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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 [duplicate]

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 ...
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Remove background based on color in Inkscape

There is a classical way of removing background in Inkscape using Bezier curves. This is often quite lengthy process. Is it possible to remove the background of an object based on background color ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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How to create this effect in photoshop CS5 [closed]

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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Transitioning Between Background Colors

One problem that frequently stumps me while working on sites is how to transition between two differing background colors elegantly. For instance, the top portion of a site I'm working on has a gray ...
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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 change the color of a pattern or texture in Photoshop?

How would I go about replicating the following pattern in Photoshop, with a different background color than this gray one? Of course, it would be best if the pattern could be on its separate layer, ...
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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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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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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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Add transparency to an existing PNG

I'd like to use this image on a web site. What I need to do is change the background from black to transparent, so I can use the arrow on my site maintaining the page background. I used Gimp to ...
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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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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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Technical name for the removal of an image background

Can someone remind me what the technical name is for the removal of a background from a still image? Our photographer told me years ago, but I've since forgotten and it gets embarrassing!
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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 ...