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Making 2D Motorbike Game Textures

How could I make textures similar to the ground textures in this game: http://www.teagames.com/games/funkytruck3/play.php Im making something similar but I am totally new to making any game ...
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What are some styles for laying out lots of images in a confined space?

I'm working on a project that's 11"x17" tall, has the bottom 1/5th reserved for the logo/calendar elements and the top 4/5ths for some sort of collage-esque image. Basically, I have six photos I need ...
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Good background and text colors for a website with both photos and text

I put both photos and significant blocks of text on a couple of websites I run. Currently, I'm using white text on black or dark gray. It's getting a bit old, and I think I'd prefer text darker than ...
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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 ...
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Reseources for learning Illustrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator What are some good websites/tutorials/videos that will get me started with basic workflow concepts? I am not looking for "how ...
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Can't change text color in Photoshop CS2

So I'm using the text tool, I type some text but it types in all white. I go to highlight the text and change the color to black, at the top of the screen on the toolbar, and the color won't change. ...
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How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?

I have a set of icons as a custom font and am using them in place of an image sprite. The issue is the icons alias terribly at low sizes; i.e. the size that they are meant to be in the majority of ...
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What do you call the parallax-like effect when panning or zooming still photos, and how is it done?

Many commercials and documentaries use a technique where a still photograph is panned or zoomed, and a parallax-like effect is applied. When zooming, some figures scale differently from others and a ...
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Is there an industry term for a ribbon wrapping the corner of a design element?

Is there an industry term for a ribbon wrapping the corner of a design element? I'm going to be referring to this a lot in the near future, and it would be great if I could call it something more ...
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Illustrator CS4: when I select an object with the Selection tool, and try and move it, it copies it instead.

This is in a file originally created in this version and installation of Illustrator CS4. I have a simple text item, with one character in it. Alternately, I pick a drawn element, doesn't matter. I ...
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Can the radial blur zoom outwards not inwards?

How do you create the effect in photoshop to make shapes appear to shoot out from the center of an image, a bit like light rays. Radial blur with zoom seems to blur both out from the center and ...
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Convert a pattern/photo to a given palette

How would I convert a photograph or pattern to use only colors from a palette I give it? Is this possible in Photoshop? I think Pic2Color used to do something like this but it's offline... Thanks!
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Composition web design rules

Are there any rules that are specific to web design, or that are otherwise elevated in importance in the context of web design? Edit: I'm thinking that there are probably some aspects of composition ...
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772 views

How do I draw rice grains in photoshop?

What techniques would you use for drawing rice grains in Photoshop?
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Feeding external text in InDesign

We're working on a magazine and I'm laying out the text in Adobe InDesign. Is there a way to include the texts dynamically, so that a person who doesn't have InDesign can edit the texts and the edits ...
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How to choose the right color to get the wanted effect in web design?

For example, in this tutorial, how could the author know which color to choose for creating a navigation bar? Why did he/she know that the gradient from #d0d0d0 to #f9f9f9 would generate the following ...
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What colors to choose for displaying blocks of texts on a colored background?

I know, that color of the background and of the text should have enough contrast to each other. That rule in mind, blue (#0000ff) text on red (#ff0000) background should be fine. But I get the feeling ...
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What imagery and symbolism would you associate with authority, knowledge and creativity?

Usually those three things tend not to go together and I'm struggling to come up with concepts that combine all three. Any ideas? This will help me with research on an identity project I have coming ...
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Command line interface-based way to desaturate and posterize an image?

This is by far my most common task, and I'd say I've wasted about 1000 mouse clicks on it in my raster-based program. Because it's so common for me to start off desaturating an image and then ...
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How do I create 1 pixel grids with differing colours on my own? (not with generator)

How do I create 1 pixel grids with differing colours on my own? For example this 960px_12_col_grid: Better visible: : http://i.stack.imgur.com/5cryP.gif
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If you were to teach Photoshop, what would you suggest are the most important principles?

I've been using Photoshop for many years now and because of my experience I was asked to teach Photoshop on a one-off basis to a class of 20. These people are beginners and have likely never even ...
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where do you get your type inspiration or how do you decide for the right type?

I was wondering where do you guys get your inspiration for Type and How you decide the right Type Face for your projects. thanks!
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save a slice in png format adobe illustrator

very new to the world of designs! i am slicing images from .ai file, how can i save the sliced images in png format. It only gives me the option to save as .jpg can anyone help me?
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What is a good CLI-based bitmap tracing method?

I often use the 'trace bitmap' function in Inkscape to create a vector image from a raster image. However, on larger or more complicated bitmaps, the program completely freezes. GUIs being what they ...
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How Can You Remove Grain from Photographs? [closed]

I've took some photographs at a photoshoot last week. The lighting conditions weren't right for the shoot (my fault entirely) and the camera we used was a compact. Unfortunately this means that the ...
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Design OpenCourseWare course recommendation

I have alway been creative and interested in Graphic Design but never had any formal training. Ideally I would like to return to University to do a degree in Graphic Design, but due to time and ...
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549 views

Tool for working with cross platform/desktop icon format?

I want to create/edit a desktop icon that must work on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (KDE/Gnome) and mobile devices. Is there a tool that handles all these different formats?
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1answer
257 views

How to Take the Edge Off Mandatory Double-Spacing

I'm a student who's into graphic design. I try to make everything I turn in look nice, and usually succeed. One of the only times I feel stuck with a design that I don't like is when I have to ...
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Illustrator or Photoshop for Vectorising/Tracing in Print Images?

If I want to vectorise or trace in images that I have sketched, should I use Illustrator and use the pen tool to vectorise it, or use Photoshop and use the brushes to draw it (To imitate pen drawing)? ...
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967 views

What are general practices in handing over usage rights to the client?

When a graphic designer creates work for a client, in many jurisdictions, the designer keeps some rights to the work by default. This means that when e.g. designing a logo, the designer can sometimes ...
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1answer
137 views

What are the rules for creating optimized image formats?

When creating images for games on mobile devices the smaller the image is the better. What are the general rules for creating images and making sure they still look good in 16 bit or smaller. For ...
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What is meant by “busy”?

What do web developers mean when they think something will make their site look "busy"? What gives this feel of busy-ness?
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What's the difference between a logo and branding?

Are they the same thing? Or does branding = logo + colour palette + typeface? Edit: Just to highlight that I asked about 'branding' - which I definitely hear used to mean solely visual elements - ...
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2answers
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Why are certain colors more prone to compression artifacts than others?

I most often see this with compressed video, but I've also seen it often enough with JPEG images. Many times blacks, reds, and other generally dark colors seem to be especially prone to compression ...
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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?
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847 views

What free/open source image design programs can you recommend?

Are there any free/ open source image designing programs that you can recommend?
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4answers
509 views

Photoshop Alternatives for G5 Macs

I'm in the market for an alternative to Photoshop for my G5 tower. I tried GIMP and I'm a bit blah about it; are there any other options that you can recommend?
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1answer
493 views

How to simulate low contrast LCD screens

School and cooperate environments usually uses very cheap LCD screens with abysmal contrast and color reproduction. I'm currently required to design for these types of screens, and often find that ...
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2answers
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What is a good scanner on a budget? [closed]

For my purposes, I think that a good scanner plus a vector graphics program is just as good as a drawing tablet, if not a better deal for the money, because I can use a tracing algorithm in ...
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Creating CSS sprites from Photoshop

I have a PSD with a web design. Every time I tweak the design, I need to manually copy different portions of the image, with different layer visibilities (for transparency) into CSS sprites. How ...
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1answer
336 views

Line spacing in a block of text

Generally speaking, does there exist an "optimal" line height as a proportion of how high the text is, for maximum readability?
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1answer
449 views

How do I make custom textures for overlays?

I have a physical object that has a really nice, unique texture and I would like to duplicate that texture digitally for overlays (2D or 3D). What steps do I need to take to accomplish that? What ...
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2answers
513 views

What is the standard method of slicing a photoshop document?

Is there any industry standard method of slicing a PSD to convert to HTML? Because I use marquee tool rather than slices. At times there is design where slicing cannot do the job like if you need 2 ...
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1answer
998 views

Removal of scanning artifacts

I've had a couple of times when working with scanned images where the piece I need is obscured or otherwise blemished by things such as halftoning in the case of printed items or moire effects when ...
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2answers
2k views

Version Control for Design files

Can someone describe their workflow they use to handle multiple versions of a file ? For example, if more than one person worked on it or you explored an idea with the design then realized you have ...
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1answer
284 views

What is the GEGL function in Gimp?

What is the GEGL function in Gimp?
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136 views

Where can I find tutorials for Gimp? [closed]

Where can I find tutorials for Gimp?
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300 views

Range of icon sizes and formats on various operating systems

I would like to know the range of icon sizes allowed in different OSes (such as Ubuntu, OSX) and the default format they use. For example, windows allows icon sizes from 16x16 to 256x256 and uses a ...
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1answer
256 views

What is page bleed and how can I avoid issues with it ?

I have never had problems in the past with printing documents, but ever since I started doing posters or mockups.. somehow I end up unconsciously cropping or padding (I am not sure it that is the ...
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750 views

How can one create a design style?

How can a person create a style of graphics that uniquely identifies that person? I've often heard of many forms of art the importance of creating a style, how does this apply to graphic design?

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