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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? [duplicate]

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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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 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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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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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 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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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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How to find a texture for a background image for website?

I am looking for a texture pattern for an image that is similar to the one Path.com uses: https://www.path.com/images/about/bg.gif I want a similar image pattern so i can use it as a background ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...