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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 do I keep the spaces in my dashed line from changing when I modify the line length in Illustrator?

Using Adobe Illustrator CS6, I drew a line and clicked the "Dashed Line" option in the stroke palette. When I change the length of the dashed line, by grabbing an endpoint and moving it or clipping ...
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How to copy Vietnamese text from a PDF and paste it into an InDesign document, keeping the special characters?

I'm trying to copy text from a Vietnamese language PDF into inDesign and many characters are incorrectly copied. For example, this is the correct text: PHỞ ÐẶC BIỆT This is what it's pasted as: ...
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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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how to learn? What resources to start looking at [closed]

I am kind of just starting out in learning how to create interesting monochrome designs in Paint.net. Now, I can learn the technique in just about application. What I would like to know is where ...
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How can I set the height of my website to be the same height as the visible browser window, with no vertical scrolling?

I want to design a portfolio website, and I don't want it to scroll vertically. What are the dimensions for this kind of website, like the standard browser height? How can I create a website that's ...
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How to input 'Registered Trademark' Glyph in Inkscape?

I went to: Text → Glyphs → and found the symbol. However, I can't get it from the window box to the artboard. I've searched Google & YouTube, but cannot find the answer. How do I type ...
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Making parts of image transparent - am I doing it right?

First, I want to make it very clear that I am a newbie in this graphic designing field and I have no idea of how things are done. I am more a programmer than a designer. I have been making a Google ...
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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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How to add white-space / padding / margin around the outside of a finished page layout in InDesign?

I am recently working on an InDesign template, however when I export the template as PDF the contents of the page reach to the far left of the page. I want to leave some gap on the left side, center ...
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How to achieve a repeating circular shape like the 'Sam Rockwell - Moon' poster in Illustrator?

I need help for making this circular shape in Adobe Illustrator. I assume it is basically just making circle shapes over and over again using the strokes and putting it inside each other over and ...
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How to copy a pattern from one neck tie image to another that has a solid colour, in Photoshop?

I have a necktie with a pink solid color, that I want to use as a mockup: Source And I have a number of neckties with various patterns like this: Source How to copy the patterns from the ...
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How to remove a specific color in an image in Photoshop?

I am not an expert photoshop user but have been trying to use more of it in what I currently do. I have a black and white image from which I am trying to remove all the white. I cannot use the ...
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How to crop everything hidden by an vector OPACITY mask in Adobe Illustrator?

I have lot of objects which are bounded by opacity mask. I need to get rid of my opacity mask, clipping each object where it intersects with my mask. It is a lot of hassles to do it manually. Is ...
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What is color value (white light) reflecting, and how do I achieve it?

I actually made up this solarization effect, but it's based off a simple algorithm I hadn't seen before. The answer below explains how to get it:
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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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General advice for portfolio-building and employment [closed]

I'm a graphic designer fresh out of college looking for general advice on how best to approach the job search. What quantity and type of work is absolutely necessary in a portfolio? Do I need my own ...
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Options/suggestions for emphasizing or making parts of a document stand out?

I'm trying to come up with a scheme for emphasizing parts of a document. I want something more then just using an italic font as it could be a couple of paragraphs. Other parts of my document have ...
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How to create a circular tower with windows in illustrator

As close to this as possible, thank you!
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How can I create a polygon pattern in Photoshop?

I have been thinking for quite a while how would i make it myself. The difficulty lies in randomness. I Could go on manually but can't help and feel that there is some better way to do it. For ...
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How to proportionately rescale a 3D model by a specified amount in Maya? [closed]

I'm working with Maya for a uni course and still really green with it. I've got (what is probably) a fairly simple issue. So apologies if this is really basic. Basically we've been building a ...
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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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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 can I use the clone stamp tool with a static source point in Adobe Photoshop?

I remember a few years ago I watched or read a tutorial that showed me how I can use the clone stamp tool with a static source point. What I mean is that the source we indicate with the alt button ...
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How can I create scalable half tone patterns for images in Adobe Indesign?

What is the best way to use images with halftone patterns in Indesign? I'm working on a book in which all the images will have an halftone effect. I'm applying the halftone filter in Photoshop but, ...
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How to create animated GIFs of prototype mockups, like the ones on Dribbble?

I'm sure you've seen Dribbblers upload animated mockups of their designs. Here's an example: I can create mockups on Photoshop and even apply simple Tween Animations to them but I can never get ...
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How can a designer decide whether a competitors design is similar enough to their own to take further action?

There is a lot of copycatting out in the world, and it's a constant legal battle fought in higher courts. For us ants on the ground, grinding away in smaller capacities with little or no permanent ...
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How do I make a good quality drawing look like a low quality screenshot from 90's TV in PS? [duplicate]

Yeah hi, I was wondering how I could get my images to look like they were shown on 90's TV or were recorded to a VHS and ripped into a digital file. Examples shown below. I'd like to utalize ...
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How to copy and paste a color in Pixelmator?

Is there an easy way to copy and paste a color? I keep having to remember the RGB values and it's kind of a pain... For example, if I make a circle shape and set it's color to 123 44 5, can I somehow ...
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How to create a uniformly distributed dashed plot in a scatter graph in Adobe Illustrator CS4

In Illustrator CS4 I have a scatter graph with four data sets. Now I want to use dashed and dotted patterns. However the dashes are not distributed uniformly over a plot. Click here to see a PDF ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

It is practically impossible to edit a white illustration on the default white artboard background. Hiding the artboard makes the whole work area receive the artboard's white color. Is there a way ...
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How to create a translucent, glowing image of code at a perspective using Adobe Fireworks CS6?

I like very much this kind of images, with code or with handwriting... Could you guide me how to do this kind of images? In two parts: How can I create the text with a warped perspective? How can ...
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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 fit multiple pages on to one A3 PDF page in Adobe InDesign?

I want the document in the screenshot below to export as PDF on a single A3 paper format with crop marks. So all 6 pages have to fit on a single page, A3 print size. Right now I am only able to ...
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How can I manipulate a 3D object into a specific position in Photoshop?

I have been working on a 3D .obj file in Photoshop. Now that I have the texture finished, I want to render a showcase image. I want the object to lay on it's side on the ground. I've tried using ...
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How do I specify the size of my artboard in pixels with Adobe Illustrator?

I'm creating a graphic for a website. When trying it out, I realized it was a bit blurry. I asked a graphic designer the reason it was blurry, and she had stated the graphic may need to be larger, ...
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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 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 mask sections of an image

I'm using a layer mask to remove sections of the "sushi" image to leave the tablet and phone images, but I can only do this with the brush tool, right? I'm wondering how to do this most efficiently ...
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How to create solar flares using Gimp or Inkscape

How can I create a solar flares effect using GIMP or Inkscape? Something like this image: Edit: first of all thanks for all the great comments and suggestions. My initial idea was to create the ...
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How to disunite pie chart elements?

I've created a Pie Chart Using Illustrator CS6 using Chart tool. ... and the "Group Selection Tool" to pick single pie chart elements and move them around. All pie chart elements are within one ...
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how do I fill a shape with other small objects and text in photoshop?

This is what I need to design. Is there an automatic way or just manual? thx
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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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What exactly is a “Pixel”?

"Pixel" always confuses me whenever I do web banner work. I use CorelDraw x5 for my work. I usually prefer to use inches rather than pixels as inches are much intuitive for me. But when I do an ...
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How to create 'sub' tables of contents for each section in a table of contents in Adobe InDesign?

I have a document with multiple sections that has a table of contents (TOC) at the beginning, which includes h1-h3 styles for the whole document. I want to create a sub TOC for a single section that ...
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Inkscape Rubber Stamp Tutorial: Is this for real?

I was trying to work myself through a few tutorials today, but I have noticed something odd: Here's a nice rubber stamp effect tutorial with two circles and text. The tutorial's text instructs ...
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How to start with Blender?

I'm very interested in animation however I only have a little bit experience in Flash Pro. I would like to start from Blender and how to make easy models then go higher and higher. Is there any book ...
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Visual guidelines across multiple products

Where can I find resources on how to create a visual guideline across multiple products, eg. apps. Example; If a company wants to do 20 apps, and they should have a visual guideline across all 20 ...
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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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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 ...