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Questions tagged [tools]

Questions regarding hardware or analogical tools (but please use software-recommendation for software ones!)

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Keep pixels crisp when rotating object?

I noticed that when rotating an object in Photoshop the preview of the image has nice and crisp pixels, but when I rotate the image and finish the transformation it adds an annoying blur. Is it ...
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How to create image like this?

So, I have an image like this: in which I want to highlight the "Advanced" section on the left side of the image like the image below: How can I do this? Thanks!
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Photshop PS5 Marquee Crosshair colour

How can I change the colour of the marquee crosshair as it becomes invisible on a white background and I have to guess as to its actual position? I thought it would auto-contrast such that it's ...
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How to change shape of soft edges in MS PowerPoint?

In Microsoft PowerPoint (2016), you can add a soft (fading) edge to pictures via the Picture Effects menu. This adds a circular perimeter around rectangular/square pictures with a fading edge. There'...
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Is there a way to change the cursor when using the brush tool in Illustrator?

I can't stand how the cursor for the brush tool is an actual brush in Illustrator. It makes it really difficult to see where I am going with the brush. Is there a way to change it so that the cursor ...
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As to known the colors used in an image?

Supposing that I have the following table, Is there a fast method (with external tools with the web: for example ColorZilla, browser extension) to recognize the color in RGB (or CMYK) without to ...
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GIMP Clone using different size, rotation, reflection, perspective transforms?

Is there a plugin for GIMP to enable cloning with transforms (size, rotation, reflection and/or perspective) performed automatically? Currently, the only way I can see to do these things is to ...
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Polygonal lasso tool went mad

When I use the Polygonal lasso tool to select a new layer, the line won't go cross the pixel to another one but go step by step through the pixel's line like the photo below, it turned straight line ...
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Blend Tool With Variable Stroke Width Not Giving Perfect Strokes

I'm trying to use blend Tool with variable stroke widthw but getting weird problem like this: Video I referenced is How to Make a Linocut Look with Adobe Illustrator But I'm not getting same result ...
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Inkscape Bezier pen

I'm facing a problem in Inkscape with the Bézier pen tool when I'm trying to connect the end of the drawing with the Bézier pen. Something strange is happening.
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What is slice tool and what are practical ways to use them?

This is a noob question, and I've looked for answers on the internets about the slice tool in Sketch. I understand it is a type of layer, but I don't understand why and when they're used. Other ...
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Is there no capitalize button in Inkscape?

I do not see an option to set a phrase as uppercase with the click of the button. Is there no such feature, or am I missing something?
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Spacebar “Hand” tool affected by its own grid in Illustrator

There is something about the spacebar "Hand" tool that I never noticed before. It may sound ultra picky, but when it's at max zoom, you can see that this tool follows a pattern which I never noticed ...
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A tool on line to convert an image to vectorial or using Adobe Illustrator: best practice

I would like to know if there are any online tools that convert without using programs such as InkScape, Photoshop or other software that convert images like PNG to vector format with extension, for ...
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line tool photoshop not getting the dotted propertie [duplicate]

I'm trying to change a line created with the line tool into a dotted line but I can't find the property for that. I've tried resetting the line tool but I still don't get the option. At the moment it ...
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Cannot see object when moving

I cannot see the object moving or resizing in real time. Like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqWEJoGHpPo I see the object move along with the cursor when she is moving the object. In ...
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Brush tool painting wrong colour in Photoshop

The brush tool was working normally when it suddenly switched colour to a lighter colour even though the colour that i selected is still the correct one. It also paints the wrong colour when i use a ...
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How do I deselect a tool in GIMP?

I've finished rotating, and now wish to move the handheld eyedropper under the eye. So I'm trying to deselect the Rotate Tool. If I click on the image, the Rotate box reappears, undesiredly. If I ...
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Convert file from Adobe Illustrator to TikZ

Yet I can not find a way in Adobe Illustrator to convert an image to any format in TikZ and PGF. TikZ is build on top of PGF and allows you to create sophisticated graphics in a rather intuitive and ...
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Missing some important warp controls for Photoshop “Perspective Warp”: do they exist? If not, then what instead?

I love Perspective Warp, but I'm having real trouble making it do anything useful. I can't find any answers in the documentation but I can't be the only one who hits these issues. What am I missing, ...
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Is there an easy way to see whether an image needs “amount” or “radius” values adjusted, in Photoshop's “Unsharpen Mask”?

I'm touching up photos for analysis, so they need to be as true to the original as possible (including when zoomed), but sharpened (anything from slightly to greatly) to bring out whatever textures, ...
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Erode-like filter from Gimp in Photoshop

I'm seeing a guy on YouTube making a heightmap for sand dunes, using Gimp and Photoshop. In Gimp > Filter > Generic he has this tool called "Erode" Which accomplishes the following I played around ...
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Tools for Managing Personal Font Libraries

I have a ton of licensed fonts from various foundries (1,000+). Is there a tool out there similar to Typekit that would enable me to host/organize my personal font library on the cloud AND keep them ...
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What is this effect called and how to execute it?

What is this effect called and what is the best free online tool to use to achieve this effect?
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What is this tool called?

I'm looking for a tool or a filter that closely resembles how this looks, it transforms the layer kinda of like a smudge tool but again I'm not sure what its called or where it's found. any help?
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join tool does not extend the paths and join them where they intersect [closed]

I think my problem has a very simple solution but I couldn't find it. My join tool can trim excess parts of a path but it does not extend the paths and join them where they intersect. What am I ...
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Is there an automatic tool that can crawl a live site and generate both a visual sitemap and single-page screenshots?

Is there an automatic tool that can crawl a live site and generate both a visual sitemap and single-page screenshots? I tried searching around and all I can find is Powermapper and Slickplan but ...
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What is an “Eber rule?” (Ruler to measure type)

I heard someone mention a tool that was used for specifying type in the pre-computer days, called an "Eber rule." What was it and how was it used? Is it the same thing as a font ruler? And did I ...
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(Adobe Illustrator) Can't change Align Stroke attribute in objects created with Shaper Tool

Is it just buggy me or Adobe isn't thinking it's a necessary privilege?
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How can I optimize the color changes to resemble how objects look in the far distance?

I want to resemble how objects look in the far distance, so I need to shift the colors in the objects to some bluish tone where the farther the object the closer the color is to the one in the sky. At ...
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Putting a meshed object on perspective grid

I am working on a picture of a room. The room has a poster in it. I created a symbol of the poster, and it includes a picture of a soccer ball, shaded with gradient mesh. Unfortunately, I cannot put ...
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How do big design companies share art files

Many projects with many files all uploaded by humans on one server will get messy, by definition. Even if they have a structure, when 1000 of people work on projects there will be made mistakes. How ...
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Creating a Smoke Effect

I am dipping my toes into graphic design. I recently saw the commercial in this tweet. In that tweet, something like PowerPoint is used at 3 seconds in and again at 8 seconds in. There is some color ...
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Overlapping backgrounds cause unwanted borderline

I'm trying to hide the borderline between the overlapping differently colored backgrounds. Has anybody a tip how to deal with this: I have tried the brush tool, but the result wasn't acceptable. ...
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What is the best software for creating exam paper template?

I regularly create exam papers in Photoshop with two types of pages: left and right. We create the questions in Word and then add them into Photoshop. However, this process takes a lot of time and ...
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Tool for creating animated gifs of UIs [duplicate]

I recently read this article (https://uxdesign.cc/design-better-data-tables-4ecc99d23356) about data tables. The article contains a bunch of uses for data tables. To communicate the ideas, the author ...
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Is there a tool to extract the primarily used colors in a picture?

I was wondering if there is a tool that can identify all primarily used colors in a picture and show me a list or color code?
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What to look for in projectors to use in murals

To paint murals we will use an old 20th century overhead projector and transparencies to project images on a wall and draw preliminary outlines. Bulbs for the projector are getting hard to find. I'm ...
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How do I stop Photoshop from automatically setting defaults?

I start using Photoshop, and I find that it'll automatically start keeping settings I didn't tell it to. For example, only once I told it I wanted a shape with just an outline, but no fill, and now ...
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how to remove background in illustrator [duplicate]

I have a logo on a cream background that I need to delete the cream from so I can make it match the documentit will go on. In photoshop I would just use the magic wand tool, but I need to know how to ...
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I want to remove the overlaps from a multishape design

I want to remove the selected part from the design. I have used rotate tool to make the copies and divided them by the Pathfinder panel/Divide. I have ungrouped the result. Now I want to remove the ...
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How do you call computer graphics created using lines and fills defined by mathematical equations? [closed]

How do you call computer graphics created using lines and fills defined by mathematical equations?
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Problem with Selection tool in Adobe Illstrator

My selection tool icon in adobe illustrator has changed to a triangle, Does anyone know what that means and how I can turn it back to the arrow icon?
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Will we ever see a laptop that looks and functions like a tablet?

I work freelance and sometimes travel & work at the same time. I am looking to replace my 4-yo Dell laptop, which is quite a hassle to travel with at over 2kg, with a similarly equipped but ...
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Photoshop. How to remove all white space, background + unenclosed space

Hi everyone here a problem I have, basically I want to remove all white from this image so I can paint beneath the illustration. When I remove the white using magic eraser or the magic wand I'm ...
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Free tool to change a coloured logo to white/transparent?

I'm doing some website design for a client and they want the companies that sell their product to be listed on a page. The problem is they don't want the exact company logo on the page, they want it ...
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Recommended friendly mouse for graphic design work [closed]

I've used a variety of mice and recently getting a lot of cramp from long hours editing in Photoshop. Please could someone recommend a mouse that will help.
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PC configuration for smooth performance in Photoshop and Illustrator? [closed]

How to organise Moderate configuration to setup a PC for smooth performance with Photoshop and Illustrator? I would like to assemble a PC for best performance when doing day long graphic design.
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The pros and cons of using the appearance panel to create complex shapes and strokes in AI

Recently, I've been going over some Lynda tutorials for Adobe Illustrator and there are several sections where the presenter uses the appearance panel to modify the shape and stroke (and add ...
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How do I achieve this?

This is NOT a question about replicating a graphic effect. Please read full. Before beginning working as a graphic designer (right now I'm a student with a decent portfolio), I want to have bulk ...