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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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How can I take my graphic design to the next level?

I'm a full-time professional designer in the early middle of my career -- I have been working as a designer full-time for 15 years. I create lots of work that I am very proud of. However, when I look ...
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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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Do you have a “formula” for the webfont vs graphic type threshold?

Disclaimer: I realize there is not a perfect "formula" for this question. I'm looking for your experiential working practices. If you don't have any, I won't hold it against you. Over the last ...
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Cheap Cintiq alternatives - tablet PCs with digitizers?

Most of us would love to work with a cintiq-like tablet, but very few could afford one, especially if they are not professionals. There have been questions about this, ideas to try to use an android ...
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Photoshop Layer -> SVG [duplicate]

I've got PSD file with vector logo (smart object). I need to save it as SVG for website use. I don't see such option directly in Photoshop though. Can anyone shed some light on the process? Is it ...
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710 views

How do I reduce noise in an image?

I have a map image, similar to this: (click for larger) At 100%, the ocean is noisy and therefore not effectively compressed to png. Please point me in a direction of an intelligent tool for the ...
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Formula for finding out the result of a color after applying x% opacity to it?

I have 2 colors #a1a2a4 black (#000000) white (#ffffff) Now I need to know how much opacity (in a percent) must I apply to the second color (black) against a background of the third color (white) ...
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Drawing grid in Inkscape in millimeter

If I try to draw a grid in Inkscape, there are two different options: Extra -> Render -> Grid Extra -> Render -> Kartesian Grid But both of them use pixel-metric(?). Is it possible to use other ...
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1answer
488 views

Never use white?

There was a famous blog post by Ian Taylor called "Never use black", in which he explained that one should never use pure, complete, 0-0-0 black, and should instead put a little bit of color or light ...
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Is there an icon set containing icons for different platforms/stores (e.g. App Store, Play, Windows 8 Store, etc.)

Is there an icon set containing icons for different platforms/stores (e.g. App Store, Play, Windows 8 Store, etc.)? I am interested in grayscale icons similar to Glyphish and Glyphicons.
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Extract individual layers from a PSD without much effort

I have to daily work with PSDs of iPhone Apps. These PSDs contains App designs like buttons, texts, background images, etc. I have to extract images of each elements from these PSDs and convert it to ...
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3answers
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Who owns the design?

Recently, I hired a graphic designer to design a brand, a web site, business cards and several other things. After the initial design was complete and we launched, we have continued to make changes ...
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3answers
996 views

Drawing directly with a tablet

I am currently using a Wacom tablet to draw. The tablet is a bit small, so I feel that I don't have enough "control" with the stroke. Is it a good idea to draw directly using the tablet to the graphic ...
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2answers
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How do I break apart text in Photoshop?

I have a word in a text layer in photoshop. I want each character to be on a separate layer, how can I do that?
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2answers
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Gimp: removing background from product images

I often have the task of making the background of product images pure white. While preserving the best possible image quality, what is the quickest way to adjust colors such that the background ...
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2answers
359 views

What do you call this image effect and how is it achieved?

I've been trying to describe this effect on google and got no useful results. Seems like its a mix between a tint via the overlay and the offset? Here is another example, but the effect seems less ...
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2answers
655 views

Can I have the equivalent of a Ps 'smart object' in Ai which I can keep updating in Ps?

I've scanned in some maps, and I'm regularly adding little touches here and there to each map in Photoshop. Each map has a few Ps layers and is not vector. For all the annotations, I'm using ...
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2answers
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Desktop/iPad/iPhone PSD frames for screenshots workflow?

In the past, I've googled iPhone user interface elements and downloaded the PSD. 2. I deleted all layers except the frame 3. I took screenshots of my various web projects 4. Change dimensions and ...
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5answers
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What are good alternatives to adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)?

Is there any professional software (for Mac) that I can use to replace some of the adobe software like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator? I don’t mean one that replaces all, but the equivalent of ...
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4answers
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Using Photoshop to create a magazine

My question: Can I create a magazine exclusively using Photoshop? My understanding: It should simply be a case of using CMYK and an adequately high resolution. Other software: InDesign is pretty ...
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2answers
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Creating an .ico file with multiple sizes - web application

I want to be able to create an .ico file containing a complete set of Windows icons (16px x 16px, 32px x 32px, 48px x 48px, and 256px x 256px). Is there a web application that can do this for me given ...
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3answers
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Annoying GIMP issue (fill bucket with a circle-slash icon on the cursor)

I am trying to bucket fill a layer, but I get this crazy cursor I cant get rid of. I think its because I have something selected. I tired Select All, Select None, but the cursor does not change. I ...
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1answer
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Color Picker in Photoshop is wrong

I'm having problems with my color picker in photoshop CS5 Image 1: I select the black [ish] bar. Color picker returns gray. Image 2: I select the white [ish] background below the black bar, color ...
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6answers
514 views

Where can I find small and limited projects in order to make my first steps toward working professionally as a designer/developer

I am in UI design, and currently looking for jobs, and realized that photoshop skills, and being able to create your designs yourself was a big plus for potential jobs. I have some photoshop skills ...
5
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1answer
167 views

Color loss during colorspace conversions

Why are conversions from a smaller colorspace to a "larger" one often lossy? How can a smaller gamut have colors that cannot be represented in a larger (overlapping) gamut?
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4answers
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How to show background texture through text placed on background in Photoshop?

Say you have an image of a wall or an old, creased piece of paper and you want to add text on that background. How can you make the texture of the background come through the new text in Photoshop so ...
5
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1answer
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Photoshop CS5: Subtract/exclude a vector mask from an existing mask

I am attempting to create very simple icon, which resembles a 'dashboard' of a car. The first part of the icon (shape 1) was created by adding and subtracting shapes. The second part (shape 2) was ...
5
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1answer
740 views

Any idea when blending modes might be implemented in browsers?

I think it would be great for div's/img's to get some of the functionality that "layers" have in photoshop. Right now, using .png's, div's/img's/etc.'s have their RGB and alpha values. If you have a ...
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3answers
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Popular serif and sans-serif browser compatible font combinations?

I was curious as to which combinations of serif and sans-serif fonts are preferable to use that are compatible with most browsers. While I am aware that with the introduction of CSS3 importing ...
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2answers
537 views

Why are certain colors more prone to compression artifacts than others?

I most often see this with compressed video, but I've also seen it often enough with JPEG images. Many times blacks, reds, and other generally dark colors seem to be especially prone to compression ...
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5answers
419 views

When does a font become a font?

As an offshoot of this interesting question, "Wire" (one dimensional) font, I'd like to ask, when does a Font become a Font? What are the minimum requirements to call something a font? Can ...
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6answers
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How do you present a logo to a client? [closed]

I am newbie and would like guidance on How do you present the logo to a client visually in a professional way? What are the different ways of presenting a logo to a client? If there are links to ...
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2answers
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Switching between tabs while dragging layers in Photoshop?

While using Photoshop I often need to drag layers from one document to another, but when I have many documents opened this gets a little tricky. The cause of this issue is the way that Photoshop ...
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6answers
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Is there a gesture-like exercise for drawing faces?

Many people told me doing gestures is great as a learning tool, gives you the pencil mileage, feeling for shape, form and proportion, and so on. I started doing them, basing my tries on this, this ...
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2answers
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Change background color of just one artboard in Illustrator CS5

I'm not sure if illustrator supports just changing the background color of one artboard but what I am looking to do is have one black background artboard and leave the other five or six artboards in ...
4
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1answer
2k views

How can I create a twisted torus?

I need to do the following shape in Illustrator, if can be done by Illustrator. I think it can be done by spiral, circle and pathfinder tools but I'm not sure. Please I need the details of how to do ...
4
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4answers
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My web logo looks pixelated after resizing

I am trying to resize my logo for the web but so far I have not been seeing the result that I want to. It was in a vector format first (AI) and then it was converted to PSD. I then used the image ...
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3answers
4k views

How can I turn my old tablet PC into a Cintiq-like pen tablet?

I've been searching on internet but with no success... I have a old Fujitsu ST5020D Wacom Penabled tablet pc. As you know, a 1ghz Celeron + 256MB RAM wouldn't fill my needs as working on Adobe Master ...
4
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1answer
854 views

Is there an equation to easily convert a color to its matching color in another hue?

I am trying to design a site with a couple color schemes. I am looking for a way to make color schemes that match mathematically. For example, I know that #FF0000 matches perfectly with #00FF00 and ...
4
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3answers
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Illustrator: Change the colors of a symbol

Is it possible to change the colors of a symbol in a document without breaking the link with its original shape. Eg.: I have a square a symbol. I have two I races of them in my document. I want on ...
4
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5answers
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How to Batch-export layers of Inkscape-generated SVG-file to Bitmap for sprites?

Batch -export means that I may need to add certain transformations such as anti-alias, contrast-fixes and resizing. SVG here means I am using Inkscape. One layer here is a sprite. I currently export ...
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1answer
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Anticipating problems with a Google Webfont's rendering cross-platform

Web fonts can sometimes look great on one machine, but awful on another, due to differences in rendering not just between browsers, but also with the same browser between operating systems. Most ...
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4answers
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Photoshop CS5 Polygon Tool smooth corners “too smooth”

I'm trying to create an 8-sided shape with the polygon tool. This is not a problem, but if I want smooth corners for my shape and I check the option "smooth corners" its too smooth - its basical a ...
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5answers
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Direct select Layer (PS)

Since some of the newer cs versions of PS I got the problem that the [Ctrl/Strg] + * left click * stopped selecting layers directly when they're grouped in a folder. Instead PS simply selects the ...
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4answers
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Adobe Illustrator CS5.5 resizing bug?

I've drawn a simple logo with some curve, and when I resize it it losts all it's curves, why? I've tried with the mouse and with the numeric value with the same result from 7cm to 0.5cm, here is the ...
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4answers
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Am I using too much gray on my webapp?

I'm creating a mobile app that will be used by maturer people, 40 to 60 yo, so I've been searching for sober colors and I came to gray, the problem is, How much gray is too much gray? What colors ...
3
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2answers
11k views

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
1answer
259 views

Average stroke from a fill

I would like to generate an average stroke from a given compound enclosed path, or fill, in Adobe Illustrator CC or Inkscape. Sorry I don't know the mathematical function name to achieve this. I've ...
3
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2answers
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Placed image doesn't show when saving as PDF

I am using Illustrator 17.1.0 to prepare some scientific figures. I have two layers: the bottom one has some placed PDF figures and the top one has annotations. When saving this as a PDF, the placed ...

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