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Any way to use an Android tablet as a cheap touch-screen (display + pointer-input-device) for Photoshop?

Is there a way (a hack; a commercial app; etc...) which enables me to use any of the available <300$ tablets as a pen-input device to my PC? And specifically in Photoshop? Wacom's offerings are ...
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Issues with creating a hi-res Large Icon for Android notifications in Jelly Bean

I am attempting to create beautiful hi-res graphics for Android notifications, but am running into some issues. In Jelly Bean, there is a new place for large icons (see the notification design ...
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How to automate exporting multiple PNGs with different sizes from Photoshop?

I have a .psd file with a 96px x 96px resolution. Now I want to save this as four .png files with different resolutions such as 36px x 36px, 48px x 48px, 72px x 72px and 96px x 96px. Instead of ...
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How can I achieve consistent colours in my app on different mobile displays?

We are working on a mobile game that will run on iOS and Android devices. The graphic theme has been designed during the first steps of the development by a single person. Now he's no more an active ...
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How can I create multiple image sizes at the same time?

I program Android apps, and one of the requirements is that there are images of multiple sizes generated for different sized devices. I might create a 48x48, 64x64, 96x96, 128x128, and 144x144 image ...
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What is the best resolution to work at for Android devices?

I am trying to design an app for Android devices, but they come in all sizes and stuff... with different resolutions and its a bit confusing. What is the best way to do it? Work at the biggest ...
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32 Bit PNG's won't save as png?

Just for some background knowledge. I am absolutely terrible with graphics, but I attempt anyway. I am trying to create a dead simple graphic for my Android APplication while trying to follow the ...
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How do you make an Android loading icon in Illustrator?

I'd like to know how to make an android style loading icon in Illustrator. Can anyone help? It doesn't have to spin, i'd just like to know how to create the opacity on the circular object. This is ...
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How do designers render their work onto an iPhone/Android?

Before you down vote, bare with me as I'm a developer! I've always been curious how designers render their work onto a phone to show their customers how it may look on the phone, for example: ...
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How to convert between Android DP and CSS px?

I see this is probably a noob question, but it truly confuses me. I'm reading documents from the Google Material Design, along with some of its implementations in css. The specification is written in ...
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Is this typeface intentionally so uneven, or is this some display error?

I read many books on Android for Kindle, and most of them display in a nice, unobtrusive way. This is a screenshot of my last book: But the book I am currently reading has a very strange ...
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How to create Android PNG Icons from an SVG using GIMP

I'm pretty much a graphics design noob, as you can tell by this very basic question. What I am trying to achieve is to create a set of Android icons from an SVG file that I have. In case you didn't ...
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What are the most important qualities to look for when hiring a great mobile UI designer for a consumer-facing Internet startup?

I'm looking for an experienced mobile UI designer to lead the vision and design for our iphone and android applications. What characteristics, experience or requirements would a mid-to-senior level ...
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Minimum set of assets to cover all screen sizes, densities, and orientations on Android

I'm working on an Android project, and we have a splash screen where the user logs in that has a background image that takes up the entire screen. What is the minimum set of assets needed for this? ...
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Creating graphics for Android/iOS/Mobile Devices

I've created icons many times now with tons of great information I've learned here at GraphicDesign StackkExchange. Now, I'm finally putting together my first real application that will go public on ...
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Interactive elements of a PDF being hidden when viewed in iOS/Android et al

we have created an interactive PDF in InDesign CC for a client with rollovers on various charts, that display extra information when rolled over. Now obviously the rollovers are meaningless on touch ...
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What image file format is used by Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile?

I have been using Sketchbook Mobile on an android phone a little bit and, being an android (me and the device), I have located the single save file the program allows and make backups of that file on ...
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Is there any design documentation for GUI element sizes in mobile devices?

I know it depends on the device but I am having a hard time locating GUI element sizes in regards to browsers, keyboards, etc. etc. for Apple and Android devices. I have searched through Apple's ...
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Illustrator multi-device export

I’m working on an UI app design for both Android and IPhone. I’m using Adobe Illustrator. Now I’m facing the problem that the exportation of assets is a nightmare. I need to create a different ...
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How to create a 3D effect in Inkscape as required by the Android Design Guidelines?

In the Iconography section if the Android Design Guide they describe the following style that should be used for Launcher Icons: Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, ...
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What is the difference between “flat style” and “material design”?

After Windows 8 came out all spoke about "Metro UI" and later about the "Flat design". Now, after Android Lollipop came out all speak about "Metro design". Can somebody explain the difference between ...
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Legally use UI design of iOS platform as website design

I'm creating a web page which has an inherent link to smart phones, and therefore I would like to mimic the design of the iOS and/or Android platform in the website. In the case of the iOS platform, ...
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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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Where and/or how to generate custom android button graphic images?

I'm creating an app, and I want it to be more colorful and vivid. Though, I'm not an artist or have any drawing talent. Is there someplace online where I can create custom images for my android ...
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I want to use Helvetica Neue in my Android application. Where do I buy the appropriate license?

I'm having a heck of a time getting a straight answer for this. Hope somebody here can help! If I'm a small commercial company that's creating an Android application for a paid service, what sort of ...
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Is Illustrator good for Android?

I know nothing of graphic design. I've started developing for Android, and I want my interface to be beautiful, and for that I know it needs to be designed by hand, but I also know that means knowing ...
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Best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application

Which is the best Way to Build & Design Buttons, Icons for Mobile application of Android and IOS platform.
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Techniques to focus a specific list item?

I am playing around with website design and am having trouble letting a user know a specific item in the list is special / important / requires attention. I have tried increasing the size of the ...
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Features of a good logo for a smartphone app

I can design but I am new to the "phone app" world. How do I make an awesome logo for this smartphone-app job? I am looking for a "To Do" list, please.
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PNG shadow shows as white border on android device

I am creating few icons with Drop shadow blending option in Photoshop. Then I save the icon as PNG with Transparency as 'chekced' and Matte as 'None'. The shadow looks fine on desktop but when my ...
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Critique: How can I improve the design of the 'Show Phone Contacts' dialog in my app?

In the add contact dialog , I am suppose to add a button/link or something like that that will take the user to a view that shows the saved phone contacts. So I know that the Show Phone Contacts ...
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Creating a drop shadow on one side of a shape

I am trying to recreate this effect (see photo) from the HipMunk Android app and I am having some issues as the shadow is coming out other sides on the shape. I just want the shadow out of the right ...
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What is the correct font for Android section headlines?

The Roboto spec book shows "Black Small Caps" but it's not included in the font package. Fallback is using Black in uppercase - not ideal.
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Services, resources or templates for creating an Android UI design

Are there any online/standalone editors or template collections for designing Android application?
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Design tools in Fedora

I am reasonably experience developer on photoshop and it has spoiled me to no extent. I am searching for a graphic tool on fedora which is simple to generate images that I would like to use on my ...
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Android Launcher Icon “suggests” a border

Looking at the Android Asset Studio Launcher Icon Generator, the launcher icons always end up with a transparent border of at least 2dp. Same goes the App Icon Template. But Googles Design Guide does ...
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Change the transparency of an Android stock icon?

I am trying to use an android star icon (.png) and color it in red. Basic, right? Well. I did the color change after some research (just download Gimp 2) from an iOS icon because it has the ideal ...
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Scaling image to suit 480dpi Android screen(xxhdpi)

I am newbie designer. Have designed the screens for an android app using illustrator and measurements are in pixels. My developers have asked me to provide the images @480DPI. My online research did ...
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How do I use the unstyled icons in the Action Bar Icon Pack? [closed]

The action bar icon pack at http://developer.android.com/design/downloads/index.html has a list of icons that are "unstyled". What does that mean? If I use them, should I style them with Android ...
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Learning GUI design: where do I start? [duplicate]

I want to learn how to create stylish Graphic User Interfaces for android applications beyond the common style of the google apps itself. if some one has some documents i can read to give applications ...
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android tablet for designer? [closed]

I am kinda on a tight budget and I want to start designing stuff on a computer screen and I am looking for a cheap but decent tablet so i can start using Sketchbook pro as a start. I was looking into ...
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How to output multiple image sizes from one design?

I am designing an app for android and as you may know that android uses 6 different density buckets from LDPI to XXXHDPI. Is there a way to save multiple outputs of different sizes from one design ...
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What is the best icon to show 'randomness' in an Android application?

Currently I am using a clip art image of two dice as a 'random' button: However, it doesn't fit the Android look and feel at all. How would I best represent 'randomness' in a button?
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Designing scalable graphics without using vectors

I'm working on an mobile phone game, and don't have the luxury of being able to use vector graphics. I'd like the game to be playable on a wide range of devices from 2560x1600 tablets to 320x240 ...
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How to go about making a 3D icon for Android App Icon

The android design guidelines say that "Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, with a slight perspective as if viewed from above, so that users perceive some depth." I am still ...
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When designing an Android app, will the “default” theme be different on different devices?

I am currently designing the UI for my first Android app. Android (obviously) lets you design any and every element in your app using XML. On any elements where you leave the "default" (holo) theme ...
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How to create a common app design (PSD) for mobile iPad and Android?

This is the first time I will create the design for an app that will work on mobile, iPad and Android. Would I have to create 3 different PSDs for all 3 viewport sizes?, or creating 1 PSD design for, ...
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How to Save .svg in Illustrator so it shows right on Adroid?

I am trying to create a .svg image for Android devices, but it is not visible clearly in the device. How should I save the file from Adobe Illustrator and how can I optimise the file?
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Preparing PSD design to android app development

It is my first question here and I hope it is not a bad one. I have android app designed in PSD. Now my job is to make it into XMLs. My problem is that design dimensions are 768px x 1184px with ...
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Color issues from photoshop to android

I have created some images and set some colors using photoshop and applied them to our app in android studio, but for the same hex code, colors arent same, I do not understand why this is happening. I ...