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110 views

Forcing transparency on layers below

I am pretty new at Gimp, so not sure if this is possible at all. Let's say I have two lines like this, and I give the impression one line is on top of the other by clipping at the intersection, like ...
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Font (anti)aliasing in Photoshop

I'm using Photoshop for designing websites and whenever I compare a photoshop design with the live browser preview the fonts appear to be rendered differently. Basically any anti-aliasing method I ...
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2answers
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Key out white of embedded image in Illustrator

I have an Illustrator document with a number of images embedded. The images are all illustrations on a white background. I need to remove the white so that the art behind shows through. I know there ...
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3answers
438 views

How many colors should be used in a background gradient?

For on-screen design (web or desktop applications), in areas where there is significant background space visible, a subtle gradient adds a lot to the look of the app/page/image. How many colors (max) ...
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Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?

Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps? Assume I'm producing a small multi-page ...
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1answer
399 views

What are the correct set of principles of Design ?

I have started the design learning road from scratch using Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline. In the first section it mentions design principles. The first link : Principles ...
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How often is the Golden Ratio actually used in modern design?

The Golden Ratio is the stuff of legend (and I believe some derision if Pepsi's latest logo change is of any indication) and is purported to have been used in many famous projects. My question is ...
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533 views

What is wrong with the type tool with Cambria in Photoshop?

When using Cambria (included with Office for Mac 2011) in PS, I get this huge insertion bar (err...). But seriously, in the left hand example the cursor is positioned after the number 1, and the ...
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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 ...
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646 views

Mockups: Coding vs Drawing?

This isn't about web design but about interface design in general. Is better to code Interface Mockups or "draw" them in a graphics program, like GIMP, Photoshop, etc.?
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657 views

Is there a short authoritative reference of basic design rules and principles?

As a web developer, I often find myself working with different non-professional self-called designers. In such situations, I often have to explain them the most basic rules and principles about the ...
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1answer
669 views

What is a good way to make first contact with potential employers?

I am a graphic designer with a bachelor's degree and 3 years of professional graphic design experience, and I am currently looking for a graphic design job. I am wondering what is an acceptable way to ...
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1answer
721 views

How important is the visual flow of an interface?

I recently had a conversation with a friend about the design of an installer application. I pointed out that its visual flow was confusing. It led my eyes from the left to the right and then up to the ...
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6answers
812 views

How important is it to have a “creative” résumé?

I've seen many, many examples of flashy résumés by various designers, and I was wondering if this approach is effective. For example, Michael Farrow's multi-paged CV, and these infographic-styled ...
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1answer
143 views

Honorable graphic designers and their greatest designs [closed]

The rules is simple. One name in answer, up to three links to design examples. You can put one image in the answer. This image should be in public domain and must not exceed 335 pixels in any ...
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2answers
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Can I freely use the fire exit symbol and similar ISO symbols?

I've been doing some research into this symbol (part of ISO 7010), which I'd like to use: but I can't find out whether I'm allowed to or not. Is the glyph in the public domain? What about similar ...
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2answers
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When creating PDF from an image, what determines the screen dimensions when viewed at 100%?

I would like to use pdf for ease of use and annotations when creating previews of my screen designs. However, no matter how I create my pdf, I can't seem to figure out what determines the 100% view of ...
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3answers
330 views

What does Scaling mean in this context?

I just got a pre-interview questionnaire for potentially a new job. On it I have to rank certain skills like creativity, attention to detail, photo manipulation.... one of them says "Scaling" Before ...
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2answers
297 views

Working with alignment and balance

I know this is all subjective, but I'm hoping there are general principles here that will mean this is a valid question. Take a look at the layout below. In the past (before I tried to learn about ...
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2answers
394 views

Reduce the size of a Powerpoint while keeping image quality

Are there any additional options for reducing the size of a Powerpoint presentation without losing image quality? I've got a deck that is approximately 25 slides, 15 of which have images. The deck ...
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1answer
239 views

How to a make a cloud from an outline and blend it into a photo of a skyline

I'm trying to take an outline and blend it in as a cloud in a photo I took. I've tried rendering clouds within the black outline and then mushing it around with the Liquify filter (not pictured), but ...
2
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2answers
725 views

Sharpening iOS Icons

I'm creating an iOS app and have a couple custom icons for my navigation bar. The first one is a plus sign and that came out pretty well. I also have a refresh icon and it's not as sharp as the plus ...
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2answers
304 views

What is the copyright of fanart?

I often see professional and amateur artists posting drawings of characters they don't own. Some sell "con sketches" of Marvel's Hulk, others create erotic fanart to Assassin's Creed. Who is the ...
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1answer
33 views

photoshop selection dragging during creation of a shape

Is there a way to drag a selection and move it around while you create it? I know there's a program that supports this but I don't remember which. like some sort of a key combo. for example holding ...
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4answers
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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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1answer
449 views

UX research on where to put website menu? [closed]

If you browse websites, you can find pretty much all types of sidebar menus: on top (like our very own Stack Exchange), as left or right menu bar, or even at the bottom (though that's a less common ...
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2answers
254 views

Any tips for good tutorials or discussions on web page animation? [closed]

The simple effect I'm ultimately after is this: load an image in the centre of a web page have the image slide across to the left then start loading other text and images around it I don't mind ...
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3answers
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Export SVG function in Fireworks only creates outline

There's a pretty big problem I'm having with Aaron Bealle's Export to SVG script in Fireworks: So I have a path in Fireworks that I created from a marquee selection (which came from the magic wand, ...
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3answers
5k views

Custom folder for fonts in Photoshop

Me and my fellow co-workers are using PS and if one of us uses a font that the rest do not have you get those annoying warnings about not having that font... Is there a better way to share that ...
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4answers
316 views

Most reliable automatic mockup-to-HTML tool?

I like to design using Omnigraffle, which can save files in PDF and several other standardized vector formats. I realize that "mockup to HTML" paid crowdsourcing services are a dime a dozen, but what ...
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2answers
68 views

Glueing back to back and folding

Before I do this, I wanted to ask the experts on how to properly do it. I need to glue a printed sheet to a heavier card stock paper, than I need the whole thing folder in half. The question is do I ...
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1answer
2k views

Extracting background texture from PSD file

I'm new to Photoshop. I have just started to learn from seeing and using free web templates available on the net. I have this good looking web template in a PSD file. The background has a nice ...
0
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1answer
349 views

How to design a dialog bubble or shape in photoshop?

How do I design this shape in Photoshop?: The box is rounded and it has an arrow pointer at the bottom. I am not bothered about the color.
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1answer
190 views

Reverse layer positions from a layer group (batch)

Do you know how can I create batch script in Photoshop that reverses the position of all the layers inside a layer group? I have like 400 layer groups, each with 1-20 layers like this: Group 1 - ...
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2answers
870 views

Grid Template Not Snappable in Fireworks CS6

I've seen many blogs highly recommend using a grid like 960 for prototyping in newer version of Fireworks. I'm using CS6. When I create a new fireworks document from template, I select the ...
2
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2answers
250 views

Is it OK to include a stylized reproduction of a copyrighted painting in a design?

I'm working on an icon of a framed painting. I would like the painting to be immediately recognizable to the intended audience, and so am considering doing a stylized reproduction of a particular ...
3
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1answer
156 views

How to make CMYK Spectrum the same in two documents in Illustrator CS6?

I have two documents open in Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac. They are both dragons and I want the dragons to be the same colour. I have entered the same value however the colours are different. I ...
3
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3answers
3k views

Noise filter effect with transparency

Is it possible to have a noise filtered effect similar to below, but have the white parts transparent? My idea is to use this as a CSS background image overlay .png which would allow background ...
0
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2answers
107 views

Trimming an export area in Fireworks

Is it possible to roughly select an area (with the Export area tool) around an image you are working on and have the bounding box automatically shrink to fit it? to I have to do this a lot and ...
3
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1answer
1k views

App ui design workflow in Fireworks

I'm an iOS developer and I'd like to learn how to use the tools in Fireworks correctly for app design. I feel very uncomfortable with slicing, rulers, guides, and resizing for retina. I know these can ...
4
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1answer
584 views

Hyphenation on many line breaks

Sometimes, word processors screw up hyphenation by hyphenating a series of consecutive lines. This just happened to me in a spectacular way:                 What's most annoying in the above case is ...
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1answer
361 views

Downsampling images when they are produced, or in the final document?

I work with documents mixing text and bitmap images, for which the final format is a PDF file. Most of the times, I produce my own graphics, which means that I have a choice of: Creating all bitmap ...
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2answers
167 views

Is this an effect or a type of font?

I have seen a lot this type of fonts (the ones in the bar). It is a relief effect or the font is just like that?
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1answer
862 views

Exporting a 3d extruded shape to SVG from Illustrator produces horrible plane joins

Here is a simple cylinder, created from an oval using the 3d extrude tool in Illustrator, and exported as a PNG: Now here is the same cylinder "saved as" SVG in Illustrator (I have displayed it in ...
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1answer
5k views

Rotate and blend along a curved path

I am trying to create this effect http://qldsignfactory.com.au/sites/qldsignfactory.com.au/files/photos/bunting.jpg I've tried using this method here but I can't get the triangle to point ...
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1answer
182 views

detailing pencil sketches on the computer

Forgive me for i'm not especially talented with graphic design. I was trying to make some icons for my mobile app which more or less is following a chalkboard theme. I thought that it would be easiest ...
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1answer
35 views

Gettings Tools -window back in Gimp?

It is window with tools such as magic-wand -selector but cannot find anything from Tools or View -dropdowns. So how can I get the Tools -window back after closing it?
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1answer
313 views

How to draw a image transparent in photoshop?

This arrow is transparent image. I want to draw an icon like this image (transparent) in Photoshop. The idea behind this is I want to colour the icon by using gradient tool in my app. It would ...
2
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3answers
16k views

Applying blur amount in a gradient manner in Photoshop

I have the following image: The gray version of the pin will obviously be it's shadow. I know how to skew it and all to make it look like a shadow. What I want to do but don't know how is to blur ...
3
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1answer
2k views

how do I import a vector path from Inkscape into Gimp?

I'd like to take an SVG clipart, pull out particular paths from it, and bring them into Gimp and use them to create selections and/or to stroke. Nothing I've tried seems to work -- even though Gimp ...

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