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Create a teardrop shape with the pen tool: Fill it with white (Command+Delete). Duplicate, stretch and rotate your copies to match up with some of the lines in the object: Merge the shapes together by selecting all of them and 1.hit Command+E or 2. right click and choose Merge to Smart Object. Then add a layer mask and put a slight gradient from the ...


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First you'll want to desaturate the image (CMD+SHIFT+U), this removes any color and makes it easier to achieve pure white. With your file open, choose Image->Adjustments->Levels. You'll get this: Now bring the two outer triangles in like this (you'll need to play around with this until you get something you like): You should end up with this!


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An alternate approach is to provide an external point of reference. In this case, the viewer is traveling at the speed of your subject. Stationary objects appear to move in the opposite direction as indicated by the clouds below. You'll see this approach in Anime, where the example provided by @Dalvenjia is possibly more commonly seen in cartoons from ...


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I came up with a nice method for cleaning up pictures like this, and it works even when the background or lighting is uneven (that is, far worse cases than the example in this question) and it retains the colour. My instructions are based on the Gimp, but it would be very similar in other programs like Photoshop. Firstly, make a duplicate of the layer: ...


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Things you need to know to create something like this in After Effects: How to make a Project and Compositions When you start AE, you can press Cmd+N to create a new Project with one Composition inside it. If you already have a Project open, pressing Cmd+N only creates a new Composition. In this project, I used 2 compositions. GUI comp to hold 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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This is most probably a Gradient Map. Here's a quick how-to: Open your source image Set your foreground and background colours in the toolbox: the background colour should be lighter than the forground colour Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map... or use the black/white circle icon in the Layers palette) This ...


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Use imagemagick: Imagemagick's own watermarking tutorial. Watermarking a single image looks like convert logo.jpg -font Arial -pointsize 20 \ -draw "gravity south \ fill black text 0,12 'Copyright' \ fill white text 1,11 'Copyright' " \ wmark_text_drawn.jpg For dealing with multiple images, see How to ...


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Yes, in Photoshop you could batch process the images in a folder using an action. Simply: Open the image Open the "Actions" panel and hit "Create new action". Name the action and hit "Ok" You should now be in record. Most anything you do will be logged in the action as a step until you hit the "Stop" button in your actions toolbar menu. Create your ...


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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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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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Photoshop is for creating raster-based imagery and editing photos. For photo editing, it's typically the product you use from start to finish. For nearly everything else--including all the uses you mention in your question (posters, CVs, video editing, business cards) as well as many others (web design, book covers, album covers, ads, magazines, ...


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In Illustrator, you can use a Mesh Envelope distort to non-destructively warp text like this: Select your text object, then use Object > Envelope Distort > Make With Mesh... and add however many rows and columns you need to get the desired effect. I used 16 rows and 1 column in my example.


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Another option is to drop the saturation to 0 using Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.... Next fiddle with the levels until you're satisfied ( Image > Adjustments > Levels... ). Some elaboration from Joonas' comment: First move the gray arrow as far to the left as you can without washing out all the blacks (It will do most of the work). Then move the ...


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There is a Gimp script that is specifically designed to add watermarks: Batch Image Watermark Script. It need to be run through the command line, but it is quite straightforward: Download the script Save the downloaded file to your GIMP install followed by \share\gimp\2.0\scripts. For Windows users Start -> Run… -> Cmd (hit OK) Type cd followed by ...


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There's multiple ways. The easiest would be to add a 'colour overlay' layer style. Double-click the empty area in the Layers palette, on the right of the layer's title. This will open the 'Layer Styles' dialogue box. Click the words 'Color Overlay' on the left -- just clicking the checkmark isn't enough. Click the colored rectangle in the mid-top of the ...


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As Scott commented, motion is usually illustrated using lines, blur and/or translucent partial images of the object trailing behind the "direction of motion." To end up with a clean leading edge with a motion-blur or similar effect on the trailing edge, you need two layers. The first is the object itself, the second is laid on top and partially masked out. ...


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Apply some Wind and Motion Blur and you can give the speed feel: Rotate your Image 90CW because Wind only works sideways. Select the layer with the paper plane (no background or anything else). Duplicate the layer so you have a clean copy and you can try various settings and compare. Apply Filters>Stylize>Wind and repeat as needed, I only did it twice. ...


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Every artist works differently, but the basic concept is called "painting on a colored ground." The idea is that you do not start with white, and the most (western) traditional method is to start with a 40-70% grey (or brown) tone. This allows you to work "up" to white and "down" to black. In my experience anything darker than 50% grey tends to give an ...


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Copy layer Set blend mode of copy to Multiply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur set this to 1 pixel. Duplicate blur/multiply layer 3 or 4 more times. Choose Merge Visible from the Layer Panels menu Filter > Other > Maximum - set this to 1 pixel. Image > Adjustments > Levels to tweak things a bit more.... You will probably need to ...


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Use the menu Select-> Color range. Then choose the +eyedropper icon and drag across the gradient of the sky until you have the sky selected. Then go to the Adjustments (under the layers panel) and choose Hue/Saturation, Curves or whatever you want to do with the sky.


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Usually, text is a smooth, solid color, which makes it easy to select with the good old-fashioned Magic Wand tool. Alternatively, marquee select (keep the boundary as close to the text as you can) will get you something. Use Select > Modify > Expand and add a few pixels to the selection. How much depends on your image, but it doesn't need to be more ...


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After some fiddling around here's way that might be quicker than copying/pasting/moving. Create your popup. On a separate layer or file, create a black square that is the same size as the popup. Select it and define a new brush (Edit > Define Brush Preset). You can then discard the black square. Make your canvas fit the final size of the artwork you wish ...


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Why use an inferior product when you already have MS Paint installed? In Paint, use the Select tool and select the area you wish to "drag" around. Hold Shift and hold down the left mouse button as you drag the selection around, producing the desired effect.


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It is fairly simple. Here are some key points: STEP 1 - I first drew a random 1px line with the pentool. STEP 2 - I used mask and brush tool + soft round brush to fade parts of it slightly. STEP 3 - Then I drew bunch of dots in every corner. They vary in size. STEP 4 - Then I made a brush out of it. STEP 5 - Adjusted the brush settings ...


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Choose magic wand tool set options to: 1, levels Tolerance Anti-alias on Click on background white Holding shift down click inside handle, to add to the existing selection. Invert selection shift+ctrl+I Make a new adjustment layer Solid color, white Apply a layer style of stroke Done. Your values may be different as scale might change things. ...


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Photoshop is a tool just like any. It's not necessarily right or wrong - it just is. There might be better tools or worse tools. You need to ask: Can I achieve the necessary result using Photoshop? Will the file be in the correct format and below size restrictions for any other parties involved? If No to either one, then it's an inappropriate tool. ...


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This is a very, very broad question and should probably be closed as too broad (I voted so). There are a ton of things Illustrator does which Photoshop does not. Just as there are a ton of things Photoshop does which Illustrator does not. In addition, there may be common areas where Illustrator is much better than Photoshop even though features are ...


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in Photoshop you can do it with reversal methods copy the desire part of the image and click [CTLR + C] and in the any other file click [CTRL + SHIFT + V] or select the part of your image and drag it to the new file while holding [CTRL + SHIFT + ALT] it will past the selected area in the same place or after copy your part of the image .. past it by Edit > ...


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ImageMagick answers have pretty much already been given at this point, but I wanted to give a little more detailed answer, so that everyone should be able to use it. Example with dummy paths: Which you will have to replace. ( On a mac and windows you can drag a file or folder to terminal window, which will convert into a path ) Make sure the ...



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