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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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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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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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Good and Cheap alternatives to Photoshop for CMYK

I have been using GIMP for many years and do not want to go through the expense and learning curve issues of Creative Suite/Photoshop but occasionally I may need a CMYK file. Other than 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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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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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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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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Drawing symmetrical images

Does anyone know of any programs or plugins for photoshop (or gimp, even) to make drawing symmetrical images easier? I am especially looking for the ability to make multiple views, as in a ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Software/library to create artistic plan view of a floorplan

I'm looking either for a software or for a clipart library to create a top down plan view of a flat. But that should not be simply schematic, but actually look nice with shading and color and so on. ...
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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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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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Need an Image Manipulation Program [closed]

I need an image manipulation software with certain features, the cost doesn't matter to me. I am looking for the following features: A program which enables me to: Make logos and other vector works ...
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How to put image reference above all windows when drawing in photoshop?

i am drawing in photoshow cs4 in windows7. i am using some image references from google but i have to switch windows to look at them and then back to photoshop. is there a way to put some image ...
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How can I make text be “masked” into a silhouette?

I need some way of making text (more specifically, the chorus for a song for a graphic arts project) be fitted to the outline of a silhouette. The effect I wish to achieve is much like this piece of ...
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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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Program for drawing patent illustrations

Is there a free cad or similar program that would be good for making drawings that will be submitted as part of a patent application?
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Is DreamWeaver more efficient rather than coding manually

I have a client who want's me to use Dreamweaver for a project. I've always used Photoshop and Illustrator for mockups and coded the CSS manually (Actually I use SASS/SCSS). Does using a program like ...
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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 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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Is there any good free website or tool to make cartoon from pictures?

Is there any good free website or graphic software to make cartoon from pictures of person?
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Solutions for a comic production workflow?

I am looking for suggestions on a convenient solution for the following workflow. Scan a hand-drawn panel Fix and retouch drawing errors (using a small set of simple brushes) Separate elements ...
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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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Photoshop or Illustrator OR … [closed]

I am a huge Photoshop guy, been one for like 10 years now. But I see more and more resources around Illustrator, I realize Illustrator is great for vector based graphics. But is it better for ...
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Simplest screenshot software

Mainly for making tutorials, on windows. The simpler, the better. If it could just kinda like on mac. So that I can select an area. And if I could easily annote after taking the picture, that'd be ...
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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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Command line interface-based way to desaturate and posterize an image?

This is by far my most common task, and I'd say I've wasted about 1000 mouse clicks on it in my raster-based program. Because it's so common for me to start off desaturating an image and then ...
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What free/open source image design programs can you recommend?

Are there any free/ open source image designing programs that you can recommend?
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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?