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Making the background of an image transparent in Gimp

I have some jpg images and I need for each of them to have a transparent background. I have GIMP as a graphic tool. I need to put them in a web page and I need to see just the main element and have ...
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Is there a reason Hillary Clinton's logo has hidden notches?

This question is not political in the least! While looking at the SVG version of Hillary's logo found here, I noticed there were notches in the two vertical bars of the H. The arrow crossbar covers ...
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What is wrong with Comic Sans?

There's a great TEDxExeter talk by a colleague of mine, Simon Peyton-Jones, about the recent advances in the English lower school 'computer science' curriculum. Like all of his slide decks he uses ...
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How to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another?

Is there a way to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another? I was working on a project earlier on that required this but I didn't know how this could have been done. (Procedure not as ...
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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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Replacing whiteness with transparency in Photoshop

I want to replace the whiteness in pixels with transparency in the same way as described in this question - i.e. for lighter pixels to be made proportionally as transparent. All solutions found via ...
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Point vs Pixel: What is the difference?

What is the difference between points and pixels?
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How to draw an arrow in inkscape

I would like to add an arrow to an Inkscape project. I read this question but it didn't tell how to actually make the arrow: Set the colour of arrows in inkscape
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New generation of Save icon that is not a "disk"?

Currently, the save icon in almost all applications represents a 3.5-inch disk from the 20th century. An example from Microsoft Office 2010 is shown below: As we move towards more advanced technology,...
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Batch export Photoshop layers to individual PNG files

I am a web dev and competent in Fireworks, but not so much in Photoshop. I have just received a layered PSD file to turn into a web page. Can anyone tell me the easiest way to export all layers to ...
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Exporting an object as svg from inkscape

I know that Inkscape does not have the ability to export selected objects as svg, but is there a workaround that people have found that works?
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How do I learn to be creative?

I've been a programmer my whole life, and now I've found that I really need to start designing my own stuff. I know how to use Photoshop in and out, but I just can't create anything nice. I often ...
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Why do some logos look dated? How does design age?

What makes a design look old? How subjective is this? Who decides? Look at this Bell logo: It's from 1969. And boy, does it look that way. It's simple and minimal, but.. it looks old. Take a look ...
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Getting rid of Whitespace in Inkscape

Is there a way in Inkscape to set the boundaries of the svg file the way they would be set if you export as a bitmap? I want that there's no whitespace above, beneath, right or left of the object ...
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How to change the color of the artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

It is practically impossible to edit a white illustration on the default white artboard background. Hiding the artboard makes the whole work area receive the artboard's white color. So, is there a ...
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Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?

Does anyone know any other fonts similar to Helvetica Neue (free for commercial use)? I'm working on a big website project where 'Helvetica Neue' is used heavily. I need a font that looks almost the ...
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What does the size of the font translate to exactly?

I have a 40 pixel font that I'm trying to translate into custom images. I'm trying to match the size of the image exactly, but I'm having some problems getting exactly the right size. Basically, what ...
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Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring many datasets on a plot?

I need large set (20 and more) of contrasted and easily visually-distinguishable colors for coloring different datasets on a scientific plot (the set of colors should not include white or black, and ...
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Who first discovered CMYK?

It has been used for colour printing for many, many years, but who (and when) first discovered that a bright pink colour (magenta), a light blue (cyan), yellow and black can be mixed to create almost ...
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Why don't upper case numbers exist?

Capital letters add a lot to text in various ways, for names, brands, emphasis (although capitalisation for emphasis is frowned upon) Why then, are there no upper case numbers?
Digital Lightcraft's user avatar
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How to select more layers with GIMP?

In Adobe Photoshop I am able to select multiple layers at once with Shift+Click. How can I do that in GIMP?
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Using the shape of an object to cut the object beneath it in Inkscape

I'm editing an svg in Inkscape and I have an object on top of another object. I'd like to use the shape of the top object to cut the object beneath it. For those who are familiar with GIMP, I'm ...
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How to modify the corner radius on rounded rectangle in Illustrator?

I always ended up just creating a new rounded rectangle if the existing one don't work. Is there a way to modify the corner radius without having to create a new shape? I know I can modify the bezier ...
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Difference between kerning vs letter spacing?

What is the difference between kerning vs. letter spacing?
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What is so good about Helvetica?

For as long as I have known, a majority of designers have been beyond enamoured with Helvetica. While I can see that it's a nice typeface, I really don't understand the hype. Some research into the ...
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GIMP "color to alpha" is not selectable

Do I have to do something "special" to get the Color -> Color to alpha menu option to work in GIMP? I am trying to convert a background color on a GIF image to transparent by converting the background ...
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What does the interlaced option in Photoshop do?

There is this options box shown when saving a PNG image from Adobe Photoshop. I always choose 'None'. What does the 'Interlaced' option do?
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What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

My question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK): C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...
Flavius Frantz's user avatar
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GIMP: Trying to move selected text layer but moves background layer

I have a background overlay on which I have three text layers on top. Now I want to move these text layers around on the overlay, but I can't get it to work. As soon as I click inside the text layer ...
AndroidHustle's user avatar
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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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How to open or save as ico in Photoshop CS6

This plugin to open and save as .ico in Photoshop has been around for a while, but I can't seem to make it work for CS6. According to this question in the Adobe Forums, the plug-in works if installed ...
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How to convert a square SVG to all-size ICO?

I've drawn an icon in InkScape and would like to export it to an ICO file that would include sprites for all the reasonable resolutions (16x16, 32x32, ... 256x256 etc). How can this be done (without ...
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Helvetica Neue equivalent on Google Fonts?

Does anybody know a font on Google Fonts that is very similar to Helvetica Neue?
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What's the difference between OpenType vs. TrueType

I know very little about typography. What are the differences in terms of OpenType vs. TrueType? I do know that they are types of formats to render fonts (correct me if I'm wrong). Are there ...
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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall-sized graphics and large banners (e.g. 3m × 5m), what is an acceptable PPI for print? As I understand it 300 ppi is the typical for 'small' artworks (esp. for clean text resolution). However, ...
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How to handle client requests to violate copyrights?

I know Google image search is not a free-for-all to grab any image needed. However, many, many, many clients don't grasp this concept and often request or send images they'd like to use in a design or ...
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What is the easiest way to export just the selected objects in Illustrator?

The title says it all, I want to know what the simplest way to export the selected objects. In Inkscape, there is a menu option called export selected which does just this. The aforementioned ...
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How do I embed Google Web Fonts into an SVG?

I'm writing an article on my site about the advantages of new web technologies, among others HTML5, CSS3 and SVGs, one of the advantages of the latter being the ability to select text in what is ...
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Is there a good resource or tool to help build a palette/color scheme around colors I select?

No matter how nice the composition, flow, and lines of my design are, if I am not copying directly from nature, I have a very difficult time picking a decent color scheme. It either looks too drab, ...
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What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?

I've always found font selection to be a little bit of a mystery. What factors should be considered when choosing a font? How does one successfully incorporate two fonts into a design? I realize that ...
Virtuosi Media's user avatar
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Add transparency to an existing PNG

I'd like to use this image on a web site. What I need to do is change the background from black to transparent, so I can use the arrow on my site maintaining the page background. I used Gimp to ...
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What is the single most influential book every designer should read?

What is the single most influential book every designer should read?
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What are Google Webfonts or Typekit alternatives to Avenir Next Pro?

I'm looking for fonts, available from Google Webfonts (ideally) or Typekit, that would look similar to Avenir Next Pro, specifically, Bold and Demi: Any similar-looking fonts, with good cross-browser ...
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How does one generate a palette similar to the ones in Google's material design?

Google's material design specifications have sets of colour palettes: Starting with a base primary colour, which they designate as "500", they then have a range of incremental steps of shade, ...
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Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

I'm always on the hunt for free stock images to use while I design, what are some good resources for images that are under a a royalty free or creative commons licence?
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What is the difference between a font and a typeface?

Originally, the typeface is a particular design of type, while a font is a type in a particular size and weight. In short, a typeface usually gathers many fonts. Nowadays, with the digital design of ...
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Difference between None, Linear, Cubic and Sinc(Lanczos3) interpolation in image scaling?

While scaling images in GIMP in the Quality section I was prompted to choose one of the following interpolations: None Linear Cubic Sinc(Lanczos3) What is the difference between these and which one ...
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Is it okay to sacrifice exact country flag designs in favor of aesthetics?

The usage case is a freeware game with skill rankings, wherein each player is associated with their country and has their country's flag next to their name. The most noticeable discrepancy between ...
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GIMP: 'move layer' stops working

I'm having intermittent problems with GIMP, where the 'move layer' command suddenly stops working. The mouse pointer changes to the one below: When I make an explicit selection, e.g. CTRL+A on a ...
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Web Safe Alternative to Myriad Pro Font?

Are there any fonts that I can use in my font stack that are more or less similar to Myriad Pro and web safe?
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