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: Adobe Photoshop CS5.0 or 5.5 Where can I find a hard copy (CD) of Photoshop CS5.0 or 5.5. Adobe will no longer support my copy of CS and I would rather not go onto the Cloud and pay a
Where can I find a hard copy (CD) of Photoshop CS5.0 or 5.5. Adobe will no longer support my copy of CS and I would rather not go onto the Cloud and pay a monthly fee because my business at this time is not generating enough money to afford the monthly fee. I am on Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit. I have researched other alternative programs, i.e. Paint.net, GIMP, etc. but they either do not support layers or CMYK. I need a program that will except my current Photoshop CS .psd files as well as support CMYK and layers.
: What is the best tool to draw schematic 3D reference frames/coordinate systems? for my thesis I'm looking for a easy to use method or tool to draw simple 3D diagrams in the form of free body
for my thesis I'm looking for a easy to use method or tool to draw simple 3D diagrams in the form of free body daigrams, reference frames and coordinate systems. I picked a random example of this from google to show the max difficulty:
I've seen Tikz in LaTeX, but considering the fact Tikz's steep learning curve, I figured there must be an easier method.
: Re: How long are designers expected to keep client files? A client recently emailed me asking for the source files from a project I did for them two years ago. I don't have the source files since
Good question and i guess it depends, but generally you as a service provider should always anticipate this situation and be prepared to answer to something like this. Either charge for backup from day one or provide sufficient backup as long as the client provides new work + a number of years of 'complimentary' backup.
I always and repeatedly encourage all my clients to keep their own copy of my deliverables. Be that editable files or just straight PDF exports (when editables are not delivered).
I will never backup files that were circulated and not used. So if a client sends in 500 pictures and we only use 10 in the brochure, i will not save the other 490 pictures when the work is delivered and paid. It is only my actual deliverables that i am backing up. I will also remove all draft PPTs, DOCs, etc we used to complete the job when all the content has been pulled from these.
For larger clients with ongoing work spread over many years, i actually guarantee 3 to 5 years of backup for everything delivered, included in my fees. This is something we write down in the contract and i will have two identical copies of every job on two separate hdd drives, and in some cases even a third cloud backup. The clients know they are paying for this. Some clients actually require me to upload every deliverable to their internal ftp with no exception, but that is also something they are paying for.
For smaller or one-off clients, i will also back up their files indefinitely, but generally tend to clean these up gradually after 3-4-5 years if no other contact has been made for additional work or there is no contract or clause forcing me to keep the files forever.
: Re: Tips for Magazine Cover? School artistic magazine, done in Inkscape. Not sure about the readability of the entirety, nor about the colors for the text. Any tips would be great. Also, someone
Whitespace is good, i would actually shrink down the main illustration (everything above 2018) while keeping it centered, to add some more whitespace at the top and on the sides. I would remove the "/" before 2018 and move the URL up so it gets centered vertically with the round symbol on the left.
: Re: How to get paid for design work? What is the best way to receive payment for one off design work? I have been asked to do some design work for a company logo for my family friend's big
I have used Paypal many times before for one off and even repeat jobs to get payments from the EU or US, nobody really said anything about this being unprofessional.
Larger clients however will probably rather pay to a bank account.
: Re: 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
The circle that is used for the trace should be turned into a path (Select it and do ctrl + shift + c). It is not explicitly shown in the video (She probably used the keyboard shortcut).
: Re: how can I "Save As" after I finish recording (in Action) So Recently I learnt how to record my action on Photoshop. it went smoothly and everything. But, I am having problems while saving.
If I understand your issue correctly, the "save as" was saved as a part of your action with the "Edited1" name you assigned the original image when you recorded the action.
If you want the save as command to allow you to enter a custom name each time, you should remove the recorded "save as" command from your action, and instead insert the "save as" command as a Menu Item.
From your Actions palette, click the upper right "hamburger" menu, then select "Insert Menu Item". A small dialogue box will come up, but all you'll need to do is select File > Save As, which will insert it in that dialogue box. Click "OK" and the Save As command should be added to your action. Now when you run it, the action will pause on the Save As dialogue box to allow you to customize the name/settings.
: Re: How to get this beard effect I am working on a male portrait (which will be printed) where the guy has little beard as seen in the picture below. I have tried all the effects but when
A complex way to get this effect (since as noted by Scott the grain is not even) is to make a grayscale gradient mesh with lighter bits being areas with less stubble and darker with more stubble, then apply the Raster Effect Grain (Effects>Texture>Grain), and select for the grain type Stipple. From there, a simple rasterization (Object>Rasterize or Effect>Rasterize and Object>Expand Appearance) and image trace creates vector grain particles like desired.
: Re: how to move from standard groups into artboard in photoshop? I have business card that is designed in an old photoshop version. I have two main groups one represents the card's front and the
The error message will only appear when you drag groups and layers directly onto the Layers Panel. If you drag them onto the document canvas, the message should not appear. Alternatively, you can use Duplicate Group command from right-click menu of the groups/layers.
I currently don't have Photoshop CC 2015 installed, but I do recall that I've encountered the same error message in CC 2015. In newer versions like CC 2017/2018, the error message won't appear when you drag groups/layers onto Layers Panel, the action simply creates no effect at all.
: Photoshop 19 brush color is always black I'm new to photoshop and very confused about pretty much everything... So for some reason I cant change brush color now Here's video example: https://streamable.com/2le1f
I'm new to photoshop and very confused about pretty much everything...
So for some reason I cant change brush color now
Here's video example:
Image mode is rgb 8 bit, ctrl key not stuck :) Looks like it changing secondary color, and drawing using main color (black)
: Re: Printing gradient over metallic silver I have a logo design that contains gradient which I want to be printed on a metallic silver paper. Should I add a white plate with white gradient behind
The white color is showing because, in offset lithography, the white color is opaque, and the red (or M+Y) is much more transparent.
There are a few options you can make in this cases:
don't use the white plate behind red (only for the lettering). In that
case, you will get a darker, rich color with a metallic effect, and it looks great, but it depends on the look and feel you wish to accomplish. If you need a strong red, avoid this option.
if using a white background, the gradient shouldn't be the same as the red gradient, because you'll encounter the issue you already have. The gradient should start somewhere around the position of the letter "P" in your logo and end around "T". Basically, it should be shorter, and than you won't see the white behind the red gradient.
the third option is to start the white
gradient with 50-70% white, and finish in 0%, so that you don't have
a solid white at all in that area. What you`ll accomplish with this
approach is to get a nice red, but it will get some depth to it,
because a small amount of metallic paper will shine through and
interact with the transparent red. This way you get the best of both
worlds - using the advantages of a more expensive metalized paper and
the opaqueness of white. You may need to make a test with reducing or
enhancing the pressure of white plate during the print process to get
the right result.
: Scribus is an Open Source software. Use File/Open... to open the EPS file and then File/Export/As SVG... to save the result as an SVG file. Unlike ImageMagick, it will keep the vector format.
Scribus is an Open Source software. Use File/Open... to open the EPS file and then File/Export/As SVG... to save the result as an SVG file. Unlike ImageMagick, it will keep the vector format.
Scribus has scripting capabilities and if I get this page right, the function name for exporting is ImageExport() but there's no example on how to use it.
Update: in Scribus 1.4.6, there's no export functionality for SVG via ImageExport(). I did
svg = scribus.ImageExport()
which only gives me the types 'bmp', 'ico', 'jpeg', 'jpg', 'png', 'ppm', 'tif', 'tiff', 'xbm' and 'xpm'.
Scribus 1.5.3 adds 'cur', 'dds', 'icns', 'pbm', 'pgm', 'wbmp and 'webp', but still has no SVG export.
I have opened a feature request.
: Gradient transparency turns to grey I have a problem with gradient in Illustrator from black 100% to black 0% transparency, the transition between them appears grey
I have a problem with gradient in Illustrator
from black 100% to black 0% transparency, the transition between them appears grey
: Re: How do I reduce .pdf file sizes? I had to add bleeds and enlarge an eight-page complex PDF. Traditional methods of working directly in Adobe or within InDesign were not feasible. I had to
When you save your file from illustrator to pdf make sure unckheck illustrater editing capabilities, embed page thumbnails. Also check compression to downloadable sample to 150dpi.Make sure the pictures used are also to a minimal size (image size).
: How can i make an image quality compare between 2 different formats? I'm writing about the new Alliance for Open Media (AOM) AV1 codec. I'm looking to compare it to the older JPG on the same
I'm writing about the new Alliance for Open Media (AOM) AV1 codec. I'm looking to compare it to the older JPG on the same image to show the quality difference.
While looking I couldn't find any images that I could use under CC3 or lower so I decided to make my own comparison.
My question is, how do I make it in a proper way to lower the quality of the images to the point where it will not show the correct difference between AV1 and JPG?
: Outlining a piece of text in Illustrator or Indesign Hello, I want to make a nice outline or stroke effect, preferably in Indesign. I have tried to make the stroke thicker but it just makes
Hello, I want to make a nice outline or stroke effect, preferably in Indesign. I have tried to make the stroke thicker but it just makes the centre of the word/writing thinner in colour. I want to outline the whole word (like the white area).
: Re: How can I make a logo have a negative space stroke in Inkscape? I have this logo ↑ and I want its stroke to be negative/transparent so that it can look like this ↓ How do I do
So you have 2 overlapping paths with a heavy black stroke, and want to remove the strokes and anything behind the strokes.
Let's call your 2 paths P1 and P2.
Select them both and duplicate (ctrl-D), to produce duplicates P1d and P2d.
Keep these duplicates selected and call Path -> Stroke to path. This will convert the strokes of P1d and P2d into black hollow paths.
Select P2d and duplicate it; we'll need it twice. Now you have P1, P2, P1d, P2d and P2dd.
We don't want strokes on the final figures, so select P1 and P2 and remove the stroke (stroke width 0, or no stroke paint).
Select P1 and P1d, and call Path -> Difference (ctrl--). This will remove the area used by the black frame P1d from P1.
Select P2 and P2d, call Path -> Difference. This will remove the area of the black frame from P2.
Select P1 and P2dd, call Path -> Difference. This will remove P2's black frame from P1.
Now you are done. You may want to group or combine the 2 resulting paths into a group or a single path respectively.
: White text disappearing when printed from Illustrator I am trying to print something that has a black background, but white text. It has a few different text squares. Every time I try to
I am trying to print something that has a black background, but white text. It has a few different text squares.
Every time I try to print, one of the three text boxes disappears. I can see it on my print preview and on my artboard, but it will not print.
I’ve had this issue before where I would have to mess with the layers and send things to the front or back, but this is not the case.
I have done everything I could possibly think of. When I move one of the text boxes to the front and then the other two disappear when I print. If I move the other two text boxes to the front, or even try to group all three text boxes and one or two, respectively, just disappear when I print my page.
It’s not an issue of checking the attributes menu; I’ve done all that.
: Re: Designing a flyer in illustrator It's my first time to design a flyer in adobe illustrator, but I have a few questions that may sound naive or easy for all of you as experienced designers.
Try 0,125 inches for the bleed. The printer should be able confirm that, or give you a different value when they see your file after step 3 below.
Normally no quality is lost when placing files. Quality starts to decrease depending on the export settings you'll be using. Which leads to..
When you save a final PDF, choose the 'Press Quality' preset from the PDF export options, and tick the 'All Printer's Marks' and 'Use Document Bleed Settings' options under 'Marks and Bleeds'.
: Re: GIMP: PDF export introduces artifacts on edges where there is no background This is a followup question to gimp: Background removal gives gray fringe, when exported as pdf: To reproduce the problem
I had the same problem and solved it by creating new layer from visible "New from Visible" and then exported this new layer to pdf. I am not sure if that helps Wamseln but in my case it was enough.
: Magic Wand Tool on a Traced Image in Ai I have brought in an image in ai and image traced it to make it a vector. Right now I'm trying to select specific color to blend the image better.
I have brought in an image in ai and image traced it to make it a vector. Right now I'm trying to select specific color to blend the image better. The problem is I can't select anything on the image, nothing happens... what do I do?
Please Help :)
: Adobe Illustrator not printing layers I have created a plat map for my job. Problem is, I have multiple layers for advertisements, a map, my rulers, & borders. I have been trying to print
I have created a plat map for my job. Problem is, I have multiple layers for advertisements, a map, my rulers, & borders.
I have been trying to print this map for 2 days & it will NOT print any layers besides my advertisment layer.
I have tried to change every print setting I possibly can & have been trying to scour the internet looking for a solution.
So what I am getting is a sheet full of ads from businesses, but nothing else that I have put on this map.
Im going crazy, please help!!!
: Illustrator - Make clipping mask with a shape and image out of another shape I have one big image. That image needs to be in the shape of a circle, so that's the first shape. But, inside
I have one big image. That image needs to be in the shape of a circle, so that's the first shape. But, inside the image, there needs to be a coloured square, that on the top of the square also has the roundings/shape of the circle. How do I achieve this?
: 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
Coated paper can take less ink than uncoated, because uncoated paper absorbs much more ink, due to its rough surface. Also, depending on the type of paper, TAC can be 220% ( if you have a large amount of print, they can speed up the printing process if there isn't too much ink to dry. The quicker the print process, the better (from the printer's point of view).
Also, from their requirements, it seems that it is not a digital press, but an offset lithography one.
In any case, if you have a large area of black, it will definitely look much better if you make it a rich black rather than a 100% black (that may give you a pale look).
If you don't manage to get their color profile, you'll probably have to do it manually
To do so, you can select the layer(s) with black areas and go to image - adjustments - channel mixer; switch to the black channel and add 40% Cyan,40% Magenta,40% Yellow into it. That way you will use the same information you have in the black channel in the other three channels, only the amount will be 40%.
Bellow, you'll get the TAC, for checking.
: Printing on pre-printed awards certificates to complete information I have multiple 8.5 x 11 card stock winner/participation certificates. They have a certain layout and design with a few blanks
I have multiple 8.5 x 11 card stock winner/participation certificates. They have a certain layout and design with a few blanks to fill out specific information. I do not currently have a soft copy of the template, I was only given the actual stock copies, but then again I probably would not wish to go reprint on new stock. I wish to at least fill in the few blanks but perhaps also create a custom image/logo in a blank area of the award if it is not too hard.
What is the best way to accomplish this? I am worried about the printers available to me and working with card stock. Also, I don't have professional graphics packages available to me.
: Re: How to get a color scale representing reflected light I got this wonderful image below from the Wikipedia page on Dodecahedrons. It shows a Tetroid rotating slowly. If you look carefully, it
Okay, I found that the HSL color scale is meant exactly for this (with the 'L' standing for luminosity). So, I just make the L scale linearly with my face angle keeping H and S constant. Here is the Python code for doing this conversion -
h = 136
s = 118
l = 96+64*angle/450
r, g, b = colorsys.hls_to_rgb(h/255.0, l/255.0, s/255.0)
r, g, b = [x*255.0 for x in r, g, b]
This leads to something like this -
: How to get a color scale representing reflected light I got this wonderful image below from the Wikipedia page on Dodecahedrons. It shows a Tetroid rotating slowly. If you look carefully, it
I got this wonderful image below from the Wikipedia page on Dodecahedrons. It shows a Tetroid rotating slowly. If you look carefully, it is clear that the assumption is that there is a light source somewhere outside the screen. If a face reflects more light back to the observer, it appears brighter and if it reflects less light back, it appears darker. I have an idea about how I might get a metric for the amount of light a face is reflecting back at a certain rotation. I can also scale the metric to a value between 0 and 255 (which most color scales assume). However, how do I get the actual rgb values that look like a bright, reflective blue when the metric is high and the darkish blue when the metric is low?
: Waterproof Synthetic Paper Printing 30 mil+ How to? We are developing a field guide and would like a thick card like plastic print. The thickest Synthetic paper we can find is 14 mil and
We are developing a field guide and would like a thick card like plastic print. The thickest Synthetic paper we can find is 14 mil and 20 pt Styrene. Essentially what we are looking for is something like a credit card but full size paper. Any pointers?
: Re: How do I convince my boss that grey font is legible? One of the big bosses at my company is up in arms about "grey font" right now. Even using the dark grey from our style guide for text
Your boss is right. Maximum contrast is best for reading. If you think it is hurting your eyes, think brightness, not contrasts. There is no scientific evidence that anything less than maximum contrast is a good thing. If you read otherwise then what you are reading is false.
: How to export 72 dpi and get normal quality image I have designed portfolio at 72 dpi, so when I exported as pdf got horrible quality. Can I do anything to get normal quality? I exported
I have designed portfolio at 72 dpi, so when I exported as pdf got horrible quality. Can I do anything to get normal quality? I exported png which is fine when displayed in browser but in picture viewer you have to zoom (because it's too long)