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What's the fastest-drying pen?

I'm talking about real pens, not software! I love drawing with Sharpies except that I often smear the lines with my sweaty wrists! What's a similar black drawing pen/marker (felt tip or otherwise) ...
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Unicode character that conveys 'synchronization'?

In current common usage, is there a Unicode character consisting of two arrows in a circle, or similar character that could convey 'synchronization'? For instance something like: I browsed the ...
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1answer
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Adobe Illustrator error creating text constrained by shape (Area Type Tool)

I am newer than new to Illustrator, but am trying nontheless to design a logo for my friend. The most basic of operations is to create an ellipse, correct? I have created a circle with this tool, ...
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Are there any free tools to convert .eot files to .ttf, .otf or any other font formats?

I've been given a .eot font file that needs to be used in a desktop program. So far none of the programs that I use (Gimp, Scribus, Inkscape) can read this font type. Are there any ways to convert it ...
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2answers
202 views

Any font pairing sites outside of Google?

I love how Google fonts allows you to pair fonts for great eye candy when designing but after time I have gotten tired of just seeing what Google suggests. I wanted to know if anyone has scene any ...
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3answers
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How to get a hand colored effect in Illustrator or Photoshop?

How do you create a hand colored effect, like in the image above, using either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop? I'd like to know how they colored the arrows and how to add a rough gradient like the ...
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1answer
286 views

Is there any tool to display swatch sheet in a document?

I'm looking for a tool or strategy (web app, software, Photoshop feature etc.) that will let me display all swatches I have in a '.aco' or '.ase' file in a table and saved as a PDF (preferably) for ...
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2answers
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Rows of text with same width but different font sizes

Are there any simple way to align rows of text with different font sizes so that the text rows have the same width. I would like to do this in Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro.
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1answer
887 views

How can I do spiral circle

I need to do the following shape in illustrator, if can be done by illustrator. I think it can be done by spiral, circle and pathfinder tools but I'm not sure. Please I need the details of how to do ...
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1answer
515 views

Converting CasMate Pro files to a vector format, workaround

I have a number of vectorial files that were created eons ago with a software called CasMate Pro(above) for the purpose of cutting those vectors with vinyl cutters. I googled a bit and I found out ...
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0answers
238 views

How to relocate face points in opencv / face distortion?

I have to simulate facial expressions on a face image ( say open mouth ). For this I first extracted the facial feature points and found the corners of the lips. Now I need to deform the image by ...
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What are good pre-internet books or courses for the creation of a logotype?

I am a software engineer attempting the impossible: to codify logotype creation. I want to learn all the rules and principles for logotype design and don't want to rely on blogspam. I'm looking ...
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1answer
209 views

Flash CS6 - how to replace a playing card index (i.e. how to type into same bounding box)?

I've purchased a stock set of playing cards in .ai format and have successfully imported it into a Flash CS6 file. However I have the problem, that the cards have english indices: J, Q, K, A - while ...
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1answer
138 views

Setting DPI for huge print

I need to create a really large print of 4Mx2.5M. I've never designed such a large print and I need help in setting the right DPI for this. I am really clueless of how this is supposed to go. If I'm ...
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224 views

Where can I input a color palette and find combining colors that fit in?

I use the Affecton template in a bit different way that it was designed to be used probably. I do not have as much content as it was designed to support. I have only couple of pictures on the page and ...
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2answers
307 views

Autoconverting PNGs to sRGB

Tools like PNGOUT blithely strip out color profiles (the iCCP chunk), which arguably makes the tools lossy because it changes the appearance of non-sRGB images in nearly all modern browsers. I've ...
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1answer
551 views

How to create the round/rectangle dialog on GIMP or Photoshop?

How do you design that bubble?: I tried to use a rectangle and a rounded shape but didn't work out nicely. Would be really nice if someone can point out (or if this kind of shape already exist!).
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1answer
446 views

What is the name of this heart-like decorative symbol?

I occasionally come across a symbol that looks like this: It looks to me like some sort of stylized heart, or maybe some kind of fruit on a branch. It is often used to separate blocks of text, for ...
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2answers
118 views

How to display an user-defined logo in a Metro dark themed application?

For a Windows application currently under development we have chosen a dark Modern UI theme. As I don't have any representative screenshot at hand, let's say our look and feel is somewhat similar to ...
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2answers
140 views

Making Kinetic Text animations

I know this is called Kinetic Text, but I don't imagine one does this in powerpoint. What tools would I need to learn to get this done? I'd love if they were open source or low cost.
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1answer
44 views

Edit Smartobject in current window

Is it possible to edit the contents of a smart object without opening it in a new window? I need to be able to edit it as if it were a regular layer in my project, instead of having to edit it ...
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1answer
602 views

Font copyright when used in images (Helvetica)

I have a specific Helvetica font that I use for text within graphics I am creating for my website, i.e. buttons, pictures. Do I need a licence or is it sufficient just to have purchased the specific ...
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2answers
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How to capture likeness in a portrait?

I'm having a problem with capturing the likeness of a person I'm trying to draw a portrait of, and I was hoping you could point out where I'm making the mistake and how can I improve. Basically, the ...
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2answers
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Is Optima Roman or Optima Medium the Optima.ttc found in Mac OS X?

I'm currently working with a relatively small event run by volunteers and we want to be consistent across our publications. Currently we use Optima for the body text in our publications, but it's ...
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1answer
3k views

Turning Multiple Vector Paths into a Solid Object/Image

I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc... I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path ...
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1answer
119 views

Easy Archiving/Organising your graphic elements for later use

As many designers, I sometimes find myself designing elements not for a particular project but only because inspiration was there and I might use it in a later project. It could be a button, an icon, ...
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5answers
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How to improve angle and proportion perception?

Im having a bit of a problem with my perception of angles and proportions. While I compare some elements of my drawing to each other, they seem to be fine. In a portrait, say, the browridge seems to ...
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1answer
393 views

Skillsets specific for concept artists

I simply love the idea of making concept art, and Id like to know, what skillsets are most important for someone who is trying to find a job in the industry or do some freelance work. Whats most ...
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4answers
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What is the relationship between hue, saturation and value?

I see people adding color on top of a gray-scale drawing and their colors look great, but when I do myself, the colors look terrible (dirty, not the color I seem to pick from the color wheel). People ...
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7answers
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What are the benefits of making gesture drawings?

As far as I know, most art schools have exercises or even whole classes focusing on making gesture drawings. But actually, Im wondering, why bother with it? While it probably has some merits, but ...
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3answers
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Is there a resource that documents all mobile device screen resolutions in one location?

I could not find a complete guide of this nor did I know who to contact about possibly making a wiki here for it (if it exists or not allowed please remove). I cannot nor want to remember everything ...
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1answer
390 views

InDesign: I need a repeating image on every page, and paragraph styles with a variable aren't working

I have a lot of sub-chapters and each sub-chapter needs to have on each page an image. I was thinking of putting the image on the first page of the sub-chapter and set to paragraph style A. Then ...
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6answers
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How to distribute an equal amount of space between each object in Photoshop?

I'm using "Distribute Horizontal Centers" in Photoshop, but it might be the wrong tool for the job. I'm guessing Photoshop will be distributing the CENTER of each text object and aligning that, so ...
2
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1answer
115 views

Font needed for 30's comic strip

Greetings from a beginner! I am part of a team trying to restore a 1930's newspaper comic strip for possible publication. We have to use newspaper scans, and the text is often very messy. It has to be ...
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2answers
2k views

How can I convert to a custom shape in Adobe illustrator

In illustrator I can convert a selected shape to another shape by the Effect > Convert to Shape option. Now I need to convert to custom shapes, e.g. some shapes created myself. Is there any way to do ...
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2answers
102 views

Hyphenation of compound words

When a compound word is hyphenated, should a second hyphen he added at the beginning of the line? And what is the case for compound words connected by a dash instead of a hyphen? Is one of the ...
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4answers
2k views

Readability and appeal of justified text

If I write a document that I have to hand in to somebody (a report, summary, draft, whatever) I usually justify the text because it seems more appealing (at least to me) if it all finishes at the same ...
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1answer
263 views

How do you export a font from Glyphs

I just made some small tweaks to an OTF icon-font (iconic) and now I'm having trouble exporting this modified font. Have I missed something? Can you export from Glyphs to an OTF or TTF?
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votes
1answer
140 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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3answers
3k views

Batch replacing color with transparency

I have a very large number of PNG images (too many to practically do one at a time) with a bright pink background and would like to replace the background color with transparency. If this is not ...
2
votes
2answers
688 views

Simplest way to create a product box image

Would like to present our products as pictures of 3D product boxes like this: I think Adobe Illustrator with the persepctive tool could to it, but I wondered if there is maybe something even ...
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votes
3answers
665 views

Is a 10 point font big enough to use for small descriptions in a cv?

I am creating my CV on an A4 and I am wondering whether a 10 point font size is big enough. here is screenshot and I am talking about the content next to the crosses: http://d.pr/i/LDKK. in fact do ...
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8answers
2k views

Is there graphic design software made for beginners, suitable for designing websites?

I'm teaching web development to beginners, and it would be useful to show them the basics in design, meaning using a graphic design package to come up with a layout, before turning it into code. To ...
2
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1answer
228 views

Creating underlines in callygraphy style

I am not very familiar with graphic illustration. I want to create some underline samples like in this example, maybe a little more understated: I have no Photoshop and I can't find any good ...
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vote
1answer
158 views

3D Facial Expression Database

Can anyone suggest 3D Face Expression Database which has basic expressions like happy, sad, surprise, anger, disgust, ... I am trying to simulate different expressions on a 2D face image. As a ...
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1answer
704 views

Adobe Illustrator PDF displays incorrectly in Apple's Preview application

I tried to export my AI file from Illustrator (Save As..) as a PDF, but for some reason, the logo come out very badly. Editable PDF The exported file ends ups like this : http://d.pr/i/SySs ( I ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

GIMP: Using Channels Independently

I need to use GIMP instead of Photoshop, but I have a problem doing some things with transparency: I explain: I manipulate some tga files that have 4 channels, rgb and alpha. Using Photoshop I'm ...
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2answers
300 views

SVG to bitmap converter that doesn't generate horrible bitmaps

I've been using Inkscape to generate PNG's from various SVG files. This works fine for larger images, but for smaller images (like icons), bitmaps appear grainy and extremely anti-aliased at the ...
3
votes
1answer
100 views

Illustrator to Tagged PDF file

Is there a way to save an Illustrator file to a Tagged PDF file. I need to make the PDF 508 compliant and it would be faster if the conversion added the tags.
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1answer
66 views

Proof printing for the web

I had this debate with a colleague and we didn't see anything solid or something from a search that would answer this with certainty so I thought I would open it here. You are designing a website or ...

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