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Get white background on product photos?

I have photos of a product and I would like to create a white background behind it. See it here: I have tried playing with levels and the brightness but that also messes up the product itself. How ...
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How to decontaminate black edges on hair

I have a pretty decent knowledge of Photoshop, and have used masks and levels etc to remove backgrounds a fair bit (as well as the edge refinement tools they have now). I am having a tricky time ...
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How do I Export from Adobe Illustrator to Photoshop and Preserve Layers?

I am a web developer and I convert design elements from Photoshop to html. Sometimes I receive the designs in Illustrator. I like to export the Illustrator files to Photoshop so they are easier to ...
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How do I slice drop shadows in photoshop when there is another layer underneath?

I have a layout of a webpage and I would like to know how to save for web all the user selected slices. However, in some particular slices I would like to only slice from one or two layers, but keep ...
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Can't see the canvas in Photoshop CS5 (it's transparent)

I just downloaded the trial version of CS5, haven't modified any settings at all so it's vanilla. After starting it up I hit CTRL+N for a new image, select the defaults, but all I see is the gray ...
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How to save a file as a bitmap in Photoshop?

I'm using (or trying to use) Photoshop CC (14.2.1 x64) to produce small bitmaps for a .Net Micro Framework device. Memory is at a premium so I need to produce the screen assets in 16 bit RGB 565 ...
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Turning pixel brightness into transparency in single-hue image

I'm looking for a way to take single-hue images and turn their brightness into opacity in Photoshop. At the simplest, say you have a flat green circle on a white background (as an already saved ...
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Photoshop 3D object looks high quality only when moving it

I am working on some textures for 3D .obj files in photoshop cs6 extended. The objects look pretty pixelated and low quality, but when I move the object mesh, or scene, or camera, it instantly renders ...
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Is there a way to export all the layers properties in a PSD file into an organised “legend map” PDF file for the developers?

The design is ready inside a few PSDs and needs to be passed on to the developers. Is there an easier way to do it instead of manually creating it or giving away the PSD? The end product should be a ...
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Photo distorts terribly on Facebook [duplicate]

I've designed a logo which looks high res in photoshop. But really distorts in Facebook. I understand that Facebook converts the image, but compared to similar logos, it looks bad. Any ways around ...
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Photoshop CS6 export to RGB 565 format

I googled this a bit and found an older post on the Adobe forums but that's for Photoshop CS3. I was looking for the Advanced Mode option but couldn't find it. Is it still possible to save a bitmap ...
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Advice on batch exporting sections of an image

I have a large PSB file (33600x19200px) and I need to write a script to export sections of this image as a series of images. What would the best approach be ? Initially I thought about scripting ...
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How to pan with the hand tool in Photoshop CS6 when the view is “Fit on screen”?

I would like to be able to pan an image while I'm seeing 100% of the image, but Photoshop doesn't allow me to do. Do you know any workarounds? I'm using Windows.
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Remove substracted paths from shape layers and combine into one shape layer

I'm creating a wi-fi icon in Photoshop, using three circles and subtracted paths. Now I need to remove the subtracted area and combine the three shape layers into one shape layer without rasterizing. ...
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Re: View Size vs. Print Size and Resolution in Adobe Photoshop

They say you start to see the pixels in an image when it is printed around 200 dpi/ppi or less, right? I'm looking at some images here at 100% view in photoshop, and when I open the image size window, ...
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General name for these type of images

What is the general name for these images with lots of icons and small items sketched (or outlined), they are quite popular these days. Evernote and Whatsapp for example uses them: ...
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Is there a template to display a tri-fold or page-turn for a portfolio?

I'm building my portfolio, and rather than handing out hundreds of various designs, I want to put several items on one page. But I also want to illustrate what they are, such as a tri-fold or ...
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Photoshop action to export png using filename pattern (@2x)

How do you create a Photoshop action to do the following: Save for Web, at full size, using the (PSD) filename with "@2x" appended (and .png) Save for Web, at 50% size, using the (PSD) filename (and ...
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Merging Two Anchor Points in Photoshop

I have a shape path that contains two shapes within it. I want to merge two anchor points from - note that the two anchors are on different paths on the same shape. Here is an image. Is it ...
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How can I write in other languages in Photoshop?

In other languages, alphabets can combine characters into symbols. I don't know if Photoshop can do that. Is there a clean way to do it, or a special plugin (preferably free)?. Maybe there is some ...
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Photoshop: how to create buttons that look “subtly pushed”?

Any ideas how can I create "subtly pushed" buttons like the "Active filter" buttons in the following screenshot? The mockup is from here. UPDATE: Here's what I have got so far:
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Photoshop: How do I create a new layer from a shape that I wish to draw?

When I try to draw a shape, I can't seem to get it to create a new layer, but rather it always goes on the layer that I already have selected. How do I create a new layer from a shape that I wish to ...
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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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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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What causes the Eyedropper to change all samples to white?

My Eyedropper has suddenly started changing all samples to white. No matter what area of an image I click it samples white, this is regardless of sample size or modifier keys. If I manually select a ...
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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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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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Alternative tool to Photoshop that allows editing PSD files with “smart objects”?

Are there any other tools than Adobe Photoshop available that allow to edit PSD files that contain smart objects? (I checked GIMP but it doesn't support smart objects)
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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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Rotate position with Photoshop animate

I am trying to rotate a circle around another circle in Photoshop CC. I am using the transform option in the animation window. After I make the 2 keyframes. The animation isn't moving along the anchor ...
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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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Different shades of black in Photoshop and InDesign

I'm currently putting together a CD cover, and haven't been working that much with printing, so CMYK tends to confuse me a bit. I'm going to place a logo inside a frame in InDesign. I added the exact ...
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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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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 ...