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How to make an array of dots and paths with Adobe Illustrator?

How can I create an array or 'node net' of randomly sized shapes, with thin paths between them and dots where each path meets another path?
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How to paste Chinese text into Illustrator?

I have a frustrating problem with Chinese text in Illustrator. I am updating some graphics by changing English text to Chinese. I have been provided with Chinese translations in a Word document which ...
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How to convert a specified colour to transparent for a series of PNGs with ImageMagick?

I've installed ImageMagick on Windows 7 64-bit and I'm wondering how I can convert a series of PNGs to transparent PNGs in a timely manner (I have 180 PNGs to convert, so yeah I can't exactly do them ...
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3-d reconstruction (z-stack) of individual eps files (each of them a slice along the xy plane)?

I would like to create a z-stack of several individual eps files, each of them being actually a slice along the xy-plane.. What is the easiest way to do this and the easiest software to use ...
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How to easily round corners on non-rectangle shapes?

(CS6) Illustrator's Effect > Stylize > Round Corners effect gives strange results on non-rectangles. How can you take an irregular shape that has sharp corners, for example: ...and round the ...
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Save Channels in PS separately

is there a way to save channels in PS seperately with transparent whites like in this picture – resp. does anyone know how this is done if not with separated channels? thanks in advance
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How do you create these illustrations in Illustrator that look like pencils by Ryan Putnam?

I want to achieve the same style in Illustrator like the ones in here https://www.dropbox.com/pro
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Dimension for very large designs [duplicate]

I'm working on a design which is to be printed and displayed on a 8ft by 2.32ft. What dimension can I use when using photoshop because I can't find any fonts that can extend that large. Thanks.
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In MSWord Document, any edited letters turn to dingbats and cannot be edited on my Mac

The writer sends me Word docs (from a MAC platform). I am supposed to edit them on my MAC in MSWord. (faster than redesigning in InDesign) But if I type anything new, or try to correct any letter, ...
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Flexible Column Widths

I'm struggling with usage of flexible column widths, as in how to get (for example) a four column box where the ratio of widths are 2:2:1:2. I recently did an advanced InDesign course and the tutor ...
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Fingerprint pattern in Illustrator?

Does anyone know how to create a fingerprint pattern in Illustrator?
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Compatible fonts for English/Spanish translation

I am using text for a printed document that will have English and then Spanish translation of the English. What is the best font combination?
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Scaling image to suit 480dpi Android screen(xxhdpi)

I am newbie designer. Have designed the screens for an android app using illustrator and measurements are in pixels. My developers have asked me to provide the images @480DPI. My online research did ...
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how do make an Archimedean spiral of words decreasing in font size every 3 characters?

I am attempting to do a logo where the phrase starts at the top of a spiral and continues throughout the spiral decreasing in size until the very middle of the spiral. Tried the Spiral tool but not ...
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Is there a way to automatically separate a folder of images based on whether they're photographic or line-art graphics?

I have a folder of pictures that are JPEGs. I am wondering if there is a automated way to sort out the ones that are photographs and ones that are pure graphics. I am open to different software ...
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outputing 32 bit pngs to make a video

I have a rotating 3d image on a transparent background psd. How do I render/output it in Photoshop CC to keep the transparent background as a set of 32bit pngs to create a video?
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How do I do these certain things in Adobe InDesign CS5.5?

Disclaimer: I'm fairly new at this, I haven't gone to school for it or anything, I'm just trying to teach myself this stuff as I go along, one piece at a time, so please, to the greatest extent ...
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How to apply the same Distort effect to a batch of Adobe Illustrator files?

I'm trying to batch apply one specific Distort Effect to several different AI files at the same time. These are the settings for the Distort Effect I'm trying to apply: Distort / Tweak with the ...
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How to ensure high print quality / fidelity when sending artwork to a print house?

I'm a web guy trying to be a print guy. Help. I'm pretty OK with Illustrator, but setting up a vector to get printed - they rarely ever look as crisp and clear as I expect them too. I followed the ...
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Can I upload works from tutorials in my graphic design portfolio?

I am wondering if it's possible to have works from Photoshop or Illustrator made from online tutorials, into your portfolio? If some work's design can be changed a bit, can it be counted like mine?
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Does anybody knows how to recreate this hansje van halem op art artwork?

She seems to work in non-digital, but I was wondering if there is a to make such work in Adobe Illustrator?
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How to reduce the file size of a web banner image with Photoshop?

I need to change the file size of an image I created in Photoshop without changing the dimensions for a banner ad on the web. How do I do this?
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How to convert a gradient mesh created in Illustrator into a browser-compatible, scalable SVG?

I need to convert a gradient mesh generated in illustrator into an SVG file that is browser compatible. The mesh generates this gradient which I need to use as a background for a responsive web site ...
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How to change the roundness and size of a brush in Adobe Illustrator?

When I try to use a calligraphy brush the roundness and the size doesn't change to another option. I go to Brushes Library Menu → New Brush and select the Calligraphy Brushes The Calligraphy ...
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What is this style of graphic called and is there any guide for how to create it [duplicate]

You see this style of graphic usually as a background in a banner or similar. I'm interested to know if anyone know if there's an established term for graphics in this style (like "irregular matrix" ...
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Find all polygons

I'm looking for a way to find all polygons on a drawing surface, and identify them by colour. They will all have one out of a known set of colours. Something like the coloured blobs on the women's ...
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How to create a modern arrow with Photoshop's line tool?

I'm attempting to create a stylized breadcrumb (below) but am botching the arrow. Is there a more precise and 'economical' method of creating this type of arrow? Preferably one where I retain ...
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How would I recreate this effect of text that seems to flow over a flight of stairs?

Is there nondestructive way of achieving the wavy type effect, found below?
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Importing Arabic script into InDesign

I am trying to import arabic script into inDesign. I have the script in a word document, in Times New Roman. i have changed the font to times in my InDesign file, but when I import it, it changes. I ...
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How do I partially break a clipping mask border?

I’m looking for a non-destructive way of allowing an image to be partially "clipped" by a clipping mask, like so: I view the above image as having three parts… a Person (top layer; being clipped) ...
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How to convert RGB colors into real paint colors?

How can I convert an RGB color into a real life color? If I mix equal amounts of red, green and blue paint together in real life, I will never achieve a white color, in the way you do when setting ...
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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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How to generate a guilloche effect at the edge of certificate of authenticity or such?

I need to generate a guilloche border for certificate of authenticity (CoA) to be at the edge of the CoA. I'm talking here about the infinite curve that makes the certificate look "legit". I'm ...
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Make image vertically seamless?

Any idea how make this image vertical seamless..I tried lot in ps..but no result.. or..tell me..where can I found this type of images(one side designed and seamless)?
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“Flip” italics/oblique with character style

We are exporting content from our CMS into InDesign via RTF. All content has style names applied automatically, including italics which has an italic character style. italic has the Font Style set to ...
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How to change default text settings in Adobe InDesign?

This problem appeared immediately after installation: InDesign interface is in English, but text settings (RTL, right alignment of new frames, default language of text frame, and therefore arabic ...
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How to switch the visibility setting of two layers in a single action in Illustrator?

I am new to this forum and wanted to just say a quick hello before asking :) How do I switch the visibility setting of two layers in Illustrator without having to either see both layers visible or ...
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How to import a CSV list of names into Illustrator artwork?

I print decals. A lot of them. Especially this time of year (summer sports, back-to-school, etc.) It'd make my job a lot easier if I could import a CSV list of names into two predefined artboards, ...
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How to transform a pattern without affecting its parent objects' shape in Illustrator?

I am currently trying to simply rotate and move a pattern within an object without affecting the object, but I cant figure out how. The only thing I was able to figure out is how to scale a pattern ...
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How to save a file as a bitmap in Photoshop?

I'm using (or trying to use) Photoshop CC (14.2.1 x64) to produce small bitmaps for a .Net Micro Framework device. Memory is at a premium so I need to produce the screen assets in 16 bit RGB 565 ...
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How to skew / shear text in Illustrator?

So, in doing a commissioned logo for a church, I learned the hard way that, apparently, font-skewing (as opposed to warping) has been removed in Illustrator CS6. I'm not sure why and now that I'm ...
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How to change the shape of the eraser tool in Illustrator?

I am Photoshop enthusiast, I can't find how to change eraser shape like in Photoshop (eraser "brush" mode). In Illustrator eraser is always circle or ellipse (when you change width in eraser ...
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How to copy live shape property settings from one shape to another in Photoshop CC?

Does anyone know if there is a way to copy Live Shape Properties from one shape to another? It's nice to adjust strokes and fill and stuff, but I'd like to save it somehow to easily apply it to ...
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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 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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How to create an inline horizontal navigation with mixed text and icon links that's easy to adjust, tweak and improve?

I'm cutting CSS and facing a problem, if I try to change the line-height, padding, margin of any of the last 2 items of the menu, other items will be affected. Here is the screenshot of my current ...
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How to scroll in the layer menu while grabbing a layer?

My layer list is very big and sometimes when I duplicate a layer, I need to move it far away but I have to bring it near the edge to activate the slow autoscroll. It would be far more convenient if I ...
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How does one revert a 'Save' using Adobe Illustrator?

My intent with the document I've created in Adobe Illustrator was to save one as an original and one as a copy with a few different characteristics. Accidentally, I saved both with the changed ...
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How to remove the textured background from a handwritten text document?

I'm using Adobe Photoshop. I noticed that there are other questions similar to this one. However, the reason I'm posting my question is, when I followed the instructions in the other question about ...
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How to preview colors when using the color picker in Illustrator?

When using Adobe Illustrator, how do I preview my changes when I'm using the color picker to change the color of an element? Picking the color of an element is dependent on what's around it, so I'd ...