Questions about scaling; the process of creating different versions of visual objects to adapt them for different display mediums or contexts of use. Other than simple resizing, scaling can include changes in the composition of color, stroke weight, image complexity, and many more. Ask anything ...

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How do I figure out the right size font / text for a given read distance?

To avoid printing single letters at varying sizes and measuring how far away I can see it from a distance is there a formula for determining what size font for a particular read distance? Is it better ...
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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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Scaling rounded corners in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I resize this object without distorting it ? I've created a rounded-corner triangle in Illustrator by creating a triangle and then doing Effect>Stylize>Round ...
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Scale drawings in Illustrator, maintain proportions of line weights and effects

My problem is that when I scale down my drawing, the line weights stay the same, blotting out the artwork. If I scale up, the line weights become too thin. I've noticed that parametric effects don't ...
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How to construct “lowercase digits” (i.e. text figures)?

Is there an accepted way to adjust font glyphs in order to simulate text figures? Background Text figures are "lowercase" digits. You normally use lowercase digits where you also use lowercase ...
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How to resize icon sets in Photoshop?

When looking online for icons to use on my websites, I often find very well designed free icon sets. However, often these icon sets are only available on a single size - for instance the icon set ...
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Photoshop: How do I keep 1x and 2x (for retina display) images in the same document?

I just read on an article about designing for iPhone retina display that you can keep the 2x images in the same document and use a Photoshop Action to scale up the 1x to see how the larger version ...
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Is there a way to easily resize an image as a Ninepatch would resize in photoshop?

A ninepatch, for those unfamiliar, is described here. In a nutshell, you can take an image and put a few pixels on the outermost pixels to represent which areas should stretch and not stretch when ...
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Should I scale an image first, or index it?

I have an image, it's the Backtrack_5_PitchBlack.jpg found at http://www.backtrack-linux.org/screenshots/, and I'd like to get it down to 640*480 for a Grub4DOS splash screen. Unfortunately, this also ...
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Scale layers in a psd file by 200% for retina iPad

I have a PSD file that my designer gave me fitted for iPad dimensions. I need to support the retina iPad as well. What's the best way to create the 2x retina images? Should I scale up the layers by ...
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Is it possible to scale using nearest neighbour with the transform tool?

I have a selection I want to enlarge using nearest neighbour. I don't want to scale the whole image, just a selection. Is this possible?
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Do I need to create my images at twice the pixel dimensions on a retina display?

I just got a new Macbook Pro with Retina and I'm confused about how to attack my PSD's. If I'm designing a site which has 14px font size, should I be creating it at 28px in Photoshop to see what it ...
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Difference between None, Linear, Cubic and Sinc(Lanczos3) interpolation in image scaling?

While scaling images in GIMP in the Quality section I was prompted to choose one of the following interpolations: None Linear Cubic Sinc(Lanczos3) What is the difference between these and which ...
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How can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
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How to fit svg drawings to their canvas on the command line?

Cropping .svg files on the command line is simple: $ inkscape --verb=FitCanvasToDrawing --verb=FileSave --verb=FileClose *.svg I need to do the opposite. I want to fit the drawing into a 64 x 64 ...
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What does Scaling mean in this context?

I just got a pre-interview questionnaire for potentially a new job. On it I have to rank certain skills like creativity, attention to detail, photo manipulation.... one of them says "Scaling" Before ...
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Can I reformat an old logo with a higher resolution?

I have 2 logos saved in a PDF file. I sent them to my printer to have a banner printed using those logos. THe printer is saying they are not high enough resolution. How can I reformat them so they are ...
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Quality Loss When Scaling down SVG's

I'm having a hard time trying to find the best way to produce an SVG that maintains it's quality through scaling. The actual size of the image is the medium one which is pixel-perfect in Illustrator. ...
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How can I preserve border width when scaling an object with Inkscape?

I want the borders to stay fixed in Inkscape when I'm resizing an object. I found these buttons in Inkscape v0.48.3.1, but they don't seem to work. Is there any other settings that I should turn on? ...
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Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But ...
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In Photoshop, is there a way to incorporate a stroke into the shape object/layer itself?

I have a shape layer with a stroke (currently applied using a layer effect), and I would like to convert that to a shape layer that has two components, the shape and the stroke, both represented by ...
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Losing Details when reducing to smaller image

I am designing icons and elements from an android game using Photoshop CS4. If I am designing a character (512x512) and reduce its size to fit the game screen, lots of details, shades and effects are ...
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How to shrink logo without losing quality inkscape

I'm really not much of a graphic designer at all (programmer) but I have dabbled in some image editing using GIMP and Inkscape. Here's my situation: I have a nice, sharp image of my logo as an SVG ...
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Resizing vector paths to pixel bounds

I have an iOS layout designed for Retina, which means it's double the resolution of the older devices. To create standard-resolution PNGs, I would need to scale down the design by 50%. Problem is, I ...
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Objects on layer, not uniformly down scaling in Adobe Illustrator; why?

I am using Adobe Illustrator (CS4). I have a document with artboards of various sizes to place the same image, an icon, on these artboards before exporting. I create the image on the artboard with the ...
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scale pattern in illustrator when already applied to object

I have created a pattern by creating 2 rectangles with different colors, selected both and moved them to swatches. After applying pattern to a desired object I would like to scale the pattern ...
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Illustrator: Keeping the same scale when updating placed files

I have some placed files in an Illustrator document, linked to the originals. When the originals are changed, Illustrator updates the placed versions. However, it keeps them at the same physical ...
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Scale2x utility for Mac OS X?

Is there an already compiled utility for the Scale2x utility for Mac OS X? I've found source code but I'm looking for a utility that is already built.
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Horizontal and Vertical Scaling of One Character in AI

In Photoshop, I've got in my character menu Horizontal and Vertical scaling. In Illustrator I don't have it, but I need it. I know I can stretch the entire text-box in AI to simulate character ...
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Using inkscape to convert scanned color drawings to svg — recommended or no?

I'm an ebook publisher trying to include 10 color illustrations inside an ebook. It's not a fixed layout ebook but a reflowable ebook (i.e., an epub). Graphic example here: ...
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How do I uniformly scale an elliptical shape with straight sides?

I am interested in taking the gray shapes and creating a uniform border around it; an outline with a white interior. I want to do this by scaling the original shapes and intersecting them ...
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stretch whole Image to have inner section be a specific dimension

I have an image. Below is a small representation of the real image's layout. The dimenstions of my image are 600px × 449px, and The dimensions for the inner secion of my image are 541px × 341px. I ...
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How to scale arc corners to be equal?

I'm trying to duplicate and scale a rectangle I created with arc corners to create a series of thinner lines inside. The problem is when I start scaling the lines the arcs don't equally line up with ...
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Resized shape becomes semi-transparent?

I have this shape made up of lines (see left side of image). Why is it that when I resize it to a smaller size, it becomes slightly transparent (see right side of image)? Changing it to a smart ...
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How to scale a layer with gradient?

For a web game logo I keep around a Gimp file 1024x1024-logo.xcf which has 3 layers: Text (the game name) Picture of 2 playing cards Blue background as a linear gradient Now I have received a new ...
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Beginner Question: Is it bad to mix raster photography into vector based print work? Alternative?

I am tasked with creating a vector based print work. And I'm very new to print design. Is it a good idea to include raster photography inside my vector image? It seems to destroy the whole point of ...
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How to extend a texture without quality loss in photoshop

I have this 1754x1240 texture which I use for vintage effect in background images in my iOS app. iPad screen size is quite large 1536x2048 and when I apply this texture directly to an image that size ...
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How do you resize an image through pixel scaling?

I use Adobe's Creative Cloud to generally resize images...but I came across a strange use case. I want to resize a graphic of mine...but not using a standard scaling formula. I want to resize my image ...
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Need advice on reducing icon size without loss in detail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I'm redesigning the icon for my Android application. I designed it at 512x512 and then rescaled it to 96x96 and 32x32. However, it ...
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Scalable Text in Photoshop In a Droplet?

I'm trying to create a droplet for batch image processing that will put a border of 2 px all around, add 30 px to the top, then within that top space place some text that will automatically scale to ...
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Why does InDesign reduce the quality of my screenshots when Word doesn't?

If I take a screenshot and paste it into InDesign it completely destroys the quality. Yet when I print screen and paste it into Word, the image is resized to the page and the quality is kept. What is ...
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Scaling A Simple Image Without Losing Any Quality

I have this image: It's only 19ppi. I want to create a vector from it so that it can scale up up to 11 square inches and retain it's quality. How can I make Illustrator do this? I was trying ...
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Iphone: Scaling images down for smaller iphone3 and iphone4

I am completing some design work on my application. Following a few people saying it is best to design for the iphone5 (4inch) screen first I have completed a page design for the retina. The image has ...
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Designing scalable graphics without using vectors

I'm working on an mobile phone game, and don't have the luxury of being able to use vector graphics. I'd like the game to be playable on a wide range of devices from 2560x1600 tablets to 320x240 ...
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How do you resize an existing vector mask in Photoshop CS6?

I have created a vector mask for a layer in Photoshop containing a circle. Now I would like to fine-tune its position and size. I can only move individual or multiple anchor points.
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Why are some details of an icon fuzzy?

I've created an icon in Illustrator for an iPhone app. When the icon is in the size for the iPhone, parts of the graphic fuzzy. How can I improve the details on the icon? My icon is a clock, and it ...
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GIMP: find midpoint / arbitrary division between two points

How do I find the middle, or n/th division or percentage of distance between two arbitrary points in GIMP? Like, I have an object / a line of arbitrary length / two guides, placed in arbitrary place ...
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Scaling strokes in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scale drawings in Illustrator, maintain proportions of line weights and effects When you minimize large vectors that contain outlines & text to a small vector the ...
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Save an Illustrator vector drawing with bigger dimensions

Since vector drawings are scalable infinitely, I should be able to save my drawings at any DPI I wish. How do I do that with Illustrator CS5?
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Scaling a photo up in Pixelmator

I just downloaded a set of Glypish icons, however I'm not sure how to scale them up using Pixelmator (my only graphics editor). They give a .psd file with each image as a separate layer...