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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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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 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 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 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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1answer
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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 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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1answer
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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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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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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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How to prepare a design for CMYK printing?

This was asked in another thread. When I searched to see if this question has been asked before it was not. Per Meta we are encouraged to create threads that show quality solutions or to future ...
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1answer
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How to create a non destructive 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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2answers
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How to fix the position of a gradient in Illustrator, so that it doesn't move when I edit the object it's applied to?

How do I make Illustrator not change the gradient's position and size when I change the path's shape?
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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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Creating Sunken Text in CorelDraw

I'm trying to figure out how to create an engraved look in CorelDraw This type of effect is called "Inner Shadow" in PhotoShop. Here's an example: Create an “pressed in” look Step-by-step ...
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After Effects - Element 3D: Text arranged in a circle/ring form [migrated]

I needed to dispose/arranged (sorry for my bad english) a letters extruded with Element 3D plug-in in After Effects Like in this fast example: http://gyazo.com/64767e7c198b8763ac9225eda1b788ad I'm ...
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1answer
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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 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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0answers
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How do I create this 3D typography effect?

I have been using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for a while now and I was wondering if you could guide me on how to create a 3D effect like this:
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3answers
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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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Set CMYK colors in Photoshop

I have designed a Flyer using Photoshop. First with RGB colors, but I want to change them to CMYK. I use black, white and two pantone colors. Black is used for the text and there is the problem. I ...
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1answer
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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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6answers
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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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3answers
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How can I remove the unwanted background from a scanned handwritten signature?

I need to upload my signature in a PDF document, but I do not know how to edit the background of this image. I wish to remove the bluish-tint background, and make it pure white. Can anyone help me ...
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Lighten/Darken in PaintShop Pro

I have completely lightened areas in photos. When i re-open the photos in PaintShop (I now have X6), darkened pixels are scattered around the object in the photo. Even when I lighten these areas ...
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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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2answers
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Why are my handles and anchor point missing in AI?

I'm quite new to using illustrator. My problem is: I'm missing the anchor point. Usually when you use the direct selection tool and click an object, it should show the anchor points and handles. I ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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12answers
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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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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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 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 ...
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3answers
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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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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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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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1answer
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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 create an action in Photoshop cs6 to batch “change image background to white”?

I need to batch convert high resolution product images that need to be separated out from it's background through layer/vector mask +/or channels without using the selection tools. I Have tried to ...
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2answers
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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 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 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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Is it possible to create a kind of horizontal “invert mask” in CSS?

I have two blocks (div elements) with one black on the top background-color: black and one white on the bottom. Is it possible to have a piece of text that straddles the two zones with inverted ...
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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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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 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 to apply, blend or overlay a texture or pattern image to a layer in Photoshop?

I've got a grunge texture JPEG that I downloaded from Premium Pixels that looks like this: and a text layer on a black background. I want to blend or overlay the image file to create a worn-out, ...