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What tools can I use to create Fractal Art?

There are many fractal generation softwares such as the free Xaos and Fractal Architect 2. I normally use Mathematica to generate fractals and process them later with editing tool but this time have ...
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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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Is using a portion of quoted text on a poster a derivative work?

I made a poster, for my own use, that uses a few lines from a well known song and I liked the outcome so much I'd like to share it. However, I'm not sure if taking part of a copyrighted material and ...
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1answer
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Run Illustrator script on multiple files

Is there a way to make an Illustrator script run over all files in a certain folder and perform operations on these? I am using CS5 on mac.
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3answers
314 views

How is this coffee stained design done?

I'm a programmer doing a client project, and I'm trying to write an app that will do this (the photograph of the woman) to user-uploaded images. I think it's some combination of Sepia and some other ...
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1answer
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How to edit a closed shape drawn by Path Tool in GIMP?

I created a custom shape with custom pattern with the following steps: Drawing the border lines with Path Tool Making a closed shape by Selection from Path Selecting the closed shape with Magic Wand ...
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2answers
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Exporting Layers to Files Without Losing the Effects in Photoshop CS6

Here is the problem. I am doing this work for a company. They wanted me to clean 138 jpeg files and give them back. I opened a psd and put all the files in it. I cleaned all of them. At last, i ...
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1answer
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What are the smallest dimensions/resolution I can use for a 7ft x 2ft banner? [duplicate]

I am designing a banner which will be printed at 7ft x 4ft. I am using Photoshop CS4. The images are not vectors. The original poster artwork has been done at 300 ppi for A4 printing. I was ...
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0answers
125 views

How can I learn website/webpage design [duplicate]

I asked the closed How can (or should) I design my personal and professional sites?, and one of the comments was that if the commenter stumbled upon any of my sites, that commenter would conclude I ...
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1answer
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What is the name of the style used in the default Windows 8 lock screen?

What would call the style used in the Space Needle themed lock screen in Windows 8, and how would you reproduce that style? I'm in the early stages of learning Windows 8 and preparing to roll it out ...
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4answers
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How to copy elements from Fireworks to Photoshop with transparent background

Always when I try to copy-paste something from Fireworks to Photoshop it gets a white background. So often I end up saving the part I need as a seperate png-file with transparent background and then ...
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8answers
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Drawing block diagram?

Is there any software that allows to draw block diagrams like this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/Windows_2000_architecture.png or like this:
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1answer
3k views

Indesign auto column width size for table based on the data containing?

I have a lot of tables that designers have to adjust slightly to fit the content. This takes a large amount of time in our process and I would like to know if there is anyway to skip this? Perhaps a ...
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1answer
203 views

How can I color all layers below without coloring over transparent background?

I have a logo consisting of a group of paths and smart objects, so I want them to stay editable. Layers: Now all these are white in color. Behind them is transparency. I want to color all the ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I remove compression artifacts around text?

Example: This seems to be a problem with using JPEG. My questions are: How to remove the grey areas around the text? What filter/process in GIMP/ImageMagick or other free image ...
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3answers
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Flash CS6 How to create 3D extruded text?

Anyone know of some tutorials or walk-throughs on how to animate 3D rotated/transformed text in Flash Professional CS6? I cant seem to find any. (Googled) I am trying to make an animation of some ...
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2answers
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How do I create a lens flare effect?

How was the following design made? It's very beautiful, and I'm trying to recreate it on my own. When I'm done, I'd like to have a "correct answer" to check my answer against.
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2answers
919 views

Is there an ISO or similar recognized standard for Icons?

I had this question popping out while viewing some ISO standards such as ISO 9142. I searched a little but couldn't find an explicit ISO standard that is specifically for Computer Icons. So, has ...
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1answer
509 views

How to overwrite brush “texture” with single color in Illustrator CS6?

I'm creating symbols using custom brush packs that I downloaded. Most of these brushes have many different colors in them ("textures"), not just a single one. My question is how to dismiss these ...
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1answer
34 views

Is there any way to blank out lots of images automatically?

What I have is a folder full of about 100 images of various sizes and shapes spread across various sub-folders. I need to blank out all these images ( or ideally replace them with some subtle pattern ...
2
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1answer
371 views

How do I change the default color library for stroke/fill in Illustrator?

When I click in the Appearance menu to color a stroke or a fill, it pops up a library of swatches. I can't figure out how to get that to show a different swatch library. I have a saved library, I can ...
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1answer
138 views

Identifying a couple more fonts [closed]

These two fonts are a pain to identify because of the formatting (one is partially masked) and the other is on a background that makes it hard to identify. There are two different images for the 2nd ...
2
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4answers
9k views

How to draw circle tangents and removing the inner lines?

I'm new to Adobe Illustrator and I wanted to accomplish this task. How do I remove the inner lines in my drawings? I tried with all the pathfinders effect but it keeps removing my tangent lines (the ...
2
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3answers
9k views

How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6?

How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6? I would like to lock those properties in each page in Indesign. Sometimes the designers get wrong and drag and drop the text frame ...
0
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1answer
151 views

Identifying several fonts

I am trying to identify several fonts but hitting a brick wall. Can anyone help me identify these fonts please?
2
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1answer
2k views

Illustrator CS6 'Save for Web' doesn't save the image as expected

I have an image 8x8 pixels as below; this is the image as I see in Adobe Illustrator CS6: Each gray shade in upper left and lower right corners is 4x2 pixels. I would like to save this image as I ...
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5answers
585 views

Where can I find icons / vector art of everyday objects?

I am designing an application that requires between 100 - 200 icons / vector art of everyday objects - grandma, banana, boat, etc. The resource that I've found that is closest to my needs is The Noun ...
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1answer
184 views

Visibility of elements over different shades of blue

I'm debating which colors to use for my website. We've been trying to find the right colors for the logo and graphics of the site, and struggling with trying to pick between the light and dark blue. ...
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1answer
1k views

How to increase brightness of a highlighted text in a scanned image?

I'm currently scanning a few documents at the moment and have highlighted several parts of the text. My scanner doesn't pick up the highlighted text very well and the highlighted areas are very ...
3
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3answers
2k views

Rounded corner shape with rounded sides

I'm struggling to make the below shape in illustrator: Rounded corner rectangles are easy but I'm not sure how to round the sides easily as well. I would want these shapes to be easy to re-size ...
2
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3answers
498 views

Add imperfections to vector graphics / drawings

I'm looking for creative ways to add imperfections or flaws to my vector graphics in order to make them appear more like hand drawn sketches. I'm working with Inkscape so tips that work here are very ...
2
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1answer
710 views

Can I set DPI per image/page as opposed to document-wide in InDesign?

I am making a book with some of my photography. I have not been blessed with the best camera in the world so my images range between 1100px squared to 2000px squared. The print size per image will be ...
2
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1answer
353 views

How does Grid design helps and what are their roles in Website Design

I'm not a designer but I'm learning how to implement an efficient design on a website. How do we decide on the grid used, as far as I can grasp, 3x3 boxes looks good to me. But as I keep reading, i ...
2
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2answers
209 views

Can I recreate a model and post it?

Can I create a 3d model from pictures that are available on the internet and put it into a small animation and post it on YouTube? For example I want to create a 3d model of a car from images found on ...
8
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1answer
526 views

How typographers make bolder/lighter versions of their fonts?

I suppose in older times typographers had to redraw the entire character set, but I'd guess there's some good heuristics to make a character bolder/lighter in software and then make some manual ...
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2answers
130 views

How to include images in my book to hand over to the designer

I am creating a practical guide book with images. I am currently using Scrivener which is writing software for the edit stage. I need to include images into the text, but I will then pass over my ...
0
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1answer
283 views

Copy text in an image and make a new with similiar layout/pattern/structure

I have a text in a image file, that says "Forward". How can I with the same layout/pattern/structure create an additional text "Rewind". So I have two similar texts? Thanks!
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How to change the line height of a font

I want to change the "line height" of a font, that is the space between lines when the font is typed. I'd like to increase the space. (I need to use several fonts font in a text app with a fixed (non ...
1
vote
1answer
420 views

FXG file looks ok in AI and Flash CS, but wrong in Flex app produced by FB - out of bound lines

In a Flex card game I have all cards as vectors (purchased as stock cliparts), but the back of the cards has been bitmap (couldn't find a good stock clipart) So I've asked a designer at a job board ...
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3answers
169 views

How do deal with frontend developers remotely

This is more a question for the web designer guys. I'm just wondering how you guys deal with sending designs to your frontend developers? Or do you just do it yourself? What is your process for ...
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1answer
393 views

Common darkened inner glow effect on solid colour in Photoshop and Illustrator

This SHOULD be really simple, but I can't seem to achieve it effectively with Inner Glow. The effect is so commonly used; nearly every logo here features the effect of a subtle gradient effecting a ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Do I have to leave a ® registered trademark symbol in “normal” typeface?

I had a project head tell me I had to leave the registered trademark symbol ® in standard, unbolded, non-italicized Myriad Pro. Is this a requirement or just a style choice? Curious to get feedback ...
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3answers
597 views

How to find relation between colors to recreate scheme?

I'm messing around with some premade site designs and I really like the color balance of one, however the scheme is not the color I'm looking for. There are about 30 color variations in it. Is there ...
1
vote
1answer
570 views

In a flowing layout design in InDesign how I might full fill the spaces left at the end of the pages?

As you can see at the left, there is a lot of white space at the bottom of the page 1. My boss doesn't like it and forces designers to put "enters" (new lines) between the paragraphs in order to ...
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3answers
61k views

How to prepare a design for CMYK printing?

This was asked in another thread. When I searched to see if this question has been asked before it was not. Per Meta we are encouraged to create threads that show quality solutions or to future ...
1
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1answer
1k views

Action on selected layer in Photoshop

I have a bunch of Smart Objects in a .psd. I want to create an action that opens up the .psb of each individual Smart Object and scale the .psb image size by 150%. The reason for all this is that ...
2
votes
3answers
814 views

What printing technique can I use to print a poster that is too vibrant to print using screen printing?

I've got a poster design that I wish to print. But provided that poster has multiple colors that won't go good for a screen print (further, I would like to restrict screen printing to t-shirts), is ...
3
votes
1answer
7k views

Can I covert paths to brush strokes in Illustrator?

I want to create shapes using the shape tool, but then change the stroke to a line that looks hand drawn, or lay down a brush stroke that follows the same path -- by some method other than tracing ...
2
votes
5answers
18k views

How can I write in other languages in Photoshop?

In other languages, alphabets can combine characters into symbols. I don't know if Photoshop can do that. Is there a clean way to do it, or a special plugin (preferably free)?. Maybe there is some ...
3
votes
9answers
11k views

How can I prevent layer effects from overwriting when merging layers?

Often when I apply some effects to layers, and I merge them, the ones with effects have their blending mode messed up. They act as if all of their layer blending mode became normal and then merged. ...

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