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1answer
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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 ...
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5answers
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How can I make my Photoshop text appear like it does on the web?

Do I really have to design everything in Photoshop with anti-aliasing set to "none"? I'm sure there is a better way. I'd like to have a setting so that when picking a basic web-safe (such as ...
4
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6answers
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How to apply, blend or overlay a texture or pattern image to a layer in Photoshop?

I've got a grunge texture JPEG that I downloaded from Premium Pixels that looks like this: and a text layer on a black background. I want to blend or overlay the image file to create a worn-out, ...
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1answer
387 views

What are the correct set of principles of Design ?

I have started the design learning road from scratch using Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline. In the first section it mentions design principles. The first link : Principles ...
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5answers
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With Photoshop, how to batch replace white background with transparent in the image

I have got hundreds images of products with clear white backgrounds. I would like to change the white background color to become transparent. Is there a means of batch processing this particular ...
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3answers
453 views

Where does inspiration end, where does illegitimate copying start?

I'm creating the UI for a web application which will mainly run on Macs. So my goal is to preserve the look and feel of Mac OS. But since I don't use Apples Frameworks I'm not allowed to use their UI ...
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4answers
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How to manually identify a font when the automatic services fail?

A common problem: Designer has spotted a delicious font being used on/offline, but there are no references what is the name of the font. The designer either gets unsatisfactory results from automatic ...
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4answers
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Photoshop CS6 Resize Rectangle with Rounded Corners

Before my question gets marked as duplicate let me explain that I did my research. This question is about Photoshop CS6. Hopefully the feature was added in this version. Before posting I looked up ...
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2answers
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Grid-based design in Illustrator — need help setting up a grid!

I'm trying to explore grid-based layout design in Illustrator to help me create mockups for prototypes. I was wondering if anybody here could help me set up a grid based layout easily in Illustrator ...
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13answers
989 views

Why do people keep telling me my site looks awful?

I've developed a website, and recently was looking for a job. Practically all interviewers, after taking a quick glimpse at it, told me my site was designed awfully (but liked the concept). I should ...
7
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4answers
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Why can't Photoshop properly open this PNG?

When I try to open this image in PS (CS5) I get red rectangles around the parts of the image that are not transparent. If I copy the image and paste it in PS I get the contents of the image, as seen ...
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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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5answers
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Text effect on any background color

I want to display a text over a video. However, the video may include any color from white to black. What is the best text effect (color/stroke/shadow/glow ... etc) that can be applied on the text so ...
4
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4answers
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Photoshop a low-res image to make it appear higher-res

I want to enlarge an image to a bigger size. This will cause pixelation. So I want to apply some treatment to it in Photoshop that will suppress some of this pixelation. Of course I cannot generate ...
3
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1answer
2k 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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2answers
299 views

Under the U.S.'s Copyright Law, is it an act of copyright infringement if we changed the color of another artist's image to black and white?

Under the U.S.'s Copyright Law, would it be an act of copyright infringement if we were to change the color of another artist's image to black and white? The answer to this question is provided below ...
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2answers
1k views

How to create this grunge texture effect

I am making a logo in photoshop and want to add this old spotted vintage type of filter. Can anyone let me know how? Specifically the light dots on the black: I'm using photoshop CS4
0
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1answer
8k views

How to create this realistic glossy preview of a business card?

I am trying to create the effect posted in this image. How can this can be created?
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2answers
1k views

How to create a shape, in a form of two basic shapes partially substracted?

When I have a circle shape and now I substract from it a little square in the middle, what I get is a shape that looks like hollowed circle. But in fact in its paths I still have my whole shape of ...
0
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2answers
216 views

Need an Image Manipulation Program [closed]

I need an image manipulation software with certain features, the cost doesn't matter to me. I am looking for the following features: A program which enables me to: Make logos and other vector works ...
0
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3answers
6k views

Make sharp dashed line path stroke on rounded corners in Photoshop?

Following this answer, I've tried to make rounded corners with dashed stroke, but the output is blurry. Is there any method to make a sharp dashed stroke in Photoshop?
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1answer
214 views

How big is my single pattern in Photoshop

I pulled a repeating pattern from someone else's PSD. Is there a way to figure out the size of the original pattern? I need to create an image with only one tile.
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5answers
184k views

How to create vector graphics In Photoshop CS6

I know people prefer using CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator, but I want to know if there is a technique I can follow to use Adobe Photoshop CS6 to make vector Images.
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1answer
2k views

Why are there unwanted white lines appearing in a PDF print proof?

I designed a christmas card and I normally print it on vista print. When I ask for a print proof the outlines show. They don't show when I print it at home. Why are there unwanted white lines ...
3
votes
2answers
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Photoshop plugin to export visual hints on spacing, margins, width & height

Is it possible to produce such design hints (on elements padding, spacing, width, height) automatically in photoshop? Is there any plugin that can potentially do this?
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2answers
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How to cut the non-overlapping part of 2 shapes in Illustrator CS6

I have 2 shapes (see below) a circle and a shape of the US. I want to remove the part of the US that falls outside the circle. How is this possible? Thanks
3
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5answers
443 views

Best Way To Find Independent Designers?

What is the best way to find an independent designer for a particular field? For example, one that has a portfolio and designs book-covers/print/packaging, ...? It is a requirement for me to draw ...
2
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2answers
69k views

How can I increase the size of a .jpeg without losing quality?

Is it possible to make a .jpeg photo larger without losing "quality"? I have a photo that is 450px x 750px and would like to make it 3 times bigger for web not print? I've been told that Illustrator ...
2
votes
1answer
333 views

How do I trace an image and place it over a different background?

Warning: Total photoshop newb! I recently got a cool image of my fiancee and I holding hands and showing off her engagment ring. The backdrop is the beach: I tried to trace an image using a combo ...
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2answers
629 views

How to remove the textured background from a handwritten text document?

I'm using Adobe Photoshop. I noticed that there are other questions similar to this one. However, the reason I'm posting my question is, when I followed the instructions in the other question about ...
1
vote
1answer
6k views

Import .png files into separate layers of a PSD file?

Is it possible to import a batch of .png files into a PSD, such that each imported .png is in a separate layer?
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3answers
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Why are imported PDFs blurry in InDesign?

I'm creating a magazine in Indesign and have pdf ads that I imported and placed all throughout the magazine. The pdf ads are crisp and clear in their original format, but when I place them in ...
0
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1answer
188 views

Skew transform severely distorts screenshot - any workaround?

I'm trying to create the image below where a screen (640px x 960px @ 72ppi) is shown on a stock photo of a device. Is there any way to maintain high quality of the screenshot on the device? I used ...
0
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2answers
2k views

is there an easy way or photoshop plugin to distribute words in evenly spaced formation

I try to do it mostly with words but sometimes have to do it with other things too. How do you equally space out things automatically, I Know how to evenly distribute from the center of every ...
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6answers
9k views

Version Control for Designers / Alternative to Version Cue

I've just been searching around the net for version control that has some support for graphic/Photoshop files. We're currently using BitBucket which is free and unlimited when it comes to file size ...
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24answers
57k views

Why are Apple Macs used so much in the graphic design industry?

Why is it that graphic designers more often use an Apple Mac? I am studying graphic design and I am hoping to do some freelance work in my spare time. I have a unit in my studies to discover why Macs ...
33
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2answers
23k views

Difference between kerning vs letter spacing?

What is the difference between kerning vs. letter spacing?
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6answers
917 views

What are some good resource for programmers to design icons?

I'm a computer programmer, and find myself needing to draw icons frequency. Does anyone out there have any good resources for both the tools and how to design icons?
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votes
4answers
79k views

Add transparency to an existing PNG

I'd like to use this image on a web site. What I need to do is change the background from black to transparent, so I can use the arrow on my site maintaining the page background. I used Gimp to ...
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10answers
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Do web frameworks such as Bootstrap or HTML5 boilerplate offer anything to a designer (not developer)?

Note, this is about design much more than development. I build sites from scratch with completely hand written CSS and HTML. I've known about pre-build css templates such as Bootstrap or HTML5 ...
18
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1answer
3k views

Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?

Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps? Assume I'm producing a small multi-page ...
14
votes
5answers
30k views

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 ...
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votes
6answers
6k views

Why would a designer want to purchase a typeface instead of using free ones?

This isn't just a nagging question. It's to help designers (such as myself) to understand the importance of paid for fonts. This question is mainly based on my curiosity to why we should pay for ...
22
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6answers
43k views

Font-face loaded on Windows look really bad. Which fonts are you using that render better?

EDIT: The problem was that I did not have "Cleartype" turned on in my settings on Vista. This question may not have much meaning if you have Cleartype is installed/enabled on Windows OS. A new ...
20
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5answers
7k views

Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring many datasets on a plot?

I need large set (20 and more) of contrasted and easily visually-distinguishable colors for coloring different datasets on a scientific plot (the set of colors should not include white or black, and ...
14
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2answers
11k 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 ...
23
votes
10answers
79k views

How to get dashed line in Photoshop?

How can I make a dashed or dotted lines in Photoshop?
21
votes
3answers
125k views

How do I combine two objects into one in Illustrator?

I have a G and an arrow. I want the arrow to act as the horizontal portion of the G. I have it lined up but when I apply effects I want then to act in one. For example If I apply a 3d effect I want ...
18
votes
2answers
8k views

Is there any open-source alternative to Fontlab out there?

I used to work with Fontlab Studio to design and compile my fonts. Years have passed and my former Fontlab install vanished into the voids of a crashing harddisk. Now that I'm gaining interest in ...
8
votes
2answers
6k views

How can I create realistic business card mockups?

I'm trying to produce the effect in the below image: I'd preferably like to do this with Photoshop or Illustrator. How can this be accomplished?

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