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 query : Re: how to remove white border from transparent GIF in Photoshop link : www.cuemini.com In this website there is feature section and inside this section I am using gif images but the problem is

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GIF format does not support partial (alpha) transparency, so if you cut out a shape and place it on different background, it won't blend in very well. That's a limitation of GIF format and there is not much you can do about it.

You can either try to match the background color as closely as possible to the place where you want to use it when making the GIF, or you'll have to use another format.

APNG would work well for this, but keep in mind it's not supported by IE/Edge and older mobile browsers.

Or you can export each frame as png image and animate them with javascript.

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 query : Why Outline fonts are rasterized before using on screen? I am new in Typography and now a days reading about fonts, rasterizer like FreeType etc. What i get till now is that fonts are mainly

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Posted in: #Fonts #Typography

I am new in Typography and now a days reading about fonts, rasterizer like FreeType etc. What i get till now is that fonts are mainly divided into two types outline fonts (.ttf, otf, .pfb etc) and bitmap fonts (not used now a days, .FON). FreeType is a rasterizer that is responsible for rendering these fonts. It basically gives us bitmap or glyph information.

So, my questions are:

1) Why outline fonts need to be rasterized (with FreeType) dynamically for using on a printer or a display screen.

2) Whatever we see on screen is it bitmap display using rasterizer?

Correct me if i am wrong about these concepts.

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 query : Re: Problem in previewing png sequences I have this "GIF" which is 7 png sequences that I added to my composition, the problem is it's not showing up when I play the scene but I can see it

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I think you should go to photoshop and separately save each frame in the GIF and then import it as an image sequence inside after effects. and you can then adjust the duration of all the frames. this is not a fix but it will get your work done.

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 query : Re: Is there any way to allow photoshop to download required fonts automatically or Manually? While i download some PSD file and open using photoshop so many fonts are not installing my system.

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It's not possible, and there are many reasons for that or for why you wouldn't want that.

Most quality fonts are not free. Would you allow Photoshop to simply purchase the first version of the font you want, regardless of the price or the version? Different foundries have different versions of fonts. You want to make sure that you use the same version; sometimes a project was started with a different version of a font you already own.

Also, when you install a font directly in your OS' font folder it is available for every application; which means that it's loaded in the RAM every time you boot your computer, and you end up with a list that can be very long when you try to choose a font. If you have different versions of a font, it can also create conflicts.

The best solution is to have some font management software. This will allow you to manage your fonts by project, as well as activate/deactivate them as you need. when I open a document that has missing fonts, it automatically opens my font manager to allow me to locate and activate the fonts. I use FontExplorer Pro, but I'm sure there are many others out there.

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 query : Re: Trim transparent pixels on the outer edge of an animated GIF Here is a transparent GIF that I made using Blender and Photoshop: I'm happy with it, but I would like to trim out the transparent

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Because of the way Photoshop works, when you crop an image it crops every layer the same size, and with the same x and y coordinates.

Therefore, you cannot crop every frame of this animation based on the content of only one layer. Your canvas has to be big enough to include the content of every single layer, no matter where the content is located and how big it is.

This means that you can only crop the content:


to the left of frame 1
above and below frame 15
to the right of frame 34


The way I would do it would be to use guides to mark how much I can crop from all 4 sides and still include everything. I put a black background to show the guides better.

To the left of frame 1



Above and below frame 15



To the right of frame 34



You can then use the crop tool.

P.S.: If you want to really make the file as light as possible, you could also remove the duplicate frames; 1 and 60 are the same, and so are 30 and 31. You could delete frames 31 and 60, then double the duration of frames 1 and 30 to 0,06.

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 query : Re: Google Slides - Adding drop shadow to an image Any idea on how to add a drop shadow to an element on Goolge Slides? I have googled a lot and found a couple of websites explaining how to

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This feature is now standard available in Google slides for both images and shapes.

All you need to do is Right-click on the object > format options > drop shadow.

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 query : Does anyone know how to do this effect in Photoshop? Can anyone tell me how I can achieve the effect from these photos in Photoshop? I have been trying many different things, but I am not

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #PhotoshopEffects

Can anyone tell me how I can achieve the effect from these photos in Photoshop? I have been trying many different things, but I am not even coming close...

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 query : Illustrator: Pattern Brush that narrows down all the way? Has anyone knowledge on this Pattern Brush issue? I want to make a line, which narrows down all the way from start to end. So I have

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Brush #Stroke

Has anyone knowledge on this Pattern Brush issue?

I want to make a line, which narrows down all the way from start to end. So I have made this form (see image) into a pattern brush. I have played with the pattern brush options as much as possible and have applied that pattern brush on a path I have made with the Pen tool, yet ending up invariably with a result something other than what was desired.

I'm using Illustrator CS5.

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 query : Re: Photoshop CS6 - Gif frames issue Good Afternoon! My problem is a bit complex, so this I'm going to break it into some topics: My project: The project consists in a static background overlayed

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When you make a gif, every frame is a single image with different settings in the layers palette. Therefore, you need to create the image in the layers palette and then create the frames and animate it.

So basically you're working backwards. First create the image, add all the shadows and effects you need and then animate it.

Also, if you want to add a shadow on all those different frames it will be very long to make sure it animates smoothly along with the existing movement.

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 query : How to add hollow shapes to an image? How to add hollow shapes to an image? Like in LibreOffice while creating a document I can add some auto shapes using insert menu, is there any way to

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Posted in: #Images

How to add hollow shapes to an image? Like in LibreOffice while creating a document I can add some auto shapes using insert menu, is there any way to do it using some image editing tools, specially using gimp?

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 query : Re: what to use instead of $$$ as cost level in design? Is there any alternative? This question may be quite confusing so I've attached an image with it. Below is a snap from Yelp site, there

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As a non-US user, I like the idea of a currency-neutral design (like stacks of coins). I tend to use gold pieces as an indicative currency. But coins are just flat shiny cylinders with currency symbols on them; remove the currency symbols and you've got something that looks a lot like plates. What does that mean? How busy the restaurant is? How big?

Yelp here in the UK uses £...££££, and I've seen €...€€€ in mainland Europe. But the $...$$...$$$ pattern is intuitive in the UK, meaning it's so widespread you'd have a lot of familiarity to overcome, which to me says you need a really good reason to use something different

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 query : Re: Why colors change when I export from Illustrator to Photoshop? I am working on a Illustrator file that I need to export to Photoshop to edit. When I'm exporting it changes the color of my

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You may synchronize color settings across Adobe applications

Here is solution from Adobe itself



Open Bridge. To open Bridge from a Creative Suite application,
choose File > Browse. To open Bridge directly, either choose Adobe
Bridge from the Start menu (Windows) or double-click the Adobe
Bridge icon (Mac OS).
Choose Edit > Creative SuiteColor Settings.
Select a color setting from the list, and click Apply.
If none of the default settings meet your requirements, select Show Expanded List Of Color Setting Files to view additional settings.
To install a custom settings file, such as a file you received from a
print service provider, click Show Saved Color Settings Files.

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 query : Find and change text boxes I have a complicated svg image with hundreds of text labels (a phylogenetic tree). Of those labels, there are certain text boxes that are important to me. I'd like

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator

I have a complicated svg image with hundreds of text labels (a phylogenetic tree). Of those labels, there are certain text boxes that are important to me. I'd like to highlight those labels for interpretation of the figure. I do not know where the important text boxes are in the figure. Is there a way to paste a list of labels into the 'find command' (i.e. lines of text containing the text in the text boxes) and 1) have Illustrator (or something else?) find the text boxes and once found 2) change the font color or highlight coloer?

Thanks for your help.

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 query : Re: Saving Working Files as PSD or TIFF? I was reading a few articles about how people saved their working files and it got me thinking about my own method. I used to save everything as a PSD,

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Nowadays, .psd and .tif are pretty much interchangeable. Adobe's Help still recommends psd "To preserve all Photoshop features (layers, effects, masks, and so on), save a copy of your image in Photoshop format (PSD)", but I don't know what obscure situation would absolutely require a psd.

I still use .psd, but it's mostly out of habit. In the early versions of Photoshop, .psd was for editing and .tif was to output n image without destructive compression (ex: .jpg or .gif), as well as to be able to import it in other software (for example Quark XPress, long before InDesign). Then they added non-destructive compression to .tif files, and later on they added the possibility to preserve layers in TIFF files, although we still had to flatten out layers before sending it to the press. By that point we are at Photoshop version 6 or 7; fast forward a few years and a few versions later, Photoshop handles .tif just like .psd, and you can directly import a .psd in almost anything.

So I would say using .tif is fine, especially if it helps your workflow. If you do something with many layers, filters and modifications, or if you might change Photoshop versions within a project you might want to back up as .psd just to be sure.

Also, Adobe Bridge will show thumbnails psd files and is a great way to browse your files; it might be worth looking into. By the way, Mac OS natively displays thumbnails for them as well, but for some reason Windows still doesn't.

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 query : Photoshop: Channel use cases? I understand channel just store color information for an image. But in the real world, what are the actual use cases?

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop

I understand channel just store color information for an image. But in the real world, what are the actual use cases?

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 query : Re: Remove transformations when exporting as SVG with Illustrator Is there a way to remove path/group transformations when exporting as SVG with Illustrator? My problem is similar to this one but

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Using Illustrator CC -- After trying several of these tips without success, I was able to finally convert/export to SVG:

1) Set Artboard's X and Y to 0:


2) Use Export As... and select to Use Artboards.


3) After clicking Export button, SVG Options window opens, and select following settings:


No more Transform/Expand errors! Hope this works for others :-)

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 query : What kind of perspective is used in this image?? I'm trying to figure out the perspective of this image!! I'm sure it's not a 3-point perspective and I lean toward 1-point perspective. I

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Posted in: #Perspective

I'm trying to figure out the perspective of this image!!



I'm sure it's not a 3-point perspective and I lean toward 1-point perspective. I tried to figure out the vanishing points of the image and find the horizon line and that is what I came up with



Is it a 1-point perspective used with multiple auxiliary points??
and is there's a VP in the center of the squared city???

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 query : Re: How to Customise Photoshop File Naming Using Batch Command? I have several thousand photos, which I am re-sizing to six different sizes and then saving all sizes as individual files. For example,

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You should save the images in 6 different folders according to their size if you haven't done that already don't change the file name in the actions. run the action for one size operation. store the output in the respective size folder. and then you can just use advance renamer which is the best tool. I would recommend you read up on how to use list replace feature of that software make a list and feed it to the software and that's it you are done follow the process for the rest of the folders.

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 query : Re: Convert complex artwork into single color I created this logo for a client, and I now need to convert it into one color versions (all black/all white). Because there are so many overlays

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One approach you might find helpful is to edit the colors directly via global swatches. If you didn't use global swatches to create the original, you can easily assign them automatically.


Delete all of your current color swatches to reduce swatch clutter. Judging from your image, your swatch list is about to get a lot of new additions.
From the swatches flyout menu, select "Add used colors." This will create a global color swatch for every color used in the artwork and assign the swatch to each object that uses it, including gradients.
Change the color mode of each of the global swatches to grayscale. This will be a bit tedious if you have a ton of swatches, but it goes pretty quickly.


Once that is done, you can tweak the individual swatches as desired to boost contrast where it's needed.

To be clear, this method allows you to manage and edit the illustration's colors without selecting any of the individual components. It's very handy for complex images like yours.

I hope this helps!

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 query : Acrobat: Select and adjust single elements Is it possible to select a single element of a PDF and change its color with Acrobat Pro? I've used Pitstop, which provides a great range of possibilities.

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Posted in: #AdobeAcrobat

Is it possible to select a single element of a PDF and change its color with Acrobat Pro?

I've used Pitstop, which provides a great range of possibilities. But where isn't it needed and Acrobat itself is enough?

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 query : How can I slant text like this in photoshop? I don't have the money to buy Illustrator but I have Photoshop. How can align my text on a diagonal like this? If I can't do it in Photoshop

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Text

I don't have the money to buy Illustrator but I have Photoshop. How can align my text on a diagonal like this?

If I can't do it in Photoshop how can I do this for free?

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 query : Export various clipping masks programmatically? Would it be possible to programmatically export PNGs based on various clipping masks of the same image? For example: You have some graphic art with

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Posted in: #Export #Mask #Png

Would it be possible to programmatically export PNGs based on various clipping masks of the same image?

For example:
You have some graphic art with a number of pink rectangles in a layer on top.


Then once you have done I'm not sure what, you have exported PNGs of the clipping mask of each rectangle.





Is this possible? Does anyone know of a script that does this?

Thanks in advance!

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 query : Inkscape to trace bitmap with 4k+ colors I'm trying to convert (trace) this image to an svg file: Full size Image I run Path > Trace Bitmap, 256 colors, no smooth, no stack, remove bg,

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Posted in: #Inkscape #Svg

I'm trying to convert (trace) this image to an svg file:



Full size Image

I run Path > Trace Bitmap, 256 colors, no smooth, no stack, remove bg, no optimize paths. It vectorizes ok but the colors are changed slightly, which can't happen, since the rgb of the fill is essentially the ID of the shape, which means I can't map from svg -> the webpage.

It won't let me go over 256 colors either, and there's roughly 4k+. Is there a way around this limit, or is there another program I can also use?

Edit: The problem isn't so much the tracing, but the specific colours:

province red green blue x hex
0 1 128 34 64 Stockholm #802240
1 2 0 36 128 Östergötland #002480
2 3 128 38 192 Småland #8026c0



On my resulting images, those hex colours don't match to the ones I have on file (and what they are on the original .bmp)

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 query : ExportSVG in jsfl run as a command in adobe animate doesn't work In Adobe Animate and with a .fla file (after importing a swf file, import to stage), I run this script var exportFileName =

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Posted in: #AdobeAnimate #Javascript

In Adobe Animate and with a .fla file (after importing a swf file, import to stage), I run this script

var exportFileName = 'file:///C|/temp/files/a.svg';
fl.getDocumentDOM().exportSVG(exportFileName, true, true);


it doesn't seem to do anything at all...no svg file is created at all. If I change exportSVG to exportPNG with the same parameters it does seem to work. I have found a couple of examples online using this exportSVG function but I can't find any official documentation (no documentation for exportPNG either).

Does anyone know how to make this work, know if it should work or at least might be able to point me to some documenation?

As additional info, if I add trace statements that the content of the output panel is wiped clean as soon as the exportSVG line gets hit. I've also played around with the parameters of exportSVG and nothing seems to work. If I use the file menu 'export (legacy)' and choose svg, I am able to export it manually

Using Adobe Animate CC v18.0 Build 107

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 query : I need to make samples. Can I use any product or fake products? I write animation software. I need to demo it by making a bunch of examples and tutorials. Can I use existing products,

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Posted in: #Portfolio

I write animation software. I need to demo it by making a bunch of examples and tutorials. Can I use existing products, or are there fake products somewhere?

I've seen people use movie press items, is that legal? For example, movies have press kits so their reviewers can use images from the movie in their reviews. Can I use those when I make my samples?

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 query : Re: InDesign: Is there a way to type the same text into multiple text boxes? I have to make emergency templates for 4 different size media. There are some portrait and some landscape. Each of

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There are to ways to do this easily. Method one (the way I would do it): Create a Variable in InDesign (Type Text Variables Define... New)
Name the variable
Set the type to "Custom Text".
Enter the text you want each sign to have, then click "OK".
Delete the original text, and insert the variable into each text frame via Type Text Variables Insert Variable [select your custom variable]
Apply your paragraph styles as needed.

Once this is set up, you will only need to edit the variable for future signs to automatically update.
You can edit the variable via (Type Text Variable Define..), then select your variable and click "Edit."

The second method would be to create a single-record database and set up the document as a data merge. It may seem like overkill to go through that trouble for a simple piece like this, but if you're doing enough of them, it might make sense. You can edit the database and update the merge very quickly with practice.

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 query : Re: copying selection shape in gimp I'd like to copy selection shape in gimp and then paste it somewhere else (I've got first half of the image and I'd like do make it's mirror reflection). Do

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Do not use "selection to path" if you want to be accurate, paths are not intended for this kind of work. If you convert it to path and back while viewing closely, you'll see that it has changed its form a bit.

Selection is stored internally as a channel, so you can use Save to Channel in the Select menu to store it without losing accuracy. Then you can turn on the visibility of the newly created channel and work with it like with a normal layer. To restore, there is Channel to Selection in the channel's context menu and at the bottom of the Channels tab.

But what you actually need is Quick Mask, Alt+Q, small icon at the bottom left of the viewport. It handles all the internals of the described workflow for you. Turn on - and you can handle the selection like a layer, turn off - and the selection is restored. Internally, though, it's a temporary channel, you can switch to Channels and see it.

For simple cases you might also want to use transform operations on the selection right away, just switch Transform to Selection in the tool properties.

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 query : Photoshop RAM usage I have been using Photoshop for a long time now, the version i'm using right now is CC 2017. I've been always asking myself, why is it using so much ram and the .psd

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Hardware #UserExperience

I have been using Photoshop for a long time now, the version i'm using right now is CC 2017.

I've been always asking myself, why is it using so much ram and the .psd files, when saved occupy so much memory. For example i have 7 layers, each of which is an image that weighs 3-4 Mb on the HDD, so that's a total of 21-28 Mb of raw files + some hundreds for the software itself, logically, the RAM usage shouldn't go over 500 Mb or so. The RAM usage goes above 1500 Mb and the rounded project file size goes somewhere around 400 Mb. How can be this explained?

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 query : Re: How to add an outline to a layer that acts as a mask? I'm not sure if this is even possible in Photoshop, but thought I'd ask. So below I have my image that will be exported with a transparent

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Instead of applying the mask to a rasterized version of the layers, you can apply it on a Group folder in the Layers palette. This way any layer placed in that folder with be affected by the mask.

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