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Photoshop water ripple refraction (from intensity map)?

I want to create a ripple effect. I have an existing smart object with a black/transparent "ripple" effect. I want to turn this into a refraction effect so that you don't see the black/transparent ...
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Default “Preview On” - Illustrator plugins and effects

Every time I use an effect or a modifying function ("Extrude and Bevel" or "Split into grid" for example) I have to check "Preview". I always want preview to be enabled. Is there a way to get ...
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Lens Distortion Effect with Illustrator

I'm trying to model a lens distortion to apply to a vector image. I originally tried to use the Warp > Inflate effect, and I was able to get close in some scenarios to what I was looking for, but the ...
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How to to use bevel and emboss properly for clean buttons in photoshop cs6

I've heard of different methods in getting a nice highlight on the top of a button. Can some of you explain a preferred fx for the example here? Along side the nice highlight on the top of the ...
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Design term for a callout box with lines to source?

What is the industry term for this effect?
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how to create sunken or inlay effect in illustrator to create depth to an object

Basicly, I need to know what is the best way to add depth to an innerbox like for example a monitor, a tv, anything that comes with a frame. In my case it's a window frame that contains a poster. ...
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What photoshop filter is this?

I applied a simple photoshop filter to a drawing I made a while ago. Now I need to apply the same filter to a different drawing, but I can't remember which filter it was. I've tried every filter, and ...
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How to achieve this coffee powder photo effect?

I am interested in how to achieve this coffee cream/powder effect using Photoshop. I have spent quite some time trying to figure this out, but wasn't successful. Using a clipping mask to apply ...
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Illustrator 3D extrude and bevel problem

Right, sorry if the pictures are a bit small, but look at the group on the right where I'm previewing a 3D effect. Notice how there are three turquoise stripes running along it. (You can look at ...
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Affect mutliple layers in gimp

Is it possible to apply things like brightness/contrast or hue saturation, or even filters to more than one layer at a time in gimp.
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How to fade two images together in Gimp

I have two pictures of irregular shape with transparent background and a background image. How can I join these two pictures to make them fade with each other, but not with the background image?
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How can I create a coffee cream effect with Photoshop?

Today I would like to create a coffee cup with the cream floral on it as a text by using Photoshop. It looks like you order a cup of hot cappuccino and the bartender will draw a flower with cream on ...
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Convert logo from text semi-automatically

I am a software developer and new at logo design. I want to make a logo for my application based on its name, but I prefer to not use Adobe Illustrator or similar tools. The ideal for me would be a ...
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how to get that new JSFIDDLE/Twitter/Youtube effect in photoshop?

As all the big sites have been updating their style recently, I've noticed this effect on a few sites and I'm wondering how they do it. Its like this normal gradient effect, with this pattern, abbit ...
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How to turn off effects on anchored object that are nested from textbox?

Adobe Indesign CS6. Take a look on this image: How to remove shadow under blue shape? I can't clear effects on this object:
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How to create irregular shapes with round corners

I found a logo of a company named Ibbt. As you can see, there is a separation between elements (the shapes in the left). Can anybody tell how to create such effect in Illustration?
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How can I improve a poor quality scan/photo of an ink signature on paper?

I am trying to "transfer" my signature from paper to the computer. Here is the procedure I followed, yes you may laugh, I know it. My question is, is it possible instead of the hard lines I got to ...
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Tiling seamless diagonal lines

I'm working on a tile-based game, and I'd like to have diagonal lines for (32x32) tiles. The problem is, whenever you tile them, they look like this: How do I make it seamlessly tile?
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Splitting an image into many randoms pieces

I have an image of a map of a certain region, and I want to show the map divided to about 1000 small pieces. This should be a metaphor of dividing the region to many small land-plots. I need two ...
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Shadow for medium sized text

there are many examples of text-shadow effects on the web but only for very large text or particular background/foreground colours. I've tried creating an engraved effect or a 3D effect (I really ...
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How do I make objects created with transform effect into an actual object?

Say, you apply transform as an effect and make a bunch of rotated copies of an object. Now those copies are an effect and if you center the object it will only center the original object and not the ...
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Matte effect in illustrator [closed]

I'm new to graphic design. Does anyone know how to create a the matte shape like this from the picture below!
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How can I recreate this washed out / tie dyed effect?

How could I recreate this gradient washed out effect in PS?
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What's the name of this 3D overprinted text effect

What is this kind of 3D text effect called? It's made with either overprinted letters, or different colored layers into a fake 3D effect.
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How to reset layer style properties in layer styles window in Photoshop?

Every time I go back to edit some layer effects for a new layer, there are weird presets, e.g. Screen or Overlay blend modes for some of the layer settings, and then the lighter gradient tone is ...
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How do I create an effect of an object hanging off the end of text

I am trying to find a tutorial on how to create the effect of an object (in this case a crown) hanging on the edge of a letter (on the end of a word). I am designing a logo for our kids ministry at ...
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Create Circle Stripes

I want to generate circles like in this picture. It is an overlay and I need the overlay alone. It looks like circles in circles each with a width and a margin of one pixel. How can I generate such ...
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How to apply text effect in InDesign but not have it effect text stroke?

I need to apply an inner shadow effect to some text in InDesign, which works fine. But I also need to apply a stroke to the text, but the effect is also being applied to the stroke ( unlike in ...
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Noisy Gradient Effect [duplicate]

What techniques are out there that allow you to create a gradient like the ones pictured above? Is this a product of a specific brush set? Or is there some type of Noise Manipulation / Gradient ...
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Is there a way to snap the brush to the guidelines in Adobe Illustrator?

In Adobe Illustrator CS5, is there a way to snap the brush to the guidelines? This is the effect I'm aiming to create: I have created my grid and now I want my brush to align or snap to the ...
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How can I make raster effects permanent?

I'm creating a logo where I have applied a stamp effect to the text and boundary. How can I make the stamp effect become permanent without needing to have the 'art' underneath masked by the opacity ...
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How can I recreate the shadows and blur effect using Gimp?

So I'm fairly new when it comes to working with images and creating different effects. But can anyone explain what effect is being applied to the conference logos in the following link? The middle ...
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How to create a smoothing photo effect in GIMP

How can I create a smoothing effect like this?: It's clearer in his hairs and face.
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Smooth faceting of beveled/embossed text in Adobe InDesign?

I have been trying to achieve a text effect similar to this "Hobbit-Inspired" text but I keep getting this strange faceting that I can't seem to get rid of. I'm fairly new to InDesign (CS5) and am ...
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How can I create nice looking subtle buttons in Photoshop?

Can you give me some hints for recreate these two buttons? Which effects are applied? Thanks!
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How to create text extruding from the center with Adobe Illustrator?

I want to create 3D text with Adobe Illustrator which have camera depth of field. Simple 3D bevel/extrude effect gives me this: Now I want to add some camera lense perspective effect, but not sure ...
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Novice on adding Layers: when is a project “done”?

I have been studying graphic design, illustration, color theory, etc, for the better part of 2 years now, including going on PDSTutsPlus, and it strikes me that higher level designers use multiple ...
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Emphasizing a word in a sentence

I want to emphasize a word in a sentence. I've seen it somewhere but couldn't find the picture. Its like the selected word is normal but all other things are blurry. And maybe the word is closer than ...
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Simple shadow layer style in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator CS3 I usually create a simplest drop shadow by duplicating duplicating the object, moving to background, changing the background color and shifting by few pixels. This works ...
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filters don't work on a certain image

I found a PNG pixelated image on the net (16*16) and under the "Filters" blur effect are grayed out and unclickable. Even when I size it up it still doesn't get blurred (which happens by default). I'm ...
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Re-create a molecular / bubbles effect

I'm looking to re-create a specific effect – one I made before I think using a filter, but can't remember how I did it (see attached image) – have tried them all to no avail. The speckles have a ...
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How to make logos like attached examples?

i really love this kind of style for logos. These are simple yet catchy. I would really like to design these logos but whenever Ii try, I fail to give effect and outlining like the attached ...
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Removing the objects after doing clipping mask

I did the following effect I did it using a circle with the required effect and a triangle with required effect, then I did object > clipping mask > make. After I did the effect, I did create ...
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How to “press-in” shape in Illustrator

I am a newbie to Illustrator. What I want is to create add a "pressed-in" effect to a shape (basically add some depth to it), so that it looks like it has been "pressed-in" into its surrounding ...
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How do I create a puff / bump / bent effect in Photoshop?

I am sorry for effect naming(!) but i couldn't decide the what is correct one for it, but you can see the example image below. What is the most effective way to achieve this result with CS5? Thanks. ...
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How can I achieve the light arcing background in this image

I've tried finding a tutorial without any luck. Even if someone could describe the effect so I could better search for tutorials myself. I am trying to achieve the following effect as seen in the ...
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Animation that uses white noise

I have requirement for an intro to youtube channel (comedy), and idea is to make fun of HBO intro in a way that out of white noise instead of 'HBO' youtube comedy channel name would appear. How do you ...
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Achieve this effect: Glowing outline of a photograph

There's an image effect I want to recreate. Heres the image (SLIGHTLY NSFW): Image I can roughly recreate the effect, but I don't like it as much. My steps are: The Original Step 1: Duplicate, ...
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How to match saturation and lighting in two photographs of the same scene

I can't figure out how to equalize the first image so it plays perfectly with the second. I've tried everything. It doesnt seem to involve saturation but rather something with exposure/gamma. I can't ...
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Glassy effect for hexagon in Illustrator

I am making graphics for a 3 meter big stall. I was thinking about making its background as hexagons. Big hexagons. These will be in a constant pattern, but not joined, that means, a few millimeter ...