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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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Best 2D animation software [closed]

I just want to ask which software is best or which software is mostly used on these 2D animations. Example 1, example 2, example 3 I know that Flash is commonly used, but I just don't like Flash ...
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How to generate a 'cartoon' profile picture [closed]

I'm searching for a generator or method which is used to create the cartoon style profile pictures sometimes seen on GitHub. The effect I want generates a new picture (which looks drawn or painted by ...
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Creating font using constraints

I want to create my own font by using constraints. I want to define the size of angles, how long lines are, distance between points and so on. For example the sketch editor of FreeCAD offers this ...
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What software can create a paint-by-number?

Is there any software which can convert a photograph to a black-and-white outline containing tiny numbers stating which color to give each area?
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3D rendering medicine box [closed]

What is the best and simplest software to nicely 3D render medicine box out of the die art with different dimensions? (customizable dimension) . Something like this: ...
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Workflow and software choice when converting complex image to favicon?

I have a logotype which is complex (a line screened image consisting of multiple thin lines) that I want to turn into a favicon. If I just scale it down to favicon size (32×32px) I get a blur. Are ...
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How can I create an animation of an image being drawn/painted, automatically?

Im 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, its a picture of my pet dog, i want some software that ...
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Free print portfolio software?

I work for a public relations firm. One of my new clients is very well renown. She's made it years without having a professional portfolio. I have several gigs lined up for her. However we must submit ...
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Anamorphic Design Process

I'm hoping that designers that can lend their expertise on anamorphic designs. It is not a new concept but not a lot of info on how it can be done easily. What are the steps involved to create ...
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What program do I use to create a manual or catalog?

The last time I did any desktop publishing it was ten years ago and I used Microsoft Publisher. Now I need to put together a product user manual, troubleshooting guide, and a new catalog. I figured ...
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What software can I use to get started in webcomics/animation?

I have been using Microsoft paint but it doesn't have layers like Photoshop. I am a poor person so can't get photoshop, anything else I can use?
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Software to create robot schema

I have a question regarding a picture below. Any idea what software might have been used to draw these?
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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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As a designer, how should I start designing an iOS app?

I am about to design an IOS 8 app for the very first time. I've been a designer for 5 years now, both on Photoshop and Illustrator, but I never got the change to design an app. I am looking for some ...
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What wireframing tool can I use that is focused on Android and iOS design?

I've been trying to wireframe my designs for apps, but keep getting frustrated with the limited ability and poor usability of the software I've used (Balsamiq, Pencil, Prototyper). Do you have any ...
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Has anyone used Blender for prototyping animations of mobile apps?

After Effects and other Mac only tools are popular among designers for prototyping animations of mobile apps. I wanted to know if there's anyone here who uses Blender for prototyping? If you do use ...
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Software recommendation for converting pencil drawings [duplicate]

My staff already use AutoCAD, SketchUp and Illustrator. I am looking for software to convert simple pencil sketches into drawings. These drawings will later be given to staff for full CAD ...
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What is the best pixel art application for Windows? [closed]

I'm trying to develop a game for smart phones. If I want to easily animate characters and output character-sheets. What's a good tool to use? There is so much software and I can't test all of them. ...
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Free software to format an illustrated children fairy tale on Mac [closed]

I have the text and the drawings are scanned and saved. I am looking for: A nice modern font Formatting software that enables me to design my book with writing and pictures Editing software to ...
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Vector software that retains relationships

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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Software to scale and rotate drawings without losing resolution

I am looking for software that will let me draw a very simple design and then convert it into different sizes and rotations without losing resolution. The goal is to lay a number of these out into a ...
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3answers
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Simple programs with tutorials for beginners in graphic design? [duplicate]

I am considering a summer job in a camp, but part of the job description is to make signs, announcing events/trips etc. This is well within my ability to do, but I'm not sure where to start. I am ...
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Software to screenshot same screen in multiple documents

I have just started documenting a purchasing, warehousing, billing, sales, and accounting application - a real monster! It is being deployed to multiple sites and is modified for each site. This ...