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Quick literal answer: Between Illustrator and Photoshop, PhotoShop, as it's raster, as is the web site. Slightly more detailed answer: you'd be using both. Alternative answer: Consider using Adobe Fireworks. Fireworks is so much easier to use once you get the hang of it for producing web graphics. Long boring lecture answer: The "Slice-n-Dice" method is ...


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First you will have to convert the arrow from a path / stroke into a shape object. Do this by selecting Object -> Path -> Outline Stroke. Open the Pathfinder palette (Window -> Pathfinder) and with the two items selected alt-click on the Unite button - it’s the first one that looks like two squares united into one.


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Check out Inkscape: http://inkscape.org/ Inkscape is a free (and open-source) SVG vector graphics editing program. I've never used Illustrator, so I can't directly compare, but I've done all of my work in Inkscape and it is quite capable. You might also want to check out Inkscape's tutorial for Illustrator users: ...


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This is actually really easy. Take a selected copied or placed (unlinked) raster image, then: Object > Create Object Mosaic Or, in older versions of Illustrator, it was Filter > Create > Mosaic Input the exact width and height of the pixel image under "Number of tiles". That's it! Your vector pixel squares will be wrapped in two groups, so ...


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My example is not a perfect, but you can take it as guideline for your logo-training. I hope this help you. 1) Create a new text layer 2) Take a pen tool and draw two lines so together they are looking like "a" 3) Turn text layer off, we don't need it anymore 4) Take "Ellipse Tool" and draw some ellipses. Now turn brushes window on. Select all the ...


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(1) torn textures Further to my comment, your problem is with the number of points you're using and seems to be a bizarre Illustrator quirk. Depending on where you put your anchor point, Illustrator is calculating a different number of surfaces for your object. Make the shape with just 2 points... Map your art... Bingo! Test with third point ...


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There is more than one single way to accomplish this. However, by far the simplest way is to utilize the Symbols Library. Create a Single Arrow Open up the Symbols palette: Window > Symbol (Shift + Ctl/Cmd + F11) From the Symbols palette menu, choose Open Symbol Library > Arrows Next, choose the appropriate arrow from the Arrows palette to add to your ...


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First, create 2 circles. The 2 circles don't have to be center aligned as shown in my screen shot above. While having the smaller circle selected, hit the Rotate tool. (R for shortcut). Now, hold on Option/Alt key, and click on the center of the bigger circle. This tells the anchor point the small circle should be rotating from. After you click on the ...


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Nice question! In theory, any of those (plus others you haven't mentioned, like the open source alternatives Gimp and Inkscape) let you design a business card. If you are particularly proficient with one of them, you might want to consider going for that one to save time. While the three Adobe products have some similarities of use, they all require some ...


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It seems like the best way is to use the Stylize/Round Corners effect on a regular rectangle. This way the corner radius is changeable and independent of the rectangle transform property. With this method, the Appearance panel will have a Round Corners setting for any round rectangle paths. This will allow you to edit the corner radius for existing shapes. ...


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Talk to the production house and ask them what rich black they prefer. There is no single rich black every print provider uses. Each print provider has their own formula for a rich black. And, in many cases, the print provider may want simply 100% K and they will adjust the black to match their own environment. Therefore, the best option is to ask the print ...


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The easiest method is to simply use strokes with arrowheads. for 5 arrows, you simply divide a circle into 5 sections, apply your stroke and arrowheads, then expand and use the Shape Builder Tool.


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Photoshop has support for vectors, or as it calls them 'paths' There is a pen tool for drawing paths freeform, text tool, shape tools and selection tools for editing previously laid paths. Once you have a path laid you can fill it with a colour or apply layer effects to it non destructively. So the basics are there, but Illustrator and other programs have ...


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Actually, this is fairly straightforward. I'll give you the steps to save swatches in Photoshop for Illustrator / InDesign, but it works pretty much the same way in any direction. In the Swatches palette, click the top-right menu and select "Save Swatches for Exchange". Save your file somewhere you can find it. In Illustrator, go to the Swatches palette, ...


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To create a font, you need a font editing program. FontCreator is quite popular and inexpensive. FontForge is an open source font editor, if you're up to the somewhat dense documentation. FontLab has a utility called TypeTool, a little more expensive but has a good reputation.


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.ai Contains: Native Illustrator content (unflattened) - used when file is reopened in Illustrator PDF 1.4 content (unflattened) - used when file is opened or placed anywhere else* *In the Illustrator Options dialog that appears when you save a native .ai file, a checkbox called Create PDF Compatible File, marked on by default, determines whether the ...


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Not much different from KMSTR's answer, but I'll say it anyways. Select the same original circle. Then from the top menu: Object > Path > Offset path. ( In this case you only need to worry about the "offset" box, and you might want to enable preview as well. ) Select the offset path and swap the fill color with the outline color. If you want to ...


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Lots of great answers but I'm surprised none of them have talked about batch production of business cards with data merge templates. Even if you're designing for a 2-person startup, with any luck a year or two down the line they'll be coming back to you for business cards for their 8 newly hired employees, then coming back a few years later with a much ...


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I am not a graphic designer but I do some small graphics work occasionally and I use GIMP and Inkscape. GIMP and Inkscape are both very nice and quite powerful - but if you compare GIMP to photoshop its obvious GIMP is not on the same level (I've never user Illustrator so I can't compare it with Inkscape) Photoshop has more features, produces better ...


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Uncheck "Align to Pixel Grid" in the Transform Panel. You may need to first select objects, then uncheck the option on the Transform panel. When opening a new document you can uncheck the "Align to Pixel Grid" option in the new document dialog box as well. This is a feature in Illustrator 15.x (CS5) to assist in the creation of sharp web/screen images. ...


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Head over to Adobe.com and do a bit of reading regarding features. In general: Photoshop = raster image editing (photographs) or digital painting (Illustration) Photoshop Extended = Same as Photoshop + ability to use some 3D tools and basic video editing Illustrator = Vector artwork (Logos, illustrations, etc.) Indesign = Page layout (books, manuals, ...


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I'd do this in Illustrator, because it's a lot easier than Photoshop for this particular task, especially if you want to maintain full edibility and easy control over font, leading and be able to paste text in for all labels. Step 1 — Draw a text box. Draw a text box, paste your text in, set a vague font, size and leading, and right align your text. ...


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If you want to make that with just two woven lines throughout, then no it's not possible. However, this object is very symmetrical, so we can take full advantage of that. To start, you should identify the simplest repeating object: In order to make the stroke overlap itself, we can use the Scissors tool to make a cut on the loop so that it now consists ...


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Don't be guided by personal preference like 'effects', 'not fun' and 'clunky interface'. They are not relevant. As a designer you should pick the right tool for the job. This is not only about business cards. But applies to all pre-press productions. Adobes big three have overlapping tool space. But all three have their own speciality. If your design ...


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Slicing is the technique in Photoshop and Illustrator that allows you to divide the image in small parts to use it later on a website, interface etc. This is the only purpose of the slice tool: you can design an interface in Photoshop and chop it in small parts, dividing it in buttons, images, menus and background, and then export it as separated images. ...


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Live Trace doesn't do gradients, so can only work with discrete colors (hence the banding). The engineering involved in working with arbitrary numbers of colors would be horrendously complex, involving from-the-ground-up rewriting of Illustrator (there are limits on the number of individual vectors in one document). To convert this image you would bring it ...


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With Area Text, you need to use the bounding box handles to resize the area text box. Any other scale or transform tool will alter text as well. You can also use the Direct Selection tool (White arrow) to click and drag the side of an area text box. And Brendan's answer absolutely applies as well.


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Pattern brush. Draw 1 light and create a rectangle around it with no fill and no stroke. Move the rectangle behind the light artwork. Drag all that to the Symbols Panel to create a symbol of it. (This step just makes editing the light easier later, and is not mandatory. To edit the light later, just double-click the Symbol in the Symbol Panel.). Now ...


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InDesign gets my vote. It does all the tasks you're describing, and is meant for layout. However, as a general note, do NOT over-design your résumé. Even if you're a designer applying for a design job, please, make your CV clean and straightforward. If I'm reading through 100 résumés in a week (which I've done), I am really, ...


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Option 1. Load the graphic into Illustrator, select the artboard tool and click and hold one of the corners, this will display a little tooltip with the height and width. Option 2. Click Window> Artboards. On the side a little artboards pane should appear, click the dropdown menu then click "Artboard options." This will give you a dialog box ...



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