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Is there any service where you can check your designed logo against trademarked logos?

Say if I design a logo, there is the chance that it may be to similar to that of a trademarked logo already out there. Are there any services that help with this? This could be done through research, ...
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Can URW Garamond N°8 be used in a printed book?

Is it possible to use the URW Garamond N°8 in a printed book (for sale)?
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Which free fonts are similar to this sans-serif Handel Gothic font?

What is the font in this extract? (hint: I've already found that it looks very similar to Handel Gothic, but the M is round on top) and what free (or even open-source if possible) font (to use in ...
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SWF file smaller than the PNG's within it?

I don't understand how this is possible. I made this banner based on the design of another one. I've been struggling getting decent quality. I notice the quality is pretty good in the one I'm copying. ...
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What is the best way to obtain physical letterpress metal fonts?

(Note: This is an odd question to be asking on a website in this day and age. But it is something that those with a historical bent might care about, and I'm not sure where else to ask!) As a ...
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How to make an adjustment layer to affect only one layer or one group of layers in Photoshop?

In Photoshop I am trying to apply a hue/saturation to just one or a group of layers instead of the entire lot of layers using the "Create new fill or adjustment Layer" button. Is this possible, and if ...
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Are there too many colors on this web page?

I colored a couple of table columns on this page and I think I've overdone it: now it's starting to look to me like a Tijuana whorehouse. Are there already too many colors on the page? Thanks! Any ...
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Where could i start to try and make something like this video?

i was browsing the web for some animated backgrounds for ppt when i came accross this: http://www.faithclipart.com/video/he-is-the-vine-video-splash-screen-loop.html Does anyone know what techniques, ...
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What file types should my web designer provide me with?

I am building web site, and I paid a designer to design my site, What should the designer provide me? png cut images? psd file? Should I insist on getting psd file? What is the disadvantage of ...
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How to determine color transformations from given colors?

Our designer has provided us with some nice web 2.0 buttons, etc. I translated them into beautiful CSS3. Now I want to go overboard and generalize the color scheme using Sass color manipulation. ...
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What font/style is being used in the following image

I'm customizing the design of a Shopify store and one of the templates uses this image as a logo: How could I write a word using that same style and font with Paint.NET? Thanks for your help!
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Photoshop Background layer

The background layer is locked by default. When I unlock it, PS creates a new layer layer0 and deletes the background layer. Is this a bad thing to do. Does the background layer have any special ...
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Illustrator 3D Extrude Pipe Elbow

I'm trying to create a 3D extrude of an ABS pipe elbow like this: Large image. Although it can be solid, isn't necessary for a hollow pipe. I created a doughnut from two ellipses (one deleted ...
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How to create a saturation map?

Is there an easy way to create a "saturation-map" in Photoshop/Gimp? I need a grey-scale version of an image showing where the colors have less saturation (black) and where they have more saturation ...
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Applying stroke to path in Illustrator moves the path.

As in title, when I apply stroke value to a path created with pen tool in Ai CS 5.5, this path is being moved. That doesn't apply to all shapes I made. Is there a setting that needs changing or what. ...
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Logo feedback and advice on learning Adobe Illustrator…

I've only made a handful of logos in my life, so I'm interested in feedback. Here are the ones that I've come up with so far: http://www.solarcoordinates.com/SHomeTour/logo.html As for the final ...
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Suitable font for Japanese-language text in comic?

What's a suitable font for Japanese-language text in a western-style comic? Comic sans serif doesn't seem to handle Japanese. (I deliberately chose it in part to be contrarian, and in part because it ...
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Is it possible to have “synchronized layers” in Photoshop CS5?

I don't really know the right terminology for it. Suppose I have more than one layers with 50x50 content, at different positions in a bigger image. Those layers have identical material in them and ...
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PDF font embedding; any utility to batch test font collection?

Question Is there a utility that will batch test fonts to check which CAN and/or CANNOT be embedded in an Export to PDF? Why? I want to organise a (too large) collection of fonts so that when ...
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How to create a pictogram representing “experimental therapy”?

I work at university. Our department has a student's day, where we all show posters presenting our research. Of course, the poster isn't supposed to be text-only. But we have to take care of any ...
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1answer
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How to achieve special effect with layers in Paint.NET?

I am more a developer and not a graphic designer, and because I really don't do this kind of stuff often (more like once in two years or so) I don't want spend a lot of money on tools i'm not going to ...
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2answers
346 views

Generic License for Licensing Artwork

Are there a selection of freely available licenses which can be used to license artwork? Essentially the license would need to cover the following: Allow me to sell artwork to consumer on a ...
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1answer
522 views

Is there an InDesign to XPS workflow other than printing to an XPS “printer”?

The book I'm designing was requested originally in PDF format, and that's how it's set up in InDesign. So far, so good, and it's about 90% complete at this point. We've already jumped through a fair ...
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Printer Resolution

The Windows 7 printer preferences dialogue box tells me: Print pixels: 1416 x 2152 dots Does this mean that I should always provide an image of 1416 x 2152 pixels to achieve max quality? How is DPI ...
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Which manufacturers are producing mid-level and high-end artwork scanners?

I have been asked to do some research into mid-level and high-end flatbed A3 scanners used for professional artwork scanning (think illustrations for children books). I am not acquainted with this ...
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1answer
421 views

Eye catching & useful web slides - what are the do's and don'ts?

I hope you don't mind a programmer barging in on the graphic design site....! I usually work with design agencies to turn their creative ideas into web-site reality. So I can appreciate a good ...
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2answers
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How do I make a 2D texture into a banner/flag that looks like it is folding from a breeze?

I've got a 2D image and I want to transform it into something that looks like a single frame from an animation of that logo on fabric catching just a bit of breeze. I'm not an artist so don't have ...
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Difference between kerning vs letter spacing?

What is the difference between kerning vs. letter spacing?
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Readability as a function of measure and leading

I'm writing a thesis, and of course my university has some requirements regarding the typography, specifying in particular the measure (36 pc), the minimum font size (10 pt), and an acceptable range ...
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1answer
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Best practices around creating LARGE poster image 24X36

I need to create a large image (for print) at 24X36 inches. It is a seating chart poster for a wedding. What settings in Photoshop would I set for an image this size (DPI, etc.)? I would need it to ...
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1answer
753 views

How do i maintain the size and integrity of my QR code in Photoshop?

As soon as my QR code is opened in Adobe Photoshop, the size is reduced. Is there any way to maintain the size and quality of the image so that the quality is not compromised. It becomes impossible to ...
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2answers
154 views

How do you do this in Photoshop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to design sleek magnifying glass effects like these? I've seen this done many times, and I'm wondering how to do it. If someone could point me to a tutorial on ...
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3D character modeling tool

I am working on building a Strategy Game (it will be in 2.5D), and for graphic design part we are using Illustrator and Photoshop for designing (including designing characters). Now we want to start ...
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What characters are good to start with when designing a typeface?

Given many characters in a typeface build on others and even just a couple of characters can reveal a lot of the features of a given typeface, what characters are good to start with when designing a ...
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2answers
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CorelDraw: problems converting to curves text with embedded graphics.

In CorelDraw it is possible to insert arbitrary graphics (raster or vector) right into line of text by copy-pasting object into it. It is useful sometimes since this embedded object will be scaled ...
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2answers
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Photoshop: Does creating a work path from type lose quality?

In Photoshop there is a menu option to create a vector from a text layer: Layer > Type > Create Work Path. Does this lose any quality over leaving it as a text layer, such as font hinting?
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2.5D character animation

I am building a strategy game in 2.5D, similar to Age of Empires, but will be a bugs war instead of humans. I am in the process of building animation, I hired a graphic designer and UI developer, the ...
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Golden ratio, with or without padding/margin?

Lets say I have 1000 px wide 2 column layout with 100 px gutter space (margin) and 50px on the left and right.. How do I apply the golden ratio to this layout? Method One c1+c2=800px; c1/c2=1.618; ...
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What is an easy way to create a bulk of rounded rectangles in Illustrator?

Image is taken from this site. Is there a way in Illustrator to draw a group of rectangles like this without having to draw them one by one? The idea is to divide the area into as many rectangles of ...
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What can I do with AFM - Adobe font metrics file?

I received zip containing font in .afm format. Is this some sort of source-code of a font that can be converted TTF/OTF or so? How can I actually read and use this file?
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1answer
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How to isolate artwork from games for fan art

Wherever there is a popular game, there is fan art: custom wallpapers, t-shirts, etc. One thing they usually have in common is that they feature artwork from the game, or something close to it. ...
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How can I ensure that users will think a button is clickable?

I had to make a page with a couple links on it, so I thought I would try to make the links big and decorative: But I ran into the problem that people didn't realize it was a button, so they didn't ...
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1answer
209 views

Where can I download social media icons?

I've seem these icons on lots of sites, so I assume they are publicly available and free to use. Does any one know who designed them, and the official site?
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Photoshop CS5: Setting a black background to transparent

I have an image of smoke over a black background. If I set the blending mode of this layer to screen, the image's background is perfectly edited out, however if there isn't another layer below this, ...
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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 ...
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2answers
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Photoshop CS4: PDF subsequent saves toggle between dark and light black output?

I'm working in several CMYK .PSD documents. Whenever I save them as .PDF, the first PDF generated always appears as a more rich RGB-looking black (on-screen at least). Changing maybe a few ...
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1answer
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Apply an overlay layer to a single layer, and then adjust the result of that?

So I just purchased the CS5.5 Master Collection, I'm an enthusiast :) I have a question pertaining to blending layers and applying adjustments in Photoshop. How do I apply an adjustment layer to a ...
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Textures - How to use in Web Design

Basically, I love how people use textures in web design. But as most website designs are "fluid", how do you make them work for all monitors and make them seamless? For Example, on the website ...
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2answers
404 views

What programs are being used to design this?

I'm new to design, and I often observe and have a lot of questions. I'm familiar with Photoshop, but I'm not sure of its full capabiilites. Take a look at this iPhone game called Cut the Rope, ...
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1answer
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Converting to vector from solid color shape or sketch [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Convert a line drawing from raster to vector I have a solid color shape. Is there an automatic way that Illustrator can detect its borders and convert it into a vector. ...

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