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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 ...
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How do I match image brightness in Photoshop?

Say I have an image that had it's brightness adjusted. I also have a small portion of the original unmodified image like this: Is there a way in Photoshop CS5 to have the image's brightness ...
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How do I change RGB value without changing the Alpha channel?

I would like to know how can I change color of RGBA image when alpha channel will be unchanged for each pixel. If I use Paint Box Tool it will set alpha channel for all pixels to constant value. Look ...
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How do I get this font/dropshadow effect?

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How to create this grainy & pixelated effect?

How do you recreate the effect as seen in this picture through Photoshop? I'm talking about the grainy texture... I tried using noise filter and played with layer blends, but the result is less ...
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How can I create a large-size water cuastics texture for animation?

I'm really having a hard time trying to find SOMETHING on how to create a fairly decent water caustics effect for an animation. The only thing I've found is a program that generates textures for me ...
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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 create a two-colored rectangle and vertically-align it with text using Illustrator?

I need to create a rectangle that has a 1px stroke. It needs to have one color on the top left and another on the bottom right with a diagonal line running from the bottom left to the top right. I ...
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1answer
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How can I achieve this effect on my text?

I have recently scattered through the portfolio of a designer named Nicolas Girard, and noticed this fascinating typography art: I looked through the entire web and in every Photoshop and ...
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A tutorial to learn how to add 3d effects to a logo

I am a beginner computer artist. I am just learning Photoshop and Illustrator, but I am planning to do a logo/web site design with both. I want to draw a logo for an application. I can draw a ...
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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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How to draw glowing lines with glitter effect inside

I just wonder if there exists a tutorial for photoshop which I could follow to draw those shining lines especially with the glitter like effect on the right side. (you can see what I mean in this ...
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How do I create a custom gradient pattern in Photoshop CS5?

Is it possible to start a gradient (in a layer mask) from, for example, a bent shape. So that the "fade" itself will not be straight but rather a bit curved. I hope the question is understandable, ...
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Is it a bad idea to change a single - major - element in isolation?

Our team just had a rather strong argument over an issue. The issue: Some team members want to "update" one of our websites by changing the colors of the left navigation bar, and maybe also the ...
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Tutorial to Create a Wunderlist-like Icon in Photoshop

I'm developing an application for iOS and Android and I love the style of the Wunderlist icon, so I want to know if there is any tutorial about how to create this "rounded wooden drawer" effect in ...
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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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Photoshop produce a specific effect

How can I recreate this Photoshop effect: Let's say that I have a heart image and inside of the heart I want to implement this effect. How can this be done? Thanks in advance.
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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 to edit the photoshop patterns?

I wonder if there is a possibility to edit the source image of the patterns from the preset manager in photoshop. On right click on a pattern the only options are Delete Pattern and Rename Pattern.
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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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 create such effects with the help of photoshop

i was searching some web styles on Google i found this style,(panel of a gift card) i want to know what style is this (every style have a name) and how to create this panel background with the ...
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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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1answer
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Where can I find good a tutorial for creating a simple Flash movie using Adobe Flash CS4?

Where can I find good a tutorial for creating a simple Flash movie using Adobe Flash CS4? I want to create an App of a children's picture book. Each page is a single image, so I want a tutorial that ...
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Where can I find tutorials for LibreOffice as a tool for book design?

I want to design a book using LibreOffice. Is there somewhere on the net good tutorials for this?
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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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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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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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I need a good tutorial for building a background image for a website search form in Photoshop

I'm building a website with a focus on searching so I want a very large search form in the header. I've been looking for a tutorial using Photoshop to create a background image to superimpose the ...
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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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2answers
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Where can I find the best vectorization tutorial for a newbie?

I have a friend who does a bit of illustration, but all by hand. He is not familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator. He would like learn a bit of Illustrator, just enough to get by and vectorize some of ...
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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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Learning Graphic Design [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips and sources for programmers who must or want to learn graphic design. I would like to learn the basics of graphic design. I am a programmer, but I often end up ...
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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 ...