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How to design a simple (text and a shape logo) for a website

All I need for my website is just a text and a shape beside the text or over it, I googled a lot but there were no simple answers, using illustrator is just an overkill. For example, company named ...
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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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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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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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Is there a program that draws vectors the way Flash does?

I usually draw (or vectorize) using flash. I like how I can draw a line then bend that line. i.e. not using the pen. I find this easier since I can always go back and modify something easily. Do you ...
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Measure Path Length in Illustrator CC

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC to create SVG for my web animations, but the only tedious process is finding the length of each path lines in the generated SVG. I tried Googling, but couldn't find ...
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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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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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How to generate a guilloche effect at the edge of certificate of authenticity or such?

I need to generate a guilloche border for certificate of authenticity (CoA) to be at the edge of the CoA. I'm talking here about the infinite curve that makes the certificate look "legit". I'm ...
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Is there any vector drawing applcations that the origin of coordinate system is top left corner?

I've been using Inkscape, but the origin is at the bottom left corner, and I can't seem to change it to the top left corner. GIMP's origin is at top left corner, but GIMP is not a vector drawing ...
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Recommendations for designing tiled maps

I am trying to design the graphics used in a tiled map. For example, by using a tiled map editor, you can load the tileset you designed to make maps. What kind of tools do you recommend for making ...
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Software/Images for making semi-realistic looking circuits?

I'm a design newbie trying to make a logo for a video game I wrote. The game is centred around robots, so I wanted to make the logo a circuit board. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend either ...
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Comparison Between affordable Image Editor (Photoshop) / Creator VS. Free Image Software [closed]

Lately I would like to get involved / to learn in graphics design. Since holidays are in full swing, I thought I would use this time. I have used GIMP before, although very minimal and Blender. Both ...
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How can I draw a water wave in Photoshop?

This picture is taken from the game Cut the Rope: I'm trying to recreate the wave. This is what I have so far, I used Distort > Wave:
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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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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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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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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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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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Right software to recreate the following illustration

I'm looking for a combination of software used to model the illustration. I want to add few things shown here to my art like ancient boats, people farming, monuments. I need help to recreate this ...
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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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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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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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How can I detect overlapping characters / diacritics in InDesign?

Is there any tool, script, or plug-in for InDesign or Acrobat Pro that would detect or highlight overlapping characters or diacritics? See sample below:
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Change font initial line spacing?

I'm wondering, for a given font which I have the .otf file for, is it possible to adjust the fonts initial line spacing? For instance, I'm an iOS developer, and I noticed when you set a fonts line ...
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Graphics with dimensioning

I have some experience with CAD, inventor and things like that. I would really love if there were a graphics program that can draw with dimensioning so that I can get precise lines/angles etc. Then ...
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Combining elements from multiple PDFs -what options do I have, what tools can I use?

Here is my problem: I am creating mindmaps with Mindjen MindManager (see an example here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mindmanager.png) The problem is that this program has very poor printing ...
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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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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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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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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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Professional Software to replace Geometer's Sketch Pad

I've been using an old copy of a program called "Geometer's Sketch Pad" to design character sheets for a tabletop game (think something like D&D). I'd like to copy over my existing work into a ...
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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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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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Help in creating woodcut-style illustrations [duplicate]

I would like to know how to make this pictures in Illustrator or Photoshop!!
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Best software for creating free Infographics

I use Illustrator to create custom infographics, but was looking for a service that could create them faster as my company is looking to do multiple infographics per month. I enjoy doing Infographics, ...
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Are there alternatives to Adobe Creative Suite? [duplicate]

This is a question mainly about design packages such as Adobe Creative Suite -- Is there another "create suite" style package out there that rivals Adobe CS? I know there are programs such as GIMP or ...
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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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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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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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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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How should I determine which graphic design tool to use?

I usually build grey-ish government type applications but lately I've been try my hand at some iPhone and iPad work. It looks like graphic design plays a large part in these systems. I'm wondering if ...
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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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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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Photoshop alternative with layer styles?

Are there any photoshop alternatives that have some sort of layer-style system? (Like photoshop?)
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How to convert and slice jpg to psd and keep layers

MIGRATED FROM ASK UBUNTU I have several JPG designs of a website I'm developing. I did a pure HTML website and then did a full webpage screenshot for the design part. Now the client is asking for the ...
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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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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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