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How to have 2 layers with different directional drop shadows in photoshop?

I am wondering how to have 2 different directional dropshadows in the one file with photoshop. ie 2 different type layers - one has a dropshadow at 90 degrees, the other at -45 degrees. Currently it ...
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Is there a name for this line-based halftone style?

I'm wondering what you would call the style/technique of the picture above? It looks similar to linocut, and is halftone but neither of those terms are specific enough. I'd love some advice on how ...
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112 views

Where to get feedback from professional comic artists?

I'm looking for a website where I can get technical advices from people in the profession.
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3answers
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Generate InDesign content using XML

I'm trying to generate some content in InDesign CS5 by importing XML data, but I can't figure out how to do it. Here's what I have: XML <stuff> <person> ...
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2answers
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How to make a transparent image a non transparent one?

I am a newbie to Photoshop and I have a PSD file that contains a transparent button. Now I want to duplicate that button and move it to somewhere else. When I moved it I realized that the button is ...
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1answer
109 views

What are the available css frameworks? [closed]

I have been trying to find a nice css framework so I can put it as my main design style and re-use it in my web developments without having to think about the style that much. So far I have found ...
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How do I preserve legibility when overlaying text on images?

I have lots of creative images that I want to use, except when I put text over them it makes the text really hard to read. Other than a drop shadow, is there another way to make it more clear?
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Why my Photoshop CS3 brushes options doesn't have the “diameter by pressure”?

The above image shows the lines without pressure and with pressure. I'm newbie, and looks like my photoshop CS3 don't have the "without pressure" option. Follows a printscreen of the brushes ...
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How to convert a color scketch in a PDF document to a gray scale image using Acrobat Pro 9?

Suppose a PDF file containing a color sketch has been created using LaTeX. The code is given below for completeness only. \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{pstricks} \begin{document} ...
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What is the best way to resize things in illustrator?

I am working with this "complicated" ilustrated cat character in Illustrator. The problem is that I worked and modified what I needed to modify and now I have to resize this cat and I stumbled into a ...
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1answer
379 views

Dealing with a huge top-level navigation menu requirement

What are ways to deal with a large number of top-level navigation items? I am working on a site that requires 50 items at the top-level navigation. The items are all at the same level: they cannot ...
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2answers
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Photoshop - Is there a keyboard shortcut for creating a new frame?

In Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 / CS6, is there a keyboard shortcut to make a new frame using the animation window and timeline? I make a lot of gif animations and would like to reduce mouse movement for ...
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3answers
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Color wash out problem when I connect my laptop to a projector or LCD monitor

I have a critical problem when i connect my laptop to a projector. Colors that I have used in my website are getting washed out when it's displayed on the projector screen.
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1answer
325 views

Good resource for non-Latin character based fonts?

I was wondering if there were any good resources for fonts using non-Latin characters, specifically Japanese or Chinese type (Kanji or any other character-based font). I know plenty of resources for ...
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7answers
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Inner shadow issue in Illustrator CS5

I gave a comp to my client that I did in Photoshop. I used an inner shadow but now have realized the in Illustrator CS5 I have no such "easy" filter. I have spent 2 days seaching the web, trying ...
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1answer
954 views

How to create a two-colored rectangle and vertically-align it with text using Illustrator?

I need to create a rectangle that has a 1px stroke. It needs to have one color on the top left and another on the bottom right with a diagonal line running from the bottom left to the top right. I ...
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3answers
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How does one find missing fonts using Inkscape?

I have an Adobe Illustrator file that I am opening with Inkscape. Everything works great except some of the text is all screwed up because I don't have all of the appropriate fonts available on my ...
3
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2answers
642 views

How can I select a good font to contrast with my body text?

I'm not a graphic designer, but I'd like to make my site look nice. I've read the primers on picking fonts that match and contrast well. Once I've chosen the font I want for the body of the site, how ...
3
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2answers
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Right color balance MAC vs Windows

I've designed a web page on a Mac computer. When testing it on windows in appears with something like 20% less saturation. The page is public, for the web, so the final user may have any kind of ...
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1answer
113 views

What Font does the logo of Soundtracker.com Use

Trying to determine which font is used in this logo: Anyone have a good eye?
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1answer
8k views

Illustrator how to crop and save images

I have a website someone designed for me in AI but i am not sure how to crop out pieces and select layers and save them to design my website. I am only used to the way of photoshop finding the layer ...
6
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1answer
2k views

In Photoshop, how can I open up a view (in the same window) with another zoom level?

When drawing pixel art in Photoshop, I like to have the zoom level really high. Is there a way to also have a regular-level zoom (or perhaps an outer zoom) in another part of the window, so that I ...
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4answers
745 views

To What Extent Should Overused Fonts Be Avoided?

Conventional wisdom says to avoid overused fonts, because they start to lose their flair, and then your work ceases to stand out from the crowd, or adopts unwanted connotations. But what if an ...
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1answer
374 views

How to prevent black fringe from appearing after resizing in Photoshop?

I have a light gray graphic atop a darker gray background. I flattened this file with CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E. Then I chose the crop tool and specified a smaller crop width. After the crop + automatic ...
3
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1answer
223 views

A good web design book in Japanese

A question for the Japanese-speaking part of the Graphic Design society - is there a book on web design (mostly - non-technical aspects like usability) in Japanese that you could recommend? There is ...
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2answers
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How to center group based on one member?

I have a group of 2 objects a circle and a line. Looks like letter Q. I want to center this group, so that the circle will centered in a page and the line will maintain its relative position to the ...
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2answers
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Industry Term for Interface that looks Intentionally Realistic / Archaic

It's killing me because I can't find a good way to search for this, but I've heard the term used when people discuss a lot of iOS applications that use knobs, sliders, and other graphical elements ...
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2answers
281 views

Illustrator for Beginners

I'm pretty good at photoshop (got at least 7 years experience with it any how), but i'm looking into broadening my horizons, and with my job I could use a few more tricks up my sleeve. So I was ...
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2answers
135 views

Font identification, again

Can anyone identify this font in the image? It's also here : http://livedemo00.template-help.com/wordpress_34886/
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2answers
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Large size banner design issue..help needed immediately? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What DPI should a large format artwork for print be done at? I want to design a large banner for computer shop and banner will be viewed from a far distance. I will be ...
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2answers
114 views

Does the usage of symbols improve illustrator performance?

I create quite big illustrations with a lot of small complex symbols/icons in it, for example different kinds of servers etc. Some icons/symbols are used multiple times in one illustration. Would it ...
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1answer
18k views

How to create a texture / matte finish

I'm new to graphic design, so forgive me. Does anyone know how to create a the matte/texture feature that appears on the twitter start page when a user is logged out? Its like a light blue which has ...
12
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4answers
82k views

How do I apply anti-aliasing to the edges of a layer?

How do I apply anti-aliasing to the edges of a layer? I have a layer that has rough edges. I want to apply anti-aliasing to it so it blends well against the background. What is the best way to do ...
6
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9answers
2k views

Tools for *lossy* PNG compression?

I'm trying more and more to get by sans PhotoShop for my personal/freelance work. I do primarily web work these days and don't do enough side gigs to justify keeping up with the Creative Suite beast. ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

How can I get Illustrator to respect the rounded corners on the top shape when creating a mask?

I have two shapes (left) and I have added rounded corners to the rectangle on the top one using the "Rounded Corners" menu item. When I select the two shapes and choose "create mask" I want ...
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3answers
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Can you convert a neon RGB color to CMYK for printing?

I have a logo that was done with RGB colors, now I have to work with this logo to do something for printing purpuses, the problem is that in the RGB version of the logo I have a shade of green I ...
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4answers
866 views

Avoid cropping “transparent” areas when using logo

We have the following logo for a project at my school: (PDF: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13934366/M2/Grafiska/Logotyp/M2.pdf) Now, as you can see, it has a descending triangle to make it look like a ...
2
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1answer
15k views

Resize an image without quality loss

this is a newbie question. I'm not a designer but I would learn something. Look this image: Well, I would recreate this image (without the pattern background, it doesn't matter). The point is that ...
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3answers
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Illustrator: export embedded picture to its original size

The title says it all. I have a document with embedded pictures at various resolutions (300dpi, 220dpi, ...) and I'd like to export them to their original size (in pixels). A simple copy-and-paste ...
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1answer
227 views

Illstrator CS5: Wide selection border

I've noticed than when I select more than one object, then click on one of the selected object a wide selection border is set on the clicked item. eg: What does it mean? What are the implications? ...
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3answers
1k views

How to create instructions and arrows

What are the tools used to create the instructions and arrows in such images? Which one is the font?
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1answer
1k views

What are good and maybe free UI storyboarding applications, especially for mobile UIs

Hi I would like to get an overview of existing UI desktop or online application, which may have a specialization towards user interaction modeling and mobile device interfaces. I guess there are some ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

How do draw 3D arrows?

I'm using Illustrator CS2 to create some graphics. In one of my graphics I'd like to use a "3D" arrow lying on the ground as shown in the following example: I want to draw arrows just like in the ...
11
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3answers
21k views

Convert text to paragraph text in Illustrator

Is there any quick way to convert text created at point (automatically resizable boundaries) to a area (paragraph) text (with fixed boundaries) in Illustrator CS3?
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1answer
7k views

Simple shadow layer style in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator CS3 I usually create a simplest drop shadow by duplicating duplicating the object, moving to background, changing the background color and shifting by few pixels. This works ...
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2answers
1k views

Certificate design

I have to design some certificates, something that kinda looks like this, only better I have no clue... were to start? Two script fonts on the same design seems a bit too much, but I am trying to ...
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2answers
2k views

Tiling seamless diagonal lines

I'm working on a tile-based game, and I'd like to have diagonal lines for (32x32) tiles. The problem is, whenever you tile them, they look like this: How do I make it seamlessly tile?
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2answers
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How to fit text box size to text?

I want to fit the artboard to selected art (two text boxes) - the text boxes are larger than the text inside them - how do I fit (shrink) them to wrap tightly around my text? Illustrator version - ...
3
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3answers
2k views

How to apply adjustment layer to layer with effects

I usually draw buttons using shape (filled layer and shape clipping mask) and couple of layer effects. I'd like to apply Hue adjustment to it to customize button color. The problem is when I select ...
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1answer
231 views

How to maintain selection when changin active layer in Fireworks?

I have to make bubble-like "holes" in a number of layers (just coloured rectangles). I have the bubble in a separate layer also. In Photoshop I'd do: select bubble with the magic wand select layer I ...

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