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Can I use OS fonts in logos?

When I design a logo, can I use a font that was included in my OS? That I downloaded for free? I'm perhaps less concerned with wordmarks than with other types of logos.
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Indesign exports A4 document as US Letter .pdfs

When exporting a document created in InDesign which has A4 selected under File > Document Setup > Page Size into a .pdf by using File > Export > Adobe PDF (Print) format and use the default 'High ...
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How to apply text effect in InDesign but not have it effect text stroke?

I need to apply an inner shadow effect to some text in InDesign, which works fine. But I also need to apply a stroke to the text, but the effect is also being applied to the stroke ( unlike in ...
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2answers
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Distinguishing characteristics of the concept art industry?

What distinguishing characteristics apply to the concept art industry that separate it from from other related fields of graphic art, design, and illustration? What are the unique educational ...
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What's a good way to get into Concept Art?

I'm a game programmer, and so yeah, you could call me creative, but I've only created code-generated visuals. I want to get into Concept Art. Where are good places to start? I am looking for both ...
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How to link two or more layer masks together in Adobe Photoshop?

How can I link two layer masks together? I'm trying to create a divider bar in Photoshop, that fades out at each end: As you can see, I have it fading out at the bottom. How can I do the same to ...
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Paint Shop Pro 7: where to find color:transparent?

In a .png image, I want to color the three far-northwest corner pixels, now colored white, so they are transparent: This is, I want the background color to show through those pixels. But I can't ...
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What type of creative commons licensing do I need for free templates?

I'm planning on releasing a design template for a specific platform to make it easier on users who use that platform to design their pages. I want to allow anyone to download this template for free; ...
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Free, downloadable Helvetica small caps? Well, then, how about Arial or even Tahoma?

I'm looking for Arial non-fake small-caps. Free, downloadable, and TrueType or OpenType. A free Helvetica would be great but I don't know that Mono ever made small caps for this typeface. I will also ...
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copying selection shape in gimp

I'd like to copy selection shape in gimp and then paste it somewhere else (I've got first half of the image and I'd like do make it's mirror reflection). Do you know how can I do it?
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How can I use Photoshop to imitate a photo taken with a low-quality camera?

How can I create an image in Photoshop that imitates a photo taken with a low-quality phone camera? Examples of qualities I want to simulate: blurring in some areas caused by a dirty lens low ...
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Should I start with Fireworks, or is Expression Design comparable?

I'm looking at starting down the path of creating my own unique designs for my sites (I'm a developer at heart, and care more about things working). I'm most familiar with Adobe Photoshop, but after ...
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Color differences between Mac and Windows, How to set color profile scheme on Windows to get same colors of Mac?

I'm developer; I use Windows but my designer uses Mac. Whenever he sends a graphic file to me (.psd and .ai files) the colors show differently on Mac and Windows, even if I take the color code from ...
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What are “up-to-date” or “modern” icons?

My icons have been (lightly) criticized as "too 1998-ish": From left to right: refresh; auto/manual refresh toggle; filters; favorites; alerts. To what was the critique aimed at? What the critic ...
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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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Paint Shop Pro 7: how to create a new palette from my image?

I have an image and from it I want to create a new palette. But PSP Help isn't much and doesn't much. The menu choice I want might say "from the selected image, create a new palette," but that choice ...
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2answers
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GIMP: “Joined” arabic text

I'm trying to create an image which contains Arab text. This is the (HTML entities for the) text: العربية Raw, it is العربية When I paste the text into ...
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3answers
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How to create alpha mask from an image in Photoshop CS/8

I have a monochrome image, and would like to replace the colour with a gradient. I assume the best way to do this would be to create a background layer with the gradient, and then apply the ...
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How to add a DOUBLE outline to a text or a shape in Adobe Illustrator ?

I am creating a logo and I would like to put a double outline on it, do you know any clever way to do it ?
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Looking for examples of “thank you” e-mail designs

I've been tasked with creating "thank you for attending" HTML e-mails/graphics for a number of events. I've already done a few, but they all need to look distinct and I'm running out of ideas. Does ...
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What icon can I use to represent 'concept'?

What sort of icon/graphic could represent 'concept'? It would be very helpful as a place-holder when I am making basic sketches and notes. Third Party Edit (from comments): hhajemi (OP): From my ...
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When I buy a font, is there any limitations, except I cannot give it away to anyone?

Is it correct that, once bought a font, I'm not limited in time or number of projects I can use the font in? Say, I own Helvetica. Does it mean that now I have a right to use it in any of my projects? ...
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3answers
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What's this style called, with blocky text and strong circle shapes?

What's this style of design called? http://www.mademyday.de/ Thanks. [UPDATE:] I should have posted more examples, here's another and I'll look for more: http://www.fajnechlopaki.com/ I'm ...
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1answer
364 views

Who illustrates the current Firefox website?

Does anyone know who's behind the playful illustrations on the current Firefox website? For example: From the Firefox mobile page: From the Firefox download page:
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How to calculate other colors with the same perceived lightness as a given gray value?

This is related to a question I asked on tex.stackexchange, which has a color aspect. The result of that question is the following image: I have drawn a series of gray squares on the left, with a ...
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Can you recommend web design books/tutorials that teach specific design techniques?

Other questions that deal with book recommendations do not address my particular need. I'm looking for web design books that teach me how to design using specific techniques and elements. Such as ...
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1answer
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How to resize an image when pixel dimensions are locked?

How can I resize my image so the height is 180 and the width is 120? Currently when I try to change the size, I'm forced to keep the dimensions fixed. I see that the lock is enabled but I don't know ...
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1answer
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How can I export as png without alpha?

How can I export an Inkscape image as a png without any alpha?
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3answers
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General feedback on first draft of site design

I'm a developer having a bash at designing a church site for a relative and was hoping to get some feedback on what i've done so far. I tend to like clean, minimal sites so that's kinda where i'm ...
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How to visualize data? Which software should I use?

I'm interested to know what sort of software - beyond basic standard graphics out of Excel - people use to generate data visualisations. Do you craft things by hand and then build them in something ...
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3answers
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Completely different interpretation of Pantone to RGB values depending where I look.

I'm making a web site and have been told the corporate color is pantone 2745. In illustrator, here, and here it is a deep indigo color. Here, here, here and here it is a deep violet sort of color. ...
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3answers
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Do my colors work?

I'm not much of a designer (yet), and I'm still in the learning phases. I'm not bad with Photoshop, but when it comes to color theory and typography, I'm not sure I have any idea. So, I just create ...
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1answer
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Is there a way to mirror paths as you draw them in Photoshop? (For drawing symmetric shapes.)

When drawing something symmetrical with the pen tool in Photoshop, is there any way to set up a mirror line at a given angle, so as you draw a shape on one side it gets automatically duplicated and ...
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8answers
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What's with all the Lorems and the Ipsums?

Is there a better way to represent text in a layout or design? "Lorem Ipsum" is good at taking your attention away from the text to showcase the design as a whole but I think it looks unnatural for ...
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13answers
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How do I learn to be creative?

I've been a programmer my whole life, and now I've found that I really need to start designing my own stuff. I know how to use Photoshop in and out, but I just can't create anything nice. I often ...
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1answer
633 views

Is there any good free website or tool to make cartoon from pictures?

Is there any good free website or graphic software to make cartoon from pictures of person?
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3answers
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Why all the hate? --Two spaces after the period

The nuns enforced it with a ruler: two spaces after a period at the end of a sentence. I, along with many others do this instinctively. Why is this considered incorrect/improper in printed materials ...
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Joining transparent objects without overlap in InDesign

I'd like to join a transparent line and a transparent filled circle together without creating an overlap region with a different transparency. How can I do this in InDesign? None of the path or ...
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3answers
652 views

Which unit should be used in web design to define space (margin, padding, etc.)?

In the CSS of a website is it better, for human readability, define margin and padding units in px, em or pt?
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7answers
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What software do you use to design website layout mockups?

I use Adobe Photoshop but I find it kind of buggy sometimes. When I import what I do in photoshop to Flash the quality of the design drops down a notch...
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5answers
4k views

A good tool to visually design graphical user interfaces for iOS devices?

I'm developing an iOS apps and I need to find an easy design tool, something that would allow me to drag widgets into my GUI, and visually build it. I'm currently using Adobe Illustrator with this ...
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4answers
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Is there any way to add a new page to my work in Illustrator ?

Is there any way to add a new page to my work in Illustrator ? I've seen these buttons on the bottom: I guess they are for the pages ? thanks
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1answer
251 views

Scale2x utility for Mac OS X?

Is there an already compiled utility for the Scale2x utility for Mac OS X? I've found source code but I'm looking for a utility that is already built.
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4answers
42k views

How can I resize this object without distorting it in Illustrator?

How can I resize such items without changing the curvature at edges? You know, I don't want the half-circles at the extremes to become half-elipses. thanks
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4answers
3k views

Can I use vector images to increase site compatability?

I am familiar with vector and raster images, in theory. In practice I don't know how to use vectors properly. Can vector images be used in a web pages to increase site compatability? For example, ...
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3answers
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In Illustrator how can I set X and Y relative to the pixel grid?

When I use Illustrator CS5 on another machine, all objects X and Y are relative to their artboard, not the overall pixel grid (by pixel grid I mean the entire screen). How can I change this so the X ...
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2answers
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Delete anything outside an area

If i have outlined an object, say a car, and i have added a red air brush around to give it a color, how could i remove all color outside the outline of the car? Masking etc. ?
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2answers
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Multiple masks in Photoshop

How do I add multiple masks to a layer in Photoshop CS3? I already created one mask for chain link fence so that the fence would appear between a person and his original background: Now I would ...
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3answers
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Any ideas for “Adults 50+”

I need to create a logo for "Adults 50+" program. This is sort of a general activity club/program for folks over 50 years old. Logo needs to reflect an active life style of adults, rather than them ...

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