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Is there a way to convert CorelDraw version 11 files to CorelDraw version X3 files?

Is there a way to convert CorelDraw version 11 files to CorelDraw version X3 files? I have files in CorelDraw 11 to be converted to the X3 version.
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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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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 tool can I use to create professional and nice charts and tables without any design skill?

As I said in the title, I need to find a tool which allows people who don't use any "design software" to create some simple data graphics like bar charts and pie charts that are easy to modify. It can ...
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4answers
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What is the best Adobe software for designing a résumé?

I have been creating my CV with Photoshop for several years now. I've heard and seen it myself, that this is not the right tool at all to design a résumé. I never used the other tools from the Adobe ...
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4answers
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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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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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8answers
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Drawing block diagram?

Is there any software that allows to draw block diagrams like this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/Windows_2000_architecture.png or like this:
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1answer
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Free plotter software?

I have Roland ColorCAMM PC-60. I'd like to use this thing to cut vinyl. I've spent whole day searching for any free plotting software but the best I've come across was EasySIGN which has way more ...
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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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1answer
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How are modern cartoons animated, more or less?

I'm talking like The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc. These shows blend 2-D and 3-D together, and are very high quality or "sharp", and they're not manually animated by hand much, if at all. In some ...
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1answer
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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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5answers
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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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5answers
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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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6answers
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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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1answer
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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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6answers
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Is there a command-line program that can output ascii art as an image?

Is there a command-line program (for Linux) that can convert an image to ascii art and then save that output as an image e.g. jpg or png? To illustrate what I'm in need of, I want to convert the ...
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5answers
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data visualization over time

I have a decent sized set of data - 500,000 records, each representing an event. The fields are: date time who did the event what the event was (there will be say 5-10 type of events) where the ...
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7answers
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Software for simple 2D technical drawings?

This may be a very newbie question, but I need to draw many profiles/diagrams that would be something like this: I images I need to make would usually be simpler than that, but I need to have a 45° ...
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Motion graphic software suggestions

I'm attempting to find motion graphics software to visually explain complex topics. Here's an example of what I'm after: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEH_3BPu0As I've looked at Houdini, After ...
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9answers
132k views

How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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2answers
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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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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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For mobile apps, what's the best graphic design software I should use (Mac)? [closed]

I am an experienced programmer but new to graphic design. I am making mobile apps for both iOS & Android, and I am wondering what graphic design tools/software I should use (in Mac) would be the ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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How can I render a 3D crystal object?

I've been trying to make pretty much exactly this crystal: http://wallpapersus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/abstract-crystal-digital-art-3d.jpg Now, the only thing I've used is Photoshop CS5, and ...
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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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2answers
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Is there any open-source alternative to Fontlab out there?

I used to work with Fontlab Studio to design and compile my fonts. Years have passed and my former Fontlab install vanished into the voids of a crashing harddisk. Now that I'm gaining interest in ...
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3answers
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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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9answers
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What programs can be used to make animations?

I am specifically interested in software that can be used to combine existing sets of images (frames in the animation) into an animation. Having the ability to add transitions/effects between the ...
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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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Online Tool to Find Closest Google Font

I find it convenient to use Google Fonts on the websites I build. Quite often I need to find the closest Google Font to a specific commercial font to match a client requirement. This type of ...
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What software can open older Jasc PSP 9 files? [closed]

I'm a long time (but occasional) user of PSP 9, and while it still does everything I need, I can no longer find any support, either paid or peer, for my once-a-year questions. I have no problem ...
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4answers
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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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1answer
682 views

Create ripple effect gif

I would like to take an image and create ripple effects on it, similar to the (poor quality) background in this YouTube video. Is there any free software out there for this purpose? Or ways to do it ...
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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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Any good alternative to LiveSurface (mockup generator for print samples)? [closed]

Any good alternative to LiveSurface in a decent price range? We want to test some of prints and how they are looking in real environments (business cards, magazine pages, ...) I will prefer a price ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Are there any Graphic Design e-commerce solutions?

I'm currently selling my logo design services on a community site, which works very well, and I'm also building a personal site to display my portfolio and find new customers. The community site works ...
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What software should I use to make crisp game graphics for iOS games?

I want to make game graphics that are smooth not pixelated, kinda like vector graphics and I will need to use them in iOS games. I am not that experienced in creating graphics so I looked here and no ...
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5answers
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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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12answers
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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator? I am learning vector based graphic design, but I am not ready to make such a large investment as to purchase a copy of Adobe Illustrator. ...
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1answer
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Is there any tool that gives the percentage occupied by an area in an image?

Is there any tool that gives the percentage occupied by an area in a image? Given the following image: Is there any kind of tool I can use to know the width in percent of the green and blue areas? ...
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1answer
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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? ...
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2answers
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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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4answers
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...