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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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

2022 Update: The functionality described below is now possible directly within the GUI in Inkscape 1.2 which has been redesigned. I'll leave the following answer unedited, but please be aware this is ...
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Inkscape 0.91: Scaling several objects while keeping their original location

This is something I do fairly frequently. While Wrzlprmft♦ provided an answer that works, it's a real pain if you have lots of objects. But the solution is actually very easy (using Inkscape 0.92). ...
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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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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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What methods can I use to create balance and consistency between a group of differing logos?

For those of you looking to do this automatically with a CMS or Javascript, there's a short formula I came up with that can take in most all logo sizes and make them visually consistent. Here it is ...
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Creating large banners to be viewed from a distance, at a size Illustrator can't handle

If your printer doesn't require a real 100% size (usually they don't for this) then you can already skip the steps 3 and 4. Printers who deal with large formats like this one usually provide a scale ...
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Change canvas size without cropping in Photoshop?

In order to change the size without loosing pixels you actually have to use the crop tool but deselect the "delete cropped pixels" box:
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What methods can I use to create balance and consistency between a group of differing logos?

I work at a non-profit and have to do this frequently when including sponsor organizations on flyers and invitations. What I generally do is start by sizing the logos so the type sizes are equal, and ...
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Inkscape: scale line without scaling arrowhead (marker)

The following option in the tool controls: enables stroke width and arrowhead scaling when transforming a path. If set, then the stroke width and arrowheads will scale together with the path. If ...
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Is it better to resize an image by minus 10% or by minus 50%?

Unless you have an explicit specification to produce an image with exactly 300 dpi, I wouldn't worry too much about the actual resolution, as long as it's more than the specified 300 dpi (but not ...
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How can I crop images so as to change their aspect ratio?

You could drag all your photos into a canvas that's sized to your selected dimensions and then just save them back out. This is usually how I crop a bundle of photos in Photoshop at once. Make a new ...
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Scale layer in Photoshop without changing aspect ratio?

The link button in-between the width and height boxes will maintain the aspect ratio. You can also hold SHIFT while dragging the transform handles. As always, the information is in the Photoshop ...
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Re-sizing images

It's not an odd size to ask for, it's just not the same ratio as the photos you have. Basically, if you need to get exactly 1400x600 px photos, you're going to have to crop them to be that size. I ...
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Increase stroke size of an arrow, while keeping the arrowhead unchanged

Draw a horizontal line and set the arrowheads you like. Scale the line until it has the thickness you need. Duplicate the line and do Path > Stroke to Path Ungroup. The two arrowheads are now ...
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