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Bug with cutting shapes?

I just recognized a big bug. Could someone please confirm or give me a hint? When cutting a shape with another shape and repasting the shape back, so both shapes lie beside each other, a small space ...
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3answers
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How to make red icon on gray background less jarring?

My app has a button to record or play videos. When there are problems with this feature, we notify the user by overlaying an exclamation point. This "red !" UI works OK elsewhere in the app but on ...
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1answer
1k views

Share colors between CS5 programs (Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, ..)

I'm looking for a good workflow to use the same colors in, for example, a new file in InDesign or Illustrator. is there a "best practice" workflow to use the same colors in different programs?
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0answers
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Why is OS X using my 32px@2x icon instead of scaling down the 128px icon? [closed]

I'm making a custom folder icon similar to the ones in the Home folder (Pictures, Documents, etc). To do so, I extracted the images from the .icns of the blank folder icon and photoshopped my own ...
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Gimp Pasted Layer Move Tool

What I want to do is paste a picture to a new gimp file. I have the background layer and when I paste it puts it into the floating selection like expected. I found that I'm supposed to turn it into a ...
2
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1answer
83 views

Retaining Slices Made Within a Symbol in Fireworks

I've been working with FW for a little while now, and I've come to using symbols for sections of a site in my designs. Mostly things like a header or a footer and the occasional sidebar. These parts ...
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3answers
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Does anyone know a good pixel font 7px tall?

I'm looking for a pixel font which I'll use later on to convert/use on an lcd type of display and the maximum height is 7px. I've started by checking out dafont's bitmap fonts, but it takes quite a ...
4
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1answer
1k views

coreldraw X5: multiple transparancy gradients

Is there quick and easy (non destructive) way to get multiple transparency gradients on one object? For example I want a black-white gradient from bottom to top as well as top to bottom, or variants ...
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1answer
28k views

InDesign: Export all placed files into one folder

I've got an InDesign doc ready for to send over to someone. Along with it I've got an images folder full of placed images that the InDesign file references. While I was making my document lots of ...
3
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2answers
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How to get rid of thin outline on live paint group in Illustrator?

How do I get rid of the thin artifact outlines around my live paint fills? The first screenshot shows the wireframe view (CTRL+Y) in Illustrator. The second screenshot shows the normal view in ...
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What's the practical difference between a 'glyph' and a 'character'?

I saw this question on the Typography site proposal and it bugged me that I didn't know the answer. I'd always treated 'glyph' and 'character' as interchangable. After reading an explanation on the ...
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1answer
6k views

What's the shortcut for “Deselect Layers” in Photoshop?

What's the shortcut for "Deselect Layers" in Photoshop (in OS X)?
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4answers
529 views

is there any photoshop plugin that helps in web development by auto measuring stuff

I'd like to know if there is a plugin that writes down all the distances between a layer from its all four sides to all objects near to it, and then do this for all layers. Or at least write down ...
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7answers
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How can I save only one layer as a PNG file in Photoshop

I wanted save some layers as PNG files and I had opened a new window for every .png file and pasted in there and sometimes crop it. Is there a way to export just a few or one selected layer and not ...
10
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2answers
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What are the best practices and techniques to fix rags?

What would be the best practices to fix the rags on a left aligned text for print. Besides breaking lines and hyphenations, should you use tracking, and if so how much. Also, how would you judged a ...
4
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2answers
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Illustrator: Pathfinder divide not working as expected

I'm trying my hand at making a map using illustrator. I'm fairly new at it so I'm still learning the ropes. I'm trying to divide up a continent into several countries using border lines. Here's an ...
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2answers
4k views

Is there a single text color that is acceptable on both dark and light background?

Is there a single text color that, when used on either dark or light background, produces a readable (or at least tolerable) output? If it makes it easier, constraints can be put on the hue, ...
2
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1answer
78 views

Low res vertical photos using Photoshop CS5

I´m using .raw files in CS5 and saving them to .jpg and they are all unedited... The portrait photos are all being compressed and have low res while the landscape ones are fine, why is that? I have ...
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2answers
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How to draw a smooth line (small in some places, large in others) like in this image

Check the image I attached above. I need to design a different logo. But need to draw it like this one because both the logos will be placed together (they need to match). So, anyone know how to draw ...
7
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2answers
278 views

Is it acceptable to make a Windows Phone 8 app that looks like an iOS app?

I'm trying to transition some clients apps to Windows Phone 8. These particular clients want their apps to look exactly like they do on iOS and Android (I tried to convince them they shouldn't look ...
0
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2answers
652 views

How to efficiently code a Web site wireframe? [closed]

If you have in your mind, on paper, or on screen an image of your Web site, how should you go about implementing it? Use Adobe Creative Suite? A text/HTML editor? My understanding is that people ...
3
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1answer
602 views

Free font similar to Viga with Polish characters?

I'm looking for a font similar to Viga with Polish characters (Latin), preferably one from Google Web Fonts.
4
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1answer
872 views

Inkscape copy shape to several layers

I have a Inkscape Project with about 100 Layers. Every Layer has the same shape ( with others beside that are different ). Now I would like to exchange the shape with a new one. So far I did this by ...
34
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1answer
35k views

GIMP: Trying to move selected text layer but moves background layer

I have a background overlay on which I have three text layers on top. Now I want to move these text layers around on the overlay, but I can't get it to work. As soon as I click inside the text layer ...
2
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3answers
3k views

Vector pasting in wrong spot / Font Lab and Illustrator

I built out some shapes to test out a font icon idea. I drew them in Illustrator. I set my art-board to pt at 1000 x 1000. I filled the objects and moved the ruler so that 0 was the baseline. From ...
7
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3answers
342 views

Do you have a “formula” for the webfont vs graphic type threshold?

Disclaimer: I realize there is not a perfect "formula" for this question. I'm looking for your experiential working practices. If you don't have any, I won't hold it against you. Over the last ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Infinite (endless) paper in Illustrator?

Can I create a document in Illustrator without attaching to the notion of paper with finite size? Can you DELETE the ARTBOARD? I reduced the artboard to some small size and remainder drawings ...
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1answer
193 views

Draw rectangle (shape) inside rectangle (other shape) with clipping?

Which software allows to draw one shapes inside another ones with clipping? I need this to be done automatically, I know I can draw this in Illustrator with Pathfinder. Is there automatic ability ...
3
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2answers
5k views

Unique serial number on page each time a pdf or indesign doc prints

I have to design a document for internal use that needs a unique serial number on copy of the sign off sheet. I'm aware that InDesign has a numbering function (to number book/magazine pages) but what ...
6
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1answer
737 views

How to draw a pony?

I'm trying to draw a pony in MS Paint (please, suggest me some Better drawing software) ... but everything is going just wrong... That's the real question I can say my troubles one by one (instead of ...
4
votes
4answers
469 views

How to get bokeh images to use in web design?

I'm looking for online resources, image libraries, Photoshop actions, tools, or any other means of getting or designing bokeh images (those highly blurred pictures, with colorful circles) for use as ...
4
votes
3answers
575 views

Mobile First and RWD workflow and how to interact with client

Our agency's workflow for creating a website normally consists of: discuss content-design with client we create wireframes (with optional, depending on client, approval) we create one or more pixel ...
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2answers
386 views

What subtle techniques can be used to make design look better overall? [closed]

I am have been spending a good amount of my time to learn how to do design. My friend is a designer and helps out when he can he often comes around and shows me tricks that make things like text and ...
3
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1answer
1k views

How do I determine what the image file format and resolution should be when scanning?

I understand the title to my question is very vague, but bare with me, I think I can make it a bit more precise in the question body. Recently my mother was asking for help with digitizing a large ...
2
votes
3answers
723 views

How to extract the black and white components of an image to superimpose it over colored backgrounds

Say I want to create a glowing button for a website. I would like to have the possibility to dynamically change the color of that button by changing the color of it's background. For this I need to ...
4
votes
3answers
5k views

Non-displaying objects in illustrator and photoshop

So I'm trying to set up templates for other designers to use to adhere to design guidelines, and I want to know if there is any way to specify objects in illustrator and photoshop that do not show up ...
2
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1answer
251 views

Editing photoshop smart layers in fireworks

If I import a psd file with smart layers into Fireworks, is it possible to edit one of those smart layers the same way you would be able to in Photoshop?
10
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2answers
903 views

How can I fix jerky text panning in Photoshop CS6 video?

I'm testing CS6's new video features. One issue I found is that when I add panning to text, it does not pan smoothly. It seems like the kerning is adjusted slightly for each frame and it looks pretty ...
0
votes
1answer
124 views

Program to create pictures for applications

I am not very good when it comes to creating images. So, I decided that I wanted to learn. The reason is, I am creating a chat program/game where I want to be able to create some pictures. I was ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Size and transparency differences when saving PNG by different methods

I'm exporting PSD layers to PNGs for a game's texture atlases. When I'm doing Copy -> New File (RGB 8-bit) -> Save As PNG, the resulting PNG is quite heavy and Finder shows white background ...
6
votes
3answers
12k views

Are Google Web-Fonts okay for printing?

Do Google's fonts function just like any other font? I've only gotten a few but they look a little poor in quality when used in print applications. Has anyone used them for a print design and did it ...
7
votes
3answers
791 views

Can I take images from Google image search as a base for my creations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works? So this is a legal question and I want to know if I can continue the way I work in a commercial environment. This ...
4
votes
2answers
486 views

Difference between Pantone FORMULA GUIDE and DESIGNER FIELD GUIDE?

I need to buy a new Pantone color swatch. I need one that says which percentage of Pantone colors are needed to create another Pantone colors (read: formula guide). Now, I read that newer color ...
5
votes
1answer
737 views

Mirrored spreads page reshuffling: objects partially outside pages don't update positions

Working on a file with a mirror layout where the inside margins are bigger than the outside margins. When creating a new page in the middle of the file or changing page positions, objects are ...
6
votes
3answers
565 views

Recommendations on how to synchronize Photoshop actions, swatches, etc. across computers

Is there any convenient way to synchronize Photoshop settings like keyboard shortcuts, actions, swatches, custom layer sytles, etc.. across several computers, preferably in an automated way? So far, ...
6
votes
3answers
175 views

Alternative to font “x” chart or service?

I have a number of typefaces for which I'd like to find free or open licence alternatives to. Rather than ask a series of "What is the best open license font to substitute for 'Goudy Catalogue'? '...
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2answers
932 views

Make simple bitmap feel like real Mondrian painting

I'm using a bitmap API with Java in an effort to make a Mondrian-esque painting. This is my result: This is what i want to achive: How can I try to make the image I generated more like a ...
8
votes
2answers
389 views

Tips for using poor colours well

This is less of a question with a definitive answer and more of a request for some tips. I am hoping that some of you may had had this problem yourself and can offer some advice. I have been ...
15
votes
2answers
38k views

Create an artboard automatically to the size of an image (Illustrator)

I am trying to figure out how to make an artboard automatically snap to the size of an image. I know that you can draw a rectangle, then go to the Artboards window and choose "Convert to Artboards" ...
4
votes
1answer
556 views

Illustrator symbol isolation view pixel grid not aligned to ruler

When a symbol is not aligned to pixel grid, the origin is not aligned to an intersection of the grid. Thus it becomes very difficult to create pixel perfect symbols. Paths that are snapped to the ...

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