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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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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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Is there any way to blank out lots of images automatically?

What I have is a folder full of about 100 images of various sizes and shapes spread across various sub-folders. I need to blank out all these images ( or ideally replace them with some subtle pattern ...
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Are there any free tools to convert .eot files to .ttf, .otf or any other font formats?

I've been given a .eot font file that needs to be used in a desktop program. So far none of the programs that I use (Gimp, Scribus, Inkscape) can read this font type. Are there any ways to convert it ...
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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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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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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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What 3d converter can handle .iges, .step, .sat, .dwg, .gdl? [closed]

I'm looking for a 3d Converter which can handle the following file types: Import iges step sat Export dwg gdl
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What software was used for this video with zooming text transitions over landscapes?

I came across this fascinating youtube video. It zooms and pans around various landscape scenes, with flying text coming in and out of focus. Does anyone know what software they used for this? I'm ...
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Draw rectangle (shape) inside rectangle (other shape) with clipping?

Which software allows to draw one shapes inside another ones with clipping? I need this to be done automatically, I know I can draw this in Illustrator with Pathfinder. Is there automatic ability ...
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Program to create pictures for applications

I am not very good when it comes to creating images. So, I decided that I wanted to learn. The reason is, I am creating a chat program/game where I want to be able to create some pictures. I was ...
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Recommendations on how to synchronize Photoshop actions, swatches, etc. across computers

Is there any convenient way to synchronize Photoshop settings like keyboard shortcuts, actions, swatches, custom layer sytles, etc.. across several computers, preferably in an automated way? So far, ...
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Version Control for Designers / Alternative to Version Cue

I've just been searching around the net for version control that has some support for graphic/Photoshop files. We're currently using BitBucket which is free and unlimited when it comes to file size ...
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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 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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Single operation to crop/resize to fit to specific size

I have some images that I'd like to resize to a specific size by cropping and resizing. I've tried using Paint.NET, but the resize and crop are both individual operations. How I'd like it to proceed ...
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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 tool to extract colors at regular intervals along a curve or line?

I have an image on which I would like to sample colors. It could look like this (it's the Novamind logo) : I'm looking for a tool that could define a path ( Bézier, circle, regular polygons, for ...
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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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Alternative to Keynote to design great slides?

What software are designers using to create great presentation slides? E.g. Adding (configurable) drop shadows on text Creating custom slide backgrounds, e.g radial gradients Adding noise or ...
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Exporting color information and font sizes from Illustrator to PDF

I am looking for some tool that would allow me to export the all the artboards from Illustrator to PDF (can also be any common image file) that would automatically create: labels with colors used ...
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Tools for Drawing Isometric Software Architectures

What tools are available for (easily) managing drawings similar to the software architectures published by Amazon, such as this one. I'm looking for something like OmniGraffle or Visio, but suitable ...
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Turn image into geometric array of colours

Is there a tool like Poly (iPad app) available for Android or Windows systems? I'd like to turn images into polygones/triangles like shown on the app site.
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Which version of Adobe Flash is the stablest?

The artist in our company has a lot of problems (crashes, corrupted files...) with Adobe Flash CS5 (last patches installed). It's really a pain in the neck... With Flash CS4 the situation was not ...
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What are the biggest software pains for graphic designers?

What are your biggest software grips as a graphic designer? Some examples might be software that: is unnecessarily complicated doesn't allow you to accomplish what you really want to do doesn't have ...
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Software recommendations for PDF layout review

What I'm looking for is a tool (online/offline) to create reviews for layouts (in my case: mobile applications layouts) - i.e. make comments/annotations for graphic designer that would be assigned to ...
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Can text edits in QuarkXPress automatically replicate in a linked text source file?

Is there a way to import a text file into Quark in such a way so that if there are any spelling errors that are fixed in Quark they will also be updated in the original imported text file? Kind of ...
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What should I request as far as training for the next fiscal year? [closed]

I'm a graphic designer for city government. I know all the pertinent Adobe programs (Ps, Ai, Id, Fw, Dw). We have a budget for training and conferences. I'm considering a subscription to lynda.com and ...
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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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Any program to create/edit Adobe Illustrator xml easily?

I've been using Illustrator's Data-Driven Graphics, for one of my projects. But dread using command-line programing to populate all the fields. Is there a GUI app to manage, edit and save Adobe ...
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Dashboard mockup tool

I'm looking for a tool to make dashboards or reporting mockups. The idea here is to present several presentation possibilities to executives who know which metrics and KPIs they want to see, but have ...
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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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What Software was probably used to make these?

All From WikiPedia Made by this Guy
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Tools for making infographics

What are the best tools for producing infographics - attractive displays that combine graphs, diagrams and text to convey a lot of information succinctly. I'm interested in both web-viewable content ...
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What software can create a paint-by-number?

Is there any software which can convert a photograph to a black-and-white outline containing tiny numbers stating which color to give each area?
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Best free program to view 3D models in Collada format?

I'm working on a software project which requires some 3D models. We hired a freelance modeler and she just delivered the first model in Collada format. For now, I just want to see what it looks like ...
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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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Simple, hosted file tracking

I'm looking for some advice on a simple, hosted web-based digital file management system. We have a design team that creates a lot of assets needed by engineering, marketing, and many other people in ...
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Could someone recommend an app for simple designing of icons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good resource for programmers to design icons? I have been developing web and iPhone applications for our company to use internally. For the artwork I've ...
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What do I need to start creating professional drawings?

What tools or software or devices are neccessary to create proffesional drawings for games for example? How to draw something and be able to use it on PC?
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simple gallery script but hard to find? please guys need help! [closed]

Ok so I have come to this problem before but with no solution, so now I will ask the question. Have you not come to the moment were you make the site for a client and then as it comes to the gallery ...
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Lower-cost alternative to Photoshop

Maybe once a month I need Photoshop. Since it is rare, the cost seems like a disproportionate amount of money to spend by my startup. I think the tasks I need to achieve when I'm converting a ...
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Are there any animation programs other than Flash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What programs can be used to make animations? I saw this stack exchange and thought it'd be the perfect place to finally ask this. Basically, with Flash I use to make ...
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Which software renders a planar projection of a 3D object as a vector graphic?

I would like to create two-dimensional projections of three-dimensional geometrical objects. The drawings should be in a vector format, SVG or PDF, which can be imported by Inkscape or Adobe ...
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Creating an Android App which records data as a pie chart [closed]

Hey this might be a bit of a tricky one! I have designed the wireframes for an application which will work out expenditures on a weekly monthly and yearly basis. The first screen is for input, with ...
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What are some free software packages for producing attractive scientific plots?

The plotting capabilities of MATLAB leave much to be desired. Right now the python matplotlib library has my attention, but I wanted to ask those of you on Graphic Design if you had any other ...
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How do I create a cursor (.cur) image file in Photoshop CS4?

I'm using Photoshop CS4 and I need to create a .cur image. The actual process of doing so is simple enough but I cannot find the necessary Photoshop CS4 plug-in to do so. Can anybody help me either ...
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Digital asset management software recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to help manage my large collection of purchased icons and other image assets. I'm sure there must be software of the sort I'm looking for, but I haven't ...
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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 ...
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How can I effectively manage all my design assets?

I'm looking for a way to manage all of my design assets on my Mac. I've been accumulating stuff like templates, graphics, vectors, textures, stock images etc for a while, and the amount of stuff that ...