Questions regarding hardware or analogical tools (but please use software-recommendation for software ones!)

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

5
votes
1answer
2k views

Illustrator eyedropper: What effect does different 'Pick up' and 'Apply' settings have?

Double-click on the Adobe Illustrator eyedropper icon, and you get a useful panel of advanced options that allow you to control what it picks up and what it applies. Two columns, 'Eyedropper picks up' ...
4
votes
2answers
4k views

Illustrator: Pathfinder divide not working as expected

I'm trying my hand at making a map using illustrator. I'm fairly new at it so I'm still learning the ropes. I'm trying to divide up a continent into several countries using border lines. Here's an ...
1
vote
2answers
53 views

Tools to save, tag and share images with clients/team?

When you are doing visual research, what tools do you use to save, tag and share images or screenshots with clients/team? Do you know other tools than Little Snapper?
0
votes
3answers
2k views

Add exact color to texture

Say I have a texture/pattern (like this one from subtlepatterns), and I want to make it a specific colour. I know a number of ways to color it (mostly in PS), from overlaying it on a block of the ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Dashboard mockup tool

I'm looking for a tool to make dashboards or reporting mockups. The idea here is to present several presentation possibilities to executives who know which metrics and KPIs they want to see, but have ...
1
vote
1answer
168 views

How do I preserve transparency over a 'paste' operation in photoshop?

Basic situation: I have an image with a complex alpha channel (ie. feathered, complex non-linear edges). I have an image I want to overlay on top of the first image using a blend option like ...
-1
votes
2answers
123 views

How can I produce variations of a logo automatically?

Are there any tools or online services where I can that I can feed a logo and get a series of variations using different effects? For example: A reflection effect OR a shadow effect OR depth effect. ...
1
vote
2answers
948 views

How to create this effect in photoshop CS5

First let me start off by saying that I'm a programmer and have very little experience with Photoshop, so thanks for helping me out! I'm trying to create a background for my main view, but I'm not ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

Need help with pen tool

Let's say I've completed a path and the pen tool is no longer selected.( It's a straight line, not a closed circle.) Now I want to start from the ending point again and continue the line. How do I do ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

What causes the Eyedropper to change all samples to white?

My Eyedropper has suddenly started changing all samples to white. No matter what area of an image I click it samples white, this is regardless of sample size or modifier keys. If I manually select a ...
1
vote
0answers
228 views

Fireworks: Export from layers - Include common layer?

I am versed in exporting all visible layers in Fireworks to separate files. What I would like to is one notch more sophisticated - I'd like to include one or more of these layers in each and every ...
1
vote
2answers
247 views

Simple, hosted file tracking

I'm looking for some advice on a simple, hosted web-based digital file management system. We have a design team that creates a lot of assets needed by engineering, marketing, and many other people in ...
4
votes
1answer
745 views

Designing forms for printing in InDesign

I have to make a lot of forms in InDesign. Not interactive forms, just forms that need to be printed. It's really a pain making all the checkboxes, radio buttons, lines and text fields and ensuring ...
9
votes
2answers
17k views

How to align objects side by side with a specified distance between them in Illustrator?

I am creating an animated sprite list in Adobe Illustrator. I finished creating the sprites and used the Horizontal/Vertical Distribute Center commands to distribute the objects equally in some area. ...
1
vote
2answers
477 views

What do I need to start creating professional drawings?

What tools or software or devices are neccessary to create proffesional drawings for games for example? How to draw something and be able to use it on PC?
2
votes
2answers
7k views

InDesign HTML 5 plugin or web apps to create HTML 5 ebooks based on InDesign project

I am designing e-books for iPad & Android tablets. The problem is I have very little options to add animated effects to my e-book when doing it on InDesign (which is a must for me, as the e-books ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Can I connect multiple line segments to a single point using the pen tool in photoshop?

I'm using the pen tool in CS5 to draw shapes, and I'm getting more comfortable with it, but one thing I'd really like to be able to do is add to a path. For example, if I draw a circle, I'd like to ...
1
vote
1answer
169 views

Photoshop: Why does the Hand Tool icon flicker when choosing 'Add a layer style' from the Layers palette?

Does anyone else see this? Is there a reason why this happens or is it a bug? (Photoshop CS5.1 on OS X 10.7.2, not sure if this happens in previous Photoshop or OS X versions.) Steps to reproduce: ...
1
vote
1answer
105 views

What is the most accurate way to transport a physical sketch via email?

I have a sketch on paper that I would like to send to someone via email. What can I do to send it to them without changing the size of it and will still allow for them to print it back onto paper? ...
1
vote
4answers
950 views

A good Mac image annotation tool?

I'm looking for a tool where I can quickly annotate my Photoshop/Illustrator designs with the distances in pixels between different elements and / or the edges, so I can then transform the layout into ...
1
vote
4answers
1k views

How do I change RGB value without changing the Alpha channel?

I would like to know how can I change color of RGBA image when alpha channel will be unchanged for each pixel. If I use Paint Box Tool it will set alpha channel for all pixels to constant value. Look ...
0
votes
2answers
199 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
905 views

What are good and maybe free UI storyboarding applications, especially for mobile UIs

Hi I would like to get an overview of existing UI desktop or online application, which may have a specialization towards user interaction modeling and mobile device interfaces. I guess there are some ...
0
votes
4answers
688 views

Workstation recommendations for designers?

I have a question that comes a bit unconventional and I apologize if it is a little off topic, We need to buy computers (laptops because we have many power outages in Mexico) for web designers and ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

Color mixer that can mix 3 or more colors?

I'm looking for some sort of service, tool or application – even manual techniques – where you can digitally mix/blend 3 or more colors (i.e. not 2 as in most applications out there) and get the ...
2
votes
5answers
361 views

Wireframing tool to design a website idea

I have nothing to do with design, because I don't know how to mix two colors. Some time ago, I've read about some tools which are used in the creation of interfaces for application and web pages. In ...
5
votes
3answers
482 views

iOS, Android, etc., tablet devices in a design workflow?

I'm going to have to spring for one or more tablets (iPad, Tab, whatever) for testing ePubs, digital magazine ads, site rendering, etc. Because I don't have the consumer nature and also because I'd ...
3
votes
2answers
202 views

What Windows-based tools do you use to create icons?

I'm working on a project that often needs small (16x16, rarely 32x32), simple, bespoke icons (either made from scratch or as slight modifications of other icons). Working on a Windows box, I end up ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Photoshop - Eraser tool - how do you edit multiple layers at once?

Is there anyway to use the Eraser tool on more then one layer at once? my question stems from a project I'm working on where i am cleaning up a scan of an architectural drawing. The Architect has ...
0
votes
2answers
9k views

Illustrator problems with free transform and type tool

I was used to trasform object by clicking ctrl+T and then working the shape off by dragging the vertexes here and there as much as I want. Now this shortcut is not working anymore and I dont know ...
1
vote
3answers
442 views

PDF font embedding; any utility to batch test font collection?

Question Is there a utility that will batch test fonts to check which CAN and/or CANNOT be embedded in an Export to PDF? Why? I want to organise a (too large) collection of fonts so that when ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

3D character modeling tool

I am working on building a Strategy Game (it will be in 2.5D), and for graphic design part we are using Illustrator and Photoshop for designing (including designing characters). Now we want to start ...
2
votes
3answers
17k views

how create rounded corners for a layer or selection

I have a white screen area 142x113 px in Photoshop... I select half of this area and tried Select ⇒ Modify ⇒ Smooth but it does not work the way I expected. I tried decreasing the ...
2
votes
5answers
3k views

A good tool to visually design graphical user interfaces for iOS devices?

I'm developing an iOS apps and I need to find an easy design tool, something that would allow me to drag widgets into my GUI, and visually build it. I'm currently using Adobe Illustrator with this ...
1
vote
6answers
155 views
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I control the way the cropping tool works in Photoshop CS3?

I'd like to set the behavior of the cropping tool. I want it to define cropping areas based on... A fixed, numerical set of pixel dimensions. A given proportion, e.g., a 9 by 12 area of arbitrary ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Using GIMP to redraw an existing low res logo

I am just getting my teeth into Gimp and am not a graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination! I'm a developer trying to make myself a bit more useful on the design front. Anyway, I am ...
2
votes
4answers
416 views

Best tools for scanning doodles?

I like to doodle with pencil and paper. I'd like to scan it, or take a picture with my phone, then have as much of it converted to vectors as possible. Ideally, my crooked lines would become ...
11
votes
10answers
49k views

How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

What are the differences between the Wacom Intuos 3 and 4 graphics tablets?

For the Wacom Intuos graphics tablet, are there significant functional differences between the current model (4) and the previous model? Does the newer one have additional features or design ...
4
votes
1answer
624 views

What digitizer stylus would most naturally replicate the range of touch between a mechanical pencil and a Uniball micro-point?

I am looking to start digitizing my work by re-drafting it from sketch books. This question is less about specs and hardware and more about the feel of the media, both in terms of mechanical ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Tools to get HTML/CSS easily from PSD?

I have the PSD designs for my website and now want to create the site using these designs. I am not very good with css though I know HTML, javascript well. Is there any tool, site, software that can ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Can Pixelmator handle Photoshop layer styles?

Can Pixelmator handle Photoshop layer styles? How compatible is Pixelmator with the rest of Photoshop and the other Adobe graphics programs?
0
votes
2answers
195 views

Is Flash really considered to be a graphics program? [closed]

Adobe Flash was initially a graphics program, but with the growth of the Flash platform and the rise in popularity of Flash games on the web, is Flash still relevant as graphics tool? Why? (I'm not ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

What is InDesign used for?

What is Adobe InDesign used for as opposed to Photoshop or Illustrator?
15
votes
7answers
6k views

Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?

My question is should I start with paper to learn to draw or learn to digitally draw with Photoshop or Illustrator or any image manipulation application. I am thinking of using a book or some other ...
1
vote
1answer
216 views

Slices in MS Expression Design have wrong dimensions

I'm trying to do some basic design in Microsoft Expression Design 4 (this is the best design tool I have available to me; suggestions welcome), and I'm trying to export slices by selecting a bunch of ...
12
votes
5answers
949 views

Web-based workflow solutions for graphic designers (hosted and self-run)?

There are some common tasks in almost every graphic designer's workflow that are made immensely easy by the Internet, but are often clumsy to handle through traditional channels like E-Mail. ...
36
votes
8answers
2k views

Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select?

No matter how nice the composition, flow, and lines of my design are, if I am not copying directly from nature, I have a very difficult time picking a decent color scheme. It either looks too drab, ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Getting Dimensions of Marquee Tool in Photoshop

Is it possible to get the dimensions (width, height, top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right) of the select area that is selected using the marquee tool. If yes how?