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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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' " \
For dealing with multiple images, see How to ...
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,...
Yes, in Photoshop you could batch process the images in a folder using an action.
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 ...
Free online options
For something quick, there are a growing number of (usually SVG-powered) free online flow chart tools. Here's a few that don't require log-in, all pretty basic but user-friendly:
Draw.io (free and open source) - straightforward, allows saving straight to Google Drive or Dropbox. Also has a Desktop version.
Gliffy (free up to 5 public ...
Open Source Font Editors:
gbdfed Bitmap Font Editor
Freeware Font Editors:
Bit font Maker
Raster Font Editor
Commercial Font Editors:
25 Font Management Tools Reviewed
Search results for font management:
What is a good free font management tool ...
I suggest that you use BirdFont and follow these steps to import your work in the editor.
Draw a triangle and a rectangle. Use them as test shapes to decide what your x-height should be.
Export your font and compare your test glyphs to other font. (Ctrl+e / Cmd+E)
Turn on grid and guidelines for x-height and margin. Create four rectangular markers at the ...
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 ...
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, ...
In case you seem to be running Linux you may stitch the applications easily together to get the desired result. This can then also be incorporated in your batch processing script.
The example below makes use of jp2a, a powerfull JPG to ASCII-art converter with many options to achieve desired results (consult the manpage). We then further process the ...
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 ...
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'...
Version Cue, in my experience, is garbage. I have two systems for two different teams going right now.
SVN via Cornerstone
I've been running a large volume of creative work through SVN via Cornerstone for Mac for over a year now. It's a very slick and easy to use app that makes VC seem easy. It doesn't provide visual previews of the files like I believe ...
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 ...
Some other valid options for 2017:
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.
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.
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 ...
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:
It takes as input a Text image ...
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 ...
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.
You can use this python code I created to create ascii art from still images and videos:
ASCII art output (python ascii_movie_image_ver_1.py cat.jpg 4 10)
Just to add to the list a new software to identify fonts using an image or screen capture:
"Find my Font" - http://www.findmyfont.com (I'm the developer of this software).
The application runs on either Mac-OS or Windows and identifies the fonts of a given bitmap image by searching for fonts both online (125.000+ free & commercial fonts) and on your ...
I love LaTeX. That said, I've had great success using InDesign for professional quality typesetting with minimal effort. This is especially the case when I'm working with others since -- as you've noticed -- designers with LaTeX skills are approaching unicorn territory.
If you've never used InDesign before it might not immediately qualify for your criteria ...
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 ...