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How to apply, blend or overlay a texture or pattern image to a layer in Photoshop?

I've got a grunge texture JPEG that I downloaded from Premium Pixels that looks like this: and a text layer on a black background. I want to blend or overlay the image file to create a worn-out, ...
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How to create an outlined circle with centered horizontal and vertical gaps in Illustrator?

Could you explain to me, how I can draw a shape like the one in the following image? How can I cut any part of circle to get such 4 shapes with Adobe Illustrator?
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How to view all layers in Photoshop?

Is there a quick way to do this, for example, short key or script?
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How to fill half of a word with one colour and the other half with a different colour in Adobe Illustrator

I want to recreate the text of a logo I have. It had black half way down the text and then yellow for the other half. How do I create text with a different colour on each half in Adobe ...
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How to change the font style of all text layers in a single PSD file?

My client has a change of heart and wanted to go from Roboto to Helvetica Neue. Is there a way to change the font style of all text layers automatically instead of the painful way one layer at a time? ...
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Which program to use for a 3D logo

I am starting to develop a logo, but I want to know the best medium to work with. The size of the logo should never have to exceed 500 x 500 pixels, so I'm not sure if that should be taken into ...
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Drawing people, where should I start?

I've got zero experience with drawing in real life and I don't have a tablet. Neither do I know anything about human proportions. But I do know my way around Photoshop & Pixelmator. My goal is to ...
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How can I produce this drop-shadow effect in Photoshop?

More specifically, how do I produce this square background shadow: Source
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How to Insert an Image in to an Ellipse and Hide Overflowing Parts

I'm trying to insert an image in to an ellipse shape layer, I need to hide the overflowing parts around the circle/ellipse. How do I insert an image in to a circular selection and hide the parts that ...
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How to make a layer change size in an animation in Photoshop?

I'm working with animation timeline in Photoshop CS6. I would like to have a small circle layer expand / increase in size, but on the Layer-Timeline panel, these are the only options available: ...
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How to save a 32 bit png with alpha channel (transparency) in Photoshop?

I want to use an image as an application launcher icon for my android application. The android guidelines specify an image for the launcher icon must be a 32 bit PNG image. Please explain the steps ...
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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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What should I do when scanning hand drawn images?

My friend is an illustrator and has lot of sketches that she wants to digitize to put online. She is also working on a children's book. How should she scan the images and what are some beginner steps ...
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Can I extract shadows from a texture to make a transparent image (png)?

I have this image: And I would like to extract the dark parts (shadows) to make a transparency consisting of black pixels at different alpha channel values. Here is a crude example image of what I ...
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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 create a non destructive gradient mask over an object? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a mask with a nondestructive gradient. So far I have managed to create my shape in a smart object and the masking gradient in another smart object. My mask looks like this: ...
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How to Create a Leather/String Lace texture or stitching effect

So I've been going through some iOS designs and love the features you see in bar gradients. More specifically the textures are to die for - but I'm still fairly new to mobile design stuff. I'm ...
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light painting in photoshop

How do I accomplish light painting like in Photoshop? Is there a font I can use? I couldn't find any great tutorials on it. Also, note that I don't own a wacom. Any help to accomplish this ...
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How do I spec a character with no keyboard shortcut?

I am working on a corporate standards book for a client. Client works with two design agencies, my office and Other Agency. Both agencies play nicely together. In one particular file, Other Agency ...
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Tutorial on how to create a flowing thread

I'm looking for a tutorial to create wavy flowing threads. Like this: I'm open to tutorials in Photoshop, GIMP, or any freeware image manipulation program. We have a copy of PS. I'm not sure if ...
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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 do I recreate this color overlay layer effect in Photoshop?

I would like to use the overlay effect used on the screenshot(s) below. I've tried experimenting with several Blending modes but keep missing the mark. I'm sure this has a very easy answer but I'm ...
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What are the correct set of principles of Design ?

I have started the design learning road from scratch using Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline. In the first section it mentions design principles. The first link : Principles ...
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How to isolate artwork from games for fan art

Wherever there is a popular game, there is fan art: custom wallpapers, t-shirts, etc. One thing they usually have in common is that they feature artwork from the game, or something close to it. ...
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How to set the width of one item based on the width of another item in InDesign?

I am taking a bunch of text snippets and creating boxes that are 0.2 inches wider than the text snippet to use as a background for it. I have hundreds of these to make. I can't think of a way to ...
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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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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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Merging separate paths in Illustrator

I have several circles that are set at type none color and 0.01 black stroke. They're all currently in paths (except two I made into compound paths). I want to know how to remove the stroke from the ...
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How to fill color in this bottle using Photoshop?

I want to fill "ink" (color) into this empty ink bottle using Photoshop? Please let me know the steps. Thanks!
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Any tips or resources for designing e-mail newsletters?

After spending hours in Photoshop I haven't found a great template I like. I love the design style of many newsletters I subscribe to.. including Smashing Magazine and Hongkiat.. but I wonder what ...
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Photoshop Resolution for Web Design?

I'm a programmer, not a designer, but I am trying to learn design as it would be very helpful. I am following a tutorial on PSD|TUTS+ and it doesn't specify the resolution I should be working with. My ...
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How To Split Two Intersecting Circles in to Three Separate Shapes

My question is specifically about Making a Venn Diagram in Adobe Illustrator. I am trying to make a Venn-diagram to visualize different set operations in maths. I found that Illustrator made some ...
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What are some good resources for tablet drawing?

What are some good resources for tablet drawing? Doesn't matter what media ... books, articles, video tutorials, anything else.
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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 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 ...
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How to create/generate 3D molecular structure images?

I am interested in generating crystal structure images for my own research. I came across very cool and professional graphics: Can someone please suggest some software to produce similar graphics ...
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How to measure sizes and distances from parts of an image file?

I have this image sprite containing many small icons. I don't know the accurate size, height and width of each icon and it's too difficult for me to find it manually with my current tools (I am using ...
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How to fix the position of a gradient in Illustrator, so that it doesn't move when I edit the object it's applied to?

How do I make Illustrator not change the gradient's position and size when I change the path's shape?
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What does “art will be arched 12%” and how do I do it in Photoshop (or other)?

I have some drinking mugs that can hold artwork in the liner. I have just the mugs, not any pre-printed art. The artwork template (here is the PDF) states After submission of artwork, art will be ...
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Cleaning up messy corner lines?

I'm kind of new to this stack exchange thing so please bear with me! Anyway, I'm trying make a ribbon on Illustrator. Upon making this ribbon from basic shapes and combining them with the Shape ...
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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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How to tint or alter the colour of a pattern in Inkscape?

I am able to import and apply patterns to objects, but I don't know how to adjust the colour of the patterns. How does one tint a pattern in Inkscape?
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Given one exact measurement, how can I use it to measure the rest?

I'm asking how to use a given measurement to create a custom scale that I can use to accurately measure the rest. I have a vector file that looks like: I wish to measure parts of the car, to build ...
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How do I create an abstract image with a color gradient with Gimp?

I want to create an image that looks like this: How can I recreate this effects, or what terms should I use for finding better results?
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Make an outline with GIMP, like in Photoshop

How do I add a stroke to a layer in GIMP?
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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 do I draw a line outwards from the exact middle of a rectangle's edge, and combine the paths in Inkscape?

I want to draw this shape in Inkscape: The line coming from the side needs to be aligned to exactly the middle of the edge, coming out at a right angle. It must also be part of the rectangle ...
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How can I create an abstract sea/wave effect in a free vector package?

I'm looking to create a vector (ideally) illustration with an abstract sea, much like this (not the dolphins or sun): How can I go about this using free tools such as Inkscape?
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How to select a layer in photoshop?

In Photoshop, if you choose View > Show > Layer Edges, a blue border will appear around the currently-selected layer. Is there a way to make the marquee tool select that exact area? I know I can ...