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Illustrator: Border effect for a path

I'd like to surround a path with a border (see the third illustration below). However, I cannot get it done without using Path -> Outline stroke. This is very inconvenient, as Outline stroke ...
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Should underline clash with text descenders?

CSS3’s text-decoration module includes a text-underline-position property, which specifies whether the underline should be positioned below the whole text:            or just below baseline, letting ...
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Are any font sizes reasonable to use

When I choose a font size for use in a graphic I usually opt for font size menu dropdown defaults like 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, 60, or 72. If I'm working on something large (like ...
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1answer
157 views

businescard disguised as a real iphone, anoyone knows a good mockup / sample?

I try to create a businesscard like below. I searched for the internet for an template to no avail. So playing now around with Illustrator but im not that of a design guru. Does anyone know if below ...
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1answer
1k views

Corruption when exporting PDF from Photoshop CS6

My document looks like this: I save as a PDF from Photoshop, using the default High Print Quality setting. The resulting PDF looks like this: What's going on?
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1answer
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Moving in 3D space in After Effects

AE beginner here: I'm trying to create an effect such as this: http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-video-5444182-business-people-loopable.php Does anyone know of a tutorial or perhaps just point in the ...
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1answer
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Diffuse map and Texture map

I am basically a developer. I just want to know the difference between diffuse and texture. My assumption (as a new to 3D game development), from what I read is that diffuse is the texture applied to ...
3
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5answers
368 views

How to go ahead in web design?

I am having a hard time learning web design. I read several books and I know a bit of how to do things. I also like to study with firebug how the "big guys" made their web sites. But when I try to ...
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2answers
616 views

How to create a pictogram representing “experimental therapy”?

I work at university. Our department has a student's day, where we all show posters presenting our research. Of course, the poster isn't supposed to be text-only. But we have to take care of any ...
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How to describe/talk like a designer?

I am a front end web developer. I tend to mostly deal with code but do, from time to time, have the opportunity to create graphics. I notice the designers I work with are able to talk in great detail ...
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4answers
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What are the traditional rules for drop shadow direction / light source?

When creating a drop shadow for objects, what is the traditional / classic "rule" for the offset direction? I see so many that are down and right, which results in the light source coming from the top ...
2
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2answers
251 views

How good is the fonts.com webfont solution compared to the current @font-face standard?

I guess the title says it all. I've been successfully working with @font-face (with near-perfect cross-browser support, if you use all the hacks). However, a client really wants to use Helvetica, and ...
5
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3answers
427 views

Logo design - image beneath text - can it work?

I am hacking together a temporary logo for my software startup company. I have a good single-word communicative name and geometrically shaped logo. To me, the two look best when text is positioned ...
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1answer
763 views

How can a design be balanced and yet have a focal point?

The concept of a focal point seems to be a fundamental one in web design, yet doesn't a focal point mean a page cannot be balanced? Surely by definition a focal point means that the page's 'weight' ...
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1answer
813 views

Is there a way to remove the PDF file from an Illustrator “.ai” file?

As I understand it, when creating a new illustrator file the default is to store a a PDF document inside it so that other applications such as InDesign can show a visual representation of the file ...
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1answer
2k views

See through to make text transparent

I am very new to Adobe Illustrator but I'm trying to get the hang of it. I have some text, say "Pizza" and I have filled the "P" with a black square so that there is no hole in it. Then, I have a ...
4
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3answers
266 views

How do I find the original color version of b&w artwork?

I'm collecting late medieval and early renaissance artwork for a personal online project. In doing that, I've accumulated a number of early-internet black and white images which I know originally ...
0
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1answer
377 views

Help With Futuristic/Modern Swirls in Illustrator

I'm looking to make futuristic/modern swirls in Illustrator for a background for a project that I'm doing. Here's an example I found: I don't want to rip the picture off and I'm not looking for ...
5
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6answers
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Good and Cheap alternatives to Photoshop for CMYK

I have been using GIMP for many years and do not want to go through the expense and learning curve issues of Creative Suite/Photoshop but occasionally I may need a CMYK file. Other than the ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Animating anchor points in Flash CS5 - Shape goes mad!

I'm having problems creating a very simple shape animation in Flash CS5. I have 20 frames, 3 keyframes (at 1, 10 and 20). The following screenshots are from Flash, with onion skin turned on for all ...
2
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2answers
893 views

tips on designing high-quality semi photo-realistic icons that attempt to be modelled 3-D objects

I'm an amateur graphic designer. When I'm free I do some simple graphic designing with Photoshop and Illustrator (mess around with the pen tool, add style to a layer, adjust hue of an image, etc). ...
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3answers
744 views

How to create a pixelate background in Photoshop CS6 to blend an image with the background

I need to blend this photo into a square shaped flyer and don't know what effect should i use on th background to make it look like the photo. This is the photo This is what i've done so far I ...
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1answer
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Set the colour of arrows in inkscape

I have added end arrows to some connectors and Bézier curves, but I cannot find how to set their colour, since they appear to be concerned neither by the background settings nor by the outline ones. ...
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4answers
2k views

Recommended Font Size and Font Style for a Website content

What Font Size and Style is recommended for a web site's content? To make it more readable for the readers or visitors.
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4answers
285 views

Creating a perfect background blur?

I have looking through DeviantArt and the background of one of the web interfaces caught my eye. I tried to replicate it but couldn't get anywhere near the perfect effect. ...
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2answers
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Delete anything outside an area

If i have outlined an object, say a car, and i have added a red air brush around to give it a color, how could i remove all color outside the outline of the car? Masking etc. ?
2
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2answers
211 views

Need directions regarding the learning process I should follow for learning Photoshop

I am starting out as a freelance website developer so I need to improve my graphics drawing skill. Up till now I'm using an open source tool GIMP to create the concepts and mock ups of the websites I ...
2
votes
4answers
185 views

Photoshop: What is the quickest way to make changes to headers and footers in a web design?

When I start working on a web design project and finish up the home page, I duplicate that PSD file, remove the contents leaving the header and footer, and start working on the next page. I run into ...
0
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1answer
38 views

Is there a tool to extract colors at regular intervals along a curve or line?

I have an image on which I would like to sample colors. It could look like this (it's the Novamind logo) : I'm looking for a tool that could define a path ( Bézier, circle, regular polygons, for ...
5
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2answers
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How to control word-spacing in justified text with CSS?

I have 2 blocks of text that are pretty small (just under a paragraph each) and they really look better justified but the problem is that text-align: justify; sometimes adds really large spaces and ...
3
votes
2answers
944 views

Glossy buttons: what optical phenomena are they supposed to imitate?

What are these effects supposed to replicate ? Is it a reflection, a refraction, caustics ?
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2answers
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Zoom transition in PowerPoint

I'm using PowerPoint for a presentation (I know that other tools may be better, but not in this case). In a transition between two slides, I've to zoom part of an image (which is a simple tree ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Merge different coloured shapes w/ illustrator CS5

I'm trying to merge 4 different coloured shapes so I can apply a warp to them. By warp I mean; make them look like there going off into the distance. However, pathfinder turns the shape into one ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

Gamma vs brightness - any difference?

Is there any difference between these two terms, or they describe the same thing?
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2answers
207 views

How can I produce variations of a logo automatically?

Are there any tools or online services where I can that I can feed a logo and get a series of variations using different effects? For example: A reflection effect OR a shadow effect OR depth effect. ...
2
votes
1answer
324 views

How to take a drawn grid and essentially rotate in the z-plane?

I'm very new at graphic design, so my apologies if this is a very basic question :) I have access to Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1. I have a series of grids that are currently flat on the 2d cartesian ...
7
votes
1answer
110 views

How wide should the word space after nobiliary particles be? (von, de la, …)

Is it preferable to write a thin space after nobiliary particles (von, de la, …)? Does for example Miguel de\,Cervantes y\,Saavedra look better than the standard width spaced equivalent?
2
votes
4answers
359 views

Examples of Business Cards?

I'm looking for some inspiration flip through. What are some places that you visit for business card examples or galleries?
2
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6answers
1k views

What typewriter font is used in this document?

What typewriter font is used in this document?: If yes: Can I download a freely (as in freedom) usable font file for use in text editors ? If no: Can I (or anyone) legally create a font for ...
2
votes
2answers
188 views

What's the name of font used in this trailer (David Brin's EXISTENCE)?

What's the name of font used in this trailer: David Brin's EXISTENCE : Official Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANVT0hYbAfE (the font that appears in the center throughout the first 30 seconds ...
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votes
1answer
329 views

Multiple Pages Shared by One Menu [closed]

I'm planning to create a website with many webpages which are shared by a navigational menu. For example: www.apple.com Do I have to create separate html files with the same menu code or is there an ...
0
votes
1answer
486 views

How to create the drop shadow “We are Mozilla” effect?

The text "We are Mozilla" on this page: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/ seems to have something of a "white" drop shadow effect that makes it seem embedded onto the page, somewhat. How can we ...
0
votes
1answer
181 views

Best way to implement this box / table design in Adobe Indesign

I am sorry about asking such a newbie question but I am wondering if Adobe Indesign has any easy method of making the box that is on the top of the page that I posted below (With the numbers on top ...
1
vote
0answers
549 views

How to create a small button image with embossed text like this?

I'm trying to create a shade/roll up button for a window manager theme I'm using. How do you create an image like the one pictured? I'm familiar with gimp but I'm not familiar with the techniques to ...
8
votes
3answers
210 views

The role of the designer in content – should he have one and how big should it be?

I'm a designer, not a marketer, and not a writer (at least not professionally). A lot of the work I do involves working with material in a field that can be above my head. Because of that, I'm content ...
2
votes
3answers
484 views

How can I compare fonts not on my computer?

What is a service where I can perform side by side comparison of all fonts? Not just fonts on my computer, as most services seem to offer.
0
votes
2answers
3k views

How to create & save a .gif without dithering with MS Paint?

I tend to use Photoshop, but for my engineering course I do want to use something as simple as MS Paint. I literally need to do this: Create a square with whatever color outline Fill the square ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

How to merge two images, so that one will take the shape of the other?

Got two images, one of an old sheet of paper with jagged edges. The other is a photo of beach. How can I merge them together, so that the beach image will take the shape of the other picture, i.e. ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

What is a flow line in typography?

I am reading a short text on typography, which refers to the “flow line” without defining what it is. My dictionary has a non-typographic definition: flow line a route followed by a product ...
9
votes
2answers
5k views

How to link images relatively in Inkscape?

I would like to make relative links to pictures in an Inkscape file. So when I move the project files (images and the Inkscape master), I wouldn't have to relink the images. What is the proper way to ...

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