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For TIFFs or any other raster (pixel) image, Jin's answer covers it. For PDFs (assuming it's a 'proper' PDF and not a raster image embedded in a PDF, as produced by scanning/fax software), font information is embedded in the file. In Adobe Reader 8 -- probably slightly different in other applications -- File menu > Properties > Fonts tab gives you a list ...


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Upload a sample of the text screenshot to: http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ the service is fairly accurate.


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Quick literal answer: Between Illustrator and Photoshop, PhotoShop, as it's raster, as is the web site. Slightly more detailed answer: you'd be using both. Alternative answer: Consider using Adobe Fireworks. Fireworks is so much easier to use once you get the hang of it for producing web graphics. Long boring lecture answer: The "Slice-n-Dice" method is ...


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Check out Inkscape: http://inkscape.org/ Inkscape is a free (and open-source) SVG vector graphics editing program. I've never used Illustrator, so I can't directly compare, but I've done all of my work in Inkscape and it is quite capable. You might also want to check out Inkscape's tutorial for Illustrator users: ...


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It depends what kind of images you are designing. For vector work: Inkscape For non-vector design and/or photo-editing: GIMP or Paint.NET (less advanced, but still very capable)


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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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To create a font, you need a font editing program. FontCreator is quite popular and inexpensive. FontForge is an open source font editor, if you're up to the somewhat dense documentation. FontLab has a utility called TypeTool, a little more expensive but has a good reputation.


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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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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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I used Scribus recently on a personal project. For an OS GD app, it's quite impressive. I'd definitely put it above PageMaker in terms of usability and features. that said, it's far from finished and does have some annoying quirks (such as you can't undo text edits). InDesign is pretty high end, but for personal, smaller project, Scribus might be just ...


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Wow thats crazy. First of all, would you go to your doctor and insist on which tools he used to perform your surgery? Or your dentist? Or would you take your car to your mechanic and tell them which tools he should use to repair your alternator? Of cours not. And your clients request that you use a particular tool over another to perform your job is just ...


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There's an expression about people who are very good at something: "He/she makes it look easy". There's a related misconception about design or 3D software. You watch someone working. They do 5 things, and it looks okay. They do 6 other things, and it looks a bit better. They do 3 things, and you're scratching your head because now it looks worse. Then ...


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Designing infographics is a large portion of what I do. Here's a rough breakdown of what I use. Probably 95% of the work on infographics I do is in Illustrator. You'll want to keep everything in vector format as much as possible because accurate scaling, aligning, grouping, tweaking and changing are so important. If it's a good presentation of good ...


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InDesign gets my vote. It does all the tasks you're describing, and is meant for layout. However, as a general note, do NOT over-design your résumé. Even if you're a designer applying for a design job, please, make your CV clean and straightforward. If I'm reading through 100 résumés in a week (which I've done), I am really, ...


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Did a little poking around...turns out that Poly uses something called Delaunay Triangulation. If you search around for that term, some stuff comes up. This guy (Jonathan Puckey) claims to pretty much own the process, but these guys (createtogether) would disagree - they've created a brush in Illustrator that lets you create something similar. I've not ...


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Here's the generalized algorithm that I've developed over the years: def determine_graphics_app(): if you_have_dough_for_adobe_products: if vector_images_required: return "illustrator" else: return "photoshop" else: if vector_images_required: return "inkscape" else: ...


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If you need help identifying a font sample, there are lots of resources. Some are automated, you submit a sample screenshot or go through a series of questions that help narrow the possibilities: http://identifont.com http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ http://www.bowfinprintworks.com/SerifGuide/serifsearch.php http://typenav.fontshop.com/ Some software ...


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Free online options For something quick, there are a growing number of (usually SVG-powered) free online flow chart tools. Here's a few that don't require log-in, all pretty basic but user-friendly: Draw.io - straightforward, allows saving straight to Google Drive or Dropbox Gliffy - clean layout, has a 'Confluence' plugin for wikis Other answers on this ...


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Open Source Font Editors: FontForge gbdfed Bitmap Font Editor BirdFont Freeware Font Editors: Font Struct Bit font Maker Type light Font Constructor Raster Font Editor Commercial Font Editors: FontCreator Font Management: 25 Font Management Tools Reviewed Search results for font management: What is a good free font management tool for ...


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The starting point, as DA01 says, is to put a bit of physical order into the chaos. The first step is mapping out the categories that are important to you, letting that list guide the physical arrangement of assets on your system. In my case, I have stock photography in its own folder, and within that I have folders for broad categories that are useful to ...


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You need a program that can make actual font files from your vector illustrations. In the 'olden days' the primary tool for that was Macromedia Fontographer, which is now owned by Fontlab Fontlab also makes FontLab Studio and several other Font creating and designing programs that much of the type design industry uses. Alternatives to their offerings ...


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ImageMagick is the most awesome and powerful CLI image editing tool I know. It runs on most operating systems. For desaturation, it looks like a -colorspace gray is the tool of choice but desaturation is apparently a more complex topic than one might think. There is a discussion on the right method(s) here There are examples for posterizing in the docs: ...


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For twigital the designer(Chris) used Illustrator, a grid and the 3D Rotate tool. Notice it has presets for isometric rotations. If you need more than what Illustrator provides by default, try the CADtools plugin for Illustrator, which provides tools for isometric drawing and dimensioning. I've got a few more resources to share. Based on this tutorial ...


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Version Cue, in my experience, is garbage. I have two systems for two different teams going right now. SVN via Cornerstone I've been running a large volume of creative work through SVN via Cornerstone for Mac for over a year now. It's a very slick and easy to use app that makes VC seem easy. It doesn't provide visual previews of the files like I believe ...


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I suggest that you use BirdFont and follow these steps to import your work in the editor. Draw a triangle and a rectangle. Use them as test shapes to decide what your x-height should be. Compare your test glyphs to other fonts using the preview tab. (Ctrl+p) Turn on grid and guidelines for x-height and margin. Create four rectangular markers at the ...


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GIMP. You will need to download this collection of scripts and put it in your Scripts folder. Here's a quick tutorial. Here's a YouTube video.


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For a hand drawing one giving tons of control over stroke settings, and evolving, is MyPaint . Scribus , a layout/publishing tool, is told to be one of the very few supporting well CMYK. Indeed, some people do their design in Inkscape, and export to Scribus, so they do there the cmyk stuff, etc. And believe it or not, I have used Blender from time to time as ...



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