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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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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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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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Key out white of embedded image in Illustrator

I have an Illustrator document with a number of images embedded. The images are all illustrations on a white background. I need to remove the white so that the art behind shows through. I know there ...
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What is this network pattern/symbol called

So I want to make a seamless repeating background pattern using the line and dot in this image below... Is there a name for this type of design? (sidenote) If you have any other suggestions, I'm ...
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Uniformizing background in scanned images

I have some old photographs that I have scanned. While the image of the person is clear, the background has several blurs and is not a perfect black as one would desire. Is there a way to detect the ...
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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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What is this outline around text and how do I get rid of it? (Adobe Illustrator CS5)

I'm a beginner in Illustrator so please excuse me if this is a very noob question. There's this thin orange-ish outline around the text. I'm 100% certain it is not a stroke. I'm guessing it is ...
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How to create wooden texture for table?

I've been developing a flash game which is a top-view table top game. I'm trying to have a go at the art myself and need the table to look kind of smooth and not photo-realistic. So far I tried to ...
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Image that looks different on black background and on white

If you put this image on a black background you see something different than on a white background. Does anyone have a idea how it works?
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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 put a new background behind black text that already has a white background?

After you all helped me in my previous post with the handwritten text, helping me to erase the parchmnt and leave the text, I need help now with the next step. Please forgive me if this is simple ...
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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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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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image as a background doesn't fill all the page

I changed my html code with for the multi image background to work with Internet Explorer. Since this change, I have a white border all around the page. Did someone know why it doesn't fill all the ...
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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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Change Background Color of Text Box in Illustrator CS5

Any way to change the background color of a text box without all the workarounds such as placing another shape behind the text. I need to have a textbox filled with color of 249, 249, 249 and a ...
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How to draw Aqua backgrounds like this?

Can please somebody tell me how to draw a background like this? The gradient in the background is not a big deal, but the lines... I guess it can be done in Photoshop or some other tool. Maybe ...
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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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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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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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Creating a perfect background blur?

I have looking through DeviantArt and the background of one of the web interfaces caught my eye. I tried to replicate it but couldn't get anywhere near the perfect effect. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to create this effect in photoshop CS5

First let me start off by saying that I'm a programmer and have very little experience with Photoshop, so thanks for helping me out! I'm trying to create a background for my main view, but I'm not ...
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Creating Rolodex-Style Flipping Numbers Sprite in Photoshop?

So Apple recently had a countdown to their 1 billionth app download and it used a rolodex flipping type of effect. This actually turned out to be running on a sprite image which is composed of ...
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Critique background color / gradient to use

I'm in the process of putting a site together. I have very limited knowledge regarding Photoshop (but I am trying!!). The site is being built to display some images of mine. I'm a photographer by ...
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How calculate 2 colors for red gradient button with same ratio as 2 colors for blue gradient button?

I have gradient button that generated by 2 colors:#0880A9, #066383.(blue). I want to create button with red gradient that have same ratio as my blue gradient. How should i do this calculation? ...
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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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Background to create comic book

I am not a graphic designer but a programmer. Recently i wrote a short story in answer of a technical question. Then I realized if i convert it into graphical comic book story then it would be more ...
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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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Gradient background

I bought a template and I want to change the background. Now it is looks like this: I have this background: How can I make from this a gradient background like on original image?
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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 can I keep my background layer always locked?

The Background Layer is locked. I duplicated the file to Background Copy. Go to chop the Background Copy. The locked background changes and no longer is locked. Please help me reset my settings ...
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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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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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Having trouble making a CSS3 background

I wanted to make a rather simple double-CSS3 gradient background, which would look like the one in use on my website now. I can't, however, conjure up the code to get both gradients working at once. ...
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Where can I find backgrounds for my poster?

I'm designing a 3'x2' flex poster for my startup. I'm a long time GIMP user but this is the first time I'm designing poster for printing (Vector graphics). Coming to the design. It's pretty simple. ...
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How to fill the remains of the background of a page that is partially filled with an image?

I'm creating a report about my latest internship in InDesign where some of my work will fill empty pages. I'm creating various web designs and all of those pages don't have the same ratio as the paper ...
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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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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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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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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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Velvet effect for background in Adobe Illustrator

Does anybody know/have ideas how to make velvet effect background in Adobe Illustrator 5.x? An example I'm talking about:
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Help With Futuristic/Modern Swirls in Illustrator

I'm looking to make futuristic/modern swirls in Illustrator for a background for a project that I'm doing. Here's an example I found: I don't want to rip the picture off and I'm not looking for ...
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How do I create 1 pixel grids with differing colours on my own? (not with generator)

How do I create 1 pixel grids with differing colours on my own? For example this 960px_12_col_grid: Better visible: : http://i.stack.imgur.com/5cryP.gif
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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. ...