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How to turn the grey background white in a phone camera picture of a book?

First you'll want to desaturate the image (CMD+SHIFT+U), this removes any color and makes it easier to achieve pure white. With your file open, choose Image->Adjustments->Levels. You'll get this: ...
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How to turn the grey background white in a phone camera picture of a book?

I came up with a nice method for cleaning up pictures like this, and it works even when the background or lighting is uneven (that is, far worse cases than the example in this question) and it retains ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

There's this cool plugin: http://aiscripts.com/open-multipage-pdf/ It's worked beautifully for me
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Is it possible to make a gradient follow a path in Illustrator?

Look at the images - you choose the same options and get the result - You select the path and invoke GRADIENT panel where you choose between 3 STROKE options according to the desired effect: or or
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Resize multiple layers around their respective anchor points

Transform Each 2.1 script For preservation, here's the code: [KAM] Transform Each 2.1.jsx: @JSXBIN@ES@2.0@MyBbyBnAEM2hRBbyBn0ABa2hSBb2hTBn0AEJ2hTBnAEjzRjNjBjLjFiBjDjUjJjWj ...
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How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?

THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED IN VERSION 23.0.1 You have to turn OFF "snap to grid" behavior. The preferences for alignment of objects are in three DIFFERENT places: In VIEW menu uncheck "Snap to Point" (...
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How to create a triangle/jagged edges on a single border in Adobe Illustrator CS6?

You can't use effects or brushes with entire rectangles. Simply create one side, then draw the other three sides of a rectangle. Create the triangles easily by drawing a path and choosing Effect > ...
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Why can't I resize my text box in Illustrator CS6?

Try choosing View > Show Bounding Box from the menu.
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How to skew / shear text in Illustrator?

From the menu, choose Object > Transform > Shear or Right Mouse Button/Control-Click (Mac) and choose Transform > Shear. That Should do the trick. You could also go to the Transform Panel in ...
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How to turn the grey background white in a phone camera picture of a book?

Ramp the contrast up with curves. Instructions: Select your image and press Ctrl-M. This will bring up the curves dialog. Move the top point left and the bottom point right until your image becomes ...
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Shrinking down a smart object causes drastic sharpening

You have different types of interpolation for resize. The thing to know is photoshop, for non smart objects also use a default interpolation (Bicubic), but different as the smart object one (Bicubic ...
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There Must Be A Way: Trimming Groups Of Lines To Fit Complex Shape - Illustrator

select all the lines to be trimmed and the shape grab the Shape Builder Tool, and Alt+Drag from A to B with it repeat on other places as necessary on more complex shapes, where Alt+Dragging in a ...
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how would you recreate the distorted/noise effect that google uses in their new material design illustrations?

The below was done in Illustrator but could be done in Photoshop. First create your object. For the demonstration I am using a linear gradient. You can mess around with a gradient mesh for more ...
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Smart guides aren't smart

Smart guides aren't smart They are but do not work so good with grids because the pixel grid moves the object on the previous or next pixel/point. Disable the "align to pixel" and "align to point" ...
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How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?

In Illustrator 2019, the snap-to-pixel toggle has been moved to a more convenient location in the top right of the application. It is the magnet icon connected to three vertical squares. Clicking it ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

The Illustrator PDF Editing Method: Illustrator's open file dialog box allows you to open a specific page of the PDF document. When changes are made to a single page and saved, those changes are saved ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I forked and translated the original Multi-Page PDF Loader 4 AI v2.5 script to English, and added the ability to import .AI files. I tested this and can successfully import multi-page documents as ...
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Illustrator CS6- How do I draw a rectangle to perfectly fit my artboard?

Switch to the Artboard tool (Shift+O) Note the W and H measurements in the Control Panel across the top of the screen Grab the Rectangle Tool and click once on the artboard (just click, no drag) This ...
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Illustrator CS6 - cut document into three panels

So if I got this right. You could either manually make 3 artboards side by side, or: With Rectangle tool M, draw a rectangle on top of your current artboard and make sure it is exactly the size of ...
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staggering line paths evenly in illustrator

Option One: An Effect Draw one path. Select it and choose Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform from the menu. Tweak the values there. (Note the settings in the screenshot below) Then,...
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Select only one side of a text frame in InDesign CS6

With the white arrow – the direct selection tool – you can select the bottom vertexes of your rectangle; but that won't do you any good. The border of a frame in InDesign is applied to the entire ...
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InDesign: how to get anchored objects to flow within text boxes

The option you want to set is Keep within Top/Bottom Column Boundaries in the Anchored Object Option With the anchored object selected go to Object -> Anchored Object -> Options and check Keep ...
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Illustrator CS6 ".ai" replaced by ".pdf" when Save As PDF

If you have an AI file open, then click File > Save a Copy instead, then choose the PDF file type. If you do that, Illustrator simply exports the file as a PDF, and doesn't open the PDF automatically....
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How can I align layer to center of canvas in Photoshop

Select the Move Tool. Select the layer you want to center. Press Ctrl / Cmd + A to select all. (This creates a selection the size of the canvas which you can then align the selected layer according to....
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Creating leaf shape illustrator CS6

Use the Pen Tool to draw the shape. There's nothing particularly difficult here if you learn how to use the tool. If you don't get the curves perfect first time, you can adjust them later using the ...
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How to convert paths into shape in photoshop cs6

After having created a path, deselect it and switch to the pen tool. Draw a single point outside the canvas (for the sake of easily finding it later). This creates an [almost] empty shape shape layer. ...
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Why can't I resize my text box in Illustrator CS6?

I've done this myself, the bounding box is hidden, to turn it back on the shortcut is Ctrl/Command + Shift + B
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Photoshop - Scale an image based on part of the image

This is Ben. Ben's head is 100 pixels wide. But you want his head to be 80 pixels wide. You draw a box 80 pixels wide in the center of the area you want to resize relative to (in this case, Ben's ...
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Smart guides aren't smart

Apparently, all this has nothing to do with Smart Guides. Check if Align New Objects to Pixel Grid selected (if so, turn it off) If it's on... it will keep on jumping like this: To turn it off, go ...
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Round corners (fillet) in Illustrator CS6

The others have given an answer that works by eyeballing and plugin. I will give 2 answers that work by measurement. The other one uses a script the other is manual. By Script There is a wonderfully ...
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