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Can I use anything other than Photoshop for my needs?

I have been using Photoshop (I believe 7) for what seems like forever on Windows 7 and my Photoshop was a pirated copy. However my computer crashed and I have acquired a new one with Windows 10. Now ...
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Animated system diagram - time efficient way and software?

I need to create a set of animated 2D diagrams to illustrate plumbing and how a heating system functions with water flows, heating elements, pumps, etc. I have experience of Illustrator and Photoshop,...
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Use specific color map index as transparent in a .gif file

Is there a way of setting the color to be used as transparent in a .gif file to a specific index in the color map? I have tried ImageMagick. For example, if I want to make all red in the image to use ...
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Design Management Software

I like keeping a rigurous control over all the design works I do, because that way I can keep a record and track all my work with clients, prices, times, type of designs, etc. Right now I'm doing ...
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How to count colors in an image or series of images?

Perhaps this question is too technical for this subsite, if so, please relocate it to a better spot. I'm doing some research on colors where I need to figure out how common colors are. The end result ...
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Software for mood boards?

What software do you use for making moodboards? Is Illustrator the best option? Has anyone got any other methods or ideas about making moodboards? Specifically from found digital images and ...
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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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What software can i use to make hand drawn visuals for Word/Powerpoint?

What software can I use for creating handwritten notes/visuals/graphs to put into Word or Powerpoint docs? I don't want to use live trace in Illustrator because I don't think I need something so ...
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Proposal Software that's NOT based on a SaaS model?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a proposal creation system that isn't a SaaS offering like Bidsketch or its various competitors? I know one-time purchase software is growing incredibly hard ...
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Converting PDF from RGB to CMYK with freeware or OSS

I print marketing regularly at my job, and everything is sent to us as PDFs. The problem is, the color profile is always set to RGB, and the resulting prints look terrible and don't match the colors ...
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What applications should I use to make this into a proper logo?

I am trying to design a logo for a company. Whilst using an app called: "Legend" on my iPhone, I came across a really cool design which fit my needs very well. However, the app is only for creating ...
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Best resources/way/curriculum to learn Graphic Design? [closed]

I have a Fine Art background. I want to learn Graphic Design and be job ready in this field within six months. I am self learning and have time and discipline to put in. what is the best curriculum to ...
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Managing design assets and modular templates for an app

Does anyone know or use any tool or application program that allows you to manage all design assets and its modular/page templates from your desktop or in a shared drive or even online? I am ...
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Glyphs vs FontLab, which one is easier and powerful for a beginner user? [migrated]

I'm graphics designer but I never thought about making my own font. I don't have any knowledge about those to software, and I'm trying to make an Arabic and English font. As I know, FontLab supports ...
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Looking for an iPad drawing app where you can do duplication

Looking for an iPad drawing app where you can make a simple doodle, duplicate it within the same canvas say 5 times, and make alternations to each copy of the doodle. Does anyone know an app that ...
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How to do curve stitching?

How would one go about making something like this in Illustrator or other software? I know how to make a circle and lines but is there an easy way to do the spacing and connection?
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Is Adobe Animate CC suitable for these animations?

I have noticed many people on Dribbble and Behance create animations such as the one below in Illustrator and then animate it in After Effects. I need to create similar animations, as well in an ...
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How can I create an animation of an image being drawn/painted, automatically?

I'm 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. It's a picture of my pet dog, and I want some software ...
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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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Free font creators with multi color support

I have heard of good free font creating tools like Birdfont and Fontforge but I would like to know if there is any one that supports multi colored fonts. I know transtype by fontlab supports this but ...
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Is there a software that can show me how to draw objects from my images?

I am looking for a program that can take an arbitrary image and show a step-by-step guide how to draw objects from it. I mean a guide like this: Does such program exist? Is this even possible? ...
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How to get started illustrating children's books?

I need some very beginner advice. I have written several children's books and I want to illustrate them myself using my photos and photos of mixed media embroidery I make using thread, fabric, beads ...
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Software for creating fonts

What consumer-usable tools exist for font creation? Ideally I'd like an OSS solution, but inexpensive commercial offerings are viable, too.
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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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Is there a tool for easily creating a GIF/video with a morph transition between two images? [closed]

I have found the following video, which shows a transition effect which is based on a sort of morph-based interpolation between two images: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/andrew/scs/cs/15-463/f07/...
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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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What is good Vector Software with a pencil tool?

I am struggling to find a vector program that is set up similar to Paint Tool SAI or mainly used for sketching. It seems like all the ones I have tried don't even have just a plain pencil tool. Maybe ...
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Total ink coverage on CMYK digital printing

Is there a simple way to calculate ink coverage when printing from *.pdf ? I work at a digital printing studio and just got a new machine. With the machine came some cost tables which provides info ...
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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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Which software should I use for poster designing

Current I have to use two softwares for poster designing. The text I have to write in corel draw and then I export it in eps and then use Photoshop to give some text effects like bevel shadow etc. ...
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Prototyping tool that navigates back more than 1 level?

I'm currently using Invision to prototype apps/websites. Invision has a handy link that allows you to link back to whatever the previous screen was. However it only lets you do it for 1 level. So say ...
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Is Photoshop worth the cost over alternatives? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if I should buy into the whole "Photoshop" and "Adobe way". I understand how to use the program quite well, and my trial is coming to an end fairly soon, I don't really know ...
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How do I print to a specific size and have items accurately positioned on the image?

This may seem like an odd question but here it goes... I've built an 'arcade machine' and would like to design and print a photo-quality sheet to go on the control panel. The control panel has lots ...
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How to digitize a logo from a geometrical description on paper?

I'm not a graphic-designer. A friend of mine is - a retired one. I asked him to design a logo for my company. He does not know how to use a PC/Mac for design tasks so he did it on paper. It looks ...
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How are these modern physics figures made?

I am curious to know how the figures in popular introductory physics/Engineering textbooks are made. As examples of what I mean, see the posted figures and my comments, all from various editions of ...
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Online proofing and preflight software

Has anyone found any combined pre-flight and online proofing software? I am looking for something that will support the need to go through certain checklists dependent on the type of work (such a ...
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Faster merge software than Indesign Data merge

We have created an Indesign document for 450.000 letters we need to send. Included in this letter is a Datamatrix barcode. We are trying to merge the data, but it takes forever, we can only do batches ...
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Trying to realise my goal (a new way of thinking) [closed]

I'm trying to find the fastest way, to draw on a high-end level. I am decent in Photoshop, but find myself using a lot of time with details and cleaning up my drawing. So I started to research and I ...
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Which version of Photoshop should I use? [closed]

I want to learn photoshop, I'm a web developer/designer. I want to know which version of Photoshop can I install in my system, so that it can run smoothly without any lagging.
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Software that simulates a wooden drawing doll?

I am learning to draw figures, and a wooden doll (pictured below) is a lot of help. But I'm having issues keeping a specific angle in regards to the doll. Even a little shift in position can make the ...
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Tools for classifying and organizing fonts

I have a fairly large collection of fonts, is there any automated method (via a tool or something) to organize them in groups according to their font family? If not, is there any sort of a list of '...
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What is the difference between After Effects and Flash/Animate for animation?

I'm thinking of becoming an animator. I mainly want to make videos similar to Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, who make videos like this. When I searched for AE and Animate / Flash comparisons for flat ...
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Old .EPS and .AI just need font change — How?

I have a number of old .EPS files that were created in FreeHand, and some early Illustrator (.AI) files. They use fonts my machine doesn't have. Is there a free app I can use to open them and choose a ...
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What comic/graphic novel software allows you to dynamically draw/change panel shape?

Sorry if this is the wrong place -- I saw a software advertised a month or so ago that demoed a user re-drawing panel shapes in the software itself. It was a very easy way to dynamically create a ...
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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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How to create my own font?

Can someone tell me which program I use to make my own font? I am aware that letters in a font file are vector-based, and that I can use a vector program like Adobe Illustrator to design and export ...
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Coral Print House Magic & Windows 10

I have an old version of Corel Print House Magic that will not work on Windows 10 - I would like to know if there is a inexpensive program similar to Print House that has the capabilities to ungroup ...
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Alternative for Sketch on Windows?

I recently came across a tool called "Sketch", which is great for designing apps and other responsive layouts, and has great resources as well. For now, it's only available for Mac though. What would ...
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Adobe Photoshop CS6: 32bit vs 64bit

Is there a difference in functionality or performance of running a 64bit Photoshop CS6 on a 64bit system (e.g. Windows 10 64bit), compared to its 32bit version? Has anyone noticed any noticeable ...
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importing and manipulating endnotes in a book

What is the best desktop publishing software for endnotes? I need to import from Word, control styles including numerals, and be able to change order until last minute.