Questions tagged [effects]

Questions regarding illusions or visual tricks in the design process, whether it be from software (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, GIMP) or through technique.

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Turn image into geometric array of colours

Is there a tool like Poly (iPad app) available for Android or Windows systems? I'd like to turn images into polygones/triangles like shown on the app site.
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Set a stroke to knockout a fill behind it with live text in Illustrator

I'd like to be able to set the stroke of some live text to knockout a fill that is offset so it appears as a shadow with negative space between the top fill and the "shadow" fill. I can't seem to find ...
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What are some good tips on how to extrude text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm bit of a newbie in Adobe Illustrator and have been learning the application by trying to follow some tutorials and recreating some cool stuff I come across on the web. That being said, I'm having ...
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How to make an image look like it's been printed

I'm wondering if anyone has any tips, tutorials or templates on how to 'fake' a printed effect. I want to make it look in my portfolio like I have printed business cards and other collateral without ...
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How to make an irregular blended circle effect?

I am trying to create an effect like this one in Illustrator, but I haven't been able to achieve a great result. I would really appreciate a little help, even if it is just the name of the effect. ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Deboss or Engrave Effect

I'd like to create a realistic debossed (indented), recessed or engraved effect. Often seen on tactile commercial products, particularly for embellishing text and symbols. Here's an example of a gear ...
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How do you achieve this colorful chrome effect?

I've been trying to figure out how to get this shaped chrome effect, it’s really clean and I’d love to play with it in Photoshop.
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How to create a grain / noise effect in Adobe Illustrator

I want to create a noise effect using Adobe Illustrator. Inside the hexagonal shape there is some kind of texture effect, I don't know what the name of this effect is: How can I create such an ...
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How to create an artistically posterized monotone portrait?

Can anyone please tell me what this greyscale vector style is called and how can I achieve it? Source I was informed I should put my image in Photoshop and adjust the levels and run the cutout ...
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How can I improve a poor quality scan/photo of an ink signature on paper?

I am trying to "transfer" my signature from paper to the computer. Here is the procedure I followed, yes you may laugh, I know it. My question is, is it possible instead of the hard lines I got to ...
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Text Distortion Effect (like it is written on a page)

I want to display a text like it is written on some surface like notebook page or wall via Photoshop CS6. I added two example. This image seems like image distortion: And this image looks like text ...
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Preventing reverse search engines from finding the origin of your image?

I am planning to make a game, where I give the user an anime related image and they have to guess where its from. However, most of the images, specially from popular anime are easy to use on Google ...
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Name and possibly a tutorial for this inset rounded rectangle technique

I am speaking about the drop-in effect around the round edges. I like the fact that the actual theme seems to be a bit further back and the border is closer to the viewer. I can gather that a portion ...
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How to create a decreasing stippling or halftone effect? [duplicate]

For lack of a better name, I'm trying to create a decreasing stippling effect like this: My first inclination was that this could be created in Photoshop with some sort of filter effect. I was ...
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Technically, what are the prime gotchas that could affect your logo further down the road, if it incorporates justified* fx & blend mode treatments?

Explanation (*Justified meaning they favorably add to the identity and aesthetics; i.e. we're assuming that they make perfect sense in a structural meaning.) I'm looking for technically specific ...
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How can I apply an oil painting effect to a photo?

I really want to do this kind of effect where it looks like a person is disintegrating away, but I have no idea what it is called:
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Multiple non-inheriting transforms effects?

I'm designing a template for product packaging. While designing, I'd like to have the layout as it would be printed out flat, but I'd also like to have different 'views' (front, back, bottom, etc) so ...
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Create hatching in Inkscape?

How can I create hatching in Inkscape? I want to create plain hatching like you would find in an engineering drawing. (I am not interested in "artistic" hatching like the "rough" hatching Inkscape has ...
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Fisheye Effect in Inkscape?

Is anyone aware of a way to create a fisheye effect with elements in InkScape? Freehand used to have an xtra tool that did just that. The specific effect I'm trying to achieve is applying horizontal ...
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How do I make objects created with transform effect into an actual object?

Say, you apply transform as an effect and make a bunch of rotated copies of an object. Now those copies are an effect and if you center the object it will only center the original object and not the ...
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How to create fake reflections?

How can I create fake reflections easily like the one here: Any online or easy open source tools out there?
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How to create the effect in this animated GIF of morphing faces?

I saw an amazing animated gif And I thought I should give it a go. I tried laying out several friends' pictures in movie maker and power director and though I sort of have a video where it is ...
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What is this two color photo effect called and how to make it?

I like the effect on the images used on this Spotify page, and out of curiosity I'm trying to replicate it in Illustrator. It's not a simple multiply mask, and seems a more involved than the kind of ...
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How to "press-in" shape in Illustrator

I am a newbie to Illustrator. What I want is to create add a "pressed-in" effect to a shape (basically add some depth to it), so that it looks like it has been "pressed-in" into its surrounding ...
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Can I round the corners of a shape that has curves in Illustrator?

I have a simple shape in Illustrator that has two curved edges, two straight edges, and four sharp corners: I want to round off the sharp corners a bit like so (kinda sorta approximated by the ...
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Edit multiple layers in Gimp

Is it possible to apply things like brightness/contrast or hue saturation or even filters to more than one layer at a time in Gimp?
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Creating a curved image/photo wall/montage using the Linux commandline

This question is a crosspost from Stack Overflow because of its predominantly graphical nature and the fact that I think that a primarily graphically oriented community may [be able to] provide advice ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Unable to apply Grain-Effect to Gradient

(This question is related to another investigation into visual techniques using gradients and noise-filters: Research: Grainy/Noisy Gradient) I am trying to apply a Grain-Effect (Effect -> Texture ...
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How can I create a coffee cream effect with Photoshop?

Today I would like to create a coffee cup with the cream floral on it as a text by using Photoshop. It looks like you order a cup of hot cappuccino and the bartender will draw a flower with cream on ...
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How can I create nice looking subtle buttons in Photoshop?

Can you give me some hints for recreate these two buttons? Which effects are applied? Thanks!
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How do I in some way save a texture (with borders, effects and all) in Illustrator?

I have multiple objects that will have the same color, border color, brush and texture (with texturizer). How can I either save this as some default style, or copy everything from one object to ...
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Recolor an element after applying an effect in Illustrator

I want to change the colors (kind of recolor) of an element A on which I apply an effect E(x), such that the new colors will be based on the colors of the element after the effect B=E(A). Does anyone ...
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Anyone know a specific approach for creating these fluid liquid graphics? Or know of resources?

This is a bit of a broad question I'm aware of, but I'm sure I can be pointed in the right direction. And this fluid liquid effect can probably be done in many ways. However I'm really interested in ...
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What software would produce this picture

I currently use some Adobe software like Illustrator. I've just come across some pictures and picked this to ask, what software would they use to create pictures like these?
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How can I get this HDR or painted blur effect from a photo?

How can I get this HDR or painted blur effect from a photo in Photoshop, Gimp, Inkscape or some other software?
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