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Saving Photoshop master/working files in PDF, not PSD

A friend of mine uses PDF as the default format for saving Photshop files. For both master and working documents. He never saves anything as a PSD. Is this good practice?
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Photoshop — convert 'overlay' layer to normal

I have 2 layers: first layer is just regular layer with some graphics, and second layer has additional graphics which are on top of the first and it has blending mode set to "Overlay". What I need is ...
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Photoshop/Illustrator difference in blend modes

I have used photoshop for some time and am now trying to learn Illustrator (Both version CS5) I would like to know if there is a difference in the way the blend modes work between these two apps, ...
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Is there a way to extrude an image in Photoshop?

I want to create a new icon for my application according to the new Android Design Guidelines. Is there any way to get my 2D silhouette and automatically extrude it to create the 3D effect?
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Trying to Export From Photoshop to Illustrator

I am currently trying to export a few layers from Photoshop to Illustrator. However whenever I try and export, I get a blank ai document. I've also tried creating paths from my text (this is just ...
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How to export multiple layers as an single image file? [PSD]

I am a web developer that was given a PSD file (a web page design) that I need to convert to XHTML/CSS. In the psd file, the logo is a group of multiple layers, each layer representing an element of ...
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Creating a “Background Glow” in Photoshop

I see this effect a lot in websites and feel envious because I'm like King Kong with boxing gloves on trying to operate Photoshop sometimes. [URL removed because it was removed and replaced with ...
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Critique: How should I place/format an informative text in a picture?

I am trying to advertise some discounts in Facebook and to do that I have to provide an image that has a small amount of text informing potential customers about the discount I am offering. I am ...
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What is the best way to create partially extracted photos?

This is from a magazine but I was just wondering how this effect is done please see pink arrows showing areas of image that extends beyond where the background has been cropped. So its kind of like ...
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Why are the edges on these images so different?

I am currently making some web images and am getting very riggid lines. Exhisting images on the website seem to differ (these images are pre me so I do not know how they created them so differently). ...
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Getting Transparent Images from Photoshop into Illustrator

Simply, I am trying to bring an image made in Photoshop into Illustrator for the purposes of creating a vector image for a t-shirt design. The image has only one layer and contains transparencies. I ...
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Changing File Sizes in a PDF

Is there a way when exporting a .psd as a .pdf to make the file smaller? My client always has me work in Photoshop and send them finished work as .pdf's, but they say the files are too big. These ...
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Illustrator/photoshop: give stroke sharp corners

Here is what I want. This is the image I got. and I do outline by first creating the pen outline.. then stroking by brush. this is what i get: but i want the all edges pointed. For example like ...
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Why does it seem Photoshop is the common answer to icon design instead of Illustrator?

Icons are usually needed in a variety of sizes, so I don't understand why I always hear/see everyone using Photoshop for their icons. Probably I'm exposing my PS ignorance with this question, but ...
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How can I get illustrator to automatically clip the artboard to the vectorized objects size?

I just exported a shape from photoshop as a path and then filled it in illustrator. I now want to save the shape as an svg, or eps but I don't want to save all the excess whitespace around the object. ...
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Efficient ways to save individual layers or assets in Photoshop CC

When I am designing a mockup in Photoshop CC (a website for example), I typically have each element of the website on an individual layer. This is both for production of creating the assets for ...
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Setting up responsive grids in photoshop

I'm having some serious trouble understanding one aspect of responsive design. I understand almost all of the basics but one thing that is troubling me is setting up correct grids in photoshop for ...
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Create solid shadow effect on text using Photoshop CC

Is there a way in Photoshop to create the text effect seen on the words "chart" "when" and "present" in this image that does not involve drawing the shapes one at a time?
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How can I draw a water wave in Photoshop?

This picture is taken from the game Cut the Rope: I'm trying to recreate the wave. This is what I have so far, I used Distort > Wave:
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Blending a drop shadow seamlessly

I need to apply shadow to an overarching border, however so far I've created the shadow with CSS, and since the overarching border is formed by two boxes, the shadow overlaps. My solution to this is ...
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Can I use a derivative work of an editorial image for commercial purpose? [duplicate]

I want to use an editorial (image which cannot be used for commercial purpose) image which contains a celebrity and crest of the sports team. I've use Photoshop filters to create a water-paint effect ...
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Disable link to copied smart objects

I have several smart objects I want to duplicate and preserve the layer style. However, when I modify one of the objects it also changes every copied smart object to match the modified one. Is there ...
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How to separate layer styles on to their own layers?

I know how to do this for all of the layer styles of a particular layer - I simply hover over any of them, right-click and click "Create Layers" from the contextual menu. Does anybody know how/if ...
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How do I move or copy a single path?

I know this is a ridiculously basic question, but I cannot seem to do it for the life of me, even though I did it just 5 minutes ago... I'm trying to copy the path on the right over to the left side ...
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How to draw different coloured waves in Photoshop?

I want to know how to draw waves like patterns in photoshop easily. I have attached an image of it so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about: Please anybody help me in this.
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Photoshop export layers to png but with specific background layer

I have a psd with ~400 Layers which contain semitransparent images and one layer with a solid color. I want to export those layers to png8 and want that layers to have that solid background. I can ...
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Beginner in Photoshop, how can I take an iPad psd file and put an image inside it?

I have a screen shot image for my app. What I am trying to do is insert it into a nice image of the actual device. So I downloaded this image: but I am clueless about how I can cut out just the ...
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Using Photoshop CS6 to animate a Smart Object

I'm currently using Photoshop CS6, and I have an image with three layers: One layer is the background layer. Another layer is a simple shape (star) layer. And a third layer is a set of text that I ...
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Copy the result of an effect on one layer to a new layer

I have a rectangular shape that has a colour overlay and drop shadow in a layer. Now, I want to create a new layer containing only a rasterized version of the effect from the current layer. To put ...
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Save for Web in Photoshop with custom DPI

I am writing user documentation using DITA which allows me to easily generate deliverables in PDF, CHM and web formats. The images need to be saved with a DPI of 110 so that they are displayed ...
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What's the shortcut for “Deselect Layers” in Photoshop?

What's the shortcut for "Deselect Layers" in Photoshop (in OS X)?
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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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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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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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How do I transform images to specific image dimensions without distortion?

I need to resize images to given width/length, but when I do this in photoshop my images come out warped looking. What should I do?
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Should I use anti-aliasing built-in function in photoshop for pixel art?

Currently I'm practising some pixelart drawing for games. But when I do anti-aliasing for lines, I don't know whether I should draw them by hand or just tick anti-aliasing box in photoshop. Could you ...
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Adobe Photoshop - How to turn text into a “hole” in a layer, so I will see the background through it.

Okay, this should be super easy to do but I just can't find the way. I have a background image with a solid colour layer on top of it, and I would like to add text on top of everything in such a way ...
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How to add this shadow effect in photoshop

Here is what I'm trying to do on the border of a photo. How can I do this in photoshop? Thanks,
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Export layers to PNG files, with their layer sizes with Photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exporting layers in Photoshop I have a psd file with 30-40 layers. I would like to export these into PNG files, since I need the transparent background. I have tried ...
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Will text laid out on an image in Photoshop, when printed look pixelated? Or sharp enough?

The title really says it all. I want to design a poster for my home. But here's my question, if I lay out the text in photoshop, save it and then print it - will the text look pixelated? Or sharp ...
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Need advice on reducing icon size without loss in detail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I'm redesigning the icon for my Android application. I designed it at 512x512 and then rescaled it to 96x96 and 32x32. However, it ...
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How to create a gradient which fades an image to a background? [closed]

I would like to achieve in Photoshop this type of effect, to create a gradient which fades an image to a background. I hope you guys understand what I'm trying to say! Look forward to hear from ...
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Why use Photoshop for Web Design

Aside from its bitmap effects, can someone tell me why I should use Photoshop for creating website layouts instead of Illustrator? To the best of my knowledge Photoshop was never intended to be used ...
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Gradient tool in Photoshop not even blend?

When you make a gradient in PS, for example a black to white gradient going across the screen, it seems that it is not an even blend from black to white. There is too much black, too much white, and ...
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Make all Pen points straight by default regardless of the previous point in the path

I am trying to use Photohop's Pen tool to make a clean outline out of a sketch I made. I click and drag to create a curve, then release the mouse. Then I go to make my next point in the path... but I ...
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How to cut of rectangle shape to create bracket in Photoshop?

I want a layer like this: I've drawn the rectangle then I made a selection with the marquee selection tool to delete a part of the rectangle but it deleted whole shape. Can anyone please help me ...
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How do I turn gray and white pixels on black lineart into a transparent gradiant?

I'm hoping my question is a simple one, as I'm strapped for time. To put it simply, the lineart looks great from afar, and I plan on adding color to it in a layer under. But unfortunately, due to a ...
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Photoshop 3D extrude colors continue on side [duplicate]

Very often i see this 3D presentations of layouts. I found a nice tutorial for this 3d effect (link) but i dont know how to let the colors continue on the side like this: I see this very often on ...
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New Smart Object via Copy inside a Layer Group

Is it possible to duplicate a layer group that contains multiple smart objects with relationships to each other, so the duplicate group is separated from the original? I need the duplicate to be ...
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Reducing PSD File size/selections

In trying to reduce file size for PSD, does eliminating saved selections do anything? I've found lots of useful tips, but none relating to selections. Thanks.