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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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1answer
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Batch cut and paste on a new background

sorry for my bad english. I would ask you help regarding a batch in photo paint or others. I have a lot of photos and I need for each photo to cut and paste on a different background and save each ...
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1answer
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Catalog Illustrator Work

I am wondering about ways of cataloging the work I do in Illustrator. I was thinking to use Adobe Lightroom by exporting my final AI files as JPEGs(for instance) and then create a catalog in Lightroom ...
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1answer
13k views

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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7answers
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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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0answers
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Using CS4, can anyone recommend a barcode software

I'm going freelance, can anyone recommend a barcode software for CS4? (Mostly using Illustrator and InDesign.)
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2answers
73 views

Best Software to purchase

I want to create some signs on canvas that have varying words in them for several gifts; different sizes, vertical, horizontal. Ideally, I want to be able to change the words within the text box and ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Image Fourier Decomposition to save many images?

I wish to divide an image into 256 separate fourier layers and do some complex processing on them for an experiment and add them together again. Can i do it in photoshop or gimp or is there a ...
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2answers
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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 a ...
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5answers
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What are good alternatives to adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)?

Is there any professional software (for Mac) that I can use to replace some of the adobe software like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator? I don’t mean one that replaces all, but the equivalent of ...
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1answer
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What software is used to create 3D architectural diagrams?

One day i visit this Denmark based architectural firm website, i see those clean presentations, which got me wonder what kind of software did they use to creating such illustration? it seems like a 3D ...
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5answers
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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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6answers
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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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1answer
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Arranging images, arrows, text and similar for research presentation

I am going to prepare presentation slides for a research presentation. Below I am showing an example of type of images people generally include in such presentations. The presentation has been ...
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6answers
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Is there a command-line program that can output ascii art as an image?

Is there a command-line program (for Linux) that can convert an image to ascii art and then save that output as an image e.g. jpg or png? To illustrate what I'm in need of, I want to convert the ...
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5answers
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data visualization over time

I have a decent sized set of data - 500,000 records, each representing an event. The fields are: date time who did the event what the event was (there will be say 5-10 type of events) where the ...
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7answers
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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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2answers
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Motion graphic software suggestions

I'm attempting to find motion graphics software to visually explain complex topics. Here's an example of what I'm after: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEH_3BPu0As I've looked at Houdini, After ...
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9answers
101k views

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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2answers
557 views

Tools for Brainstorming/Mind-Mapping Ideas

I'm looking for a list of mind-map/brainstorming software that are easy to use, intuitive and practically applicable across a wide range of projects. Thus far I have been using IHMC CmapTools ...
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14answers
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Offline 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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5answers
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What's a good way to get into Concept Art?

I'm a game programmer, and so yeah, you could call me creative, but I've only created code-generated visuals. I want to get into Concept Art. Where are good places to start? I am looking for both ...
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2answers
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How to make a cartoon promotional video

How would you make a cartoon promotional video like google or Wufoo? It could be done in a photoshop-like program but there are many transitions and effects required to make a video interesting. It ...
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2answers
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For mobile apps, what's the best graphic design software I should use (Mac)? [closed]

I am an experienced programmer but new to graphic design. I am making mobile apps for both iOS & Android, and I am wondering what graphic design tools/software I should use (in Mac) would be the ...
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1answer
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Are there any reactive animation tools?

I am planning on animating a Dual action out the front style switchblade mechanism. This is for a assassin's creed style hidden blade remake. I was wondering, is there an animation software that ...
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1answer
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Program to generate non-static design spec docs?

My design team has been using MS Word via Sharepoint to deliver UX specs to our developers. Our documents include a section for: final visuals, content, wireframes, interaction notes, and business ...
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1answer
143 views

Creating infinite zooming images

What's an easy way to create a forever zooming & looping image like this: In particular what design applications (after effects comes to mind) allow recursive nesting of compositions?
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1answer
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I'm Starting Out [duplicate]

I'm starting out in graphical and image design and I wanted to know what is the best free software available? BTW I'm 17. Also any tips for equipment for pc and tips on getting the best outcome
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2answers
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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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6answers
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Which modern software is a decent successor / replacement for Fireworks?

Just to give a little context, I have a background as a design-savvy developer (not a developer-savvy designer). I worked at an agency many years ago. I've been out of the design game for about 3 ...
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1answer
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Is there iOS app for designing interfaces?

I need an iOS app to create wireframes of iOS interface. Are there any apps similar to Balsamiq available? I don't need apps like Marvel or POP. With those I can't prototype instantly in app.
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2answers
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How can I render a 3D crystal object?

I've been trying to make pretty much exactly this crystal: http://wallpapersus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/abstract-crystal-digital-art-3d.jpg Now, the only thing I've used is Photoshop CS5, and ...
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0answers
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How to create 3D Box designs with User-Generated Dimensions? [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn how to make 3D Box Images in Photoshop. I need this for box designs of different sizes, and so I found this tutorial that makes it easy to create with the use of Photoshop Actions. ...
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1answer
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Writing Words with Special Characters for Notepad Use

Is there any online fiddle, where I can create the following like words? And what is the term for this to search online? ____ __ ______ _ __ __ __ / __ \ / /_ ...
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7answers
487 views

Is there a programmable vector software

I'm looking for a vector software like Illustrator that would have a sort of console that permit to tweak numerically anchors parameters and also do things such as "name segments and anchors", "force ...
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2answers
9k views

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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4answers
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Free plugin to create/display Photoshop measurement annotations

I found this plugin SpecKing that looks like it's just about exactly what I'm looking for, I haven't tried it out yet though because I was hoping to find a free, maybe even open source alternative.. ...
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9answers
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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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3answers
161 views

What software is good and complete useful for drawing anime? [closed]

I am a looking for a software that you can draw using a mouse example: many users are using Paint Tool Sai for drawing and sketching anime. I am looking for that kind of software, full version and ...
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0answers
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Free Print production alternative of Acrobat Pro?

I really love the features about the print preview and other print production functions in Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. Especially preview of selected color profiles (CMYK, RGB, NON-CMYK, etc...), preview of ...
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3answers
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Online Tool to Find Closest Google Font

I find it convenient to use Google Fonts on the websites I build. Quite often I need to find the closest Google Font to a specific commercial font to match a client requirement. This type of ...
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1answer
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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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4answers
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Looking for a simple tool to annotate screenshots

It seems that the author used a tool - other than SnagIt - to annotate this screen shot: ...
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1answer
393 views

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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12answers
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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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0answers
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Any good alternative to LiveSurface (mockup generator for print samples)?

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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2answers
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How to numbering a set of paper [duplicate]

I have 500 page I want to restore it digitally, they are a set of pages from a very old book I already have and want to reprint it again with my digital restoration. all the pages have no page ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Are there any Graphic Design e-commerce solutions?

I'm currently selling my logo design services on a community site, which works very well, and I'm also building a personal site to display my portfolio and find new customers. The community site works ...