visable/non-visable icon (the eye) ...
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How to extract the result of a multiply blend from the underlaying layer

In Photoshop I have a layer A which is placed onto another layer B using a multiple blend. The result looks good. Now, I wish to hide layer B so that layer A can be saved out as a semi-transparent ...
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How does (clipping) mask in Photoshop work in my specific case

This is my basic layer setup: http://screencast.com/t/OCQTSwp7I5 Textlayer Shape Background I want to mask the shape-layer so the parts where the text is the shape is transparent. ...
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Photoshop: how do you pick the original color from a layer that has effects on it?

Let's say I have a layer that is originally white, but there's an effect that makes it gray. When I use the eyedropper tool on it, the color that's picked up is gray. How do I make the color that is ...
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Why can't I use the Delete key to delete in Photoshop CS6?

The previous version of Photoshop I used was CS4 and whenever I selected a portion of an image with the magic wand and hit Delete, it simply deleted that portion of the image (rendering it ...
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How to outline a brush in Photoshop

Is there any way to add an outline to a brush so that when stroking a path it will give a sense of depth and layering where the path overlaps? As an example, here is an image of footprints. How could ...
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How to add background color to text in Photoshop

What's the easiest way to do it? I know CSS could just set background color of text very easily. And fireworks was able to do that. But I can't make it work now. I know there is a harder way: putting ...
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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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script – Photoshop image processing

I need to change over 60 web optimized images to fit their new containers. The current dimensions are 760 x 1024 or 1024x760. is there an easy or simple solution to manipulating all of these images ...
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Photoshop - retrieve graphic from off screen / outside canvas

I've got some text somewhere outside of the canvas border but I can't find it. Usually using move tool I can squiggle around until it peeks onto the canvas, but this time it must be WAY outside. ...
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Crop canvas to unique outline of image in Photoshop

I have unique shapes for my menu background, the problem is that the .png's are linked in the transparent area. I am looking to crop the canvases of these images in Photoshop to their exact unique ...