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Drawing in Perspective: Fit sphere into cube

Assuming I have a cube drawn in two-point perspective (or even three-point). I'd like to draw a sphere inside the cube such that it touches all sides. A sphere becomes a circle on paper. How do I ...
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Software for simple sketching in 3D

I'm a web developer new to the world of 3D and its software but becoming interested post-discovery of WebGL and the amazing Three.js library. Recently I saw an exhibition of Alexander Calder's wire ...
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How can I avoid auto-adjusting of the text dimensions in Inkscape?

When I create a text object in Inkscape, it automatically clips it and adjusts the dimensions of the object so it occupies as small area as possible. This might be useful in certain cases, but in many ...
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How to modify corner radius on rounded rectangle in Photoshop?

I develop puzzle game and I want to create grid with smooth edges like this image: How can I make rounded rectangle with corner inside it (the radius with negative sign)? OR Anyone can help me ...
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Poser-like plugin to help with drawing human figure in Illustrator?

Is there a plugin that gives you a poser (human figure) to play with in Adobe Illustrator, sort of like the perspective grid tool but with an actual human you can rig and move the camera around? ...
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Why should i draw? [closed]

I am a 9th grade student and i am very good at drawing poses, characters, enviroments... I can even compare some of my work to 12th grade students. Next year I am thinking of going to a programming ...
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What is this circle technique called?

What is this technique called: http://dribbble.com/shots/260469-Squirrel-Construct See how the image is the result of overlapping many circles to create the final drawing. Parts of the circles ...
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How did Jony Ive draw the curved lines along the edge of this pen so evenly spaced together?

Along the edge of the pen case there are three curved lines very close together. Was this done by hand?
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Scrap-work Methods

Should one start their scrap-work / mockups in an ordinary notebook or scrap-paper to be thrown away ? What is the recommended practice? Keep older drawings ? Throw them away ? Is it better to ...
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How can I improve my drawing tablet skills?

I've tried using my fianceé's tablet a few times, but find it difficult looking at the screen instead of my hand as I'm working. Does anyone have any tips for becoming more comfortable so I can make ...
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How do I draw horizontal/vertical straight line in GIMP?

you can consider me new to GIMP. I've tried by holding Shift key, can draw straight line but I want a straight horizontal/vertical line. So, How can I draw straight vertical/horizontal line?
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How to draw art like Dropbox?

I know some methods. 1st: I can draw it on a paper and then trace it in Illustrator. 2nd: I can draw it with pen tablet. Maybe anyone knows other methods?
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How to draw a precise angle with pen tool in Photoshop?

Is it possible to draw a precise angle with the pen tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6? By using Shift key it is easy to draw 45° or 90° but I need for example 37.45°.
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How to select and delete a specific region in PS [closed]

I am having an issue selecting the region between the black lines. The grill area has two colors (gray & black). I want to remove the gray area between the black lines without removing or ...
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How strong lighting should I have in a studio where I work with only paper and pen?

I have a studio where I never use a computer. I only work with paper and pencils. How strong lighting (how many Lux) should I aim for if only using ceiling lights (LED at 6000K)? Is 1000 Lux enough? ...
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How to start digital painting? [closed]

I'm a graphic designer. I've mostly used illustrator and indesign for my work since a large portion of my work involves designing logos, poster etc. I have done a bit of digital sketching and ...
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Uploading Fast sketches to Internet with Wacom Drawing Board and Phone?

Suppose I have some phone and some Wacom drawing board (I have actually many Wacom boards so suppose any of them). I do not want to plug the Wacom board into my computer but to plug it to my phone ...
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Is it possible to create 3D red/cyan anaglyphs in a hand drawing?

There are plenty tutorials online on how to create 3D red/cyan anaglyphs from existing photos in Photoshop or similar software. However, I'm wondering if it is possible to draw a 3D image by hand on ...
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Apps for free-hand graphic design

I have always drawn with pencils and paper. I like drawing things that are just plain creepy. But I want them on my computer, but I don't want to just scan them on, so I've decided to draw them on the ...
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Drawing warped text on an three dimensional object

Im trying to figure out how to realistically draw text so it looks like its on a page of an open book from a 45 degree perspective. the page would obviously be rounded toward the spine. Im thinking ...
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What's the best method and strategy to learn to draw from the imagination? [closed]

I'm pretty good at drawing anything I see. Given enough time, I can do a photorealistic rendering. But I cannot draw anything from the mind. So what is the best method and strategy to learn to draw ...
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How can I create woodcut illustration in Illustrator and/or Photoshop?

Are these illustrations done manually by hand or in Illustrator? Is there a easier way to reproduce these kind of illustrations? More examples here.
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

I really like writing encouraging letters to my friends every so often. Writing them by hand makes them feel a lot more personal, but I am always hesitant to do so because my handwriting has always ...
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illustrator brush path to pen path

I need to convert brush path to pen path. I need the path not the outline of the brush stroke. So "expand appearance" or "create outline" is not a solution for me. This is for a project with ...
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How to expand a paper texture from a photo across a wider resolution than the original photo?

I have a photo that I'd like to turn into a wallpaper: I'm pretty new to Photoshop, so I wasn't able to stack up the paper texture in a clean way. Is there a way to make this paper texture repeat ...
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Gimp - jagged pencil and brush strokes [SOLVED]

I am using Gimp 2.8.14 on Ubuntu 14.04 and a Wacom tablet (Intuos 3 6x8). My problem is that I cannot make a smooth stroke even when I check the Smooth stroke in the Tool Options panel. When I do ...
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Software for cartoon creation, to make a web comic without drawing by hand?

Here is my dilemma. For a while now I have had some ideas kicking around in the back of my mind for a web cartoon. I would like to try to put the idea into reality, but I run into one tiny little ...
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Photoshop Pencil Tool Won't Draw

I've been struggling with this for some time now. The tool is set to pencil tool. The color is set to black. The layer is at the top of the layer stack. But still it won't draw a simple line. ...
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Should I draw into Flash Directly?

Should I draw all the sprites and images for my Flash games in Flash CC itself or should I use a different application for asset creation such as Illustrator or Photoshop? I have no experience with ...
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How do I create symmetrical curves on vector shapes in Photoshop?

Let's say I want to make a mark representing the shape of a rotor in a rotary engine: (image source) This shape is similar to a Reuleaux triangle: (image source) I know how to create equilateral ...
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How to study anatomy as an artist?

I am painfully aware that nearly all my paintings and drawings seriously lack in terms of proper anatomy. The figures ofen look unnatural, twisted, deformed etc. More advanced colleagues told me I ...
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Start with tablet or pencil? [duplicate]

I have a small wacom drawing tablet and basic knowledge about draw with pencil. I want to use digital design programs like paint tool sai for make my own images. Do you recommend me improve my ...
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From a CAD model to an Illustration drawing. How to?

I am trying to draw the best illustration I can for a user manual. I have a CAD drawing in .STP and I would like to get some simple illustations in .AI or .EPS or .SVG I tried to export the ...
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How to use hatching and crosshatching with ink?

Recently I have been trying to learn some new media, and ink is one of them. I love what some people can do with it, both modern comicbook artists and old masters. I would love to achieve effects ...
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An orthographic projection has the same front and top view

I came across while reading on third angle orthographic projections. The object has the exact same front and top view - both views are trapeziums of exact shape and size (As shown in the image). Also ...
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Drawing trees from above

I'm working on an animation background which involves a high angle shot of a forest. I searched on internet to hunt some references for the trees and other foliage from such an angle. I could only ...
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Remove blue lines in Photoshop

I have seen a lot of very different tutorials about how to remove blue lines from a scanned drawing. So I ask myself what is the best way in term of simplicity and quality to do this in Photoshop (CS3 ...
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How to improve angle and proportion perception?

Im having a bit of a problem with my perception of angles and proportions. While I compare some elements of my drawing to each other, they seem to be fine. In a portrait, say, the browridge seems to ...
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Converting marker and watercolor art to Illustrator/Vector?

Hi everyone. I have been playing around with watercolor and marker lettering lately. I know how to turn them digital in Photoshop while keeping the natural watercolor and permanent marker ...
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Is there any free vector drawing software? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if there is a free vector drawing software similar to Illustrator.
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How to capture likeness in a portrait?

I'm having a problem with capturing the likeness of a person I'm trying to draw a portrait of, and I was hoping you could point out where I'm making the mistake and how can I improve. Basically, the ...
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How do I use the paint brush with a fill in illustrator?

I'm watching the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cljS0rL5-Ko . The video's author uses the paint brush tool with a fill and a stroke to draw the character. Every time I try to draw with a ...
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What is a good software package for technical drawings with shading?

I am a web developer so I am a coder normally not a designer. I have Illustrator on my PC and I have a lot of technical drawings to do for fencing that my client sells such as this one Now this is ...
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How to get one's creative juices flowing again? [duplicate]

I wanted to post this in case anyone else is going through what I am experiencing. I haven't done a lot of artwork in the past few years. I was trying to get back into a grove. But, I found that I was ...
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Must one have a knowledge of fine art to be a Graphic Designer? Should all Graphic Designers know how to draw?

Is it true that nice design comes with a nice drawing? Do designers have to know how to draw to be a good designer or not?
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Is drawing required to be a good graphics designer? [duplicate]

I can draw, but i do not have professional kind of skills. But i want a good career in Graphics an design. Will my drawing skills may effect in my career? Shall i need to draw good and perfect scenes ...
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Drawing Area turned white [closed]

The drawing area in illustrator turned white -- I do not mean the art board. How do I change it back to gray?
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Which software can produce drafting scale line diagrams

Which software can be used to draw lines at exact measurements? I am looking for a tool which could be used for example to draw a top down view of the turning circle for a car. The drawing would ...
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How to draw 3 overlapping circles with different colors?

Is there a free software to draw following in ubuntu? How to color the overlap zone? I am not able to figure this out in GIMP.
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What's the fastest-drying pen?

I'm talking about real pens, not software! I love drawing with Sharpies except that I often smear the lines with my sweaty wrists! What's a similar black drawing pen/marker (felt tip or otherwise) ...