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 query : Adobe Illustrator CC - Shape Builder Tool suddenly disabled? I was able to use the Shape Builder Tool, but now whenever I choose it, my cursor displays a little "not allowed" sign indicating

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #CreativeCloud

I was able to use the Shape Builder Tool, but now whenever I choose it, my cursor displays a little "not allowed" sign indicating that I can't operate on my artboard.

I am a complete beginner, so I might have done something wrong to disable it. How do I get it to work again?

Thanks very much in advance.

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 query : Re: Print Transfer Distortion I am creating artwork for a screen printing application that transfers the design to a pyramid shape using a silicone pad. How can I anticipate the distortion or better

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The first option that you have would be to create a grid on the flat transfer surface large enough to encompass the pyramid. Use lines of sufficiently small spacing and as thin as possible, to get best resolution.

Cover your pyramid with removable printable material (paper?) and perform a transfer print.

When you unwrap the paper, you'll have a clear outline of the printable surface. That's one step accomplished for your template.

The grid pattern you've now printed will be distorted to match the contours of the pyramid. If your pyramid consists of only flat surfaces, you should have a clean grid on the paper. If there are contours/curved surfaces, the grid will be distorted an appropriate amount.

It would be necessary to scan in the paper to transfer the grid pattern to an image editor such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. I use PSP and occasionally "un-distort" an image. In the case of your grid, you would use a similar method and create a template for that tool that would duplicate the distortion in the opposite direction for your art work.

Alternatively, less easily accomplished and dependent on one's skill with 3d modeling programs (Blender comes to mind), you could model the pyramid to scale, create a grid to represent the texture of the model and impose it on the model. Once placed, you would then "unwrap" the grid to create your template.

Texture in the above context refers to assigning colors, gradients and images to surfaces of a 3D model.

I see Rafael has provided for this same option in his answer, posted while I composed mine.

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 query : Re: GIMP How to make existing gif background transparent I have the following gif, how to make the grey background transparent if not white?

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Open the GIF in GIMP, and click Filter > Animation > Unoptimise. This will make the following tasks a bit easier.

Go through each layer starting with the top one.


With the Select by Color tool, select the grey background. Note: you may have to adjust the Threshold setting in the tool options to get a good selection.
Press Delete
Hide the layer in the layers panel by clicking the eye icon next to it
Select the layer underneath
Repeat steps 1 to 4 for every layer. There are 68 frames, so it shouldn't take too long.
If you want you can crop the image a bit with the crop tool, to save all the wasted space, and keep your file size down a bit
When you have finished, click File > Export As, choose GIF as the file type, and hit Export
When the GIF Export dialog opens, choose all the settings as below. Note the delay shown is the same delay as the original GIF.

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 query : Re: Help! What color palette should i send to printer: CMYK or Pantone? I'm totally newbie in printing production and now I need to print something that requires high color correction (be as close

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Pantone is a company that created various colour matching systems for the printing industry, There are Pantone colours that are CMYK (process colours), and there are Pantone colours that are spot colours made from mixed inks. So, your question doesn't really make sense. I assume you actually mean Pantone Spot colours

CMYK printing uses four colours of ink (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), sometimes also called full colour process printing, and it requires four printing plates, and often a printing press with four colour heads, or perhaps even two passes through a two colour press.

If you add a Pantone spot colour, and also want full colour process printing on the same sheet (for printing photographic images for example) - that would be five colour printing, and that would be more expensive. It would require an additional print head, or an additional pass through the press, and an additional plate, etc.

Pantone spot colours are often used in printing commercial stationery, for example when you have a logo that is only one/two colours, and when process printing is not required. Printing in only two colours is often cheaper than printing in process colours. Spot colours also look better than process colours up close (see illustration below). This is especially true for small logos, or small coloured text, or line art.

Spot colours look quite different from process colours. Essentially, spot colours are made of solid ink, which is mixed by the printer to a formula guide, whereas CMYK colours are made up of different coloured halftone dots. So it's really a different printing process.

TLDR: Whether you choose CMYK or spot colours would depend on what the client wants, and what their budget is, and the kind of printing required. It's also possible to have both CMYK and spot colours.

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 query : Re: Does anyone know what these background bubble objects are called/achieved? I am a programmer and not an artist so I apologize in advance if the question I am asking sounds trivial. But does

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These are circles (filled, probably with 50% grey) with a very low opacity, and additively blended with the background.

Circles
Layers
Layer Opacity
Additive Blend

The above are the keywords you need for googling how to do this.

Pop the following words in a google image search to get started:

circles as bubbles additive blend



Draw a circle or render it using CSS. Fill it with 50% white/black = grey.

Blend it additively with the background.

In OpenGL parlance, additive blend is glBlendFunc (GL_ONE, GL_ONE).

Set the opacity VERY low. In the below example, it's at 10%:

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 query : Re: (Inkscape) A shape made with path/difference produces a gap The picture I included illustrates the issue. The biggest problem is that the effect escalates: so if I had to add several shades,

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I agree with user287001 - this is what happens as a result of cutting up Bézier curves using boolean operations. Small errors are introduced in the resulting shapes, and they'll never match up exactly. It's a common problem, and not just in Inkscape.

I'll address one workaround, there may be others.

Use a clipping mask instead. Here I have three circles, the top one is distorted to form a clipping mask, and I've removed the fill and applied a stroke so you can see it. Select top coloured circle and your path to clip, and click Object > Set > Clip. The unclipped lighter circle is revealed underneath. Zooming in shows no gaps/overlaps.

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 query : Re: Removing intersecting lines I'm new to Inkscape and I'd like some advice to recreate the image below. The image was created on MS paint but the quality is poor when inserted into a Latex document.

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I'm not sure how you made that shape, but anyway here's a method to avoid the problem entirely.


Draw a filled and stroked ellipse, Copy, Paste in Place, move to one side, select both
shapes.
Click Path > Difference
Copy, Paste in Place, reflect, move into position.

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 query : Re: Enlarging a path like a stroke New person here! I am messing around with logos at the moment, and I want to make the text's path bigger like making it bold. I know you can do this by duplicating

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You can use bold fonts in Inkscape, if you have a bold version of the font installed on your system. I wouldn't recommend adding a stroke to a font to make it look bold, mainly because it usually doesn't look that good. It's no substitute for a real bold font.

By the way, you don't have to duplicate/unite anything. If you want to add a stroke to make a font look bold, you can apply it to editable text. If you want to mess with the font outlines, or turn it to outlines for SVG output then yes, but for general use there's no need.

For other paths/shapes, there's also a possibility that you are looking for the Path > Outset / Dynamic Offset functions. But these don't work so well with text outlines because it will distort shapes/round the corners. However these can work well for other paths/shapes.

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 query : Re: Create engraving in GIMP/Inkscape I want to turn a photo in a engraving style picture, like for example this one using GIMP and, if possible, then make an SVG out of it with Inkscape. Can

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Using Gimp's Filters > Distorts > Newsprint filter with the Line Spot function is another way to do a fake engraving effect. I enlarged the pear in the above answer by 400% to get a 2724x1744 image. Set the Image > Mode to Grayscale. I used the Newsprint filter with the default Input SPI of 72 and a Cell size of 15 (Output LPI of 4.8) and a Screen Angle of 30 to get this:

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 query : How can I make these luminous realistic lines? I am trying to make the same luminous lines on Photoshop, I have made these , but they are no where close to what is in the picture! Any

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop

I am trying to make the same luminous lines on Photoshop,

I have made these , but they are no where close to what is in the picture!

Any suggestion would be highly appreciated!

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 query : Re: Change color of symbol and automatically apply shared style I'm practicing creating a design system with Sketchapp. I already defined the shared style for text. The above shared style are: Black/Left/Regular/Large

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Take your color swatches and create symbols out of them and then insert as a symbol into the type symbol. You should then be able to edit those colors in the inspector list. Your color symbols need to be the same sizes in order for them all to populate.

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 query : Re: Creating a palette from two *intermediate* colors I am given 7 categories and 2 colors: blue (#02A7E3) and orange (#F6A800). There are numerous online tools to interpolate between these two, for

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Do 3 transitions, and discard the colours you don't need.

For the sake of an example, here I have chosen MidnightBlue at one end, and a Yellow colour for the other transitions at either side:

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 query : Re: Illutrator save for web created dull images Hej! This has never been a problem before and I have tried to look for an answer all over the web with no success. I have created lots of illustrations

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There are a lot of options on the right side of the 'save for web' page. You could toy with these and look to see if the preview becomes more vivid with certain selections...

For example: If it's been accidentally set to 'gif' there's a chance that this'll limit the amount of colours, it'll render your image in a different shade.

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 query : Masking a white background then place the image on a different background I am attempting to mask a white backdrop then placing the masked image on a new background. The magic eraser works

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #CreativeCloud

I am attempting to mask a white backdrop then placing the masked image on a new background. The magic eraser works to some degree but, the girl's dresses are sheer along the hemline the eraser does not recognize this, any suggestions?

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 query : Adjusting generated colors to make them more subjectively pleasant Is there any formula or correction values for r, g, b channels, that takes into account visual perception of color and will

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Posted in: #Color #ColorTheory #InterfaceDesign

Is there any formula or correction values for r, g, b channels, that takes into account visual perception of color and will allow me to adjust generated colors to be more pleasant while keeping them on approximately same level of saturation and lightness?

I'm using "vibrant.js" library to pick colors from images and use them in my app's interface. I pick two colors "darkMuted" and "vibrant" - one for the background areas and one as an accent color for controls.

After plugin returns the colors, I adjust them slightly, to ensure they work well together and have enough contrast. Basically, for the "darkMuted" color I'm setting saturation and lightness equal to 0.2. For the "vibrant" color I'm using the saturation of 0.8 and the lightness of 0.6.

However, while giving good results on the average, this approach lacks the adjustment for the subjective perception of color. As you may know a couple of colors with different hues and same "s" and "l" values could be percieved differently: one as a pleasant color and another as an acid'ish, "my eyes are bleeding" color (especially with the green and purple hues).

Is it possible to receive colors with an equal visual perception using this kind of approach? Or, maybe, there are better ways of doing the same?

UPDATE: As far as I know Google using color picking from the image in their Android music app. How do they know that picked colors work well together and visually pleasing?

UPDATE 2: By this link you can find screenshots of the image and picked color pairs. I've added pairs of screenshots to show you the difference between "original" color pair returned by "vibrant.js" and colors with adjusted s and l values.

Thank you in advace!

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 query : Re: How to keep only visible part of path? I'm editing an image using Inkscape like this: Since I have painted image, how can I cut out all the extra strokes (actually whole image are path,

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One method is to draw a secondary path to cut another in two.

In Inkscape use the Bezier tool to draw a path where you want to cut it. Select both paths, and click Path > Cut Path



Another method is to fill the shapes with white, and then change the order in the stack by using Object > Raise/Lower, etc. There are also buttons for these operations on the tool bar in the Move tool options along the top.

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 query : Fix vertical spacing or reset default text style I am creating a new SVG document and when I add some text, it's messed up. It uses a 55.99999809 pt font and a 5.29 mm paragraph spacing

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Posted in: #Inkscape #Spacing

I am creating a new SVG document and when I add some text, it's messed up.

It uses a 55.99999809 pt font and a 5.29 mm paragraph spacing and I have no idea where these settings come from.



I understand that there have been some changes from 0.91 to 0.92 which will break line or paragraph spacing when opening old files. However, I'm creating new documents in 0.92 only.

I've tried to find the default settings in preferences. I looked in Tools/Text, but could not find it there. I could not find a related setting in the document properties.

How do I reset Inkscape so that it produces normal 12 pt text with normal spacing for new documents?

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 query : Re: Restore quality of image after reducing and restoring it's size I have lost the original of my photo, which was about 500x500 pixels, JPG. The only one survived copy is 200x200 pixels. So,

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You will never get the original quality back. It's not possible.

You can try these resizing plugins/techniques others have mentioned, and you might get a fairly decent result. But these can't work miracles. Once you have resized an image smaller, the pixels (and the details) are deleted forever. Resizing larger involves having software re-interpolate the deleted pixels. It has to estimate what the missing detail might have been.

The only real solution is that you should always keep your original files, and never overwrite them when editing. I realise that's probably not what you want to hear, but it is the reality of the situation you face.

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 query : Re: SVG gradient implementation Is it possible to recreate this sort of blurred gradient in an SVG?

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Yes and no.

It's possible to create a gradient mesh in Inkscape, and save it out as an SVG. However the SVG standards used in browsers don't support gradient meshes yet. This might change in the future, but for the present no.



Another method which does work in browsers, is to add several solid objects, blur them, and put them in a clipping mask. This is still a pure vector solution, it's not rasterized.



Here's the SVG for the version that works in browsers, if you want it.

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 query : Photoshop loves to open my images at 0.132% scale. How can a user adjust the default open scale? I'd say 80% of the time, Photoshop opens my reasonably sized JPGs at 0.132%. I would love

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Scale

I'd say 80% of the time, Photoshop opens my reasonably sized JPGs at 0.132%. I would love for them to appear at 100% or 75% or some normal size. So that I don't have to adjust it every time.

Notice a dot in the center of photoshop. That is the image at 0.132%.

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 query : Re: Inkscape - Scanned Text To Vector Image Im trying to make a clipping mask from the text in the included image, Ive tried tracing to bitmap but cant get the threshold quite right. Is there

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Looks like there isn't enough contrast in the image to get a good result.

If you open the image in GIMP, invert it, and do a levels adjustment to adjust the contrast, crop it, then copy and paste that into Inkscape, you can get a decent result.

For example

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 query : Inkscape - Scanned Text To Vector Image Im trying to make a clipping mask from the text in the included image, Ive tried tracing to bitmap but cant get the threshold quite right. Is there

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Posted in: #Bitmap #ImageTrace #Inkscape

Im trying to make a clipping mask from the text in the included image, Ive tried tracing to bitmap but cant get the threshold quite right. Is there something Im missing?

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 query : How to replicate the #4 - "Fill in the background with a solid color if the proportion of image changed" feature from resizeimage.net in Photoshop? I have a 2550x3300 image and I resize to

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #ImageQuality #Images #Resize

I have a 2550x3300 image and I resize to 2200x1080

Currently I am uploading images to Resizeimage.net and resizing them, once I do this I click the "white background" feature in option number 4. Reason being is that it resizes my main image, but adds a background to make my main image not be disproportionate. How can I achieve this method in photoshop?

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 query : Re: What font is used on the cover of Boosey & Hawkes pocket scores? I have consulted WhatTheFont!, Identifont, and FindMyFont, with pretty abysmal results. I would like to identify the font in

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The english entry for Gill Sans on Wikipedia reveals some more information on the mysterious Q. It seems that both variants were used in different sizes of the historic metal-type version, at least for this specific Title variant.


An American metal-type specimen sheet of "Gill Title". Note the original "5", "7", "0", and "Q" in some sizes, which were dropped in many later metal type issues and digital versions, and a non-descending "J".

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 query : Join lines perfect to each other in AI The other red line is set to opacity 50% and is closed. I'd like to join them to later subtract them from from the basic picture (the fill) or make

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Logo

The other red line is set to opacity 50% and is closed. I'd like to join them to later subtract them from from the basic picture (the fill) or make it white, but how to join them perfectly?

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 query : Re: How do I move a pattern swatch once I've applied it to a shape? I want to create patterns/images within an image in Illustrator E.g. smaller triangles within a large triangle. I’ve tried

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I assume you built a pattern and applied it to an object.

To move a pattern inside an object, select the object using the Selection Tool (V).

Hold Down the grave accent (backtick) key `, and click and drag on your pattern to move it inside the object.

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 query : Re: Mass export all images as individual JPEGs in InDesign, but not use image frame ratio I would like to mass export all linked images in a Indesign document using this script, its from this

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You need to export the graphic, not the object.
Add .graphics[0] before the exportFile function.

var myDoc = app.activeDocument,
apis = myDoc.links.everyItem().getElements(),
items, fileName;
var i = 0;
var MyPath = "C:/Users/xx/Desktop/test/"; // change your path here

alert("Script is running. Press OK and wait until done...");

while (items = apis.pop()) {
items = items.parent.parent;
if (!(items.hasOwnProperty("graphics"))) {
continue;
}
i++;
try {
fileName = File(items.graphics[0].itemLink.filePath).name;
fileName = i + "_" + fileName.replace(/.[a-z]{2,4}$/i, '.jpg');
} catch (e) {};

app.jpegExportPreferences.exportResolution = 2400;
app.jpegExportPreferences.jpegQuality = JPEGOptionsQuality.MAXIMUM;

//give it a unique name
var myFile = new File(MyPath + fileName);

items.graphics[0].exportFile(ExportFormat.JPG, myFile);
}

alert("Done");


Edit: Or... package your links and use Photoshop batch function to save everything in JPG

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 query : Re: What is this effect called and how to execute it? What is this effect called and what is the best free online tool to use to achieve this effect?

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This effect is called a kaleidoscope effect (or Busby Berkeley effect in film). To add to user287001's comment, GIMP and Paint.net are great free options if you're comfortable using Photoshop. Another app you can check out is called PicsArt, which has a pretty specific tutorial on the kaleidescope effect here. Here's a few more examples if you search this term on Google:


The Busby Berkeley effect as utilized in 42nd Street (c.1933)


Marina Diamandis, from Marina and the Diamonds, shot by Tokion for Factory.


Kaleidoscope effect from the aforementioned PicsArt tutorial

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 query : Re: how to make a distort effect? My English is pretty basic, please don't mind. Wondering how to make the liquify wave and distort color effect in Photoshop? I'd tried using distort>shear/wave/zigzag,

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It looks a bit like one of those images taken using the Slit Scan Camera Lite app available for Android, there's probably an iOS version too. You can move the camera white it scans. Here I simply pointed it at an image on a monitor.



As for the colour changes/fringing - you could use Photoshop's liquify filter on some of the RGB channels individually.



The original image is here

Perhaps you could get better results using an actual scanner, and move the copy while it scans.

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