Is there any way to recoup the money I spent on Adobe products for Windows, now that I've switched to Mac? [more inside]
Recently I am sure I saw a script or action that analysed an image file and instead of generating the average colour, looked for a key colour (for example a logo colour) and provided that colour value. For example it might look at this image and give you the blue or the pink rather than a beige / skin tone average. Does this sound familiar?
Hi, simple question here. My friends and I are designing logos on photoshop. We'd like to put the finished logos on some shirts what we'll probably wear for a marathon. I'd love to hear some recommendations on what reputable online sites you might have used - I found a a decent bunch of choices on google, but can't seem to find reviews so It'd be nice to have some anecdata.
I'm 27 and I want to learn design on the side just for the hell of it, not because it has anything to do with the job I have now. Does that mean I have to buy Photoshop and Illustrator to start with? [more inside]
I just finished writing a novella length book. I want to publish it as an ebook readable as a pdf or on an ipad or what have you. It’s picture-heavy (with very high quality photos.) Probably every page will have pictures. I want the design to be magazine-like, with the words many times ‘on top’ of the pictures. I have Photoshop and a decent knowledge of it and I just got Lightroom, but I don’t know much about how to use it yet. I think I’d like to design (at least some, if not all) the pages in Photoshop. I have a lot of questions: [more inside]
I just acquired a Wacom Bamboo Create. Do you have any advice/tutorials/program reccomendations for me? [more inside]
Are there any free photo editors that can work with higher resolution images (300dpi) and offer some of the effects that Pixlr-o-matic can? They seem to save to web resolution only.
How to get started in graphic design? [more inside]
I have a tablet, a computer, a copy of an older version of Adobe Illustrator, and a desire to create simple icons for one of my websites. [more inside]
I'm building a simple website for a "PumpkinFest" event that my son's school is running this fall. I'm OK with the HTML, but I'm looking for some help creating a background graphic. I'm not sure how to find a designer/Photoshop expert for help with this small project. [more inside]
Can you help me get set up with Photoshop CS5 and a new non-Apple cinema display? [more inside]
Slicing a web design layout in Photoshop - is this a conventional web design practice? What are the pros and cons? [more inside]
How do I hire an artist to create concert poster style wedding invitations? [more inside]
What is the best reference (book, class, web tutorial) for learning how to use PhotoShop in web design, specifically the creation of headers? [more inside]
How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF, and how can I ensure that Photoshop-created type will come out OK when commercially printed? [more inside]
How to apply a web 2.0 radial-subtle gradient to a 1px line Photoshop? [more inside]
Fireworks vs. Photoshop - which is better? (ok, that's obviously flamebait). How do I make a workflow argument for Photoshop in a production department entrenched in Fireworks? [more inside]
We want to upgrade from Adobe Creative suite 1 to at least CS 3 at our office. We use mostly Illustrator and Photoshop. But the upgrade seems to be more important for Illustrator than photoshop. -It needs to be relatively cheap to get approved so I am wondering the following: a) Would it make sense to just upgrade illustrator or would that cause compatibility issues with the older version of photoshop? b) We need to upgrade on 4 machines? How many upgrades would we need to buy. c) What are the benefits of CS 4 vs CS 3? d) Sicne CS4 is out does that mean CS 3 is cheaper?
In Photoshop 5.5 I was able to create an action to resize a layer/selection to a maximum width (say, 200 px). I could quickly select objects of varying initial sizes, run the action, and voila, everything fit neatly in a column. I've had Photoshop CS4 for over a week and can't figure out how to replicate this; my resizing seems to always be happening as a percent of the original size. [more inside]
Help me get the most out of my new Wacom tablet. [more inside]
Accidental Graphic Designer: I have to make a photo-collage calendar for work. By tomorrow. I have hundreds of pictures, decent Photoshop skills, and the ambition to make something beautiful. But, Oh God, no clue. Hope me? [more inside]
The boss said "tell me what you need and we'll get it" so I need advice on a monitor for daily CS3 Photoshop and Illustrator work primarily for print with some web work. [more inside]
I have a couple of thousands coupon ads to make. Which is the right tool for the job: Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel, or Indesign? [more inside]
I really miss Imageready's "Export Layers to Files" command. Is there an easy way to replicate this in Photoshop? [more inside]
Eye-candy filled e-mail without having to open an attachment - how do you create this? [more inside]
Advice on how to be a successful graphic designer. [more inside]
I'm interested in learning more about design and illustration, and I live in Florida. I thought about attending a conference here in Orlando (so no hotel or travel fees), but being new to this I am not sure about the presenters, and the price tag is hefty (even with my discount code, $395 for three days). So, creative Mefites, tell me what you think! [more inside]
I am looking for the best sights for vector border graphics as I am designing my wedding invitations. Anyone recommend some decent sights? When I googled I did not get many sights with much. Thanks for your time and consideration!
I'm organizing a fitted cap design contest, and I'm trying to find the best and easiest way to make a template for designers to use to submit cap designs, which is harder than t-shirt designs because cap designs must be 3D. Is it possible on Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, or something else? Please help! [more inside]
I know you've seen this style of illustration (example, another example). But what's it called? There are a bunch more illustrations in the same style on each site, but I can't for the life of me figure out what the style is called. Any ideas? [more inside]
What are some killer Photoshop projects for my class of design students? [more inside]
ImageReady is screwing up my slices, layers. What is going on here? [more inside]
Repeating pattern / seamless tile design in Photoshop and Illustrator -- do I need plugins? [more inside]
Help me impersonate a graphic designer! I know it’s kind of insane, but as early as this afternoon I may receive the proverbial offer (well, assignment) that I can’t refuse, and I’m wondering if anyone might be able to offer some fake-it-till-you-make-it tips for this sort of project (a short catalogue for a half-dozen or so boutique products). See, the thing is, I'm not a designer, although I have some experience with Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop. I’m most interested in a list of ten or fifteen things that you talented designer folks do over and over again that seem impressive to the uninitiated, but that are simpler than they appear to we of the untrained eyes. Books are also fine, but due to the potential immediacy of this, the shorter the tutorial, the better. [more inside]
Looking for ideas for different vintage photograph treatments. i.e. not just duotones or hand colored. Or any other victorian inspiration you know of. [more inside]
Can I set defaults in Photoshop CS2? Specifically, I want to change the Layer Style "stroke" default. [more inside]
Photoshop help...Can you wrap text around an object in Photoshop 7.0? [more inside]
Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use. [more inside]
Tomorrow I'm giving a lecture about color -- specifically, I'm talking to designers about how to create color palettes. The talk is more concerned with aesthetics (i.e. what color combinations are striking) than tools (i.e. how to pick colors in Photoshop). But there will be some tools talk. Since there are many designers here, I'd love to know all your color-related tips. As the Xmas season is coming, I am sharing one of my own tips inside... [more inside]
What Photoshop technique is best for making rough or tattered looking borders like the one in this header or this background? How can I make 3-D organic shapes like these or these or this? As a web design newbie, help me break out of the flat, 1-dimensional, 4-cornered box -- any other good examples of scratchy organic patterns & shapes, and advice on how to achieve them?
Need help designing a sports collage [more inside]
I'd like to make op-art style backgrounds for posters. I've been doing it with french curves by hand, but I'd like to use a computer to cut down the amount of time it requires (and the steady hand— curse you, strong drink!). [more inside]
Is it possible to convert or otherwise use Photshop plugins from Windows to Mac? I have lots of legacy plugins and effects from the old Windows PC here at work. We switched to Mac but many of the plugins are not available for Mac.