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Saw this question as I was searching for Adobe alternatives. Finally had enough of their hands in my pocket and around my throat about 6 months ago. I'm keeping my (paid for) Fireworks CS6 until it dies, but Xara Designer Pro X10 is similar to Fireworks but can do a lot more. I'm not sure why it doesn't get much publicity but I'm really starting to like it a ...


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Some initial notes Lets make a google search (images): https://www.google.com.mx/search?q=crystal+logo 1) You can see how difficult is to make an abstraction of a crystal. Verey few logos succed there. 2) "How to make an ilustration" depends on what kind of ilustration do you want. The key word here is "style". Depending on what is this aproach the look ...


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These are the alternatives I've found to fireworks (in no particular order): Gravit- the closest one I've found. Open-source, cross-platform /web-based. Still quite young, I wouldn't dare do the switch though it's promising. Its interface is very similar to FW Sketch- very robust for ui design, but only minimal bitmap editing. Good ecosystem of plugins and ...


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One effort to create an opensource alternative: http://gravit.io/


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Ultimately, when technology dies it is replaced by nothing. The alternatives are often not existing. This is because even a small change in workflow disrupts you too much. Whenever i see a replacement question, I see a failure to understand that this is a opportunity to learn new tricks. Sometimes these tricks are worse. But recognize that in fact the ...


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Good question, for I too have been a lifetime fan of Fireworks (their entire lifetime). Have you heard of Sketch? I can tell you that it's the only thing that comes close. (It's a perfect mashup of Illustrator and Fireworks, but SO MUCH closer to FW). Your transition should be seamless, and you will quickly be in love. Personally, I'll still use FW until ...


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One huge recent change is the shift to vector graphics. SVG is now a stable requirement for new websites. A good web designer needs to use Illustrator or Inkscape for icons and other re-scalable vector SVG graphics, as well as using Photoshop or GIMP for the photographic, detailed, not-so-re-scalable raster graphics. I'm not sure if Fireworks would have ...


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Bit of an odd question, since you are coming specifically from the programming side of things, but I'm a front-end developer myself so I can appreciate this. The difficult part with Thermal-style imaging is that some areas are bright and intense (where the heat is) and the other areas are very dark and muted (where there is no heat). Because of this, there ...


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You want to use a combination of svg graphics and either imagemagick or inkscape. And a bit of scripting Make an svg template for the design, insert clear placeholders. When you have new values just run a string replacement on the values, save with a new name and then run imagemagick to convert it to png. You will need some experience with programming ...


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You learn practical skills by doing them. There's lots of hard evidence that procedural skills learnt from doing are different and deeper than theoretical knowledge from reading. These then expand your creative possibilities through pushing these new skills, experimenting with them, and creating things with them. So, if it's an area you're new to, do it, ...


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I would recommend doing them obviously; Furthermore the way you really become an expert on a specific Photoshop/illustrator/any software is by getting the skill you learned on any tutorial and applying it on something completely different that you though of, because following a tutorial in a simple "monkey see monkey do" matter anyone can do but using the ...


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Things that help designers focus on what's important to a design: Identify the key message - this is what people viewing the design should intuitively grasp, this is the voice or message of the design. Everything in the design should help reinforce the message. This is a careful balancing act as being too blatant can be off-putting and not everything in a ...


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Modern computer should be able to work with such large files (I'm working with 100Gb and bigger since 2009) - don't use apple computers they have not the necessary power anymore (since 2006 no server systems)... don't use too low resolution! it makes a real difference if you use high or low resolution... you should at least use 100ppi images (in Photoshop ...


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The box you draw defines the data area and not the data area + label area. Just resize the art after the graph is drawn.


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to solve the issue you can adjust the artboard to the size of the arts: "Fit to Artwork Bounds"


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In Photoshop you can achieve this effect in a number of ways. One such way would be to create a layer filled with white with a black rectangle in the middle. Make this a smart object so you can change the properties to your desired effect. Add a Gaussian Blur and then Color Halftone (Filter > Pixellate > Color Halftone ...). Now make the layer's blending ...


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Photoshop’s Generator can save SVGs (yes, proper, vector-only SVGs based on shape layers created in Photoshop). You will need Photoshop CC 2014.2 (or 2014.1) to do it though. Help from Adobe: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/generate-assets-layers.html This Photoshop document: Created this SVG: <svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" ...



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