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Gimp clears the clipboard of character data

When attempting to paste from the clipboard into GIMP 2.10.36 the statusbar says there's no image data in the clipboard to paste. There's no image data, true, but there is character data there that ...
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What is the difference between ∞ and ♾️?

What is the difference between ∞ and ♾️? Both are described as infinity in MacOS character viewer, though in the first case it is INFINITY and in the second case infinity
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Why do some fonts have em dash not equal to 1 em and an en dash not equal to 1 en

As their names imply, an em dash should be 1 em wide and an en dash should be 1 en wide (1/2 em). But a lot of typefaces have the em dash not exactly 1 em wide and the en dash not exactly 1/2 wide. ...
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How do you make a multiplication sign in Illustrator?

It looks like an "x" but not quite. I am using Adobe Illustrator 2023 on a Mac, if that matters.
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Diactric marks like `ąęłćżńźó` not working with keyboard shortcut

Is there any possibility to be able to write using alt + [] to make diactric marks (Polish), while having Adobe Illustrator in English language? Using for example alt + e only results in starting ...
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Set each letter to a different colour based on a rule

Is there a way in adobe illustrator to change all same letters to a specific colour, ideally based on a rule. For example look at the image below: I'd like to have a "rule" (something like ...
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Where do alphanumeric (or other) characters end, and a typeface begins?

This question might be on the edge of what is allowed, since it might be quite difficult to answer this with facts and reason. If this crosses the boundaries please let me know. The reason I decided ...
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Typesetting wins vs. losses: n-dash, hyphen, or colon? [closed]

When typesetting something to anything, for example: The team won 5-1. meaning five wins to one loss, or some such... Does best practice suggest using a hyphen (5-1) or an n-dash (5–1)? I know that ...
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Spread out letters to fit the box (Gimp, Affinity Publisher)

I would like to produce a logo similar to this one: The characters in different lines are different sizes, but the width of the bounding box in every line is exactly the same. How to achieve such ...
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InDesign: undeletable # character appearing after having suppressed a table of contents

I'm currently working on a draft of a book to which I bring orthographic corrections before publication. Here is the problem I come across. The draft sent by the author contains a table of contents ...
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How to remove characters from auto-numbering in InDesign cross referencing?

my document has autonumbered headings styled as following: 1) Numbered Heading level 1 1.1) Numbered Heading level 2 ... The auto-numbering is set as ^#)^> for heading 1 and ^1.^#)^> for heading ...
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Which slash is correct for ‘Old Money’

Introduction Unicode defines multiple strokes; of interest to this question is U+002f (solidus: ‘/’), U+2044 (fraction slash: ‘⁄’) and U+2215 (division slash: ‘∕’). I cannot—however—find these well ...
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Outline text duplicate characters

I have a large document in which I am converting texts to outlines using Adobe Acrobat Pro. But when I do so, the file size increases significantly. It is because it turns every character into a ...
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How to use combining unicode characters in Illustrator or InDesign?

I am unable to get Adobe Illustrator or InDesign to correctly display certain combining unicode characters. Specifically, I am having issues with the combining underline, Unicode 0332. It is not ...
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What is the convention to indicate "the same value as above"?

I have received a table of data to put on an html page. Many values in the second column are repeated for a few rows. The author indicated this by using starting double quotes (“), probably ...
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Where and/or why is a slanted hyphen used?

I was reading this version of White Fang and I noticed that the hyphens connecting words are slightly slanted to the left. I have never seen a slanted hyphen before and googling it did not yield any ...
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Where to get Chibi Maker with complete customizable movement?

I found out that Chibi Character Maker online is the best tool i ever known. Such as these list: 1) ChibiMaker 2) GamesGames But none of them are making the chibi character has a movement, such as ...
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How to create Pinyin character PNG with transparent backgrounds?

We need to generate Chinese Pinyin Characters with transparent backgrounds for overlay in a video. We are trying to do this in photoshop but are unable to access the pinyin character set on a mac. Any ...
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How to draw a character in a similar art style to this? [closed]

I'm trying to achieve the quality of this art style. However I'm not a professional artist yet. Still practicing and have a long way to go. Now I have made a rough sketch, outlined it, colored and ...
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How can I easily separate components of a Kanji character in Illustrator?

Background I would like to highlight individual components of Kanji characters with different colours. So far, I have been able to successfully re-colour several characters by using the 'Expand ...
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What letter is ム?

Does anyone know what letter this is? I have been trying to figure out what letter this is. I don't even know if its a letter and I don't know if its in a different language and font. It looks like ...
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(Hypothetical?) character: Vertically stacked apostrophe and comma?

Edit for clarity: I have never seen this character, but it seems like it would exist. But without knowing what to call it, I don't know how to look up if it actually does exist. So, to me it's ...
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Change underline Text presets in Sketch

Is there any way to change underline presets at Sketch? I'm working with symbols, and I need a text with an underline, but only text, without objects. Thank you!
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What is the technical term for a replacement character if a font does not have a representation

If a font does not have a representation for a particular character, it usually uses some kind of square or a icon with a question mark. As far as I know, there is a more specific term that "...
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InDesign - Large leading space in paragraph?

I've picked up another designer's file and it seems he works with a lot of character and paragraph styles. Specifically, I can't get the leading of a certain line in the middle of a paragraph to go ...
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How can I use character styles in my table?

[character styles only visible[]1 when just type in one cell highlighted][2cell styles panel only[]2I would like to highlight an entire column or row and apply a Character style to that row or column ...
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Leading doesn't change the text spacing in Photoshop CC [closed]

Now that I've changed over to Photoshop CC, I'm having an issue changing the leading. I have two lines of text and I want to put them closer together or farther apart and when I change the leading I ...
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Can i publish a game with famous character heroes?

I am working on a iOS game where a player has to hit multiple balloons with a superhero. Can I use cartoon images such as this one from the video without getting issued for copyright? https://www....
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Small capital H with dot under

I'm working on a document with diacritics. Everything was going well until I needed to use an Ḥ (H with a dot under) as a small capital for titles in the table of contents. These titles are set in ...
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Is old Danish mark symbol found in Unicode?

In the early 19th century, the Danish currency was 1 daler (dollar) = 6 mark. 1 mark = 16 skilling (shillings). The symbol for a mark was this: Is this symbol available in Unicode? EDIT As ...
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How to make a proper character design requisition?

I'm a game developer looking for artists to make concept art for my game characters/world and character design. (Yes, I'll pay them. No 'free advertising :D' stuff. This doesn't pay bills). The thing ...
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Indesign grep - last character/letter

Im trying to apply a grep to my paragraph style. this is the text: "s. 02" I want to apply some special formatting for the last character, "2". But it seems i cant target it, can you help?
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How to use Indian currency symbol in HTML? [closed]

I need to use the Indian Rupee symbol on a web page. I have applied the code ₹, but the output is ₹. How to display Indian Rupee symbol on a website as text?
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Is there a word for the particular usage of the curly brace, or a shape like it, to indicate part of a diagram?

Or for measurements. Consider the green things in this image: Referred here from the English SE: english.stackexchange.com/posts/365966
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Creating additional characters for an existing font?

A font I am using is missing a couple special characters so I made my own. I'm trying to package them together as a typeface using IcoMoon. However without knowing the original font's metrics I can't ...
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When and why did spaces around an em dash originally appear?

Today, the usage of spaces around an em dash in English depends on the publisher's style. But in scanned old books, I find only unspaced em-dashes—similar to this one. (Moreover, in printing, the em ...
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Why is the numpad on a keyboard not designed to print typographically correct symbols?

As Wikipedia states, the numeric keypad, number pad or short numpad provides calculator-style efficiency for entering numbers. The numpad’s keys are digits from 0 to 9, addition (+), subtraction (−)...
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Why is an el­lip­sis represented by one single character rather than a sequence of kerned dots?

An Ellipsis (Unicode character U+2026 and HTML symbol …) is a series of dots – typically three – that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence … as Wikipedia states ...
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What are the origins of the commercial minus sign (⁒)?

While reading the Wikipedia article about the Plus and minus signs I found the so called commercial minus sign (Unicode character U+2052 and HTML symbol ⁒). It looks similar to an Obelus (÷)...
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What’s the right character for a minus sign?

Almost everywhere I see the so called hyphen-minus (Unicode character U+002D and HTML symbol &#45) used as a minus sign, which is actually the standard hyphen character (Unicode character U+2010 ...
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Missing characters Indesign. Some characters from a specific font are omitted

I have a problem with Indesign and Futura PT Font, when I write "f" + "i" like eg. "Confianza","fin","Confidencialidad", the characters "fi" are not display. I have attached some photos so you can see ...
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How should I approach designing special characters I am unfamiliar with when designing a typeface?

When designing a typeface there are a number of characters that I, as an English speaker, have never used, rarely seen and simply don't understand. These characters fall in to a number of different ...
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Unicode superscript numbers 1 to 3 vs. 4 and above

¹²³⁴⁵ & ¹ Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT ONE' (U+00B9) ² Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT TWO' (U+00B2) ³ Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT THREE' (U+00B3) ⁴ Unicode Character 'SUPERSCRIPT FOUR' (U+...
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What’s the right character for an apostrophe?

Many times I encounter the so called "typewriter apostrophe" (Unicode character U+0027 and HTML symbol ') to represent an apostrophe: But on the other hand, the "right single quotation mark" ...
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When should I use the Unicode punctuation space character in French written texts?

I couldn't find any authoritative references about this which are available on public internet. the code is 0x2008.
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Tips for starting in motion design

This may be the wrong place to post this type of question but here i go... So recently i've been really interested in motion design like the examples i've put below example 1 example 2 But i'm not ...
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Why are there so many Unicode symbols for cats?

A search for "cat" Unicode characters reveals no less than 12 occurrences (aside from the many CJK ideographs). By comparison, a search for "dog" yields only three results, the last of which might ...
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How to copy Vietnamese text from a PDF and paste it into an InDesign document, keeping the special characters?

I'm trying to copy text from a Vietnamese language PDF into inDesign and many characters are incorrectly copied. For example, this is the correct text: PHỞ ÐẶC BIỆT This is what it's pasted as: ...
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What are some good fonts to use for bullet characters?

I'm designing a manual with the font Akzidenz Grotesk as the main body font. I am looking for some nice bullet characters but what are some fonts that provide good bullet characters?
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Predefined SVG paths for character forms

In order to avoid to align more than 100 circles manually I'd like to automatically align them on a path which has the form of a character. Can I find predefined paths somewhere for those characters? ...
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