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CMYK JPEGs extracted from PDF appear inverted

I am having to deal with CMYK JPEGs extracted from a PDF source. The PDFs were created with Photoshop. The problem is that Photoshop stores JPEG CMYK data in PDF/EPS using "normal" values, whereas in ...
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How to enhance text and line drawing scan in photoshop?

I have photographed text and writing with usual camera. Picture contains black printing lines and blue pen writing. Picture contains the following artifacts: 1) paper is not white 2) non-uniform ...
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Applying blur amount in a gradient manner in Photoshop

I have the following image: The gray version of the pin will obviously be it's shadow. I know how to skew it and all to make it look like a shadow. What I want to do but don't know how is to blur ...
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How to a make a cloud from an outline and blend it into a photo of a skyline

I'm trying to take an outline and blend it in as a cloud in a photo I took. I've tried rendering clouds within the black outline and then mushing it around with the Liquify filter (not pictured), but ...
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Is this a photo or 3D render, and how would I give a photo a similar effect? [closed]

Is this a photo or rendered image? How can I achieve a similar affect post production with a photo? Are there any actions already available that might do this? EDIT: After comments below, are ...
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How to pick a specific Pantone color in Photoshop? What about finding a Pantone that is close to a specific CMYK color?

How would I select a specific Pantone color in Photoshop, e.g. PMS 5625? Also, how do you pick a Pantone colour that is similar to a specific CMYK color, e.g. C61, M41, Y58, K16 green? In this ...
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How to create the effect shown in the attached picture in Photoshop?

How can I create the effect illustrated in the attached picture? If a box of a given width (say 300px) and of the same height and color as in the picture is inserted in the middle, the resulting ...
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How to get arced drop shadows with center glow effect in Photoshop?

I was just browsing the plugins.joshlobe.com and the thing that caught my eye was interesting use of drop shadows. I am talking about the drop shadow in the linked image with a center glow kind of ...
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How to convert grayscale bitmap to one CMYK color in Photoshop?

How do you convert a grayscale bitmap a to one CMYK color in Photoshop for printing, eg. C61, M41, Y58, K16 green?
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Photoshop slices white border around image

I got a grid of images in png format (sprite sheet). I decided to cut them so that I can use each image individually. However by using the slice tool provided in photoshop I noticed two things: ...
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Photoshop smooth lines like in flash [duplicate]

I was just wondering if it was possible to have smooth lines in photoshop the same way it is in flash where when you draw a figure it will automatically change the lines you made into smoothened ...
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How and with what software was this image created with?

I want to know, how it was possible to create the cubes, with their shinny, dark and cubed parts? I know it could be doable with Photoshop, but how? Is there any software better suited to make it ...
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Jagged lines on my icons

I'm creating an app and I am trying to create some icons for it. I made the icon in AI, changed the color of the icon in Fireworks, and then resized the icon to the exact size I needed in Photoshop. ...
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Single operation to crop/resize to fit to specific size

I have some images that I'd like to resize to a specific size by cropping and resizing. I've tried using Paint.NET, but the resize and crop are both individual operations. How I'd like it to proceed ...
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Automated way to extract irregularly sized sprites from a sprite sheet

I have a sprite sheet from a classic video game (if you're curious, Final Fight) that I'd like to be broken up into indivual images to be used in GameSalad. However, the images aren't on an even grid, ...
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selecting vector path only from the current layer in photoshop

does anyone know if it is possible to "shield" other layers from path selection? for example lets say I have 3 layers with different vector shapes in each one that overlap eachother in some points. if ...
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How do I blend a black-background fire image in Photoshop?

This fire image: As you can see, it has a black background, which I can't delete (because it would probably destroy the smooth-looking fire effect). I want to place some fire in a photo. However, ...
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Saving a PDF file with Photoshop CS 3 gives error because of the font I use?

I'm trying to save a PDF file and retain text, The problem is that when I use some hebrew fonts that I purchased I get an error while saving the file, The error is the famous: "Could not save as ...
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How to produce 35mm lomo film noise/grain effect?

Click on image for full size There's a lot going on in this image. It's some 35mm lomo goodness. I am looking to produce some of the rich grain in my own digital images but am having trouble. Does ...
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how to set PhotoShop CS5 to Free Transform images by default

I recently had to perform a format/reload on my box due to a HDD failure and after reinstalling CS5 I am noticing different behavior than before. In the past when I pasted an image into Photoshop (or ...
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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 ...