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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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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 ...
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A very strange favicon file (atleast for me) where one single file contains 3 different sized images

I have this favicon file. Dowload favicon file I can not upload the image file since its does not have the proper format. When you view this file in windows 7, you get the following. This single ...
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Permanent Marker Brushes for Photoshop

I'm looking for a way to simulate a permanent marker in Photoshop. All I have been able to find are pre-drawn brush strokes of circles, strokes etc. (Permanent Brush), but not a permanent marker brush ...
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Noise filter effect with transparency

Is it possible to have a noise filtered effect similar to below, but have the white parts transparent? My idea is to use this as a CSS background image overlay .png which would allow background ...
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Photoshop: Should I use my monitor's color profile (under proof setup/colors) when designing for desktop?

The title says most of it...not sure whether I should set Photoshop to Monitor RGB color profile and set "show proof colors" to true when working on desktop layouts. I notice that Firefox uses my ...
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Why can't I access my HDR toning?

I have three layers open in Photoshop. Two are images. One is a text layer. I flattened and merged the background image which I originally filled with black and applied a gradient to. I then tried ...
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Resize text bounding box in Photoshop

I want to re-size the bounding box for an existing block of text. I found that by holding down the CTRL key on Windows, it will let you scale the text block, but I just want to resize the bounds of ...
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What's a more efficient way to deep-etch?

Working in Photoshop CS5, I deep-etched an image using a tablet. Where I thought I'd really gotten it quite clean and feathered the selection by 2x before inverting the selection and deleting the ...
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Triangle for a popover (Photoshop)

I am currently making a popover in Photoshop. I managed to do the main part using the rounded rectangular tool but not the triangle part: Is there a recommend way in Photoshop to do this triangle ? ...
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Add exact color to texture

Say I have a texture/pattern (like this one from subtlepatterns), and I want to make it a specific colour. I know a number of ways to color it (mostly in PS), from overlaying it on a block of the ...
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How to create a 3D pixel art style extruded cube design?

How to design the 3D red cube in the 1st poster? (Love the design!) http://www.coroflot.com/kevinburke/Posters Of course, they have mentioned that they used Pixel Art, Maya etc, but is it possible ...
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How to Make Letters Like This?

I'd like to know how to make these in photoshop or fireworks, but with a slight preference for fireworks. If I can find a tutorial in photoshop, I can probably get it to work in fireworks. What is ...
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Ink in water Photoshop

how can I best replicate an ink-in-water effect in Photoshop CS6? I'm guessing the best way is most probably to use brushes. The following image is a good example of what I wan't to achieve: ...
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Is it possible to divide one Photoshop document into multiple source files?

I am new to Photoshop and therefore in need to get familiar with it fast. I wonder, if there is a way to divide Photoshop like a website, to make every picture (such as a website logo) editable ...
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Crop multiple images to match them up in Photoshop?

I have multiple partial screen shots of the same window. But since I created each of them at different times and since the I manually chose the select-area each time, the images don't line up. I want ...
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How to select a layer in photoshop?

In Photoshop, if you choose View > Show > Layer Edges, a blue border will appear around the currently-selected layer. Is there a way to make the marquee tool select that exact area? I know I can ...
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Text transparent with shadow in Photoshop

Example: In the example image is House Gothic Font 3D Shadow and House Gothic font 3d Normal. How can I make it in Photoshop? the same effect like in the example with the font on the top ...
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How to remove the alpha channel in a Photoshop document?

I have a semi-transparent monochrome image in a Photoshop document, that I would like to become fully opaque: The opacity is already set to 100% in Blending Options, it's just that this image has ...
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How do i make an image monochrome in Photoshop

Let's say i have an icon in grey scale, and now I want to change it into a certain green tone instead. The icon is anti-aliased around the edges, so it doesn't look too rugged, and I want to keep this ...
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Create a new photoshop cs6 shortcut

I want to set the shortcut ctrl + < to use as my "flip horizontal", and it works fine until I restart. Then photoshop replaces it with ctrl + & and I have to re-set the shortcut everytime. Any ...
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How do I create color swatch for Photoshop from a list of RGB values?

I have a list of colors as RRR GGG BBB in a text file and I need to use only those colors to create my images. I'd like to be able to load those colors to Photoshop's color palette (swatch). Is there ...
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Transform screenshots to look like a photograph

I want to give my screenshots a 3d, realistic photograph effect. Something like this: I tried using Skew but it didn't bring me desired result. Can anyone help me through?
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“placed” Photoshop images in Illustrator - blurry when saved as .pdf?

I've edited some images in Photoshop to be used in a .pdf I'm creating in Illustrator. In PS, the images looked great and were saved with the following settings: .jpg/CMYK/Image Options: 10/Maximum. I ...
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What Do You Ask From Your Graphical Designer for Your Iphone Apps?

What exactly do you ask for from your graphical designer for your iphone apps? I asked my designer exact measurements of images in Photoshop, which turned out to be not such great idea because I need ...
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Using Letters with counters / cutouts as work paths

In following this tutorial on Using Text as Container which essentially explains how to create a path from a letter, I've run into difficultly when trying to follow this on any letter that has a ...
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How to get rid of jaggered edges in Photoshop?

I used Photoshop and Illustrator to draw a black circle of size 44 x 44px. For some reason, the edges aren't smooth. I've exhausted myself of all techniques to figure it out. It looks particularly ...
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A RAW image placed in a Photoshop Document doesn't pick up changes

I have just noticed that if you place a RAW image in a PSD(CS6), then tweak the RAW image using Camera RAW, the changes are not picked up by the PSD. I always try and keep my PSDs as open to change ...