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Which font should I use when I do not have a lot of real estate , and anti-aliasing turned off

I have been developing a lot of Windows 7 gadgets lately. The max suggested height and width are 400x400 but ideally 300x400 is the area I develop a gadget in. Now a lot of rendering is being done in ...
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How does Photoshop's snap feature affect the image?

Hey does anyone know how this feature affects the image if it is turned off? I am confused with this one.
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How to create fake reflections?

How can I create fake reflections easily like the one here: Any online or easy open source tools out there?
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What's the best way to make attractive charts?

I have a bunch of pie charts and bar charts to make up for a client. They have given me the raw data and they want them made up attractively and easy to understand. Does this mean I have to work out ...
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Tips in how to create a site like Apple in Photoshop

I want to create a website with the same style as the Apple website. Where should I start? For the ones who don't know, this is the style I'm looking for: ...
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What's the clean Blackletter font used in this jeans logo?

I know it is not ideal to post the what-font-is-this kind of questions but I find myself intrigued by this sample I found on flickr. What I'm most interested in is a Blackletter font that has similar ...
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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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How to crop a user defined shape?

I have created a right arrow with Pen Tool, . The layer is Now I want to crop the right arrow only. I have tried slice tool but I get which have a white background. But what I want is only ...
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How to make a selected area with a circular border?

I'm using Photoshop CS5 My question has two parts to it: 1 How can I make a circular selected area with a blank border (no fill) border (stroke: 30px)? I'm going for a similar effect as produced ...
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Design Critique/Feedback Websites

After quite a lot of searching, I haven't really find that many websites focused on design critique, where you could just upload your work and get some responses. One of the biggest sites oriented on ...
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How to Export “only” the illustration in Illustrator CS3?

I am using Illustrator CS3 and trying to export my illustration. Problem is, I wanted to only export the illustration, no the background canvas area, how I can achieve that? Thanks.
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JPEG vs EPS in a workflow

The work flow is this: JPEG orignal-> Edited in Photoshop-> EPS-> Imported into a InDesign document-> Distilled to PDF-> Sent to printer My question is it necessary to save it as the EPS ...
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How to graphically represent customer flow in indoor environments?

I'd like to know how can I represent human streams and paths in indoors facilities. Where to are people moving? How do they move and in which proportions? Something like Aaron Koblin's Flight ...
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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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Building hand-written fonts for lettering

I am looking to build a custom font from my handwriting for lettering a comic. what professional tools exist to build such a font and export it into one of the mainstream formats (TTF, OpenType, or ...
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How can I visually represent the concept of “planning”?

Trying to create a logo. The customer provides assistance to homeless people by giving them resources and access to providers for help. The word planning is in their name.
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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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Good Methods To Substitute A Design Education?

While I know that going to a Design University is the most optimal way to learn and master Graphic Design, in my case, it would be difficult for me to attend one because I also have to do some other ...
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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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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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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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Export layer as a file in Adobe Fireworks

I'm trying to export a layer in fireworks to an image file. When I go to file>export and select layer, it exports everything to one file (no different from saving a fireworks image). How do I ...
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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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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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Border thickness on “part” of pen tool shape, Is it possible?

Alright, I have a logo I am working on of a penguin. I am fairly decent with the pen tool, and have already created most of the face (eye left/right and beak) in separate layers in Illustrator CS5. ...
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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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Printing Visualization - Spot UV

I recently got a lot of offset printing jobs and with them the ability to choose options that were not available to me before. So the Problem is that I generally have to make a presentation of the ...
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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 to use Digimarc-protection on my files in Photoshop?

How many of you use or have used Digimarc? (It's kind of embedded, human–imperceptible watermark for your creation such as wallpaper, images and artwork.) If anyone has used it (Digimarc watermark), ...
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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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How do I combine two objects into one in Illustrator?

I have a G and an arrow. I want the arrow to act as the horizontal portion of the G. I have it lined up but when I apply effects I want then to act in one. For example If I apply a 3d effect I want ...
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Anyone know how I can add basic web form controls to my Assets library in Fireworks?

It has shapes and styles for shapes and things like that, but what I want is to quickly throw some basic form controls like radio buttons, input boxes, list boxes, drop downs, etc. for prototyping and ...
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Fireworks for website design - why?

I've used Photoshop to design (more or less) every website I've made in the past 9 or 10 years. I hear people going on about Fireworks saying that it's excellent for web design and prototyping. When ...
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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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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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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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Guidelines for logos using multiple typefaces

I was wondering there were any helpful guidelines and/or tips for designing logos with multiple fonts. It seems to be a dangerous area to enter into, but can lead to some great results. Often times ...
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What should I use for filler/placeholder text?

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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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Any idea when blending modes might be implemented in browsers?

I think it would be great for div's/img's to get some of the functionality that "layers" have in photoshop. Right now, using .png's, div's/img's/etc.'s have their RGB and alpha values. If you have a ...
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What price should I charge for design services?

I was hoping I would find some people in the industry that could help me decide what's the best price to charge to design (in this case) business cards. What are standard prices for professional ...
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What's a good source of color palettes to provide to a color-blind user?

There's a question on this site already about choosing good color palettes when designing for color-blind users. My question is different — it's about working with colors for an audience with normal ...
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Do discretionary ligatures hold any other purpose than visual?

Discretionary ligatures are non-standard ligatures such as: st and ct in Atlantica LF font Are they purely visual or is there any other reasoning to back it up? Psychological? Letter-press related? ...
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Cropping a JPEG in Photoshop CS2

I need to crop this .jpeg image: in Photoshop CS2 to a vertical 1px image so I can repeatedly render it horizontally to create the full gradients that are dynamically sized. Do you know how I could ...
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InDesign Data Merge and hiding missing data

I have an InDesign document which is filled from the data in a CSV using data mrege. The csv has columns for name, phone, email etc, but some of the data in the csv isn't filled in as it is not all ...
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How do I edit multiple layers at once?

How do I edit multiple layers in Photoshop at once? Highlighting them all or selecting them selectively while holding shift does not work (for example, when applying Layer Options effects to layers).
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works?

I have some stock vector files from istock that I'd like to use as the starting point for a logo. I'd like to stress I wouldn't be using the original image in the logo - but using as a starting point ...
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Why does anti-aliasing in black characters use colors other than gray-scale ?

I'm a developer, I'm not a graphic designer. But there's one question that bugs me every since I've noticed it some years ago. Anti-aliasing is a method for removing the sharpiness from high contrast ...

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