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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You might try something like Corel Draw. It is significantly less money and very full-featured. Still might be a bit more pricey than you're looking for, though. If you were very recently a student be sure to check to see if you can get education-version prices. Or see if you can find an older version of software at a lower price since most of the core ...


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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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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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Illustrator for the charts. Depending on what else is in your infographic, you could either use Illustrator or InDesign for the non-chart materials. Illustrator can be used for basic to moderate layouts, and it's certainly fine for a one-sheet poster. Once you get into multiple pages, you're probably better off with InDesign.


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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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Illustrator Creating curves and complex shapes is what Illustrator excels at. To that end, it makes a lot of sense to use it when creating icons and such from scratch, or when vector format is a requirement. Photoshop By contrast there are a lot of photographic effects that Illustrator is not so great for, and you may actually have to import whatever ...


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If you're comfortable with Ubuntu (either in VM or dual booting), I suggest Xara Xtreme for Linux: http://www.xaraxtreme.org/ It's really powerful, commercially tested, and is by far the best open source illustration software. Here are some examples:


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Use Fireworks or Illustrator for logo and icon creation. For photo editing use Photoshop. For everything else it matters very little. I know there have been debates about which graphical software to use but it's really personal preference. However, keep in mind: Fireworks is better for PNG compression though. The file sizes tend to be 20%-30% smaller ...


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In professional design circles, "layout" and "Word" don't generally appear in the same sentence unless accompanied by various expletives unsuitable for a public forum. So it's not hard to get better than that. What's best for you very much depends on your needs. You're asking professionals for an opinion, and naturally enough we tend to suggest the tools we ...


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I'm thinking Google SketchUp might be perfect for that. [PRO] Export PDF and EPS: 2D vector images With the Pro version of Google SketchUp, you can export views of your models in PDF and EPS format, allowing you to continue to work on them in vector editing programs like Illustrator and Freehand. For 2D images that need to be ...


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Hazel for Mac could automate a lot of the copying for you, which could be used in conjunction with Dropbox. Like all things that sync, there might be some situations where you'd want to merge or have some other logic happening, but it might not be possible with that setup — I think the best it could do is blindly copy based on date modified. ...


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I used dreamweaver for years, and I must confess I mainly did it because inserting images and tables was terribly easy (just drag and drop), and the link between the html and the css could be done in the same page. But a WYSIWYG editor will almost always give you errors. You might not notice them if your pages are simple, but the second you want to do ...


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Layers Magazine had a good article on this a long time ago when I wondered the same question. Step 1 Begin with the Product Art For this tutorial, we created the artwork for the box in Photoshop that we’ll apply to a 3D object in Illustrator. The art consists of three separate flattened PSD files that we’ll place in Illustrator. The file for the front ...


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I love LaTeX. That said, I've had great success using InDesign for professional quality typesetting with minimal effort. This is especially the case when I'm working with others since -- as you've noticed -- designers with LaTeX skills are approaching unicorn territory. If you've never used InDesign before it might not immediately qualify for your criteria ...


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If you want a web tool, I don't believe such a thing exists. There are some free software options, though. There is FontForge, but the last time I tried using it was beyond frustrating. I could not get it to run for very long without crashing (and tried across many different operating systems). It's even addressed in the FAQ: Why is FontForge so ...


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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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Fontforge It can be a bit clunky on Windows and crash occasionally, but then it can do that sometimes on Linux, too. Keep backups. I edit all fonts directly in my Dropbox directory so I have access to a file history. Its user interface is strange and the author has no intention to fix that any time soon. Some parts of it, like the auto-hinting, are ...


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Here's what I'd do in this situation: take the text of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut and run it through Google Translate for each of the languages you need. The text, translated, will be nonsensical (it's nonsensical anyway if you take the literal English meanings of the words), but separated into sentences and paragraphs. Copy and paste to a text editor in UTF-8 ...



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