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How can I hire a manga artist, and what are the general cost factors associated with producing a comic?

If one had a story that was as yet undefined but wanted to work out the economics of a manga publication - how would one go about it? How does one get to top artists (any artist, otherwise)? Are ...
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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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How was this mosaic graphic of Jimi Hendrix created?

I found this image long time ago, even if I search with the google images search I could not find the creator to ask him/her how this was created. I do not think it was created manually. It looks ...
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How can I best achieve this “Victorian” style?

First of all, is there a particular name for such an art style? And also I'm not expecting a quick "here's how you do this" type of answer and I understand that it may just be a case of me studying ...
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Color Of The Object is appearing on divide?

i tried to split the text using the divide, first of all i created a a round semicircle using blob brush, when i am dividing it the color of the semicircle is coming. Here's the image.
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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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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In a 2 vanishing points perspective system, can anything be placed to the right of the RVP?

When using a 2 point perspective system, it is always advisable to place the vanishing points outside of the composition, so the shapes do no look forced and distorted. If the angle of the object is ...
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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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Best tool or approach to cross reference elements on a illustration

I'm working on a programming assignment, where I'd like to document related data structures - JSON to be precise. I use Inkscape and it's diagram connector tool. The result I am getting looks as ...
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Is designing/drawing characters and backgrounds for video games a part of graphic design?

I want to work as a designer of videogame characters and backgrounds, but I don't know if there is such a job, or what it is called (illustration, graphic design, concept design?). I am about to go ...
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What's the name of this kind of typography combining multiple words into a shape?

I need to know the exact name of below typography technique or the phrase designers use to mention these kinds of artworks. Is there any app or online service to make such images?
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What to charge for a first request to use a design for packaging

I've just been approached out of the blue with a request to use one of my illustrations on the packaging on a snack food product and the website that will market it. I've never had such a request and ...
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Usage fees / royalties for re-purposing an existing illustration

a client paid me a fair fee to be allowed to use an existing illustration I had done as a background image on their website. Now they have contacted me to ask whether they could print the ...
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How to draw sugar with a pencil

How can I draw sugar with a pencil to get a realistic look? I tried it like this (it's not ready yet): Is it better to use stripes/dots or is there a better way?
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Is it better to illustrate on matte paper or glossy paper?

I have searched for this question here but I did not see anything in regards to paper. I ask this question because some have chosen different types of paper when illustrating and I do not understand ...
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What does it mean to be an illustrator?

I have noticed people here frequently talking about "Illustrator(s)" and illustration. I have no idea what 'illustrator' means in this sense! What is an illustrator? How is an illustrator different ...
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Minus a stroked path

I have a compound path that I'd like to fill with a pattern that contains a stroked path. No problem, but now I'd like to merge or minus the compound path, leaving the stroke intact. the example ...
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Are graphics tablets worth it?

I've always felt curious about graphics tablets, but I've never even used one. Most people I know either give up or love them. I'm not a big illustrator myself, but I do the occasional doodle and ...
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Illustrator: How to create a circular arc with rounded edges

I am trying to draw a circular arc with rounded edges like in the picture below, but I failed miserably. Could anyone please help with step by step explanation ?!
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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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Tinting half of my image in Illustrator

I have created an icon, and I want to tint half of the image to make it darker. I have created another layer ontop of the icon, so that it covers half of my icon, and decreased the transparency. How ...
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Software used for video animation gif [closed]

Can anyone suggest what software might have been used to make this video animation? https://dribbble.com/shots/1912589-G-M?list=searches&offset=62 I see its been made into a gif so assume this ...
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What do you call this type of top down, not really 3D, perspective?

It's not isometric, it's not one point, maybe top down? I want to Google it and don't know how. Thanks
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How to draw isometric vectors?

I am looking for "built in" software solutions for Illustrator CS2-5 preferably. I am trying to create these isometric illustrations for a web app. Right now I've manually set up a grid in Adobe ...
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How manual is this rough paint brushed edge effect?

I've been trying to figure out if there is a way to replicate this style of illustration where the edges have this rough, paint brushed edge. I'm wondering how manual this effect is to create. I ...
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How can I find an illustrator who can produce game art in a particular style?

I have searched a number of sites like Behance, Dribbble for an illustrator with flat vector-like art style similar to Two Dots and Jellies. I've not made any progress. How can I find an illustrator ...
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Working on a tri vision display… Do I have to work on a large document?

I need to design a flyer for an electronic banner. The composition size requirement must be HD 432x252. Is it possible to work on a smaller scale and then format it to be large without pixilating it?
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Glisten shine in illustrator

Thanks for suggesting as i am not pro in illustrator but still try to use flare tool & create this glisten effect.Am I doing it right??
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What technique can I use in Illustrator to get “stamp” effect?(picture attached) [duplicate]

I need to know how to a achieve the effect of a stamp (the white stroke/smudges). I'm using Illustrator. Link of the picture: ...
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How to Achieve this Effect

Hello, im a really big fan of the illustrations of yoga, i would like to create something similar to this. What makes it pop out? Thank you.
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high resolution works in photoshop [duplicate]

i'm getting a job, to create art size 8000mm x 12000mm for print on a huge board, is a art size 2480 Pixels x 3508 Pixels, 300 dpi fit to print on the huge board? do i need to create the art exactly ...
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Circular Bend Shape

I'm going to try to replicate this tutorial on creating a wobbly slide show but instead of a square svg, I am trying to use a circular shape. The square image is comprised of the below: What ...
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Can a visual identity evolve?

Iv been given a creative director as my first job and am developing our visual identity from scratch.. We are an outdoor media owner.. If created a simple cartoony style for all our illustration.. Can ...
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How to change separate strokes lineart into stroke-less shapes?

I made the line art by tracing each line separately, instead of tracing fully closed shapes. Get it? not a separate stroke for each closed shape. Just a bunch strokes on separate layers meeting other ...
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using black-outlined cartoon illustrations in projection

I'm going to project my illustrations and am making them in gifs and also jpegs. i am the composer/artist presenting them to the projection-ist for our live music video/art shoot in a few weeks) the ...
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How to Export “only” the illustration in Illustrator CS3?

I am using Illustrator CS3 and trying to export my illustration. Problem is, I wanted to only export the illustration, no the background canvas area, how I can achieve that? Thanks.
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Why am I seeing boxes in the outline overview in illustrator CC

I have downloaded this vector graphic from a freebie site and when i see the outline overview using "ctrl+y", i can see these boxes. Why is this happening and how to remove them?
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Is there a specific name for this kind of illustration style? And how can I achieve this in Photoshop?

Hi everyone, I am working on an illustration project and came across this style of illustration. It has the effect of Airbrush/Noise on the edges. I have no idea if this kind of style has a ...
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PharmGKB diagrams; how do I convert them into customizable svgs?

I'd like to be able to convert this pathway (1) to SVG in a way that I can then edit (e.g., adding a legend to the diagram and edit some of the hyperlinks in the diagram). I have tried saving it as ...
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How does one extend arrows in SVG?

I would like to be able to lengthen (without changing their direction, colour, width or the dimensions of their heads) arrows between cells in this diagram, ...
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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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Creating Graphical Illustrations of Technical Products / Services

I need to create easily-editable illustrations which contain: Custom stuff: Typography, boxes, arrows, lines (preferably with custom styling, 3D, flat, gradients, etc) I would also like them to be ...
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How to create a Geometric Polygonal Art portrait

I've been interested in creating Geometric Polygonal art illustrations, i.e. making polygons and shapes with different color shading represent a face, or an object, see this set of examples. How are ...
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Critique: Is there something I can do to make this illustration's ears look more symmetrical?

People keep thinking the ears aren't the same size and shape, even though I just mirrored everything. Also, guides were used to double check all the parts with each other. Is it best for the sides to ...
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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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Name for the art style with wacky space alien illustrations like on the Area 51 SE site?

What is the name of the art style with wacky space alien characters? I've seen the style in many places over time but a good example which I can provide is the illustrations in the Area 51 ...
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What kind of art is this one?

I need to do the avatars of my team work. And i like this one but i really don't know what kind of arte is this.. I hope you can help me. Thanks..
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How do I convert B&W penciled book drawings to Illustrator colored drawings?

I have an opportunity with an author, but I want to see if I can even deliver first, if I were to take it. The author needs her current black and white drawings to be in color for a book she is ...
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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 ...