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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 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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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 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 I get started with Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. I want to go from start i.e learn using each tool first and then move on. Where can I find tutorials for this (Youtube is a good source). I cant ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 do I create a polygon tessellation pattern in Adobe Illustrator?

I have no idea what they call this so I'm not having much success with searching. But lets start with an example with this site: Image from pixden.com Does anybody know how to create this and if it ...
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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, ...
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What are the correct set of principles of Design ?

I have started the design learning road from scratch using Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline. In the first section it mentions design principles. The first link : Principles ...
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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 to remove the textured background from a handwritten text document?

I'm using Adobe Photoshop. I noticed that there are other questions similar to this one. However, the reason I'm posting my question is, when I followed the instructions in the other question about ...
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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 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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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 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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What is a good sequence of projects to learn design?

I'm sure it rings a bell when I say that you learn more about design when you actually try to do it, and then getting quality feedback (critiques) of your work. I'm trying to figure out what would be ...
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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 do make an Archimedean spiral of words decreasing in font size every 3 characters?

I am attempting to do a logo where the phrase starts at the top of a spiral and continues throughout the spiral decreasing in size until the very middle of the spiral. Tried the Spiral tool but not ...
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How to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another?

Is there a way to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another? I was working on a project earlier on that required this but I didn't know how this could have been done. (Procedure not as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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Illustrator > Recolor Artwork: How to manually choose the replacement colours from swatch groups?

Below is Illustrator's "Recolor Artwork" window. I've chosen to recolour (yes, I'm British) using one of my swatch groups. Notice that the first source colour is replaced with the first swatch group ...
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How do I make this 'folded text' logo in Photoshop? [closed]

How can I make this logo in Photoshop? Please teach me how its possible, or give me a hint what to search for to find tutorials for similar results. Thank you.
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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 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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How would I recreate this effect of text that seems to flow over a flight of stairs?

Is there nondestructive way of achieving the wavy type effect, found below?
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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 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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How to quickly and easily create a grid with Adobe Photoshop?

Suppose I need to draw a grid in Photoshop, each square being the same size, and a certain amount of pixels tall and wide, and the grid lines having a certain pixel width. Like this: Currently I ...
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What are some good resources for tablet drawing?

What are some good resources for tablet drawing? Doesn't matter what media ... books, articles, video tutorials, anything else.
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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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Photoshop Resolution for Web Design?

I'm a programmer, not a designer, but I am trying to learn design as it would be very helpful. I am following a tutorial on PSD|TUTS+ and it doesn't specify the resolution I should be working with. My ...
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How to convert RGB colors into real paint colors?

How can I convert an RGB color into a real life color? If I mix equal amounts of red, green and blue paint together in real life, I will never achieve a white color, in the way you do when setting ...
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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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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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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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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 ...