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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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Photoshop CS5 - how to “normalize” colors in an image to reduce the noise?

New to photoshop so bear with me... I have a scanned image that, ideally, should be just three colors: red, black, and white. The original was a pen an ink drawing and the act of scanning added all ...
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Can you recommend web design books/tutorials that teach specific design techniques?

Other questions that deal with book recommendations do not address my particular need. I'm looking for web design books that teach me how to design using specific techniques and elements. Such as ...
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What is a good sequence of projects to learn design?

I'm sure it rings a bell when I say that you learn more about design when you actually try to do it, and then getting quality feedback (critiques) of your work. I'm trying to figure out what would be ...
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How to delete the path between two nodes, but not the nodes themselves in Inkscape?

I have a contour object, and I would like to delete a part of it (a line). So I converted the object to a path, selected the Edit paths by nodes tool and deleted the unwanted nodes, now I have the ...
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Recreating Anti-Alliasing/Moiré effects

I'm currently designing a poster, and when I view the design in Illustrator my Ben-Day dotted images are heavily distorted in their color and spatial appearance. I really like this. Is there a way I ...
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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 do I create a polygon tessellation pattern in Adobe Illustrator?

I have no idea what they call this so I'm not having much success with searching. But lets start with an example with this site: Image from pixden.com Does anybody know how to create this and if it ...
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How to resize vector masks without changing the size-ratio of round corners of it?

Let's say that I have a vector mask of 200px-w 150px-h rectangle with 8 px curved corners. If I want to resize this to 100px-w 100px-h without changing the size-ratio of round corners, how do I do ...
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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 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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replace single color

How do I replace a single Color in photoshop!? All, and I really mean all, sites I find with Google either use the replace color tool box (which just replaces hue), the replace color tool (which just ...
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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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How to change multiple layers / frames duration at the same time in the Photoshop Video Timeline?

I can hold and drag each individual layer on timeline to increase its duration but it's such a pain. Is there a workaround to change (increase) all layers on timeline to have the same duration?
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Fully Importing A Saved Colour Palette In Illustrator?

Is there any way to fully import a saved colour palette into Illustrator? I once saved a colour palette from one project and wanted to import the colours for use in another project, but I found that ...
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How can I adjust or replace many colours in an image with a new swatch of colours, without causing ugly edges?

I'm having difficulty replacing the colors in an existing image with colors from a new swatch of colors. I've tried the following : Magic wand and fill Color replacement tool Image -> Adjustments -> ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How to remove the background of an SVG with Adobe Illustrator?

I found a royalty free SVG image on the net. I'm experimenting with web design using SVG. The problem I'm having is that the SVG background is white. How do I delete / remove the white background, ...
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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 nondestructive 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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Make an outline with GIMP, like in Photoshop

How do I add a stroke to a layer in GIMP?
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How can I create fruit's texture?

I'm looking to create fruit's texture, specifically a lemon's, in the form of a textured image that is otherwise transparent. This is because I want to be able to use it as an overlay layer on ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to space objects logarithmically / exponentially in Illustrator?

I'm working on a chart that has to be on a base-10 log scale (meaning, the divisions are at 1, 10, 100, 1000 instead of 10, 20, 30, 40), and I'm trying to make it more intuitive and obvious to people ...
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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 ...