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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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Create a Triangle with Rounded Corners

I know you can create a rounded-corner rectangle; but, how do you create a triangle with rounded corners in Photoshop? I am actually interested in making it from scratch, not basing it on a custom ...
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How can I get this sponging / splatter effect similar to this image in photoshop?

I'm trying to duplicate the sponging type effect of the background gold part of the following image: Does anyone know of a tool I can use within Photoshop, or how else I could do this?
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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 do I achieve this shading effect in Illustrator?

I've been seeing this shading technique a lot lately, this is possibly not the best example of it but it's the only one I can find at the moment. How do you achieve this sort of shading in Adobe ...
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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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Extract shape from image by color

I am trying to make a logo in Adobe Illustrator. On the logo I want to put the outline of a certain lake on it. I took a screenshot from google maps of the lake. How would I go about extracting this ...
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Make sharp dashed line path stroke on rounded corners in Photoshop?

Following this answer, I've tried to make rounded corners with dashed stroke, but the output is blurry. Is there any method to make a sharp dashed stroke in Photoshop?
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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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Photoshop overlapping tab and scary PEN TOOL

Here are my menu tabs: #1 is the look I am trying to achieve but I can't quite make it look the same. #2 is my attempt. I have 2 questions: Is there another easy way to create these that does ...
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Using GIMP to redraw an existing low res logo

I am just getting my teeth into Gimp and am not a graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination! I'm a developer trying to make myself a bit more useful on the design front. Anyway, I am ...
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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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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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Photoshop curved Shadow

How to create the shadow effect as per the url/image below? Specifically, the rounded/curved shadow at the bottom:
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How can I map the colors in a greyscale image to a specific color “gradient”?

Caveat: I'm not a graphic designer and may be misusing some terminology. Please bear with me. :-) I'm attempting to add color to some greyscale icons (i.e. all three channels are identical). I ...
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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 completely remove the background from an image?

I have an image (a logo) that was on a black background. I have used Photoshop's (CS5) Background Eraser Tool to remove the background. This is great except that there are black (well grey/black) ...
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How Do You Find The Dimensions of A Document in Illustrator?

Is it possible to find the dimensions of an imported document in Illustrator? For example, if you drag a SVG into Illustrator (On Mac)/open a pre-made SVG, it doesn't necessarily tell you the ...
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Obtain a sunbeams effect with Photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to draw “rays” photoshop? Anyone knows how I can obtain this effect Image on DeviantArt in a fast way? Thanks.
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How do I combine two objects into one in Illustrator?

I have a G and an arrow. I want the arrow to act as the horizontal portion of the G. I have it lined up but when I apply effects I want then to act in one. For example If I apply a 3d effect I want ...
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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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Coloring individual parts in a brush

How do I colour each individual ribbon like the finished preview for these brushes? From DeviantArt:
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In Inkscape, how can I save colors for use in multiple elements?

For example, I'd like to have a color called "text-color" or one called "content-box-color". How can I save a color like this and then assign it to an element?
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Photoshop: How to save only the masked area of an edited photograph?

Question If you have a PSD file that consists of one main mask (masking all other layers), isn't there an easy way to save just the masked area as an image? Background So I have a photograph I've ...
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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 do I break apart text in Photoshop?

I have a word in a text layer in photoshop. I want each character to be on a separate layer, how can I do that?
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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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Keyboard Shortcut for 'New Swatch' in Illustrator?

Does a keyboard shortcut for creating a New Swatch in the Colour Palette window in Illustrator exist? I've been assembling over hundreds of new swatches today, and it has been especially tedious to ...
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How can I stop or disable anti-aliasing / feathering in Photoshop?

I've never really found a solution to an issue that's been plaguing me since I first experienced it in Photoshop CS, and now, five versions later, it's still bugging me! What is it? Well, seemingly ...