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Indesign question about layers on objects or texts

So i haven't used InDesign in years. I'm a little embarrassed to ask this but I'd rather just find out on this site instead of taking an hour to figure it out. I would like to add layers to a shape ...
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Do professional markers stain each other?

When using professional markers (like Letraset Promarker or Copic markers), is there a risk of having ink from one colour stain or dirty another marker when drawing over it? For example, if I draw a ...
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Does a beard highlight or obscure the mouth area?

I'm illustrating a portrait for someone (male), and they have asked that I draw attention away from their mouth for their own personal reasons. Having spent some time thinking about it, the only way ...
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Software for producing yearly cycle illustration

My work is looking to create illustrations depicting our organisation's different processes and events occurring annually. I could create this in illustrator, but I would rather use some sort of ...
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Wavy Lines going thick to thin around circle

been trying to work this out from Google links but getting no where. I haven't used Adobe illustrator for a while to custom draw anything, but have a client needing a pattern like this one: ...
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A graphical design to generically demonstrate art as a concept

I am looking for a way to graphically represent a collection of art without showing any particular piece of art because they all vary in style and to not exclude or embrace any particular style in the ...
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How to make this hand-colored drawing even more fancier?

I wanted my son to color some brain template. I will put this into front of my thesis (on visualization of diffusion MRI tractrography data of the human brain), as book cover. How can I put this in ...
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How can I prepare for a career in character design?

I'm a young girl and I love to draw, especially characters. I started drawing people when I was much younger. I love character design. I would like to have a job that involves drawing people in ...
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Creating a technical illustration from photo

I'm looking to create a simple user manual for a device, something like in image 1. Image 1: Example taken from Kinde quickstart. What I'd like to know is if it's possible to create such technical ...
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Can an artist display their past work in a portfolio if they were paid to produce it?

I'm creating a website an artist who draws with pencil+paper. The artist has scans and/or prints of all the illustrations completed over several years for various clients. Many of these were for pay....
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How to get in Isolation Mode from Layers panel in Illustrator?

The most known way to get into Isolation Mode in Adobe Illustrator is by double-clicking on the image. Nonetheless, is there a way I can get into this mode from the Layers panel?
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Illustrator CS4: Default opacity of new objects

I'm working on a document in which I need each new object to be the same opacity as the last created. It seems that the only thing that carries over to the next new object is the stroke and fill of ...
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How to achieve this kind of look?

I want to achieve "HATTERAS VILLAGE" logo's like look in my "High Maintenance" logo. Especially the colors of fishes and those water splashes. How can i do this in Photoshop effectively? I've ...
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What is it called when you display an outline version of a photograph next to the image and label or number it?

It's usually done when there are a bunch of objects in a photograph and it's hard to identify them or refer to a specific one without confusion. For instance, I've seen this done with jigsaw puzzles ...
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Name for noir-esque art style in the Burial at Sea promotional art?

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One has a very cool illustration for the cover artwork: I initially would say its art style is "noir" but when I did a Google Images search for "noir art" ...
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Type of Contract/Agreement Forms for Preliminary Illustration/Design sketches

I've done about 6-8 hrs of sketches and colored illustrations for a client and believe it was time to introduce a contract before continuing any further illustration work. It's generally an ...
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Name for blocky, imprecise illustration style (like Saul Bass, Paul Rand)

Simple question. What's a name for that style of illustration that uses characterful slightly childish blocks of bold colour with imprecise edges, as if the illustration had been put together from ...
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Create a 2D posable stick man in Illustrator

I need to design some aide memoir cards for a martial arts club, to help people learn the forms (kata - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kata). These are to consist of a series of stick men in the ...
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How can I change the gradient angle inside of a Live Paint object in Illustrator?

I have been infatuated with this artist style of color, drawing and use of subtle textures. http://1212m.tumblr.com/post/49348782338 So I ended up drawing this derpy little thing from Final ...
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Recommended tools for digital art & paintings

I like digital art and paintings. I want to create my own. Which software/tools do I need to accomplish this?
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Health Startup illustration

I am working on a health startup and was thinking of building some character unique to my startup as zocdoc does to explain itself. Will a sketch doctor seem derivative? PS: My site would be ...
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How to create/generate 3D molecular structure images?

I am interested in generating crystal structure images for my own research. I came across very cool and professional graphics: Can someone please suggest some software to produce similar graphics (...
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Vectorise scientific pencil drawings

I like to draw every now and then and I guess, the results are OK for a computer scientist. Schematics like the eye on the left are sometimes needed in scientific publications and when you use ...
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How to scan A2 format?

My brother is an illustrator. He owns an A4 scanner, and it seems A2 scanners are too expensive for him. And he makes most of his creation in A2 format now. Is there a simple program to scan a grand ...
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converting image to vector, resizing, in illustrator cs6 [closed]

A question about using adobe illustrator cs6... Basically I want to be able to put images I’ve drawn (simple outline drawings.) in to illustrator, having scanned them on to my desktop, turn them in to ...
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Where are some good places to find free illustrations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are some good places to find free stock images? I'm looking for good places to find illustrations (not photos). Any places online with free illustrations that you ...
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How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator to sketch and draw with my Wacom Tablet, I've gotten pretty good with it. But I'm having trouble figuring out how do I turn those sketches into a real Illustrating. ...
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How to recreate a Photoshop sketch in Illustrator

I have attached a quick unfinished sketch made in Photoshop that will be developed for digital and screen printing on fabric and paper. It's basically a mix of hatching and erasing in different ...
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Shirt Pattern making

I like to draw, and I've drawn this yesterday: Large image. I want to make this a T-Shirt, so I need to make this drawing a vector. I want to make it different, not the regular vector-drawn shape. ...
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How to draw hand drawn style icons? [duplicate]

I have always wondered how illustrations like above are drawn. What is the usual and efficient way? Do designers do sketches first and then trace over them or there is a technique? It looks specially ...
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How can I improve my workflow illustrating with raster graphics and vectors?

As an illustrator, I use a lot of raw textures I capture or scan on my own, and then go through a series of steps that require a lot of effort and time. In order to provide a better picture of what I’...
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How to create Similar illustration

I am very much interested to know how images with text of different sizes and fonts are created. Can any one please suggest any tutorial to ease the process?
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Advice on becoming vector proficient

Background I'm a complete novice and not very tech savvy but I'm interested in teaching myself how to create and design images in a vector based format. What I need to do I would like to get ...
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Learning how to design graphics using grids

I am a web designer, using grids in web design is pretty easy. I would really like to try and design 2d illustrations, though I am not good at drawing. Recently I keep coming across drawings (like the ...
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How-to hand drawn 3D effect

I'm trying to get my head around why the below drawing creates the illusion of 3D. I want to know how this is done. Thanks.
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Any tips for emulating printed / stamped ink textures?

I'm trying to refine my ability to emulate a technique I see quite often on Dribbble and throughout the internet really. I think in some cases this is done via actual printing (letterpress, engraving ...
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What kind of illustration and how I can achieve this “effect”?

I've seen this kind of illustrations around the web, mostly on dribble, and I love them but the problem here is that I don't know how to achieve this effect, I tried with photoshop and illustrator but ...
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Where can I buy or download icons for use in Network diagrams [closed]

I need to create a large amount of network/it diagrams for a client but I don't want to draw them all from scratch. Is there any where I can buy some really nice icons of servers / routers / phones ...
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How to draw icebergs like the following image?

I want to draw some icebergs in Gimp or Photoshop. In Gimp I tried Path Tool, and then I tried to fill in the colors with Bucket Fill, but this gave me a very bad result. So my question is if anyone ...
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How can I determine which drawing tablet is right for me?

I do some caricature, cartoons and illustrations, as hobby. I believe that I am okay'ish with pen and paper, but recently decided to go digital. Given my budget, and a quick assessment of needs and ...
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How to draw these big headed characters?

I am the graphic designer of a game and I want to recreate the look of these images (I mean the characters, not the 2.5 scene). My questions are: Does this character style (no legs or arms) have a ...
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How to turn a photograph into a line drawing or sketch

How can I edit a photo so it ends up looking likje a sketch? Example:
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Digital way of detecting and removing pencil traces?

I draw pencil sketches on paper and "ink" them using a variety of pens. (I'm using the term "inking" very loosely here to describe the process of drawing the final lines over a pencil sketch, no ...
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How to Draw vector illustration? [closed]

I am looking drawing lessons of the illustrations in vector. Or in any editor.
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How can I create an abstract sea/wave effect in a free vector package?

I'm looking to create a vector (ideally) illustration with an abstract sea, much like this (not the dolphins or sun): How can I go about this using free tools such as Inkscape?
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What are the fundamentals of human figure drawing? How to improve in each of them?

I'm trying to break down what skills I need to develop to draw a realistic human figure. At the moment I got: Gesture I have no good idea on how to exercise this, I mean, I have no good way to know ...
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How can I apply the outlines and curves of a font to a logo?

I'm playing with a logo and I'd like to be able to use the font outlines to create the basic symbol. For example, I'm trying to create new leaf utilizing a slab serif font. What is the best way to ...
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How to Achieve this Spherical Planet effect?

I'm interested in creating an effect similar to the one linked below, but freehand drawing with perspective isn't my strong suit. Looking at this image it appears that I could individually create the ...
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What is the name of this mosaic technique?

Does this mosaic technique have a name? I want to learn how to create images like this: Marquee of InDesign CS6: And random image of a girl I found on the web: It combines many almost random ...
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What's the most flexible way to create a “wrap around” banner with an offset stroke?

So here's the graphic I'm working on (don't hate me, I didn't come up with this one). I'm in Illy 15.1.0. You can probably see what I'm trying to get to next: I want the offset rule to follow the ...