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Nice question! In theory, any of those (plus others you haven't mentioned, like the open source alternatives Gimp and Inkscape) let you design a business card. If you are particularly proficient with one of them, you might want to consider going for that one to save time. While the three Adobe products have some similarities of use, they all require some ...


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Don't be guided by personal preference like 'effects', 'not fun' and 'clunky interface'. They are not relevant. As a designer you should pick the right tool for the job. This is not only about business cards. But applies to all pre-press productions. Adobes big three have overlapping tool space. But all three have their own speciality. If your design ...


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Lots of great answers but I'm surprised none of them have talked about batch production of business cards with data merge templates. Even if you're designing for a 2-person startup, with any luck a year or two down the line they'll be coming back to you for business cards for their 8 newly hired employees, then coming back a few years later with a much ...


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In Illustrator, you can use a Mesh Envelope distort to non-destructively warp text like this: Select your text object, then use Object > Envelope Distort > Make With Mesh... and add however many rows and columns you need to get the desired effect. I used 16 rows and 1 column in my example.


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Use the Polar Grid Tool. This is what it's for. Tap the ↑ arrow on the keyboard while dragging to add rings. Tap the ↓ arrow while dragging to remove rings. Tap → or ← arrows to remove or add dividing lines.


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The easiest method is to simply use strokes with arrowheads. for 5 arrows, you simply divide a circle into 5 sections, apply your stroke and arrowheads, then expand and use the Shape Builder Tool.


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By making the right leg of the A vertical the connection to the T can be cleaned up. This also helps to balance the logo, making the initial A more prominent (as prominent as the final C). In the logo below this is further reinforced by making the A a bit bolder than in your original logo.


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If you want to make that with just two woven lines throughout, then no it's not possible. However, this object is very symmetrical, so we can take full advantage of that. To start, you should identify the simplest repeating object: In order to make the stroke overlap itself, we can use the Scissors tool to make a cut on the loop so that it now consists ...


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InDesign gets my vote. It does all the tasks you're describing, and is meant for layout. However, as a general note, do NOT over-design your résumé. Even if you're a designer applying for a design job, please, make your CV clean and straightforward. If I'm reading through 100 résumés in a week (which I've done), I am really, ...


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Polar Grid Tool Method :: Quick and dirty :: On the Tools Palette, click and hold on the "Line Tool". Choose "Polar Grid Tool" from the drop-down Begin dragging your shape, but don't release the mouse button Pressing the arrow keys in this "unreleased shape" state will alter the number of line dividers, and will yield something like the result you seem ...


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There are a couple of problems: The sides of the A strokes need to be straight and parallel, to match the parallel edges of the other letters. The counters beneath the arms of T are very unbalanced. You can't do much about the spacing around the capital I (because C is curved), but they are better balanced. The C might still be moved left slightly, ...


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Type > Create Outlines From the menu. Text will no longer be editable as live text though. Although really.. I'd just draw a secondary shape to cover the dot. Then group it with the text.


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After some fiddling around here's way that might be quicker than copying/pasting/moving. Create your popup. On a separate layer or file, create a black square that is the same size as the popup. Select it and define a new brush (Edit > Define Brush Preset). You can then discard the black square. Make your canvas fit the final size of the artwork you wish ...


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Generating 3D objects in illustrator is all about illusion. In your case you are trying to create a 3D object with 1 shape. However sometimes it's best to create the illusion of 1 shape or object by using two or more. For example the object below I created is two shapes, one on top of the other. Here's how it breaks down visually. And here is the step ...


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You switched into wireframe (outline) mode. It is quite useful sometime. You can switch between them via Ctrl(Cmd)+Y.


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Why use an inferior product when you already have MS Paint installed? In Paint, use the Select tool and select the area you wish to "drag" around. Hold Shift and hold down the left mouse button as you drag the selection around, producing the desired effect.


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Simply use any single color for the artwork. It doesn't have to be white in the file. You simply tell the printer to print the art white. This is, unless you are using some online printer..... then... Draw a black rectangle on a new layer. Move the layer below all other layers. Select the black rectangle and set it to non-printing using the Attributes ...


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Create a pattern fill of the stripes. Draw a rectangle and fill it with the pattern. Copy the shape of the shirt and paste it on top of the pattern filled rectangle. Choose Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Top Object from the menu. You can then alter the envelope to change how the curvature appears. With the enveloped object selected go to ...


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Option 1: Draw 1 circle. Select it. Choose Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform from the menu. Enter the scale amount you want in the upper fields. Enter the number of copies you want in the Copies field. Tick the Previewbox. When satisfied, hit OK Choose Object > Expand Appearance to expand the effect into actual circles you can ...


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First create an equilateral triangle. To do so use the Polygon Tool and bring the number of edges down to 3 using the keyboard arrows. Tap the down arrow to reduce the number of sides. Make sure you hold the Shift key down as you drag with the tool. This ensures the triangle is straight. Then create your circle and align the center of the circle with ...


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If you require lots of segments, it might be easiest for you to use Illustrator's graph tool. This is essentially just a hollowed out pie chart, so you can place an elipse over a chart to create your graphic.


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To make things easy for yourself when editing later, it pays off to do a bit more work upfront by using the Appearance panel for this. Draw a shape Give it any fill and no stroke Open the Appearance panel Select your shape with the Move tool (V) Choose Add New Stroke, either through Appearance panel options or with the icon bottom leftmost on the panel ...


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Can you do it? Probably! It would not be all that difficult to create this logo within Illustrator. However, that's not the important aspect to take away for logo design. What you really should aim for is the logo to be 100% vector. That would be a little bit trickier due to some of the effects you've used. Here are the areas that jump out at me as ...


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You might be able to achieve this using filters, but I would actually consider redrawing the photo entirely using Illustrator a similar vector tool. You can do this using the Pen Tool. To make things easier, start by pasting the photo you want to convert, and maybe turning it into B&W and increasing the contrast. That will give you a nice base to work ...


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It's called posterization (as it was a technique to allow for making posters easier via screen printing, block printing, or lithography). The most common ways to achieve it: use the 'posterize' filter in your raster image editor of choice (photoshop, pixelmator, GIMP, etc.) use a vector tracing tool (as previously mentioned)


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I found a quickish method! You had almost all of the workflow, and the 'cutout' part that you had, is what I was missing when trying at first. Starting with this image, because I couldn't find the one you're using: The longest part for me was masking out the background. You may also need to add a Black & White adjustment layer after step 2 if you're ...


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You can easily do this with a Gradient (without a gradient appearance). Don't let the term "Gradient" throw you. It's just the name of the tool, it doesn't have to mean a smooth transition between colors. Just make certain the Location for both gradient stops is set the same. You can even make this dynamic while keeping text live. So, it moves with the ...


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Here is how I would do it. I am using a very basic arrow shape. It can be adapted to a more refined design. Step 1: Draw the doughnut with one of the arrows in place. (Here drawn with no fill so the next steps are easy to understand.) Step 2: Select both shapes and make a symbol (drag to symbol panel) Step 3: With the symbol selected in the canvas, ...


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Simply apply the gradient to the stroke and adjust the options .... Only possible in Illustrator CS6 or newer. Make your own worms...... :) Or the burger shape.... A gradient is the only way to have more than one color assigned to a single stroke. You can use the Appearance Panel to stack strokes of varying colors, but if you want one stroke to ...


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There are a few questions similar to this one popping up lately. Here's answer that I hope will help! When trying to recreate this type of image you need to consider positioning, light/shadow and highlights/Texture. So, the steps; Choose the type of surface that you want the cards to be displayed on, above is quite a simple one however people may want to ...



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