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How can I convert a jpg-signature into strokes?

I would like to convert a scanned signature into a vector file. Specifically, I'd like to obtain a clean, small svg, like Barack Obama's signature on Wikipedia. It consists solely of paths with no ...
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3answers
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Is a Photoshop EPS file a vector format?

If I save my file from Photoshop as a Photoshop EPS is that going to be okay as a vector across the board (ie will it be resizeable in whatever it's opened in)? I know if you open a .psd in Photoshop ...
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7answers
711 views

What are some good ways to gain practical experience to add to my portfolio?

I passed the ACE exams for InDesign and Photoshop a few months ago, but I am stumbling on how to get practical experience. I have a couple of years of news page design, and a very small number of ...
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3answers
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How to add a color gradient to a picture

I felt in love with the way this graphic designer, called Mariusz, has edited this picture. It would be fun to produce something like this for myself. Anyone has some ideas on how to create such a ...
6
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9answers
82k views

Make Arabic text show properly in Adobe Illustrator

Arabic text doesn't show properly in Adobe Illustrator. Even with a font that supports Arabic text (e.g. Arial), the text is back to front (left to right, not right to left) and the letters don't join ...
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6answers
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Can Photoshop Be Used for Vector Purposes?

Usually vectors are only created in vector-based programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, with some limited support for drawing vectors in programs like Adobe Fireworks and Flash. Can ...
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4answers
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Adobe Photoshop: Creating a matrix grid / collage of images

Is there a convenient way of creating a grid, or a collage of images, without having to do it manually? Ideally I want a 64x64 square grid of images that are each 100px * 100px. I've seen them done a ...
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2answers
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How can I arrange words into a shape to make a “word cloud” design?

I want to create a T-shirt to commemorate the tenth edition of a gaming convention and I had the idea to have the names of all the games that were played during the convention form a big roman numeral ...
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2answers
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What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?

So, I have never really been into design beyond a few wireframes and paper-pen sketches and have now now bought David Kadavy's book, Design for Hackers and am getting into design a little bit. I am ...
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File Size issue when exporting from Word 2013 to PDF

First off I hope I am posting this in the right community. If there is a more appropriate place please let me know. My problem is this: I regularly generate PDF files from Word documents which ...
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4answers
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How do I make an incomplete circle stroke for a donut chart?

I'm trying to emulate this type of stroke: So far, I've only been able to pen over the stroke and try to Minus it off (though I'm a rookie and still don't understand the whole pathfinder tool ...
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9answers
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How can I decide between the medium sized intuos tablet or the small one?

I am a high school student with an interest for drawing tablets for some hobby. I went to check on a store that sell Intuos, a sales representative (or something) of Wacom told me that most students ...
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1answer
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What DPI/PPI should a 4 by 6 meter outdoor billboard be designed at? [duplicate]

I'm creating a 4 x 6 meter (~13 x 20 feet) outdoor billboard advertisement that includes an image and vector logo (rasterized) in Photoshop. I was working using a smaller size for design purposes, but ...
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2answers
2k views

Graphic Design Pricing [duplicate]

I have a client that wants me to create some designs to promote their book. I have done work for them before, but having a hard time trying to come up with a price for this project. The project ...
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3answers
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Industry standard file format deliverables for logos? [duplicate]

During an academic discussion regarding file formats I received from a most excellent designer, I thought I was correct in writing (based on my experience with hired work): ...the industry ...
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3answers
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What software should I use to make crisp game graphics for iOS games?

I want to make game graphics that are smooth not pixelated, kinda like vector graphics and I will need to use them in iOS games. I am not that experienced in creating graphics so I looked here and no ...
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8answers
2k views

Lower-cost alternative to Photoshop

Maybe once a month I need Photoshop. Since it is rare, the cost seems like a disproportionate amount of money to spend by my startup. I think the tasks I need to achieve when I'm converting a ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Are there slice compositions similar to layer compositions?

Photoshop offers the feature of layer compositions. I can store different layer states within them and easily switch between them. In one, a certain layer is invisible and vice versa. Yet once I ...
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4answers
2k views

Changing File Sizes in a PDF

Is there a way when exporting a .psd as a .pdf to make the file smaller? My client always has me work in Photoshop and send them finished work as .pdf's, but they say the files are too big. These ...
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25answers
37k views

New generation of Save icon that is not a “disk”?

Currently, the save icon in almost all applications represents a 3.5-inch disk from the 20th century. An example from Microsoft Office 2010 is shown below: As we move towards more advanced ...
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10answers
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Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?

Does anyone know any other fonts similar to Helvetica Neue (free for commercial use)? I'm working on a big website project where 'Helvetica Neue' is used heavily. I need a font that looks almost the ...
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8answers
3k views

Sources for Color Theory or Psychology of Color

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good book/blog/forum that focuses on design principles such as psychology of color, specifically where it relates to picking a color palette for a communication ...
36
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6answers
114k views

What font types are good for a technical document?

What are some good fonts to use for a highly technical document? Is there any specific type that should be used/avoided?
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12answers
37k views

Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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2answers
4k views

Best workflow for icon design: Start big, or start small?

When designing icons that need to be delivered at several sizes, do you start at the smaller size, then scale up to the bigger sizes? Or do you start big and scale down? There's several advantages to ...
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9answers
8k views

What are the key principles that effective designs share?

You have arrived on this page because you are clearly curious about underlying fundamentals that you can incorporate into your thought process when designing. According to many that came before us, ...
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9answers
9k views

Is there any way I can add watermark to .jpg files (around 15000), en masse instead of one by one?

I have around 15000 .jpg files that need to be watermarked. Is there any way to process these images en masse to add the watermark?
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2answers
8k views

How do I get this uneven airbrush effect similar to old art deco posters?

This is an section from a poster made back in the 1920s or 1930s, that was made using an airbrush: What interests me most is that it has a rough, spattered quality. It's as if the airbrush didn't ...
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8answers
17k views

Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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2answers
17k views

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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7answers
104k views

Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator, how can I evenly distribute a group of objects along an arc?
8
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5answers
23k views

What software is best for GUI design?

I've used Photoshop extensively, but the fact of the matter is that it's a photo editing tool. It has some complicated effects built in, such as the drop shadow and inner and outer glows etc., but it ...
6
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3answers
1k views

How do designers render their work onto an iPhone/Android?

Before you down vote, bare with me as I'm a developer! I've always been curious how designers render their work onto a phone to show their customers how it may look on the phone, for example: ...
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2answers
1k views

How to create a pattern or tiles from rotated elements

I have a geometric pattern – say, a cross: Which I want to repeat with some overlap and tile … easy: The blue square marks the 100×100 px unit tile. However, here comes the catch: I want to ...
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4answers
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What is your file naming convention you use for version control? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the best way to link a printed piece to the electronic file name. What are the best practices for file naming and version control? Do you use a log of sorts for graphic ...
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4answers
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Technique for finding the centerline of a curved object?

I'm curious to know if anyone knows of any effective techniques for finding the center line of a curved object. In the screenshot below you'll see a crude version of what I mean. Is there any way ...
4
votes
2answers
4k views

How to remove background with Gimp?

How to remove background from an image with Gimp?
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5answers
27k views

Font (anti)aliasing in Photoshop

I'm using Photoshop for designing websites and whenever I compare a photoshop design with the live browser preview the fonts appear to be rendered differently. Basically any anti-aliasing method I ...
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1answer
8k views

small lines when printing to PDF from Illustrator

I have an Illustrator file that's behaving strangely when I print it to PDF. Basically, it adds small lines around shapes; I included a zoomed-in screenshot. If I save the file as PDF, the lines ...
8
votes
2answers
42k views

How can I remove text from a background?

I have a background with written text over it. The thing is the image is a .jpeg, and not .psd format, so I don't have access to the layers. This is the image: Click image for full resolution As ...
7
votes
4answers
1k views

Creating large banners to be viewed from a distance, at a size Illustrator can't handle

I need to design large banner, 40ft X 10ft, but Illustrator can't handle that size, so I create it at 1/3 size in Illustrator. Once done, I export a web image (JPEG), and set it to 100% quality. Then ...
4
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1answer
1k views

Why are my printed colors duller than expected?

Basically, I've designed a booklet on Photoshop CC. It's an informational booklet so it's quite vibrant with lots of colours and pictures in it. I've finished it and exported all the files into PDF ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

How to create a 3D layer explosion/expansion in Photoshop?

I need to depict a bunch of layers of an image similar to this: What is this style called? Is there any photoshop plugins that can automatically create this kind of view?
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votes
3answers
2k views

Inept knowledge about dpi and ppi,please help?

I have designed a web header 1000x98 at 72 ppi using Macromedia Fireworks for our website and we are planning to print a billboard using that header? The printer has told us that he needs the image ...
2
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3answers
3k views

How to make a graphic with long shadow?

I want to make a long shadow just like in this image. I can create this shadow with shapes and by deleting the unwanted shadows after rasterizing the layer. But it's not very reusable. I can't resize ...
2
votes
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 ...
11
votes
5answers
23k views

Why does Helvetica [Neue] look absolutely horrible in Illustrator?

Helvetica has always looked horrible in Illustrator CS4+ on my Mac, including all OS versions, regardless of size or units. Below are screenshots of Helvetica at 12px, 24px, and 36px. Is there a ...
9
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2answers
2k views

Why do some printed documents have those target-like lines in their corners?

Why do some printed documents have those target-like lines in their corners? Can't think of any concrete examples right now so I just made this:
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votes
2answers
4k views

Life size image in Photoshop

I've noticed that Photoshop makes my image size, specified in inches, smaller than it really is. Approximately 1 inch both in height and width. Since this is an approximation and not exact, and ...
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vote
2answers
444 views

Can image transparency be calculated automatically from multiple non-transparent samples?

I'm wondering if there is a way to automatically calculate transparent image from set of non-transparent ones. No manual work with individual pixels or manual setting of opacities. Many times I need ...

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