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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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What programs can I use to create an animation for web?

I have never created animations, but I want to make one for my website's home page. Basically what I have is an image where each chakra of human body is shown with its name. I want to show how the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are good alternatives to adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)?

Is there any professional software (for Mac) that I can use to replace some of the adobe software like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator? I don’t mean one that replaces all, but the equivalent of ...
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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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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 ...
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Is there a Ruby based Generative Art Platform still supported?

To do some Generative Art I know Nodebox is based off Python and Processing is based off Java. Is there a Generative Art platform using Ruby that is as visually stimulating as Nodebox or Processing? I ...
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Video tool options

It seems I may be exploring video editing sooner than later. While my skill level with video would certainly classify me as a novice, I like to invest in tools which allow me to grow. I know about ...
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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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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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What program can I use to convert a 2D industrial design plan to 3D model?

I'm currently working on a project to make a metal part. I have designed a 2D plan and I was wondering if there was a software out there that would enable me to transform my 2D plan into a 3D model. ...
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Markup-based graphic design

What are some graphic design environments that are fundamentally markup-code-based? In other words, an environment where you do graphic design not with a WYSIWYG-style drag-and-drop interface, but ...
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Software for producing yearly cycle illustration

My work is looking to create illustrations depicting our organisation's different processes and events occurring annually. I could create this in illustrator, but I would rather use some sort of ...
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Free plugin to create/display Photoshop measurement annotations

I found this plugin SpecKing that looks like it's just about exactly what I'm looking for, I haven't tried it out yet though because I was hoping to find a free, maybe even open source alternative.. ...
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Tools for Brainstorming/Mind-Mapping Ideas

I'm looking for a list of mind-map/brainstorming software that are easy to use, intuitive and practically applicable across a wide range of projects. Thus far I have been using IHMC CmapTools ...
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What software can I use to draw diagrams and graphs?

I tried to draw like this picture but failed. I used Dia. What can I use to help draw it? I'm using Ubuntu, so software that runs on Unix operating systems would be preferred.
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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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Free vector design app besides inkscape?

Does anyone know a good vector drawing application? I tried Inkscape, but it is not a real vector design app. Technically it's an SVG editor, and as such doesn't support anything that SVG doesn't ...
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Converting PDF from RGB to CMYK with freeware or OSS

I print marketing regularly at my job, and everything is sent to us as PDFs. The problem is, the color profile is always set to RGB, and the resulting prints look terrible and don't match the colors ...
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SVG coding envornment

I'm starting to learn SVG graphics coding, but I'm looking for something with a WYSIWYG kind of thing. Does such a thing exist? And what would you advise me to make the learning process faster?