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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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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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How can I merge two objects in Illustrator? [duplicate]

In Illustrator how can I merge this roof vector to the background of the square? roof and square
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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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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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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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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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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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Custom Background Resizing As Needed

Is it possible to make a square pattern gradient coloured background that resizes as a webpage grows downwards? A square pattern, dark color - light color - dark color etc and as it goes up it gets ...
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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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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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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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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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Replacing whiteness with transparency in CS6

I want to replace the whiteness in pixels with transparency in the same way as described in this question - i.e. for lighter pixels to be made proportionally as transparent. All solutions found via ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Removing background from .GIF image

Original Image: My try: This is the image. I tried using Polygonal Lasso Tool, but the edges doesn't appear to be OK. Is there more precise way to remove the background and leave the letters ...
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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 ...
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How to create a concrete surface texture to use as background

I am trying to achieve this noisy background behind the cards. How can I recreate this effect?
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which website have a Change the Background of a Photo to White or Designer? [closed]

which website have a Change the Background of a Photo to White or designer ? Look like these pictures... 1) http://i.stack.imgur.com/goA0b.jpg 2) http://i.stack.imgur.com/lyDeP.jpg Send me the ...
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How to create a stained glass effect in Photoshop

There are few ok tuts online, but I haven't found a way to give an image the marblelized clear shiny opacity like real stain glass. Any tips? Stain glass filter applied Lower opacity Play with ...
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Rotated tiling background

How do I rotate the this image by 30 degrees but still have it be tileable? http://i.imgur.com/OXQ8cD4.png
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How can I create a 'double shadow' effect?

I'm a newbie. I want to ask how to create a double shadow like this: I don't know how it's called!
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Add a background-color to a paragraph-style in inDesign

I am currently creating a book layout with inline code and code-blocks. For those code parts, i would like to add a background-color. It should handle code similar to the way it is displayed on ...
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How do I create a lens flare effect?

How was the following design made? It's very beautiful, and I'm trying to recreate it on my own. When I'm done, I'd like to have a "correct answer" to check my answer against.
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Common darkened inner glow effect on solid colour in Photoshop and Illustrator

This SHOULD be really simple, but I can't seem to achieve it effectively with Inner Glow. The effect is so commonly used; nearly every logo here features the effect of a subtle gradient effecting a ...
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Where can I input a color palette and find combining colors that fit in?

I use the Affecton template in a bit different way that it was designed to be used probably. I do not have as much content as it was designed to support. I have only couple of pictures on the page and ...
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Changing the color of the following image

What I'm trying to do is change the color of the following image to something around #21190E. I've tried using the Hue/Saturation, Color Replacer, etc. tools, but none worked well. Do I change the ...
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Automatically remove overlays from a set of identical images using Gimp

I have a number of images that have all the same background but each has different text overlaid (they are covers of a magazine journal). I don't have access to the background image, but I know that ...
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Text effect on any background color

I want to display a text over a video. However, the video may include any color from white to black. What is the best text effect (color/stroke/shadow/glow ... etc) that can be applied on the text so ...
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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 to make a noise/paper background in PS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create this grunge texture effect How can I achieve this kind of background in Photoshop? Seems like a noise/paper pattern.
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How can I remove white pixels around circles when exporting this to gif?

I took the loaders from here: http://xooplate.com/template/details/10888-5-animated-loading-spinner-action-icons-psd Than I exported them easily, with the help of the included action to a gif. But I ...
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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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Creating flexible text boxes in Illustrator

I'm going to be making images that include hundreds of lines of text of varying lengths, each of which will have the same "background", with the exception of the length of the background, which will ...