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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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Ticketing/Project Management/Collaborative Software for Graphic Design

I manage our company's in-house graphic design. We have a lot of requests that are very simple (ie, ad-resizing, simple web banners, logo-adjustments, etc) and a number of requests that are complex ...
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Solutions for a comic production workflow?

I am looking for suggestions on a convenient solution for the following workflow. Scan a hand-drawn panel Fix and retouch drawing errors (using a small set of simple brushes) Separate elements ...
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What is the best program for image optimizing for the web?

What programs besides Photoshop are good for saving and optimizing images for web?
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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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Command line interface-based way to desaturate and posterize an image?

This is by far my most common task, and I'd say I've wasted about 1000 mouse clicks on it in my raster-based program. Because it's so common for me to start off desaturating an image and then ...
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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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Are there any presentation software or sites besides Microsoft Powerpoint?

Are there any good presentation software/websites besides Microsoft Powerpoint that are Free Simple to use Doesn't require sign up Thanks.
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Using which software can I produce network maps of this kind?

I found this image few years ago. I don't remember where I found it but it really helped me in teaching all the networking concepts to my students. I mean, picturing network like this has somehow made ...
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Adobe Fireworks Alternative? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need an Image Manipulation Program I am looking for a good alternative of adobe fireworks for windows. I want Raster+Vector editing tools. Which server the logo design, ...
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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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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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What application supports working with sprites (PNGs) over 10,000 px wide?

I'm currently using Fireworks for image manipulation and preparation, and I do the following tasks: Resizing the canvas Rearranging components, i.e. cutting bits out and putting them elsewhere ...
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How to create a font for free using web tools?

I realize this is an unfortunately vague question. I happen to be working with a designer with really awesome lettering skills, and we were hoping to create a couple fonts in .otf files. We are at a ...
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Scriptable Image Editing Desktop Applications

PhotoShop and (IIRC) FireWorks both allow for batch processing of images following a recorded script. Are there other desktop image editing applications I could look at that also have that same ...
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How to make a cartoon promotional video

How would you make a cartoon promotional video like google or Wufoo? It could be done in a photoshop-like program but there are many transitions and effects required to make a video interesting. It ...
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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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Software for Creating Yearbook (50+ Pictures/Page) Layout

I'm trying to create a yearbook with each single page holding 50 to 60 pictures, depending on the class size. I have Adobe Cloud but I don't even know what program would be best for this project. ...
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Looking for a software to design blueprint style technical drawings

I am looking for a software to draw a diagram like the one in this picture.
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What are some good tools to create 3D icons?

I really like icons like those created by SoftFacade.com: I read the interview from one of their founders, where he mentions that they use "3d tools" without going into specifics. Now I am looking ...
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PDF viewer with a 'View Outline' Function?

When someone sends me an artwork file and I need to see if certain elements are vector or raster, I currently just quickly zoom in all the way to see if the artwork pixelates or not. I'm looking for ...
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Collage of Scraps

I have 15 years of notes (2 sided) on very random scraps of paper. I would like to photograph or scan them and create a collage type book where the b page is the back side similarly arranged (angles, ...
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How do I configure Photoshop to reference a central common object store?

In web design we often have a number of elements in a design that are the same across multiple pages and designs. Typically this might be the website navigation menu and some side bar elements. In ...
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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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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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What tools can I use to create Fractal Art?

There are many fractal generation softwares such as the free Xaos and Fractal Architect 2. I normally use Mathematica to generate fractals and process them later with editing tool but this time have ...
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Photoshop Alternatives for G5 Macs

I'm in the market for an alternative to Photoshop for my G5 tower. I tried GIMP and I'm a bit blah about it; are there any other options that you can recommend?
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Simplest way to create a product box image

Would like to present our products as pictures of 3D product boxes like this: I think Adobe Illustrator with the persepctive tool could to it, but I wondered if there is maybe something even ...
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Is there a simpler solution than Photoshop for web development?

During web development it's only really necessary to chop, crop, extract layers and save as PNGs, etc. A web developer will only use a tiny fraction of a tool like Photoshop. Photoshop as a tool for ...
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How can I create realistic head shots of non-existent people?

I want to make some photos of someone who does not really exist, but I don't know where should I start. Initially I wanted to make a 3D head model by FaceGen Modeller and take renders of that to use ...
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Should I use Illustrator or Photoshop for Collateral Design?

I am creating a web advertising rate card. Basically a brochure. It will be a PDF file. Should I do brochure designs or collateral designs using Illustrator and then import the non vector images from ...
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3D character modeling tool

I am working on building a Strategy Game (it will be in 2.5D), and for graphic design part we are using Illustrator and Photoshop for designing (including designing characters). Now we want to start ...
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A good tool to visually design graphical user interfaces for iOS devices?

I'm developing an iOS apps and I need to find an easy design tool, something that would allow me to drag widgets into my GUI, and visually build it. I'm currently using Adobe Illustrator with this ...
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Tool for designing a pastel green to red colour scheme with a range of 10?

Is there a website or tool that will allow me to choose a group of equally separated list of 10 colours from pastel green to pastel red to be used as the background colour in the cells of a table?
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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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Which software to use for easy 3D shapes?

I am basically looking for a software (free for students) to have mechanical 3D features (extrude, fillet, etc) and very basic animation capabilities (like different positions for a membrane to open ...
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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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GUI Based Workflow Tracking Solutions for Designers

I have been interested in finding a way to track my progress and tasks for client work with a visually engaging workflow program, that isn't like a git-hub style solution. I'm looking for a program ...
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Software to measure arc length/perimeter

I don't work in graphic design, but currently I have a problem which could be suited for this site. I am looking for a software which allows to measure a 3D - curvature length. Just googling I found ...
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Which software should I use for poster designing

Current I have to use two softwares for poster designing. The text I have to write in corel draw and then I export it in eps and then use Photoshop to give some text effects like bevel shadow etc. ...
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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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Programs to draw human face [closed]

I'm working on a project that needs to draw pictures of human lips. I just wonder if there is a program to draw a human face (or simply lips). Thank you so much.
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export multiple Inkscape SVG files to multiple PDF files

I have a number of svg files created in Inkscape. I would like to know if there is an utility where I can export all the svg files into multiple pdf/png files. I have around 150 such svg files. The ...
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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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Extracting icons from a single image

I have purchased a set of icons. In the package there are five files that contain all the icons, assembled on a regular grid in different file formats. The file formats are .ai, .eps, .pdf, .png, ...
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What software can be used to create high quality GIF images?

Does anyone know what software is best to create high quality GIF images? I do not know if this kind of GIF can be created in Photoshop? If Photoshop cannot be used what type of software is ...
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Which scaling plugin should I invest in for Photoshop CS6+?

I need to scale an image up quite a bit and would like better results than the normal resampling... I remember a few years back in these situations I would use AlienSkin BlowUp at a place I worked at ...
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Is there a method to browse Illustrator swatch libraries easily?

I'm using Illustrator CS6 and find that browsing through all the swatch libraries is not very user-friendly. I have to load every library individually. As the library names are not really helpful (for ...
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Free Windows software for animations

Can anyone suggest a good (and easy to use) freeware for creating animations in Windows? I was looking at the Pencil mentioned in a similar question, but it seems its development has stopped. In ...
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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 ...