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LaTeX is meant exactly for stuff like this. LaTeX is a programming language of sorts, designed with the explicit purpose of typesetting documents... like, say, an essay template. It spits out nice, vectorized PDFs across Windows, OSX, and Linux, and it's also possible to define your own custom formats and commands. There's a wealth of documentation ...


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Nice question! In theory, any of those (plus others you haven't mentioned, like the open source alternatives Gimp and Inkscape) let you design a business card. If you are particularly proficient with one of them, you might want to consider going for that one to save time. While the three Adobe products have some similarities of use, they all require some ...


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Lots of great answers but I'm surprised none of them have talked about batch production of business cards with data merge templates. Even if you're designing for a 2-person startup, with any luck a year or two down the line they'll be coming back to you for business cards for their 8 newly hired employees, then coming back a few years later with a much ...


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Screenshots of PDFs are going to be limited by the density of your monitor and (I'd assume) rendering settings from the PDF viewer. There are many tools for converting a PDF file (or pages from a PDF file) to a PNG file. Adobe Acrobat is able to do this. Imagemagick, which is free, is also able to do this. With Imagemagick installed, the command below ...


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Don't be guided by personal preference like 'effects', 'not fun' and 'clunky interface'. They are not relevant. As a designer you should pick the right tool for the job. This is not only about business cards. But applies to all pre-press productions. Adobes big three have overlapping tool space. But all three have their own specialty. If your design ...


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Use imagemagick: Imagemagick's own watermarking tutorial. Watermarking a single image looks like convert logo.jpg -font Arial -pointsize 20 \ -draw "gravity south \ fill black text 0,12 'Copyright' \ fill white text 1,11 'Copyright' " \ wmark_text_drawn.jpg For dealing with multiple images, see How to ...


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Yes, in Photoshop you could batch process the images in a folder using an action. Simply: Open the image Open the "Actions" panel and hit "Create new action". Name the action and hit "Ok" You should now be in record. Most anything you do will be logged in the action as a step until you hit the "Stop" button in your actions toolbar menu. Create your ...


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After trying a bunch of Windows applications, I haven't found anything equivalent to Sketch for Windows. And no, Illustrator and such are NOT Sketch alternatives. Fireworks is probably the closest, and it's no longer supported by Adobe. It seems that they are now creating a copy "heavily inspired by Sketch" app: Project Comet. We'll see how it goes,...


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Open Source Font Editors: FontForge gbdfed Bitmap Font Editor BirdFont Freeware Font Editors: Font Struct Bit font Maker Type light Font Constructor Raster Font Editor Commercial Font Editors: FontCreator (Fontlab Studio) Font Management: 25 Font Management Tools Reviewed Search results for font management: What is a good free font management tool ...


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Inkscape This powerful vector graphics application is free, cross-platform, and Open Source. It comes with an inbuilt function to trace vector graphics from bitmaps. These are the steps involved: File - Import...: choose to "embed" the bitmap. Select the embedded bitmap. Choose Path -Trace Bitmap.... This will open the following dialog: Make the ...


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InDesign gets my vote. It does all the tasks you're describing, and is meant for layout. However, as a general note, do NOT over-design your résumé. Even if you're a designer applying for a design job, please, make your CV clean and straightforward. If I'm reading through 100 résumés in a week (which I've done), I am really, ...


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How about Krita ? It's a nice free, open source painting program. I don't actually own a tablet, but this software felt like it was designed to be used with a tablet.


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On a Mac or Linux, open your terminal and type: strings /path/to/your.pdf | grep -i fontname


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There is a Gimp script that is specifically designed to add watermarks: Batch Image Watermark Script. It need to be run through the command line, but it is quite straightforward: Download the script Save the downloaded file to your GIMP install followed by \share\gimp\2.0\scripts. For Windows users Start -> Run… -> Cmd (hit OK) Type cd followed by ...


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Good question, for I too have been a lifetime fan of Fireworks (their entire lifetime). Have you heard of Sketch? I can tell you that it's the only thing that comes close. (It's a perfect mashup of Illustrator and Fireworks, but SO MUCH closer to FW). Your transition should be seamless, and you will quickly be in love. Personally, I'll still use FW until it'...


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The first thing to say, is that I want to be honest and I'm affiliate to the software I present bellow (I'm the software designer/programmer of this font identification engine) and I'm really proud about it :) It's not an online service but a software application that runs on your Mac or Windows PC: http://www.findmyfont.com It takes as input a Text image ...


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There's an expression about people who are very good at something: "He/she makes it look easy". There's a related misconception about design or 3D software. You watch someone working. They do 5 things, and it looks okay. They do 6 other things, and it looks a bit better. They do 3 things, and you're scratching your head because now it looks worse. Then they ...


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Some other valid options for 2017: Gravit Designer: This is a very young product and as such it's still lacking many features, but for now it's a good vector editor, and the roadmap promises a lot more: symbols, sketch import, prototyping, etc. It's great advantage as of now, is that it's free! It's available for Mac, windows, linux, and even online. Edit:...


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2018 update: Lunacy — reads and saves .sketch files (native Windows app, free) Figma — reads .sketch files (browser-based, freemium) Disclosure: I'm one of the authors of Lunacy. I have no relation to Figma.


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I know there's an open-source extension to LATEX specifically for chemical formulae - I think it's called chemfig - here's what I just found on quick lookup: Overleaf - Chemfig Also, for simple diagrammatic stuff, if you don't feel you need a chemistry formula specific tool, and general graphics / vector drawing works for you, then bear in mind that ...


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ImageMagick answers have pretty much already been given at this point, but I wanted to give a little more detailed answer, so that everyone should be able to use it. Example with dummy paths: Which you will have to replace. ( On a mac and windows you can drag a file or folder to terminal window, which will convert into a path ) Make sure the destination ...


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Yes, there is a "resynthesize" plugin. It is available from the Gimp registry (possibly here). But the best way to install it are: on Linux (at least for Ubuntu and derivatives), install package gimp-plugin-registry (it is included in a set of rather useful plugins). On Windows and OSX, the Gimp builds available on http://www.partha.com include it. ...


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You can use this python code I created to create ascii art from still images and videos: https://gist.github.com/lindylex/9374326 Example output Original ASCII art output (python ascii_movie_image_ver_1.py cat.jpg 4 10)


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up to date feature overview On a free tool is not a pain at all. You download it and you take a look. So I'm a bit curious as to which one is the better pick to invest time in. Inkscape is a solid tool, you see people actually using it everywhere. You find tutorials, etc. I feel you are a bit scared to "waste time" on the tool, thinking that you can ...


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Fontforge It can be a bit clunky on Windows and crash occasionally, but then it can do that sometimes on Linux, too. Keep backups. I edit all fonts directly in my Dropbox directory so I have access to a file history. Its user interface is strange and the author has no intention to fix that any time soon. Some parts of it, like the auto-hinting, are ...


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Neither, use Illustrator. It's vector-based, so you can export your graphics as big as you want and it'll always look crisp. Indesign has (imho) better tools for formatting text, but Illustrator is superior when working with shapes - which, i presume, is what you'll be doing when creating an infographic


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My options are: MyPaint http://mypaint.org/ and Krita https://krita.org/en/ MediBang Paint Pro https://medibangpaint.com/en/pc/ Dog Waffle. It has some oldy free versions: The page is ugly as hell. https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/download/index.html They do recognize the brush pressure. I can't make Gimp detect the pressure, but it is still an ...


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For people who landed here from a google search because this question references Inkscape but isn't tagged with Windows, here's a complete howto for Linux (this assumes you have Inkscape installed on your system - tested on Ubunut 14.04 with Inkscape 0.91). Create a file in the directory where you want to convert your SVGs to PDFs. (I used gedit below but ...


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All the business cards I create are done in Illustrator anymore. It simply offers more freedom. Of course, this only makes sense since Illustrator CS4 and the addition of the multiple artboards feature. Prior to CS4, I used Indesign (Or QuarkXpress) due to the overwhelming headache of needing one Illustrator file for each name on a card. That's simply not ...


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There are many applications that can do this. I have explained two options that you may consider: (1) Paid Applications: (from Adobe) a. Photoshop - Image manipulation b. Illustrator - Vector Graphics c. Indesign - Layout your cover page/book exactly for Print & Publishing (2) Free Applications: (Open Source) a. GIMP - Image manipulation b. Inkscape - ...


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