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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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What layout and interface elements work well for a control panel-style app?

I'm working on a web-based app that's similar to a control panel, with lots of different settings and features to configure. The challenge is making it easy for users to find what they want without ...
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What elements go into a successful landscape phototographer's website?

Let's say that I want to design a website to sell photographs of landscape, wildlife, or general interest subjects. What tips, elements, etc. should be incorporated into the design to make it ...
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Fully Importing A Saved Colour Palette In Illustrator?

Is there any way to fully import a saved colour palette into Illustrator? I once saved a colour palette from one project and wanted to import the colours for use in another project, but I found that ...
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Color inverting layer

I am trying to make an arrow that will stand out against any background. I know there are ways to make transparent and semi-transparent images. I was wondering if there is a way to make a layer that ...
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Good Resources for Colour Schemes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Picking colors that don't clash. What are some good resources for getting colour schemes/palettes for your designs? I usually mix/make them myself but sometimes I need ...
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icon / design element database / site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are some good places to find free stock images? Are there good central locations for icons / buttons / ui elements? There are a number of great font databases online, ...
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Photoshop Resolution for Web Design?

I'm a programmer, not a designer, but I am trying to learn design as it would be very helpful. I am following a tutorial on PSD|TUTS+ and it doesn't specify the resolution I should be working with. My ...
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Popular serif and sans-serif browser compatible font combinations?

I was curious as to which combinations of serif and sans-serif fonts are preferable to use that are compatible with most browsers. While I am aware that with the introduction of CSS3 importing ...
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How can I create an animation of an image being drawn/painted, automatically?

I'm looking for some software that will allow me to create an animation of a given image being drawn in real time. For example, I have a jpeg. It's a picture of my pet dog, and I want some software ...
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Designing around an awful logo

I'm looking for some opinions on how to approach an interesting problem I've encounted. I dabble in UX/graphic design, specifically for the web. Mostly static sites. I do this all on my own time as ...
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Improper kerning in iOS app, using Helvetica Neue

I think I'm posting this question in the proper SE site, as it pertains more to designers than programmers. I developed an iOS app with a programmer (I'm the artist), and we're using Helvetica Neue. ...
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What is the name of this semi-slab serif font?

Could anyone tell me what this font is on the following images? It looks like Courier but it is not.
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How to show boundary of every layer in Gimp?

Using Gimp, I am working on a sprite image made of lots of icons, each on a separate layer. I would like to check that there is no overlap by displaying the outline of all layers. There is an option "...
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Is Design School a Requirement for Graphic Design?

Is it required for people to go to design schools to become a Graphic Designer? I've heard many cases where they have started from scratch without previous education in design and are doing fine as ...
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Photoshop showing low quality graphics

I have a strange problem in Photoshop. I had this background image that I had downloaded from a website to try and recreate something like it. After I downloaded it and opened it up it all looked fine....
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Making 2D Motorbike Game Textures

How could I make textures similar to the ground textures in this game: http://www.teagames.com/games/funkytruck3/play.php Im making something similar but I am totally new to making any game graphics.....
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What are some styles for laying out lots of images in a confined space?

I'm working on a project that's 11"x17" tall, has the bottom 1/5th reserved for the logo/calendar elements and the top 4/5ths for some sort of collage-esque image. Basically, I have six photos I need ...
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Infographics smoothing and shadows : background or ressources ?

i'd like to know if there are resources or background knowledge on the new tendency to smooth the lines/outlines and add gradients and shadows to information graphics. For example, on the new version ...
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Problem printing PDF from Freehand-10 via Acrobat X

When I go to print a pdf file with "Adobe PDF printer", I get the following error: cannot complete command because read or write access has been denied. This very strange error only appears if I ...
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Which hand-drawn/calligraphic style font is used in this restaurant logo?

I need some fontphiles! Which font is being used for the restaurant name? Any ideas? I'm sorry the image is so small, it's the best one I could fine. Apologies if this is not the right SE to ask this ...
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How does one design a children's book?

My dad one day decided to write a children's book, and my wife illustrated it. However, we've had some difficulties in putting the illustrations into a book format. What kinds of things should one ...
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How do I break apart text in Photoshop?

I have a word in a text layer in photoshop. I want each character to be on a separate layer, how can I do that?
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Alternative symbols to represent Valentine's Day?

Anyone have ideas other than heart shapes?
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What application can tile one PDF page multiple times on a sheet?

I have a two page PDF, page 1 is business card front, page 2 is business card back. I want to print 9 copies of page 1 on sheet 1, then print 9 copies of page 2 on sheet two (duplex printing prints ...
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Is it possible to automate font substitution in Illustrator CS5?

I'm creating a custom PDF catalog by grabbing pages from other companies PDFs (I do have permission to do so) but I'm having problems though because I do not have the same fonts installed on my ...
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What do you call the parallax-like effect when panning or zooming still photos, and how is it done?

Many commercials and documentaries use a technique where a still photograph is panned or zoomed, and a parallax-like effect is applied. When zooming, some figures scale differently from others and a ...
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Tutorial on how to create a flowing thread

I'm looking for a tutorial to create wavy flowing threads. Like this: I'm open to tutorials in Photoshop, GIMP, or any freeware image manipulation program. We have a copy of PS. I'm not sure if ...
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Tools to get HTML/CSS easily from PSD?

I have the PSD designs for my website and now want to create the site using these designs. I am not very good with css though I know HTML, javascript well. Is there any tool, site, software that can ...
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How do you design and format a logo for a baseball cap? [closed]

The logo will be embroidered. How many colors should you use in your design? Does the cost go up significantly for more colors? What exactly is stitch count? What format should the file be saved in ...
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Unable to change text color in Photoshop

I'm using the text tool, I type some text but it types in all white. I go to highlight the text and change the color to black, at the top of the screen on the toolbar, and the color won't change. I'm ...
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Is there an industry term for a ribbon wrapping the corner of a design element?

Is there an industry term for a ribbon wrapping the corner of a design element? I'm going to be referring to this a lot in the near future, and it would be great if I could call it something more ...
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Make an outline with GIMP, like in Photoshop

How do I add a stroke to a layer in GIMP?
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Can Pixelmator handle Photoshop layer styles?

Can Pixelmator handle Photoshop layer styles? How compatible is Pixelmator with the rest of Photoshop and the other Adobe graphics programs?
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Is Flash really considered to be a graphics program? [closed]

Adobe Flash was initially a graphics program, but with the growth of the Flash platform and the rise in popularity of Flash games on the web, is Flash still relevant as graphics tool? Why? (I'm not ...
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What is InDesign used for?

What is Adobe InDesign used for as opposed to Photoshop or Illustrator?
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Reseources for learning Illustrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get started with Adobe Illustrator What are some good websites/tutorials/videos that will get me started with basic workflow concepts? I am not looking for "how to ...
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Using stock images for logos

What are the rules concerning incorporating stock image elements into a website branding or logo? From what I understand, IStockPhoto.com doesn't allow it. Are there any stock images sites that do?...
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Translation of Hex Colours to RGB Colours?

Apparently Illustrator and Photoshop uses different colour settings - Illustrator uses RGB and Photoshop uses some hex/HTML-like colour system with a combination of letters and numbers. Is there any ...
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Setting object style in InDesign

I'm trying to somehow set InDesign object style for images that I add into text frame directly so they flow along with text when I edit content. My document is of technical nature so it has a single ...
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data visualization over time

I have a decent sized set of data - 500,000 records, each representing an event. The fields are: date time who did the event what the event was (there will be say 5-10 type of events) where the ...
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What's the difference between CMYK Black and RGB Black

I know this sounds a stupid question, black is black right? Wrong: It's black right? so why are the CMYK Values so far away from black?
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Keyboard Shortcut for 'New Swatch' in Illustrator?

Does a keyboard shortcut for creating a New Swatch in the Colour Palette window in Illustrator exist? I've been assembling over hundreds of new swatches today, and it has been especially tedious to ...
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Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?

My question is should I start with paper to learn to draw or learn to digitally draw with Photoshop or Illustrator or any image manipulation application. I am thinking of using a book or some other ...
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How to convert a pattern/photo to a given palette?

How would I convert a photograph or pattern to use only colors from a palette I give it? Is this possible in Photoshop? I think Pic2Color used to do something like this but it's offline...
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Table of hex colors for NCAA teams?

Greetings designers. I've done enough googling to know that there are other people looking for this color table, but I can't find it for the life of me. I'm close to trying to write a script to ...
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Illustrator CS4: when I select an object with the Selection tool, and try and move it, it copies it instead [closed]

This is in a file originally created in version and installation of Illustrator CS4. I have a simple text item with one character in it. Alternately, I pick a drawn element, doesn't matter. I have ...
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Slices in MS Expression Design have wrong dimensions

I'm trying to do some basic design in Microsoft Expression Design 4 (this is the best design tool I have available to me; suggestions welcome), and I'm trying to export slices by selecting a bunch of ...
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How to draw “rays” in Photoshop?

How do I draw "Rays" emitting from an object in an image in Photoshop? Example from http://www.pxleyes.com
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How do a tile with diagonal lines in Photoshop?

How does one draw a tile with diagonal lines that can seamlessly tiled with Photoshop?

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