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Difference between None, Linear, Cubic and Sinc(Lanczos3) interpolation in image scaling?

These four options define how to scale the image. Each option describes an algorithm used to do this. See image sampling. None: The nearest-neighbor algorithm is used. There is no smoothing after ...
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Inkscape 0.91: Scaling several objects while keeping their original location

Ungroup your objects, if needed. Object → Transform → Scale. Select the desired scaling factor. Check apply to each object separately. Apply.
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Photoshop: how to resize a text box without distorting the actual text?

Your text within the layer is being rendered as 'point text'. You need to make the text 'paragraph text'. Select and activate the layer that contains your text from the layers palette. With the ...
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How to resize canvas and background layer in GIMP?

If you want to resize the contents as well (layers, paths...) see Image>Scale image. If you want to just reduce the canvas size, see Image>Canvas size. If you have a 16x16 layer in the middle of ...
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What methods can I use to create balance and consistency between a group of differing logos?

The Lowest Common Denominator vs. Highest Common Factor Approach™ Define how much available space you have by creating, placing, and balancing empty elements within your design. I chose to use the ...
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What exactly is a "Pixel"?

Just think of pixel like an atom. The atom is a smallest particle of matter. Where as a pixel is a smallest particle of digital image. An atom has neutron, proton & electron whereas a pixel has ...
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How do I make an image look pixelated, like old school arcade graphics?

Here is a somewhat easy method to convert full size images to pixel graphics. Starting image To begin, go to Image -> Image Size. Change the Resample method to Nearest Neighbor, this will keep the ...
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How do I make an image look pixelated, like old school arcade graphics?

When you are working with so few pixels you have to make every pixel count. I doubt an automated scaler will achieve that with satisfactory quality. My advice would be to downscale to the size ...
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Illustrator: how to scale pattern when already applied to object

One way is to use the Scale window from Object > Transform > Scale but with only Transform Patterns ticked. If it seems to not work, make sure the selection isn't grouped. To apply this to ...
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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

This can be done in a hacky way. Create a layer that is a rectangle encompassing the entire artboard you want to scale. Make sure the rectangle snaps to the edges of the current artboard. Make sure ...
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What is meant by 'designing an icon at 100% scale'?

Designing at 100% scale just means designing at the size (in pixels) that you will be displaying/outputing your icon at. If you are designing a 24px × 24px icon, you set up your artboard in ...
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How do I resize an object in inkscape to an absolute size?

I guess the source of your logo is not important (dxf). You like to resize it, so first mark the whole logo and group the elements (Ctrl-G) (fig.1). Now you select X (2) and Y (3) position to 0, 0 ...
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How to fit a vertical headshot into a horizontal frame

#3. Get your client to see the benefits of a proper photoshoot After years of doing your #1 i finally managed to introduce an updated design for my clients' company profile, website and corporate ...
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InDesign: Faster way to resize image in frame

Yes, with the image selected within the frame, press s (for the scale tool), click once to set the origin, then click-drag holding shift to resize the image. Or if your reference point (below) is set ...
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Nearest neighbour interpolation not working in ImageMagick

Silly me. I found a solution in my bash history. I needed to set -filter point. convert from.png -interpolate Nearest -filter point -resize 800% to.png The default filter appears to be Cubic for me. ...
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How to fit text box size to text?

This is now a built-in feature as of 2014 in Adobe Illustrator CC. You'll find it under Type > Area Type Options > Auto Size.
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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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Creating large banners to be viewed from a distance, at a size Illustrator can't handle

I've designed billboard art (same basic size as your project) for several different vendors, and they mostly ask for 10th (1:10) scale artwork at 300ppi with some kind of pocket allowance. 100% scale ...
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How do I figure out the right size font / text for a given read distance?

Ignoring the how old the onlooker might be, how high up, low down, indoors, artificial light or not, dark train stations, weather, is it a print sign or a screen, reflective road sign etc etc. There ...
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What methods can I use to create balance and consistency between a group of differing logos?

I think in that particular example you should scale the two logos both to one reference which is the text ... because when it comes with aligning two logos having texts, you should consider the text ...
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What exactly is a "Pixel"?

If a client of mine asked for a 1920x1080px image, the first thing I need to know the intended use. Is it for the web, print, or both? In the print world, a pixel (or picture element - [pict-el]) ...
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How to edit existing rectangle selection in GIMP?

After using a selection, or switching tools such as using the Move Tool, you can make the selection editable once again by choosing the Rectangle Select Tool, and clicking inside the selection. Move ...
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Increase stroke size of an arrow, while keeping the arrowhead unchanged

You can use the XML Editor to adjust the scaling and positioning of the arrow head, leaving the stroke width unchanged. Open the XML Editor and find the svg:defs id Expand the defs id, and locate the ...
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How do I specify the size of my artboard in pixels with Adobe Illustrator?

Simply enter the number of pixels in the measurement fields, with the Artboard Tool selected... (You need first select the Artboard Tool to see the measurement fields in the Control Bar.) You can ...
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Photoshop: how to resize a text box without distorting the actual text?

Click in the text box with the Type tool (T) to make your text cursor blink. Alternatively you can also double click the layer image. Then click & drag from the box's corners to resize it.
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Quality Loss When Scaling down SVG's

SVG Maintains 100% source quality An SVG image's data is stored as XML instead of pixels, and consists of components that can be scaled to any level without losing source quality. Screen Resolution As ...
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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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Resize Photoshop canvas to fit selected layer's (larger) dimensions

The easiest way I can think of is holding cmd while left clicking the bigger layer, and afterwards press C to crop to the selected area. This should make the canvas the same size as the selected layer....
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Is it better to resize an image by minus 10% or by minus 50%?

I seriously think you are worrying about some very miniscule technical difference on the pixel level that won't be visible to the human eye on print. Downscaling an image is the same as removing ...
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