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How to create a fictional city map

Any ideas how to start making a fictional city map (like one for example). I'm fairly good in using Illustrator and Inkscape but I'm unsure what an optimal workflow would be.
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Mobile Web application graphic design

The resolution of the iPhone 4/4s is 960x640 and the the iPhone 3gs is 480x320. How does one go about designing web pages for mobile devices with all sorts of different resolutions? Do the mobile ...
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Who is the rightful copyright holder of images to Windows components?

I was curious how could TechTalkz copyright images as follows (notice the © sign at the top left corner): More examples at: techtalkz From what I know, the copyright holder of these images ...
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208 views

Changing background in Photoshop

I have this image that I edited to make into a background so that it repeats. It is a scan of a tablecloth. I have been trying to get it to be yellow in Photoshop for over an hour, but every time I ...
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396 views

Is graphic designing (web pages) mostly faux, unreal, unscalable and somewhat based on illusion?

Is design mostly faux, unreal, partly based on illusion which combines different elements and combines into one beautiful piece, which is not scalable but give a nice look to the eye. Consider these ...
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387 views

How to creat this background patterns which gives a 3 effect - either in Photoshop or PAINT.net

You can see this is very faint image (below), only one pixel tall. The demo can be 100 px tall. How can I achieve this affect in Photoshop or Paint.net? I would like the main inner area to be 800px ...
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787 views

How do I make a good OS X Icon from an existing png

I have this image: that I would like to make into a nice OS X icon. One that would go in the safaritoolbar or on an iphone. Problem is that they don't use PNG they only look at the shaded parts, so ...
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Who own the rights to images that are generated by math formulas?

How is the copyright determined for images that are derived from math formulas? Examples: Equal-step gradient graph: color wheel graph of sin(1/z): Who own the rights to images like these?
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What is this pattern called and how is it created?

I've seen this on many websites as a background but I can't seem to find a name for it or I can't seem to create it myself. If someone has done this, it would help a lot if you can give me some ...
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Illustrator equivalent to Photoshop's skew tool

In Photoshop the skew tool allows you to move each corner of the object being skewed independently. Is there an equivalent in Illustrator? Envelope distort seems overkill and harder to achieve the ...
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1px Transparent Border around image after resize in photoshop

I'm not sure what setting or anything has caused this, but when I resize an image in Image > Image Size, the resized image gets semi-transparent 1px border! There seem no obvious settings to cause ...
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How to troubleshoot a design that doesn't “feel” right?

I'm a new designer (sort of) and I'm wondering how you guys fix a design that just doesn't feel quite right. When you've been working on a design for a while, you can get the feeling that one of many ...
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1answer
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Photoshop Fonts Always Italic

I've recently exported an image from Microsoft Expression Design to a .psd format, but when I open the exported .psd & attempt to create a new font layer, any font I choose will be italicized but ...
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How to replicate this die-cast metallic effect?

I'm trying to reproduce this customer's logo which they made years ago. I supposed to reproduce it in Photoshop but I can't get the effect right. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Make fill translucent but keep stroke opaque in Illustrator

How do I set the fill of a rectangle to be 50% opacity, but keep the stroke at full opacity? The transparency panel controls both fill and stroke. I want to set them independently.
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Font used as stripe.com logo

I am trying to find out, but I am having a hard time. I would like to know what the font type used to create the logo at http://stripe.com is? Does anyone happen to know?
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Where can I find examples of high contrast combinations for websites?

I like the idea behind http://contrastrebellion.com/, and plan to implement that on my websites. However, I'm a developer, not designer. I read a lot about the subject -where I must build the ...
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1answer
2k views

Photoshop: use the pen tool without anti-aliasing?

I'm building some "8-bit" style sprites in Photoshop, and using the pen tool so that I can scale them for different resolutions. The problem is that they are coming out anti-aliased, which I don't ...
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1answer
611 views

Photoshop or Illustrator for Icon Design

Photoshop and Illustrator compared, both expose nearly the same possibilities to create icons except that Illustrator uses a vector based system. In which situations is which product more reasonable ...
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157 views

Shadow for medium sized text

there are many examples of text-shadow effects on the web but only for very large text or particular background/foreground colours. I've tried creating an engraved effect or a 3D effect (I really ...
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1answer
129 views

Have the IPA characters from Sylfaen ever been released?

Sylfaen as originally designed had a full set of International Phonetic Alphabet characters, and they appear in a paper on the designers' website. But the version that was free with Windows XP ...
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1answer
577 views

Which font is this? (from a Creative Review email)

Seems to have a kind of 70s look to it. Or at least that's what it reminds me of. I am talking about the bit in italics of course. Thanks very much.
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How to change the defaults for screen mode in Photoshop?

I am using Photoshop CS5 on Mac. I prefer to use "Full screen mode with menu bar" rather than "Standard screen mode". Is there a way to have Photoshop remember my favorite screen mode settings and use ...
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1answer
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InDesign CS5: How to create a contact sheet automatically?

I know the instructions exist. I have tried them repeatedly and they simply don't make sense. Can someone explain the steps a little better? (Reading down the list of comments, I'm not the only ...
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1answer
379 views

How to make this kind of illustrations for manual/guides? [closed]

I am going to write some guides and I'd like to start to make some beautiful illustrations/pictures. This kind of pictures are often seen in product manuals I think. How can I make my own? Is there ...
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3answers
559 views

In webdesign how do you calculate the ideal bottom margin for headers?

I've seen a few css frameworks add margin-bottom to heading elements in addition to a large line-height. Example from here. h1 { font-size: 46px; line-height: 50px; margin-bottom: 14px;} h2 { ...
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2answers
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Export layers and smart object layers to files?

In my .psd file I have many layers, and within those layers are many Smart Objects. These Smart Objects also have their own set of layers that I would like exported as well when I choose the Export ...
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1answer
534 views

What does “letterfit” mean?

I started reading The Elements of Typographic Style and found the term "letterfit". I'm unsure as to what it means. It doesn't appear in the glossary of terms of the book. Is it related to kerning?
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How can I use multiple overlay effects simultaneously in Photoshop?

There are 3 overlay effects available in Photoshop as layer styles: Color, Gradient and Pattern. The problem: these effects come in a strictly fixed order! Is it possible to make a translucent ...
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2answers
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How do you change the origin of a radial gradient in Inkscape?

I want to change the origin of a radial gradiant in inkscape (so that it's not the centre of the shape, but off to one side). How do I do this?
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Workstation recommendations for designers?

I have a question that comes a bit unconventional and I apologize if it is a little off topic, We need to buy computers (laptops because we have many power outages in Mexico) for web designers and ...
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Need a neat way to show availabity (e.g. working hours)

I need to show service availability for a service catalogue I am putting together. I want to do this as economically (in terms of real estate) as possible. For example, a service may be available: ...
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1answer
370 views

From Illustrator to Photoshop

I have a illustrator file with base shapes for a icon i'm creating and I want to go to photoshop now. The task is simple: Start a new photoshop document with all the Illustrator's shapes as vector ...
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2answers
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What icon conveys “results”?

I'm looking for an icon to convey results. There seems to be a lot of them online, but the vast majority of them fits the concept of financial results. I'm looking for one that will fit in with ...
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2answers
221 views

Is it possible to create a modern-looking design with a dark theme?

I was asked a website redesign with two requirements: Inspired by Google Plus (clean, minimal, a lot of "white" space) Switchable between a White version and a Black version Here's my problem: ...
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What color profile should I use when designing for iPhone?

We're working with Photoshop CS5 on Mac (OSX Lion) and would like to see the colors on the Mac exactly like they will look on the iPhone. Does anybody know what color profiles we should use and how to ...
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3answers
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Custom PS brush that allows hardness settings

As the title says: How can I create a custom brush that allows me to use "hardness" settings? As far as I've come searching the net, I haven't found any tutorial or how-to.
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3answers
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How to manually type in handles for anchor in Adobe Illustrator?

In Illustrator CS 5.1, I would like to manually type in the points for handles on an anchor point, as I need to be more exact than moving them with my mouse. How can I do this?
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1answer
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InDesign CS5 tables: Can I automatically fit rows or columns to the size of content?

You know how Excel has the function "Autofit," where you select a whole row or a whole column and it resizes the entire thing to the height or depth of the largest content item? I want to do that in ...
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2answers
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How do I make rectangular photos square?

I have a pack of rectangular pictures (some landscape, some portrait) but I need them to be square. I know how to use imagemagick for resizing and converting. Some of the pictures are wider, ...
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3answers
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Convert Illustrator Live Paint Objects to Standard Objects

I can hobble my way around Illustrator, but I'm far from a pro, so please bear with me here. For most of my work in Illustrator, I use basic shapes. I draw a rectangle; move around the anchors; ...
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2answers
698 views

How can i remove white streaks from an image in photoshop?

i have this image in photoshop below, and i am trying to figure out a way to get rid of all of the white parts of this image and replace with the same blue color that is there. I have tried: Hue / ...
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1answer
524 views

How does the GIMP function “perspective” work?

The function "perspective" looks like a 3*3-matrix with sine och cosines and is it translation, scaling, rotation, some combination or other? How does it work? Is "perspective" the real proper name ...
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2answers
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How do I make logos look good at small sizes?

I've made my first logo in Fireworks) and it looks ok at full size but when scaled down it looks pretty bad. Is it common for designers to make separate versions for smaller sizes?
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Is there a way to tell InDesign not to break words in a Paragraph? (hyphenation)

I am pasting this text into a text box in InDesign, I have a Paragraph Style set for that box and I am using "Justify with last line aligned left" (you can see in the screenshot, the red circles) The ...
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1answer
203 views

Framemaker feature - run on paragraph styles. Is this possible in scribus?

Framemaker will let you configure a paragraph style to run on after the finish of the paragraph. This is good for hanging paragraphs where the first line is really a subheading, Excuse the monospaced ...
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1answer
739 views

What are the various fonts / typefaces used here?

I love kinetic typography, and the latest video by David Guetta, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO9THtRWb2s uses it in an interesting way. Instead of just using text as a 2D element, they've made ...
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2answers
175 views

Photoshop Relative Colormetric conversion inconsistent?

The Photoshop relative colormetric conversion seems to be inconsistent. I'm converting from Adobe RGB to sRGB. Settings are as follows: I open the same file twice and run the same conversion. The ...
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1answer
373 views

Color Blending in Photoshop

I'm using Photoshop and I'm trying to create a multi-colored background image similar to the one found at http://www.xtorrent.com (the full URL is ...
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votes
3answers
202 views

An online resource or a book that teaches how to draw from a physics/optics perspective

There are plenty of online tutorials, that can teach one to use Photoshop or adobe Illustrator. I don't know how to draw, but want to develop that skill, threfore I am looking for a good video ...

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