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With Indesign open but no document open go to Preferences > Units & Increments and set the drop down menus to Millimeters. Indesign will then use MM as the default. This won't change existing documents, but it will change any new document.


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Try using patterns. For your example of a square: Draw your initial square and marquee-select a smaller square that includes the top and left sides only. Then select Edit > Define Pattern... and save your pattern with a name. Next, marquee-select the area that you wish to fill. Then select Edit > Fill... , choose Use: Pattern and select your square ...


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I work for a group called Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (alcoa.ca) — we were looking into design issues affecting websites and found this site to be very helpful: http://www.nia.nih.gov. Regarding print, the stronger the contrast the better. For type size, we use 12/14pt for body text, nothing lower (footers/headers, footnotes are 10/12pt). I ...


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For general eyeballing it.....if you select both object, the bounding box encompasses both. Use the handled on the bounding box to place guides. There's your center point. For precision, select the objects and note the W and H measurements in the Info Panel. 122.394 x 50.579 in this case Select the top, leftmost object. Then choose Object > ...


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Simply enter the number of pixels in the measurement fields, with the Artboard Tool selected... You can insert any number and any measurement system and Illustrator will honor it. 1000px, 1000pt, 1000p0, 100", 1000cm, 1000mm, etc. You can also do the same thing in the new document window... enter whatever value you want... You can also simply draw a ...


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"Points" in typography e.g. in Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc are "PostScript points" and, helpfully, they're a unit Google converts on searches like points to mm or mm to points. Has to be points or postscript points, not pts or anything involving software names. One point is 0.352777778 millimetres. One millimetre is 2.83464567 PostScript ...


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Place the guide at your starting point, adjacent to the edge of the object you'd like to move it away from. Make sure lock guides is off. Click the guide, hit Enter on your keyboard. In the move dialog type the distance you'd like the guide to move either vertically or horizontally. Bing! You're done.


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Books for electronic devices are typically sold with reflowable text. I suggest you look into how to build an ePub. I suggest this because your are not allowed to sell or offer PDF format on iBooks Since you have mentioned possible building for android I would advise reflowable and not fixed. Fixed layout ebooks are developed based on the devices ...


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I would do similar to what Joonas said in comment. Guide to bottom edge of one object (obj 1), guide to top and bottom of the next object (obj 2). Draw a rectangular marquee from bottom edge of obj 1 to the top edge of obj 2 then drag the marquee so the top of the marquee is at the bottom edge of obj 2. Drag a guide down. Repeat. Might need to switch ...


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Draw a line , or any object, at the edge of the object. Then use Object > Transform > Move to move the line the distance you want. Then use View > Guides > Make Guides to make the line a guide. With Illustrator any path can be made into a guide. So basically just create objects and then turn them into guides. In fact, if you have an existing ...


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If you are attempting to create a grid just for your benefit while designing, there's an extension named GuideGuide that will do this efficiently. If you need the grid to be part of the design, I'd recommend creating a line using the marquee tool and then duplicating it as many times as you need, then using the Layer >> Distribute options to get them ...


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What your client means is that the logo you create has to be scalable. So you are not supposed to use raster graphics, as they would lose quality when you resize them. Because you are using Illustrator, if you created your logo with vectorial tools (drawing your shapes, for example), that should be enough. As long as your client has access to the original ...


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Do some research on the subject and its not that difficult to find this information. You need to get templates for the wraps either from online or a manufacturer. Your design starts with an accurate template of your vehicle — they are available from the manufacturer or online and are essential for creation of your design at the correct size. Most ...


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Ink is a free plugin that will provide spec documentation for your Photoshop document. It provides layer measurements, text formatting, and layer style information with the option of turning any or all of these on and off. To install, download and run the Ink plugin from the link above. Once installed, reopen Photoshop and open the extension by going to ...


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You can do this with Photoshop using the Ruler Tool and a Custom Measurement Scale. Using your provided image as an example, do the following: Activate the Ruler Tool (you may have to click and hold the eyedropper tool) Check the Use Measurement Scale tickbox on the top toolbar Measure the width of the provided scale (541 pixels) Go to Analysis → Set ...


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Your method already seems like the best way to do it (using coordinates and calculator that is). However, if you need to do it for too many items you could write a gimp-script that saves you time. Here's a tutorial on how to write those : http://gimp.open-source-solution.org/manual/gimp-using-script-fu-tutorial-first-script.html


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While not 3D, if you get files into a form Adobe Illustrator can read, you could use Astute Graphics Dynamic Measure function part of their Vector Scribe package. Dynamic measure offers the ability to measure the distance along any path, regardless of whether the path is straight or not.


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There's this Photoshop script that is free, called Pixelmeasure. It's not as complete as SpecKing, you will need to first make a selection and then run the script to get the measurements. If you have ever done site mockups in Photoshop and needed to mark these with pixel measurements you know what an incredibly tedious task this can be. I ...


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1 pt is equal to 0.08333 picas 0.01389 inches 0.3528 mm (millimeters) one nice feature in basically all of adobe's software is that it can do those conversions for you. You can simply type in any of the unit of measure and it will even do basic math for you too like +2mm


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"Use Preview Bounds" is probably enabled. I can recreate what's happened to you consistently by having this setting on. If I turn "Use Preview Bounds" OFF ( ⌘K or ⌃K and UNCHECK "Use Preview Bounds"), then miscalculations such as this don't occur. Also in my testing: It doesn't matter if "Align New Objects to Pixel Grid" is turned ON at document ...


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Since STL is a format typically used for 3D CAD models, it makes sense to use a CAD program to try to open it. And you don't necessarily need a specialized tool to calculate arc length if you're able to calculate the formula for the curve, which you ought to be able to in theory since it's how 3D models and other vector formats are typically stored. That ...


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Is there a way for me to design the website in "real" values? Yes, if you design it in the browser. If you design in Photoshop expecting 100% pixel perfection that will not happen unless you use nothing but image slices which will cause your site to have terrible load times and it would likely only work fixed for whatever you need it for, such as a ...


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You didn't specify which platform you're on, but I know it's quite easy on Ubuntu using the package 'libimage-exiftool-perl' sudo apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl For example, to extract height & width from JPG files only in a particular folder and export the results to csv, you could run: exiftool -csv -ext jpg -ImageWidth -ImageHeight ...


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I've been using PixelMeasure which is great and I would currently recommend it as my choice but I recently found a couple more similar plugins that I just came across by chance, in addition to the ones that other people have mentioned here So I thought I'd combine them all into a single post for posterity in case anyone happens to find this question while ...


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A couple of simpler ways to get guides exactly between things. If you want a point instead (e.g. to read off co-ordinates), you can do the same using a single point from the pen tool instead of guides. First... Unlock guides (View > Guides > [untick] Lock Guides) Make sure rulers are visible (View > Rulers > Show rulers) Then... ...for ...


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Zoom in until you see the Pixel Grid. Choose Window > Measurement Log to open the Measurement Panel Make certain View > Snap is checked and View > Snap To > Layer is checked Grab the Ruler Tool (click and hold the Eyedropper Tool) Click on the outer pixel f one layer and drag to the other layer. The preview line should snap to the pixels. Click Record ...


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I use a shell script to handle it. I quickly type the alias to my script followed by the two colors in question (without the hash mark) and it spits out the result. E_INVALID_ARGUMENTS=2; usage() { echo -e "Usage: ${COLOR_BRIGHT_WHITE}$(basename $0)${COLOR_END} color color" exit $1 } if [ -f "${HOME}/bin/colors" ]; then . "${HOME}/bin/colors"; fi ...


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The info pane in photoshop can do this easily. However nothing I have seen puts this information on the image automatically. you could just add it yourself with the text tool of photoshop.


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I don't have any Windows suggestions, but Xscope is an excellent screen measurement tool for Mac.



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