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

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How to auto fill dates while doing a calendar?

I want to make a useful calendar in AI. Thus far I have made 12 columns, which each stand for a month, and around 31 boxes in each with days and weekdays listed. There has to be a box because I want ...
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How to apply horizontal kerning to all letters in the word at once without adjusting the spacing for each letter?

I am trying to increase the spacing between letters in a word in Inkscape (version 0.48) by using horizontal kerning. I am not able to select the entire word and apply the kerning value at once. I ...
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Print catalogs: should pdf version have selectable, searchable text? Even if ten pages?

I do in-house graphic design for a retail store. We outsource the production of our short catalog-flyers, roughly ten facing pages and two covers. Among my duties is to maintain the ecommerce side of ...
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Hard vector inset shadow

I'm trying to re-create a hard inner shadow effect in illustrator, similar to the effect on the text in the Kit Kat logo: Heres another good example: Heres my attempt at re-creating it: Mine ...
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Changing text from 2-lines to 1-line - how to center the text field in a square again?

I am developing a word game for iOS and would like to use an SVG file as the gaming board. The SVG file (author: Denelson83, Wikimedia Commons) is almost perfect for my game - except that I would ...
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Why does Illustrator not let me edit text after it has styling?

After I put a drop shadow on text, then save -> exit -> reopen, I cannot edit the text. When I click on the Type Tool Icon and then click on the number, it just shows the paths. Any suggestions? ...
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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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Beginner question: how do I use the “move tool” in Gimp without moving the entire Layer?

I typed a short piece of text in GIMP, then I want to fix the kerning manually so I want to move the letters closer to each other. But when I select the "move" tool and click on the appropriate part ...
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Apple Pages: Annotate a screenshot

I am using Apple Pages to write a user guide and would like to insert screenshots of my app. Inserting the screenshots is no problem. How can I annotate the screen shots like Apple did it in the ...
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What's the name of this 3D overprinted text effect

What is this kind of 3D text effect called? It's made with either overprinted letters, or different colored layers into a fake 3D effect.
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Wrap text inside sphere

I'm trying to achieve something like this image in Photoshop CS6: However I only need two large letters inside. The goal is to have the letters in a standard "squared" font (Arial Black) follow the ...
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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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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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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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How do I create an effect of an object hanging off the end of text

I am trying to find a tutorial on how to create the effect of an object (in this case a crown) hanging on the edge of a letter (on the end of a word). I am designing a logo for our kids ministry at ...
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How to change PDF text encoding ? (ANSI to UNICODE)

I have this problem with a PDF I am trying to copy the text from... I have this text in a pdf and I need to insert in into a HTML page, the problem is that when I copy the text some of the letters(the ...
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how to import a mathematical equation in Corel Draw X5

I have a problem I could not solve. I am doing a poster in Corel Draw X5, and as it is a physics poster, I need to put mathematical equations in it. The Corel built in text editor is just completely ...
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How to achieve special effect with layers in Paint.NET?

I am more a developer and not a graphic designer, and because I really don't do this kind of stuff often (more like once in two years or so) I don't want spend a lot of money on tools i'm not going to ...
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InDesign CC: Place a batch of phots and text on pages

I am currently working on an InDesign-Project involving a ~200 page DIN-A4-Sized Book for our high school graduation. Any student in our senior year gets his own page with a photo and a short text ...
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Prevent two paragraphs from separating across a page break in Indesign CC

I know one can use the Keep feature to prevent widows and orphans in Indesign but I have a slightly related issue that seems to defy this workaround. I have two paragraphs as below: Word (paragraph ...
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Choosing a set of colors to display text on a white background

I'm looking to color-code a textual list displayed on a white background, and have trouble finding a good tool to help with that. There seem to be lots of tools to aid in finding a color palette for ...
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Smoothing calligraphy / script lines in Illustrator

After you finish your custom script and have scan it to your computer to illustrator, how do you smooth the lines when vectorizing your script as if you have done it by hand? And how do you control ...
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What is the general stance on “jump headlines”?

This is more of a design opinion question, and this might be the wrong place to ask this, but I digress. I work on a weekly newspaper that up until now has used "jump headlines", that's to say ...
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Is there a quick/easy way to scale one line of text to match another in Illustrator?

I find myself having to do this kind of thing fairly often: ie have a line of smaller text underneath a bigger one, matching widths. I usually do this by placing the smaller text directly over ...
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How do I give text an offset path in Illustrator?

Okay, I am just trying out the offset path effect for a custom font. I followed this tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU2wDdLNTdE I tried doing the same, typed a word and expanded it,then ...
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How do I horizontally distribute text with equal spacing?

How do I horizontally distribute text in Illustrator so that it has equal spacing between the words? When I use the horizontal distribution tool it doesn't give equal spacing between words.
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Connected Text Frames in InDesign Page Master

New to InDesign and working on book that is mostly text. Trying to design master page with two empty text frames with different character and paragraph properties that are somehow connected/related so ...
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Creating a sprite sheet of letters and numbers for a mobile word game

I would like to ask for a general advice on how to use Inkscape to create a "sprite sheet" of letters and numbers. I am developing a Scrabble-like word game and initially was planning to display the ...
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How can I detect overlapping characters / diacritics in InDesign?

Is there any tool, script, or plug-in for InDesign or Acrobat Pro that would detect or highlight overlapping characters or diacritics? See sample below:
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In Indesign cs6, is there a way to link placed text that was generated using data merge?

I'm working on a catalog layout and have all product information is a csv file. I'm using data merge to import this into Indesign so that my paragraph and character styles stay intact. Other people ...
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Typography of sideways figure

I'm writing my thesis using LaTeX and I have the following question. Since my figure is too wide to fit the layout, I rotate it using sidewaysfigure environment from rotating package. I'd like to ...
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How can I blend text with a colored background in Illustrator?

I'm trying to make text on a colored map more legible. Ideally I would add an outline around the text with the same general color as that part of the map, for a subtle blend. What's the best way to ...
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Photoshop text bounding box width and height

How to get the width and height of text bounding box in Photoshop using ExtendScript
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Same font, different size on different platforms

I received few PSDs from a designer who are using windows. The font is Open Sans, I already have it on my mac. I opened the PSDs, and clicked in the text layer: ..after that I edited the text, ...
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Convert PSD file to INDD file [duplicate]

I have a text layout in Photoshop that is very precisely arranged. Is there a way to recreate this layout in InDesign without too much work? Tips, tricks, scripts, are appreciated.
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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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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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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 Text along creates jaggies

I have just learned (thanks to tutorial at http://buttner-jenkins.blogspot.com/2010/04/gimp-tut-text-along-path.html) how to create a text along path. When I followed these instructions, though, ...
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Square background to text in Photoshop (like on movie subtitles…)

Does anyone know a way of addding a square background to text in photoshop? I want something like the same effect that is on subtitles in movies. See examples below. I can do it with adding a new ...
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Logo design process templates & tools, multiple font test tool

I'm trying to find resources to complete, improve and/or make easy the logo design process using templates based in grids and so on. One of the things I'm trying to find is a webtool or software that ...
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Changing Text Inside Logo

I am very new to design and I want edit the text of an logo which is white and translucent PNG image, so all I want to know is what is the proper way to do that in Illustrator. For the ones who are ...
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Keyboard shortcut for making text bold in Indesign CC

I know the shortcut ⌘⇧b works only if you have the bold variant of the font in question installed. For me, it works smoothly for Gill Sans. But elsewhere, where I'm using Adobe Garamond Pro, it's not ...
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What is this folded paper text effect called and how do I achieve it in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I am struggling to get this effect in Photoshop, but I am also unaware of what its technical name is. Can somebody please let me know what the name of the the effect that is being used below, that ...
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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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How to anchor text to bottom-right of container?

When I use the Type tool in Illustrator, text automatically flows from the top-left: Is it possible to have the text flow from the bottom-right instead, like this (Illustrator CC 2014)? The ...
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How to insert a rectangle inside a text frame in InDesign

I have some text inside a textframe, and I'd like to be able to insert a rectangle amongst the flow of the text where the rectangle has a different background colour, different font etc. How do I ...
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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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Text imported from Freehand

I have an old Freehand file I have imported to Illustrator cs4 and then open and save with Illustrator cs6. In Illustrator cs6 most of the text boxes have problems. The text overflows the text ...
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How can I get area text inside this RV logo path on Illustrator? [closed]

So i'm trying to fill in this RV logo with text so it can turn out to be a typography like logo that has the RV outline.