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How to re-create this iOS7 blur effect

Tried a lot but I just can't quite get it, how do I achieve a translucent tab bar like this:
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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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What is this style, a grid of varying dots, called?

What is this style called? I want to recreate this effect on a photo myself. Also, does anyone have tips on how to accomplish this?
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What are some good tips on how to extrude text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm bit of a newbie in Adobe Illustrator and have been learning the application by trying to follow some tutorials and recreating some cool stuff I come across on the web. That being said, I'm ...
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How to create an artistically posterized monotone portrait?

Can anyone please tell me what this greyscale vector style is called and how can I achieve it? Source I was informed I should put my image in Photoshop and adjust the levels and run the cutout ...
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Photoshop vs. Illustrator for Icon Development

My client is requesting SVG files (saving as an SVG would require me to build the icon in Illustrator), but I have always designed icons in Photoshop (importing vector art from Illustrator, and ...
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Preventing reverse search engines from finding the origin of your image?

I am planning to make a game, where I give the user an anime related image and they have to guess where its from. However, most of the images, specially from popular anime are easy to use on Google ...
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Frosted glass effect/texture/filter/pattern in Adobe Fireworks?

Is there a way to do this with Adobe Fireworks? I know its possible using Photoshop with this tutorial.
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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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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 are patterns that look like they're moving created?

Every time I see a pattern that looks like it's moving, but really isn't, I wonder what the principles are for creating such images. I suppose this is the best place on the web to get a good answer ...
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How to make a lens with zoomed effect in Photoshop

How do I go about creating this effect in Photoshop cs6? Don't forget to mark this question as useful :)
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Export vector design from Illustrator to photoshop and back

How do I take a gradient vector design into photoshop, add noise to it, and then return it back into Illustrator without the white background?
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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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advise on “copying” text effect from existing logo

I'm trying to copy the text effect on an existing logo to no avail. I have been using Illustrator to work on the logo but cannot seem to get it workout the way I want. It's not that I want to copy ...
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How can I make complex gradient images like these in Illustrator?

How can I create these types of gradient images in Illustrator?
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Is this an effect or a type of font?

I have seen a lot this type of fonts (the ones in the bar). It is a relief effect or the font is just like that?
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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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How do I remove the alpha channel from the air spray filter in Inkscape?

I'm trying to simulate a cloud of data points around a graph and I found that the air spray filter applied to a copy of that graph will give me almost what I want, especially when changing the ...
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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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What is the best way to acheive this “geometric triangles” effect?

I'm currently playing around in Illustrator and I would like to know the best way to recreate this pattern from a Samsung wallpaper (or similar) so that I can colour it how I like. The main problem ...
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How do I make a drop shadow with a halftone effect?

I have already tried doing with Drop Shadow settings and i could only produce a black smudged shadow, not the spotted one. Look at this text. Can you see that spotted shadow behind the text? I want ...
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Can I round the corners of a shape that has curves in Illustrator?

I have a simple shape in Illustrator that has two curved edges, two straight edges, and four sharp corners: I want to round off the sharp corners a bit like so (kinda sorta approximated by the ...
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How to create a grain / noise effect in Adobe Illustrator

I want to create a noise effect using Adobe Illustrator. Inside the hexagonal shape there is some kind of texture effect, I don't know what the name of this effect is: How can I create such an ...
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How to create the effect in this animated GIF of morphing faces?

I saw an amazing animated gif: And I thought I should give it a go. I tried laying out several friends' pictures in movie maker and power director and though I sort of have a video where it is ...
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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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Easy way to create depth

I am creating a logo for which I need circles to create the illusion of depth. The attached image shows the sort of effect I am trying to replicate. What would be the best way to do this in Photoshop ...
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Why are some svg filters automatically converted to .png?

I was wondering why some of the SVG Filters found in Illustrator are automatically converted to .png when I export the entire file to .svg. I don't want any hidden .png files because of scalability. ...
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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 create a realistic bevel effect on text in Photoshop?

I found this image on google and was fascinated by the realism of the bevel effect and wanted to learn how to do it myself. I tried some stuffs but they were not close enough. I want to replicate ...
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How to Make Letters Like This?

I'd like to know how to make these in photoshop or fireworks, but with a slight preference for fireworks. If I can find a tutorial in photoshop, I can probably get it to work in fireworks. What is ...
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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 create the illusion of movement with GIMP?

I am using GIMP to edit my images. I have a regular playing card from a top down, 2D view. I want it to appear as though it were being tossed very quickly. I wanted to remove the top down view and ...
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How to project an image into a cone?

I have a circular image that I want to print over a cone. That is, over a circle with a wedge cut out, and then assembled into a cone. However, if I just print my image and then cut the wedge, not ...
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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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What is the name for the “broken line” effect seen here?

And how does one do this? An example where the lines are intersecting the letterforms:
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Why empty adjustment layer with blend mode multiply darken images?

I know blend mode multiply means multiplying the colour (0 to 255) of its layer, with the visible underneath (0 to 255), then divided by 255, forms the resulting colour (0 to 255). As a visual ...
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Face illusion in ads

http://doityourself.edublogs.org/files/2008/10/club-med-illusion-ad.jpg I'm trying to achieve the same effect, but I can't even get close to what I need. What I basically need is to merge face/body ...
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How can I reduce compression artifacts in dark areas with Photoshop?

Using Photoshop I have converted a photograph into a sketch/line drawing, I achieved this in photoshop by: Making image greyscale Duplicating image then inverting it Applying a color(colour) dodge ...
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GIMP: the closest thing to Photoshop's smart object?

I've been learning GIMP as an alternative to Photoshop, which I haven't been using for design purposes for more than 5 years now. I discovered that there is a new interesting thing called the smart ...
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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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What is this two color photo effect called and how to make it?

I like the effect on the images used on this Spotify page, and out of curiosity I'm trying to replicate it in Illustrator. It's not a simple multiply mask, and seems a more involved than the kind of ...
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What's the easiest way to create to get this subtle 3D effect in an icon in Illustrator?

I managed to make the drop shadow, and I think I know how to get the ~1px bright outline/stroke, but how would you do this dark/bright effect around the edge and across the hole path?
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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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How can I apply an oil painting effect to a photo?

I really want to do this kind of effect where it looks like a person is disintegrating away, but I have no idea what it is called:
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How do I add a darker border color to text?

In this image, look at the text. Can you see a dark yellow border of the light yellow text? Can someone please tell me how to add that?
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Creating a curved image/photo wall/montage using the Linux commandline

This question is a crosspost from Stack Overflow because of its predominantly graphical nature and the fact that I think that a primarily graphically oriented community may [be able to] provide advice ...
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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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Exporting Layers to Files Without Losing the Effects in Photoshop CS6

Here is the problem. I am doing this work for a company. They wanted me to clean 138 jpeg files and give them back. I opened a psd and put all the files in it. I cleaned all of them. At last, i ...
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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 ...