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Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?
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How can I mask out airplane propellers properly?

I have this image which I wish to mask out the propellers properly. I thought maybe Refine Edge would do the work but it didn't success. I would like to know what kind of tools I probably should ...
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Image search engine, but for logos / How do you spot plagiarized logos?

Is there such a thing? A search engine where you're able to upload an image with a logo, and you get results of sites that are using that logo :) I tried Googles image search: ...
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Techniques to dramatically scale an image

I have been given an impossible task: Take a picture image (jpg) at 1422 x 1067 px with 100 dpi and scale it to 86400 x 29376 px (that's equivalent to 34ft x 100ft or 30.5 meters x 10.36 meters) ...
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Text not very readable on different image backgrounds

I've come here seeking for a bit of design help or advice on how I could possibly improve the following: Like the title says, I'm having a website banner with multiple text displayed on different ...
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What is a “sprite”?

I am studying Fundamentals of Multimedia by Ze-Nian Li and Mark S Drew. They use the term "sprite" but I don't understand the meaning. Can someone explain to me what sprites are and how they are ...
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Reduce file size without losing quality

I would like to save files in Photoshop but keep them as small as possible. I use Save for Web (and Devices) and save as a JPEG. Here are the settings I used: I really do not want to lower the ...
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How to link images relatively in Inkscape?

I would like to make relative links to pictures in an Inkscape file. So when I move the project files (images and the Inkscape master), I wouldn't have to relink the images. What is the proper way to ...
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How to design a site without pictures

A site I'm creating is a directory which sorts and displays information for about 300 businesses which are part of a specific business partnership/network. The site is meant to provide information to ...
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Client wants to purchase only stock image from my design mockup instead of my design. How to handle?

I am a graphic designer who provided spec work for a client. I worked on a flyer and I gave them 2 options. They went with one, paid for it. Now they have another project and would like to use the ...
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Is there a “Fit to Canvas” option in Photoshop like there is in Fireworks?

I am a Fireworks user new to Photoshop. In FW there is the very handy "fit to canvas" button in the properties panel at the bottom which when clicked snaps the image to the canvas by adjusting the ...
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What do you call this image effect and how is it achieved?

I've been trying to describe this effect on google and got no useful results. Seems like its a mix between a tint via the overlay and the offset? Here is another example, but the effect seems less ...
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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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Advice for creating a fluid and responsive graphic

So I'm creating an entirely responsive website, with the aim of using as few media queries and magic numbers as possible. I've found after a number of attempts, that using the content to create the ...
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Speed effect on electrons - 3D

I'm preparing a cover image for a publication for a scientific journal. Instead of being scientifically rigourous, this kind of image could be more artistic and catch the reader's eye while conveying ...
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Cleaning up line art with choppy edges

So, a while back I created this icon from a game, but looking back on it behind a white background instead of an alpha-channel its edges are super choppy in some places while it's smooth in others, ...
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Can you use PowerPoint images on your website?

Is it all right to use powerpoint images on your website? For example, If I draw an arrow using the shapes tool, can I then cut the image from the powerpoint and save it, Then use it on my website? ...
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A very strange favicon file (atleast for me) where one single file contains 3 different sized images

I have this favicon file. Dowload favicon file I can not upload the image file since its does not have the proper format. When you view this file in windows 7, you get the following. This single ...
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Split image into 16x16px or 32x32px sections then save them individually?

I want to split up the terrain.png image from Minecraft to use in some projects. Is there a quicker way to split the image than selecting each 16x16px section and copy-pasting the sections into new ...
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Batch resize and OUTPUT multiple images

I need to batch resize multiple images and thats really easy in Photoshop insert a folder and get a output in anther folder. But i need this to output multiple images of all the images inside the ...
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Autoconverting PNGs to sRGB

Tools like PNGOUT blithely strip out color profiles (the iCCP chunk), which arguably makes the tools lossy because it changes the appearance of non-sRGB images in nearly all modern browsers. I've ...
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How do I find the original color version of b&w artwork?

I'm collecting late medieval and early renaissance artwork for a personal online project. In doing that, I've accumulated a number of early-internet black and white images which I know originally ...
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Is there a command-line program that can output ascii art as an image?

Is there a command-line program (for Linux) that can convert an image to ascii art and then save that output as an image e.g. jpg or png? To illustrate what I'm in need of, I want to convert the ...
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What is the best way to label an image?

I have an image which I would like to label certain areas with some sort of a text label. I'm trying to figure out what the best way is to make the text clear. The image is color, and objects may have ...
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Working with .psb in a psd

EDIT: A Big update on this topic is presented with PS CC 14.2! Now you can have linked smart objects, it works like in InDesign. Just go to File->Place Linked… and choose your .psb file. This is the ...
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Setting object style in InDesign

I'm trying to somehow set InDesign object style for images that I add into text frame directly so they flow along with text when I edit content. My document is of technical nature so it has a single ...
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Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality?

Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality ? Like this: I've watched this tutorial : but the quality of the outcome is still far away from the one above. Is there a way to ...
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What is the meaning of adding (?1297280570) to the image names?

Sometimes i find images on the sites added through css. Even if image name is (let's say) footer_logo.gif. In css it will be added as footer_logo.gif?1297280570 What do I miss in here? Regards,
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How do I know which images are copyrighted and not?

Using google images you can find any image you want these days, even high resolution. The question is how do I know what I can use image wise in the graphic design work assuming that the graphic work ...
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How to get bokeh images to use in web design?

I'm looking for online resources, image libraries, Photoshop actions, tools, or any other means of getting or designing bokeh images (those highly blurred pictures, with colorful circles) for use as ...
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Save for web feature in Photoshop for image size reduction

Save for web feature in Photoshop for image size reduction, would this be the simplest way for a beginner (like myself) to try and save on (some) loading time without losing too much quality. I am ...
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How can I create an animation of an image being drawn/painted, automatically?

Im looking for some software that will allow me to create an animation of a given image being drawn in real time. for example, I have a jpeg, its a picture of my pet dog, i want some software that ...
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How to find a texture for a background image for website?

I am looking for a texture pattern for an image that is similar to the one Path.com uses: https://www.path.com/images/about/bg.gif I want a similar image pattern so i can use it as a background ...
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Better image compression by combining images?

What is the name of the technique where many small images are copied into one large image to get better compression and avoid loading many separate images int memory? And is this still useful in ...
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Desktop wallpaper idea that's at the same time visual interesting and bland

I'm an IT guy rather than an artist of any kind. I work at a small college, and we're deploying new PCs to our classrooms. As part of this, I want to build a desktop wallpaper to include with the ...
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Will changing image resolution from 300 to 72 without resampling reduce the quality?

This is a rather stupid question so I apologise in advance but I just wanted to be 100% sure! I have a set of photos at 300 ppi that are 800 pixels by 800 pixels and need to convert them in Photoshop ...
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How to make a picture look like it's torn off?

How do I cut off the boundary of a picture all zig zag like it is in this picture Or in this one I have Paint.NET, a free image editing software. How can I do this in Paint.NET?
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Create an artboard automatically to the size of an image (Illustrator)

I am trying to figure out how to make an artboard automatically snap to the size of an image. I know that you can draw a rectangle, then go to the Artboards window and choose "Convert to Artboards" ...
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What technique is used to create these image based icons?

I just saw a mailbox zero inbox icon and thought it was cool! I am wondering: what is the technique to create this artwork? Mask with an image? I am looking for a keyword to google it. Example:
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Digital pen with realtime viewing

I've looked for this online forever but can't seem to find it. Is there a digital pen that doesn't need special paper, uses easy to replace cartridges, and let's me see what I'm writing on a screen ...
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Reduce the size of an image (200*150 to 20 *15)

I want to reduce the size of an image from 200*150 to 20*15. But when I do that in Photoshop, the image looks blurred. Is there any way we can reduce the size without this happening? Do i have do ...
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Why link a portfolio site to external services?

In regards to external services (Dribbble, Behance, and Deviant) what is the purpose of having a portfolio website but you link all your images externally and take a viewer away from the main site and ...
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Common ground for image sizes when using Photoshop save to web

Recently, I was working on an image in Photoshop and wanted to save it for web usage. I wanted to know whether there is a good size to go with for the modern design standards when it comes to ...
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How to batch resize a group of images by area?

I know how to run a batch resize based on fixed width, height, or percentage... but what if I have a number of photos of all different sizes and shapes and I want them to be roughly the same size ...
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What Photoshop CS5 Book Describes Making Images From Scratch?

Can someone direct me to a photoshop cs5 book that details the image making process from beginning to end ie showing how to make an image from scratch, best techniques etc Please share why you think ...
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How to make an image look like it's been printed

I'm wondering if anyone has any tips, tutorials or templates on how to 'fake' a printed effect. I want to make it look in my portfolio like I have printed business cards and other collateral without ...
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How can I determine the dimensions of an image used on a website?

I am trying to find the size of the image that was used as a banner on this website: http://www.deadmau5.com/. I have tried looking at the souce but I have not found information nor a link to the ...
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Why is my image turning gray when I paste another image on it?

I opened a .jpg file that only contains one channel, whenever I try to add another image to the file, the other image also turns gray. Why is this happening?
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What is it called when an image pokes above text/design elements?

Publications often seem to like to make parts of images poke above text or design elements, either subtly or clearly. For example, in this Radio Times cover, the top of a woman's head is positioned ...
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Fluid Images: How to set width and height?

I'm trying to build a fluid layout, for which I am styling big images with: .fluid_img { height: auto; width: auto; max-width: 100%; } This works fine, the problem is that I can no longer use ...