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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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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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Simply select the art work then choose Object > Artboards > Fit to Artwork Bounds from the menu. Assign a custom shortcut to that command if you use it often.


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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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The full path is C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Required\Plug-Ins\File Formats. Unless it's in File Formats, it won't show up in the export options.


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No. But, you can make a hotkey for it. From top menu: Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.. Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K Just select Palette menus from the drop down list and then Animations. Once you've given a hotkey press Accept. ( Make sure to listen to photoshop when it warns you if the inserted hotkey combination would override any existing ones. You can try to use ...


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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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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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You switched into wireframe (outline) mode. It is quite useful sometime. You can switch between them via Ctrl(Cmd)+Y.


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Select what you want Ctrl + G (Group Selection) Ctrl + C (Copy) Ctrl + N (New file) Ctrl + V (Paste) File > Save for Web & Devices then on the right switch .JPG to .PNG, then you also want to uncheck at the very bottom under the .PNG options where it says "Clip to Artboard"


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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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To make things easy for yourself when editing later, it pays off to do a bit more work upfront by using the Appearance panel for this. Draw a shape Give it any fill and no stroke Open the Appearance panel Select your shape with the Move tool (V) Choose Add New Stroke, either through Appearance panel options or with the icon bottom leftmost on the panel ...


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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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In Illustrator, there are two ways to control your basic block of text: Point Type object: Select the Type tool, click on the artboard, then press Paste. Area Type object: Select the Type tool, click and drag on the artboard to create a text box, and then paste the text into there. You've been doing number one; number two should get the behavior that ...


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The simple answer is: No. I have asked Adobe to add the feature. If you'd like to see it, please vote here: Photoshop: It would be good if the roundrect vector tool corner radius was editable during and after drawing And now some good news. David Jensen has written a nice little script to help. It's not perfect (doesn't handle multiple shapes on the ...


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Drag the Gradient Filled object to the Graphic Styles Panel. The angle will be retained in a Graphic Style (along with any other appearance settings) Then, when you need to reapply the gradient, select the new object and click the Graphic Style in the Panel.


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Illustrator has horizontal and vertical scale options just like Photoshop. But because Adobe are... special... they thought it would be fun to hide a lot of their settings and leave no clue that they are there. Open up the flyout menu with the button at the top right of the character settings window. Choose "Show options", which is Adobe speak for "Stop ...


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You can try Object > Path > Simplify and adjust the Curve Precision and Angle Threshold settings to perhaps get a curve. There's no straightforward method, which I'm aware of, other than this.


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Just two type layers. The top type layer has a white fill and a blue stroke. The bottom type layer has a simple red fill. You could also simply use a hard-edged drop shadow on a single type layer:


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Right click on smart object layer Click "new smart layer from copy" The new layer that's generated can be edited independently of its "parent".


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I don't think this is possible with the Timeline panel in Photoshop. I think the closest you can get is to use the Keyframe animation panel instead and manually scale the object in a duplicate layer(s). You may also want to look into using After Effects. After Effects will allow you to import your Photoshop layers into the composition. Then you can scale ...


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When created vector path just create a solid filled layer in adjustment layers.


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Because that's the best, most reliable, format for Office. If you're saving something for Office, chances are it is not going to be commercially printed. In that case, 150ppi is plenty for most home/office inkjet printers. In addition, only an RGB image is needed. Of the standard RGB formats, PNG24 supports transparency the best. So, 150ppi, RGB, ...


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Here's the big deciding factor based on the hardware you are running... CS6 and CC apps are 64Bit aware. CS2/3 are not. Disregarding feature sets, that alone should be enough to make the choice to move the CS6 (I'm not a fan of the subscription model of the Creative Cloud). You're probably aware that 64Bit means faster applications, more access to RAM, ...


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The best workflow I've used that addresses this problem is the use of a duplicated guide file. On a high level, you are duplicating an image, applying layer adjustments to the smaller image, and then scaling those adjustments to the master file. Pros: You can work faster and lightweight, there is less crashes, easier modifications. Cons: You can't modify ...


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Use the pen tool to add 3 anchors to the rounded rectangle path. Then use the Direct Selection Tool (the white arrow) to pull out the middle anchor.


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Things changed slightly in Photoshop CS6 from CS5. To move a vector mask from a layer to another, hold command and drag the layer thumbnail from one layer to another. To copy a vector mask from a layer to another, hold command-option and drag the layer thumbnail from one layer to another. The same technique also works with groups, so you can move or copy ...


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The most reliable source for Photoshop shortcuts is going to be Photoshop itself. You can export your shortcuts to an HTML document: Edit → Keyboard Shortcuts, click Summarize. You should then be prompted where to save the HTML page which will show you all your shortcuts in a nice list. This list can be quite extensive and you probably won't use them ...


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Option/Alt click between the Adjustment layer and the icon layer. That way the Adjustment layer will only effect the layer it is "clipped" to.


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The word "Overlay" by definition means to cover. If your layer is transparent, there are no pixels for the Overlay to cover. Fill the layer with something, anything, and the Gradient Overlay will be visible. If you do not want the actual layer contents to be visible, then reduce the Fill Opacity to 0%. In short, you must have something on the layer for ...



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