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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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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 ...
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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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Does anybody know a tutorial for designing the Mountain Lion background pattern?

Does anybody know a tutorial for designing the OS X Mountain Lion background pattern? I am referring to this commonly used background pattern:
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Is there a single text color that is acceptable on both dark and light background?

Is there a single text color that, when used on either dark or light background, produces a readable (or at least tolerable) output? If it makes it easier, constraints can be put on the hue, ...
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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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Alpha Transparency Remove Background Photoshop

Is there any way in Photoshop to remove a background color from an image, when some of the background is behind a transparent object. So far, I've tried using masks and channels but have not made ...
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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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How many colors should be used in a background gradient?

For on-screen design (web or desktop applications), in areas where there is significant background space visible, a subtle gradient adds a lot to the look of the app/page/image. How many colors (max) ...
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Extracting background texture from PSD file

I'm new to Photoshop. I have just started to learn from seeing and using free web templates available on the net. I have this good looking web template in a PSD file. The background has a nice ...
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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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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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Where would I find a high quality version of a wooden floor like this?

It is to be used for background on a website. I like it exactly the way it is except that the image quality is not good enough. Looking for quality that will look good on a Retina screen. Must be able ...
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How do I get rid of a background color (with a glow)

I have this image: Is there any way to get rid of the red background (make it transparent) yet keep all the glow effects? So far I've only been able to remove the pure-red parts of the image, yet ...
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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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Why is my character lost in the background?

I am designing and developing a 2D-platformer and I'm having trouble with the look and feel of the game. The game is about an inventor who is kidnapped for warfare. Theme: Childish but sad. There are ...
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How can I match a site's background color in both Chrome and Firefox?

I'm designing a page with both a background image and a background color for the area past the end of the (gradient) background image. Something like: background: url("/images/bg.png") repeat-x ...
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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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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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Advice on typography and background image

I have a blog and i would like to ask anyone CSS savvy for advice on some changes. http://fornuftfu.se/category/blogg/ Better Typography for the blog articles Is the design too dull? Would a ...
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Coloured background in illustrator that isn't included in export

I have an illustrator document with many artboards. Almost all the artwork is white and needs to be exported as (transparent) pngs. In order to see the artwork I have to put a large grey rectangle ...
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How can I fix the edges of foreground objects pasted onto a new background?

How can I cut out a foreground object, e.g. a person, from one picture and superimpose it onto a new background without making the edges look bad? The problem I've come across is that if I have for ...
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How do I make an “ancient” style design

I am trying to design a site with a "ancient" feel to it, such as this example: How can I make textures, buttons and background like on those sites?
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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 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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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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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 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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Create a cloud using filter and then have that be transparent in parts so

I have been reading, and following tutorials for about 8 hours now. My head hurts. I'm frustrated and it's late :) What I originally did with great success was have the color green and put a layer ...
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Illustrator gradient banding but on the Display? [closed]

So I was working and everything was ok until a PC crashed which made me re-install windows and adobe products. Until then my gradients were perfect, but now as I try to make one they are full of huge ...
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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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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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Contrast ratio between foreground and background

What is an acceptable contrast ratio between a foreground and its background?
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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 creat this background patterns which gives a 3 effect - either in Photoshop or PAINT.net

You can see this is very faint image (below), only one pixel tall. The demo can be 100 px tall. How can I achieve this affect in Photoshop or Paint.net? I would like the main inner area to be 800px ...
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What is this pattern called and how is it created?

I've seen this on many websites as a background but I can't seem to find a name for it or I can't seem to create it myself. If someone has done this, it would help a lot if you can give me some ...
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How to isolate artwork from games for fan art

Wherever there is a popular game, there is fan art: custom wallpapers, t-shirts, etc. One thing they usually have in common is that they feature artwork from the game, or something close to it. ...
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Creating a bokeh-like background effect in Photoshop

How to create this bokeh background effect with the help of Photoshop?
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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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Invert background to white in Photoshop

I have this image: What's the easiest way to convert the background from black to white?
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Remove identical pixels in two layers/images with free software

I've inherited a large set of button icons at work, which I'd like to use in another project, but with a different button background. The trouble is that the original files have been lost in history, ...
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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 create a background like Dribbble.com?

I'm curious about the background of http://dribbble.com/ . I've seen something similar on a couple of other sites too. What's it called? How can I create something like with a different color? ...
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Good background and text colors for a website with both photos and text

I put both photos and significant blocks of text on a couple of websites I run. Currently, I'm using white text on black or dark gray. It's getting a bit old, and I think I'd prefer text darker than ...
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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