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comment How to draw a stretched/pulled/conical spiral
"conical spiral" is another search term that might help. One quick thing you could try (not tested): draw one segment as a path with a stroke, copy, paste, scale up by X%, align, join paths, paste again, scale up by X% twice, align, join to the two existing segments, paste, scale up by X% 3 times... etc
Sep
30
comment How to re-create letters using pieces of photographies
I don't understand how this is too broad. Steps are basically: 1) find cliff picture, 2) create clipping mask to make characters shapes, 3) paint over shading and highlights so it looks like an actual standalone structure (maybe using one darkening and one lightening layer clipped by the same mask?), 4) in an unclipped layer(s), paint in or copy from image (whichever works best) details that hang out from the mask, like vines, waterfall, birds, mist etc. The key thing is, in the painting step, use judgement - not too much or too little - and be clear in your head where your light sources are.
Sep
26
answered Is there a name to define a 3D scene design from a fixed angle?
Sep
26
comment Weird grey boxes on PDF export and (huge) quality difference in Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat
You mention this affects objects with an outer glow effect: where is this effect coming from? Is it applied in InDesign or in another application then copied or placed into InDesign?
Sep
26
comment Is Illustrator good for Android?
How to make the visual elements in UI design is the same regardless of what operating system the UI is for (one exception: not all platforms support vector graphics in native app UIs, but that just effects how you output the design: can still design in vector then output PNGs), so the best place to start is reading guides for software for UI design in general, then look at the style guidance and technical details for the OS you are targeting.
Sep
25
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
24
comment how to make a complex tartan pattern in AI6
So the basic principle will be: do what they say on How can I make a Tartan Design in Adobe Illustrator to create the diagonal textures, then make long horizontal and vertical rectangles with those textures and blend modes and overlay them over each other.
Sep
24
answered How can some designers produce dozens of web templates a day?
Sep
23
comment Motivations for a designer to get involved in an open source project
Are you a designer? Yes, Are you involved in an open source project? Sort of, I work on Drupal quite a lot and I support open source. But I almost never provide designs for open source projects: I'd like to, but it's just too much hassle for the reasons described above. Despite being 80% designer and 20% coder I've provided like 800% more code bug fixes to open sources projects than I have images or designs.
Sep
23
revised How can some designers produce dozens of web templates a day?
Jumping through hoops...
Sep
23
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Sep
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answered Motivations for a designer to get involved in an open source project
Sep
17
comment Flat Rate vs. Hourly: Fast work = lower pay?
@Scott too high or too low? (don't know much about US prices)
Sep
7
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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answered What is the best way to roll out new branding?
Aug
31
awarded  Electorate
Aug
31
comment How should a designer handle the request to repurpose a design?
I think it hinges how much of the piece is function, and how much it's form/branding. Resurrecting something functional like an interactive map seems reasonable to me - there's no reason why a thing that works should die with the company that used it. If they're asking you to help them take something that is wholly part of a dead company's brand style, like a logo or advert, it seems a bit much like grave robbery. If it's something in the middle like a brochure or web layout, I'd say the task is separating function from form - old function, new form
Aug
31
comment How can I prepare for a career in character design?
I don't know if there's a US equivalent, but in the UK, art schools do 1-year "foundation" courses to do before starting college that are about trying lots of disciplines to find your ideal speciality, and learning the basics that are common to all disciplines like creative thinking, developing ideas, giving and receiving criticism etc. Quite a lot of people from overseas do them as international students (this is probably quite expensive though)