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The purpose of an icon is to be a visual symbol that is used as a mnemonic device to denote a complicated object in a simplified way, so avoid unnecessary details in the icon as they can be distracting. It would be better to use just one object in the first icon instead of two objects. The second, third and fifth icons have unnecessary small detailed ...


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The way you can achieve the soft shading similar to the examples you've showed is to create a new shape that has a gradient fade from black to black with 0% transparency on one end. Create a duplicate of the shape you want to add the shadow to, and use it as a clipping mask for your "shadow"(cmd/ctrl+7). Then drag that over the main shape (or you could ...


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There are two solutions to this. The first: Go to Edit > Preferences > General Check the box "Scale strokes and effects" That solves it! The first is somewhat temporal or should I say local to your machine because if you send the ai file to someone else and they don't have this stuff checked, they run into the same issue. The Second fix. Click on ...


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This is because Illustrator now creates Linked Assets. In previous versions of Illustrator CC, every graphic asset, once dragged from the Libraries panel into an Illustrator document, was no longer linked in any way to the original asset. Consequently, modifying the original asset in a library had no effect on the copy used in the document. Illustrator ...


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This is more like a long comment. Moving from pixel graphics and natural media thinking to vector graphics is a huge mental leap to quite many users*. It takes some effort about a month or 2 of very intense effort to really get into it. The fastest way to learn is to actually start from scratch. Every vector does not have to be closed. Live paint is not ...


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To retain the vector qualities of each element, you could copy/paste them from Illustrator into your Photoshop document as a Smart Object. They can then be resized within Photoshop and double-clicked to edit in Illustrator. The finality of converting vector to bitmap limits your options for future editing if need be.


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Well, you can always just go on learning how to paint in Photoshop, it's usually the number one choice for Digital Artists. You can also try out other programs like paint tool SAI, just do some research. I personally love using Photoshop, it was really lame at first, but you should get better, faster, and more organized with practice. If you want to know ...


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Similar in principal to joojaa, here, my post concerns itself with the whys and tries, more than the whats. If you're at a plateau in your learning for particular digital processes then why not take a step back? Perhaps you can achieve more in a completely different way. Sometimes I find, for instance, that the perfect image cannot be created digitally ...



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