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I'm primarily a web developer and designer, so I do most of my work directly in Photoshop/Gimp cutting and clipping and filtering. I eventually stumbled upon the opportunity to purchase a very inexpensive reconditioned Dell Latitude XT, and my experience has been pretty positive. It allows me to much more easily create masks, draw layers, make my selections, ...


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Couple months back I bought myself Wacom Intuos4 (Large - A4 size) and I absolutely love it. For photo editing in Photoshop, it's huge difference. It will allow you to a lot of things which just aren't possible with mouse, which is basically any manual editing. My biggest issue while working with Photoshop was, that I just didn't like the way I had to ...


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Funny as it may sound, I've heard nothing but good about Wacom's Bamboo tablet, which is in the $100-200 range. Other than that, I've seen people offer used previous-generation Intuos tablets in that range before as well.


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For twigital the designer(Chris) used Illustrator, a grid and the 3D Rotate tool. Notice it has presets for isometric rotations. If you need more than what Illustrator provides by default, try the CADtools plugin for Illustrator, which provides tools for isometric drawing and dimensioning. I've got a few more resources to share. Based on this tutorial ...


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These small simplified images representing things are called pictograms (they're sometimes called icons but that also makes implications about how they are used). See also What do you call these infographic icons? which discusses a different style of the same thing. You can browse thousands and thousands of pictograms like that at the noun project, and ...


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Tracing software may help getting started, but then there's still a lot of illustrating craft there. Photoshop and Gimp does not sound like the right tools for the trade, Illustrator and Inkscape are more like it. IIRC both should have embedded tracers.


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Without resorting to much trickery I would use colored pencil for the sketching. Lets say you'd use for example a blue pencil for sketching and your regular black ink for line work. Then you can use (top menu) Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White or Image > Adjustments > Black & White And slide the Blues and/or Cyans ...


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According to the Creative Director of Mozilla here, the two companies responsible for the current design are Delicious Design League and Royal Order.


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It's easy to over-think design. The hilariously overwrought and over-intellectualized b***sh*t that was revealed when the new Pepsi logo went public (great article and the actual document here) gave rise to much rofling, deservedly so. It's a fine example of the "baloney baffles brains" approach to design. It produced a monstrosity, and I was not in the ...


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Lollero's suggestion is a good one. It doesn't help much if everything's gray and black, however. Here is a technique that takes a little finesse and some practice, but is your best general approach without changing your initial workflow: Scan in the usual way, and use a Levels adjustment layer to make the inking fully black (RGB 0,0,0) by dragging the ...


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It's an animation combining two separate images that you'd typically see with a Stereoscopic drawing In this particular example, it's likely one source image that was modified to create the second image by shifting things around a bit. Things that you want to appear further out in space would shift further than those that you don't.


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I don't know of an exact term for that, but it looks influenced by a Japanese trend for drawing characters with excessively large, over-rounded heads and over-emphasised eyes, sometimes called chibi after a Japanese term. Apparently it's also sometimes called super-deformed, but I think that term is asking for an awkward misunderstanding... Basically, it's ...


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I agree, wacom bamboo. But be sure to pick the so labelled "medium"(I think, not sure, is A5, and small is A6(the larger the number, the smaller size)) , not the "small" ones. Here the size does matter. It does have direct relation with fluid and good stroke. I rather prefer the Intuos gamma, and XL or L formats, (even being pricey) but that's me. Beware, ...


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There is no way automated digital way to completely eliminate the pencil lines without doing some damage to the quality of the ink lines. However, it is possible to get close—probably close enough that you could manually fix the problems in a few minutes using a graphics tablet. Looking at the sample image, it appears that there are two characteristics that ...


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I'd call it a bricolage. In the visual arts bricolage is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by such a process. The term is borrowed from the French word bricolage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bricolage Other names it may be known by: Merz Polystylism Collage ...


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Photoshop can help. If you ensure that there is an overlap between the various tiles of the scanning procedure you can then use File > Automate > Photomerge. It will analyze the files you give it and identify common pixels and reposition/overlap the art as it sees fit. With a little care during the scanning process, it can make stitching the tiles together a ...


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They both fall under the Swiss Style of Graphic Design History of Visual Communications from Citrinitas Lessons from Swiss Style Graphic Design from Smashing Mag Swiss / International Style Lecture Slides from Parkland College


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There's not really an 'effect' to speak of. These are just flat line art, as @Scott mentions. I can add some advice to stick to very simple shapes, a single colour and one single thickness for all your strokes. Be sure to round most of your corners and select a round end cap in the Stroke panel.


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In all kinds of drawing, a formalised methodology has been attempted for centuries (ref. The Vitruvian man). Rules and guidelines for proportions of the human body etc. have been drawn out for the use in architecture and art (and in some cases to hunt for the magic golden section). This, in a way, is an engineering approach to imagery: laying down basic ...


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As others have already pointed out, these are called "word clouds". Word clouds are essentially visual frequency tables of words, where the font size of the word is determined by the word frequency. Thus, to create the graphic, you first need a corpus (for example, a speech made by someone, a text file of all your blog posts, a data dump of all of your ...


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Not sure there's a specific style name for that, but some terms that could be applicable: flat iconography isometric vector infographic Many of the stock art sites will have collections of all sorts of illustration styles for use. Veer.com is a popular vendor.


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A good logo is one that is easily identifiable and visually conveys meaning quickly, often through group association. Unfortunately, when applied to the human form one often winds up with a stereotype. At its best it is benign, but even benign stereotypes are easily seen as racist. (see: Land O'Lakes; Aunt Jemima; Alfred E Neuman; Notre Dame football) ...


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Significant or not really depends on the user but the intuos4 certainly has changed a bit since its previous version. increased sensibility (2048 levels instead of previously 1024) I'm not noticing this much. But might be just my blunt nature. The design and button layout has changed a lot. Now it is useable for both left and right handed people. The ...


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First of all having a tablet for drawing is a step too far for you i guess, i you are used to using it, then its fine but a step backward and using mouse for starters will make you more comfortable on vector drawing. I personally find drawing vectors with mouse more controlled. Main method - not a mistake - with tablet is using it as a brush, think of it as ...


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Stripes, stars (come to think of it, on Independence Day, a certain flag comes to mind), spots (e.g. polka dots) ... "Sensory Bias Theory" posits that ornamentation takes as its point of departure the way nervous systems are wired. The research usually focuses on animal courtship displays (peacock tails, bird songs, etc.), but much of it carries over to ...


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Yep, that's a drill. A ray gun is not "newfangled and risky." It's either "dangerous assault from outsiders" or "futuristic protection against dangerous assault." I am a Trekkie. Trust me on this. "Science" would be represented by a beaker or a flask. What about a beaker with a question mark in it?


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Illustrators are people who do illustration, like how designers are people who do design. If your question is essentially "What is 'illustration', and how is it different to graphic design?", that's a good question. It's a difficult one to define. Most people just have a gut feeling for where the line is between graphic design and illustration. My ...


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You could use a Gradient Mesh. With Illustrator CS5 or newer you can apply transparency to gradient mesh points. Then you would need a clipping mask to remove the "glaze" from over the hole in the donut. Gradient Mesh: I've used a gradient mesh for the basic shape and transparency of the glaze. Then I added a clipping mask to the mesh to remove the ...


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There is an easy Illustrator trick that'll get you 3/4 of the way, but relying on tricks like this might not be the best way. You will need to do at least some hand-drawing, for the bits that stick out from the sphere (unless you use a serious 3D application... but that might not match the cartoony aesthetic so well...), and it might turn out to be better to ...


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I realize that I'm "begging the issue" with my answer; but, I think it's valid here. Strive for a well-rounded general education at this point. Keep your options open by avoiding a specialization too soon, academically. The biggest problem (that have teachers talking to themselves as they bang their heads against the wall, weeping and gnashing their teeth) ...



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