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Photoshop CS5 - how to “normalize” colors in an image to reduce the noise?

New to photoshop so bear with me... I have a scanned image that, ideally, should be just three colors: red, black, and white. The original was a pen an ink drawing and the act of scanning added all ...
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Photoshop CS5 Polygon Tool smooth corners “too smooth”

I'm trying to create an 8-sided shape with the polygon tool. This is not a problem, but if I want smooth corners for my shape and I check the option "smooth corners" its too smooth - its basical a ...
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How to make a metallic gradient in photoshop

I have a line drawing of a brass instrument: and I'd like to give it a glossy brass-like texture. What tools could I use on Photoshop CS5? I tried filling it with gradients, and then adding a ...
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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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Reflection on a Clear Globe

Here is my problem. I have a clear Globe that is a Christmas ornament. It has a little abscrat nativity scene inside. All is good, my issue comes in when I attempt to add a reflection to the outside ...
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how to get that new JSFIDDLE/Twitter/Youtube effect in photoshop?

As all the big sites have been updating their style recently, I've noticed this effect on a few sites and I'm wondering how they do it. Its like this normal gradient effect, with this pattern, abbit ...
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Is it possible to have a 'live preview' in Photoshop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In Photoshop, how can I open up a view (in the same window) with another zoom level? I'm working on small 16x16px icons. I'm usually zoomed right in working pixel by ...
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How to not subtract overlapping shapes in Photoshop

When I create a shape that overlaps with itself, the part that overlaps is subtracted. How can I prevent this ? EDIT: Here are pics with step by step and full screenshots: Step1 - the path ...
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How do I match image brightness in Photoshop?

Say I have an image that had it's brightness adjusted. I also have a small portion of the original unmodified image like this: Is there a way in Photoshop CS5 to have the image's brightness ...
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How do I change RGB value without changing the Alpha channel?

I would like to know how can I change color of RGBA image when alpha channel will be unchanged for each pixel. If I use Paint Box Tool it will set alpha channel for all pixels to constant value. Look ...
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how to create a box which is engraved in photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sunken look in photoshop? I saw this effect for input box in ''checkmycolours'' site, it seems really beautiful, but i don't know how to create engraved box. so if ...
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How do I get this font/dropshadow effect?

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Scaling shape including added effects in Photoshop?

I'm trying to scale a simple rectangular shape in Photoshop to 48x48px. I've added some effects to it (Stroke, Drop shadow etc.) but Photoshop doesn't include those when I'm scaling. So a shape scaled ...
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Which graphic tablets support tilt?

Have been googling my eyes out, besides marketing blabla I couldn't find good information at all... There are several graphic tablet producers: Wacom Aiptek Genius etc... Of course Wacom is the ...
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How do I create a cursor (.cur) image file in Photoshop CS4?

I'm using Photoshop CS4 and I need to create a .cur image. The actual process of doing so is simple enough but I cannot find the necessary Photoshop CS4 plug-in to do so. Can anybody help me either ...
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Make “Selected Slices” the default setting when saving for web

Whenever I save slices in Photoshop, I always have to change Slices from "All Slices" to "Selected Slices" – is there a way to make "Selected Slices" the default setting?
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How to fix buggy anti-alias font in Photoshop CS5?

Look this pic: The font looks wrong, it shouldn't have black background with alpha letters, i had no idea what happened to this font system. The font is Arial, the size is 80 pixel and the ...
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Illustrator to photoshop export

I am having problems with some illustrator files (I'm a developer more than a graphic designer). Basically, I can't seem to get around two things. Firstly, I have an illustrator file in which some of ...
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going from PaintShop Pro 9 to Adobe Photoshop

PaintShop Pro 9 offered vector layers and raster layers, and it has been a handy tool for web design and drawing objects. While I'm somewhat proficient in it, the program has its limitations, and I'm ...
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How do I print text from Photoshop without artifacts?

I created a project in Photoshop that contains text, fully aware that Illustrator would have been the proper way, but I am a photographer and my skills lie within Photoshop so that is what I went ...
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Display rectangle size automatically

Is it possible to create a diagram in one of the adobe products, whereby next to each shape there is a label displaying the size of the shape. for example if i draw a 100x500 box it displays this ...
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Which anti-aliasing settings should I use in Photoshop when designing for small print sizes

I'm designing a business card which contains quite a lot of information. Some of the type is small. Is there a preffered text anti-aliasing setting when doing something like this? Currently my type ...
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Can I transform an image's location in a Photoshop action so that it's relative to the canvas and NOT the image?

I'm trying to create an action that will move a layer around the canvas. The problem is that my image won't always be the same size and neither will my canvas. If I record a transform and move my ...
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Duplicating Layer into New Document - Canvas Size Issue

By default, duplicating a layer into a new document used to set the document size to the pixel dimensions of whatever object you were copying. However, something happened to my settings that now makes ...
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How to scale aliased elements in Photoshop.

I'm working with Photoshop for a few years now, but I've always had this problem that I didn't really understand or found a proper sollution for, I just found some work arounds... When you create a ...
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How to create this grainy & pixelated effect?

How do you recreate the effect as seen in this picture through Photoshop? I'm talking about the grainy texture... I tried using noise filter and played with layer blends, but the result is less ...
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Why did the size of copied elements from Illustrator to Photoshop change?

I'm working on a comp provided by a designer. It's an Illustrator file. My normal workflow is I copy (to the clipboard) a visual element from Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop. This allows me to ...
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In Photoshop, how do you find the name of a layer by clicking within your psd? [closed]

You used to be able to do this by right clicking on the psd, and it would only show you the names of the layers under your cursor. Now it shoes all layers, even those that are not under your cursor. ...
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Closing a shape in Photoshop

I created a shape (not a path) in PS, but forgot to close the shape by clicking on the first point after drawing it with the pen tool. How do I close the shape after I've moved on and forgot? It ...
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How to create a batch job, numbering images (writing text on them) from 1 to 100 in Photoshop?

Looking to create a 100 images that would have their appropriate numbers written on them. Since I`ll be most likely making changes to the template in the future I figured it would be better to ...
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Is there a chart for color combinations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette around colors I select? Is there a chart or something which shows you which color goes with with color? For ...
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How do I get graphics to look clear on a 10'x10' banner stand? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What DPI should a large format artwork for print be done at? I am designing a 10'x10' banner stand for a tradeshow in January. This is my first 'large scale' project for ...
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Develop a tool for inserting text/image in a photoshop file

I'm trying to develop a simple tool for translators who don't have Photoshop but I can't find any library that supports layers. I need to open the PSD file, translate the text layer and save it as ...
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How can I view the entire layer in Photoshop, even if part of the layer has been dragged outside the edge of the canvas?

I have a large selection in a separate layer, which, when dragged to where I want it to sit, partly moves outside the canvas. I would like to be able to see the part outside the canvas instead of it ...
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How do I configure Photoshop to reference a central common object store?

In web design we often have a number of elements in a design that are the same across multiple pages and designs. Typically this might be the website navigation menu and some side bar elements. In ...
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Will 300 dpi (non-vector) result in blurry artwork for screen printing?

I created a .psd artwork on a t-shirt that has several "sponsor logos" on it sized at around 1x1inch each. I created the file at actual size with 300dpi. I then got an email back from the printer ...
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How can I create an action to increase my canvas size in Photoshop ONLY if the canvas is X?

For starters to be clear, I'm looking to manipulate canvas size. Not image size. I want to create an action to automatically increase the width and height of my canvas in Photoshop to a specific size ...
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What's the best way to make a curly brace used for grouping items together?

Many documents (especially older ones) use what looks like a curly brace { to join multiple elements together. Here's an example of this to illustrate programming code, and here's a thread about ...
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How can I easily create a shape with a specific pixel width and height in Photoshop?

So this may sound like an easy question, but it is not. In webdesign we often use rectangular or square shapes to represent backgrounds for sidebars etc. These need to be pixel perfect so that when ...
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Why does saving low quality JPGs as high quality in Photoshop increase their file size?

I have a low quality background image that is about 85kb. If I open the file in Photoshop and then save it at 100% quality, the file size increases to 640kb. This doesn't make sense, the image is ...
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Resources for learning Photoshop (CS5)?

I've been searching for some good resources for learning Photoshop from scratch. I'm someone without a formal design background, but I'm looking to become competent using Photoshop (not trying to be a ...
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Creating popular mobile app menu/action bar effect in photoshop

I see this line effect in a lot of mobile apps. It looks pretty nice. How can I recreate this effect in Photoshop?
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Should I use Illustrator or Photoshop for Collateral Design?

I am creating a web advertising rate card. Basically a brochure. It will be a PDF file. Should I do brochure designs or collateral designs using Illustrator and then import the non vector images from ...
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Photoshop groups not behaving correctly on mac

I use photoshop on a mac once a week at my college class and find that the group layers function does not work like on my PC. When I group up some layers I can move them all at once just fine, but ...
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Creating personal customized set of brushes

Actually there are two questions here. Creating personal customized new set of old brushes, where I want to put different brushes from different sets (like 2 from assorted, 2 from basic etc.) in ...
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Sunken look in photoshop?

Does anyone know to make a control look sunken into the back ground? Is it some sort of photoshop effect? I.e., in first button in this interface,
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How to remove/replace color on human skin and hair in Adobe Photoshop?

In Adobe Photoshop is it possible to completely remove color from a subjects skin and hair while maintaining the shadows and highlights, similar to the outcome of the image below - which I imagine was ...
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What's a fast way to split an icon pack delivered as a psd?

I have downloaded the Icon Sweets 2 icon pack and I cannot seem to fulfill the seemingly very easy task of exporting individual PNGs for each icon (contained in a separate layer). Using the built-in ...
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How to create a speckled/pixelated background?

How would I replicate this speckled/pixelated background effect? You might need to zoom in to see the effect fully.
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How can I create a large-size water cuastics texture for animation?

I'm really having a hard time trying to find SOMETHING on how to create a fairly decent water caustics effect for an animation. The only thing I've found is a program that generates textures for me ...