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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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I do not understand what is the distortion, because I asume a pyramid has flat faces.

If you are looking for a specific projection, for example seeing the image from a top view, a cenital view, I would use a 3D program like Blender, project the image and unwrap the texture.

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 query : Gradient Map in Illustrator Is there a way to create a gradient map effect in illustrator? I tried different bledning modes but I cant get it to look the the photoshop version. Thanks in advance

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #AdobePhotoshop #Gradient #PhotoshopEffects

Is there a way to create a gradient map effect in illustrator?
I tried different bledning modes but I cant get it to look the the photoshop version.
Thanks in advance for the help.

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 query : Re: How to "italicize" a word in an italic context? If you want to emphasize a word in a roman text, but don't want the effect last long in the readers, you make it italic. In an already italic

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My current choice is to use a different font on the word. I can't explain this, but I find roman in italic or bold italic don't convey they same psychological effect as how italic in roman does. How to know which typeface should be used, given a contextual typeface?

An alternative choice is suggested in Emphasis (typography) - Wikipedia:


In Internet usage, asterisks are sometimes used for emphasis (as in "That was *really* bad").


I think it's not conventional (since it's an "internet usage"), so it might depend on how the readers familiar with this.

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 query : Script to place a circle on the center of of all my strokes I have a design I'd like to laser cut and need to put a circle in the center of the red lines. Is there a way to place

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #IllustratorScripting

I have a design I'd like to laser cut and need to put a circle in the center of the red lines.

Is there a way to place a circle in the center of each line without having to do it manually and keeping the thickness editable?

For instance, if I change the thickness of the red line, the thickness of the circle would also change.

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 query : Adobe Acrobat Fillable Text Form Bkg Color I'm trying to change the bkg color of my editable text field I'm creating in Acrobat. I make the text box, right-click into Properties > Appearance

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Posted in: #AdobeAcrobat #Pdf

I'm trying to change the bkg color of my editable text field I'm creating in Acrobat.

I make the text box, right-click into Properties > Appearance > Fill Color pick a color but it doesn't register. I've pressed Return, ESC and nothing works.

Anything that I'm missing?

(Attached a screenshot of the window)

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 query : Re: Best transparency method to achieve CMYK offset effect In Illustrator, using pure color shapes (100% cyan, 100% magenta, etc.) what’s the best method to overlay them so this effect is obtain

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If you just want to do it visually then just set the transparency to multiply as you've figured out. You can just set everything at once without worrying about folders.



If you want the black look like it's mixing, make sure you're not using a rich black (i.e. one with CMY components). You may want to lighten the black a bit to enhance the effect.

If you want to actually have inks mix when printing, which is called overprinting, you need to set that using the attributes panel. But you won't see the effect right away. You have to go to view->overprint preview.

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 query : Tracing drawing with cloned tiles produces different result While following this tutorial tracing the circle over the circle with the gradient produces this result: The result is different from

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Posted in: #Inkscape

While following this tutorial tracing the circle over the circle with the gradient produces this result:



The result is different from the result in the tutorial, and I've retraced my steps several times. Also if I delete the circle that the clones are based on it resets the styling of the clones and makes them all opaque black like this:



Thoughts on what I could be doing differently to get the same result as the tutorial? It it the circle the clones are based on is deletedwithout changing the look of the clones.

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 query : Re: How can I bulk-change the color of text in InDesign? I’ve got a twenty-page document; each page has six text boxes on it with no other content. I want to change the text colour of all

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I believe you can assign a class to text (a bit like CSS) so you can make changes like this in one go...


Oh absolutely!
They're called paragraph styles and using them is definitely one of the 10 Indesign commandments! Maybe the 1st one ^^ (see helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/paragraph-character-styles.html)

Anyway, since you haven't used them, you can use the Find/Replace feature to apply one.
Question is: what is common to all your texts? Color maybe?

Let's imagine you got black text and you want it blue.
Use the Find/Replace feature to "catch" all black text and... change it to blue?

Possible but... nooo!!! Apply a paragraph style (set to blue text) instead...

See example below. Of course, in my example, all black text will be changed, so you have to figure out what specs make your text unique. Could be a combination of many things (color, font size, font name, etc...)

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 query : Re: Inkscape insert text after importing pdf I am trying to edit text from a PDF file - but when I enter the new text, it jumbles it up. What do I need to do to fix this? For instance, below

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To restore normal editing functionality of text in tspan element, set the x-attribute of the tspan element to 0:

<tspan
id="tspan10880"
sodipodi:role="line"
y="0"
x="0">Percent Maximum Concentration</tspan>





Select internal importer during the import
Edit the xml using the Inkscape XML Editor Edit > XML Editor
Tested with inkscape 0.92.2

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 query : Extracting the shadows layer of an image? I have an image of a pillow, I need to create another png image which is only the shadows of this image, so for : I need to get a png with

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop

I have an image of a pillow, I need to create another png image which is only the shadows of this image, so for :



I need to get a png with the shadows and wrinkles on the edges, so that if I put it on another flat pillow mask (just a flat shape), it will look real.

What are the steps to do that (not a pro user)

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 query : Re: Cut A4 design to A5 for printing I design a 32 pages (excluding cover and back) A5 (A4 folded to center) booklet. While designing, I put page 1-2 in one A4 landscape format artboard, 3-4

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Indesign has a "Print Booklet" feature that does exactly this.

Place the pages in the order you'll read them into Indesign using "facing pages". Rearrange at will and when you're ready go to File->Print Booklet and select "saddle stitch" – that's what this kind of binding is called. You're page count has to be a multiple of 4, so you may need to add a blank page or 2 (typically an inside cover).

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 query : Re: A font with custom ligatures (for music)? I want to make a custom music font that can be typed in Microsoft Word 2010, but I cannot get custom ligatures to work. In Word 2010, I have in

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If you have the time, I urge you to ignore suggestions to don't-even-try-and-use-something-already-done, and at least try to do the new thing you propose. Thus, you can start by reading The OpenType Cookbook in order to understand how the features, lookups, substitutions, etc. work. Then read more and keep asking if you need help. As far as I know, it is possible to do what you want, but can require some trickery.

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 query : Re: Looking to replicate a comic coloring of early 90s(not just using the half tone filter) Here is my image with flat colors, colors with the halftone filter, and a comic page I am trying to

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Interesting topic.

First of all, you are probably using the same palette, but you are not using it in the same proportions. Here are your paint jars at the end of the day:



Second. You CAN NOT simulate a print effect if you do not know what that printing technique was about.

A.

The style of the print depended on how much ink the paper can hold.
So you did not want too much ink on the paper.

B.

The black plate was not screened. Only the color plates.



Here is a process you can use.

1. I "Corrected" the overall look of the image simply using curves to a lighter version, but keeping the black as black.



2. Convert your file to CMYK using a specific color profile, probably uncoated newsprint (I was lazy and only used a standard coated one)

3. The black needs to be adjusted, to eliminate any light gray. The black needs to be a Line Art (See Point B at the top)



4. Here are the 4 plates separated. Now you can see that where you have the black color you also have Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. That is too much ink and makes the print dirty. (Look at point A at the top)



5. The way to clean it is to invert the black plate and add it to the cyan. That way, where black ink is, there is no more cyan one.



6. Do that to all 3 channels and you have a clean color set.



7. You can now apply the halftone effect to this file. I dropped the black channel because remember, You do not want the black channel to be screened.



8. Add the unscreened black plate.



And done.



The point here is that not only the image "looks " screened and with color separation, it has it because it is in CMYK mode. (the colors could look crazy on the browser but you can download it and see it in Photoshop.)



(You can avoid a lot of these steps preparing your file correctly from start)



Update. RGB output.

If you do not want to print the file, and you want to keep the RGB color mode, blend the black channel (to the CMY file converted to RGB) with multiply blend mode. This way the black will not look Grayish.





Some comments. I am not using Photoshop here. I used Corel PhotoPaint, that gas a really good channel separation to separated files so I could illustrate this in an efficient way.

It also has a configurable halftone filter that allows you to have different dot size, so you need to play with the scale of the dot.

Here are two different dot sizes.

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 query : How to extract in batch images from one file in Illustrator? I have a huge amount of seamless patterns. There is anywhere from 1-25 patterns per file. I want to extract each pattern to a

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #BatchProcessing #IllustratorScripting

I have a huge amount of seamless patterns. There is anywhere from 1-25 patterns per file.

I want to extract each pattern to a separate file.

Is there any automated or semi-automated way to do this?

I'd like to output is as .AI, as I want to make one more batch operation.



Update:

(with requests from comments)


Version: CC 2018.
Every pattern is on it's own layer (and numbers are on a different layer)
Solutions which appear in suggested question do not allow to save as AI.

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 query : How to repeat automatically seamless pattern in Photoshop? Let's say I already have a seamless pattern. For example this one: I'd like to quickly repeat it 4 times. So the result would be:

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Patterns

Let's say I already have a seamless pattern. For example this one:


I'd like to quickly repeat it 4 times.

So the result would be:



Is there any automated way to do this in Photoshop, instead of resizing the workspace then copying and placing it three more times?

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 query : Re: Indesign - Acrobat Reader - Custom design checkboxes When I create an document in InDesign and put some different kind of checkboxes in it that are provided by InDesign. And afterwards export

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This is due to the (annoying) "Highlight existing fields" feature.

You can turn it off in Acrobat, but be aware this is an application setting, not a document one. So, even if the PDF is displayed fine for you, this feature might be turned on in any other user application.

Now, here comes the trick: you can use a small JavaScript code in order to turn it off by default while opening the PDF.

In Acrobat Pro, go Tools > JavaScript > Document JavaScripts, create a new Script (name it as you wish), click add and replace the existing bit by:

app.runtimeHighlight = false;


Click OK and you are done.

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 query : Re: How do I adjust the level of black in a photoshop file? I don't claim to be an expert in print media, but I have been getting stuff printed professionally for a while. Today I'm using a

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They are asking for a specific case of rich black. Take a look at this post and answer. When should I use rich black? and What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

But in this specific case, in my opinion, they are asking for an old, archaic, pre-digital era rich black.

Today, the maximum ink "the press can take" TAC (Total area coverage) should be given by the color profile they are using.

The values that they are asking c40+m40+y40+k100 equals 220. a 220 could be the maximum ink a paper+ink+climate+press combination can take, yes, then you need to find a color profile that gives you that TAC. But normally those low levels of ink are for uncoated paper.

But even if you are using an uncoated paper, those values are "artificial".

If you are using a coated paper, on a flat sheeted press, the values are given by a profile like Swop 2, or Fogra 27 that have a TAC of 300%. A lower percentage could be required using coated paper but in rotography.

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 query : Re: Printing a logo on a 3x2.3m im new here so sorry if i do any mistakes in explaining. I've been doing graphic design works but explicitly for online and digital usage, never print. Now, im

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It is hard to tell from the screenshot, so here`s a few things you should do:


make the logo in real dimensions
use vectors, not image (when you go to outline mode, you should see the outlines of the logo, not an image box)
make sure to define the logo in a color that will be printed. If black as on screenshot, define it as CMYK 0/0/0/100 or choose a single Pantone black from swatches. It depends on the type of media and printing technique you`ll be using
the picture you plan to attach should be CMYK in a right color profile (ask the printers which they prefere)
for billboards and similar large formats usually 150 dpi is enough resolution (or even less - 72 or 100) but, that`s also the information that dependes on purpose - to make sure, also ask the printer house


Hope to be of an assistance and best of luck!

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 query : Re: Consistent Color Management Across Printers How do you manage a specific color, to print consistently across different printers / ICC profiles? I have a long time client and their brand color

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Color-profiling your printer will not assure color consistency that you seek.
To make sure you have at least a close approximation of it, you should ask the print house their color profile (every printing machine has different). But that seems to be to much work every time you change a printers and it still does not guarantee color accuracy.

So, to keep it simple, you may do the following:


define colors in CMYK (because they have to convert from RGB to CMYK in order to print)
if possible, define the Pantone colors, that`s the safest way (bare in mind that Pantone colors are not always reproduced properly on your printer, depending on the color gamut - to make sure, check the Pantone color chart)
ask the print house to make a color proof which you should approve before the production
attend the approval process at the print house
if you can`t attend it, make sure to send a color example (of previous production) to the print house, and ask them to match it with delta E less than 3 (that is for most colors acceptable difference)

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 query : Embed files to an illustrator project I dragged and drop some PSD files into a project in Illustrator CS5. I want to remove them from my desktop, but if I do that, then they will disappear

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Embedded #FilePlacing

I dragged and drop some PSD files into a project in Illustrator CS5.
I want to remove them from my desktop, but if I do that, then they will disappear from my project.

What can I do in my project now (already opened with these files), to copy all current PSDs from desktop so I can delete them from my desktop ?

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 query : How can I fill a contour? I'm as astonished as ashamed. I know my limitations, I know I'm way, way far of even leaving the basic level in terms of design, but I simply can't find a way

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Posted in: #AdobePhotoshop #Fill

I'm as astonished as ashamed. I know my limitations, I know I'm way, way far of even leaving the basic level in terms of design, but I simply can't find a way of fill a random contour I've downloaded in order to make a cursor icon (not ico/cur though).

This is the image (credits):



It was the less ugly I could find but it's transparent outside the contour and inside. This doesn't work for me because, as a cursor, it would be hard to see it when hovering colourful elements.

So I tried to fill the inner part of the hand, making it solid white, like a glove, but of all my attempts, or the contour would become ugly crispy or the painting wasn't "solid enough" — mostly because when I use the Brush Tool I have to paint over and over again the same region to get it a fully solid painting (probably I'm doing wrong).

Anyway, it sounds a simple thing, but I've seen simple things before having a rather complicated way to solve — hope not — but how do I do that?

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 query : Re: Customer wants a Layered PDF? I recently designed the layout on an album cover. Upon sending the files for print, they said that they have a problem "separating the template from the artwork"

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First of all, you do not need to send to print something that does not need to be printed. The "template" could mean that you are sending guidelines or grids that you used but does not form part of the artwork, so do not send it in the pdf.

If you do need a mark it should be either in a crop mark or in a separated file (or page) with the respective crop marks to align them.

One option is that you send them the layered .AI file with the fonts converted to paths.



P.S. You should NOT use Photoshop to do your finished design. Use only to do the art, the image, and add the texts in Illustrator, or Corel, or Indesign.

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 query : Re: Adobe Illustrator: A transparent background for an character of a file pdf First question: I'm starting to use Adobe Illustrator recently. I would like to know what are the commands to convert

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Illustrator uses a transparent background by default.
If you open an illustrator document or a illustrator-made PDF in Photoshop, you'll see that the background is transparent.
Illustrator simulates the white background.
If you want to work without it, choose View > Show Transparency Grid.

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 query : How to make bibliography tailored for non-academic readers? Perhaps all bibliography styles in research papers are in plain text. The authors are cited first, then the actual titles of the work

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Posted in: #AcademicPublishing #Critique #Typography

Perhaps all bibliography styles in research papers are in plain text. The authors are cited first, then the actual titles of the work in citing, then other information. This is because for the researchers the authors might be more important than the works being cited.


Mason, P. and R. Kreger. Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life
Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality
Disorder. New Harbinger Publications, 2010.

Arnold, Douglas and Jonathan Rogness. Möbius transform revealed.


But what bibliography style would serve non-academic readers better? The titles might be more important than everything else, so it should be highlighted, and the rest are put in contrast with it. Google Scholar does this style, and I copy it:



Do you have any suggestions/improvements? I think the titles are a little over-emboldened, but they are quite plain if aren't.



FYI: How to make a bibliography with Google Scholar style? in TeX

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 query : Should headings divide space unequally and be close to the border? This is a chapter heading of an ebook style of LaTeX, and it divides space unequally. Small phone screen doesn't mean it need

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Posted in: #Borders #Critique #Latex #Typography #WhiteSpace

This is a chapter heading of an ebook style of LaTeX, and it divides space unequally. Small phone screen doesn't mean it need to be close to the top border to make the reading flow rushy, does it?

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 query : Re: Minimizing Image Quality Loss with Initial Image Size? I know there are a few questions regarding reducing image size while minimizing image quality, and my question relates to it, but I'm more

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The best resolution to start an image of 500x500px is... 500x500px.

I have the feeling that you want to reinvent the wheel or something. But lets explore the matter a bit.



Any resampling or resizing of an image means it has some manipulation on the data. This not always means "loos of quality" but it implies manipulation of the information, the information carried by each pixel is somehow manipulated.

Depending on the type of image, a graph, a vector drawing, an heraldic shield or a modern simple logo, a photo of a gothic cathedral or a photo of a 70's furniture... it can react good or not so good to this change in information.

Another factor is your source device, if you have a camera of 24Mpx to take your picture, the best resolution would be... taking the original photo at 24Mpx.



The neverending recommendation. If you can make an image in vector format, do it, if you have a decent camera that takes nice pictures, use it.



A couple of specific recommendation I would make. If you are going to make a digital paint, do it about the same size of a 24Mpx photo, 6000x4000px. You will not have a slow monster to work with, but at the same time, you have a good size to resample to whatever size you want.

Of course, resampling it to 500x500px will need a crop and you will lose a lot of details, but you have your original with you, probably that 500x500px image is only a thumbnail.



There are times where the antialiasing system of the program where you are creating the image is not the best one. For example, a render engine of a 3D program can render some noise, or the aliasing of diagonal lines on the exported vector logo can look like a saw. In those cases go to the simplest formula. Make it twice as big, so generate a 1000x1000px image. Now you can play with the settings of your raster program, use a bicubic, sharpen it or whatever you want.

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 query : Re: GIMP: 'move layer' stops working I'm having intermittent problems with GIMP, where the 'move layer' command suddenly stops working. The mouse pointer changes to the one below: When I make an

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Ran into a similar problem (for text boxes) where the Move tool would not change focus (ie: dotted outline changes to the text box I click on. Turns out I had the Layers windows in 'Paths' mode. When I switched back to Layers, the problem was 'fixed'.

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 query : Re: 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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This is not a legal advice.

I really do not understand the question. Products of what? Examples and tutorials on what? Cutscenes of what?

Well. There are sites where you can use some images with or without attribution, for example, freepik or pixabay. There are some sites where you can buy a royalty-free license.

You could find some mockups and use an invented brand. www.google.com.mx/search?q=mockups+free
The thing you are mentioning is an "editorial use" sometimes movies release material publicly so people comment on it.

What you can not do is infer in any way the product you are using is endorsing yours or your product is part of the workflow of a specific campaign.



Always read carefully the licenses on the resources you use, and make a text-log on the same folder you put your material.

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 query : Re: Dividing a 1GB JP2 image into equal small images I want to divide a 1GB pathology JP2 image into smaller images so I can work with them in MATLAB. As it's a large image I could not read

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The Matlab Image Processing toolbox allows you to read, write and convert image files.

Are you going to process the reduced resolution images in Matlab? If so, check the functions to work with large image files. The rsetwrite function allows you to create reduced resolution images from big files (R-Sets), which then you can load with the imtool function, for example.

If you only need to convert between image formats, or definitely the image is so big that you cannot read it in memory, use any image processing software to downsample it. For converting among practically any image format, you could use ImageMagick, which lets you work with gigabyte-sized images and allows downsampling as well.

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