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Design Management Software

I like keeping a rigurous control over all the design works I do, because that way I can keep a record and track all my work with clients, prices, times, type of designs, etc. Right now I'm doing ...
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What software can i use to make hand drawn visuals for Word/Powerpoint?

What software can I use for creating handwritten notes/visuals/graphs to put into Word or Powerpoint docs? I don't want to use live trace in Illustrator because I don't think I need something so ...
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Animated system diagram - time efficient way and software?

I need to create a set of animated 2D diagrams to illustrate plumbing and how a heating system functions with water flows, heating elements, pumps, etc. I have experience of Illustrator and Photoshop,...
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What applications should I use to make this into a proper logo?

I am trying to design a logo for a company. Whilst using an app called: "Legend" on my iPhone, I came across a really cool design which fit my needs very well. However, the app is only for creating ...
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Best resources/way/curriculum to learn Graphic Design? [closed]

I have a Fine Art background. I want to learn Graphic Design and be job ready in this field within six months. I am self learning and have time and discipline to put in. what is the best curriculum to ...
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Glyphs vs FontLab, which one is easier and powerful for a beginner user? [migrated]

I'm graphics designer but I never thought about making my own font. I don't have any knowledge about those to software, and I'm trying to make an Arabic and English font. As I know, FontLab supports ...
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Looking for an iPad drawing app where you can do duplication

Looking for an iPad drawing app where you can make a simple doodle, duplicate it within the same canvas say 5 times, and make alternations to each copy of the doodle. Does anyone know an app that ...
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How to do curve stitching?

How would one go about making something like this in Illustrator or other software? I know how to make a circle and lines but is there an easy way to do the spacing and connection?
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Is there a software that can show me how to draw objects from my images?

I am looking for a program that can take an arbitrary image and show a step-by-step guide how to draw objects from it. I mean a guide like this: Does such program exist? Is this even possible? ...
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How to get started illustrating children's books?

I need some very beginner advice. I have written several children's books and I want to illustrate them myself using my photos and photos of mixed media embroidery I make using thread, fabric, beads ...
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Is there a tool for easily creating a GIF/video with a morph transition between two images? [closed]

I have found the following video, which shows a transition effect which is based on a sort of morph-based interpolation between two images: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/andrew/scs/cs/15-463/f07/...
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How to count colors in an image or series of images?

Perhaps this question is too technical for this subsite, if so, please relocate it to a better spot. I'm doing some research on colors where I need to figure out how common colors are. The end result ...
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What is good Vector Software with a pencil tool?

I am struggling to find a vector program that is set up similar to Paint Tool SAI or mainly used for sketching. It seems like all the ones I have tried don't even have just a plain pencil tool. Maybe ...
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Total ink coverage on CMYK digital printing

Is there a simple way to calculate ink coverage when printing from *.pdf ? I work at a digital printing studio and just got a new machine. With the machine came some cost tables which provides info ...
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How do I print to a specific size and have items accurately positioned on the image?

This may seem like an odd question but here it goes... I've built an 'arcade machine' and would like to design and print a photo-quality sheet to go on the control panel. The control panel has lots ...
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Use specific color map index as transparent in a .gif file

Is there a way of setting the color to be used as transparent in a .gif file to a specific index in the color map? I have tried ImageMagick. For example, if I want to make all red in the image to use ...
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How to digitize a logo from a geometrical description on paper?

I'm not a graphic-designer. A friend of mine is - a retired one. I asked him to design a logo for my company. He does not know how to use a PC/Mac for design tasks so he did it on paper. It looks ...
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Free font creators with multi color support

I have heard of good free font creating tools like Birdfont and Fontforge but I would like to know if there is any one that supports multi colored fonts. I know transtype by fontlab supports this but ...
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How are these modern physics figures made?

I am curious to know how the figures in popular introductory physics/Engineering textbooks are made. As examples of what I mean, see the posted figures and my comments, all from various editions of ...
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Online proofing and preflight software

Has anyone found any combined pre-flight and online proofing software? I am looking for something that will support the need to go through certain checklists dependent on the type of work (such a ...
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Trying to realise my goal (a new way of thinking) [closed]

I'm trying to find the fastest way, to draw on a high-end level. I am decent in Photoshop, but find myself using a lot of time with details and cleaning up my drawing. So I started to research and I ...
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Which version of Photoshop should I use? [closed]

I want to learn photoshop, I'm a web developer/designer. I want to know which version of Photoshop can I install in my system, so that it can run smoothly without any lagging.
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Tools for classifying and organizing fonts

I have a fairly large collection of fonts, is there any automated method (via a tool or something) to organize them in groups according to their font family? If not, is there any sort of a list of '...
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Old .EPS and .AI just need font change — How?

I have a number of old .EPS files that were created in FreeHand, and some early Illustrator (.AI) files. They use fonts my machine doesn't have. Is there a free app I can use to open them and choose a ...
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Software that simulates a wooden drawing doll?

I am learning to draw figures, and a wooden doll (pictured below) is a lot of help. But I'm having issues keeping a specific angle in regards to the doll. Even a little shift in position can make the ...
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What is the difference between After Effects and Flash/Animate for animation?

I'm thinking of becoming an animator. I mainly want to make videos similar to Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, who make videos like this. When I searched for AE and Animate / Flash comparisons for flat ...
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What comic/graphic novel software allows you to dynamically draw/change panel shape?

Sorry if this is the wrong place -- I saw a software advertised a month or so ago that demoed a user re-drawing panel shapes in the software itself. It was a very easy way to dynamically create a ...
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Coral Print House Magic & Windows 10

I have an old version of Corel Print House Magic that will not work on Windows 10 - I would like to know if there is a inexpensive program similar to Print House that has the capabilities to ungroup ...
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Adobe Photoshop CS6: 32bit vs 64bit

Is there a difference in functionality or performance of running a 64bit Photoshop CS6 on a 64bit system (e.g. Windows 10 64bit), compared to its 32bit version? Has anyone noticed any noticeable ...
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importing and manipulating endnotes in a book

What is the best desktop publishing software for endnotes? I need to import from Word, control styles including numerals, and be able to change order until last minute.
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Faster merge software than Indesign Data merge

We have created an Indesign document for 450.000 letters we need to send. Included in this letter is a Datamatrix barcode. We are trying to merge the data, but it takes forever, we can only do batches ...
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How to generate a 'cartoon' profile picture [closed]

I'm searching for a generator or method which is used to create the cartoon style profile pictures sometimes seen on GitHub. The effect I want generates a new picture (which looks drawn or painted by ...
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Creating font using constraints

I want to create my own font by using constraints. I want to define the size of angles, how long lines are, distance between points and so on. For example the sketch editor of FreeCAD offers this ...
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Is Adobe Animate CC suitable for these animations?

I have noticed many people on Dribbble and Behance create animations such as the one below in Illustrator and then animate it in After Effects. I need to create similar animations, as well in an ...
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3D rendering medicine box [closed]

What is the best and simplest software to nicely 3D render medicine box out of the die art with different dimensions? (customizable dimension) . Something like this: http://www.bayerandina.com/images/...
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Workflow and software choice when converting complex image to favicon?

I have a logotype which is complex (a line screened image consisting of multiple thin lines) that I want to turn into a favicon. If I just scale it down to favicon size (32×32px) I get a blur. Are ...
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Free print portfolio software?

I work for a public relations firm. One of my new clients is very well renown. She's made it years without having a professional portfolio. I have several gigs lined up for her. However we must submit ...
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How to create my own font?

Can someone tell me which program I use to make my own font? I am aware that letters in a font file are vector-based, and that I can use a vector program like Adobe Illustrator to design and export ...
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What program do I use to create a manual or catalog?

The last time I did any desktop publishing it was ten years ago and I used Microsoft Publisher. Now I need to put together a product user manual, troubleshooting guide, and a new catalog. I figured ...
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Software to create robot schema

I have a question regarding a picture below. Any idea what software might have been used to draw these?
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What software can I use to get started in webcomics/animation?

I have been using Microsoft paint but it doesn't have layers like Photoshop. I am a poor person so can't get photoshop, anything else I can use?
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Software recommendation for converting pencil drawings [duplicate]

My staff already use AutoCAD, SketchUp and Illustrator. I am looking for software to convert simple pencil sketches into drawings. These drawings will later be given to staff for full CAD conversions....
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What would be the best software to place together a tessellation for laser cutting

I have a tessellation piece (shown below). I want to use this piece and create a tessellation of a certain amount of pieces so I can laser cut them out of a piece of wood. What would be the best ...
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2D animation tool with free-form deformations

Basically, I'm looking for something that provides the 2D animation capabilities of Spriter (the support for bone rigs, in particular) but also comes with the deformation capabilities of Photoshop's ...
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Blockdiagram allowing encapsulating a block as subblock with defined Input/Output interface

I developed a measurement device for which I would like to create a simple to use documentation. For this I search a software that is capable of the following: Draw block diagrams Define a previous ...
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Mathematical Drawings,sketch like (Geometry)

I'm a mathematics student doing a thesis project related to geometry and I want to add some pictures, I have no experience in graphic design but I really want my project to look aesthetically pleasing....
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Software for simple sketching in 3D

I'm a web developer new to the world of 3D and its software but becoming interested post-discovery of WebGL and the amazing Three.js library. Recently I saw an exhibition of Alexander Calder's wire "...
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Proposal Software that's NOT based on a SaaS model?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a proposal creation system that isn't a SaaS offering like Bidsketch or its various competitors? I know one-time purchase software is growing incredibly hard ...
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Free software to format an illustrated children fairy tale on Mac [closed]

I have the text and the drawings are scanned and saved. I am looking for: A nice modern font Formatting software that enables me to design my book with writing and pictures Editing software to ...
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Measure Path Length in Illustrator CC

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC to create SVG for my web animations, but the only tedious process is finding the length of each path lines in the generated SVG. I tried Googling, but couldn't find ...