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Using inkscape to convert scanned color drawings to svg — recommended or no?

I'm an ebook publisher trying to include 10 color illustrations inside an ebook. It's not a fixed layout ebook but a reflowable ebook (i.e., an epub). Graphic example here: ...
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Photoshop Action to determine dimensions of layer

I'm wondering if there is a way to setup an Action in CS6 that would be able to determine the dimensions of an image or layer? Ultimately, I'd like to create a watermark essentially which would ...
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How do I use an SVG “icon font” within Illustrator?

Trello uses an icon font and I'd like to figure out how to bring in some of the glyphs into an Illustrator project. Admittedly, this is going a bit backwards (usually you want to import Illustrator ...
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How to put a dotted line stroke on a vector shape using Photoshop

I've created a simple vector pennant type banner using Photoshop. I'd like to put a stroke on the banner with dashed lines approximately 3 pixels in from the edges of the shape. I know I can add a ...
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Tools for Brainstorming/Mind-Mapping Ideas

I'm looking for a list of mind-map/brainstorming software that are easy to use, intuitive and practically applicable across a wide range of projects. Thus far I have been using IHMC CmapTools ...
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Photoshop: link layers vs group layers

I googled but found nothing satisfactory. What's their difference? What's the situation respectively to use one over the other?
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What's the Illustrator equivalent of Photoshop's clipping masks?

I'm struggling to find a way in Illustrator to do something which is very simple in Photoshop. Here's an example: I draw a plane. Now I want to draw stripes on it and a cockpit. In Ps, I clip ...
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Need directions regarding the learning process I should follow for learning Photoshop

I am starting out as a freelance website developer so I need to improve my graphics drawing skill. Up till now I'm using an open source tool GIMP to create the concepts and mock ups of the websites I ...
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When saving as a PSD, have a PNG also saved automatically

On Photoshop CS5, I had it set up so that whenever I saved a .psd, whether it were through cmd-s or the file menu, it would also save a file as a .png with the same name. I upgraded to CS6 and now I ...
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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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Make the logo smaller without being blurry

How can i get a small version of my logo? Like a favicon. I tryed but it results blurry! Which is the best way to get my logo really small? Do you have any tutorial for this? Thanks
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Cut a complex path at an intersection in Illustrator

I'm playing with a celtic knot work shape, which means that I want to split a path which crosses itself at that intersection. How do I tell it what segment I want to split? It's one path but ...
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How to create a 3D effect in Inkscape as required by the Android Design Guidelines?

In the Iconography section if the Android Design Guide they describe the following style that should be used for Launcher Icons: Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, ...
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Are light type face versions simply thinner than the roman (regular) ones?

I am taking a regular version of a typeface I love and making a light version of it, and I'm wondering: Is the light version just an inset of the regular version? Are there any special ...
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Remove bottom corners when using 'Round Rectangle Tool'?

I use a 'Round Rectangle Tool' to create navigation bar (for website).. How to remove two rounded corners at the bottom? Once it has been removed then I can apply some style from blending options. ...
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Resizing rectangle in Fireworks without losing sharpness

I resized an icon from 128x128 to 40x40 pixels. The snap-to-pixel option is turned on, but the icon is still "blurry". Original (128x128): Resized (40x40): How can I resize my image and retain ...
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A tutorial to learn how to add 3d effects to a logo

I am a beginner computer artist. I am just learning Photoshop and Illustrator, but I am planning to do a logo/web site design with both. I want to draw a logo for an application. I can draw a ...
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Smartphone resolution

I am going to make a design for a smartphone game, now I have seen that there are MANY resolutions around. Luckily iPhone has only a few, but Android contains already more, not to speak about upcoming ...
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How do you create a new document from a layer group that's also the size of the group?

I'd like to create a new document from a group of layers. It should be the same size as the largest layer in the group, even if the current document is a lot bigger. For example, I have a web page ...
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Is there a way to make Adjustment Layers ignore certain layers?

Is it possible to insert a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer at the top of all layers - but make it so that chosen layers are not affected by it? Can it be done without altering positions? (Ie. moving ...
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How to apply a texture to the background

I was trying to follow this tutorial to build a website and on Step 2, it said that I should paint the jpeg texture to the background. http://www.designzzz.com/how-to-make-web-template-photoshop/ ...
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What setting allows a master page to be the top level element in Fireworks?

I am creating an iPhone template, and need to make the master page be on top (for the menubar, carrier, etc...) This will allow me to simply send everything else to the back and not worry about ...
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Automating the Creation of Geometric Shapes?

How can I draw geometric shapes, or other regular shapes, such as a gear, using macros or scripts? I'd like to experiment with creating games by combining elements, similar to geoDefense: ...
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Specifying distance between objects in Adobe Illustrator CS5

As I'm placing items for a design, I find myself guessing a lot about positioning, usually I will take an item and everything else that might be similar I'll use align-left, or distribute-center. ...
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How to Export “only” the illustration in Illustrator CS3? [duplicate]

I am using Illustrator CS3 and trying to export my illustration. Problem is, I wanted to only export the illustration, no the background canvas area, how I can achieve that? Thanks.
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Has anyone used Blender for prototyping animations of mobile apps?

After Effects and other Mac only tools are popular among designers for prototyping animations of mobile apps. I wanted to know if there's anyone here who uses Blender for prototyping. If you do use ...
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How to make scanned newspaper effect?

i don't know if this a right place to ask, but i see lots of questions regarding photoshop. So basically, i want to make my good quality photos look like photos scanned from old newspaper. Maybe ...
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Imported image is much larger than it in the original Photoshop file

My inDesign document has the exact same dimensions as my layered Photoshop one. In Photoshop, I hid all layers except background and imported that, as a Photoshop file, into inDesign. No problem here. ...
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Fonts that come with Adobe CS5 software

I'm new to graphic design and the more I read about licensed fonts and images, the more confused I get. I've understood about downloading fonts and images on the internet. My question is about the ...
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Recommended practices for working with backgrounds in flat design

I am doing an Android app, actually re-disigning it, because the previous design was terrible. I'm not a designer, neither the guy who did the first version, we're both developers, but I do like the ...
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How to create the illusion of depth with repeating patterns? [duplicate]

How do I create perspective with repeating patterns? I am very much a beginner level, as noted by my first attempt to create a illustration in illustrator. However, my attempt has provided me with ...
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InDesign CS6 quality difference “Export to PDF” vs “Print Booklet”?

Using InDesign CS6, I regularly create booklets of anywhere from 8, 12, 16 to 32 pages for offset printing. For this I typically use the Print Booklet module, set to create a PDF file at Press ...
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1answer
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Converting an Illustrator Letter Head Design to Word

so I created this letter head for a client of mine in Illustrator and it's looking good and everyone is happy with it. This now needs to get converted into a word document so that when they open the ...
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What's the name for images like these?

I'm trying to figure out the name for, or a collection of, the kinds of images that "fade-into" a solid color. For example, twitter has this image: This allows them to add a background image that ...
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Free and paid architecture drawing software [closed]

What software is useful for designing buildings with accurate measurements? I originally trained with AutoCAD a long time ago but haven't needed to use any modelling softwares since, I'm wondering if ...
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Retina Display Email Signature

Our company uses gmail as the email client, and so our signatures are made up of text that can be edited in the text editor and images that have to be hosted on our server. CSS is not an option. Any ...
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2answers
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How to add multiple strokes aligned 'outside' to a type layer in Illustrator CS6?

Trying to do something which seems so simple and failing badly. I have created a simple Type layer. I need to add two strokes to the layer. But I would like the stroke to be on the outside of the ...
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How to make a noise/paper background in PS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create this grunge texture effect How can I achieve this kind of background in Photoshop? Seems like a noise/paper pattern.
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How can I make a 30 degree pattern?

I would like to make a simple line pattern rotated at 30 degrees, but no matter what I try I can't make it repeat itself without the lines being cut. Is this possible to do?
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How can I create a coffee cream effect with Photoshop?

Today I would like to create a coffee cup with the cream floral on it as a text by using Photoshop. It looks like you order a cup of hot cappuccino and the bartender will draw a flower with cream on ...
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Creating negative company logos?

Is it standard practice to create negative copies of a companies logo if they don't provide one. I'm asking as I'm creating a website which will have a companies page where I would like to list the ...
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Pricing for Website Design (Graphics Only)

I was wondering if someone could advise me on pricing for a website design. I'm redesigning a blog/travel site for an individual. The site is about 8 pages plus some modules, etc. I'm also ...
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1answer
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Term for the process of converting a raster image into a vector - 'vectorization'?

I thought this would be the most appropriate SE. Regularly I'm asked to convert clients logo's and various other images into vectors - for whatever reason they don't have the original files or cannot ...
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2answers
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Spot Color Transparency and Screens in Illustrator

(Illustrator CS5) I have a design that will be printed on a line printer. Possible are up to 7 colors, or a 4-color process with 3 line colors. I'm currently sticking to PMS only (only 5 PMS colors ...
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1answer
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Why doesn't Size/Resolution in InDesign match the PDF?

I am working in InDesign and I need to create a PDF file. The problem is that if I have a 200px x 200px box in InDesign when I save it as PDF the box appears larger... I am a bit confused about ...
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3answers
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How to put a 'gap' between pages in a spread in Indesign

(sort of step 2 for this question but also technically a new question in its own right) I have 4 pages side by side in a spread and i would like to put a small gap between them, to simulate how they ...
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4answers
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Where can I find a better version of this image?

I saw a hard copy of the symbol in the lower left corner of this image and I'm trying to find either a higher resolution version or a vector graphics version. I need something that will look good when ...
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How to quickly get inside of this magic wand tool border selection - complex image

Original image : http://orig10.deviantart.net/cf51/f/2013/234/c/1/_8__uscail_by_el_dark_core-d6jbjv0.png I need to get inside of this white border selection how to do it? Here the selection ...
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Roman numbers in Inkscape?

How can I write roman numbers in the program inkscape? Do I have to use the glyph-mode somehow or how is it done? Strangely, manually putting in the Unicode for example for the 'I' , U+2160 does not ...
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Is a 100x100 px image with 100 ppi equal to a 71x71 px with 50ppi?

This should be obvious but the content out there on the web is confusing. I'm trying to understand the role ppi plays when saving an image. So if I have an image with rows of 1000 pixels, is it the ...

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