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Free / cheap desktop publishing software for a book with some graphics? (OS X)

Nothing too complex. I need a few custom paragraph styles, and here and there a graph or diagram will be interspersed with the text. I've looked at Scribus, and it seemed suited for my needs... only ...
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Find a font by tag

This is not a "what font is this" question, but rather a question about how to search for fonts. I usually have an idea of what I want the font to convey, but have trouble finding a font ...
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The name of this old burlesque-like, wanted-poster, carnival style of graphic design?

I am wondering if there is a name attributed to this type of old poster / burlesque / carnival style (lots of ink lines). Here is an example: http://ink-n-iron.com/ Their header has a lot of close ...
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disable automatic update of text layers in Photoshop

How do I disable the automatic update of text layers when I open a .psd document? The problem is that when I open big .psd files, this update lasts very long and wastes me a lot of time... Thank you ...
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How can I determine which drawing tablet is right for me?

I do some caricature, cartoons and illustrations, as hobby. I believe that I am okay'ish with pen and paper, but recently decided to go digital. Given my budget, and a quick assessment of needs and ...
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Designing and prototyping for iPad

I have to do some prototyping for an iPad app, and just realized why I was having so much trouble: this is an iPad app. I am used to design website pages/templates, computer interfaces, etc.. I have ...
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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: ...
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Name and possibly a tutorial for this inset rounded rectangle technique

I am speaking about the drop-in effect around the round edges. I like the fact that the actual theme seems to be a bit further back and the border is closer to the viewer. I can gather that a ...
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Illustrator: Disabling random layer colors?

Creating new layers automatically assigns random layer colors in the Layers Panel. Is there any workaround for having new layers assigned the same color (e.g. Red)?
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InDesign HTML 5 plugin or web apps to create HTML 5 ebooks based on InDesign project

I am designing e-books for iPad & Android tablets. The problem is I have very little options to add animated effects to my e-book when doing it on InDesign (which is a must for me, as the e-books ...
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What are the web application design standards for for mobile phones?

When designing a UI for a mobile web application (non native) that is expected to run on iPhone, Android and possibly more platforms, what should be the baseline? Would you design it based on iPhone ...
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How can I combine multiple PDF files into one?

I have made my CV using Photoshop CS5.1 (3 separate files) and need to convert it to a single PDF file. I've done it before using a free download but can't remember what it was...does anybody know? Or ...
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How can I make Photoshop always open a new document with the same settings?

I always want to open a new document with the same size, resolution, colourmode etc. Photoshop annoyingly defaults to the clipboard etc. Is there any way to make the New dialog always open with my ...
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What ppi do I need to save a photoshop image for a printer asking for a 300dpi jpeg?

A printer is asking for a 300 dpi jpeg. I have set the image size to the correct printing size but what resolution do I set the ppi in photoshopCS2 to for 300 dpi. Also when saving a jpeg there is a ...
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Separating a stock photograph from background

I purchased some stock images for a website I'm building (I'm a programmer, with relatively no design experience at all). The issue at hand is, like most stock images, the images I purchased are on ...
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Export object with positive coordinates?

I'm attempting to create a path in Inkscape and use those coordinates in another program where only positive (4th Quadrant) coordinates are accepted. Is there an exportable Inkscape format that will ...
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Retaining rounded rectangle shape - Flash CS5

I've got a rounded rectangle, I want to make it wider without distorting the corners round-ness, however when I just change the size of the shape, it distorts the corner's shape. How can I do this? ...
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Large-format printing suggestions

I need to print a photo in large scale 3x3m. What size a photo should be, what pixel dimension? What resolution do I need to avoid pixelization? Also what format of file should it be ? PDF? This ...
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I am not a graphic designer, what do I need to know so I don't come off as a complete luddite?

Like the title describes. My profession is NOT graphic design. On the other hand, I occasionally work with those who are and would benefit from being able to better see things from their perspective. ...
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Moving a part of an image with GIMP?

This is the original image and I want to move the text to the right of the image: But I failed, I tried to resize the canvas but then when I move the text the layer gets invisible when put on the ...
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Changing the background of the picture to white

I have a passport picture in which the background is light brown. I need to change that background to white. Is there anyway I can do that using Inkscape or any free tools? Here is the picture: ...
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How to convert 8bit image to 16bit image depth size

I am working on android Samsung tablet so it was sport 16bit depth images. so i want to need properly convert 8dit depth to 16bit depth. I was also trying these but when i was convert to 8bit to ...
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Courier New-like font with Unicode support?

I'm a programmer and I'm really used to the Courier New font. I am quite picky about it - I find other fonts (including other monospace fonts) ugly in comparison. However, now I have to work on some ...
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Reverse-engineer alpha channel

This is something that I stumble over occasionally. I have an image that was clearly created using some form of blending / alpha channel magic, usually for things like smooth edges. For example: ...
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Illustrator now refuses to draw lines with stroke weight below 1 pt

Since yesterday, Illustrator has been refusing to let me set a line weight under 1pt. If I set a lower one, the line snaps back to 1pt weight. This is crippling to my work: The art is being output to ...
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Selecting page ratios for a novel

I am preparing to print a book and need to select dimensions for the paper and the the top and side margins. I have seen this article about page construction, which describes various antique methods, ...
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In Adobe Fireworks, how do I make the margin beneath the text in a text box smaller?

I'm trying to either make the inner margin in a text box smaller, or align the text on the bottom of the text box in fireworks. (by text box, I mean the box surrounding a text element). With the ...
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Greying-out images?

Could someone recommend me an easy to use tool for greying-out some images (icons) ?. In an Android application I am doing I have a set of full color icons that I want to use in a tab bar, but I want ...
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Finding the right graphic designer for a project with no budget

I am the tech lead on a new consumer product for the asian market (mainland china, HK, et al). We are looking for a GD to take responsibility for both the product design and overall look of the brand. ...
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Gradient Brightness

I'm not particularly experienced in graphic design, so maybe there's an easy way to do this that I just haven't noticed, but... I have a layered PNG image in Gimp. It's a complex shape (a photo of a ...
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How to see an embedded image's dpi (ppi) in a pdf in Acrobat Pro?

The following situation baffled me slightly: after preparing a pdf in a different program I wanted to make sure that an embeded image in the pdf file had the right dpi, yet I found no way in adobe ...
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Is Gimpshop equally good as Gimp?

I am a photoshop user who is looking for a free alternative. Gimp is usually the answer. When looking for downloads I stumbled upon 'gimpshop', a gimp distro that is layout for the convenience of ...
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What is the correct value of raster effect resolution parameter in Adobe Illustrator for saving PNG used in an iPad application

I have a graphic prepared in Adobe Illustrator that I need to export to a PNG file used in an iPad application. The default value of Raster Effect resolution parameter is 72 ppi, on the other hand ...
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Why are Photoshop CS5.5's blending options suddenly not fully functional for me? [closed]

This seems to have happened all of the sudden; When I try to add any effects besides color and gradient overlay to any given layer, that action has no effect on the canvas. I've tried the opacity ...
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How can I lock down Microsoft Word to protect our branding?

I re-branded our organization a couple years ago and created what I thought were very "easy to use" Word templates for things like letterhead, forms, and long documents. As well intentioned as my ...
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Are there any animation programs other than Flash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What programs can be used to make animations? I saw this stack exchange and thought it'd be the perfect place to finally ask this. Basically, with Flash I use to make ...
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Can I automate saving different combinations of layers?

I have a source file for an icon. It has a base layer which is the icon background, and a number of layer folders, each of which contains layers for each individual icon. There are 20 or so of these ...
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Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?

I am trying to find a very good monospace sans serif font to meet the requirements of a client. However, despite there being a number of them out there, such as Deja Vu, Droid Sans Mono, Cousine, ...
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Is there no such thing as OCR-B font in bold?

I have been looking for a good monospace font in order to meet the criteria of a client. One I found that I think has suitable qualities is OCR-B. However, as near as I can tell, it only comes in ...
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Why does my transparent PNG not look good?

I want to convert a JPG to transparent and using GIMP I added alpha layers and transparency same way I make a GIF transparent I converted it to PNG but it doesn't display well when I load it on my ...
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1answer
280 views

Beginner Web Designer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips and sources for beginning designers For some time now I have been strugling with my inability to create my own web designs. I am a pretty decent coder but I always ...
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Which software renders a planar projection of a 3D object as a vector graphic?

I would like to create two-dimensional projections of three-dimensional geometrical objects. The drawings should be in a vector format, SVG or PDF, which can be imported by Inkscape or Adobe ...
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Can't save PSD as JPEG

I have a PSD file with one layer. When I try to save as JPEG it doesn't show JPEG and other formats as an option. It only displays a limited set of formats (5) including Photoshop. When I manually ...
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2answers
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Saving a single brush to an existing library

Is there a way to save one brush at a time to a library in Illustrator CS5? So far as I've figured out so far, you can clear all-but-one of the brushes out of the default library, load the last ...
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1answer
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Find the original imported image path in Fireworks

I have imported an image into fireworks but I cannot remember where it came from. I need to find the original in order to rescale the image. Is there a way to determine the original path. ps. Cannot ...
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Software like InDesign or QuarkXPress to create instructional documents

I'm creating a booklet on teaching programming through examples and exercises. What's the best software for writing the pages? It'll be code examples, exercise questions and some diagrams. I'm new ...
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What does “art will be arched 12%” and how do I do it in Photoshop (or other)?

I have some drinking mugs that can hold artwork in the liner. I have just the mugs, not any pre-printed art. The artwork template (here is the PDF) states After submission of artwork, art will be ...
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What's the difference between opentype vs. truetype

I know very little about typography. What are the differences in terms of opentype vs truetype. I do know that they are types of formats to render fonts (correct me if i'm wrong). Are there ...
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Adjusting stroke width for square and rectangle tool in Inkscape?

I am creating a favicon via Inkscape using "icon_16x16". I would like to put a border around the image and fill it in with another color. I have attempted to use the "square and rectangle" tool but ...
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What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas. I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my ...

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