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jagged looking in illustrator CS5

So i've been using illustrator for years now and out of nowhere my lines are jagged like little stairs, I did not ever have this problem and i'm very concerned because even if i bring a logo in it ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Sending layout to printshop - transparency?

I will be sending an inDesign layout that I've been working on to a printshop sometime this week. The main elements of the book I'm doing are the greyscale illustrations on each page – all of which ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...