Alex Blackwood
  • Member for 8 years, 2 months
  • Last seen more than 4 years ago
How to quickly and easily create a grid with Adobe Photoshop?
68 votes

Try using patterns. For your example of a square: Draw your initial square and marquee-select a smaller square that includes the top and left sides only. Then select Edit > Define Pattern... and ...

View answer
How can I create a random pixelated pattern?
11 votes

As people have commented, coding would yield the best solution. You can get a good approximation using Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map... Fill a canvas with 400% noise: Filter using ...

View answer
Create solid shadow effect on text using Photoshop CC
Accepted answer
10 votes

You can use Motion Blur to fake an extrusion, then use levels to flood the blurred area with a fill. Blur a copy of your type, and merge it on a background: Use levels to flood the fill of the ...

View answer
How to make a bulged hexagon in Adobe Illustrator?
9 votes

It looks like you want a hexagon that has symmetric handles at each node. I don't think there's any standard tool to do this, so use something like Effect > Pucker & Bloat with a value around ...

View answer
How to make this 3D photo wall effect in Photoshop?
8 votes

Joonas's answer is on the money, but another method is to use Distort > Displace: The input is another .psd that acts as a displacement map. The red channel controls horizontal distortion, and ...

View answer
Drawing random lines
Accepted answer
8 votes

If you are familiar with Inkscape, I would recommend using the Create Tiled Clones feature to create your vertical lines. You can then add the output to gimp. First, create a single vertical line, ...

View answer
How can I make this whitespace into a new path?
Accepted answer
7 votes

You can use the Shape Builder tool. Select all of the paths that make up the outline of your shape, then hover over the center of the negative space. The tool will highlight the area in a gridded ...

View answer
How to export font information for a specific PSD file for use in writing CSS
Accepted answer
7 votes

Sure, you can use the ExtendScript Toolkit to investigate and manipulate Photoshop documents. For more info, check the documentation or search around the various PS scripting forums. Based on the ...

View answer
Creating a curved image/photo wall/montage using the Linux commandline
Accepted answer
6 votes

You can use imagemagick's distort filter. In particular, the Barrel distort or Cylinder2Plane should accomplish what you want. After you've composited your images: convert input.png -matte -virtual-...

View answer
Horizontally/Vertically Straightening a Shape in Illustrator
Accepted answer
6 votes

Using smart-guides, it's pretty easy to make a new guide and align your edges to them. Set the center of rotation to intersect the lowest desired edge and a guide, then rotate until both are ...

View answer
Easy way to create repeating custom radial gradient?
Accepted answer
6 votes

Create a new layer, and execute the following code as a script. It will create a new layer style with 0% fill and the new gradient as an overlay. The for-loop towards the bottom creates a 21-stop ...

View answer
Import a couple hundred images and place them side-by side in Photoshop
5 votes

I would recommend Imagemagick as the appropriate tool here. It has a high learning curve, but is much faster than Photoshop for this sort of batch processing. The following commands should work: ...

View answer
Is it possible to have a page with a transparent background?
5 votes

I don't believe that the option exists as print-layout software is focused on laying ink on paper. Since "white" is the absence of ink, it acts as a transparent background. Keep on mind that unless ...

View answer
Horizontally distribute along path
Accepted answer
5 votes

If you can use a scripting environment that can detect bezier intersections, this is very easy to achieve. Unfortunately, Adobe does not include these methods in their scripting toolkit. Instead, I ...

View answer
Design Reflection for business cards
Accepted answer
5 votes

Instead of using a gradient as a layer, use a layer mask with a distorted border. Create a layer mask Blur the edges Distort the mask Adjust layer opacity and blending. By using the 'Blend If...' ...

View answer
Bend text and rectangle as a group
Accepted answer
4 votes

You need to convert the text to a path (Path > Object to Path) before you can apply a path effect. Then you can group both the 'A' and the rectangle together and apply Bend.

View answer
inkscape - align edges sequentially?
Accepted answer
4 votes

Yes, you can use Object > Rows and Columns... to distribute objects into... rows and columns. Just set the spacings to zero, and the number of rows to 1. The number of columns will be calculated ...

View answer
How to get <path> for SVG with Illustrator CS4
Accepted answer
4 votes

You'll need to create a complex path from a Live Trace. Since complex paths cannot contain multiple colors, you'll either need to use the "Black and White" setting with an appropriate threshold, or ...

View answer
Novice on adding Layers: when is a project "done"?
4 votes

The goal should be to have as few non-reversible edits as possible. By not using enough layers, you're keeping your work from being flexible down the line. If you need to add a new element to a ...

View answer
How do you pixilate a simple image in Photoshop CS6?
Accepted answer
3 votes

The easiest way is to change the image to Indexed Color instead of RGB via Image > Mode. All transparent pixels will be removed and none will be created when the image is downsized. Alternatively, ...

View answer
How can I adjust or replace many colours in an image with a new swatch of colours, without causing ugly edges?
Accepted answer
3 votes

I would use a Gradient Map as an adjustment layer. You can easily create your gradient by sampling your color key in another open window: It also helps to paint samples of your new tones on a new ...

View answer
Inkscape Rubber Stamp Tutorial: Is this for real?
Accepted answer
3 votes

I think you're confusing Path>Difference with Path>Intersection. The tutorial is correct, that's what you would get as your output.

View answer
Center object A with object B
3 votes

The fastest way I know is to move an object the "full" distance you would like to halve, then move it back by half the distance. First align the objects by their highest points: Then move one object ...

View answer
GIMP: Possible to remove middle in picture?
Accepted answer
3 votes

It's easiest to copy the elements you want to keep to new layers, then align them and crop. If you really want to try and do a 'reverse crop', I'd recommend using the Layer > Liquid Rescale ...

View answer
What is this area around my Illustrator artboards?
3 votes

That is the maximum area allotted to each Illustrator file (227" by 227"). You can't make it any larger, but Photoshop or other programs can have larger canvases. If you need to output your work at a ...

View answer
Splitting an image into many randoms pieces
Accepted answer
3 votes

I use scriptographer and (more recently) paper.js for creating these sorts of generative graphics. You can create vector graphics in the browser, then export to SVG for more manipulation in ...

View answer
How to make a contact sheet from a multi page PDF
Accepted answer
2 votes

Imagemagick's montage command automatically handles pdf pages as separate images and outputs a grid. The following command outputs a grid of images that are: On a black background Opened at 600 ...

View answer
Creating bulk PDFs from Spreadsheet?
2 votes

It depends on what programming environment you're comfortable in and the format you're able to supply your primitives. As I mentioned here, I've had pretty good luck with Flat and Even from http://...

View answer
how to combine two objects using path finder in illustrator?
2 votes

The Pathfinder Toolset is very good for some tasks, but it's not the only boolean operator in Illustrator. The Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M by default) is what I would recommend in this case. If you ...

View answer
Trouble with Beziers in Inkscape after switching from Illustrator
2 votes

You can edit nodes using the Node Tool (F2 by default). Deleting the last point of an open path works as it does in Illustrator. Closed paths need to be split at a node in order to become open - ...

View answer