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Adobe Illustrator error creating text constrained by shape (Area Type Tool)

I am newer than new to Illustrator, but am trying nontheless to design a logo for my friend. The most basic of operations is to create an ellipse, correct? I have created a circle with this tool, ...
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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm not ...
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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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is there an easy way or photoshop plugin to distribute words in evenly spaced formation

I try to do it mostly with words but sometimes have to do it with other things too. How do you equally space out things automatically, I Know how to evenly distribute from the center of every ...
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How do you paste inside of a layer mask in Photoshop

I was trying to paste some pattern that I made inside another layer. But each time I pasted, it ended up on the layer selected instead of its layer mask even when mask was selected. I have Photoshop ...
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Draw pencil-stroke like line in Gimp

I found this pencil stroke is very fancy and I wondered how it can be emulated in Gimp or Photoshop. Actually I found pencil drawing is really fascinating and I hope to learn more about it. I will ...
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What are some good tips on how to extrude text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm bit of a newbie in Adobe Illustrator and have been learning the application by trying to follow some tutorials and recreating some cool stuff I come across on the web. That being said, I'm ...
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How to create a fabric pattern with wavy lines

I would like to create a fabric pattern, like this one: I'm not very experienced in graphic design. Could somebody please explain how to create a fabric texture and overlay a wavy line pattern in ...
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Beginning with drawing

I want to begin with drawing but I have literally no experience. I wonder if there are high quality video tutorials, like www.digitaltutors.com just for drawing? I want to start with hard surface ...
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detailing pencil sketches on the computer

Forgive me for i'm not especially talented with graphic design. I was trying to make some icons for my mobile app which more or less is following a chalkboard theme. I thought that it would be easiest ...
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How to construct logos/letterforms with circles?

I've always wondered how to create these kind of logos - based on circles and a grid: How do I connect the circles in the 'U' here and clean up the paths afterwards? The connection could be done ...
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How to edit an animated gif in gimp to include transparency?

I have an ajax spinner which unfortunately has a white background in the corners. I want to remove the white and make it transparent using GIMP. How can I go about doing that? I tried opening it in ...
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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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How to undo alternate layout in InDesign CS6?

I clicked Create Alternate Layout in my InDesign CS6 document without really understanding what it was for, to try and fix a margin problem I was having trouble with. Now the document has been split ...
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How to open or save as ico in Photoshop CS6

This plugin to open and save as .ico in Photoshop has been around for a while, but I can't seem to make it work for CS6. According to this question in the Adobe Forums, the plug-in works if installed ...
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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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Making a line drawing or vector image from photograph

I'm trying to create shooting target-style single-color images from digital pictures of animals. Once I've lifted the image from the background, what are ways I could turn it into a simple line ...
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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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What Software was probably used to make these?

All From WikiPedia Made by this Guy
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What are some recommended online training courses (video) for Adobe illustrator?

I've just finished trialing TutsPlus and decided not to renew as the majority of their content is coding tutorials. However I did watch a course on Adobe illustrator which was really good and want ...
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How to change border color of this image in Photoshop?

I have a button image in a PSD file. The image is in single layer. I want to change the color of the border to a bright green color. How do I do that in Photoshop? Thanks!
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How do I preserve transparency over a 'paste' operation in photoshop?

Basic situation: I have an image with a complex alpha channel (ie. feathered, complex non-linear edges). I have an image I want to overlay on top of the first image using a blend option like ...
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Create a smooth connection (blend) between open paths in Illustrator

I'm trying to connect two open paths with a perfectly smooth curve. It is an easy task in CAD/3D software, But I can't figure out a way to accomplish that in Illustrator. The top part of the image is ...
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How can I sharpen the lines in a scanned diagram?

I have a black-and-white diagram (floor plans) scanned from a printout. It's mostly OK, but some of the lines are visibly faded or blurred in places, so it "looks" scanned. I've tried various options ...
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How do you create a photo that looks like it is being painted?

I came across a photo that looks like it is being painted. I like the look and would like to replicate it with one of my pictures, the question is how is this done or created? I am using Photoshop ...
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What combination of PS filters can achieve this?

Is it possible to achieve this effect using a few filter combinations in Photoshop? http://cl.ly/183m2V253O1U2u0j2642
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How to draw Aqua backgrounds like this?

Can please somebody tell me how to draw a background like this? The gradient in the background is not a big deal, but the lines... I guess it can be done in Photoshop or some other tool. Maybe ...
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How to cut a large photo into a grid of smaller photos automatically in Photoshop?

Is there a way, maybe a script, that would help me cut an image into say 50 images? I have a massive panorama I would like to print on normal stock photo paper and I am using Photoshop. The output ...
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How to create this effect in photoshop CS5

First let me start off by saying that I'm a programmer and have very little experience with Photoshop, so thanks for helping me out! I'm trying to create a background for my main view, but I'm not ...
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Converting Wiki to DTP format

I am looking for a way to convert Wiki to a DTP format - what is the most efficient (fast but preserving all of the document elements) way to do that? The "DTP format" can be any format used in the ...
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Illustrator CS5 blend tool problems

I'm trying to create a 'chain' like pattern that arcs round using the blend tool in Illustrator cs5. This is what I get (the straight chain is the one I would like to replicate). The blend tool ...
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Photoshop: can I move the anchor location for a Canvas Resize using only the keyboard?

In Photoshop, when you change the canvas size, is there a way to move the anchor point using only the keyboard? cmd+alt+c opens the Canvas Size dialog, and I can tab to the dimension fields and ...
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How can I reverse engineer drop shadow to reproduce the same effect on another image?

I have the following image that is displayed in along similar images. Each image links to a tourism brochure. I've been tasked into adding a new brochure with its own image. Each image features ...
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How to enlarge image without distorting it?

I would like to double the size of this image without causing any pixelization. Can you please let me know how can it be done? Thanks!
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Add gradients to an object in Pixelmator?

I'm a new to graphic design and I'm whipping up a quick icon for an app kinda thing. I created a rounded rectangle shape. Next I need to add a slight gradient to it to make it look neat. I have to ...
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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 create 2 small circles on the left and right hand side of another circle?

How can I create 2 small circles on the left and right hand side of another circle, equally spaced horizontally and vertically just like two ears on the side of a face? I'm using Adobe Photoshop CS3. ...
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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 align objects side by side with a specified distance between them in Illustrator?

I am creating an animated sprite list in Adobe Illustrator. I finished creating the sprites and used the Horizontal/Vertical Distribute Center commands to distribute the objects equally in some area. ...
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put shape at intersections on rectangular grid in Illustrator

I have got my rectangular grid in Adobe Illustrator CS3 on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3: Rectangular grid: How do I make it so that it puts a shape/dot/object on the intersections, where the lines meet ...
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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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Adjusting stroke width for square and rectangle tool in Inkscape?

I am creating a favicon via Inkscape using "icon_16x16". I would like to put a border around the image and fill it in with another color. I have attempted to use the "square and rectangle" tool but ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS5 | how simplify and remove duplicates in the path

At first, sorry for my bad english =) I have a path as seen in this screenshot: After "release compound path", I have multiple segments of path, but each segment consists of several superimposed on ...
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Exporting groups of layers from a PSD to a single PNG file using Photoshop

What is the fastest way by which I can save a group of layers as a single .png file with empty spaces around the group of layers trimmed. I know I can run a script to export every single layer to a ...
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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 do I create realistic looking gold in Photoshop?

How do you make a realistic looking Gold in Photoshop? I have tried using Layer Styles and using Gradient Overlay > Metallic Styles > Gold but at best that looks just okay and many time not the best. ...
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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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How to make a metallic gradient in photoshop

I have a line drawing of a brass instrument: and I'd like to give it a glossy brass-like texture. What tools could I use on Photoshop CS5? I tried filling it with gradients, and then adding a ...
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How to get this blur texture effect in photoshop?

I'm trying to get an image to look similar to this photo: I'd guess they took a picture of the monitor with a regular camera. But I'm more interested to know what effects / filters they used to get ...
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How can I replicate the label of this bottle in Illustrator?

I'm trying to replicate the label of the water bottle shown here: I would like to recreate it in Illustrator. I've tried a few different methods with mixed results, none of which are really a match ...