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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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9answers
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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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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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12answers
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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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8answers
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Lower-cost alternative to Photoshop

Maybe once a month I need Photoshop. Since it is rare, the cost seems like a disproportionate amount of money to spend by my startup. I think the tasks I need to achieve when I'm converting a ...
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8answers
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Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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3answers
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What software should I use to make crisp game graphics for iOS games?

I want to make game graphics that are smooth not pixelated, kinda like vector graphics and I will need to use them in iOS games. I am not that experienced in creating graphics so I looked here and no ...
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8answers
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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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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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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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4answers
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Recommend a good font management software for Windows 7

I am looking for a good Font Mangement Software for Windows 7. Can you guys please recommend a good professional one, something that has options like: install/uninstall a font at the touch of a ...
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2answers
220 views

Need an Image Manipulation Program [closed]

I need an image manipulation software with certain features, the cost doesn't matter to me. I am looking for the following features: A program which enables me to: Make logos and other vector works ...
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
988 views

What free/open source image design programs can you recommend?

Are there any free/ open source image designing programs that you can recommend?
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7answers
9k views

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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7answers
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How to visualize data? Which software should I use?

I'm interested to know what sort of software - beyond basic standard graphics out of Excel - people use to generate data visualisations. Do you craft things by hand and then build them in something ...
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5answers
5k views

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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3answers
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What is a good free font management tool for linux?

I've been trying to find a font management tool that is free, but all solutions are comercial. Is there a good font management tool that is free?
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3answers
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Digital asset management software recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to help manage my large collection of purchased icons and other image assets. I'm sure there must be software of the sort I'm looking for, but I haven't ...
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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 do I create a cursor (.cur) image file in Photoshop CS4?

I'm using Photoshop CS4 and I need to create a .cur image. The actual process of doing so is simple enough but I cannot find the necessary Photoshop CS4 plug-in to do so. Can anybody help me either ...
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4answers
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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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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7answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
900 views

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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5answers
10k views

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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6answers
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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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3answers
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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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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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1answer
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Free and paid architecture drawing software [closed]

What software is useful for designing buildings with accurate measurements? I originally trained with AutoCAD a long time ago but haven't needed to use any modelling softwares since, I'm wondering if ...
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1answer
2k views

Software for Creating Yearbook (50+ Pictures/Page) Layout

I'm trying to create a yearbook with each single page holding 50 to 60 pictures, depending on the class size. I have Adobe Cloud but I don't even know what program would be best for this project. ...
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votes
9answers
861 views

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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4answers
1k views

Software to measure arc length/perimeter

I don't work in graphic design, but currently I have a problem which could be suited for this site. I am looking for a software which allows to measure a 3D - curvature length. Just googling I found ...
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2answers
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Should I look into different graphic design softwares?

I have so far used nothing but GIMP for photo touch-ups, logo designing, etc..etc.., Now I have seen that many use illustrator for logo designing, lightroom for photo editing so on... Should I ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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Is there a free software to split a PNG image into some smaller images?

I have a large image. It will be better if I can split it into m columns by n rows of smaller images. Is there a free software to split a PNG image into some smaller images?
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1answer
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How can I draw a water wave in Photoshop?

This picture is taken from the game Cut the Rope: I'm trying to recreate the wave. This is what I have so far, I used Distort > Wave:
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2answers
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Which version of Adobe Flash is the stablest?

The artist in our company has a lot of problems (crashes, corrupted files...) with Adobe Flash CS5 (last patches installed). It's really a pain in the neck... With Flash CS4 the situation was not ...
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5answers
1k views

Photoshop alternative with layer styles?

Are there any photoshop alternatives that have some sort of layer-style system? (Like photoshop?)
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6answers
803 views

Photoshop or Illustrator OR … [closed]

I am a huge Photoshop guy, been one for like 10 years now. But I see more and more resources around Illustrator, I realize Illustrator is great for vector based graphics. But is it better for ...