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Is it possible to trim away surrounding transparent space when saving to web?

I know how to trim a document to get rid of surrounding transparent space, but is there a way to do this only for saving off to web & devices, without impacting the actual document?
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1answer
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Can't get rid of default filter on Photoshop CS5 shapes

Everytime I create a new shape in Photoshop CS5, whether on a new layer, document, whatever, it's always starting out with a drop shadow. I can't figure out why this default filter is being applied?
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What typefaces would go well with Metalista?

Metalista is a modern blackletter font (afaik :)) designed by Suitcase Type Foundry as a tribute to "the persistency of the metal culture." What other typefaces (used as subtitles) would mix best ...
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Applying same mask to multiple layers in Photoshop

I've got a bunch of puppies i need to mask in the same way as below, where each puppy will be within a shadowed circle: I got the first one working using a layer mask, but now i want an easy way to ...
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1answer
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Animating paths in Photoshop CS6

I am trying to create a gif of a growing line, which changes direction. I drew the line using the path tool, so I need a way to animate drawing process of a Beziér curve. Essentially I need to create ...
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3answers
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How to design sites with dark colours (red and black palette)

The graphic designer for my club created a red and black logo (major color is black highlighted with red). Everyone thinks it looks great, and I agree. The issue lies with designing the site. We've ...
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1answer
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What are the limitations of the option “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities” in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

First some background... We have a custom piece of software that requires PDF files to auto generate web pages. These PDF files are pretty typical, the only special thing about these is that hey ...
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4answers
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What are great fonts for information-heavy data tables?

I'm designing a web application which has lots of data tables with business information both as numbers (sales, hours etc) and text (product names, region names etc). What fonts are great for dense ...
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3answers
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Get white background on product photos?

I have photos of a product and I would like to create a white background behind it. See it here: I have tried playing with levels and the brightness but that also messes up the product itself. How ...
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2answers
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How can I set the Photoshop pencil tool to auto erase to transparent?

Photoshop's pencil tool has a setting for "auto erase". When set, clicking on a pixel of the current foreground color causes it to draw over it with the background color. This is great if you're ...
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1answer
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OTF font family styles not showing up in Photoshop

I have a font which has six styles (Black, Bold, Extra bold, Light, Medium and Regular). For each style there's an OTF file. If I install all the OTF files, the font shows up properly in the Fonts ...
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5answers
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Advantages of using two monitors in graphic design

I've worked with single and dual monitor setups in different situations in the past, but it's been a while since I last had two. Right now, I'm using a single Dell 24" that seems enough to handle ...
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2answers
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Illustrator: shape dimension and resize

Is there a way in Illustrator to know the exact dimension of shape in pixel and possibly to resize it down to different (but precise) dimension?
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1answer
194 views

Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator

Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator? We use PDF comments heavily in our workflow with Illustrator. The problem is to add/edit/view ...
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4answers
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Export Multiple Artboards to Pngs Named after the Artboard Without the Filename Prepended

Given the following setup: File: SomeFilename.ai Which contains artboards named: Artboard_01 Artboard_02 Artboard_03 At the moment if I export the artboards Illustrator insists ...
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3answers
639 views

which colors do I use for zebra striping

I currently have an on-screen table that is ~250 rows long. To make it easier to read, I've decided to go with zebra striping. From what I can gather from this question, the ideal alternate color is ...
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1answer
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Create a two headed arrow connector in Inkscape

Is it possible to create this in inkscape? It would be very useful in flow diagrams. At the moment I have two arrows and it becomes a mess when it needs to be repositioned: I tried drawing two ...
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4answers
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What should I do regarding color profile when designing for the web?

I have read this article by Doug Avery where he explains how to disable Color Management in Adobe Photoshop and the follow-up article in response to the uproar of the commenters arguing against it and ...
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1answer
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Should files made in Illustrator CS5 be updated to CS6?

My department recently upgraded from CS5 to CS6. We are preparing an InDesign print publication for this year and are repurposing last year's Illustrator and InDesign files which we produced with CS5. ...
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3answers
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Is there a way to resize boxes in PowerPoint smart art without all other boxes changing size?

I am designing org charts using PowerPoint 2010 (because they will need to be edited by people without design software) and it's becoming maddening. I decided to use the smart art feature because it ...
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2answers
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How to specify a repeating pattern for textile printing

I've tried searching for an answer to this, but I have no idea what terms to even search for. I'm creating the artwork for a repeating pattern that is going to be printed on a large quantity of ...
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2answers
434 views

How can I get “Drawing Like” effect?

What effect is used in this image? Bigger photo.
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2answers
132 views

Making ogoneks with GREP style

I followed this solution to make Polish ogoneks in InDesign through GREP style BUT every time I use it, the negative tracking is also be applied to the space or next character which immediately ...
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2answers
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Sharp bevel effect in Photoshop

I am trying to create a bevel effect similar to the attached image. I have set the depth to 30%, size to 1px and soften to 0px, but the final effect has bevels which are not as crisp as those on the ...
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3answers
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise ...
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1answer
709 views

Cannot find the file type png-24 using export layers script in Photoshop CS3

When choosing File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files.. in Photoshop CS3, why can't I select a png format (png-8 or png-24)? I cannot trim layers using any of this. :(
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1answer
856 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
577 views

Why are Yahoo's emoticon's more effective at conveying emotion than others?

What do you think are the objective features of Yahoo's well known emoticon set, that they use for mail, instant messaging etc., that make them so much better at communicating user's feelings and ...
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1answer
2k views

Illustrator moves objects using “transform again” with scale

Have several copies of the same object moved around to different areas in the artboard. Decide you want to scale them all by 75%. Select the first object, do the scale. Select the next object, press ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Photoshop — convert 'overlay' layer to normal

I have 2 layers: first layer is just regular layer with some graphics, and second layer has additional graphics which are on top of the first and it has blending mode set to "Overlay". What I need is ...
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3answers
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Illustrator CS6: Change artboard size / final saved file dimensions to match bounds of content

Consider the following two images: The second image is my desired result: the artboard dimensions perfectly match the layer/selection/content. However, I had to resize the artboard manually. Is ...
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2answers
540 views

Design critique for 36“ x 24” poster announcing coffee shop re-opening

I am new to the graphic design chat here. Please provide any feedback/critique on the poster available via these links. One is on a colored background, the other is on a white background. Which is ...
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1answer
1k views

Custom brush size scales back when changing brush

So I downloaded some free custom brushes to draw some hills. The "default" size of these brushes are ~850px so I change it to 35px. But if I use another brush and then switch back to this, then it ...
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1answer
340 views

What font is used in this logo? [closed]

Can anybody help me figure out what font is used in the logo on this site: I tried identifont.com but got no joy there.
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2answers
137 views

Unique icon design for a university map application? [closed]

Most university map apps on Google's Play store seem to just use their university's logo or a generic map icon. Neither way seems ideal, but I'm unable to come up with a better way myself. How do I ...
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2answers
1k views

Can I legally use the Office icons in a website?

Can I legally use Microsoft Office icons in designing my site? For example:
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2answers
880 views

Why does Google want a vertical scrollbar on search page when it's not necessary

On Google's search page there is a visible vertical scroll bar even when it is not necessary. This can be avoided by deleting the following style from body selector overflow-y: scroll; When this ...
2
votes
2answers
237 views

Should I use specialist “titling” fonts for headings and titles?

I once read, that one should use optimized/specialized fonts for headings and titles. The claimed reason was, that a kerning which is good for reading is not good (or optimal) for titles. I tried to ...
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2answers
47k views

What is the style of font called that is typically used in newspaper mastheads?

Does anyone know of a font suitable for the title of a newspaper? It is also the type that's used for the first letter of a chapter of a book (and is so calligraphic, you can't tell if it has serifs ...
4
votes
2answers
4k views

How to “draw” pointed corner drop shadows in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have this image which I want to re-draw/reverse engineered so that I can use it at different sizes as resizing it cause it to look bad. But I can't seem to figure out how to do it. The drop ...
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2answers
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Optimum line height in relation to font size

Is there an agreement on what the optimum mathematical proportion of line height and the size of a text is? And if there is, is it the same for print and web?
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4answers
17k views

Different sizes/dimensions on export & save as web in Illustrator CS5

I have a file which is 1020px X 200px Artboard/Document dimensions and the drawings coves the whole artboard as follows. When I "Export" the file as "png" (File>Export) it's dimensions change to ...
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2answers
200 views

Need suggestions on elements arrangement and picking colors

I'm making a new site, but I feel like colors or elements dimension aren't that good at all, I want it to look elegant and makes the user comfortable when looking at it. Right now I'm not getting that ...
3
votes
2answers
539 views

Pantone Colourbridge Uncoated viewing in illustrator

I have a hard copy swatch of pantone Colour bridge uncoated colours. I am setting up some packaging items in illustrator and have shown the client visuals in CMYK. I have now selected the Pantones ...
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3answers
208 views

Photoshop - finding a font

I don't know if any of you had this problem, I'm using photoshop CS3, And sometimes in order to choose a font quickly, while the text tool is selected, I click on the text field that shows the ...
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2answers
235 views

Logo design issue

forgive me if this question doesnt fit the purpose of this stackexchange site, Some of you probably have experience with logo design, I'd like to ask a question, I currently have a client that owns a ...
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2answers
3k views

iOS App Icon design - the rounded corners issue

The problem: The anti-aliased rounded corners of my app icons show, due to the transparency, some pixels of the underlying background. My quick solution: Instead of exporting with "intact" corners I ...
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2answers
183 views

Floating info menu in Photoshop CS5

I want pixel information menu to float around cursor in Photoshop CS5. How do I do that? The menu called Info or its contents is what I need to float.
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votes
4answers
5k views

Scale layers in a psd file by 200% for retina iPad

I have a PSD file that my designer gave me fitted for iPad dimensions. I need to support the retina iPad as well. What's the best way to create the 2x retina images? Should I scale up the layers by ...
0
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1answer
858 views

Photoshop CS5: duplicate layers with “smart objects”

I'd like to make use of photoshop's "Smart Objects" to have an easier time managing my layers. I have about 20 layers that will be duplicated 10 times... and I'd rather manipulate them as single ...

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