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How can I make a the lighter colors of a greyscale image transparent?

I would like to achieve in Photoshop this type of transparency effect (higher transparency values on the brighter areas of the image): How can I do this?
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1answer
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Extracting icons from a single image

I have purchased a set of icons. In the package there are five files that contain all the icons, assembled on a regular grid in different file formats. The file formats are .ai, .eps, .pdf, .png, ...
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714 views

What is the best way to write text over a photo so that it can easily be read?

This is a view from an app for restaurant. As you can see, buttons and title of the dish cannot be read easily, especially over white tone photos. I applied some gradient mask between photo and ...
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How can I remove the unwanted background from a scanned handwritten signature?

I need to upload my signature in a PDF document, but I do not know how to edit the background of this image. I wish to remove the bluish-tint background, and make it pure white. Can anyone help me ...
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1answer
490 views

Clipping a photo to a rounded gradient background

I have a photo I removed the background from, leaving only the human models - 3 people sitting in front of a computer. I need the new background to be gradient filled and the left bottom corner of the ...
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2answers
836 views

Scaling A Simple Image Without Losing Any Quality

I have this image: It's only 19ppi. I want to create a vector from it so that it can scale up up to 11 square inches and retain it's quality. How can I make Illustrator do this? I was trying ...
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Remove blue lines in Photoshop

I have seen a lot of very different tutorials about how to remove blue lines from a scanned drawing. So I ask myself what is the best way in term of simplicity and quality to do this in Photoshop (CS3 ...
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Illustrator CS6 - All stroke options in right gradient panel are unusable

So I have a basic 50 pt line selected, go over to the right to open the Gradient panel, but the stroke option - the word stroke and the three boxes next to it - are greyed out and unclickable. I've ...
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1answer
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Why is my text messed up when converting a PDF to SVG?

I'm trying to convert a PDF to a vector image so that I can display it online. When I convert it to SVG, it doesn't convert the font glyphs correctly. When I convert to SWF, it is perfect, but I would ...
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3answers
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Photoshop Pencil Tool Won't Draw

I've been struggling with this for some time now. The tool is set to pencil tool. The color is set to black. The layer is at the top of the layer stack. But still it won't draw a simple line. ...
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Why am I unable to move pixels after they have been selected?

I've selected the below area in my image. I then switch to the move tool, but when I drag around the selection, the pixels that it had encompassed do not move with it. Would be great to know what I'm ...
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3answers
636 views

How do continue a pattern or style if it is in bitmap form?

I have downloaded some psd templates that I must edit. In this case, I am attempting to continue the red bar across the black area that currently divides it. It is in bitmap form, however (no layer ...
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2answers
827 views

How to delete text from gradient Photoshop

I have a gradient, somewhat glossy one which I cannot just repeat. There is some text on it. Is there any tool in PS to remove this text?
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110 views

What is the term for a contrasting typeface in a design?

Many designs use one typeface for body text and another, contrasting typeface for headings. Is there an "official" term typographers use for the contrasting typeface in a design?
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2answers
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How to create a fading effect on the border of an object, with illustrator

Imagine I have a black disc. I would like to create a gradient around the disc, whose value is white 100% opacity on the border of the disc and white 0% opacity at the end of the gradient. Now, ...
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5answers
292 views

How to make a book with multiple title levels less confusing?

I am designing the layout for a textbook. The book is organized into themes at three levels: Modules Units Lessons When looking in the table of contents, this organization is easy to ...
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3answers
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With Photoshop CS5, how do you retain original size of an image dropped as a file into an open document?

If I'm working on a document in Photoshop and I want to drop in an image by dragging the file from Windows explorer into the open Photoshop document, I can do that. It inserts the dropped image in a ...
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2answers
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Photoshop plugin to export visual hints on spacing, margins, width & height

Is it possible to produce such design hints (on elements padding, spacing, width, height) automatically in photoshop? Is there any plugin that can potentially do this?
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How to create a non-destructive and reusable blurred/frosted glass effect?

How can I create a generic blurred background that can be used on multiple images similar to the example below? I need a white frosted glass looking png that I can set use to layer over regular ...
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4answers
25k views

Make image high contrast - 2 tone black and white

Ive got a bunch of logos i want to display on a 'press' page, the logos all have different color schemes, which clash so i want to make all the logos black and white, no greyscale, just 2 colours, ...
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2answers
669 views

Inkscape: Joined pentagon and hexagon with fixed edge length

I'm trying to create a shape formed by a regular hexagon and a regular pentagon that are joined by shared edge. The problem is that the polygons made my the polygon tool are very hard to align. I've ...
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2answers
81 views

Vertically trim a series of shapes/labels

I have a box with a list of labels inside of it and a separator line between each label. Now I want to cut all these shapes by a vertical line, say remove the left 50% part and keep the right 50% part ...
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1answer
78 views

How would one recognize a /this font? (pictures for the specific font included)

I need to find out what font was this written with: I have already tried http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ but it didn't help. Do you know of some sites that display galleries of known fonts? ...
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1answer
985 views

Is it possible to draw a black line with a colored fill

For example, in photo shop you can draw a line then select that line and contract the pixels maybe 3 pixels (depending if the line I drew was thicker)and fill that area with a color. Thus the line ...
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3answers
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Giving a vector shape a rough edge without manipulating anchor points

I’m looking to give my very smooth vector drawing a hand-drawn style. When I say this, I don’t mean applying a texture over the top of the whole vector (like this). A technique that would produce ...
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2answers
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How can I duplicate smart objects and make them separate in Photoshop CS6?

In Photoshop I can copy and paste Illustrator paths as a smart object, and then double click this smart object to edit it in Illustrator. When I duplicate this smart object (say to change the colour ...
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1answer
954 views

Exporting PDF from Adobe Illustrator without aliasing

I am working with an image with an aliasing problem in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The aliasing disappears after unchecking Preferences-> General -> Anti-aliased Artwork. However, when I export the ...
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1answer
829 views

How to make documents scanned with camera look like those which are taken with scanner?

I took some photos of a document with my iphone. Everything is perfect except the colors, the certificate looks great in the middle, but on the side it looks dark, darkness increasing spherically ...
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5answers
7k views

How to slice images as PNG for iOS app in Photoshop

I have a finished design for my iOS app, but the developers don't use PS and asked me to provide all the UI elements as PNGs for retina and standard. The designer who originally created the design in ...
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3answers
13k views

Generate thumbnails from a folder of images

I have a folder on my computer with some images inside it. For each image I would like to create a smaller thumbnail of the image with a specific width and height. I recently downloaded Microsoft ...
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2answers
145 views

Delete a horizontal bar in an 'A' character in Glyphs

I'm trying to delete that horizontal bar using Glyphs. I can delete the four points that create it, but have no way of joining the inner points back up again. I've been trawling through the meager ...
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3answers
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Creating Sunken Text in CorelDraw

I'm trying to figure out how to create an engraved look in CorelDraw This type of effect is called "Inner Shadow" in PhotoShop. Here's an example: Create an “pressed in” look Step-by-step ...
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1answer
4k views

Why aren't my anchor points snapping to guidelines?

I've been using Photoshop CS3 for quite some time in my work, but this one has really bugged me. When I have created a vector shape with the Pen tool, as I want to move those anchor points precisely ...
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2answers
5k views

How can I extend the background of an image? [duplicate]

I have purchased this stock image: I wish to extend the pebble background substantially, to fill the image around 4x wider, keeping the same height. So far I've tried: Using PS CS5 ...
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0answers
703 views

GIMP is messing up my GIF color index

I'm modifying an existing animated GIF using GIMP. For some reason, GIMP opens it as an RGB file. But after doing a color analysis it told me there are only 255 colours. That's just right! However, ...
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1answer
323 views

Which colours should be chosen to match a metro theme and be easily readable?

I am colourblind, which makes choosing the colours of my website very hard (often I choose colours that appeal to me, yet look awful to everyone else). I have recently begun a new website (image ...
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0answers
28 views

Is there a way to generate a spline centered within a font? [duplicate]

I would like to do something that seems simple, but I can't find anything on the web. Does anyone know of a way to take a font and generate a spline that follows the center of the font's stroke? I ...
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2answers
332 views

Recommended grid systems or layouts for large display and responsive designs

I've been working with 960 layout for years – but was wondering if there are other grid systems that are strongly supported by the design and development community and also have blank or starter pages ...
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2answers
236 views

How to revive an old children's book?

I have a scan of an old children's book that contains both graphics and text. I want to revive the book for my children, while preserving as much as possible from the original layout and ...
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4answers
14k views

What's the difference between 72ppi and 300ppi?

I created two documents with same pixel dimensions (1280x768). Document 1: 72ppi Document 2: 300ppi When I saved both in .png, they have the same size on the hard disk. Why do I need PPI? Why ...
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2answers
4k views

Color filling the interior region of a traced bitmap

I have got a very simple logo in jpg format. The logo is mostly text, think something like "ABC inc." with a very simple styilized shape which merges A, B and C preceding the text. Only two "pure" ...
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1answer
33 views

Making handles around a path fit the size of that path

I've just been using some UI templates and in some cases, the 'bounding box' for transformations is huge compared to the actual object in it. For example, I have a little 'back arrow' shape probably ...
3
votes
1answer
530 views

Normalizing hematoxylin and eosin-stained histology images

This is a medically related question...Most pathology slides are stained with hematoxylin (blue) and eosin (red). However, every lab does it differently. I would like to take a bunch of images from ...
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1answer
246 views

General name for these type of images

What is the general name for these images with lots of icons and small items sketched (or outlined), they are quite popular these days. Evernote and Whatsapp for example uses them: ...
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1answer
998 views

How to draw these big headed characters?

I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look of these images (I mean the characters, not the 2.5 scene). My questions are: Does this character style (no legs or arms) have a ...
4
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5answers
7k views

How to become really good in graphic design from being average?

I have seen many designer's work (logos, websites, brochures, animations, infographics, business cards, scenery, illustrations). Most are average but some stand out. Their work just takes you. You ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I remove texture from an object in illustrator cs6? [closed]

I created a logo with some wooden texture in it. I'd like to get rid of the texture and fill it with a different color. I'm not sure what to do. I am able to change the color but the texture remains.
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1answer
17k views

align text to curve but keep vertical orientation of letters

In Photoshop, I am trying to align the baseline, x height, and cap height of some text to a curve, but I'd like to keep the vertical orientation of the letters strait up and down, and not let the ...
2
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1answer
7k views

How to Export fonts, Layer Styles, and other settings of Photoshop CS6 from one machine to another

Well, Let me put it this way, I had a PC on which I use to do all my designing work. It was like a home for me, I had all fonts installed, Layer styles saved, Swatches, and many more things. But ...
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2answers
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Horizontal and Vertical Scaling of One Character in AI

In Photoshop, I've got in my character menu Horizontal and Vertical scaling. In Illustrator I don't have it, but I need it. I know I can stretch the entire text-box in AI to simulate character ...

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