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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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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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You can do a lot of things with vector graphics, eventually however the vector graphics need to be rendered to pixels, rasters etc. This rendering process gets slower the more data you have. In fact 3D graphics is also a vector graphic data. 3d renders show the limitations of your rendering speed as many renders to print size take hours to do. Image 1: 3D ...


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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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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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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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While vector images have many advantages, they also have shortcomings. Vector data is, in general, better suited for items which have hard edges. Vector graphics do not excel at creating soft edges areas or shapes which blend into other soft-edged shapes. Yes, you can use raster effects in many graphics applications to blur or "undefine" the edges of ...


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Applying a gradient map as a clipping mask should achieve something like the effect you're after. This quick gradient map: Produced this:


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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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I would not continue trying to learn how to slice up a PSD for HTML. This practice is outdated and you're only going to be hurting yourself down the road. In regards to "current standards" people usually code in an IDE. One thing you have to understand with slicing is if you have a responsive website you're going to spend a ton of time trying to cut a ...


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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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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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Ramp the contrast up with curves. Instructions: Select your image and press Ctrl-M. This will bring up the curves dialog. Move the top point left and the bottom point right until your image becomes black and white. (that rhymes!)


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Choose a nice image Colorize image with color you want with Color blending options Mute it down over your colored layer with transparency and Normal blending option. Or with Multiply blending options.


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There's no "Save Selection As" if that's what you're hoping for. The quickest way is probably to do: M (rectangular marquee selection) Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+C (copy merged) Ctrl / Cmd + N (new file) Ctrl / Cmd + V (paste) Ctrl / Cmd + S (save)


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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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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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Because some things almost cannot be vectorised. So, in the world of sound almost the same question can be asked: "Why we are still using wave files when MIDI has so many advantages". Yes, MIDI files can be stretched or transposed in any ratio, and file size is hundreds of times smaller. And also, they can be exported in any quality using different samples. ...


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Diamonds are fragmented as prisms. If you want it to appear more 3D you need to find a way to make it appear fragmented. This could be with lines such as: Or through gradients and shading like this: Yours looks flat because it is. The entire front is just one piece. You need to add lines and/or shading to create depth to it showing where different ...


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This is called chromatic aberration. Here's an example from Wikimedia: The Oculus Developer Guide (PDF) provides a nice explanation: Chromatic aberration is a visual artifact seen when viewing images through lenses. The phenomenon causes colored fringes to be visible around objects, and is increasingly more apparent as our view shifts away from the ...


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Photographs and pixel-based art can have a real-world fidelity that vector artwork can not easily achieve. In real life, things are not really mathematically precise and clean. One can get greater photo-realism per file-size bit with pixels than with a vector shape. That's not to say you can't achieve near photo-realism with vectors - rather that you'll ...


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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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It's called posterization (as it was a technique to allow for making posters easier via screen printing, block printing, or lithography). The most common ways to achieve it: use the 'posterize' filter in your raster image editor of choice (photoshop, pixelmator, GIMP, etc.) use a vector tracing tool (as previously mentioned)



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