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Help me optimize this Photoshop process (create image from layer)

What's the fastest way to create an image from a layer in Photoshop? The resulting canvas size has to have the same size than the contents of the layer. Currently I do the following: Hide all other ...
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390 views

Free/libre equivalent fonts for a cover

I'm working on a book cover for a translated book. I want to keep the style of the original book, but I'd also like to use free/libre fonts if possible. Using the original fonts, this is what it ...
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269 views

Clickable stickers sticking out of a notebook

I'm trying to make clickable buttons that look like they're stickers sticking out of a notebook. Here's how it looks like: What's the best way to do this? Should each of them be PNG images with ...
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1answer
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Raster, Vector, what are they? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between vector graphics and raster graphics? I have been playing around with various free trails before buying an editing program. I am ...
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729 views

How can I paint with 90% opacity over existing areas on a layer mask without increasing the opacity?

I often run into this frustrating problem when using layer masks. I have a layer to which I have added a layer mask. Now I select a black brush and paint over it with 90% opacity to hide that part of ...
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887 views

Help me find a font that looks something like this…

Ok, this is a horrible drawing I know but looking for font recommendations that might get me close. Basically I am looking for a font that uses 3 stripes to create connecting letters. The letters in ...
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Is it acceptable to have the front of a handbill a different orientation than the back?

I'm designing a handbill that has a sort of poster/cover image on the front and then event details on the back. I've been able to lay out the details in a more pleasing way on the back if I have it in ...
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550 views

How to improve my timeline graphic?

I'm making this graphic to explain a game mechanic and my problem (middle example) is that Aiming and especially Firing do not clearly appear as being main timespans (yellow and orange) but subsets of ...
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761 views

image as a background doesn't fill all the page

I changed my html code with for the multi image background to work with Internet Explorer. Since this change, I have a white border all around the page. Did someone know why it doesn't fill all the ...
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Difference between 'Normal' and 'Interlaced' saving a .gif…?

What's the difference between the 'Normal' and 'Interlaced' when saving a .gif in Adobe Photoshop? And which one is better for an image for the web?
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How do I create a gif with a transparent background using Adobe Photoshop?

How do I create a .gif with a transparent background using Adobe Photoshop? It's a bit late in the evening to ask my web developer to do this. Here's a screenshot of the image I've created: But I ...
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1answer
695 views

What font is the “Sears Roebuck & Co” found on the doors to some Sears stores?

Here it is: I've seen some Sears stores in Maryland that have gold lettering on the glass front door saying SEARS ROEBUCK & CO.. It's something older-fashioned looking and very widely spaced, ...
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What's up with the inconsistent drop shadow when exported from CorelDRAW X5?

I am expecting to export images from my CorelDRAW project and see them exactly as they appear in CorelDRAW. However this is not what I am getting... Dropped Shadows appear a lot more prominent when ...
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What's up with the one-page website design fad?

I've seen an influx of websites that put all of their content on one page, ala this site. Even the sites on some of the lists I see in Smashing Magazine do this (like this one, with what seems like a ...
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4answers
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How to create this 3-columns fluid layout?

I am trying to create a 3-columns fluid layout, as described by attached picture, but I cannot reach the desired results. Do you have some hints that can help me?
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4answers
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Adobe Illustrator CS5.5 resizing bug?

I've drawn a simple logo with some curve, and when I resize it it losts all it's curves, why? I've tried with the mouse and with the numeric value with the same result from 7cm to 0.5cm, here is the ...
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2answers
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Scaling rounded corners in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I resize this object without distorting it ? I've created a rounded-corner triangle in Illustrator by creating a triangle and then doing Effect>Stylize>Round ...
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5answers
392 views

How to go ahead in web design?

I am having a hard time learning web design. I read several books and I know a bit of how to do things. I also like to study with firebug how the "big guys" made their web sites. But when I try to ...
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2answers
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Where can I find tutorials for LibreOffice as a tool for book design?

I want to design a book using LibreOffice. Is there somewhere on the net good tutorials for this?
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1answer
218 views

Should I use different colours for talks in two languages?

Should I use different colours for different languages? Do viewers find it easier to read if the two languages are in different colours, or do they find it an insult to their intelligence? ...
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1answer
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Distorting a layer to fit shape

I have a rectangular image which I'd like to distort so that it fits into a shape. I can almost do it using "Distort", but I need to move more than just the corners, which is all I can seem to do ...
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4answers
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Creating large-scale high-resolution documents in Photoshop

I am a student trying to create collages in Photoshop sized* 4' x 4' and larger, resolution 300dpi, to be digitally printed on cotton canvas and silk. The enormous file size causes my iMac to lag or ...
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2answers
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Create equally spaced circles around a sphere object

I'm attempting to create a similar graph to this one. Is there a specific way in illustrator to equally space the circles around a center circle? What I've done is created the center circle, then a ...
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1answer
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How do I create Mexican hat potential figure in Illustrator using 3D Map Art?

This is what I'm trying to create in Illustrator. (for those interested, it's a graph of a Mexican hat potential function) Here's what I've done so far, using Illustrator's 3D->Revolve and Map ...
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4answers
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Transparency in swf file created using png image

I have some text with transparent background and I imported this png image to flash. Now when I create a swf file, it doesnt show me transparency. I tried using wmode parameter as transparent in the ...
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1answer
7k views

Best resolution for a 2x2m design in Photoshop ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What PPI should a large format artwork for print be done at? I am required to create a 2x2m design that will be printed. I'm using Adobe Photoshop CS5. What is the best ...
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3answers
13k views

What is the best font for use in legal contracts?

What are the best font for legal contracts, and why?
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3answers
743 views

Is there a short authoritative reference of basic design rules and principles?

As a web developer, I often find myself working with different non-professional self-called designers. In such situations, I often have to explain them the most basic rules and principles about the ...
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2answers
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Create a crisp 200px wide logo in Illustrator

I've used photoshop for years but am new to illustrator. I want to use this to create a crisp 200x wide logo for web use. I created the logo in illustrator, I then exported it to Photoshop and resized ...
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4answers
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Formula for finding out the result of a color after applying x% opacity to it?

I have 2 colors #a1a2a4 black (#000000) white (#ffffff) Now I need to know how much opacity (in a percent) must I apply to the second color (black) against a background of the third color (white) ...
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5answers
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Create a Triangle with Rounded Corners

I know you can create a rounded-corner rectangle; but, how do you create a triangle with rounded corners in Photoshop? I am actually interested in making it from scratch, not basing it on a custom ...
5
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1answer
5k views

Do I need full 300dpi resolution photos for designing a poster?

I'm working on a poster for a local event. It has a photograph in the background. The poster itself is designed to be 11x17, which at 300dpi is about 3300x5100. Now the photo in the background does ...
6
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3answers
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Creating a list of favourite fonts in Photoshop

I do a lot of design work, and I'm constantly using different fonts. Therefore I've built up a list of over 200 fonts in my directory. Is there a way in Photoshop of creating a favourites short list ...
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8answers
157k views

What's the pixel dimensions of a presentation slide for Open Office / Libre Office Impress?

What's the dimensions of a presentation slide in pixels? I'm having a hard time trying to get it right. I keep guessing and checking and it's taking too long. I googled some results and they're a ...
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2answers
522 views

How can I get this sponging / splatter effect similar to this image in photoshop?

I'm trying to duplicate the sponging type effect of the background gold part of the following image: Does anyone know of a tool I can use within Photoshop, or how else I could do this?
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1answer
410 views

Changing position of text in objects from common library & copying layer structure to another file

this is a double question (to avoid wasting space :P) 1: How can I precisely move the text of an element from the common library? I'm currently using a mac text field and after resizing it the text ...
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4answers
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How do I make dotted borders in Photoshop?

How do I make dotted borders around my custom layer. Now I have a simple rectangle that I want to have with a dotted line (dash 1px, gap 6px). How can I do that?
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3answers
324 views

How can I specifically improve my webdesign? [closed]

My website is www.strongape.com and I'm looking to improve my design. I don't know where to start. Are there other forums I should visit for advice?
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3answers
428 views

What's the name for the “artistic movement” /technique of these graphics?

Can anybody help me understand if the graphics I linked have elements that make them belonging to the same artistic movement/style,and if positive which is this art name.Even if their styles look ...
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3answers
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How to merge objects with illustrator?

Im kind of new to illustrator and wanted to creat a simple logo, so here what I did: changed background color to black and text color to white, used typography for text, created outlines to convert ...
4
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3answers
3k views

How can I produce this drop-shadow effect in Photoshop?

More specifically, how do I produce this square background shadow: Source
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2answers
586 views

How do I achieve this shading effect in Illustrator?

I've been seeing this shading technique a lot lately, this is possibly not the best example of it but it's the only one I can find at the moment. How do you achieve this sort of shading in Adobe ...
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5answers
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Is there a faster way to save all layers in PSD to PNG?

I'm trying to export all 155 raster layers, each 240*240 in pixels, to separate png files, but it takes ages to do that using CS5 File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files. This script creates new psd ...
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4answers
532 views

Why is SunBurst background so popular and are there any other ones?

I keep seeing SunBurst Background Pattern for years, literally! and It is still trendy. Why is it still so? Do we lack creativity for similar generic (or focus drawing) background patterns or human ...
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1answer
2k views

Images with Jagged Edges

On some blog posts I've seen images where they have a jagged/torn edge to them on one side which gives it a nice effect. I tried to post a crude Paint.Net imitation of what I am looking for: The ...
2
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4answers
281 views

How can I design a domain-specific “actions” icon?

We are writing an application for road construction management. Think of the guys that plan the lane expansion or road resurfacing that ruins your day. :) All throughout the application, we have the ...
4
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4answers
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How do I create an image with blurred background and focused foreground?

EveryMe.com uses this image as background: How is it done, and how do I edit an image to look like that? I use Pixelmator and photoshop, thanks!
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6answers
1k views

What are good commercial stock graphic sites for websites/applications?

I am looking for good websites providing royalty free stock images for pay. I'm not looking for sites that make images available for free and require attribution or non-commercial use; they're ...
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1answer
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Photoshop image fading and background effect

I believe it's easy to do, but I am missing some details. Somehow, my results are not what I'd wanted them to look like. How to draw illustrational lines? (Think of the lines from Windows Vista ...
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6answers
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Copy & Pasting from Photoshop to Illustrator loses transparency

I often run into this issue. I'm creating a file in Photoshop with masked layers etc. I want to make the final output available for some mock-ups in Illustrator, so I rasterize the layers and marquee ...

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