Questions regarding illusions or visual tricks in the design process, whether it be from software (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, GIMP) or through technique.

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Turn image into geometric array of colours

Is there a tool like Poly (iPad app) available for Android or Windows systems? I'd like to turn images into polygones/triangles like shown on the app site.
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Name and possibly a tutorial for this inset rounded rectangle technique

I am speaking about the drop-in effect around the round edges. I like the fact that the actual theme seems to be a bit further back and the border is closer to the viewer. I can gather that a ...
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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?
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How to make an image look like it's been printed

I'm wondering if anyone has any tips, tutorials or templates on how to 'fake' a printed effect. I want to make it look in my portfolio like I have printed business cards and other collateral without ...
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How to create a decreasing stippling or halftone effect? [duplicate]

For lack of a better name, I'm trying to create a decreasing stippling effect like this: My first inclination was that this could be created in Photoshop with some sort of filter effect. I was ...
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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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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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Multiple non-inheriting transforms effects?

I'm designing a template for product packaging. While designing, I'd like to have the layout as it would be printed out flat, but I'd also like to have different 'views' (front, back, bottom, etc) so ...
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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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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!