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 query : Re: How to create a smooth 3D effect on text? In Inkscape, I used to be able to apply the combined lighting filter over text for a great smooth, 3d lighting effect on text but am not able to

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I had a quick look at this, and it looks like it might be a bug. Comparing the Bevels > Combined Lighting filter in Inkscape 0.48 and 0.92, there is some difference in how the filter is working, even though the settings seem to be the same. Funny thing is, if I copy and paste something from 0.48 into 0.92, it works. So there must be something different in the way 0.92 is applying the same filter. It doesn't seem to be a rendering problem, because 0.92 can display the filter from 0.48 just fine.

I've shared the SVG here if anyone more knowledgeable wants to investigate further.

This is a screenshot of the two effects side by side, shown in Inkscape 0.92



Update:

On further investigation of the XML, I noticed that there are some differences in the SVG for the text. In 0.48 there seems to be a transform matrix being added, so alerting me to the fact that the effect is somehow being scaled differently with the text in 0.92. So I experimented in 0.92, and applied the combined lighting filter to a larger piece of text, then simply scaled it down afterwards. And voila, it seems to work! Not exactly a fix, but at least a workaround with only a little more faffing.

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 query : How do I make a hanging indent on right-aligned text in InDesign? I am formatting a Hebrew bible in InDesign for my class, but I'm having trouble with making indents in a way that I can

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign #Alignment #Typography

I am formatting a Hebrew bible in InDesign for my class, but I'm having trouble with making indents in a way that I can apply it to the entire copy.

It currently looks like this:



But I want it to look like this:



Is there anyway (1) to do this easily and (2) apply it to every line in the book? There are over 600 pages and I'd like to avoid doing it manually, if possible. I've looked into a number of articles explaining tabs and indents, but I can't seem to find anything relating to something like this.

Thanks.

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 query : Re: How to achieve wavy text effect on Illustrator I would like to achieve the "Nature" Text effect. If this effect has a name I can search for it, but I don't know where to start. Thank you.

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I assume you are asking how to distort some text. If not, please edit your question and add more details about what you mean by "effect". If you are simply talking about the writing and how it looks, it may be hand drawn (as I suspect, because none of the letters are the same), or you could use a handwriting font.

Anyhoo, to distort text, you can use Object > Transform > Shear. Set the options to Vertical, and change the Shear Angle as desired



Alternatively, if you want something more controllable, for example if there are curves involved, then you can use Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh

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 query : Convert shapes and lines into a single outline Coming back to Illustrator after many years away, and I seem to have forgotten how to do what seems really elementary. Forgive my quick hand sketches...

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator

Coming back to Illustrator after many years away, and I seem to have forgotten how to do what seems really elementary. Forgive my quick hand sketches... I drew some circles (blue) and lines (black):



I want to convert everything into a single path out of which I can delete specific segments, and end up with this final shape:



What obvious method am I missing, O great hive mind?

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 query : Re: Tips for designing a logo? I just joined these boards in hope to find some guidance. I am not particularly a graphic designer, but I am working on designing my own logo. I have limited knowledge

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It's not a bad logo so far.


Fix the perspective of the text
Reduce it to 2 colors. You should figure out colors for web and print. For print you should decide on two Pantone colors.
If you already like the colors you have you can use photoshop to get an idea of what Pantone colors are close. Then you would go back to Illustrator and open swatches, then color books, select the pantone colors and apply it.



How to fix the perspective!

The one major thing I would suggest is to fix the perspective of the text using the free transform tool.

You can click on the gif for a larger image.

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 query : Re: How to make GIFs open with navigator by default? I have several looped animated GIFs, that I like to place in one USB stick. I'd like the person who plugs this stick in whatever computer

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Upload the GIFs onto an image sharing site, like imgur. Then all you need to do is send the person the link.

The above method also avoids the use of memory sticks altogether, as these are sometimes seen as a security threat in some organisations.

Animated GIFs are designed to be viewed in a Browser. Windows default photo viewer will not play them. You could tell the person to click and drag the GIF files into their browser. There is no way to get a gif file to open in a browser by default on someone else's computer, since you'd have to change settings on that person's computer.

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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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Actually yes, that is possible now with the most recent version of Photsohop. But not for all fonts, only Adobe's Typekit fonts. For all other fonts, you'll need to download manually and install on your system.

Adobe Photoshop CC and some other Creative Cloud applications are now integrated with the AdobeTypekit website. If you need a font, you can click on Type > Add fonts from Typekit, which will launch the Typekit website in your browser, where you can Sync them to your Creative Cloud account. Then the fonts will then be automatically downloaded and available in your applications.

Obviously, you will be limited to Adobe's own Typekit fonts for this functionality to work. Other fonts from other vendors have nothing to do with Adobe, but despite this limitation, it's a still an absolutely wonderful new feature.

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 query : How to clearly see what is process and spot colors in the swatches palette How can you clearly see the differences between process and spot colors in the swatches palette in Illustrator? I

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Color #Pantone #Swatches

How can you clearly see the differences between process and spot colors in the swatches palette in Illustrator?

I have issues seeing which are spot colors and which are process colors. Is there a simple way to see the difference?

Besides these little triangle things.

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 query : Re: Google has removed the "Download Image" link, what changes should I make as a designer? Thanks to a lawsuit by the large stock congolomerate Getty Images (which also owns iStock) Google has

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Yes, an interesting development, but the truth is nothing much has really changed, it's only cosmetic - and I suspect only to please their lawyers.

You can still right click and "view image" in Firefox, or "open image in new tab" in Chrome. Of course most ordinary people won't know this. Google clearly takes most of its users for idiots! You basically can't stop someone from stealing an image off the web if they are determined enough to do so.

Also, google isn't the only search engine offering an image search.

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 query : How can Make A Simple Website Look Like This? I'm trying to make a webpage that resembles the simple design of this website: v8web.com Does anyone have an idea how this can be done? Any templates

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Posted in: #WebsiteDesign

I'm trying to make a webpage that resembles the simple design of this website:

v8web.com

Does anyone have an idea how this can be done? Any templates in particular?

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 query : Why does the color change when I add certain images? I'm working on my CV and I've picked colors that are RGB friendly and the image I want to put in there is in an RGB mode, but when

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign #Color

I'm working on my CV and I've picked colors that are RGB friendly and the image I want to put in there is in an RGB mode, but when I place it, the colors dim and become disgusting. See below. Any ideas what's going on here? Is it just because it's a color that can't be printed in RGB? If so, why is it even on the RGB spectrum?

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 query : Re: Layer comps in Illustrator I've searched for this, but I suppose it's not very common. I am web design enthusiast and I want to make different states for buttons and etc. Personally I don't

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There's nothing to stop you from designing buttons manually in Illustrator, but there is no button functionality in illustrator for adding different button states to a single button.

I suppose you could put different states on different layers, group them into a Button, and enable or disable the layers as required. Although entirely possible, Illustrator would be somewhat cumbersome for this.

For example

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 query : Re: Image project with multiple selections, export to separate files For a hobby gamedev project I'm looking for a way to automate the following workflow, can be in any photo/image editing tool.

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A (partial / not yet working) solution for GIMP, using a fast semi-automated process of "make a selection, save it as PNG, repeat":


Put the Save Area script into a file ~/.gimp-2.8/scripts/savearea.scm (or the equivalent place on Windows / Mac OS X).
Start GIMP.
Go to "Edit → Keyboard Shortcuts" and assign a keyboard shortcut to the "File → Save area" menu item (the one added by the script you installed). You can use a single key without modifier, for example /.
To use the script:


Make a selection.
Press the shortcut you assigned to access the "File → Save area" feature, and save the selection to a file.
Repeat for all selections you want to save.



Caveats: The script was last updated in 2007, so will probably not work in a current GIMP 2.8 (I did not test it though). But it's a partial solution that could be fixed. Also the installation instructions mention that if the script does not work, one should convert the source images to a different format. PNG with "Image → Mode → RGB" seems a good choice, as the script uses that format itself to save the selections.

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 query : Re: dynamic symbols color change I am using dynamic symbols for a bunch of icons and when I create a dynamic symbol in black, color editing for individual symbols(which doesn't affect the master

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Recolouring of Dynamic symbols does work.

However, in the parent Symbol, I suspect you have chosen a black from the list of greys in the monochrome swatches. Don't do that. It breaks the functionality. Set your black as the black from the list of coloured swatches instead.



If you do that, everything works as expected.

For example, here I have an all-black symbol, with recoloured instances.

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 query : Re: Why are rounded corners in InDesign not perfectly round? At first glance, everything looks fine... Circle is 2p and square behind has rounded corners of 1p but if the stroke is removed, there

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Probably because neither the rounded corners nor the circles are true mathematically perfect arcs/circles.

Applications like InDesign, Illustrator and others that are used for vector graphics, use Bézier curves to approximate arcs/circles. They are close, but not perfect.

Also another thing is that transitions from a straight line into a sudden arc can sometimes look a bit odd - so there may some smoothing of the curves going on, to make the transition less extreme, so that it's more pleasing to the eye.

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 query : Re: Tiling problem in krita Can't upload GIF because of file size limit, shows up "file not supported when adding imgur link so here's the GIF explaining my problem:- Tiling problem krita As you

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I think the problem is because you still have a selection made

To fix it, click Select > Deselect, after pasting, then move the artwork.

See this example

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 query : Re: Logo import into antenna photo I photographed antenna a lot of diffrent perspective like this and i have to add company logo into all antena bowl. I wonder that can i creat a smart object

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Yes you can.

Apply an Edit > Transform > Warp, to a Smart Object. In the example below, I have a simple logo on a white background, converted to a Smart Object, and the layer mode set to multiply.

When added to a Smart Object, Photoshop remembers the Warp mesh, and it can be adjusted at any time. You can also use the Perspective, and Distort transforms in the same way.

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 query : Should I rasterize or expand fonts in Illustrator for sending files to print? When preparing art work in Illustrator, is it better to rasterize texts, fonts or expand them? I'm trying to discover,

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Fonts

When preparing art work in Illustrator, is it better to rasterize texts, fonts or expand them?

I'm trying to discover, which of these options is most suitable for sending the file to a printer or client. I've used expand and it's worked well.

Does rasterize do a better job of a crisp clear text? At times it is needed, but a editable copy is always kept.

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 query : Re: Effect asking of Logo Does anyone know how can i do the effect of R? I use any adobe tools. Please see attachment

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I'd probably use Illustrator.

A blend inside a clipping mask would work. These are just hexagons. Draw two rows, one wide, one thin, then blend them. Put the blend inside a clipping mask.

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 query : Re: Anyone know a specific approach for creating these fluid liquid graphics? Or know of resources? This is a bit of a broad question I'm aware of, but I'm sure I can be pointed in the right

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The name I associate with this is Japanese marbling, which the Japanese call suminagashi.

If you search youtube, there are videos which show the traditional process which basically uses inks, soap, water, and paper.

I suppose it could be simulated digitally, using the Liquify tool in Photoshop as others have mentioned, or even in GIMP with it's iWarp filter which is similar, however there's nothing to stop you from doing it using the traditional method, and scanning the result.

Another form of marbling is Turkish marbling, but the patterns are much more regular. These were often traditionally used inside book covers.

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 query : Re: What programs do designers use to illustrate reports' graphs and maps? I am designing monthly and biweekly reports which have many maps and charts. For the maps, I am using ArcGIS but for the

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I'd say some of these are custom-made, perhaps based on Excel or similar, but then re-done on top. If you use a program to quickly visualize the information, it should be quite easy to draw something original using the proportions from your original output - especially if you already use Illustrator!

Alternatively, you could create the graphs using an online service, but that means in most cases you will have to start from scratch if there's a change. I haven't tried these myself, but a quick search suggests:


Plot.ly (these look pretty sharp!)
Raw Graph (is on GitHub)
Draw.io (mostly for diagrams)

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 query : Re: How to draw a 3d arrow going up in illustrator (example provided)? Can someone tell me how to do it like the picture above in illustrator? I first drew an arrow (a rectangle and a triangle

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This is a particularly quick and poor arrow just for demonstration purposes.

I made the arrow from a triangle, rectangle and pathfinder to unite them.

Next I used the 3D options to extrude it. (This is optional, you could just draw it yourself and you might have to for certain shapes)

Next I deleted the parts I didn't want and recolored it with a simple gradient.

If you put more work into it yours will look better. You can of course bend your arrow the way you want it to be bent. If the pen tool is too daunting for you, you can try the curvature tool to bend it which is easier for beginners and can sometimes be faster once you get used to it.

Since you're new I'll show you an example of how the curvature tool works. The hotkey is shift + ~ You'd be using that an A to switch back and forth between selecting it and manipulating it if you wanted to get a faster workflow.

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 query : Re: Batch resize images with different background colors My goal is to achieve the following: Batch resize images with different background colors I already use Photoshop to batch process and center

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If the images are not at 1:1 aspect ratio, you could try editing the problematic ones before you do the batch processing, to make them the right aspect ratio.

So, open one of these images, change the canvas size so the aspect ratio is 1:1 (i.e, so that the width and height are exactly the same), unlock the background layer. Add a new background layer under the graphic, and fill with the same colour as the graphic's background, flatten the layers and save.

Another possibility is Content Aware Scaling, although I don't know how well it will work on a graphic as it's generally intended for photographs.

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 query : Re: How to decrease the size of my svg file Attached is an image, new.jpg, which I created in Illustrator and then converted it into SVG as required for a project. I have also used 2 compression

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I tried redrawing your graphic using Inkscape (just for fun!), so that I could use a Clone for the other rainbow star shape instead of having two independent graphics. Using a Clone means the rainbow star only needs to be defined once. I don't think Illustrator can do Clones. Also I used a single line/path with a wide stroke for the star shapes, and the sun background is just a circle. The plain SVG that Inkscape generated was 6.31kb.

But, after using both your compression links, and reducing the decimal places, the final result is 2.38kb. I think you'd be hard pressed to get it any lower without actually simplifying the graphic. I wonder if anyone here can get it even smaller?

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" viewBox="0 0 80 80" height="80mm" width="80mm"><defs><clipPath id="a"><path d="M138.968 162.324c-2.104 1.479-7.174-1.66-9.746-1.69-2.548-.03-7.653 2.992-9.691 1.462-2.057-1.543-.638-7.335-1.404-9.79-.76-2.433-5.211-6.354-4.386-8.765.832-2.433 6.78-2.874 8.877-4.361 2.08-1.474 4.433-6.92 6.981-6.88 2.571.04 4.828 5.56 6.89 7.095 2.045 1.522 7.951 2.078 8.701 4.514.757 2.457-3.795 6.31-4.619 8.745-.816 2.415.481 8.204-1.603 9.67z" fill="none" stroke-linejoin="round" stroke-width="2.1159805" stroke="#f0f0f0"/></clipPath></defs><g transform="translate(0 -217)"><circle r="26.553" cy="259.035" cx="39.335" fill="#ffd42a"/><path d="M35.224 250.152c3.922-2.315 10.725-.141 10.725-.141" fill="none" stroke-linejoin="round" stroke-width="2.11" stroke="#f0f0f0"/><g id="b" fill="none" stroke-linejoin="round"><g clip-path="url(#a)" transform="translate(-106.728 101.77)"><path d="M187.08 175.763a31.966 30.97 0 0 1-31.966 30.97 31.966 30.97 0 0 1-31.965-30.97 31.966 30.97 0 0 1 31.965-30.971 31.966 30.97 0 0 1 31.966 30.97z" stroke-width="8.2" stroke="#00ffc2"/><path d="M195.089 175.763a39.974 38.73 0 0 1-39.975 38.73 39.974 38.73 0 0 1-39.974-38.73 39.974 38.73 0 0 1 39.974-38.73 39.974 38.73 0 0 1 39.975 38.73z" stroke-width="8.2" stroke="#fff000"/><path d="M178.963 175.763a23.848 23.106 0 0 1-23.849 23.106 23.848 23.106 0 0 1-23.848-23.106 23.848 23.106 0 0 1 23.848-23.106 23.848 23.106 0 0 1 23.849 23.106z" stroke-width="8.2" stroke="#72a5fd"/><path d="M203.354 175.763a48.24 46.738 0 0 1-48.24 46.738 48.24 46.738 0 0 1-48.24-46.738 48.24 46.738 0 0 1 48.24-46.739 48.24 46.738 0 0 1 48.24 46.739z" stroke-width="8.36" stroke="#f06450"/></g><path d="M32.314 263.8c-2.103 1.478-7.173-1.66-9.745-1.69-2.548-.03-7.653 2.992-9.692 1.462-2.056-1.544-.638-7.336-1.404-9.79-.759-2.433-5.21-6.355-4.386-8.766.833-2.433 6.78-2.873 8.878-4.36 2.079-1.474 4.433-6.92 6.98-6.88 2.572.04 4.829 5.56 6.891 7.095 2.044 1.522 7.951 2.078 8.7 4.513.757 2.458-3.795 6.31-4.618 8.746-.816 2.414.48 8.204-1.604 9.67z" stroke-width="2.1159805" stroke="#f0f0f0"/></g><use height="100%" width="100%" transform="translate(34.597 .546)" xlink:href="#b"/><path d="M43.164 275.518s6.682-2.572 8.787-6.715c.29.102 1.68.775.734 2.723-1.232 2.536-6.21 6.78-9.521 3.992z" fill="#882c02" stroke-linecap="round" stroke-linejoin="round" stroke-width=".41" stroke="#882c02"/></g></svg>

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 query : Re: Make a very "white" black and white picture? I just saw the music video of BTS Mic Drop. I really like the style of this scene. Does anyone know how to create this effect on any picture

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These are sometimes called "high key" black and white images. The look starts in the camera by exposing for the foreground subject, but with a much brighter background, post processing can help the effect. For a quality result, you can't really do this with any image. You have to start with a suitable image.

There are lots of photography tutorials and tips out there for high key work. If you google "high key photography" it'll get you started.

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 query : Re: Illustrator CC How do I draw within a layer group I have created a layer and within it a group to which I have put a transform effect to do symmetry. While it works fine, I have to manually

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Double click the grouped object to enter the group (in isolation mode), then add your new object. It will now be inside the group.

Double click outside the group to exit the group (to exit isolation mode).

For more info see helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/selecting-objects.html - scroll down to the section titled "Isolate a path, object, or group". There are several methods listed, including the double click method.

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 query : Re: how to fill a shape with multiple colors Hey I recently started using Illustrator so still a newbie. I am trying to add 4 colors within the sunglasses as shown in Img1. At the moment I

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Use a clipping mask, but . . . it would seem you have a compound path, so there are some hoops to jump through first.


Copy the object and paste it somewhere else on your artboard
Click Object > Compound Path > Release
Delete the inside path of the stars.
Move the new object over your rainbow (which should be a group).
Select both rainbow and new object, and click Object > Clipping Mask > Make
Click and drag it to position it over your star-shaped frames.
Click Object > Arrange > Send to Back

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