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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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Illustrator: How to prevent layers showing white background?

Just installed Illustrator CC. Coming from PS, I would really like to see a 'transparent' background in my layers. In PS, you see a checkered background when no pixels are present in the canvas -- ...
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How to make rough background with Paint.NET?

How to draw an icon with rough background like that: Is it possible to do this with some fill tool?
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Help with placing Photoshop file into Indesign

Hello all the smart designers out there, I have question regarding about importing photoshop file into Indesign layout. I have received this product photoshop file from a photographer. When I place ...
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GIF background texture not blending well to page background texture

On my portfolio site at http://samnorris.co.nz I have an animated .gif image - the astronaut with the heading underneath: "Protecting the galaxy one pixel at a time"... I'm not sure if it's just me ...
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How to have a 2-color logo put on a color background of the same hue?

The logo I currently have is similar to the one below. It has 2 colors of the same hue, with different brightnesses. I'm attempting to put the logo on a Windows app, with the design calling for a ...
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Is having a grayer background a bad thing?

With F9F9F9 background: Original: I thought my blog looked a little bit boring with a plain old white background, so I tried it with #F9F9F9 and #FCFCFC. I'm not really sure whether I like it. ...
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How do I create an image with blurred background and focused foreground?

EveryMe.com uses this image as background: How is it done, and how do I edit an image to look like that? I use Pixelmator and photoshop, thanks!
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Want to make the background area of two people standing on beach semi-transparent

Can I make just the background of a picture semi-transparent while leaving the two people opaque? I have tried many things, but it keeps making the entire background completely transparent. Please ...
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Photoshop: Smoke with semi-transparent background?

I'm attempting to make a transparent logo that uses a smoke effect. I used the tutorial found here to do so: Photoshop CS5: Setting a black background to transparent However, I am having issues as ...
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Recommended practices for working with backgrounds in flat design

I am doing an Android app, actually re-disigning it, because the previous design was terrible. I'm not a designer, neither the guy who did the first version, we're both developers, but I do like the ...
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How to create transparent 1 bit background as in the sample?

I stumbled upon a background image with transparency I have never seen before (image below). When placed as a background-image on web, it mantains the set background-color and only adds some ...
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Creating a website background inspired by spatula stuhhi

I'm working on a website for a friend of mine. It's a very minimalistic webdesign and right now I'm using a dark grey-ish background. However if found pictures like this: ...
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How to convert transparent layer to solid? (All variants)

I have a transparent layer, like this one (please notice transparency at the center of the image): How would you fill the layer with a color like it was done here: It is important to fill these ...
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Removing shadows in a white background photo

How do I remove the shadow in this photo? I tried fuzzy select on my actual image, the object has grey elements that make it difficult to distinguish properly. I can do by parts, but the real ...
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Qualities of a full-page website background image

We are trying to create a web page with a full-size background. The following pages are our inspiration: http://www.august.com.au/ http://www.levehytter.no/ http://danielfiller.com/ We have ...
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How to randomly distribute a group of icons / graphics in a canvas?

I want to design something like this: It has been established in previous answers that these are doodle graphics. Some ways to make them manually are seen on here and here. How can I make one ...
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CSS: Fade input image on focus is too dark

How can I simply make the background fade a bit while typing WITHOUT affecting the text opacity?. Without fading if you type over the top of the image it is hard to read. The reason I have not faded ...
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Where to find a milky-way skysphere map?

I'm doing a PovRay scene and am using NASA's Blue Marble images as a source to render earth. I also found some maps for the moon and the sun. Now I also want to have the milky way in the scene. The ...
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What kind is this background called and where to find more?

I found this background which is being used in Wordpress Stackexchange: Link: http://cdn.sstatic.net/wordpress/img/bg-watermark.png I don't know what kind is this background called in English: ...
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Drawing text on an image background that has dark and bright parts

Often, I want to write text over a background image. If the background image is bright, I use a dark color for the text, and vice versa. But, often the image has both dark and bright parts. So a dark ...
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Choose white or black letters over color

Given a background color, what is the best way to determine if I should use black or white for the foreground color? For example, could I use a formula based on the HSB values of the color? It's for ...
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Quotable reference to support my assertion that black text on a grey background is not a “highlight”

I need some graphic design advice on finding a quotable piece of information regarding the use of "highlighting" text on signage, which I hope you can help me with. I'm in a dispute with my local ...
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Making a square pattern background

I want to make a basic square pattern background in Photoshop. However, I'm a real newbie at it. My plans are to make a 70x70 pixel square and divide it into 4 squares - each one with 35 pixels. Then ...
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Is there a program that handles text background well?

Paint is the best I've found until now. I need the ability to add a background to text and also control padding. Paint would be perfect if it didn't squeeze text to the left and made equal padding ...
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How do I make icons on an image background appear debossed? [closed]

I Am a beginner in Photoshop. I don't exactly know the name of the thing I have highlighted in the above image. How to make such contents on a background image? Do mention if it can be done using ...
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Where would I be able to download/purchase stencilled background artwork? [duplicate]

What I mean by "stencilled" artwork is cartoonish glyphs for the background of a graphic, visible on this app page for Things or in the background of this graphic the Ember app page in the top banner. ...
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How to produce a blurred abstract (frosted glass) background like this?

I have been seeing these blurred backgrounds all over the place, so I would like to know the exact steps how to reproduce something like this . What I can imagine, is that they first blurred an ...
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How to get a full background from a photo?

Usually one wants to get rid off the background in a photo. In my case I want to get rid of the 'objects' of the photo and remain with a 'full background'. By full background I mean that I'd like to ...
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Set Background of Adobe Flash Layer to Transparent

Is there a way to make a layer's background transparent? I have a background image that is a little smaller than the frame size, so there is a white line when I export the movie from the layer on ...
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How to create this header background in Photoshop

I'd like to know how to create the header background in the following image (taken from here). I'm referring to the grid of images behind the search box. Clearly those are just square colored images ...
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Testing if a BG will Repeat Tile Properly in Photoshop?

I am frequently working to create background textures in Photoshop to be used on the web. Unfortunately I usually have to guess, or just use freebies from other websites. I would like to build my ...
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What is the best way to label an image?

I have an image which I would like to label certain areas with some sort of a text label. I'm trying to figure out what the best way is to make the text clear. The image is color, and objects may have ...
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Reedit the cropped image [closed]

The above image is converted to png by cropping. whereas the main image was in wmf format. IS there any way to look at the above image in a better way?
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Photoshop - Difference between two images

I will try to explain my problem in few words. I have an image representing a person. Thanks to my code I manage to compute the background subtraction and have the resulting shape of the person in HSV ...
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How Can I create a irregular shape in CSS without an image? [closed]

I would like to create a irregular shape in CSS like one below . I want to avoid putting image as background completely . Please help me in this regard..Thanks Bijeesh
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Why not pure black and pure white?

A New Top Bar for Stack Exchange says, The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s really black*. * Jin points out that technically it’s not quite black: it’s #212121. In its CSS I see, ...
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How to find/create background images?

I'm a programmer, trying to create a good looking portfolio for myself. I have very little knowledge about graphic design, so please forgive me if I'm asking too broad questions. I want to learn ways ...
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I just CAN'T cut this product out in a professional manner [duplicate]

I'm hoping you guys can help. I've been using photoshop for donkeys years, but the one difficulty I have is cutting out products in a professional way. I decided to take the underlying photo on a ...
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Super-thin UI Trend: Is there a name for this “beyond 'flat'” style?

I really like the look of this screenshot on Dribbble: And I'd like to employ a similar navigation for both desktop and mobile devices. I’m looking for a similar UI set – large (X) to close out a ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5: how to save background color to pdf

I changed the background colour of my pdf through: Document Setup -> changing color under "transparency" (grid color) -> checking "Simulate Colored Paper" This changes the background in Illustrator ...
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How can I create a background pattern with small, cartoon-like, hand-drawn stencil images?

For example, in this picture (ignore the logo): I love how the background is cute and made up of small, simple images. Where can I find resources like this background, or how can I recreate it?
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Looking for methods of showing text or logos on same coloured backgrounds

I need to keep the logo/ text the same colour as shown. The problem is that part of the logo is the same colour as the background it's going to be placed on. I'm running out of ideas to try and show ...
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Implement non-symmetrical background image to a site

I am trying to add the following 3D image as background to the content of a wordpress website: Click for full resolution Website I would like the header part to stay the same size on all pages, ...
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Link a layer with a shape/vector mask in Photoshop

Simple question that I can't find the answer to. I have a layer with a photo that I got off the internet. I want this layer to have rounded corners. So I draw a rectangle with rounded corners in ...
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How can I create a multi-color blurred background?

I have seen an image with this background. As a newbie I am unable to get this multi colored mixed background. I am able to get just two colors and that too linearly with the Blend Tool. But that ...
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How to show background texture through text placed on background in Photoshop?

Say you have an image of a wall or an old, creased piece of paper and you want to add text on that background. How can you make the texture of the background come through the new text in Photoshop so ...
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How can I create a half-circle patterned background in photoshop?

Have a look at this website: http://owltastic.com/extras.html - in particular, look at the topmost part of the page. You can see a small background the bottom of which forms half circles. The same ...
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How do I create an abstract image with a color gradient with Gimp?

I want to create an image that looks like this: How can I recreate this effects, or what terms should I use for finding better results?
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How can I extend the background of an image?

I have purchased this stock image: I wish to extend the pebble background substantially, to fill the image around 4x wider, keeping the same height. So far I've tried: Using PS CS5 ...