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Jan
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comment Illustrator or Photoshop for Vectorising/Tracing in Print Images?
It's up to you as the artist to decide what effect you want to go for (to imitate a pen drawing or to have a clean vector art look). Both have their merits. Illustrator can also imitate hand-drawn images, but it's not as realistic as you could do in Photoshop, Painter, or similar programs.
Jan
13
comment How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator
@Pekka: Are you talking about something like Illustrator's live paint/trace feature? If so, what other ones have you had good results with?
Jan
13
answered Wordmark or brandmark logos - Which are more effective?
Jan
13
comment What web graphics formats to use?
If you're going to choose a single format, then that's definitely what I'd go with. But for photos, you really should consider using JPEG. At high quality settings the compression artifacts are usually imperceptible in most photos, and the resulting file is still smaller than a PNG--even more so if you use multi-pass compression. The size difference can be quite significant.
Jan
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comment What web graphics formats to use?
You can use indexed colors with PNG as well. So there's no reason to use GIF at all, unless you're dealing with some old browsers or want to use an animated GIF.
Jan
13
comment How to get dashed line in Photoshop?
@Dkuntz2: That's a good reason not to use the pencil tool. Unless you're doing pixel art, you usually want there to be antialiasing. This is especially true if your dashed line isn't straight horizontal or vertical.
Jan
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revised What is the single most influential book every designer should read?
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Jan
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comment How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator
Trippy: Here's a basic linework tutorial: vimeo.com/12166921 . As for mesh gradients, you can probably find some good tutorials on tutsplus: vector.tutsplus.com
Jan
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revised How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
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revised How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
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revised How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
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comment How to create Illustrations and Art from Sketches in Adobe Illustrator
Based on what you say you already know, my advice is to learn how to use mesh gradients. That's the one skill that really separates advanced vector artists from amateurs (well, that and line work quality).
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revised How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
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Jan
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comment How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
I'd also add that the two meanings are often blended together (such is the case with Roman square capitals), which is probably truer to the original usage. So I guess, technically, neither usage is correct. Here's some more interesting reading: contextualstudies.wordpress.com/2009/05/25/…
Jan
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comment How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
@Charles: I'm not sure that's true. There are strong indications that the term "roman" has been used to refer to classic serif typefaces by professional typographers for a long time. It's not just a misuse by people who are ignorant. It's a reference to 9th century neo-caroline miniscule based on Roman-style chiseled type (e.g. found on Trajan's Column). It's also the basis of the term Roman square capitals. For more info see: tcnj.edu/~miranda/classes/web/type.html
Jan
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comment How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?
@Charles: There are 2 uses of the word "roman" in typography, see: desktoppub.about.com/cs/basic/g/roman.htm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_type
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comment What are general practices in handing over usage rights to the client?
That's pretty unprofessional/unethical. You're basically exploiting the naivete of your clients to suck more money out of them. That might work for smaller clients, but any corporate clients will know better.