28
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3answers
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How can I improve my color selection skill?

I'm a web developer, started to become a web designer. However, I think my understanding of colors is not practical yet. There are tools out there that can give you color harmonies, and more stuff, ...
5
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1answer
1k views

Halftone pattern within InDesign

One of QuarkXpress features I used a lot in the mid-nineties was the ability to apply an halftone pattern to any bitmap import. It was unbelievably effective when printing black&white graffiti ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

What's the best way to create a subtle, barely noticeable texture? [closed]

Using Gimp (or other free software), how would I go about creating a subtle, "mild" texture, like the green in the header at forrst, or the gray in the background of the backbone.js home page? Those ...
4
votes
3answers
543 views

Any tips or resources for designing e-mail newsletters?

After spending hours in Photoshop I haven't found a great template I like. I love the design style of many newsletters I subscribe to.. including Smashing Magazine and Hongkiat.. but I wonder what ...
4
votes
3answers
9k views

PANTONE and color conversions

I have been given a standard color palette. The colors are defined in terms of PANTONE #### X for example PANTONE 1234 C. Followed by their CMYK, RGB and HSB values. Another page defines ...
2
votes
3answers
249 views

Turning normal image into a sketched looking image

I want to know if there is an easy way to turn a normal looking icon into one that looked sketched. I need some or a web project I am working on, ill give an example. Normal image: Sketched ...
15
votes
6answers
5k views

Learning Photoshop just for web designing

I want to become a web designer, so I'm watching a lot of Photoshop video tutorials, but some of those tutorials are not useful for web designing. For example, some movies are about skin, or teeth or ...
7
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2answers
851 views

Designing icons to represent abstract concepts- match test / suggestions

I'm making a site which requires users to review and tag information. The interface would benefit from icons, but many of the tags represent abstract concepts that I'm struggling to represent. I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
300 views

Computer drawing surfaces

I was looking at some Adobe products and noticed at this page the artist appears to be drawing on her computer screen directly, it appears to be a Mac. How is the artist doing this? Is she using a ...
0
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3answers
4k views

I need to slice one image into 50 different images automatically.

I have a big image that needs to be sliced into about 50 smaller images. I know there is a way to do it using 'guides' in photoshop and 'save for web and devices' options. I just can't seem to find ...
1
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1answer
2k views

Best Way to Build & Design Buttons for iOS in Photoshop? [closed]

I have been getting into designing interfaces for iOS, mostly iPhone and iPhone 4 retina display. I'm wondering how I should go about creating interfaces, the most standard way? I have been using the ...
5
votes
3answers
16k views

In Illustrator, how do I cut off a protruding end of a line going through a circle (letter)?

In Adobe Illustrator CS5, I have a circle (the letter "O") and a line going through it, like so: Now, I want to remove the protruding south-east part of the line, for an end result similar to ...
4
votes
2answers
709 views

What is the most uncommon pigment in the phyiscal world?

My intuition on why Hollywood movies use a particular hue of blue for the background screen is because this pigment is not common in the real world. So a computer program would have an easy time ...
7
votes
8answers
23k views

Segoe UI font licensing

I am planning to use the font Segoe UI (Included with Vista/Windows 7 and Office products) in my new businesses logo and website. I've tried my hardest to find out if/who to license this font from and ...
1
vote
3answers
773 views

About font size in web design

I like web 2.0 style design - less info, more space, bigger font-size, etc. But my designer doesn't. So when we use a web 2.0 design template, she changes the font size of contents into smaller one ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Designing a button with an inset icon style in Photoshop? [closed]

I am using the Glyphish icon set, and I am trying to achieve an "inset" look of the icon in a button in Photoshop. Any recommendation on how best achieve it?
5
votes
6answers
2k views

How to create SVG for good typography on the web without buying Illustrator?

I have a web font which I would like to display using SVG instead of in HTML. The reason for this is that I want to display large typographically beautiful text, and I don't see any way of getting the ...
3
votes
4answers
15k views

What kind of tablet are pros using?

This is more of a curiosity, but I was wondering what professional graphics designers/artists are using now that tablet pcs have been much more common and powerful in the passed few years than they ...
3
votes
3answers
4k views

Settings to create transparent PNG's with minimal file size for mobile devices

I want to create a theme for android phones. I guess the best way to go is to create a file that is as light as possible. Now I want to create the files in photoshop, they have to be transparent ...
11
votes
4answers
45k views

Smallest font size for small print?

I'm setting up a document and the document has some * and footnotes. The document itself is A6 size, which is pretty small (postcard size). What font-size should I assign to the smallprint footnotes? ...
6
votes
2answers
8k views

CMYK to PANTONE differences between Illustrator and Photoshop

I'm trying to find a way to match CMYK color to the closest PANTONE solid color. In Illustrator I use the "Recolor Artwork" dialog, in Photoshop the color dialog. But, if I convert (C=0, M=100, Y=100, ...
8
votes
2answers
24k views

How to make an animated gif with a transparent background without overlap?

When I try to make a gif with two frames both of which have a transparent background in GIMP, what happens is that the first frame looks OK, then the second frame appears on top of it, such that you ...
6
votes
6answers
50k views

Software recommendations for magazine layout?

I use Word now but I would like to find a better software for laying out a magazine. In this magazine, I would like to create columns (2 or 3 depending on the page), insert image on 1, 2 or 3 columns ...
4
votes
5answers
3k views

Using multiple artboards in Illustrator

I've got a fairly large illustrator work document where I've been mocking up and developing a logo over time. Each 'stage' is presented on it's own artboard to separate it from the previous. I'm ...
1
vote
2answers
11k views

Fonts with ticks and crosses

Have you come across a font with good ticks and crosses? The reason I ask is that I'm making a sprite for the uniform.js form plugin (http://uniformjs.com/) and they use Lucida Grande for their ...
17
votes
9answers
95k views

Facebook: Ways to preserve image quality of uploaded images?

After uploading an image, Facebook converts it to a new image. Their conversion process introduces artifacts and mottling to the magenta-ish parts of the image. Original image: Facebook's ...
0
votes
2answers
16k views

Wrap an element around a sphere in illustrator?

Is there a way to warp an element around a sphere in Illustrator?
2
votes
2answers
286 views

Simplifying an initial before tracing it

In order to trace an initial to make a font, I need to simplify the original picture as much as possible. I've already vectorized it, but I wonder how I could clean it up a bit more to make it easier ...
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votes
1answer
192 views

how to create such effects with the help of photoshop

i was searching some web styles on Google i found this style,(panel of a gift card) i want to know what style is this (every style have a name) and how to create this panel background with the ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

Photoshop saving for png result unexpected

I have multiple layers with particular parts of products with Multiply applied and different opacity but when I try to save the image in png with transparency it seems like those layers which I used ...
3
votes
2answers
117 views

Should stock photos be showcased on photographers website?

I have this client who is a photographer and he wants a website designed for him. The idea that hit me is he wants to show case some of the photos from stock photo sites to his website. As a moral ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

Is DreamWeaver more efficient rather than coding manually

I have a client who want's me to use Dreamweaver for a project. I've always used Photoshop and Illustrator for mockups and coded the CSS manually (Actually I use SASS/SCSS). Does using a program like ...
-2
votes
6answers
1k views

Which font for a tactics video game?

I want to create various titles to use on books, web site and packaging in general for a video game that is of the squad based tactic type and in the Tron like, uncluttered dark and light blue style. ...
-3
votes
1answer
78 views

how I can add text out of figure in photoshop? [closed]

In my scientific work, I must add numbers and arrows out of picture, in the side. Would you please help me?
0
votes
1answer
608 views

Program for drawing patent illustrations

Is there a free cad or similar program that would be good for making drawings that will be submitted as part of a patent application?
0
votes
3answers
16k views

Illustrator problems with free transform and type tool

I was used to trasform object by clicking ctrl+T and then working the shape off by dragging the vertexes here and there as much as I want. Now this shortcut is not working anymore and I dont know ...
2
votes
1answer
8k views

Apply different master page

I'm formatting a simple book (novel) document. I have basically two master pages, one is for basic pages (a large text field and a page number) and the other is for the first page of a chapter, with ...
0
votes
5answers
12k views

How can I create a soft line in Adobe Illustrator?

Easy question for someone familiar with Illustrator - I have a path and I want to create a line effect similar to the 'soft line' in Fireworks. I want the line to be a bit blurry around the edges ...
35
votes
8answers
2k views

How can I convince a stubborn client that white space is absolutely necessary?

We have all been there: you show a client your design and they say "look at all that unused space, we can go ahead and make the text bigger, in fact let me give you more copy. We need to make use of ...
2
votes
1answer
505 views

Best Resources for Facebook/Twitter Page Design

I'm currently in the process of creating a few custom Facebook and Twitter backgrounds for some of my company properties and I wanted to know if there are any extensive galleries and tutorial/template ...
-3
votes
1answer
147 views

Issue in execution of Gimp's Python-fu scripts

I followed steps in http://www.gimpusers.com/tutorials/install-python-for-gimp-2-6-windows, installing following 32-bits installers: GIMP 2.6.11, Python 2.6.6, PyGtk all-in-one. Gimp recognized ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

Fisheye Effect in Inkscape?

Is anyone aware of a way to create a fisheye effect with elements in InkScape? Freehand used to have an xtra tool that did just that. The specific effect I'm trying to achieve is applying horizontal ...
1
vote
4answers
40k views

Can't see all the font styles installed in Windows 7

I've installed a font that has different styles (bold, italics, thin, medium, ultra and so on...), but I can't use them all because I can't see them in Photoshop. The fonts are installed, but seem in ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

How can I use “Save For Web” in a Batch Action and save new files in their original files folder using Photoshop CS?

Let me explain the title a little further. What I have is a series of PDF files in a series of folders -- Parent Folder   -Child Folder      --PDF file ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

continuous overlapping paths in Inkscape

I'm attempting to re-create a SVG version of the Alfresco logo viewed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alfresco-logo.png The problem that I'm running into with my .svg is that when I create ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

Drawing a three-quarter circle in Inkscape?

I've been able to approximate a three-quarter circle in Inkscape using bezier curves, but is there a more precise way I can draw a three-quarter circle in Inkscape?
2
votes
2answers
187 views

Is there a hard and fast rule for choosing colours to make text appear inset

I've always liked the look of inset text on web pages so I try to use it every now and again. (Sparingly and when appropriate). I always find it a bit of a chore to find the right blend of colours ...
1
vote
3answers
11k views

How to wrap text on a curved path with perspective?

I need to replace some text in a photograph where the curved path is on a plane not perpendicular to the camera. I am using PS/AI CS4. This example is actually harder than the one I'm working on, ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

How to scale a Character without changing its width?

I have to recreate a logo which has been made many years ago and all that is left is a tiny rasterized picture. I want to make a vector file in Illustrator. The logo contains text in, lets say 100 pt, ...
1
vote
8answers
1k views

Color matching tools [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette around colors I select? Can anyone recommend a good tool / website for finding color matches for a certain color ...

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