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

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photoshop - convert all caps text to lowercase

I have .psd with a large block of text that was printed via CAPS LOCK on. Is there a way to convert selected text to lowercase? I've tried everything in the character panel, but nothing will change it ...
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How do I add a darker border color to text?

In this image, look at the text. Can you see a dark yellow border of the light yellow text? Can someone please tell me how to add that?
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Text Distortion Effect (like it is written on a page)

I want to display a text like it is written on some surface like notebook page or wall via Photoshop CS6. I added two example. This image seems like image distortion: And this image looks like ...
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Making text bolder with strokes

In Illustrator, I am trying to make my text bolder by adding a stroke to it. The stroke is the same color as the text, but when saving as SVG, the stroke is considered separate from it, adding ...
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How to have numerous text items on one layer in Gimp?

I'm making a map in Gimp. I want to have the following layers: background cities rivers mountains So I want, say, 30 cities on one layer so that I can turn it off and on. However, every time I ...
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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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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 to accomodate different text lengths in translated web content?

I was recently working on a website design and I naturally based my work on the content supplied by my customer. I knew from the beginning that the site will be accessible in different languages but ...
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Formating Text added via Data Sets in Photoshop

I've been using Data Sets to fill alot of my graphics with Text. However I want the text to have different formatting styles (New Lines, Tabs, Bold and Italic to be specific) with certain words. For ...
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Is there a hard and fast rule for choosing colours to make text appear inset

I've always liked the look of inset text on web pages so I try to use it every now and again. (Sparingly and when appropriate). I always find it a bit of a chore to find the right blend of colours ...
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Writing Words with Special Characters for Notepad Use

Is there any online fiddle, where I can create the following like words? And what is the term for this to search online? ____ __ ______ _ __ __ __ / __ \ / /_ ...
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Separate each letter of a text to its own layer

I feel like there is a simple solution but I can't find it basically what the title says. I select the text and select release to layers (sequence) and nothing happens or just creates a new layer ...
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Material design: text color settings

I'm trying to follow Google material design guidelines. I use the same settings for text color but the text is hard to read because in the examples they have an almost white background. ...
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Illustrator reverse character without creating outlines

Is it possible to reverse (as in flip vertically) a single character (in my case the '~' character) inside a line of text WITHOUT converting the text to outlines? As in it's still a character, it just ...
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Slanted text with background box

Hello fellow creatives! I know this sounds like a stupid question, but this has been driving me insane for ages! How do I achieve the following in adobe illustrator: How do I create a slanted text ...
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Can we change the text align without moving the position of an object in illustrator?

Is there such an option we can turn on so when we change the text align of an text object the position of this object will not move in Illustrator?
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Gimp: Add text to Layer Mask?

I'd like to have a layer mask in Gimp that includes some text. I currently have a method of achieving this, but it's a little more crude than I'd like. In this image, the top text is a simple text ...
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Drawing text on an image background that has dark and bright parts

Often, I want to write text over a background image. If the background image is bright, I use a dark color for the text, and vice versa. But, often the image has both dark and bright parts. So a dark ...
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How can I make my headings stand out and Cyrillic text easier to read?

I have designed a web page that looks like this: I'm not a designer, and neither is my boss but he has asked me to design and code a web page. I'm happy with the header (and it's good inspiration ...
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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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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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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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Placing text inside shapes

This may be a silly question but... Im pretty new to Illustrator and I have the number 12 and i need to type text inside each number without it going outside the lines of the numbers. How do I do ...
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Photoshop - How to Create Overlapping Stroke on Font?

I want create a type in which the letters overlap each other (let's say -200 VA setting), and then make a stroke that will be overlapping. Letters themselves shouldn't be filled with any color, but ...
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Apply stroke only to top layer of clipping mask

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC. I have a clipping mask with text over colored rectangles. I want to apply stroke to the text in the clipping mask without applying stroke to the rectangles. This is ...
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What is this “justified” text technique called?

You usually see this technique on infographics and brochures, and sometimes magazines:
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InDesign PNG Not Exporting Text Smoothly

Whenever I export a design as a PNG, the text on it looks all funny: It reminds me of when, in Photoshop, you mess around with the 'font smoothing' bit of the character panel. Except in InDesign, ...
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Photoshopping text on cable

For a mockup, I need to add some text to a photo of a piece of cable. It has to look like the text is printed directly on the cable. So far I've tried to do it in Photoshop. I drew a path along the ...
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Best file format for text logo for use in Word, Web, PDF

I have no previous knowledge in graphics at all. I decided to re-create our company logo using adobe illustrator since that's what everyone said would be best. I would use this logo on Microsoft ...
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How do you create a translucent white background for text?

I am really struggling to create a white translucent background for text on top of an image with GIMP. Pottery Barn Kids (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/) has one example of what I am trying to ...
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How to replicate this text effect? Skew? Arch? Bulge?

I need help on how to create this text effect in Illustrator CS6. The free transform is not working, the bulge, envelope, and arch are not giving the same effect.
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How to convert clipping mask to individual paths?

I'm a programmer, not a designer. I'm handy with a graphics program as long as it doesn't require artistic abilities. However, I'm not sure about the correct terminology. I'm working with Adobe ...
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Why is the spacing between titles usually set to equal length?

In text editors, html, etc. the default mode of sub title spacing seems to quite equal. Why is that? To clarify, we have an end paragraph of a subsection and a new subsection with title and opening ...
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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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Photoshop CS6 displaying incorrect glyphs

So I've downloaded a google font known as 'Didact Gothic' from Google Fonts. It works perfectly when embedded in a website. However, Photoshop CS6 does something really odd to the 'w' glyph: The ...
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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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How to create editable text with effects

I need help to know by steps how to create the same as the attached snapshot. It's done in Adobe Illustrator (Strokes, fills and effects from the appearance box), I manage to create editable ...
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Illustrator: concat singles chars back to text to path

In Illustrator, I sometimes get a problem with imported files saved by Inkscape, CorelDraw etc: text on a path got converted to single chars without being connected to the path. The path and the chars ...
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Restore Photoshop Text Layer Name Auto-Updating?

Text layers in Photoshop will auto-update the layer name with the text content of the layer unless you manually edit the layer name in the layers panel. Then it retains the manually entered layer ...
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Text-based maze drawing

I'm planning to use the symbols from the Box Drawing group of characters to draw paths and mazes and such. However, due to font substitution, even in monospace they may not be monospaced because they ...
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How to prevent Photoshop from selecting the space after a word when double clicking it?

So when double clicking a word to select it, Photoshop likes to select the space after that word. Is there any way to prevent this? Sounds so simple, but it means having to select and drag to ...
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How can I outline (LaTeX) text in Inkscape?

This is a difficult question to google, as the term "outline" does not mean the same in Inkscape as it does in, e.g., Powerpoint. However, Powerpoint does not support Latex. How can I outline a ...
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Automatically select a foreground color based on a background color

What is the appropriate "formula" for a foreground color based on a background color (where the background color may be any color)? More info: I want to have my application select a foreground color ...
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How to simulate embossed punch tape [closed]

Twenty years ago I ran a Sex Pistols fan site and, taking a cue from the punk-rock DIY aesthetic, designed the home page to look like it was crudely produced by sticking labels on paper. I actually ...
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Tapering spiral text - tried text on path, art brush, and envelope distort [duplicate]

Using Illustrator CC 2014: I'm trying to create a spiraled text in which the text size decreases as it spirals inward. I've tried putting the text on a path created using the spiral tool and ...
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How to replace a blend's spine with a text outline in Illustrator?

I'm having a weird problem in Illustrator CC. I created a blend of objects. Usually, I can then manually create any path and can easily replace the blend's spine with that path. But when I create a ...
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Why can't I edit text in Illustrator files from China, and how can I help it?

I am working with a packaging manufacturer in China. I create the files using Illustrator cs6 but after they make adjustments to my files and send the file back to me, I can't edit the text like I ...
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Removing line breaks in text copied from Acrobat in Illustrator

I routinely copy and paste text from Acrobat to any number of other Adobe CC applications (Illustrator, PS, InDesign). When I do this, it creates line breaks where they were visually represented on ...
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Vertically align text within Objects in Illustrator [duplicate]

I am using Adobe Illustrator CC (latest version) and although I have been working with Illustrator for many years, I only do small vector related things in it, so by no means an expert. I would like ...
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How do I achieve this gradient effect on type in Illustrator?

I'm trying to achieve the gradient effect shown in the below examples on each letter of the type I'm using in a logo design. I don't really know what this style is called, so I can't effectively look ...