Questions that refer to manipulating a text layout, styling and/or management in graphic software.

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How to write text from right-to-left in Central Asian Languages group fonts

Can anyone help me with this problem: I am having problem with Right-to-Left writing with the Old Turkic font. Turkish is written with extended Latin letters left-to-right but: Old Turkic is a ...
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What is the name for making words equal in length?

I'm trying to find the name or ("term") for this: What is it called when the size of individual or groups of words are increased proportionally in size so that they are all the same width?
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Importing XML into InDesign and automatically adjusting content

My client has an InDesign catalog. Instead of manually updating it as he's done up to now, he'd like to import XML data into the InDesign file and not have to make any of the changes manually. However ...
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Quality of text in PDF and SVG

I'm converting pdf files to svg as it is easier to use svg files on webpages. I first thought the quality of svg must be similar to pdf, as they are both vector graphics. However, now I look a ...
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Photoshop CS6: Using text to cut through a white block to reveal pic?

I'd like to cut through a white layer with text to reveal a pic underneath, in effect filling the text with the pic but still be able to preserve full text editing i.e. not rasterise? So far I have ...
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How can I remove the unwanted background from a scanned handwritten signature?

I need to upload my signature in a PDF document, but I do not know how to edit the background of this image. I wish to remove the bluish-tint background, and make it pure white. Can anyone help me ...
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Horizontal and Vertical Scaling of One Character in AI

In Photoshop, I've got in my character menu Horizontal and Vertical scaling. In Illustrator I don't have it, but I need it. I know I can stretch the entire text-box in AI to simulate character ...
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indesign cs5 gap in text

I have text in 2 columns in a text box. There are large gaps inbetween some of the words in one area of a column. There is one space before and after each word. What could account or this?
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Photoshop: Change Text Box Position Coordinates Via Script

Here's what I'd like to do. textLayer.textItem.position[0] = 200; I would expect this to change the x-coordinate of the text box to 200px from the canvas origin. The value does not get assigned. ...
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How should I lay out a page made of only a small amount of text?

I'm making a website that only has text, and a small amount. What would be a good layout for it? Should I put the text in the top left? Center screen? Somewhere else? The site is a download ...
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Photoshop CS6 - Get width of paragraph text in pixels by script

Is there any way to get the width of the text inside a paragraph box? The measurement would not take into account the wrapping. That is, it would equal the sum of each wrapped line. I'm not asking ...
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Easy way to set text style across documents

Sometimes when I click a color with the eye dropper in Photoshop CS 6, the color of a text layer in my document will change to that color. Oddly enough, this happens only one and I cannot duplicate ...
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How to repeat text formatting settings in Illustrator

I have a bunch of text point objects and I'd like to select a subset of them and change their font size (for example). They might be in different groups so I can't select them all at once, so I select ...
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Reduce image size in photoshop without compromising text readability

I found a similar thread that gave some great pointers, but still doesn't solve my issue. My boss asked me to create a corporate presentation, and I had the unfortunate idea of doing it all in ...
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How can I get Farsi/Arabic text to render correctly in Photoshop?

I downloaded a number of Farsi fonts and they render individual characters fine but but don't join multiple characters together at all. Does anyone know how to get whole words to appear correctly? If ...
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Photoshop CS3 animation opacity problems

Here is my dilemma. I am making a scrolling text gif. I need the background on this gif to be transparent with a white box centered in the middle with the text showing ONLY in the white box. This ...
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How do I type Arabic text in Photoshop?

I want to type Arabic text in Photoshop, but the text appears disjointed and the letters do not connect at all. For example محمد appears as م ح م د. I'm using Photoshop CS6 on OSX Mountain Lion.
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Wondering how to achieve this blur text effect, hopefully in Sketch

Is there any way to easily generate this? thanks!
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How do I create a professional quality desktop icon?

I would like to create a professional quality icon. Currently, I have created an icon with IcoFX. The icon looks great -- when it is scaled at the right size. When it gets scaled to the wrong size, ...
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Is using a portion of quoted text on a poster a derivative work?

I made a poster, for my own use, that uses a few lines from a well known song and I liked the outcome so much I'd like to share it. However, I'm not sure if taking part of a copyrighted material and ...
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Flash CS6 How to create 3D extruded text?

Anyone know of some tutorials or walk-throughs on how to animate 3D rotated/transformed text in Flash Professional CS6? I cant seem to find any. (Googled) I am trying to make an animation of some ...
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How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6?

How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6? I would like to lock those properties in each page in Indesign. Sometimes the designers get wrong and drag and drop the text frame ...
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How can I write in other languages in Photoshop?

In other languages, alphabets can combine characters into symbols. I don't know if Photoshop can do that. Is there a clean way to do it, or a special plugin (preferably free)?. Maybe there is some ...
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Hiding symbol (and other weird) fonts from Photoshop

In my Photoshop fonts menu there's a lot of fonts I'll never use, and these get in the way of finding the fonts I do use. Can I hide those never-use fonts from Photoshop? (I'm not sure font management ...
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Is it good practice to add additional space before a punctuation mark after emphazised text?

Is there a typographic convention or practice about placing punctuation marks after emphazised text? I ran across this example on a website today that adds an additional space after emphazised text ...
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Adobe Illustrator error creating text constrained by shape (Area Type Tool)

I am newer than new to Illustrator, but am trying nontheless to design a logo for my friend. The most basic of operations is to create an ellipse, correct? I have created a circle with this tool, ...
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Flash CS6 - how to replace a playing card index (i.e. how to type into same bounding box)?

I've purchased a stock set of playing cards in .ai format and have successfully imported it into a Flash CS6 file. However I have the problem, that the cards have english indices: J, Q, K, A - while ...
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Readability and appeal of justified text

If I write a document that I have to hand in to somebody (a report, summary, draft, whatever) I usually justify the text because it seems more appealing (at least to me) if it all finishes at the same ...
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How to write distinctive letters?

This is more of a handwritten or drawing style question. Lets say I draw letters. How do I make letters and numbers distinct? For example the number 0 has a line through it as well as 7. If I looked ...
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Is there a way to render text in photoshop as vector - for retina mbp?

I installed new photoshop, and working on iPhone and Android apps looks nice (for android at least on xhdpi and hdpi, mdpi and ldpi require zooming in) but when working on website layout i get ...
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Text is really unsharp

When I create a 2D text, its really unsharp. Doyou guys might know what to do? p.s I mean the 'ripples' around the text. High res image: http://gyazo.com/1a80c0ed88b1d54098279af4985ec060 Lower res ...
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Text effect on any background color

I want to display a text over a video. However, the video may include any color from white to black. What is the best text effect (color/stroke/shadow/glow ... etc) that can be applied on the text so ...
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Text wrapping fill-last-line-first

I have a peculiar design for a web page that I have to implement from an already made design, and some of the text wrappings are filled bottom-up (in my case it's for bottom-left aligned thin text ...
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Inline Text in Photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I create a solid line of uniform thickness inside of a letterform in Illustrator? I have been messing around in Photoshop trying to re-create this effect! I ...
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How to create 3D extruded text?

I am pretty sure I'm not using the right terminology, but I'm trying to create the same effect in this image: Is there any way to do this in Illustrator? What is the proper terminology for that ...
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Creating flexible text boxes in Illustrator

I'm going to be making images that include hundreds of lines of text of varying lengths, each of which will have the same "background", with the exception of the length of the background, which will ...
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Disappearing InDesign Text

I am working on a page someone else created as a master page, and want to add a text box to the page. I created the box and placed my text in it, but the text is not visible. If I drag the text box ...
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Which is easier on the eyes: dark-on-light or light-on-dark?

While working on my latest website, I started actually wondering if what I learned in grade school was true. I've been taught that programs like Word default to use a white background with black text ...
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Have multiple text Layers in CS5 [closed]

I want to make multiple text Layers in CS5 be able to change the word example "pete" in all the layer at once to "john" is this possible?
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How to make text that round a picture like a circle?

I want to make a logo. The content of the logo is a picture and a sentence which round a picture like a circle. I am using Inkscape (on Ubuntu). Which tools should I use? If I can't do this on ...
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Recommended column width for text reading, digital vs printed

Coming form a digital background, I have often read different kinds of suggestions (for example 35-50 ems) for how wide a column of body text should be to still maintain a good readability. Is there ...
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What are some good tips on how to extrude text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm bit of a newbie in Adobe Illustrator and have been learning the application by trying to follow some tutorials and recreating some cool stuff I come across on the web. That being said, I'm ...
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What are the best practices and techniques to fix rags?

What would be the best practices to fix the rags on a left aligned text for print. Besides breaking lines and hyphenations, should you use tracking, and if so how much. Also, how would you judged a ...
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Is there a single text color that is acceptable on both dark and light background?

Is there a single text color that, when used on either dark or light background, produces a readable (or at least tolerable) output? If it makes it easier, constraints can be put on the hue, ...
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What subtle techniques can be used to make design look better overall? [closed]

I am have been spending a good amount of my time to learn how to do design. My friend is a designer and helps out when he can he often comes around and shows me tricks that make things like text and ...
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Emphasizing a word in a sentence

I want to emphasize a word in a sentence. I've seen it somewhere but couldn't find the picture. Its like the selected word is normal but all other things are blurry. And maybe the word is closer than ...
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Smallest readable printed font size for Calibri on my inkjet printer?

What would be the smallest font in Microsoft Word that when printed on an A4 size paper would still be readable? By readable, I don't mean comfortably readable. All I need is for the printed text to ...
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Is there a program that handles text background well?

Paint is the best I've found until now. I need the ability to add a background to text and also control padding. Paint would be perfect if it didn't squeeze text to the left and made equal padding ...
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Why does text of the same size appear different in Photoshop than in Word?

Ok so here you can see text in MS Word. 11 pt Times New Roman looks way bigger than the text in Photoshop at the same size and in the same font. The resolution in Photoshop was and has always been 72 ...
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Gimp: export XCF as a list of commands?

It took me a lot of time to create a graphic in GIMP, and now I need to make some variations of the same graphic that actually only require the change of the FG color twice in the process. The GIMP ...