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Group bounds for layer gradient style

I have two layers; one with a gradient style on it directly, and one inside a group with the exact same gradient style applied. However, the gradient's range is the entire canvas, instead of the ...
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How to expand luminosity blending option in illustrator? [duplicate]

i have an issue with the vector shape in the background in an illustrator file, it appears differently on my client's pc. That's how it appears to me (the good one): and that's how it appears to ...
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What should you ask the printer?

We get a lot of questions in regards to what should my file spec be, what should I do with X and Y, how should I do my black etc. etc. and a large majority of the time we suggest to ask the printer ...
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Weird grey boxes on PDF export and (huge) quality difference in Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat

I've exported tens (if not hundreds) of PDFs with InDesign and I've never experienced this problem. It's pretty weird... The problem is that grey boxes appear around some objects. Next to that, the ...
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Envelope Distort: Stratight lines, not curvy

I want to replicate the style of this logo: I'm using AI and this is what I have tried so far: 1) Create text, 2) Create polygon shape 3) Envelope Distort This is the result: As you can see ...
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When drawing two vector shapes, why does the second one not update with the correct foreground colour?

I just drew one black rectangle. I then changed the foreground colour to red and drew a second one on a new layer, but this remained black. I had to go into the fill options and change it to the red ...
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How to cycle through blend modes with instant preview?

I'm watching a tutorial in which the instructor is cycling through blend modes for a pattern overlay and the shape layer instantly updates with whichever blend mode he has selected. I have read that ...
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Best way for 3D perspective in Illustrator

Before I begin, please keep in mind that my end is to make svg files for the web and I'm using Illustrator CS6. I'm wondering if there is a better to rotate my graphic so that it looks like it is ...
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Can I use images / poster from a movie in a flyer to promote a Movie Night?

A client has permission to show movies in a big screen for the public (nonprofit). I was asked to design a flyer to promote the showing. They want me to show the movie poster and make flyers with the ...
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Exporting designs for professional magazine printing?

I have several PSDs, each PSD represents a page that makes up a small A6 magazine. Now firstly, I wanted to ask, do I send the individual PSD files to be printed? If so, what file type is best? ...
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RGB to CMYK conversion — more than one way?

Occasionally a science journal asks authors to submit figures as CMYK (JPG or TIFF) for publication. When I have done this in the past, the colors in the figures end up looking very muted and washed ...
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What is a text heavy design with multiple types of typography called?

Can anyone tell me the name of the design style used for these types of designs? If there is a name for them, even. They're text heavy with different typography on just about every line and a sort of ...
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Does anyone know if this particular letter D is available in a vector file format anywhere? [closed]

Hey everyone I've seen this letter and now I can't remember where and how it was, or just an image or animated-kind of font, I need this image hi-res or the vector file of this, or somethnig close to ...
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How can I make a complex tartan pattern in Illustrator? [duplicate]

Could anyone tell me how to create the tartan design shown in the attached file? Im using Illustrator CS6
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How do I get my vector logos to look super sharp on the web?

I do a lot of work with Illustrator, but I've never been super happy with how my work looks on our website. I've tried various techniques - saving from Illustrator, and opening in Photoshop and saving ...
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Why does the type cursor change over a shape layer?

I find that when using Photoshop CS6, the type cursor will have a dotted square around it (rather than a dotted circle) when hovering over a shape layer. How will clicking and typing be any ...
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How to put brushes in a set?

When I click on the little settings wheel in my brush panel there are various brushes listed on the bottom. 'Basic Brushes', 'Dry Media Brushes' and so on. I'd like to put brushes that I download or ...
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282 views

InDesign inline column reflow?

In InDesign, I know that I can break a text box into columns pretty easily by selecting it and playing with these options: I also know that I can set up the margins and columns and then use linked ...
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Options for default layer visibility in Photoshop

So at work I have been converting a lot of PSDs to web. When I need say a background image of a box I hide everything else hide all the text and content inside of said box, select, copy merge etc. ...
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How can I use Creative Commons-licensed media in print?

I want to use a CC-BY-SA image in a printed newsletter. What is the most succinct and unobtrusive way I can comply with the license? It would really clutter up my design to slap the creator's name, ...
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Imaging tool to slice a scene into smaller images

I'm looking for a software tool to slice an image into smaller ones. It will be a part of a much bigger project so the effort to export the output should be minimal. It doesn't matter if the initial ...
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Make a desaturated image transparent keeping only shadows & highlights

I've been trying to do this for a few days now and have not gotten the results I need. I'm not sure I'm using the correct terminology in the title, if not, please feel free to correct me, and I'll ...
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How do I alter the colors of a raster image with GIMP?

I'm somewhat new to GIMP and I was hoping to take a logo like this: And to change the colors of the background and font as someone did here: Except I'd like to do it with different colors. Is ...
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How can some designers produce dozens of web templates a day?

There is a highly ranked designer in DesignCrowd that posts dozens of web designs each day, with so much variations on each one. What I want to know is: Would this require using templates, and then ...
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Mockup strategy for Responsive Web Design

When making mockups for Responsive Web Design projects, should I separate them by Page or by Screen Size? What are the pros and cons of the following: Page based: All the home page mockups in all ...
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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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Black and white printing

I have some problems printing rich black, and I´ve spent days trying to find a solution on the internet, but there is just too much information... I´d happily spend weeks and months learning all about ...
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Select subelements in composite shape in pxm

I have created a composite shape in Pixelmator: it is a circle with rays around (=sun icon) - all in one layer as shapes elements. Let's say I should transform some rays by rotating them into ...
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How to design web pages around a big logo?

I'm currently designing a website for a place that uses a large circular logo. Their logo contains an image as well as text. The problem I'm running into is fitting this logo into the web design ...
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Image quality of PSD-originating JPG images degrades and changes significantly when uploading images online

I really hope someone can help! In the past few months I have been having issues with the colors on my jpg files, originating from Photoshop (not sure if this has anything to do with it). When ...
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Motivations for a designer to get involved in an open source project

I am part of Silex Labs non profit organization, and one of our mission is to bridge the gap between designers and developers. An important question is how to motivate designers to get involved in ...
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photoshop cs6 grouping layers still allow inside layers to be selected

How do i prevent this.. Whenever i group layers and try to move them around only the layer my mouse is clicking moves. What's the point of grouping then? I know it worked in cs5. Is my photoshop ...
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Fill shape created using “Pen Tool”

I have created an Arc using Pen Tool in a new layer. I want to fill and the convert it into a shape for further manipulation. I tried "Ctrl + left click" on layer to select the stroke as well as ...
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Problem matching colors

The background color of my website is a light gray. I have a stock image with a white background that I would like to blend with my background. So I picked a small rectangle of the background and ...
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How would I perform SnapSeed's “ambience” filter using Photoshop?

SnapSeed is a great little iOS photo editing app. Along with brightness and contrast, it has the ability to alter "ambiance" which does a great job of lightening up shadows while still keeping a nice ...
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PS CS6: Texture Painting on a 3d model

I've been using Photoshop proper for quite a while, but have just recently started working with the 3d aspect. I have some tileable 2d images as source (human skin) and some importable 3d models ...
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How to delete part of shape in Photoshop?

I have two shapes on two different layers. I want to crop the only the part of image only according to the shape on layer 1. I want to keep part of shape on layer 2 which is in the layer1 shape area ...
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Getting a fixed width border when resizing a box in InDesign

I've been building a document in InDesign, and want to collect my text into color-coded boxes and sidebars. My technique so far: Make a text box. Make a colored rectangle. Size them like I want, ...
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Overprint vs transparency

Does anyone know what is the difference between transparency and overprint? In other words: if I print 100% cyan and then 100% magenta with 50% opacity, how is it different from printing 100% cyan ...
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How to get an object style in Illustrator scripting?

I'm writing a script to automate scene states. I using graphic styles to change appearance. How do I get object's graphicStyle? Is there a way to have a collection of objects of chosen style?
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How do I change the color of a monochrome image with some transparency?

I have this image: and I want to change it so it looks gray instead of black. My problem is that it has some anti-aliasing, so there are some half-transparent and/or gray pixels on some borders. If ...
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How to make Illustrator slice coordinates match HTML coordinates?

Today I have the problem to slice a map from illustrator CS6 to HTML. For example i have a map with many states like this map states Because I want to make the mouse hover to each state so that i ...
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Does building a site from a design concept violate creative commons no derivatives clause?

Let's say I'm building a personal blog / portfolio site and I'm looking for design inspiration. So here is an example of a website design concept that is protected by creative-commons-no-derivatives. ...
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If I wanted to create my resume in Illustrator/Sketch what pixel dimensions should I use?

If I create a 8.5x11in file in Photoshop, it works out to 612x792. If I want to create a resume in Illustrator or another program like Sketch by Bohemian Coding should I use that size? Or would it be ...
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Flash to Illustrator CC conversion… possible?

I've spent years drawing vector art in Flash, and recently decided to move to Illustrator (because that's really what I should have been using all along). The trouble is, Flash art is strangely ...
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What is this black line around image in PDF? [duplicate]

The the psd file is a clean cut. Looks great (1) Still looks good when brought into Illustrator (2) But then as a PDF this ugly black line appears around the edges of the psd file (3) Any ideas ...
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InDesign CS6 - Content conveyor: placing collected objects (links) at their original positions

With the intent of easily updating elements across several pages I am using the content collector tool to place linked objects. I am finding it unpractical to precisely position several collected ...
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What resolution should I use for my photos in Inkscape?

question from a non-graphic designer here who doesn't fully get the whole 'resolution' thing. From what I understand, Inkscape saves all embedded images as 90dpi. However for printing, 300 dpi is ...
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How to save slices as separate images without using “Save for Web” in Photoshop cs6

question from a non-graphic designer here. All the examples I have seen at saving slices as separate images rely on using "Save for Web". What if I want to do the same when saving for printing?
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Is there a solution to running out of undos in Corel X6?

I have created a bitmap from a vector image. After editing a while, I wanted to scrap the idea and return to the vector image, but my undos have run out. Is there any way to get the vector back?

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