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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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What comic/graphic novel software allows you to dynamically draw/change panel shape?

Sorry if this is the wrong place -- I saw a software advertised a month or so ago that demoed a user re-drawing panel shapes in the software itself. It was a very easy way to dynamically create a ...
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Can't open the illustration in Illustrator [closed]

A file that I saved quite normally yesterday does not want to open now. Illustrator gives me the message: "Can't open the illustration". What can be wrong?
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Noise effect illustrator color/gradients [duplicate]

Simple question, (how) can you achieve the noise effect shown on the illustrator CC loading screen? Is this a feature build in illustrator or later edited with for example photoshop?
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Trouble with closing pen tool lines in Illustrator for vector illustration

I’ve had experience with drawing in Photoshop, but never tried vector artwork in Illustrator before. I drew this illustration using separate pen tool lines for the majority of the outlines (her ...
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How to manage overlapping shadows without using clipping masks in vector illustrations

When I make vector images in Illustrator I often end up using a stylistic, almost cel shaded designs. When I want to give "shadowed" areas to an object for example, I usually just make a new ...
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Best Way To Digitally Capture a Pencil Sketch [duplicate]

I am building a small app about the human face. I have an artist that is sketching pencil based illustrations for me. Mostly in black and white (pencil black/grey) with a hint of colour here and ...
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Illustrator: Grain Effect makes round objects pixelated

I would like to apply an effect to the whole artboard (all elements), so that the colors don't look too monotone. It should look like this (found it here): I think this effect is called Grain. So ...
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Illustrator: Bend 2D objects over the edges of 3D objects (extrude and bevel)

I really like to create 3D objects with "extrude and bevel" in Illustrator CC. So is there also the possibility to achieve this? (found it here) The objects bend over the edges and change their ...
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What's the best way to animate an illustration for the web?

I have a couple of illustrations done in Illustrator and I am planing to animate it for a website that I am working on, I've heard of Create.js toolkit with flash, but is it the best way to go or is ...
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Choice of digitizer

I am looking to buy a digitiser as I would like create posters, mainly in the style of zentangle. However, I have no clue which digitizer to choose or whether it is actually possible to make something ...
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Do we have name for these kind of “flat graphics” images?

What is the name for these type of images? I love these kind of graphics and it's so flat which totally matches my current product development. Do we have a name for it? A name will make it ...
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What is this woodcut / engraving like / illustrative design style called? (as seen on the US dollar sign)

Where can I find books / references / inspirations to learn the principles behind these graphic patterns? It's often seen in luxury or heritage style products, as well as the us dollar sign. What is ...
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How can make visible outline to vector from multiple layers?

1st half is the object I made in illustrator and second half is the only stroke of objects and now I want only visible object not the back layers one. Help me please
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Trimetric cube drawing in illustrator

I have found many tutorials about drawing isometric cube with illustrator. But I need to do some trimetric cube. The left part of the image shows the step of drawing isometric cube, the right part ...
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What is this style of 'punk art' called?

I was looking for a new style of art that I wanted to try learning, I really like this high contrast and 'cartoonish' approach to this style. Does anyone know the exact art-style this is considered ...
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What style is this vintage illustration?

I'm looking for images similar to this one to use in a design but i'm unsure of what to search for. What style would you call this image? And how were illustrations like this created originally?
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How to draw a line between the same apexes of two rectangles?

I want to emphasize a part of the text (in the right column) with overstating it linking the two rectangles' apexes with four lines. How can I accomplish Step 2? The red lines in the pic had ...
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Is this aesthetic done by hand or by editing photographs?

And if so, how would it be done? I'd especially love to learn how the noise/texturing is done as well!
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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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Any example when angle on text is better than that on text frame?

To have rotated text, either the text angle can be used or the text container object can it self be rotated. I have mostly seen angled text frames. Are there any examples where text angle is ...
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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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Illustrator shadow layer inside a layer with stroke?

I am having a tough time with creating a shadow, I am using strokes so when I want to create a darker tone inside the characters neck the stroke becomes a problem. The neck before the shadow. ...
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Organic Dot Shading in Illustrations

I've been trying to learn how to achieve more organic drawing and shading styles in my illustrations. The attached drawing is a good example of what I'm trying to accomplish. Do you think this was ...
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Traditional Illustration/digtal

I have a traditional logo (as on Illustration board, inked and painted) to finish for a client in Pennsylvania. I am in Idaho. What would be is best; Mail the piece and let them use it with a local ...
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What is a good resource for learning how to illustrate maps?

I'm trying to create an illustrated map for a friend's wedding. Most map tutorials I can find are for technical maps and I would like to find a resource with tips and tricks for designing more ...
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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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Graphic designer/illustrator about to buy my first display drawing tablet, I need help! [duplicate]

So I really want a drawing tablet with a display. So far I've looked at the iPad Pro and Cintiq models. But I keep getting caught up in reading reviews, articles, blogs, etc, about each product that I ...
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Design & OCD: Are there any exercises/methods to avoid over-analysis in a design project?

Suffering from OCD can sometimes have implications in evaluating a design project: i.e. Over analysis, over-revision, etc. Forensic attention to detail is usually expected of design projects. So how ...
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Same Illustration needs to be printed at 2 sizes

I have a query about printing the same illustration at 2 different sizes. I have produced an illustration - in Illustrator, at A1 size to be printed at A1 size. However, I also need to print the ...
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How were scientific illustrations made before the spread of digital computers?

Before the advent of digital computers, a lot of scientific publications had high quality illustrations. How did they do this without computers? EDIT Examples of illustrations to which I am ...
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how can I make the background transparent

Are there any easy way to make the white background transparent? Thank you for your help. :)
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Sketching in Illustrator

I just recently found out how fun is drawing. For years I was just amazed by the artworks people did. Recently just because I couldn't find too much free vectors for my infographics and also didn't ...
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Mapping trees on an estate map, using a csv file

I wish to create maps showing locations of trees on an estate. I would use an existing map of the estate as my base layer. I would create an excel database of the trees. (ie CSV file) Each tree ...
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What is the graphic design term for “cartoony?”

I need to relate some information to some graphic designers and I want to tell them that I don't want imagery that is "cartoony," or "cartoonish." How do I tell them this in their own lingo (and ...
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Scanning colored pencil illustrations and prepare them for printing?

I would like to know how to scan a coloured pencil image properly, without having that grey dots around the image and without expose it so much. My scanner is a Epson V330 Photo and I made the ...
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My knife tool is too “choppy”

So I'm using the knife tool in AI CC to make some shading on an illustration I'm working on, but it gets too "choppy". I work with a mouse, so I just drag the cursor where I want to cut the shape. As ...
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Hairline gaps between shapes

I'm new to Illustrator and have created some icons. When I export to svg, I get thin white lines between shapes. There is no gap when I'm using Illustrator. I've taken a look on the web with the ...
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How to create charts and tables with Inkscape?

Inkscape doesn't seem to support charts or tables, so what's the best way to create a chart/table and import it into Inkscape? Excel 2013 unfortunately doesn't seem to support svg.
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How to draw smooth curved shapes in illustrator?

I did one illustration like this. It includes thin curved lines. I took lot of time and patience to create this one. But the end result is looking a bit cluttered. I'm expecting very smooth curves. ...
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How do I create curved edges in Illustrator using the Pen tool?

When creating illustrations, I have seen recently there is this new rounded edges trend going on in the design world like in this image here and I was wondering if anyone knew how to do this with ...
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Designing graphics for display on television screens

I'm designing a video reel, static illustration for display purposes on a few TV's at a corporate party. Each SmartTV is able to run video or display images off a USB drive - this is not an issue. ...
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Full-time Illustrators - I'd really appreciate any salary advice

I’m chasing a bit of advice regarding pay rates and contract terms for illustrators... I’m currently working full-time for a start-up as a graphic designer and being paid a decent rate for someone in ...
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Aligning neighbouring paths and “connecting” anchors in Illustrator

I am working on isometric design that will be printed on the 1000mm x 2000mm Roll Up. Design includes lots of similar paths that should be perfectly aligned and create isometric 3d scene (image 1.) ...
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What size should I make the line art for a one-sheet poster?

I have very little experience in print, if someone could give me some advice on this matter: I have to illustrate a one sheet movie poster (27"*40"), and I was wondering if I can get good results ...
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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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Arranging images, arrows, text and similar for research presentation

I am going to prepare presentation slides for a research presentation. Below I am showing an example of type of images people generally include in such presentations. The presentation has been ...
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Minus Front producing unexpected results when zoomed out

I'm working on a product packaging design that will be printed in 1 pantone color. I added vector shading overtop in white and then knocked that out of the artwork with Minus Front. When zoomed out, ...
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How to represent medical conditions (Down syndrome, cerebral palsy)

I'm working on a mobile app that will show a collection of health resources for children. Some of these are for specific conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, preterm birth, but the ...