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Photoshop: How to save only the masked area of an edited photograph?

Question If you have a PSD file that consists of one main mask (masking all other layers), isn't there an easy way to save just the masked area as an image? Background So I have a photograph I've ...
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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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Photoshop showing low quality graphics

I have a strange problem in Photoshop. I had this background image that I had downloaded from a website to try and recreate something like it. After I downloaded it and opened it up it all looked ...
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What are some styles for laying out lots of images in a confined space?

I'm working on a project that's 11"x17" tall, has the bottom 1/5th reserved for the logo/calendar elements and the top 4/5ths for some sort of collage-esque image. Basically, I have six photos I need ...
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How do I break apart text in Photoshop?

I have a word in a text layer in photoshop. I want each character to be on a separate layer, how can I do that?
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Tutorial on how to create a flowing thread

I'm looking for a tutorial to create wavy flowing threads. Like this: I'm open to tutorials in Photoshop, GIMP, or any freeware image manipulation program. We have a copy of PS. I'm not sure if ...
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Tools to get HTML/CSS easily from PSD?

I have the PSD designs for my website and now want to create the site using these designs. I am not very good with css though I know HTML, javascript well. Is there any tool, site, software that can ...
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Can't change text color in Photoshop CS2

So I'm using the text tool, I type some text but it types in all white. I go to highlight the text and change the color to black, at the top of the screen on the toolbar, and the color won't change. ...
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Can Pixelmator handle Photoshop layer styles?

Can Pixelmator handle Photoshop layer styles? How compatible is Pixelmator with the rest of Photoshop and the other Adobe graphics programs?
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Translation of Hex Colours to RGB Colours?

Apparently Illustrator and Photoshop uses different colour settings - Illustrator uses RGB and Photoshop uses some hex/HTML-like colour system with a combination of letters and numbers. Is there any ...
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How to draw “rays” in Photoshop?

How do I draw "Rays" emitting from an object in an image in Photoshop? Example from http://www.pxleyes.com
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How do a tile with diagonal lines in Photoshop?

How does one draw a tile with diagonal lines that can seamlessly tiled with Photoshop?
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How do I draw rice grains in photoshop?

What techniques would you use for drawing rice grains in Photoshop?
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Lightweight psd viewer with layer support

I'm looking for a lightweight psd viewer that allows me to turn on/off layers. I currently work at a web-design firm and at some points in the project lifetime we need to compare the resulting ...
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Can the radial blur zoom outwards not inwards?

How do you create the effect in photoshop to make shapes appear to shoot out from the center of an image, a bit like light rays. Radial blur with zoom seems to blur both out from the center and ...
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Photoshop: Animated PNG?

Photoshop CS5 doesn't seem to natively support saving image as APNG even tho few of the major browsers already support it. Are there any export plugins or such available for Photoshop?
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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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Photoshop color weirdness after calibrating LCD

I've just purchased a calibrator (Eye One Display 2) to calibrate my two screens, because the difference of colours between them was huge. Now that I've calibrated them, the colours are almost ...
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How can I set Photoshop default unit for free transfom?

You can easily set default units in Photoshop preferences, but they doesn't seem to have any effect on free transform (⌘T on the Mac), which always start with percentage as unit. I'm aware that you ...
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Is it possible to modify a rounded rectangle's radius in Photoshop?

As the title implies, I have drawn a rounded rectangle with a larger radius in Photoshop. Now I want to reduce its radius. Is this possible without deleting it?
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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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Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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If you were to teach Photoshop, what would you suggest are the most important principles?

I've been using Photoshop for many years now and because of my experience I was asked to teach Photoshop on a one-off basis to a class of 20. These people are beginners and have likely never even ...
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What kind of texture/brush is this?

I really need to know what kind of texture this is can someone please help?
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How to import a picture file to an existing psd in Photoshop CS5?

I need to import other picture file to an existing psd in Photoshop frequently. However, I do only know one complicated way to do this: Open the file with Photoshop. Windows->Float All in ...
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How to figure out whats the width and height of a text box in Photoshop?

How do you figure out the size of a text box in Photoshop?
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How to delete the first slice photoshop generated while using slice tool?

I am following a photoshop tutorial for designing web page. And after I used the slice tool, I could not delete the following 01 slice. The View->Clear Slices is grey and right clicking the slice ...
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How Can You Remove Grain from Photographs? [closed]

I've took some photographs at a photoshoot last week. The lighting conditions weren't right for the shoot (my fault entirely) and the camera we used was a compact. Unfortunately this means that the ...
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Examples of Actions Workflow for PhotoShop?

I think I know what Actions does in Photoshop, but I never generally used it. I know someone who automated a work process of applying filters and effects using it, but I never touched it. What's ...
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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall sized graphics and large banners (e.g 3m x 5m), what is an acceptable PPI for print. As i understand it 300 PPI is the typical for 'small' artworks (esp. for clean text resolution), however ...
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What's the easiest way to create a disabled greyscale button with a graphics program?

In a web application that I'm building, I'm going to need several disabled buttons. I already have the enabled buttons and I want to know what the best and easiest way of creating a disabled version ...
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Illustrator or Photoshop for Vectorising/Tracing in Print Images?

If I want to vectorise or trace in images that I have sketched, should I use Illustrator and use the pen tool to vectorise it, or use Photoshop and use the brushes to draw it (To imitate pen drawing)? ...
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Getting Dimensions of Marquee Tool in Photoshop

Is it possible to get the dimensions (width, height, top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right) of the select area that is selected using the marquee tool. If yes how?
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Photoshop Alternatives for G5 Macs

I'm in the market for an alternative to Photoshop for my G5 tower. I tried GIMP and I'm a bit blah about it; are there any other options that you can recommend?
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What is the Slicing Option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used For?

What is the Slicing option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used for? Doesn't the Guides option provide such functionality?
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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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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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Creating CSS sprites from Photoshop

I have a PSD with a web design. Every time I tweak the design, I need to manually copy different portions of the image, with different layer visibilities (for transparency) into CSS sprites. How ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I fix the edges of foreground objects pasted onto a new background?

How can I cut out a foreground object, e.g. a person, from one picture and superimpose it onto a new background without making the edges look bad? The problem I've come across is that if I have for ...
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Exporting individual layers in Photoshop, keeping their sizes

Well I was trying to look this up through Google but didn't find anything, but then I just got the invite for this beta, so I might as well ask here :) I'm trying to export individual layers in ...
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How do I turn off anti-aliasing while drawing shapes in Photoshop?

Whenever I create a square shape at 100% zoom, I get perfectly sharp edges. However, once I zoom in at any amount, drawing a perfect square (without anti-aliasing) is very difficult. Is there a way I ...
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How does one turn a white background transparent in Photoshop but keep transparency?

In this image, I want to keep the drop shadow, but not the white background.
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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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How can I stop or disable anti-aliasing / feathering in Photoshop?

I've never really found a solution to an issue that's been plaguing me since I first experienced it in Photoshop CS, and now, five versions later, it's still bugging me! What is it? Well, seemingly ...