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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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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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Programs to draw human face

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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Recommended tools for graphic designers working with WPF

What are some good applications and tools that graphic designers can use to work with WPF interfaces?
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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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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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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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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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Software recommendations for magazine layout?

I use Word now but I would like to find a better software for laying out a magazine. In this magazine, I would like to create columns (2 or 3 depending on the page), insert image on 1, 2 or 3 columns ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 design tool shows zoomed-in and normal-size versions simultaneously?

Hopefully there is a way to do this in Sketch-- that is what I use :) But does Illustrator or anything out there, natively or with a plugin, allow for a designer to simultaneously view a normal size ...
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Software recommendation: What program can I use to create maps like these?

I have tried to look online for an answer but I don't seem to be able to find what I am looking for. Here is my questions: What is used to create maps like this: and like this: ...
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Software for creating fonts

What consumer-usable tools exist for font creation? Ideally I'd like an OSS solution, but inexpensive commercial offerings are viable, too.
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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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How can I make consistent designs for similar items?

Salutations! I have remarkably little experience in graphic design, and I'm running into a tools problem; I am not sure what I can use to get the effect I want. To wit, I am working on mocking up some ...
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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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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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Wireframing tool to design a website idea

I have nothing to do with design, because I don't know how to mix two colors. Some time ago, I've read about some tools which are used in the creation of interfaces for application and web pages. In ...
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Best tool/app to draw a map other than Illustrator

Is Illustrator really the most suited tool to draw a (fairly simple) map from scratch and print it on a flyer? Are there any other tools or apps out there that might make this task easier?
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Is there a free software to split a PNG image into some smaller images?

I have a large image. It will be better if I can split it into m columns by n rows of smaller images. Is there a free software to split a PNG image into some smaller images?
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What's a good way to get into Concept Art?

I'm a game programmer, and so yeah, you could call me creative, but I've only created code-generated visuals. I want to get into Concept Art. Where are good places to start? I am looking for both ...
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Should I, or should I not, consider using an image editing tool other than PhotoShop?

Please forgive the open-ended title. My actual question, I think, is a bit more specific and suited for this site but it is rather difficult to articulate my need in one simple sentence. Quick ...
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Looking for a simple tool to annotate screenshots

It seems that the author used a tool - other than SnagIt - to annotate this screen shot: ...
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Should I look into different graphic design softwares?

I have so far used nothing but GIMP for photo touch-ups, logo designing, etc..etc.., Now I have seen that many use illustrator for logo designing, lightroom for photo editing so on... Should I ...
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software similar to unbounce's WYSIWYG Editor

Im not too good with html and graphics and usually just need to make fairly simple static pages. I was wondering if anyone knew of software that is similar to unbounce.com's WYSIWYG editor in terms of ...
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Apps for free-hand graphic design

I have always drawn with pencils and paper. I like drawing things that are just plain creepy. But I want them on my computer, but I don't want to just scan them on, so I've decided to draw them on the ...