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Best techniques for digitizing artwork using a tablet

I need help or rather to be pointed in the right direction please. Take a look at the artwork: On the left you see my "on paper" art. On the right is my attempt to do the same thing on the digital ...
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What is the purpose of typesetting a Word document with InDesign?

We have a bunch of Word documents that people create using a template that matches our business's look-and-feel. When we're done writing the content, we send it to a designer than the typeset the ...
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3answers
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Filling half a shape in Illustrator

I am still pretty new to illustrator, so I am still learning. I have a shape (pill shape) that is all white. I am trying to "fill" half of the shape with a yellow color (keeping the black stroke ...
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4answers
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How to make an image look like it's been printed

I'm wondering if anyone has any tips, tutorials or templates on how to 'fake' a printed effect. I want to make it look in my portfolio like I have printed business cards and other collateral without ...
2
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2answers
245 views

Photoshop blurring peaks (it's hard to describe in text)

I want to know how to blur something in peaks, here's a picture to help describe it: Segment C is blurred the most then B then A to create an effect like the one on the right but with blur. I was ...
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How to add transparent padding of fixed number of pixels to an element?

I do not want initial image to change size, I simply want to add transparent padding around what I already have.
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2answers
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Pasting screenshot changes colors in Photoshop CS3

I've done search after search, messed with color profiles, image color management, etc, but I still find that when I simply print screen and paste it in Adobe Photoshop CS3, I get a much lighter image....
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How to create buttons with editable text that are re sizable (to accommodate longer/shorter text) on all browsers [closed]

I often find that I need to change the text on buttons. I'd like to create some CSS based editable buttons with mouse over effects. And the whole button should be clickable (not just the text). I ...
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2answers
441 views

How to prevent text converting into image when exporting as HTML in firework

I am an architect and I want to design my basic website with minimum graphics. I'm using coreldraw, but it's more related to print (hardcopies) and it's not as "smart" compared to the adobe software. ...
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3answers
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How to go about creating an Icon Pack

As a beginner in Illustrator I've been creating some pretty cool graphics I'd like to share on my website. From what I've seen, people create a one file .ai icon pack that you can download and use ...
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1answer
1k views

SketchUp fill shape on multiple axes

I'm trying to draw a roof with no success. These areas should be filled that I can add roof texture there. I tried with sandbox and "from contour" but it's not what I want (can't use a tile ...
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3answers
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Font choices for logotypes, body text and headlines

Should designers base their font choices for body text and headlines on the typeface used in the logotype (if used) to achieve brand consistency?
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3answers
622 views

adding textures to illustrator fonts

I'm not sure where to look for these resources, but I'm trying to create an Art Nouveau style logo. What I would like to do is have the actual text be shape similar to what is in Carl Jungs redbook. ...
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2answers
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Illustrator won't remember layer collapse state

Running Illustrator CS5 on Mac OS 10.7 Reopening an Illustrator document expands all layers For files containing a large amount of layers, this is very irritating. Is this a general problem or just ...
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2answers
347 views

How to make an image's color look consistent across different applications?

One time I had some images for buttons for users to click on, and they looked bright and sharp on a Mac's Preview app, and on some other graphics apps on the PC, but when it was displayed on Chrome on ...
4
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1answer
4k views

How can I add multiple concentric outlines around text?

I can get this effect very easily in Photoshop using the stroke layer style and making it a shape burst gradient, but I want to be able to do it in illustrator so the stroke around the text can be a ...
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1answer
1k views

How to select everything around a shape in Pixelmator?

Using Pixelmator, quite often I need to draw a shape and then select everything around that shape to apply a filter or change hue/contrast. Is there an easy way to select everything around a shape, ...
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1answer
231 views

Name of a specific type of texture

In this website, there is this texture... Can you tell me the name of this texture and if there is an online generator?
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1answer
1k views

How can I prevent images produced by “Save for web and device” being cropped to their content?

My artboard size is 48 x 48, but when I "Save for web and device", the created png file is auto cropped to the size of the art inside (40 x 50 in my case), just like the "export" option. Could you ...
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1answer
6k views

Resize a big image into a small one without constraining proportions or stretching it

I have am image which is 1920px X 1200px. How would I make it small in such a way that it turns into a 960px X 200px exactly. If I do it without the option of "Constraint Proportions" checked in PS, ...
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2answers
145 views

Can text edits in QuarkXPress automatically replicate in a linked text source file?

Is there a way to import a text file into Quark in such a way so that if there are any spelling errors that are fixed in Quark they will also be updated in the original imported text file? Kind of ...
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3answers
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How to create an arrow in Adobe Indesign

I've used an arrow like this: ➜ ...in lots of programs - on the web in WordPress, in MSWord, even TextEdit. But when I paste the arrow into an inDesign document, it's not recognised. Is this arrow ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Objective reasons to center or left-align tables and images within text columns?

First, let me emphasize that while I am asking a question about preference, I am looking for objective reasons to prefer one answer over another. I am not interested in your personal, subjective ...
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3answers
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How do I make an image fade on the right+left side in Photoshop?

I recently launched radiolivechicago.com and my background image looks weird when it is all of the sudden cut off. I've been hacking around in PS and followed this tutorial to create my faded image. ...
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2answers
218 views

Why does painting with 1% opacity not always do something?

I tried this with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. When I have a black background, and a white brush with an opacity of 1%, the color should get brighter if I click onto the same spot over and over again. ...
3
votes
1answer
96 views

Perceptual colour space as working space

We know from after images that violet-yellow, blue-orange and green-magenta are perceptual complementaries. When I am designing I would like a hue wheel that reflects these perceptual complementaries....
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3answers
5k views

Fill an area while keeping transparency

In Paint.NET I'd like to change the color of an icon by using the fill tool, but I want to preserve the alpha-channel of the pixels. There's the same question for Photoshop, but I can't find a ...
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4answers
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How can I create perfect “radio waves” (concentric arcs of a circle)?

I suck at illustrator, so this is a huge leap in my ability. I'm trying to draw a radio tower, but I want everything in the vector to be as perfect as possible. I want some waves to come off of the ...
4
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5answers
409 views

Why is there so much emphasis on the text of a logo and not the catchyness of the logo itself?

Ok, so I have been looking at a lot of logos recently, all done by graphic designers. And in the majority of them, the only thing they have is a name or some "basic" text. I thought the idea behind a ...
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2answers
827 views

CSS LetterPress Effect

I can't seem to get the color values/names correct so that I can get a Letter Press Effect on the text To create the appearance of text that has been stamped, choose a text colour that is darker ...
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4answers
61 views

What should I request as far as training for the next fiscal year? [closed]

I'm a graphic designer for city government. I know all the pertinent Adobe programs (Ps, Ai, Id, Fw, Dw). We have a budget for training and conferences. I'm considering a subscription to lynda.com and ...
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2answers
6k views

How can I easily deselect a path after creating it in Illustrator?

I want to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to make hair strands for a vexel portrait. I have to make hundreds of strands. The problem is that I would like to use the pen tool to make two anchor ...
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3answers
2k views

Font with transparent holes-fill in and outline in illustrator

I'm using a font called Nashville. I want to outline only the most outside of the paths. If I try to use the outline tool, it outlines all of the small holes in the font, too. I want to fill in the ...
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1answer
67 views

How do I find examples of single 2-D non-animated info-graphics with 4 or 5 dimensions within a single graph?

Really not sure how to explain what I'm looking for, just know it exist. For example, dimensions might include time, volatility, space, distance, density, etc. -- basically any measurement that's ...
2
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1answer
581 views

Changing text with drop shadow over a radial gradient in GIMP

I want to change the text in the image below without modifying the background. I tried cutting the text and filling the gap with a new one, but it doesn't look nice. Is there a simpler way?
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2answers
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How to compute the radii (radiuses) of corners for concentric rounded rects

I have a roundrect button that I want to contain within another roundrect. The containing roundrect should always be 1px away from the button. If I make the radius on the container too small then the ...
4
votes
4answers
6k views

How do you make a justified background color for a paragraph style in InDesign?

In InDesign if I have a paragraph style and every time I use that style I want a "colored" box behind it justified to the column width. How would you suggest doing this? Currently it's been done ...
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2answers
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Which cut of Gill Sans is it that is included on a Mac?

Like many classic fonts, there are several different cuts of Gill Sans by various publishers. Monotype distribute it as 'Gill Sans MT', and Adobe and ITC have their own versions. Which version is the ...
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1answer
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How to make a image fade out to both sides

I want to use an image in different screen resolutions with fading and the same background color. In a website, the image will not scale, but the background will. Something like this:
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votes
2answers
254 views

Handling layers in GIMP

I'm a first time GIMP user. I have an image that contains a design that'd I like to copy on to a transparent background. therefore, I started tracing the design using the paint/pencil tool. now that i'...
0
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3answers
4k views

Stretching an image along a path

I would like to take a picture and mold it in the shape of a 2D heart. Here is an example picture: I hope to accomplish a heart shape using this picture and have the blues ends meet at the bottom ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

App ui design workflow in Fireworks

I'm an iOS developer and I'd like to learn how to use the tools in Fireworks correctly for app design. I feel very uncomfortable with slicing, rulers, guides, and resizing for retina. I know these can ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

How do you get transparent colour on Gimp?

In the colour selection I have been searching for a transparent option, but I can't find one. How can I do it?
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4answers
3k views

How to split a PSD that has lots of layer groups

I bought a psd file that has lots of buttons - each button is a layer group. What's a good way to split the file so that each button is it's own file - with its layers intact. I know how to turn off ...
2
votes
2answers
667 views

Design term for a callout box with lines to source?

What is the industry term for this effect?
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4answers
4k views

On which sites can I sell fonts I've created?

I made a typeface that I would like to sell non-exclusively on several online stores. I have been searching and found a few nice outlets so far. What are the font shops you know of? Where do you ...
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1answer
5k views

Shadow below images [duplicate]

I have this image that I got from slidesjs.com It looks awesome when used as a frame, but I want to "elongate" it. Steps on how to accomplish this? I know it looks like a simple shadow, but the ...
3
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0answers
75 views

Pixels in PSD not accurate for fonts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the size of the font translate to exactly? I'm trying to figure out why my fonts in a PSD are not telling me the accurate pixel height. I set up a new document ...
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2answers
499 views

How far back does the concept of a “bold” typeface variant go

What I'd like to know is where in history the idea of having a bold variant of a typeface came about. I suspect that back in Garamond/Caslon's time there would not have been any bold version of their ...
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1answer
17k views

Adding More Materials for Photoshop 3D

I have been using the 3d features in Photoshop CS6 Extended and I love all of the materials that are included and that you can download from Adobe's website. However, I have been trying to find some ...

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