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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 ...
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1answer
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GIMP: Trying to move selected text layer but moves background layer

I have a background overlay on which I have three text layers on top. Now I want to move these text layers around on the overlay, but I can't get it to work. As soon as I click inside the text layer ...
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Critique: Tritium software logo design

I am looking for a review for a logo that is going to be shipped with a project of mine. I wanted to keep it simple and clean, with a high level of appeal so that no one will really dislike the ...
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Is Marcellus a serif font?

I was searching for serif fonts on Google Fonts and happened across Marcellus. However, if I were shown it out of any context, I'd call it a sans-serif font. I can see small hits of what might be ...
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What's the most efficient way to “blank” old comic word balloons while retaining paper texture?

I'm taking very old (1940s and '50s) comics and trying to remove the text from some of their word balloons. I don't want to just erase their contents to pure white space, though, as the paper colour ...
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How can I represent speed in a graphic?

How can I show speed in this example? I don't have any vector programs, I'm working in Photoshop. Any advice will be helpful.
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4answers
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Is it necessary to attribute Creative Commons licensed art?

There are tons of sites out there with free graphics. You can find a bunch of these sites through freepik.com. It seems that 99% of these graphics use the CC Attribution 3.0 license. I'm wondering ...
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To which extent is the designer responsible of a responsive design?

Consider the following (idealized) chart. Now, I have worked with colleagues from every side of this spectrum and have learnt that, unfortunately, it tends to be more like this. Most "web ...
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7answers
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Is there an autosave feature in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a way to retrieve your work after a crash, if you haven't saved for a while?
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7answers
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Repeat client is suddenly demanding intellectual property rights!

A fairly sizable client whom I've done a few jobs for over the past several years has recently contacted me for a new job. We have never had a contract for any of the work I've done for them (I'm a ...
15
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4answers
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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 ...
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2answers
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Clients always think they are a better designer than I am.

When I am designing a new website or application I am very meticulous to get every detail right so it is beautiful while still user friendly. Almost always however, the client has better ideas. They ...
15
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9answers
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Transparency to unpremultiplied RGB + Alpha

I have a transparent layer in Photoshop CS5 (so internally, it's most probably stored as unpremultiplied RGB component plus an alpha component per pixel). Now I want to transform this to an opaque ...
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5answers
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Web-based workflow solutions for graphic designers (hosted and self-run)?

There are some common tasks in almost every graphic designer's workflow that are made immensely easy by the Internet, but are often clumsy to handle through traditional channels like E-Mail. ...
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3answers
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What are general practices in handing over usage rights to the client?

When a graphic designer creates work for a client, in many jurisdictions, the designer keeps some rights to the work by default. This means that when e.g. designing a logo, the designer can sometimes ...
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10answers
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Which should be designed first: logo or website?

I am about to ask someone to create a website design for me but I am not sure if the website should drive the logo design or the logo drive the website design. Should I have a logo design first or ...
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5answers
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What are the best practices for dealing with desired line breaks in responsive web design?

I design a great deal of simple single page web items for sales or email. I often find I run into issues with headlines and my desired line breaks at different media widths. For example, I could ...
12
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4answers
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Readability and appeal of justified text

If I write a document that I have to hand in to somebody (a report, summary, draft, whatever) I usually justify the text because it seems more appealing (at least to me) if it all finishes at the same ...
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5answers
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Principles of Typography for different languages

Sometimes German students ask me how to do the typesetting of documents in English, French or Spanish. I'm not able to help them because I never learned to speak or write French or Spanish. ...
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6answers
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Merging two anchor points of the same path in Illustrator

Assume the following situation in Adobe Illustrator, where I have two neighbouring anchor points on the same path. For the left anchor point, only the left bezier-handle is important and for the right ...
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5answers
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How to quickly and easily create a grid with Adobe Photoshop?

Suppose I need to draw a grid in Photoshop, each square being the same size, and a certain amount of pixels tall and wide, and the grid lines having a certain pixel width. Like this: Currently I ...
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9answers
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Photoshop: Select item and crop it directly

I'd like to know if this is possible with Photoshop CS4 : Select an item with Ctrl+T (on windows). Crop it directly, without selecting the item manually. It is possible?
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1answer
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How can I map the colors in a greyscale image to a specific color “gradient”?

Caveat: I'm not a graphic designer and may be misusing some terminology. Please bear with me. :-) I'm attempting to add color to some greyscale icons (i.e. all three channels are identical). I ...
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3answers
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How can I improve my drawing tablet skills?

I've tried using my fianceé's tablet a few times, but find it difficult looking at the screen instead of my hand as I'm working. Does anyone have any tips for becoming more comfortable so I can make ...
8
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2answers
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Footnote/Endnote references before or after punctuation? (comma, full stop/period, semi-colon…)

Simple question: what's the convention (or, if there's disagreement, guiding principles) for where to place reference, footnote and endnote numbers that apply to a clause leading up to a punctuation ...
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2answers
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What is the fastest way to copy a colour in Photoshop as HEX?

A lot of designers use Photoshop as a design and mockup tool. And in doing so, one of the last steps can be to get a lot of the colour information out so things like gradients and dynamic text can be ...
8
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1answer
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If I make a design in RGB mode and then change it to CMYK how will it look when it's printed?

I'm making a business card in Photoshop and it needs to be in CMYK mode. Now, I'm using a logo on it that I previously made for the client in RGB mode and when I put it into the CMYK mode business ...
8
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4answers
9k views

Photoshop Color Settings for web design

What color profile settings should be used in Photoshop for web design? Does monitor calibration effect save for web images? I keep my monitor calibrated with a colorimeter and want to make sure my ...
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1answer
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What is a “visual library” and how to work on it?

Reading through concept art forums, Ive met an opinion, that one of the most important things for a concept artist is to have a vast visual library. Out of the context of that opinion I take that this ...
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3answers
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Exporting from Sketch for icon font

I am trying to export SVG icons from Sketch to import into Fontello, however the SVG's don't appear to be correct for the app (they also do not work in IcoMoon). The icon I am trying to create as a ...
6
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5answers
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Color Theory: Is there a measurement of “colorfulness”?

I was adding some colors to a Windows application. A column was going to be colored in order to indicate groupings to the user. So in Photoshop i first selected some colors to use. Being ...
6
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2answers
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How to Create Rounded Corner Hexagon in photoshop using polygon tool?

How to Create Rounded Corner Hexagon in photoshop using polygon tool ?
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2answers
342 views

visual typeface search tool

Fontshop.com used to have (at least I think it was them) a index of typefaces that you could use visual / structural specifics to search through their library of typefaces. It gave options for things ...
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7answers
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How can I save only one layer as a PNG file in Photoshop

I wanted save some layers as PNG files and I had opened a new window for every .png file and pasted in there and sometimes crop it. Is there a way to export just a few or one selected layer and not ...
6
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3answers
384 views

How should I add a realistic shadow to this?

I'm working on a mockup of a jQuery slider which can be found here. Now, I'm not the best graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination, and I can't seem to be able to get a realistic looking ...
6
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3answers
999 views

FOSS Font editing or creation tools for windows

What are the best free or open source font editing/creation tools available for free on the Windows platform?
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1answer
2k views

How can I make complex gradient images like these in Illustrator?

How can I create these types of gradient images in Illustrator?
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5answers
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File backups for Photoshop

I've been working with Photoshop for a long time, and every once in a while I work on a file, sometimes in a rush, sometimes just being lazy.. what happens is that I end up ruining it. I save, go on ...
5
votes
3answers
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How to create fading drop shadow effect in Illustrator?

Any advice on how to create the shadow effect in the attached image would be much appreciated!
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6answers
2k views

Which is better for icon design: vector graphics or raster graphics?

Which of the following approaches should I take to design icons in many resolutions? Create them in vector graphics, as SVG or AI and then rasterize them Design them directly as bitmap graphics ...
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4answers
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What is the GUI style called that is commonly used in sci-fi media?

What do you call the style, trend or design commonly used by bodies mentioned in the title? I always see these designs in sci-fi movies and dashboards used by FBI or CIA. Do you know any toolkit using ...
3
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4answers
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What's the width to mockup websites for desktop and mobile now?

Recently, I was practicing web design beyond code things. But after I opened Sketch and just started to make a rectangle of my site, I got stuck. What width should I use? I'd search for the ...
3
votes
2answers
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Is there a “generate CSS/HTML” feature or plugin in Sketch app

I have found a script that does exactly that (generates CSS and HTML for the layers and offers an option of exporting those in % values) and cuts the work for the web-dev in half for Photoshop. Now I ...
3
votes
4answers
3k views

Image that looks different on black background and on white

If you put this image on a black background you see something different than on a white background. Does anyone have a idea how it works?
2
votes
3answers
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Logo looking fuzzy on smaller sizes

I created my logo in Adobe Illustrator and i'm happy espect that when i need it smaller, it looks pretty ugly and fuzzy. Like pixels are getting squeezed. Here is a screenshot of the original on the ...
0
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1answer
373 views

What are the tool kits used for making designs like those on dribble

I saw some jaw-dropping designs at Dribble and Behance. Can someone give the idea about tool kits required to make such beautiful things ? Are there actually competitive free alternatives available ...
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8answers
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How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?

What is the difference between these fonts, and what are some typical examples of why one might be used over another?
17
votes
1answer
2k views

What are Color Profiles?

What are color profiles (in Photoshop) and how do they actually affect the printing?
15
votes
1answer
7k views

Why does this PNG image on twitter look different when clicked?

This morning on twitter there was a tweet with the text "click on this picture". When picture is clicked, it's opened in wider viewer, but looks completely different. I tried to analyze this picture ...
15
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7answers
628 views

When/how to stop brainstorming new ideas and move on when there is no clear frontrunner?

I'm currently working on naming a product, and I have a list of names. Some are okay, some aren't, but I know at some point I have to close the list, pick a couple that sound good, and present them to ...

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