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How to preview colors when using the color picker in Illustrator?

When using Adobe Illustrator, how do I preview my changes when I'm using the color picker to change the color of an element? Picking the color of an element is dependent on what's around it, so I'd ...
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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 ...
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Determine radius of a rounded rectangle

I have a psd that has rounded rectangle. I need to create a new rounded rectangle with the same radius. How do I determine the radius used on that said rounded rectangle? I feel like this is such an ...
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What tools would Monks use when DESIGNING a large illuminated letter or pattern?

The answer here: http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/35128/2611 got me thinking about how illuminated letters were designed. There's a lot of resources out there discussing illuminated texts ...
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Most accurate way to cut up a shape at 45 degrees

I am working with the latest version of Adobe Illustrator. I have the following: I would like to cup the shape at the following location, so that I create a flat document icon that is folded in one ...
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How to draw a specific dimensions circle using ellipse tool in Photoshop?

I am following a tutorial in which the author has asked to draw a 70px x 70px circle using the ellipse tool, but i can't figure out how can I draw a circle with exact dimensions in Photoshop.
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How do I make the Airbrush tool size, match the size of the clipboard, in GIMP?

With GIMP, it is possible to select and copy a region of the image to the clipboard, and then use this region as the brush for the Airbrush tool. However, the size of the 'painted' region, is ...
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Why doesn't the gradient tool appear over the object I've applied it to in Illustrator CS6?

Why doesn't the gradient tool appear over the object I've applied it to in Illustrator CS6? I have to click and hold down to adjust the size of the gradient on an object or just use the gradient ...
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How can I find the coordinates of a pixel in Photoshop CS4?

Lets say i create a new document of 800px x 800px and I take the cursor on a particular point in the document. How would I know which pixel this cursor is at this moment?
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Where can I get colored pencils for custom palette?

I do a lot of scribbling with pen & paper and for the upcoming month I will exclusively work on a design for a project, where the color palette is already fixed. Thus it would be great to have ...
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What computer hardware matters to a graphic designer?

I've had my MacBook Pro since 2007 and I'm starting to think about what the next system might look like. I'm not made of money, but if upgrading a component helps to make me a more efficient worker ...
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Illustrator rotational transformation is imperfect

So I created a simple hexagon using the polygon tool. When applying a 30° (360 / 6 / 2) rotation (to change its orientation) the anchor points are off by something what looks like a floating point ...
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How to delete the intersecting part of two objects?

As you can see in my image there are two circles kept on the hexagon. I want to know how do I delete the intersecting part of circle and hexagon which i marked in yellow ovals..??
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How do I use the width tool and brushes in Illustrator?

I am following this tutorial on Custom Lettering In one of the steps, it says " Using the Brush Tool (B), with the “Basic” brush; use the Width Tool (Shift+W) to adjust the width of our new path" I ...
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How Do You Use the Redeye tool in Photoshop CS5?

I applied the redeye tool for my image, but after applying it, I do not see any major difference… How can I remove the red eyes in that image?
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How can I use the clone stamp tool with a static source point in Adobe Photoshop?

I remember a few years ago I watched or read a tutorial that showed me how I can use the clone stamp tool with a static source point. What I mean is that the source we indicate with the alt button ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

It is practically impossible to edit a white illustration on the default white artboard background. Hiding the artboard makes the whole work area receive the artboard's white color. Is there a way ...
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What printing techniques or folding tools can I use to hand fold a commercially printed design without it cracking?

I recently created some tickets that were professionally printed then hand folded into an origami heart shape. We used 170 GSM paper and I'm not sure what ink the printers used. They arrived ...
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What is the name of the old manual sizing tool for measuring photos, to be used in offset printing?

Years ago, before computers took over, I worked with a photo cropping tool; I hope someone can tell me its name. The gizmo I used was for sizing photos so they could be used in offset printing. They ...
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How do you call “Charte Graphique” in English?

This is not really a translation question - more of a designer vocabulary. How do you call the set of visuals, logos, designs, colors, fonts... that make a whole design project? In French we would ...
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Why are Apple Macs used so much in the graphic design industry?

Why is it that graphic designers more often use an Apple Mac? I am studying graphic design and I am hoping to do some freelance work in my spare time. I have a unit in my studies to discover why Macs ...
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Is there a color scheme designer like Kuler that can hold many colors (+30) at a time?

I'm designing a color scheme for a web application with a data dashboard. I want the graphs and data visualizations to have a default color palette with distinct colors that maximize the ease of ...
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What is the name of hobby grade equipment to create photos where the background can be easily removed?

I know that in movies they use green screens or similar to be able to edit out the background from shots. But what is the name of a piece of equipment or setup I need in order to take a picture of say ...
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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 is tilt and rotation on a tablet applied to an art project?

I'm looking into investing in a tablet. One of the "features" that differentiate between a high end and a med/low end tablet seems to be tilt and rotation sensing. I can see the the tilt function ...
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Are graphics tablets worth it?

I've always felt curious about graphics tablets, but I've never even used one. Most people I know either give up or love them. I'm not a big illustrator myself, but I do the occasional doodle and ...
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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 ...
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Inkscape remember open dialog

I have a simple question that should be easy to fix but for the life of me can not figure it out. Is there a way to have Inkscape automatically open last used dialog boxes such as "Align and ...
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Convert CFA to RAW Image Format

I want to test some demosaicing algorithms. My files are custom Bayer CFA images stored as png files. I want to convert them into a popular raw format and load them into software like RawTherapee to ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why does the clone stamp tool seem to be misaligned?

I'm using PS6 and for some reason, whenever I use the clone stamp tool, it starts recreating the image that I'm covering up, above the original image's position. I select the stamp tool, press down ...
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How to create simple lines with line tool in photoshop?

I m not very good with photoshop but I m trying to create a very simple shape with line tool, but cannot do it. I m using line tool to draw this and line tool works perfect when I draw lines ...
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Illustration on either matte paper or glossy paper

I have searched for this question here but I did not see anything in regards to paper. I ask this question because some have chosen different types of paper when illustrating and I do not understand ...
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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 ...
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Design software that allows reuse of common elements, like the DRY principal of programming

Often when I am designing for the web (be it mocks, or full spreads of websites) I have many repeating elements throughout my document. I am looking to follow the Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY) ...
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What are the tool kits used for making designs like those on dribble

I saw some jaw-dropping designs at Dribble and Behance. Can someone give the idea about tool kits required to make such beautiful things ? Are there actually competitive free alternatives available ...
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What analog tools should every designer have today?

Prior to the proliferation of software, namely Adobe and Aldus, a designer needed an entire toolbox full of things to get a job done. From t-squares and triangles, to ruling pens, masking tape, photo ...
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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 ...
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Illustrator reducing double stroke svg to a single stroke svg

I have a double stroke svg that I want to reduce to a single stroke svg. The area on the svg is defined as some white shapes that are overlayed on a black background, with anchors outlining the shapes ...
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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 ...
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eyedropper tool working incorrectly

By default when sampling colors in Photoshop with the eyedropper the color selected shows up as the foreground color, currently when i try sampling a color it sets it as the background color -how can ...
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How can I automate the process of cutting intricate shapes out of paper?

I am trying to find whereabouts and name for this kind of automatic paper scissors, source of image here. I understand it so that one plugs in image with formats such as vector and raster and then it ...
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How to quickly create multi-page layout presentation? (image maps?)

How to quickly create an interactive presentation of the layout where user can click buttons to navigate through the site. Obvious solution from HTML side would be to use image maps, but these are ...
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What's the fastest-drying pen?

I'm talking about real pens, not software! I love drawing with Sharpies except that I often smear the lines with my sweaty wrists! What's a similar black drawing pen/marker (felt tip or otherwise) ...
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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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How can I do spiral circle

I need to do the following shape in illustrator, if can be done by illustrator. I think it can be done by spiral, circle and pathfinder tools but I'm not sure. Please I need the details of how to do ...
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Simplest way to create a product box image

Would like to present our products as pictures of 3D product boxes like this: I think Adobe Illustrator with the persepctive tool could to it, but I wondered if there is maybe something even ...