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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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Lorem ipsum equivalent for Spanish, Polish and other languages?

I'm testing out some fonts, and I'd like to see how they look with language that use more than the basic latin alphabet, in my case Dutch, German, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese. Is there a tool ...
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How do Gimp and Inkscape differ from Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator? [duplicate]

Are there significantly less features or uses for them? They seem to be quite popular, and being free and open source is definitely a plus as opposed to the Adobe suite.
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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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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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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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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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Is there a free alternative to Comic Life?

I am looking for an alternative to Comic Life. The main feature is to make comics out of your photos: Easily create amazing Comics, picture albums and how-to-guides using your digital photos on ...
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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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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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Creating book cover art from stock photos

Is it possible to start with a stock photo and wind up with an artistic rendering of that image? An example will depict what I'm trying to do See the image of the cornet player wearing the straw ...
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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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How to replace a character in a font with another character

I have a font in TrueType and OpenType format that I really like. I would like to replace one character of that font with another character. Specifically, I would like to make underscores look like ...
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Free and paid architecture drawing software [closed]

What software is useful for designing buildings with accurate measurements? I originally trained with AutoCAD a long time ago but haven't needed to use any modelling softwares since, I'm wondering if ...
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Designing images with dimensioning

Are there any graphics programs that work like AutoCad or Inventor where you can draw objects and give them precise dimensions? Even better, something parametric like Inventor. I don't like lining ...
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What software should I use to design clipart pictures of human's performing different exercises?

I am building a database with descriptions and various other information for strength training exercises. One of the most important things is to actually let the user get a visual idea of how to ...
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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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Looking for a software to design blueprint style technical drawings

I am looking for a software to draw a diagram like the one in this picture.
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1answer
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Making a tall texture more realistic with colours affected by light-direction ond visitors' position?

I created a tall grey building texture for a wall from this. Now if you look at the general trend in the black-white picture, you can see that certain patterns are too repeating. For an ...
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Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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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?
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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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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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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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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 tools for scientific papers

Hello I would you to propose me a program which can be used to make figures on scientific papers. An example of a figure that I want to create is of a body (2d) with forces on it, or figures with ...
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2answers
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Typesetting tools other than LaTeX

I come from a Computer Science background and i'm used to write my reports/documents in LaTeX. They look great and things like Hyphenation and kerning (using microspace package) are automatically ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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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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1answer
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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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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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3answers
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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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5answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...