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I'm a PhD student in biomathematics, working on stochastic individual-based models of evolution in spatially structured populations. My other interests include cryptography, programming games and puzzles, photography and graphic design.

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I tend to answer a lot more questions than I ask. Some answers I'm rather proud of:

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Oct
14
answered Removing graininess from a handwritten signature
Oct
5
comment How to use font variants within Inkscape
Related, maybe even a dupe: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/16873/… (but I think this one is better asked).
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
23
comment .png's made in GIMP not coming out transparent
I... rather doubt that's the issue. The OP says they "remove the background" after adding the alpha channel, and however they're doing it, it does sound like they know how to do that. That said, there's not enough information in th question to really diagnose the issue, so I can't completely rule out the possibility that you might be right after all.
Sep
23
comment .png's made in GIMP not coming out transparent
It might help if you could post some "before / after" images demonstrating the effect (and, if possible, a third image demonstrating the outcome you actually want). If the image looks OK in GIMP before you export it, a screenshot might also help.
Sep
23
revised photoshop - cut and move part of a shape layer
edited title
Sep
11
comment Changing the background of the picture to white
@Servant: I think that one's beyond my skills. If possible, I'd suggest just taking another photo.
Aug
28
revised How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?
added 805 characters in body
Aug
28
comment How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?
While you're sort of right about the source code thing (that is, assuming you ignore the huge amount of open source software out there -- but that's fair enough, since it's rarely custom-written to spec), it should also be noted that software development contracts usually do include either delivery of source code or some kind of continued support provision. Otherwise, who's going to fix bugs in your fancy new software, or update it when it stops working with the latest version of some other program?
Aug
28
comment How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?
I have to give you a +1 because, although I (deliberately) wrote my own answer from almost a diametrically opposed viewpoint, I agree 100% with your core message: there's no point in trying to "explain the value of native files" to the client, since they have no reason to care what you think they're worth. In the end, it just comes down to whether you and they can haggle a price that you're willing to accept and they're willing to pay.
Aug
28
comment How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?
I can't really comment on your other examples, but I'd just like to note that, IME, almost all non-commodity software comes with either source code or a support contract, or possibly both. (For that matter, thanks to the free software / open source movement, a lot of commodity software comes with source code too nowadays, but that's only tangentially relevant.)
Aug
28
answered How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?
Aug
27
answered How to draw MS Paint like (aliased), 1px circle in GIMP
Aug
27
comment Invisible Barcode
I'm going to go out on a limb and say "no." Would be cool if it were, though.
Aug
20
awarded  Necromancer
Aug
8
answered Small, anti-aliased fonts for an LCD display
Aug
8
revised Image that looks different on black background and on white
aw, dammit, that doesn't quite work after all
Aug
8
revised Why does this PNG image on twitter look different when clicked?
edited tags
Aug
8
revised Why does this PNG image on twitter look different when clicked?
copyedit, add screenshots