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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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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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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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Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Can you recommend a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator for Mac? 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 ...
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6answers
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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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6answers
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Scribus vs InDesign or Quark: is it a viable alternative?

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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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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5answers
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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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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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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
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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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7answers
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Lorem ipsum equivalent for Spanish, Polish and other languages?

I'm testing out some fonts, and I'd like to see how they look with language that use more than the basic latin alphabet, in my case Dutch, German, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese. Is there a tool ...
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5answers
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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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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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1answer
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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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10answers
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Are there examples of software that use a dark colour scheme?

A client told me they want something with more a design software feel rather than web 2.0 feel, particularly something with a dark colour scheme. So now I am looking for some examples to show to him. ...
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5answers
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Which software renders a planar projection of a 3D object as a vector graphic?

I would like to create two-dimensional projections of three-dimensional geometrical objects. The drawings should be in a vector format, SVG or PDF, which can be imported by Inkscape or Adobe ...
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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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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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7answers
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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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7answers
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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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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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3answers
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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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8answers
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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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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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3answers
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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Typesetting tools other than LaTeX

I come from a Computer Science background and i'm used to write my reports/documents in LaTeX. They look great and things like Hyphenation and kerning (using microspace package) are automatically ...
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3answers
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Recommendations on how to synchronize Photoshop actions, swatches, etc. across computers

Is there any convenient way to synchronize Photoshop settings like keyboard shortcuts, actions, swatches, custom layer sytles, etc.. across several computers, preferably in an automated way? So far, ...
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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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4answers
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Is DreamWeaver more efficient rather than coding manually

I have a client who want's me to use Dreamweaver for a project. I've always used Photoshop and Illustrator for mockups and coded the CSS manually (Actually I use SASS/SCSS). Does using a program like ...
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4answers
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Graphics program easy to learn for kids

I am looking for 'kids friendly' graphic program that has quite nice UI, not scary for kids. They are playing Counter Strike all time. I think that repaint CS models texture can learn them something ...
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8answers
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Which graphic design application should I learn after Photoshop and Illustrator?

I have used Photoshop and Illustrator a little bit and am about to spend time learning more about Graphic Design. I would like advice on what one (Windows 7 compatible) application to purchase when ...
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1answer
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What is the recommended method of creating these icons?

To learn the fundamentals of interface design, I am trying to replicate some better known app interfaces. The 'flatter' layout of many iOS7 applications makes it relatively straightforward. However ...
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2answers
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Solutions for a comic production workflow?

I am looking for suggestions on a convenient solution for the following workflow. Scan a hand-drawn panel Fix and retouch drawing errors (using a small set of simple brushes) Separate elements ...
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4answers
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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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What is the best Adobe software for designing a résumé?

I have been creating my CV with Photoshop for several years now. I've heard and seen it myself, that this is not the right tool at all to design a résumé. I never used the other tools from the Adobe ...
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2answers
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Command line interface-based way to desaturate and posterize an image?

This is by far my most common task, and I'd say I've wasted about 1000 mouse clicks on it in my raster-based program. Because it's so common for me to start off desaturating an image and then ...
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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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4answers
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Using which software can I produce network maps of this kind?

I found this image few years ago. I don't remember where I found it but it really helped me in teaching all the networking concepts to my students. I mean, picturing network like this has somehow made ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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Adobe Fireworks Alternative? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need an Image Manipulation Program I am looking for a good alternative of adobe fireworks for windows. I want Raster+Vector editing tools. Which server the logo design, ...
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1answer
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Programs to draw human face

I'm working on a project that needs to draw pictures of human lips. I just wonder if there is a program to draw a human face (or simply lips). Thank you so much.
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1answer
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Recommended tools for graphic designers working with WPF

What are some good applications and tools that graphic designers can use to work with WPF interfaces?
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Good and Cheap alternatives to Photoshop for CMYK

I have been using GIMP for many years and do not want to go through the expense and learning curve issues of Creative Suite/Photoshop but occasionally I may need a CMYK file. Other than the ...
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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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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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2answers
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Looking for a software to design blueprint style technical drawings

I am looking for a software to draw a diagram like the one in this picture.
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1answer
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How to replace a character in a font with another character

I have a font in TrueType and OpenType format that I really like. I would like to replace one character of that font with another character. Specifically, I would like to make underscores look like ...
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1answer
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Collage of Scraps

I have 15 years of notes (2 sided) on very random scraps of paper. I would like to photograph or scan them and create a collage type book where the b page is the back side similarly arranged (angles, ...