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One method is to use the original image/layer as its own layer mask. You'd create a duplicate of the layer, desaturate and invert it, pasting the greyscale result into the original layers layermask. Update: Here are some step by step instructions: Start with your flattened image: Add a Saturation/Hue adjustment layer and turn down the Saturation until the ...


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You can use blending to add transparency: Right click the layer you want to add transparency to, pick the "Blending Options..." (If unable to pick 'Blending options' ensure that the layer is unlocked) Locate the scale under the "This layer:" that is under the "Blend if" box Press and hold the alt key while dragging on the white knob, the further you drag it ...


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You can set the artboard to match the outer dimensions of any object by selecting the object and choosing Object > Artboards > Fit to Selected Art from the menu.


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Right click on smart object layer Click "new smart layer from copy" The new layer that's generated can be edited independently of its "parent".


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Select the Pen tool. Ensure the Pen tool's dropdown menu in the Options bar is set to "Path". Click the Shape button in the Options bar, found to the right of the Pen tool dropdown menu. Press that and presto :p


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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: Now bring the two outer triangles in like this (you'll need to play around with this until you get something you like): You should end up with this!


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Ensure your document is 8-bit RGB. (Image > Mode) If that doesn't help, hold down the Option/alt key and choose File > Save as... this will save a copy and remove any non-png allowed formatting. Chances are there's simply something about the image which is not allowed in the PNG format. However, using File > Save for Web should allow PNG saving in ...


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Just choose Object > Artboards > Fit to Artwork. That will make the artboard fit precisely to the edge of all the artwork, including the background square. There is no command to scale artwork to match the artboard.


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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 the colour. My instructions are based on the Gimp, but it would be very similar in other programs like Photoshop. EDIT: Gimp has a filter called "Difference ...


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Certain objects will not allow the stroke alignment options. Type is one of these objects. While creating outlines of type objects may work in some instances. I, myself, prefer to keep type live whenever possible. In order to move a stroke applied to a type objects, simply do things how they were done prior to the stroke alignment options being added - with ...


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To type Arabic or Hebrew in Photoshop, you need to enable the Middle Eastern text engine. You can do this by going to Preferences > Type. Check out this video: How to access Arabic and Hebrew features in Photoshop CS6


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There's this cool plugin: http://aiscripts.com/open-multipage-pdf/ It's worked beautifully for me


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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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Adobe changed the Delete/Backspace key functionality in Photoshop CS6 when you press the Delete/Backspace key on a locked Background layer. Since pressing the Delete/Backspace key on a locked background layer merely filled the selection with the background color, Adobe changed the functionality to provide more options when hitting the key. By bringing up ...


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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" (NOTE: this has moved in latest version to Preferences menu (see #3 below) In the TRANSFORM PALETTE un-check "Align to Pixel Grid" Other related options in ...


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When created vector path just create a solid filled layer in adjustment layers.


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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 > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag Choose Object > Expand Appearance Grab the Pen Tool and draw the other three sides of a rectangle.


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The simple answer is: No. I have asked Adobe to add the feature. If you'd like to see it, please vote here: Photoshop: It would be good if the roundrect vector tool corner radius was editable during and after drawing And now some good news. David Jensen has written a nice little script to help. It's not perfect (doesn't handle multiple shapes on the one ...


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Solved: Very very trivial, I just needed to click on the gradient window and toggle to fill mode, it had switched to stroke. Also, googled why that happens and apparently if you have transparent gradient on your stroke, the gradient tool won't let you modify the gradient. One of those things that Adobe takes on and stops developing I think. Thank you if ...


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Transform Each 2.0 script For preservation, here's the code: [KAM] Transform Each 2.jsx: @JSXBIN@ES@2.0@MyBbyBnAFM2jNBbyBn0ACJ2jOBnASzKjBiQjPjTjJjUjJjPjOjTBAARJFeCiUiMFe CiUiDFeCiUiSFeCiNiMFeCiNiDFeCiNiSFeCiCiMFeCiCiDFeCiCiSfnfta2jUBb2jVBn0ACJ2jVBnA BXzHjWjJjTjJjCjMjFCfXzGjBjDjUjJjWjFDfQzAEfezEjUjIjJjTFfCzBhLGnQEfVBfAVzBjJHfBeH ...


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Illustrator has horizontal and vertical scale options just like Photoshop. But because Adobe are... special... they thought it would be fun to hide a lot of their settings and leave no clue that they are there. Open up the flyout menu with the button at the top right of the character settings window. Choose "Show options", which is Adobe speak for "Stop ...


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Starting from version CS6 you can animate the size of layers in photoshop. Just convert the layer to smart object, and position property will change to transform.


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Your text looks blurry when you are editing it because it seems like your document is currently at 400% zoom :) Just double click on the zoom tool to get it back to 100%:


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You switched into wireframe (outline) mode. It is quite useful sometime. You can switch between them via Ctrl(Cmd)+Y.


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You can try Object > Path > Simplify and adjust the Curve Precision and Angle Threshold settings to perhaps get a curve. There's no straightforward method, which I'm aware of, other than this.


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To make things easy for yourself when editing later, it pays off to do a bit more work upfront by using the Appearance panel for this. Draw a shape Give it any fill and no stroke Open the Appearance panel Select your shape with the Move tool (V) Choose Add New Stroke, either through Appearance panel options or with the icon bottom leftmost on the panel Give ...


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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 black and white. (that rhymes!)


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Try choosing View > Show Bounding Box from the menu.


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There are two sections in this drop down menu. You are looking at the bottom one (labeled Photoshop). The top one (labeled Illustrator) has the same stylize group, but with the effects you seek.


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