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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 "Inch to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I achieve a ribbed pipe/tube effect in Photoshop or Illustrator?

I'm looking to create a tube with an effect like the following - the cylindrical segments which come together to make a pipe. I was wondering how this might be achieved; You could layer ellipsis with ...
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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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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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Recreating Anti-Alliasing/Moiré effects

I'm currently designing a poster, and when I view the design in Illustrator my Ben-Day dotted images are heavily distorted in their color and spatial appearance. I really like this. Is there a way I ...
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How to find the centre of the area between two objects in Illustrator

I'm wondering if there's any tool or method that I can use to determine where the midpoint is between any two objects in Illustrator. To give a simple example, say I have a simple rectangle at the ...
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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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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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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 to view all layers in Photoshop?

Is there a quick way to do this, for example, short key or script?
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How to fill half of a word with one colour and the other half with a different colour in Adobe Illustrator

I want to recreate the text of a logo I have. It had black half way down the text and then yellow for the other half. How do I create text with a different colour on each half in Adobe ...
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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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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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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 Insert an Image in to an Ellipse and Hide Overflowing Parts

I'm trying to insert an image in to an ellipse shape layer, I need to hide the overflowing parts around the circle/ellipse. How do I insert an image in to a circular selection and hide the parts that ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 Split Two Intersecting Circles in to Three Separate Shapes

My question is specifically about Making a Venn Diagram in Adobe Illustrator. I am trying to make a Venn-diagram to visualize different set operations in maths. I found that Illustrator made some ...
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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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How to make a layer change size in an animation in Photoshop?

I'm working with animation timeline in Photoshop CS6. I would like to have a small circle layer expand / increase in size, but on the Layer-Timeline panel, these are the only options available: ...
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How to measure sizes and distances from parts of an image file?

I have this image sprite containing many small icons. I don't know the accurate size, height and width of each icon and it's too difficult for me to find it manually with my current tools (I am using ...
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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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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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Given one exact measurement, how can I use it to measure the rest?

I'm asking how to use a given measurement to create a custom scale that I can use to accurately measure the rest. I have a vector file that looks like: I wish to measure parts of the car, to build ...
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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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How can I create an abstract sea/wave effect in a free vector package?

I'm looking to create a vector (ideally) illustration with an abstract sea, much like this (not the dolphins or sun): How can I go about this using free tools such as Inkscape?
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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 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 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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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 to create/generate 3D molecular structure images?

I am interested in generating crystal structure images for my own research. I came across very cool and professional graphics: Can someone please suggest some software to produce similar graphics ...
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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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How can I create a curved grid

I would like to create a (preferably conformal, but not necessary) curved grid like this: trying to match the outline of a curve I have: Kind of like the lines on an athletics track, but a grid. ...
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How to achieve this disappearing effect?

Please look at the below image: As you can see, the right side of the image looks blurry. I've tried to use blurry filter and eraser with 0% hardness but doesn't work :( How can I achieve this ...