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Photoshop - what version is best for a company new to in-house design?

Our company does its own in-house design which is fairly new for the company. We are wanting to now purchase a second licence for Photoshop. Which version of Photoshop is best for company design ...
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Software to easily lay a song over a slideshow of images

Before you read this, I know that there are LOADS of programs that can easily do what I'm after; I'm cut short for time and I just don't have the hours to try out a numerous software to find out that ...
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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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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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Create ripple effect gif

I would like to take an image and create ripple effects on it, similar to the (poor quality) background in this YouTube video. Is there any free software out there for this purpose? Or ways to do it ...
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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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Software for producing yearly cycle illustration

My work is looking to create illustrations depicting our organisation's different processes and events occurring annually. I could create this in illustrator, but I would rather use some sort of ...
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Billing software for freelancers

The billing/invoicing/time-tracking software I use, iBiz, is no longer being supported by its manufacturer. I am a freelancer, so I need software which allows me to: Track time on jobs Track tasks ...
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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 ...
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How to create personalised prints as in this image? [duplicate]

Can someone tell me what software I would use to create personalised prints where the words form a shape like a heart, or a babies pram or a rocket ship? I've tried looking for myself but I don't ...
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rgb adds up to black instead of white

i have an app called sketchbook pro on android..when i try to blend colors it adds up to dark murky black brown..Which is opposite to white. I want to know why i am getting black, and what can i do. ...
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How can I automatically determine fonts used in an image or PDF?

How is it possible to determine the fonts used by text in PDF and TIFF files?
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Tool to create the icons for an Android app

I am an Android developer. Currently I am working on an Android app where I need to to create the icons even though I don't know of any tool to create the icons. Is there good websites which can ...
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Is there a Ruby based Generative Art Platform still supported?

To do some Generative Art I know Nodebox is based off Python and Processing is based off Java. Is there a Generative Art platform using Ruby that is as visually stimulating as Nodebox or Processing? I ...
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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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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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Software for cartoon creation, to make a web comic without drawing by hand?

Here is my dilemma. For a while now I have had some ideas kicking around in the back of my mind for a web cartoon. I would like to try to put the idea into reality, but I run into one tiny little ...
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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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How to combine different pictures into a single picture?

I have 12 pictures of my iPhone. At the moment I can see them on my computer as 1 picture each. I want to combine them so that I can see 4 pictures within a single image. Is the possible? I want ...
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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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Hearthstone trailer animations

i am trying to find out a way to make 2d animations like in this hearthstone trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SDJgW3A_sw maybe someone knows what tools shoud i use?
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Where to start preparing a portfolio to enter a graphic design program?

I need to create a portfolio to enter a graphic design program. Subjects are the use of typography and imagery to communicate information and ideas. Possible projects might include things like ...
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Preparing screenshots for use in a print document [duplicate]

I would like to feature screenshots of websites taken on my phone, tablet and laptop in a print document. The print document is 300 ppi and the screenshots are 72 ppi. Importing the screenshots ...
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3D character modeling tool

I am working on building a Strategy Game (it will be in 2.5D), and for graphic design part we are using Illustrator and Photoshop for designing (including designing characters). Now we want to start ...
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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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Tool for designing a pastel green to red colour scheme with a range of 10?

Is there a website or tool that will allow me to choose a group of equally separated list of 10 colours from pastel green to pastel red to be used as the background colour in the cells of a table?
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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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PSD to PNG - good software or website to download all the components?

I don't have Photoshop. I have PSD file with a lot of components. The only site I found for convert it to components is Zamzar but it doesn't allow me to download all the components at once and the ...
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Font management program for Windows 7 [duplicate]

I would like a recommendation for a font management program for Windows 7 that's around $50. A few must-have features: Easy categorization (or tags) Must have an "Uncategorized" category or a way ...
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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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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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What can I use to capture a screenshot of an entire web page? [duplicate]

I tried to capture the whole webpage using this screenshot tool but I am unable to capture the images. This is the url of the webpage: http://dabblet.com/gist/f1450f041e18287ce211
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What software to use to create 3D cross sections

I was approached by a prospect client that has a very specific requirement. I would have to create a cross section of certain objects they're producing namely mattresses. Here's an example of such ...
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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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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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Looking for player for authorware 3.5?

Don't know if this is the correct place but I thought some graphics people might know. I've come across some old .a3w files that I'd like to play. I've been searching for an authorware player for ...
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What is the best program for image optimizing for the web?

What programs besides Photoshop are good for saving and optimizing images for web?
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What design tool shows zoomed-in and normal-size versions simultaneously?

Hopefully there is a way to do this in Sketch-- that is what I use :) But does Illustrator or anything out there, natively or with a plugin, allow for a designer to simultaneously view a normal size ...
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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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What is the best program to use for making book covers (digital and print)?

I'm looking to start making book covers for myself and a few friends, and I am wondering what software to use. I have Photoshop and GIMP for the manipulation aspect, but what about the rest? Many ...
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What is this type of graphics application called? [closed]

I want to make a picture where I have a lot of image elements that will repeat--e.g., stick figures in certain body positions. I'd like to be able to create a library of these image elements by ...
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Good Substitutes for Adobe Illustrator CS6? [duplicate]

Self-explaintory. Since I don't have Adobe Illustrator, I'm looking for a different vector graphics software. Does anyone know of any decent substitutes? Info on any options, priced or free, is ...
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What wire-framing tool can I use that is focused on Android and iOS apps?

I've been trying to wireframe my designs for apps, but keep getting frustrated with the limitedness and usability of the software I've used (Balsamiq, Pencil, Prototyper). Any suggestions for free ...
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Are there any presentation software or sites besides Microsoft Powerpoint?

Are there any good presentation software/websites besides Microsoft Powerpoint that are Free Simple to use Doesn't require sign up Thanks.
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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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Scribus vs InDesign or Quark: is it a viable alternative?

For someone who has worked in the professional publishing industry, I rely on InDesign and Photoshop for creating professional documents, even if they're as simple as a business card. Sometimes I ...
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2answers
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Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro for color conversion

I'm looking for alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro for converting the color profiles of PDFs for newsprint. I commonly use Acrobat Pro to prepare files for four color offset printing. The color ...
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Animated GIF Creation Tool

I would like to create some GIF animations to help explain some concepts on a website. This (from Wikipedia) is a good example of the sort of style I would like to use: This animation appears to ...
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Software recommendation: What program can I use to create maps like these?

I have tried to look online for an answer but I don't seem to be able to find what I am looking for. Here is my questions: What is used to create maps like this: and like this: ...
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Best tool/app to draw a map other than Illustrator

Is Illustrator really the most suited tool to draw a (fairly simple) map from scratch and print it on a flyer? Are there any other tools or apps out there that might make this task easier?