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Making a solid color more realistic/natural

I often come across elements of color which look very natural and realistic despite there being only one solid color (not in a pixel-exact way, but rather in the perceived sense). When I try to ...
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Technically, what are the prime gotchas that could affect your logo further down the road, if it incorporates justified* fx & blend mode treatments?

Explanation (*Justified meaning they favorably add to the identity and aesthetics; i.e. we're assuming that they make perfect sense in a structural meaning.) I'm looking for technically specific ...
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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 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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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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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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How to create a “glossy text” effect in Illustrator?

I need to transform my PSD logo to Illustrator, so I will re-design it there. The purpose of it is that I will print it on business cards. On Photoshop using the Marquee Tool I create a white ...
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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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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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When using the blend tool in Illustrator, I get large white patches

So I made one path, then another. Opened Blend, set to Specified Steps, and then applied it to the paths. With straight paths, all was well. But with curved ones, I have large white patches where ...
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Illustrator: Border effect for a path

I'd like to surround a path with a border (see the third illustration below). However, I cannot get it done without using Path -> Outline stroke. This is very inconvenient, as Outline stroke ...
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Photoshop produce a specific effect

How can I recreate this Photoshop effect: Let's say that I have a heart image and inside of the heart I want to implement this effect. How can this be done? Thanks in advance.
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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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Fisheye Effect in Inkscape?

Is anyone aware of a way to create a fisheye effect with elements in InkScape? Freehand used to have an xtra tool that did just that. The specific effect I'm trying to achieve is applying horizontal ...
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Photoshop Text Effect

I'm looking to do a similar text effect to this I haven't used photoshop in a while for this sort of thing. Thanks
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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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Dotted square in gimp?

I've seen this effect on several sites, basically it's just a simple background with a bunch of dots, and I'd like to use this for a background for something but I don't know where to start!
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Achieving liquid effect in small illustration

I'm trying to achieve a liquid effect for a logo which consists on a small encased orange cube, but don't really know how to do this (I've tried adding bubbles, but it doesn't seem to work on a ...
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What are the traditional rules for drop shadow direction / light source?

When creating a drop shadow for objects, what is the traditional / classic "rule" for the offset direction? I see so many that are down and right, which results in the light source coming from the top ...
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How to create fake reflections?

How can I create fake reflections easily like the one here: Any online or easy open source tools out there?