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: Re: Why doesn't Illustrator automatically overprint 100% black? I am creating print PDFs from InDesign that contain Illustrator files. Most of these Illustrator files have black outlines used. When
Black is a special swatch in InDesign. It can't be deleted and it can be set to Overprint Black at 100%. Sadly, this is not the case in Illustrator, where Black is just the name of a swatch.
Note that only the specific swatch Black can be set to overprint. If you manually make a CMYK(0, 0, 0, 100) swatch, it will knock-out instead.
When the Illustrator files are placed in InDesign the black lines are not recognized as Black, but CMYK(0, 0, 0, 100).
Neither InDesign nor Illustrator should automatically overprint black in my opinion. What if you wanted the opposite? When placing object on top of each other in real life they normally cover each other (unless they are transparent). Setting black to overprint is a special technical "trick" for print.
Now that you've made this mistake, you are probably not going to make it in the future, but what to do now?
I see only two solutions:
Do what you're doing: Open every single file and correct the error. It's tedious, but he upside is that your files are fixed for good.
Use some kind of pdf editing software on the final pdf. I use Enfocus Pitstop Pro at work. It's a plugin for Acrobat Pro which provides all sorts of editing capabilities. Maybe you have access to something similar?
: Where can I read in detail about right way of scaling up pixel perfect icons? I have already asked 2 questions here about exporting pixel perfect icons in different sizes. So far, I've understood
I have already asked 2 questions here about exporting pixel perfect icons in different sizes. So far, I've understood you need to start to design the smallest size and then scale it up to other sizes. Now, I've designed my icon in the smallest dimensions using align to pixel grid (so it's pixel perfect), and I need larger sizes.
Users here commented / answered to my those questions that I should keep in mind multiples / base size / grids / even or odd widths of elements of a design and always scale up in terms of multiples. Now, simply I say, I don't know how to do it. But I will NEVER say I can't do it. I just need one good article or a good answer that explains this process, maybe using a simplest example. I tried Googling a lot, but couldn't find such thing.
So is there any article or answer that anyone knows about?
PS: This maybe a stupid question as a beginner. I kindly request you to not to mark this as duplicate. I really want to learn it. I don't like blurred icons :(
: 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
You can import directly the PNG sequence as video in the most recent versions of photoshop.
You open the file. File/open...
You select the first file of the sequence. Make sure they have the same name followed by a number in order to Photoshop understand it as a sequence.
Make sure it was imported as a sequence taking a look in the Timeline Panel.
OPTIONAL: You could want to have more control (about order or time) over the individual frames in the timeline. In order to achive it you need to go to the Timeline Panel options Convert Frames / Convert to Frame Animation and edit accordingly in the timeline.
To export it as a GIF you need to go to export/save for web
Make sure the format is GIF and that the looping options are as you wish. (most of the time you would want it in the 'forever' setting.
Or you can use an online generator like this to do the trick.
: Re: 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
The following solution is not automatic, but it will get your circles in the exact position.
Select your triangle or lines (whether a closed shape or not). Click Object > Path > Add anchor points. This will add an anchor at the exact centre of each line.
With Smart Guides enabled position horizontal and vertical guides at the anchors so that they intersect.
Use these guides to position your circles. With Smart Guides on, the circle centre will snap to the intersection.
To change all the line weights at the same time, select one red line, and click Select > Same > Stroke Color
Change the stroke thickness as desired.
: How to export icon in different sizes without getting blur edges? I need to export icons for an android app in 4 different sizes: 36x36, 48x48, 64x64 and 72x72 px. The original size of icon
I need to export icons for an android app in 4 different sizes: 36x36, 48x48, 64x64 and 72x72 px. The original size of icon I've created has size 272x272 px.
For example, see this image:
Left one is original size. The other two are scaled down but when exported, they have blur edges
Now, what I've always done is scaling them down and exporting one by one as PNG with size I need. But there's a problem. Some of the edges in each icon get blur. They are not crisp. However my original icon, when exported for testing, (272x272) is crisp.
What is the right way (if any) to get crisp edges for each icon size that I export?
PS: One way is to create each icon in separate file with size exactly that I need and align it to pixel grid. But that would need me to create a new icon every time I need a different size. If that's the only way to do this, I would do it, but do professional designers really do like this? e.g., you can see f of Facebook logo. It's crisp on every device. So is it the reality that they design each size individually for same logo?
: Re: 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
Zoom to the level you need, and click View > New View, give it a name like "133% view"
An entry will be added to the bottom of the View menu, which you can click on whenever you need that zoom level.
To create a shorcut for it, click Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts
Click on the drop down and change from "Tools" to "Menu Commands"
Click on the View menu item to expand it, and scroll down until you see "Custom View 1", add a shortcut key for it, and save your custom Keyset file with a new name.
: What's the font used in this image? I have only digits' pixel level image. They're shown in the below image. Now I'm trying to find the font and size which will generate the exact pixels
I have only digits' pixel level image. They're shown in the below image. Now I'm trying to find the font and size which will generate the exact pixels as the blow image:
I've tried Arial font size 28, although it looks close, they still have different shape on pixel level, take digit 1 as an example, the part in red circle are different:
Can someone tell which font it might be that can generate the pixel shape by looking at the first figure above???
BTW: the images are generated with antialias config.
: Re: Gimp Jagged Borders I'm trying to create a bordered, transparent circle. I created a circle with the ellipsis tool, then Select->Border, then Edit->Fill with FG Color. The result is a terribly
There's a very simple way to do this in GIMP 2.8. It might have been missing from earlier versions of the software, so because this question is quite old, I think it's time for an update.
Create a circular selection, click Select > To Path
In the paths palette hit the Paint Along Path icon
Apply a stroke to the path, for perfect antialiasing every time.
: Re: What format is best for placing an image into Illustrator I have an Illustrator document that I need to place an image from Photoshop into. The original images are in .psd and .eps formats.
There is no "best format"
You can place PSDs directly in an Illustrator document. Make sure the PSD is in CMYK if the work is for print. There's no need to convert to EPS or any other format, although you can do that if you want. It makes no difference.
: Re: How do I get printer marks in Inskscape 0.92? Yeah, as the title says - how can I get printer marks in inkscape 0.92? Found this https://itstillworks.com/12597955/how-to-add-bleed-marks-to-inkscape
The menus have changed a bit in 0.92, but the extension is still there.
Click Extensions > Render > Layout > Printing marks
: Does giving manual radius to a shape makes it look bad? Basically, I'm confused between geometric/mathematics and aesthetic point of view. I need a shape as shown in image for my logo. Now,
Basically, I'm confused between geometric/mathematics and aesthetic point of view. I need a shape as shown in image for my logo. Now, in the 2nd half of image, you see two objects. One has inner radius and other has none.
I made the first by the process illustrated in first half of following image:
a) Drew a circle with side length 120 px
b) Increased the stroke width to 60 px and made it contain inside of path
c) Gave border radius of 60 px
c) Distorted the one end of shape to see the stroke properly and finally expanded it and removed unwanted part
Now, it seems right to me according to Illustrator's own handling but it doesn't look cool to me at least. So I was thinking to give it inner radius manually.
One way to achieve both inner and outer radius was to give stroke width less than 60 px, but that I don't want. I need exactly half.
Is the little manual radius (inside curvature) here in the 2nd shape makes it more weird or makes it better? In other words, which of the 2 will most designers prefer over other?
: How to give a solid motion trail to an object Sorry about the title, I don't know how to describe this, therefore I am not sure what to search for to see if this can be done. I'm working
Sorry about the title, I don't know how to describe this, therefore I am not sure what to search for to see if this can be done.
I'm working in Adobe Illustrator.
I have the blue shape; I want the purple shape. If it was a raster I would just copy the shape over and over like the green one to get the purple shape, but it seems like there might be something smarter I could do as I'm working with vectors and don't want unnecessary points in the shape.
I describe it as 'motion' because it conceptually seems like I could create the starting shape and the final shape, and something akin to a keyframe animation would fill in the rest.
The actual shapes I'm dealing with are letters, the rectangle is for illustrating the concept only. The letters are plain solid colours just like the rectangle. The angle of 'motion' is a simple 45 degrees.
: Re: Illustrator/Inkscape : doing perfect connected waves in one path I'm a newbie with these tools but i need to do a kind of drawing that should be scalable. I would like to reproduce the same
I would set up some guides, and use the Curvature tool to draw one continuous path. Then I'd finish off by using Live Corners to fix the curves.
I'm sure you can get the general idea from this example:
: Re: QR code with custom background I'm trying to make a QR code design like this one that I found on the web, but I have no clue on how to make it, and the code seems to be scan-able as
From your comment it seems that you are very close! The QR code should be used as mask on the background image, not the other way around.
A mask is a grayscale image. Where the mask is white it will allow the image to shine through, where it's black the image will become transparent.
Here is a recipe:
Open up the background image ("Mona Lisa" in your example).
Drag and drop the QR code image to the document.
Resize and position the QR code to your liking.
Create a white layer beneath the QR code (covering the background).
Press Ctrl+A/Cmd+A to select all.
Press Shift+Ctrl+C/Shift+Cmd+C to copy merged.
Turn off the QR code and the white background.
Select the background layer and create a mask.
Alt+click the mask to enter "mask mode".
Press Ctrl+V/Cmd+V to paste in the QR code.
Press Ctrl+D/Cmd+D to deselect all.
Press Ctrl+I/Cmd+I to invert the mask.
Click the background layer thumbnail to return to "normal mode".
: Re: Programmatically created a gradient effect through division of space into fine mesh, and then colouring each box. SVG output huge! How to simplify? I am fancying up the output of one frame of
Rather than boxes, why don't you create a grid using a couple of paths and the Interpolate extension. The shapes don't have to be boxes ether, just a regular single path.
So the finished SVG will still have many paths, but no where near as many if each one is a box.
: How to fill a shape with color in a way that doesn't follow the outline? I have created this shape in Photoshop and exported as PNG: I then imported it to Illustrator and now I am trying
I have created this shape in Photoshop and exported as PNG:
I then imported it to Illustrator and now I am trying to colour it exactly as the logo below. Any help?
: Re: Is the below possible using Adobe Illustrator. It yes, then how? I am a novice using Adobe Illustrator. I need to convert this to the colors as shown in the 2nd image. The font is called
You might want to use the eyedropper tool to sample each of the colours before you start, and add these as a new colour swatches. That way you will get a colour match when you edit the gradients. You can click and drag the colours from the toolbar into the swatches window.
Select the gradient filled shape, choose the gradient tool, then edit the gradient. I have started off with some very different colours so you can see the changes.
You can also click and drag on the gradient itself, to change its size/position, or rotate it.
: Re: What to do if a client likes your borrowed placeholder icons? I am working on a school research about copyrights and I need to hear some opinions about how to handle this case: You
There's no need to borrow icons you don't have permission to use.
There are websites with icon sets that are either free to use commercially - like those at openclipart, flaticon, etc, or icons sets that can be purchased from stock image sites.
: Re: How can I mimic a used magazine cover (crease, earmark, cracks) with Gimp? I have made a fan magazine cover with Gimp (Sunken novels): I would like to imitate creases, cracks, earmarks, tears
You could use a paper texture. Either find an old worn piece of paper and scan it, or find a texture to use online, then paste it on its own layer above the main image layer, and change the blending mode to Multiply.
: Re: How to draw mathematical diagrams in Inkscape Mathematician here trying to create some diagrams for my undergraduate thesis. I' Long story short, I'd like to be able to create something like this.
Your question is really very broad, but if an animation would help with the the construction of such a diagram, then here it is. Here I use the Rectangle tool, a skew transform, the Bézier tool, fills, strokes, and arrow markers. These are all fairly basic functions in Inkscape.
The rest is just typing. Use the Character map to find symbols such as Phi, and copy and paste it into Inkscape. The font looks like Times.
The best way to learn the basics is to look for tutorials on youtube. There are thousands of them.
: Re: How to create this shape in Illustrator CC I would like to create this shape in the latest version of Illustrator CC: I tried the pen tool but wasn't sure if that was the right approach
Yes, I'd use the pen tool, with the aid of some guides. There are undoubtedly several ways you could approach such a design. Here's one method.
Make guides on the original where each of the corner nodes should fall, and use these to draw the basic shapes and curves. Make the strokes thick.
Reflect copies of the basic shapes over to the other side. Switch on Smart Guides to make sure the positioning is exact. Draw the top arch using the pen tool, making sure the curves on each side are the same. In the example below you can see me select each basic shape, and it's reflected copy on the other side.
When you've finished, you could expand the lines, and combine them using the pathfinder Union, and draw the little shadows using the pen tool, and use pathfinder Divide, and delete the parts you don't want.
The finished graphic
: Re: Creating a Large Image from a small one I have an image that has been scanned from a 35mm slide. It is a tiff file and is 2.04 cm by 3.35cm with a resolution of 9600. I need to create
In Photoshop click Image > Image Size
This is what you will see
Make sure "Resample" is unchecked, and enter 800 as the width. Click OK.
Alternatively do nothing, and tell the person producing the print what size it should be. Technically, you don't need to do anything. Changing the dpi without resampling actually does nothing to the image file anyway, except change the print size, and print resolution.
: Re: How to remove the smoothing effect Illustrator does when exporting PNG files? I'm making an illustration that contains only black lines, on a white background. The lines are 1 pixel thick. Sometimes
What you are describing is called anti-aliasing. This is what usually happens when you export a vector image to a raster image. Specifically, the purpose of this is to ensure that the images are rendered with smooth lines rather than pixelated lines. This is the default behaviour when exporting as a raster image.
However, you can easily output images without ant-aliasing. In Illustrator click File > Export As, choose a raster format such as JPEG, PNG or TIFF, and switch off the anti-aliasing option.
If you want to preview the pixels in Illustrator as you work on them you can switch off anti-aliasing in the Preferences under the General tab, and you can switch to Pixel Preview under the View main menu option.
Here I have switched off anti-aliasing in the preferences and switched to Pixel Preview.
To the right above is the "Export As" dialog, and below is the output file
: Re: Increasing spaces in image between written text I have several images similar to the one shown below. Each image is of the same width. What I want to do is to increase the space between the
If the PDF contains lines of actual text, and is not a raster image, then you should be able to open it and edit it in Illustrator.
From the Adobe Help website
Use the Open command or the Place command with the Link option
deselected to edit the contents of a PDF file. Illustrator recognizes
the individual components in the PDF artwork and lets you edit each
component as a discrete object.
Without knowing exactly how the PDF was created, it might be possible to simply select and move each line of text with the move tool. I can't tell you exactly without access to the PDF.
: How to achieve this grain texture - Photoshop or illustrator? Ok, new to textures here and I really cant figure out how this grain effect/texture was achieved - It is very subtle and basic
Ok, new to textures here and I really cant figure out how this grain effect/texture was achieved -
It is very subtle and basic google searches thru PS geometric textures haven't yielded anything. The basic grain effects in Illustrator/PS are also not like this.
How was this done? Is this an overlay?
: Re: Is it OK to use watermarked photos in my project which will be in my portfolio? I'm designing some websites for extending my portfolio only. And I want to put some stock image in the design,
The use of watermarked images for creating a rough layout is exactly why many stock photo sites provide watermarked copies for download. Check the site you got them from to see if there are any restrictions. This can't really be answered here as each company might have different policies/rules with regard to the use of such images. If you can't find the information, contact them and ask.
However, the problem is that watermarked copies are generally low res, plus there's a often big watermark across the images, with the result that these don't look great. In my opinion, I'd say these aren't suitable for a portfolio in which you want to show off your work. I think it would be better to buy the images. Some sites offer fairly reasonably priced stock photos, but others are monstrously expensive. Shop around!
: Is there a way to make a diagram in Illustrator and have it editable in other programs? What I'm trying to do is make a diagram in Illustrator. Once it is finished it would be given to
What I'm trying to do is make a diagram in Illustrator. Once it is finished it would be given to the customer but saved in a way so if sometime down the road they need to make changes to it they can. But instead of them using Illustrator or any of the Creative Cloud applications, is there other software that would let them edit it easily?
Edit: I'm also looking for either free software or one that is included in a pack such as Microsoft Office
: Re: How to achieve 'Orange and Teal' look in GIMP I would like to give the 'Orange & Teal' look to some pictures using only GIMP. I must remark, the question is specifically restricted to
Here's another method. This one uses a Hue-Saturation adjustment in GIMP
Find a similar image of a beach scene.
Click Colors > Hue-Saturation
Hit the Red option, and max out the Overlap slider
Make adjustments to the hue and saturation for the reds
Choose the Blue option, and make hue and saturation adjustments
for the blues.
You can also save the adjustment as a preset. Just hit the Plus icon next to the presets. Obviously the settings might have a different result depending on the starting image, you may need to tweak them to your requirements.
: Re: Thin out pathway in Inkscape I am trying to thin out the google 'G'. Ive tried by hand and ended up with very mediocre results. Is there a way in Inkscape that allows selected a pathway
If I've understood your question properly, then yes there is a way to do it.
I assume the letter is already a path. If it's still editable type, then convert it to outlines first by using Path > Object to Path.
Next, remove the fill, and add a stroke, then adjust the weight of the stroke in the Fill and Stroke panel, so that the white internal space is as thin as you want the letter form to be.
Click Path > Stroke to Path
Click Path > Break Apart
Select the outer path and delete it, leaving the inner path only.
: Does "Anilox" and "Impression" terms have any meaning in graphic design? I've just spotted this "scale" on the bottom of my box: Does these two terms have any meaning or is this just as
I've just spotted this "scale" on the bottom of my box:
Does these two terms have any meaning or is this just as meaningless filling of space?