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 query : How to convert photoshop CC shapes to paths to be opened in illustrator I'm trying to export some icons designed using shapes, effects, and masks to illustrator, but the problem is that the

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #AdobePhotoshop #FileConversion #Svg

I'm trying to export some icons designed using shapes, effects, and masks to illustrator, but the problem is that the output is getting messed up. I believe this is happening because SVG only understands basic solids. If it was done in illustrator I would use "outline stroke" and get rid of all of the garbage. I have 500 icons and I don't have time to redesign them from scratch, so is there a method to convert the shapes inside photoshop to paths? so when I export from photoshop the SVG will not get messed up?

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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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Try Inkscape for making your logo better. Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, and logos. Good luck Eric!

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 query : Indesign: how to export multiple PDFs using different presets at once I've got a series of documents that I need to export to 4 different PDFs. (High-res print ready, high-res no bleed, low-res

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign #BatchProcessing #Export #IndesignScripting #Pdf

I've got a series of documents that I need to export to 4 different PDFs. (High-res print ready, high-res no bleed, low-res online, and one last high-res with a different name).

Is there a script out there to run multiple exports with various PDF presets?

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 query : New Brushes in PSCC2018 stopped working I recently upgraded to PSCC2018 and along with it I downloaded the new Kyle T Webster brushes. I'm running Safari v. 11.0.3 on an iMac with a Wacom

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Posted in: #Adobe #Brush

I recently upgraded to PSCC2018 and along with it I downloaded the new Kyle T Webster brushes. I'm running Safari v. 11.0.3 on an iMac with a Wacom Tablet.
Everything was going great, no problems but suddenly brushes have just become black lines when they should be halftone patterns for example and the edges have become pixilated/diffused despite not having the diffused option checked and not changing any settings other than Shape Dynamics, texture etc. I'm at a loss as to why this has happened. I have tried reset All Tools option as well as resetting the Preferences Panel.
The attached photo is of a Manga brush that should be patterned but as you can see it is a black line with no pattern whatsoever ever to it. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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 query : How do you a get graphic both in front of and behind text like this? I hope someone can help me. I know about Object, Arrange and text wrap and all that, but I still cannot figure out

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #AdobeIndesign #Text

I hope someone can help me. I know about Object, Arrange and text wrap and all that, but I still cannot figure out how to get an object to go both in front of and behind text at the same time as in this Take Heart logo. Working in InDesign or Illustrator. Can anyone help?

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 query : Is Affinity Designer an Alternative to Indesign, or is there something better? I am looking for a package to replace Indesign and Illustrator. Here are some of my needs: high quality multi-page

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign #AffinityDesigner

I am looking for a package to replace Indesign and Illustrator. Here are some of my needs:


high quality multi-page design
useful for web, print, animation, video, UV maps
uses ICC profiles
has full support for cmyk
integrates a font manager
exports perfect X-3 PDFs
GPU acceleration


I am not interested in using headless libreoffice, markdown, LaTeX, prerendering CSS in phantomjs and exporting to pdf, using gimp, or anything associated with the Microsoft or Adobe brands. Quark Express is out. I am also not interested in cloud services because I require my data to remain on-site, so lucidpress is out as is designbold.

Can someone confirm that Affinity Designer works as well or better than InDesign? If not, what are your experiences? (I am in no way affiliated with Affinity.)

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 query : Re: What program is functional, yet simple to work with in order to create a 3D model? I'm fairly new to this 'creating models' and shapes on an online program. I'm willing to create a model

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For a user who's just starting out, and needs an engineer's toolset in 3D, I recommend Onshape highly. See this thread for more details:

Modeling Simple 3D Drawings

Has the tools you'll need, a nice learning curve and tutorials, is free, and if you become decent with the tool, easily allows collaborative work if your classes get you to the point of shared project work.

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

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A brezier curve (that hasn't been formulated as rational) can not produce a circle. It can only produce an approximate circle. So when you take a circle primitive and turn it into a polybezier shape it will no longer align with a circle. Incidentally this is why CAD software tend to use NURB-Splines instead of beziers as that can make a circle shape (though not uniform parametrisation of a circle).

Why would this matter? Well, you can not cut a circle without turning it into a piece wise structure. And the easiest way is just to drop all to beziers.

Now if you start with a bezier approximation then there is nothing that stops the curves from aligning accurately. However most of the time calculating the inetersection fo 2 beziers is done iteratively. This may be inacurate, as the cutting may not exactly align with the real underlying bezier. In either case its better to cut BOTH sides so that you do not end with rounding problems.

But in fact doing this is a problematic for the rendering algorithm. As it will conflate the alpha as transparency and the underlying circle will show trough, Even if it was accurate.

Obviously you can circumvent this with clipping paths.

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 query : Re: save for web Photoshop/Illustrator I want to save a logo as PNG-24 with a transparent background. Is it completely the same outcome if I Save for Web in Photoshop and Save for Web in Illustrator?

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Yes and no, once the image has been turned to pixels yes. However there are more than one way to turn the vector drawing into rasters, which is where you can get difference by purposefully doing something differently.

Why you would want this is a bit over scope of the question. Lets just say that i am not a big fan of the antialiasation most mainstream vector engines produce so i might choose to use my own filtering of data samples.

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 query : Re: Eraser does only paint white color instead of alpha channel I need to replace all white color in my image with an alpha channel, so that the area is transparent. Normally I would just select

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Double click the lock on your Background Layer to unlock the layer. Name it whatever you like; after that, you should be able to select the entire area of the background using Ctrl/Command+A and press Delete to remove it from there.

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 query : Re: Help - Make object transparent to reveal picture underneath I would like to make a similar image but with my own photos and maybe play around with the shapes, not just triangles. Could anybody

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You could use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer to achieve this - in all cases it's masking - either clipping or layer masks depending upon software choice.

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 query : Re: Fastest way to create a transparent GIF from PNG I often create GIFs from a consecutive sequence of transparent PNGs (exported from a 3D modeling app). My current workflow is: 1-Export the animation

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Joojaa is right. It is simple to do with open-source software on Mac and Linux and Windows, if you are not afraid of the command line, because you’ll need to use the terminal.

Here is a command line for you to copy and paste (with 25fps and looping forever)

gm convert *.png -delay 25 -loop 0 -filter lanczos blent.gif


Before you run that command, you’ll have to install graphicsmagick (the higher quality and more performant cousin of imagemagick):

On a Mac:

brew install gm


On Linux use your package manager, or on Windows download from the graphicsmagick website.

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 query : Presets for a specific zoom in illustrator Just hoping someone has figured out a shortcut (preferably keyboard shortcut) in illustrator to snap the zoom to 133% (a visual 1:1 scale for online's

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Posted in: #AdobeIllustrator #Shortcuts #Zoom

Just hoping someone has figured out a shortcut (preferably keyboard shortcut) in illustrator to snap the zoom to 133% (a visual 1:1 scale for online's 72pdi).

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 query : Re: Why do shapes and spacing get distorted when scaled down in Illustrator? What I need: I'm creating android app icon. So it's obviously pixel based and I want to pay attention to make it "pixel

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You do understand that its different if those lines are paths with stroke or squares with fill. If your have stroked lines than this is not likely going to work since the line can only snap to grid, however what you would need to do for this to work is snap to 1/2 grid. So expand the strokes before you do this.

Also you can not incrementally scale you need to scale right size in one go or not scale at all. So you can scale it down to 2/3's but 1/3 but nothing else will work.

Personally i never ever enable pixel snapping, since its very unproductive for most work*. Like in this case, its better to disable pixel snapping scale and then align points to closes half pixel.

* Its not like its broken or anything but the restriction it causes on your effects is just too great there is a limited number of options. Better tweak first then snap whatever you need.

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 query : Re: Recommendation for Helvetica-like font with excellent distinguishability I am looking for a recommendation for a font which has certain properties. It is for use in figures in a scientific publication.

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I was trying to find a Helvetica-esque font for a presentation in which I was using I as a recurring variable and decided to use Lucida Sans Typewriter for the I's to make them more distinguishable. It is also in most standard OS installs.

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 query : Re: Photoshop/Javascript - Will this code help me draw fronts on weather maps? I am a meteorologist. I use Photoshop to help annotate maps. One thing I always wanted to do, but couldn't, was

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No this script snippet does nothing for photoshop, atleast its impossible to say anything without knowing what the functions do. Not all javascript is geared to work with Photoshop API so something meant to work in a browser does not work in phostoshop.

On the otherhand Illustrator is far more suitable for this task and can do this all out of the box, no need to do any scripting. (it is also generally more suitable to make maps)



Image 1: Illustrator knows how to do this directly. Right tool for the right job.

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 query : Do PNG images print CYMK? I am designing a logo for teespring... I have used Microsoft Word for font, then exported word to PDF, which I have then saved on my Sony Xperia. I then take a

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Posted in: #Cmyk #MicrosoftWord #Pdf #Png #PrintProduction

I am designing a logo for teespring... I have used Microsoft Word for font, then exported word to PDF, which I have then saved on my Sony Xperia. I then take a screenshot of the PDF (as it is open on Adobe Acrobat on my phone). I now have a PNG image that I can save on my computer, crop and use on teespring. Will this PNG image support CMYK and if not, how will this effect the quality of the print?

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 query : Re: Illustrator giving two values for ppi for a linked raster image, only when rotated? I am trying to place this raster logo supplied by a client on a large format template (this being a raster

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Quite technically Illustrator is correct a image that has been rotated or skewed does no longer have a uniform pixel count. Because now the row of pixels is no longer in alignment with the printers rasters.



Image 1: When you rotate a image then the pixels count in each direction changes

Now how exactly illustrator does this and how informative it is in all cases is a bit out of scope of this site. In any case if you rotate a image then it will not really get the same resolution as when it was not rotated.

Also illustrator has had some bugs regarding this in some cases. But then if you look at the the picture above you can see the the amount of pixels isn't entirely trivial to say how many pixels the rotated image will have in the printers reference.

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 query : Re: Illustrator saving in small size distorts shapes I have a symbol in vectors at raw with around 500px width and 600px height. All strokes were outlined. Saving it straight from its normal size,

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It is perfectly possible to scale that image without much fuss if you use a better filtering algorithms than illustrator gives you as a option. Here ive takes your mage and filtered it with lanczos (with imagemagic) form your original down.



If this is or is not this is better is another thing. Anyway you should design your artwork at with its minimum size in mind.

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 query : Re: What is the cost of protecting a trademark globally? I know this is not specifically a graphic design question, but I am curious to know about the differences between protecting an image-mark

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According to this calculator About 20 000$ in either black and white or color. Mind you its just the registration before that you need to check you are actually unique.

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 query : What is the cost of protecting a trademark globally? I know this is not specifically a graphic design question, but I am curious to know about the differences between protecting an image-mark

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Posted in: #Logo #Trademark

I know this is not specifically a graphic design question, but I am curious to know about the differences between protecting an image-mark (trademark as a logotype) from nation to nation.

Is there a difference between black & white versus color marks?

Is there a service that will register it in individual countries or is there an international consortium that suffices?

Do you have any tips for best-practice in this regard?

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 query : CMYK color difference from Windows to Mac When I open an InDesign file and edit a linked PSD by changing the color mode CMYK, I see a difference from my Windows PC to my Mac. The other

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Posted in: #Color #ColorConversion #Mac #Windows

When I open an InDesign file and edit a linked PSD by changing the color mode CMYK, I see a difference from my Windows PC to my Mac.

The other day I made a CMYK version of an PSD on a Mac and put it in my print file. Today, working on my Windows PC, I opened the InDesign file made a change to my PSD and changed the color mode to CMYK. When I relinked the PSD to my InDesign file I saw the color change.

I'm guessing that the values of the CMYK will be different when you change a PSD from RGB to CMYK on a Mac and on a Windows computer.

Does anyone else have the same/similar experience?

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 query : Change InDesign's default paragraph style language I've changed Indd preferences from USA to UK, but text in both new and existing documents still accepts USA spelling. I think I've found the

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Posted in: #AdobeIndesign #ParagraphStyles

I've changed Indd preferences from USA to UK, but text in both new and existing documents still accepts USA spelling.
I think I've found the culprit: Paragraph styles (basic or custom) default to an overriding language of USA.

My question: How do I change paragraph style's default settings?

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 query : Re: 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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Keying. Channels can be used as a starting point for very fast and very accurate selections.
Storing selections. Storing a selection allows you to do filters and math operations on it.
Storing color channels for spot colors. In other words you want to have that golden color on your print or you want varnish on specified locations or just orange.
Un-premultiplying color.
Viewing raw channel info.

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 query : Re: Why is the 'ordinals' option unavailable in Photoshop's Character palette? It won't let me click this option and I cannot figure out why.

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These icons all are OpenType features; a specific .otf file may or may not support any or all of them. In this case, your version of Lobster (shudder) doesn't support the ordinals feature.

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 query : Re: Adobe Illustrator radial gradient is not smooth in both SVG and other image formats Adobe Illustrator gradients are not smooth. I have tried to export in high resolution, and applying a blur

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No you are doing nothing wrong, Illustrator does no dithering on gradients. Its to be expected 255 levels of color is not enough to make smooth graduations. You can hide this by adding very tiny amount of noise to the object, but then it gets rasterized.

Also most SVG and PDF rendering engines have the same problem

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 query : You can not do this with Photoshop, at least not elegantly. You may however want to work in a node (not layer) based graphics application instead (since they have no layers they need a more

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You can not do this with Photoshop, at least not elegantly. You may however want to work in a node (not layer) based graphics application instead (since they have no layers they need a more flexible way to monitor pipeline of images).

You can cheat though by copying same layer across many tiles and then mask them off certain layers. But no Photoshop has no ability to show different stages of layers.

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