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Using After Effects for post processing

Should I use After Effects to composite and post process my blender animation If yes where can I learn how to do this. I intend to make a blender animation and instead of compositing it there, ...
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For mobile apps, what's the best graphic design software I should use (Mac)?

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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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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export multiple Inkscape SVG files to multiple PDF files

I have a number of svg files created in Inkscape. I would like to know if there is an utility where I can export all the svg files into multiple pdf/png files. I have around 150 such svg files. The ...
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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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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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Alternative to Adobe Ideas for PC?

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a drawing app for Windows (8) that you draw with freehand, but makes vectors (i.e. smooths out lines etc), as adobe ideas-now "illustrator draw" does for the iPad. ...
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How to prepare an image / graphic file to be printed or embroidered on clothing and garments?

I recently created some graphics with Adobe Illustrator, saved them as PDFs and sent them to a printing company for a quote for part embroidery, part screen print on clothing. The quote came back ...
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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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Is there any tool that gives the percentage occupied by an area in an image?

Is there any tool that gives the percentage occupied by an area in a image? Given the following image: Is there any kind of tool I can use to know the width in percent of the green and blue areas? ...
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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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What programs can I use to create an animation for web?

I have never created animations, but I want to make one for my website's home page. Basically what I have is an image where each chakra of human body is shown with its name. I want to show how the ...
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Best applications to learn to become a Graphic Designer [duplicate]

I'm interested in what applications I would need to become proficient in to possibly be considered for a position as a Graphic Designer. I'm a senior employee (in my late 50's) with extensive IT ...
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Is Scribus a viable alternative to Quark or InDesign?

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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Alternatives to jQuery for simple, backwards compatible, client-side website animations?

I was recently looking for an alternative JavaScript animation library, because for the few simple animations I wanted, a ~200kb jQuery library is not the best option. After a bit of searching, I ...
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What software can open older Jasc PSP 9 files?

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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Can I have a “Live” Navigator in Photoshop CC?

I record my work by capturing the navigator on a second monitor at 1920x1080. This is much easier on the eye at 16x speed because the screen isn't shooting all over from zooms and panning. However, ...
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How to create a font for free using web tools?

I realize this is an unfortunately vague question. I happen to be working with a designer with really awesome lettering skills, and we were hoping to create a couple fonts in .otf files. We are at a ...
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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator? I am learning vector based graphic design, but I am not ready to make such a large investment as to purchase a copy of Adobe Illustrator. ...
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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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FOSS Font editing or creation tools for windows

What are the best free or open source font editing/creation tools available for free on the Windows platform?
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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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Is there software for comparing fonts side-by-side?

Is there an application (or website) that allows you to select multiple fonts from a list and displays Lorem ipsum side-by-side for test purposes?
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What software can be used to create high quality GIF images?

Does anyone know what software is best to create high quality GIF images? I do not know if this kind of GIF can be created in Photoshop? If Photoshop cannot be used what type of software is ...
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GUI Based Workflow Tracking Solutions for Designers

I have been interested in finding a way to track my progress and tasks for client work with a visually engaging workflow program, that isn't like a git-hub style solution. I'm looking for a program ...
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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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Can you convert a Gerber file into a 3D model?

I need to convert a Gerber file into a 3D model for a presentation. Does anyone know of a program for that?
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What application supports working with sprites (PNGs) over 10,000 px wide?

I'm currently using Fireworks for image manipulation and preparation, and I do the following tasks: Resizing the canvas Rearranging components, i.e. cutting bits out and putting them elsewhere ...
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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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Tools for creating high quality diagrams

I'm working on a technical paper in which there a lot of architecture diagrams, and I'm presently using pencil/dia tools to draw these images. The problem with these images is, the text is not sharp ...
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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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How to transform a pixel image in vector logo in Inkscape?

I don't know if I'm in the right place, but I would like to know how to transform a pixel image I've made into a vector logo ? I use this picture for my favicon of my personal web site. And if you ...
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Is there a way to automatically separate a folder of images based on whether they're photographic or line-art graphics?

I have a folder of pictures that are JPEGs. I am wondering if there is a automated way to sort out the ones that are photographs and ones that are pure graphics. I am open to different software ...
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How to quick set Icon border color?

I am new to graphic design. I have an icon (attached). The border color of the icon is quite different with its inner color. My question is: There is any tools that I can use to quick modify border ...
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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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Software to design an enclosure

I need to design the look and feel of a plastic enclosure for a electronic device. It should be in 3D. I tried with 3D software packages like Blender, but that is too complex for my purpose. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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What software to use for punching embroidery designs?

Which is used to punch embroidery designs . And then that punched design is embroidered plain cloth in the machines like laser . Please tell me software names which are used for this purpose . I dont ...
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Creating Graphical Illustrations of Technical Products / Services

I need to create easily-editable illustrations which contain: Custom stuff: Typography, boxes, arrows, lines (preferably with custom styling, 3D, flat, gradients, etc) I would also like them to be ...
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With what software I can create 3d expo booth designs?

I have to make some 3d expo booth designs. I worked with 3D Max before but I am not sure if that's the right tool for this kind of thing. Also I was not very good at it. Some examples: Is there ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...