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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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One method is to use the original image/layer as its own layer mask. You'd create a duplicate of the layer, desaturate and invert it, pasting the greyscale result into the original layers layermask. Update: Here are some step by step instructions: Start with your flattened image: Add a Saturation/Hue adjustment layer and turn down the Saturation until ...


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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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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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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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I'd agree with Dominic, the route I would go with is to take a better picture. However, I understand that's not always feasible. There's a filter in Photoshop that can help; it's appropriately called "Dust & Scratches". To apply it to an image, you can find it in Filter → Noise → Dust & Scratches.... You'll have to play with the Radius and ...


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There are many techniques to do this. One very simple one that I often use in practice is to use many colors on a similar palette and just generally paint them using the brush tool all over the place. It looks incredibly bad at first, until you apply the Filter→Blur→Gaussian Blur to taste. The end results is a very simple, diffused, gradient-like, ...


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I would say if you want to mask propellers then you need to create a new mask in propeller form :) 1) Create a new shape with three line. Here i will create a very simple form of the propeller, you can extend it in your test 2) Now rasterize the shape layer (right mouse button click on the layer and then click on "Rasterize layer") and assign a new ...


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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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To type Arabic or Hebrew in Photoshop, you need to enable the Middle Eastern text engine. You can do this by going to Preferences > Type. Check out this video: How to access Arabic and Hebrew features in Photoshop CS6


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I think you're trying to apply a mezzotint effect. Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint From this: To this:


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Another technique to try without having to recreate the propeller from scratch. Uses the images own tonal information as a layer mask. Result: I simply duplicated the image layer, made a brightness/contrast adjustment then pasted the inverted result into the original layer's layer mask.


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**These steps will work the same in either Illustrator or Photoshop** Illustrator may be easier for what you need but if you want to use Photoshop you can still follow these steps: Why don't you actually make a paper plane and take a photo of it from what ever angle you need e.g. from the top or from the side and then import the image into Photoshop. Then ...


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Can you do it? Probably! It would not be all that difficult to create this logo within Illustrator. However, that's not the important aspect to take away for logo design. What you really should aim for is the logo to be 100% vector. That would be a little bit trickier due to some of the effects you've used. Here are the areas that jump out at me as ...


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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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You can use blending to add transparency: Right click the layer you want to add transparency to, pick the "Blending Options..." Locate the scale under the "This layer:" that is under the "Blend if" box Press and hold the alt key while dragging on the white knob, the further you drag it to the left the more transparency is added based on the whiteness of ...


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Type a V Rotate it 180° Apply a gradient overlay.


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You might be able to achieve this using filters, but I would actually consider redrawing the photo entirely using Illustrator a similar vector tool. You can do this using the Pen Tool. To make things easier, start by pasting the photo you want to convert, and maybe turning it into B&W and increasing the contrast. That will give you a nice base to work ...


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I'd probably use ImageMagick. There is a feature available to modify the hue, but it's percentage based instead of degrees. Hue Modulation Rotates the colors of the image, in a cyclic manner. To achieve this the Hue value given produces a 'modulus addition', rather than a multiplication. However be warned that the hue is rotated using a ...



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