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Specifying distance between objects in Adobe Illustrator CS5

As I'm placing items for a design, I find myself guessing a lot about positioning, usually I will take an item and everything else that might be similar I'll use align-left, or distribute-center. ...
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How to classify the style of Guild Wars 2?

I need some photoshop brushes, and I swear I've seen the name of this style before - http://www.guildwars2.com/en/ I absolutely love that grungey/painted style, but no matter what I'm searching in my ...
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3D car models freely available [closed]

I enjoy messing around with 3DS Max, and I've always had my way without too many tutorials, as I do pretty much everything in modelling by intuition, and use tutorials for things like effects, ...
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Infographics smoothing and shadows : background or ressources ?

i'd like to know if there are resources or background knowledge on the new tendency to smooth the lines/outlines and add gradients and shadows to information graphics. For example, on the new version ...
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How can I map the colors in a greyscale image to a specific color “gradient”?

Caveat: I'm not a graphic designer and may be misusing some terminology. Please bear with me. :-) I'm attempting to add color to some greyscale icons (i.e. all three channels are identical). I ...
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How do I automate checking conditions on a TIFF?

When I've finished editing, I need to make sure I've met the formatting requirements of my client. I have a checklist that i'd love to be able to automate. Within photoshop would be great; even better ...
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Typing single quotes in InDesign

Every time I type character ' InDesign converts it to ›; why? How do I fix it?
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How to create a background like Dribbble.com?

I'm curious about the background of http://dribbble.com/ . I've seen something similar on a couple of other sites too. What's it called? How can I create something like with a different color? ...
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Best way to have mutual overlapping in Illustrator

I'm using Illustrator CS5, and I'm trying to have two groups (with multiple paths in each) overlap properly. On the top side, group A should overlap group B, but on the bottom side, group B should ...
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Identify a font on a game button.

I need to have the font on these buttons identified. The other fonts are unimportant to me. I used to have it when starting a project, but I have transferred computers since then. If I downloaded it ...
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How can I apply color to a grayscale image?

I'm using Fireworks for graphical drawing, and I have this bitmap image that contains some greys that I wish to change it to red, however if I use the Hue/Saturation on it, it does not change colour. ...
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Can't see alpha channel in png using GIMP

I created an RGBA image as png file using Blender. When opening image with GIMP, not everything is visible. Here's the original png file created with Blender: Here how does it looks in GIMP: ...
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Which tool to balance color strength ?

lets say I have a rectangle divided in two complementary colors, yellow and purple. How can I calculate the percentage of surface that both colors require so that none seem to take over ? (I'm ...
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How to get this design in photoshop?

I am working on a website and i want to add a menu bar which would look something like this Since my website has different look and also i want to change the size. I was wondering if anyone could ...
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For a portfolio of hi-res digital art, is bigger better?

I want to show a dozen of my digital art pieces in a physical portfolio. These works are in large image files - 8000x10000 pixels, for example. They can be printed on 11x17 paper and come out ...
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What is this symbol in Photoshop CS3

What does this symbol in Photoshop CS3 mean? It doesn't look like a standard layer symbol, but yet it has gradient styles on it without any layer effects applied. Thanks.
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Photoshop Guides for widescreen web designs

Does anybody know what the guides should be set at get a basic viewport for the typical 13" widscreen laptop? Anybody know of a template of sorts that can assist in this matter? Thanks in advance.
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Photoshop Faded Transparency

I have a render... ...of a computer game character that uses particle effects, making it difficult to render. What's the best way to make the background transparent? I've already tried a soft ...
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Looking for inspiration: examples of a web calendar with fancy “pop-up” details for each day

I'm designing a web calendar application. The starting view shows a small-ish calendar with a number of events listed on each day. The calendar cell for today, for example, contains the words "March ...
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Any graphic design advice for my site regarding the layout and image format? [closed]

http://keepskatinbro.com What would you recommend to make the site awesome in terms of the layout and CSS and also in terms of the types of graphical formats (jpg, png, etc)?
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Adobe illustrator | Save for web | Small logo is not pixel-grid-aligned

When I save a 4000x1000px large image into a fraction of it's size (100px in width), there are rectangles equal of size and color that does not look identical any more. The logo is simply text with ...
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Free fast and easy animation with sound

I'm looking for a quick way to make a video clip from a series of images, combined with sound. I have about 30 images, and just need them to be played one at a time, with a 1-2 second delay between ...
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Colors in Website Design

It's not a kind of question but rather it's a kind of thing which effects a lot in web designing. What are some important rules to follow for making a color combination in web design? I always fail ...
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Writing text with character variations

I am looking for alternatives to hand-lettering a Comic. One attractive alternative would be building a custom font. (I'll be asking about details on that in a separate question.) However, I would ...
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Choosing colors that work well on projectors

When specifying colors for use in a software user interface, what's the best way to ensure that those colors will look acceptable on all common display technologies: CRT, LCD, and in particular ...
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How can I make this text (slightly) more 'Chinese-looking'?

How can I make this text (slightly) more Chinese looking? (examples will be appreciated if possible). (I think the purpose of doing this is obvious). EDIT: This is option two:
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Rectangle and circle shapes alignment/sizing

I am having a hard to figure out what are the right proportions between a rectangular and a circular shapes and how to horizontally align them. These two shapes are two icons but they always look ...
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What font is used in the Best Western Hotels logo?

I'm interested in making a joke t-shirt for a friend that changes the text on the "Best Western" logo. Does anyone know what font that is (pictured below), or what font most closely simulates it? ...
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Reduce the size of an image (200*150 to 20 *15)

I want to reduce the size of an image from 200*150 to 20*15. But when I do that in Photoshop, the image looks blurred. Is there any way we can reduce the size without this happening? Do i have do ...
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Thick “Initial” font, with a particular “S”

I want wondering if anyone knew of any commercial-free fonts where the "S" doesn't curve down, but instead the ends go horizontally? I'm having a hard time searching for something with that kind of ...
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Scriptable Image Editing Desktop Applications

PhotoShop and (IIRC) FireWorks both allow for batch processing of images following a recorded script. Are there other desktop image editing applications I could look at that also have that same ...
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How do I turn off anti-aliased brushes in Photoshop CS5?

My brush keeps drawing gray-scales around my lines. I want to remove the gray pixels so I can use the bucket-tool without any problems.
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Scripting actions by hand in Photoshop / Bridge

Does anyone know if there's a less clunky way of creating actions than by using the built-in recording function in Photoshop? For instance, if I have an Action I want to alter slightly (add a step, ...
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How do I prevent shapes becoming vector masks in Photoshop?

Photoshop automatically adds a vector mask whenever I use shape tool.how do I stop it from adding vector masks?
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Scanning line art for press

I would like to know what's the standard resolution for line-art if you'll include it in a for-press production? I intend on this process: scan image (as RGB or Grayscale) convert to grayscale if ...
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March Madness Bracket on Website

I've got a little site I built for myself and a friend that let's us run our tiny little March Madness pool. Functionally, it works great. But for the display of the brackets, it's, well, just plain ...
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Illustrator CS3 - upscaling placed or embedded raster graphics with interpolated antialiasing on export?

I've designed some popup banners (output dimensions 840mm x 2000mm @ 300dpi) and used vectors throughout with the exception of some stock photography for their backgrounds. I've been Linking all ...
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What is a good sequence of projects to learn design?

I'm sure it rings a bell when I say that you learn more about design when you actually try to do it, and then getting quality feedback (critiques) of your work. I'm trying to figure out what would be ...
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How to get this text effect in Fireworks? (or at a push, Photoshop!)

I love the effect on this logo and was wondering if anyone knew any tutorials to help get a similar effect? Thank you!
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In illustrator is there a way to reset rotated transform controls?

When you rotate an object in illustrator the transform controls to resize it/squash it rotate with it. What if i want to stretch it relative to the canvas?
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Making an Effective Menu

I am making a menu for an indie game and I'm not quite satisfied with my results. The menu itself needs two text fields (one to enter your username and the other for your password) and two buttons. ...
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How does a printshop print large solid blocks of colour

For example: a 1.8m banner with a solid red background and white text. How would a printshop go about printing this? Surely they don't use a liter of red ink.
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How Do You Find The Dimensions of A Document in Illustrator?

Is it possible to find the dimensions of an imported document in Illustrator? For example, if you drag a SVG into Illustrator (On Mac)/open a pre-made SVG, it doesn't necessarily tell you the ...
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A common reset for IE, Gecko and Webkit browsers

I am developing a website that emphasizes a lot on CSS. I wish to pre-inform everyone that I am not a professional with the task. The problem I face designing the UI is that Gecko and Webkit browsers ...
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Obtain a sunbeams effect with Photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to draw “rays” photoshop? Anyone knows how I can obtain this effect Image on DeviantArt in a fast way? Thanks.
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Is it possible to remove part of an image (and the canvas) in Photoshop?

I have a web design in photoshop but it is too long. I'd like to remove a horizontal section from the middle. Can this be done?
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How to solve the tragic fate illustrated in the article: How a web design goes straight to hell?

This is the article: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell Some of the solutions I thought: Quitting web design and starting an own online business. Only accepting jobs offered by professional ...
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How long of a name do you budget for in a template?

I'm designing a name overlay for a series of videos and I'm curious how long of a name I should budget for without knowing what ones might come my way. As it's for a video it should be reasonably ...
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Adobe Fireworks' blend mode not showing in browser

Image's blend mode is set as multiply and it is showing the effect correctly in Adobe Fireworks. However, when overlapping the same image with another, separate image in the browser, the effect looks ...
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Restart indesign ruler at every page

In indesign 5, I have created several A4 pages after another. However the ruler stretches over the three pages, see picture below, and I would rather see them "restarting" at every page, i.e. ever ...

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