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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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1answer
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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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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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1answer
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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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How can I pixelate an image via the command line on Linux

Is there a command-line utility for Linux that can pixelate an image by a specified percentage eg "-pixelate 30%"
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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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1answer
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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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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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Best Software to purchase

I want to create some signs on canvas that have varying words in them for several gifts; different sizes, vertical, horizontal. Ideally, I want to be able to change the words within the text box and ...
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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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4answers
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Recommend a good font management software for Windows 7

I am looking for a good Font Mangement Software for Windows 7. Can you guys please recommend a good professional one, something that has options like: install/uninstall a font at the touch of a ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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3answers
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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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Looking for a simple tool to annotate screenshots

It seems that the author used a tool - other than SnagIt - to annotate this screen shot: [http://blogs.msdn.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-01-...