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Jul
16
comment How to make a .PNG that shows one image on a black background and a different image on a white background?
All you need to do is grab an image, preferably a good black-and-white conversion, although colour will work too if you bump up the contrast since masks are automatically greyscale, and paste it into a layer mask you create on a solid white layer that lives above your black logo (or other shape). It really doesn't get any easier. Then save as a PNG with full transparency.
Jul
16
answered How to make a .PNG that shows one image on a black background and a different image on a white background?
Jul
6
comment In Word, what does “single” line spacing actually mean?
Not so much "named it differently" as used the terminology people were used to. It was also in WordStar and WordPerfect, as well as in dedicated word processors like the Wang machines.
Jul
6
comment In Word, what does “single” line spacing actually mean?
It's where the term comes from, and it's what people were used to before graphic fonts were in common use, even in terminal-mode word processors.
Jul
6
comment In Word, what does “single” line spacing actually mean?
You've never used a typewriter, have you?
Jul
5
comment What font is used by this dot printer printed page image?
It's a 5x9 dot matrix proportional font; it's built into the printers (and not quite the same horizontal dot pitch in the two examples in any case). All such fonts are substantially similar, since there are at maximum 45 occupied dots per character and you need to be able to distinguish between characters. Your passbook example doesn't even feature a blank vertical line between characters (it trades text width, which is a constraint of the book size, for a little less legibility).
Jul
4
comment How to select a font color to go on a very busy background?
+1 - The outline, by the way, is easy to add in CSS with text-shadow (you can use multiple hard shadows in a single text-shadow property declaration). Unfortunately that leaves older versions of Internet Explorer out in the cold. A panel as suggested here is the easiest cross-browser solution; the alternative would be to use conditional comments to introduce CSS for a panel in IE9 and below.
Jun
29
comment How to show the dimensions of a document as a ratio
Or do you mean the sort of thing where instead of 75%, 76%, 77%, 78%... you get 3:4, 19:25, 77:100, 39:50... ? That would make the spinner/slider (click and drag) annoying and hard to read.
Jun
21
comment Commercial alternative to vinyl for bumper stickers and wine/beer/food labels?
One niggle: the Phaser name covers more than one printing technology. The solid ink printers use solid blocks of wax-based "inks" that are melted and sprayed (similar to inkjet) onto a transfer surface and rolled onto the paper (similar to offset litho). The technology was acquired along with Tektronix, and most of them are now sold under the "ColorQube" sub-brand. The ones that use toner cartridges are just LED "laser" printers - excellent ones, to be sure, but they're not "solid ink".
Jun
20
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Jun
15
comment Why does Photoshop call ppi “resolution”?
@groovy354 - Yes, it is. What you're doing in setting the PPI (not DPI, though people get that wrong more often than they get it right, so live with it) is saving some time at the print setup. Whether your image is going into a page composition application or straight to a RIP (raster image processor, which you can sort of think of as an industrial-strength printer driver), if you have the resolution set wrong for the job, then the pressman or the prepress operator have to change the resolution - which often happens after it hits the press/printer, once the mistake become expensive.
Jun
9
answered Is there a term for roman-type Arabic numerals?
Jun
9
comment How can I visually represent and make a good contrast between Mechanical Stairs and fixed stairs?
And ISO 7001 doesn't work because...?
May
30
answered Does CC0 1.0 Universal require attribution?
May
26
comment “Grand grimoire effect” in photoshop
Let's face it; hand-distressing all of the letters in a sharp-cut face is a LOT more work that changing a couple of letters in an overpressed (as in literally used beyond its best-before date) font. Starting with something that's designed to look new is just making the job a crapload harder and time-consuming for no good reason. That's irresponsible, both as a contractor/businessperson and as a suggestion for somebody else.
May
26
comment “Grand grimoire effect” in photoshop
I'd actually go with a distressed font to build on (a lot less work that way); IM Fell Pro would probably be a decent stepping-off point (it's a distressed old-style Palatino).
May
26
comment Looking for lively sans-serif fonts with relatively short x-heights
Are you looking for a display face or a book face?
May
25
comment What's the worst that can happen with CC0?
@GregZaal - There are very few jurisdictions in which CC0 results in dedication to the public domain, and you would need to be living in such a jurisdiction for dedication to happen (in all other jurisdictions, at least those that are party to Berne and WIPO, your inalienable copyright would have to be recognised, even if that jurisdiction allows dedication to the public domain).
May
23
answered Remove transparency from semitransparent pixel
May
22
comment Is it possible to have multiple blend modes on a single layer in Photoshop?
Have you looked at the blending options? You can fake a lot of what the lighten (or darken) groups do - with limitations, of course - using the "blend if" sliders.