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Right software to recreate the following illustration

I'm looking for a combination of software used to model the illustration. I want to add few things shown here to my art like ancient boats, people farming, monuments. I need help to recreate this art ...
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Is there a way to calculate the total length of all paths in a vector file?

I have a laser bed that people send me vector art to cut out. I charge by the inch and need a way to quickly select all of the vector artwork and get a total distance of all the paths. Are there any ...
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How to add hidden notes to developers within designs mockups?

At a high level, I will be managing a web design team that will be working with onsite developers on a large ASP.NET project developing website, mobile website, and mobile app versions (Android and ...
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Which graphics program will let designers give “ready to use” MOBILE designs to developers?

At a high level, I will be managing a web design team that will be working with onsite developers on a large ASP.NET project developing website, mobile website, and mobile app versions (Android and ...
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What´s the most suitable software and way to do this kind of CALENDARS? [duplicate]

I like 2 kinds of annual calendar. ONE is this ( origianl in PDF ) ANOTHER(numer two) is this ( origianl in PDF ) I usually use Fireworks CS6 (and may be than in a few months I´m going to use ...
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What kind of software used to make spatially accurate renderings over satellite imagery?

I'm looking to make some mock top-view renderings of road reconstructions like this: I've been trying to use Photoshop and Google Earth to do this since I know how to work them both, but it's a very ...
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What tool can I use to vertically merge two or more screenshots?

I want to merge two or more images (screenshots from mobile phones) easy and fast. The purpose is to obtain a long image, similar to this one. What software can I use? I know I can do this in Adobe ...
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What is a way to print a design onto coffe cup lids?

Considering the plastic that coffee cup lids are made from what would be the best quality way to print onto that, that wouldn't transfer of rub off?
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Program to export SVG to print and animation?

I would like to create animated SVG diagrams for use on Web, as well as conventional print. At present I draw my conventional pictures on CorelDraw 12. When it comes to SVG I have no experience, but ...
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Is Photoshop worth the cost over alternatives? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if I should buy into the whole "Photoshop" and "Adobe way". I understand how to use the program quite well, and my trial is coming to an end fairly soon, I don't really know ...
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Designing a clothing company Tag [closed]

Can anyone tell me which is the best software for Designing a clothing company Tag? Also any preferred/standard size (if any) or special requirements for designing a tag?
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Professional software to replace Geometer's Sketch Pad

I've been using an old copy of a program called "Geometer's Sketch Pad" to design character sheets for a tabletop game (think something like D&D). I'd like to copy over my existing work into a ...
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I have to get a large number of photos approved for my project. Is there an online tool or platform that can help me with this?

We've had a photographer do a three day shoot to provide imagery for the project I'm working on. From the thousands of shots she took we want to get down to an initial set of 75 images that have been ...
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Is there any free vector editing software? [duplicate]

Is a free vector editing software similar to Illustrator?
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OCR software recommendation

I should scan a brochure and remake it with all the text and images replacing some obsolete text like emails and old links, but preserving the pictures and text relationships. (No, I do not have any ...
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What are the best tools for testing how a website will look on different platforms and what are their pros and cons?

What are the best tools for testing how a website will look on different platforms and what are their pros and cons? This includes knowing how my layout/fonts display and functionality in various ...
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Why does my logo from Logomaker look bad?

I am using the website logomaker.com to create a company logo. When it is enlarged though it gets fuzzy (pixelated). How can I fix this in Logomaker? Is there a better service for a non-designer to ...
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Program to make these kinds of 3D liquid acid graphics? [closed]

I've been searching almost two years and still don't have answer. I would like to know what program could be used for graphic work like this. These crazy, trippy, 3D objects, sometimes combined with ...
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Using CS4, can anyone recommend a barcode software

I'm going freelance, can anyone recommend a barcode software for CS4? (Mostly using Illustrator and InDesign.)
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Image Fourier Decomposition to save many images?

I wish to divide an image into 256 separate fourier layers and do some complex processing on them for an experiment and add them together again. Can i do it in photoshop or gimp or is there a ...
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What is a good software package for technical drawings with shading?

I am a web developer so I am a coder normally not a designer. I have Illustrator on my PC and I have a lot of technical drawings to do for fencing that my client sells such as this one Now this is ...
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What software is used to create 3D architectural diagrams?

One day i visit this Denmark based architectural firm website, i see those clean presentations, which got me wonder what kind of software did they use to creating such illustration? it seems like a 3D ...
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Arranging images, arrows, text and similar for research presentation

I am going to prepare presentation slides for a research presentation. Below I am showing an example of type of images people generally include in such presentations. The presentation has been ...
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Are there any reactive animation tools?

I am planning on animating a Dual action out the front style switchblade mechanism. This is for a assassin's creed style hidden blade remake. I was wondering, is there an animation software that ...
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Program to generate non-static design spec docs?

My design team has been using MS Word via Sharepoint to deliver UX specs to our developers. Our documents include a section for: final visuals, content, wireframes, interaction notes, and business ...
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Free software for starting graphic design [duplicate]

I'm starting out in graphic design. What is the best free software available? Also, are there any recommendations for PC equipment and tips for getting the best outcome?
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Is there iOS app for designing interfaces?

I need an iOS app to create wireframes of iOS interface. Are there any apps similar to Balsamiq available? I don't need apps like Marvel or POP. With those I can't prototype instantly in app.
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How to create 3D Box designs with User-Generated Dimensions? [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn how to make 3D Box Images in Photoshop. I need this for box designs of different sizes, and so I found this tutorial that makes it easy to create with the use of Photoshop Actions. ...
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Creating infinite zooming images

What's an easy way to create a forever zooming & looping image like this: In particular what design applications (after effects comes to mind) allow recursive nesting of compositions?
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Writing Words with Special Characters for Notepad Use

Is there any online fiddle, where I can create the following like words? And what is the term for this to search online? ____ __ ______ _ __ __ __ / __ \ / /_ ...
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Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?

Just to give a little context, I have a background as a design-savvy developer (not a developer-savvy designer). I worked at an agency many years ago. I've been out of the design game for about 3 ...
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Alternative tool to Photoshop that allows editing PSD files with “smart objects”?

Are there any other tools than Adobe Photoshop available that allow to edit PSD files that contain smart objects? (I checked GIMP but it doesn't support smart objects)
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What is the best pixel art application for Windows? [closed]

I'm trying to develop a game for smart phones. If I want to easily animate characters and output character-sheets. What's a good tool to use? There is so much software and I can't test all of them. ...
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What software is good and complete useful for drawing anime? [closed]

I am a looking for a software that you can draw using a mouse example: many users are using Paint Tool Sai for drawing and sketching anime. I am looking for that kind of software, full version and ...
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Free Print production alternative of Acrobat Pro?

I really love the features about the print preview and other print production functions in Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. Especially preview of selected color profiles (CMYK, RGB, NON-CMYK, etc...), preview of ...
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Vector software that retains relationships

I'm looking for a vector software like Illustrator that would have a sort of console that permit to tweak numerically anchors parameters and also do things such as "name segments and anchors", "force ...
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Logo: improvement, what software to use, general guidelines

I'm an amateur interested in graphic design. What I'm doing is a logo for a brand called Shelves. I started sketching with the idea of the letter S + a book, shelf, sheet of paper or something ...
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Catalog Illustrator Work

I am wondering about ways of cataloging the work I do in Illustrator. I was thinking to use Adobe Lightroom by exporting my final AI files as JPEGs(for instance) and then create a catalog in Lightroom ...
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How to numbering a set of paper [duplicate]

I have 500 page I want to restore it digitally, they are a set of pages from a very old book I already have and want to reprint it again with my digital restoration. all the pages have no page numbers....
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Software to ease the creation of relational illustrations?

Is there any software (preferably free, preferably supporting drag & drop, preferably supporting save & load) to ease the creation images like these? And is there a name for these types of ...
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Anamorphic Design Process

I'm hoping that designers that can lend their expertise on anamorphic designs. It is not a new concept but not a lot of info on how it can be done easily. What are the steps involved to create ...
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how to edit text in an image

How can I edit text on a JPEG file that was emailed to me? I can figure out what program to use? It is currently saved with my pictures in my gallery, how can I move the file to a different program? I'...
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Type specimen generator

I'm looking for a software that would allow me to test a big amount of fonts by producing one page (or at least, one paragraph) of text for each font in a folder. I'm not looking for a simple sample ...
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What software should I use to design infographics? [duplicate]

I am designing an infographic for a charity but I'm unsure whether InDesign would be better than Photoshop even though I have little experience in it. I would be happy to learn though. What would you ...
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How to become a graphic designer? [closed]

Ever since I was a little girl I've discovered my passion for drawing. I didn't finished a college related to drawing or graphic design, and as a result I don't have an idea of what it means to be a ...
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What gadgets are recommended for an icon designer? [closed]

As an icon designer, I work with multiple sizes (above 16 pixel) for different platforms, so my regular work is quite complex. What gadgets recommended (like monitor, wacom, apple mouse, etc.) for ...
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What software do I need to shift an image within its frame?

I am trying to create a time-lapse sequence of my house demolition, but have not used specialised time-lapse equipment or software, just my compact digital camera on a fixed-point tripod in the garden....
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Canvas recording and on Mac

I did some painting on iPad, in Procreate. Now I am moving to Mac with Wacom Intuos Pro. I am playing with Photoshop, Pixelmator and Sketchbook. I am looking for some plug-in or maybe completely ...
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Alternative for Sketch on Windows?

I recently came across a tool called "Sketch", which is great for designing apps and other responsive layouts, and has great resources as well. For now, it's only available for Mac though. What would ...
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Managing design assets and modular templates for an app

Does anyone know or use any tool or application program that allows you to manage all design assets and its modular/page templates from your desktop or in a shared drive or even online? I am ...