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Feb
6
comment Is there an easy way (a pattern or plugin) to create urban maps? Inkscape preferred
See also (not plugin-focused): How to create a fictional city map and also for more ways to use real maps as a starting point, How can I easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into an outline drawing?
Feb
5
comment What is graph paper called where the grid is dashed instead of solid?
If you want something to download and print yourself, why not just make a grid yourself with 1cm dashed lines and print it? Very easy in Illustrator or InDesign. I'm not aware of any specific name for dashed line grid paper or graph paper. If the reason why you want dashed lines is because the grid is less obtrusive, Whitelines squared paper is very good - white lines on light grey paper, very subtle. Example image.
Feb
4
comment Can you see while drawing on the drawing tablet?
Some Android tablets (Galaxy Note range, some others), and some Windows tablets (Surface Pro, some others) have accurate digital pens with proper pressure sensitivity. It's really hard to find out which do, however - shops, write-ups and tech journalists rarely mention it. They sometimes call this feature a "Wacom digitizer". For everything except the super-pricey Wacom Cintiq Companion, these are a little bit unresponsive to soft strokes but generally pretty good (and much better than finger painting!).
Feb
3
comment Illustrator: creating two colour-wheel-like objects out of 23 circles/discs
The question isn't asking for gradient fills, it's asking for colours varying in a systematic way (like a blend like in Boblet's answer). The answers at the other question all involve each circle having an identical fill. The questions are similar, but it's not a duplicate.
Feb
3
comment What font is in this scoreboard of the FIFA Club World Cup?
Very similar, but the R in the sample is curved (like in Frutiger) while the R in Proxima is straight.
Jan
31
comment Handwriting font that at random picks characters?
Still can't find that source, but for a great example of opentype trickery making handwriting fonts look lively and real, check out Aya Script by Crystal Kluge (the live demo on that page only shows a small amount of the trickery in that font - look at the samples)
Jan
31
comment Handwriting font that at random picks characters?
I think when font makers do this, they do it by creating loads and loads and loads of ligatures - so the a in ...sa... might be different to in ...ta... to ...ma... to ...ssa... to ...sau... etc etc - but two identical words would look identical. Fonts also allow variants on letters that can be applied manually, which you could use to 'fix' repeated words near each other so they aren't identical on the same page (or, you could skip some ligatures). I can't remember a source for this though, think it was an interview with a handwriting font maker on MyFonts from about a year ago
Jan
31
comment How animations like this are done…3d/artistic/cartoonish
They definitely are up for talking about their process - they responded to a couple of comments asking questions on Vimeo: in particular "All the animated stuffs were made in 3D (with painted textures), but the backgrounds are in 2D.", and "we used 3DsMax for this production". Why not ask them and direct them here? :) would love to see a more detailed description, it's a great style done really well
Jan
30
comment What is the best icon to represent the shopping cart for an e-commerce store?
Could work, but there's a risk it could be mistaken for wishlists or gift lists or gift wrapping options, which many online stores have. I'd suggest having it as an open box else it looks like something to do with completed orders - the 'basket' metaphor works because you can put things in and out of baskets as much as you like while deciding what to buy.
Jan
30
comment What is the best icon to represent the shopping cart for an e-commerce store?
I'd never thought about it before, but I suppose it makes sense that places like clothing stores would want to avoid anything like shopping trolleys/carts that would make people think of supermarkets and high volume, low quality discount shopping. Likewise any shop that is its own luxury/exclusive brand.
Jan
30
comment Looking at ideas for an “incorporated” logo for my fictitious company
No need to apologise! Hope it goes well :)
Jan
30
comment Looking at ideas for an “incorporated” logo for my fictitious company
Hi Bert, we don't do project-specific brainstorming here, maybe somewhere like deviantart.com might be better? A few general tips though: never be self-conscious about how rough idea sketches are, they're for your own use so they can be as rough as you like! And for making things look like letters - people recognise words as whole units not letter-by-letter so people will already be ready for an m shape there: it's not far off working already. Just make sure the three middle fingers are prominent, clear and mostly vertical, like the uprights of an m.
Jan
29
comment How to align rotated shape back to 0 degrees?
When I've looked into this before, it seemed like this is something everyone wants but that Illustrator just doesn't do (but, annoyingly, something Illustratror's rivals manage to do just fine). When I need to unrotate text, I usually just re-type or copy and paste the text into new text, then use the eyedropper to make it match the old text (double-click the eyedropper icon first and make sure everything's ticked). Sometimes it's also possible to use the bounding box.
Jan
29
comment Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?
...and one tip for anyone following this method: if you're creating lots of PDFs, don't forget to make sure that View PDF after saving is not ticked when recording the save PDF action!! D'oh...
Jan
29
comment Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?
Awesome! Perfect! p.s. I have to ask - what does your HULK SMASH!! action do? :-D
Jan
29
comment Maximum resolution of 3D printers
I know a few graphic designers who've worked with 3D printers. It's not mainstream yet, but I wouldn't close a question just because it's about an area on the up. That said, since it's still a fringe area overspilling from product design etc, it's unlikely many people here will have had the chance to do much 3D printing related work. You might get better results elsewhere: a specialist forum, or maybe the techies at superuser.com ?
Jan
28
comment How to create beautiful (block) diagrams
For the "tips on how to make it beautiful" side of the question, you might find Examples of well designed software architecture diagrams useful - this isn't software architecture but the type of diagram is similar.
Jan
28
comment Does a graphic designer run the risk of losing clients if he/she publishes instructional books and tutorials for non-designers?
Why are you worried you'd lose business? Are you worried that your readers will become better at your job than you and compete with you or not need you? For that to be possible, you'd need to be either a) a truly amazing author, in which case your books would be so successful I wouldn't worry about it, or b) a pretty poor designer, if someone could come as far as you have in your career after reading some tutorials! I wouldn't worry about it - there's much much more to the trade than just "how to"
Jan
22
comment Best symbol for store location?
If you definitely want a store icon, however, you can see some ideas for store icons at the noun project
Jan
22
comment What is the proper sizing/image/resolution or whatever for shooting artwork for submission?
If it's a pixel image, the resolution isn't as important as the actual number of pixels you have. A large, low res image file is basically a small high res image, just described differently. A 3,000 pixel image that thinks it is 42 inches of 72 pixels per inch is essentially the same thing as a 3,000 pixel image that thinks it is 10 inches of 300 pixels per inch.