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How I can make physical exercise illustrations?

Like this: I think this created with a specific program, because I've seen this 3d model at 10+ different site. I did research for 6 hours, but I can't find it.
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Steps to creating a Motion Graphic Scenery

I am looking for directions in creating an animated scene like the one portrayed in this link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh0jhjs2z7c I am completely blind to the process and I would love to get ...
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Can we develop a talent to draw engineering drawings in Auto CAD without having the knowledge of making engineering drawings on paper

My question is can I refer and learn AutoCAD such that I can teach it to some engineering students, while I'm not a Engineering graduate? I mean, I'm a Mathematics graduate, who has a good knowledge ...
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What are the fundamentals of human figure drawing? How to improve in each of them?

I'm trying to break down what skills I need to develop to draw a realistic human figure. At the moment I got: Gesture I have no good idea on how to exercise this, I mean, I have no good way to know ...
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What animation tool is best for teachers for 2D animations?

I am an online teacher who often have to explain the concepts which are best understood with 2D animations like these : https://youtu.be/u1DYs2I-_lU?t=134 I learnt AfterEffects because that was the ...
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Typography, editorial design, editorial practice, copy editing

I tried to figure these things myself, but with no luck yet. Maybe because I'm a foreigner and a complexity of terminology mixes with a complexity of English. And so the question. It consists of four ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

I'm a graphic designer and illustrator. I enjoy doing these things. Nobody is hiring. I want to do it anyway. I've been posting ads all over various platforms advertising free art and graphic design ...
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Artboard size for projects in illustrator

Student here. What size artboards do people use? If I'm designing a business card, is the idea that you make the artboard the exact same size as the card. Or do you leave a bit of room on the edge.
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How Do I Make a Graphic Design Portfolio?

I am a first year graphic design who is still relatively new to the field. I have no idea how to even start with a portfolio. Do I create a website? Is it something physical? Can it just be a Google ...
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How do I know if I'm ready to become Adobe Certified Expert?

My name is Elizabeth. I am a 21 year old, living in Germany and I would like to become an Adobe Certified Expert. I was wondering if anybody would be so kind to answer a few of my questions. I have ...
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How can I find a mentor to critique my work?

I'm a self-learning graphic designer. I work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and I thought I was doing fine until I got this big shock at work. I've been working for a year at some web design ...
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Should I go through all tutorials that are available on Youtube?

I already watch and learn many tutorials about graphic design programs (for example Inkscape, Blender 3d, MediBang Paint, etc). But after I go through them, I realized that the more I go through the ...
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Small caps and text figures in titlecase

I'm currently typing up some lecture notes for a university course, and I'm having trouble deciding how exactly I should typeset the title of the document. The title consists of the subject ...
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Best portfolios to choose from

I need your help on my final assignment for my Diploma of Graphic Design course. I'm creating three portfolios to present my work - printed portfolio, online portfolio (website based) and an ...
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Which tools should I learn how to use when I have the combined goal of creating a graphic novel and a math textbook?

Background: I would like to create both of the following: A graphic novel. I would like to be able to sketch, draw and preferably color all the panels myself. A textbook in mathematics for children ...
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Contract Writing and Pricing

I am trying to figure out how to write a contract for a design service, and make sure my pricing is fair. Any help would be greatly appreciated have no idea where to start with the contract. I have ...
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Best book about modernism typography

"Grid systems in graphic design" by Josef Müller Brockmann is THE book about the modular grid system and deals with layout. The "Vignelli Canon" by Massimo Vignelli partly deals ...
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How can I build up 'structured knowledge' of the space of significant font families?

I'm not a graphic designer by trade, and my design work has been limited to posters and flyers for social activism, as well as scientific on-screen presentations and a couple of conference posters. ...
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Critique - a logo for a music streaming service

I created a logo for a school project, with the brief of creating a logo for a start up company, offering an online music streaming service. I chose the name Melodious Records for the company and ...
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Must one have a knowledge of fine art to be a Graphic Designer? Should all Graphic Designers know how to draw?

Is it true that nice design comes with a nice drawing? Do designers have to know how to draw to be a good designer or not?
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How to study anatomy as an artist?

I am painfully aware that nearly all my paintings and drawings seriously lack in terms of proper anatomy. The figures often look unnatural, twisted, deformed etc. More advanced colleagues told me I ...
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Social Media Design Portfolio? Is this a thing?

I want to apply for design jobs, where I create the social media posts of companies. Obviously, I need some sort of related reference / portfolio. During design school, I did graphic design like ...
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Resources for digital painting

I have no experience in panting and drawing but I would like to start learning it in digital media. Are there any books, websites, or tutorials which teach digital painting and drawing? I use Corel ...
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How to defend layout and design decisions?

I work with people where design is not seemed as a very important part when advertising products or events. I am, as far as I know, the only person with a professional graphic design education. It is ...
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advice / steps to follow for a beginner + hobbyist wanting to have fun with digital painting / drawing

A couple of days ago I dusted off my Veikk tablet and installed the latest version of Krita. As per post title, my goal is to have fun with digital painting and drawing; but at the same time I'd like ...
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What is the significance/importance/use/purpose/need of this design?

When I saw it, I couldn't understand it. Neither my a few friends. Now I won't ask for the meaning of it, or if I should understand it or not, as it will turn out to be subjective. First, is it done ...
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Can I use an images (with people) for a club poster?

I work as a designer for a department at a college. My main task is designing posters/flyers for student clubs to advertise their club meetings and events. I always try to use public domain photos ...
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Unable to edit color of text in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020

I'm currently working through the official training workbook, the 2019 release, and am halted on Chapter 7. I'm trying to edit the text, and I'm able to do everything but edit the text color. I'm ...
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What exactly is white space?

I'm new to web design. I'm studying white space but I haven't found yet a clearer explanation of what space is and when I need to use it. The tutorial that I've read only said that white space is ...
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Best ways to learn all the illustrator tools and commands [closed]

What is the best way to learn all the illustrator tools and commands (for a beginner) ?
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I am not a graphic designer, what do I need to know so I don't come off as a complete luddite?

Like the title describes. My profession is NOT graphic design. On the other hand, I occasionally work with those who are and would benefit from being able to better see things from their perspective. ...
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How to draw a contrast outline around vector objects in Inkscape

Some designers draw a border line around their artwork (for example: a logo). Most likely for the purpose of maintaining image contrast if the user displays the image in dark mode browser. I'm ...
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Minoring in Digital Design

I am a computer science student that is currently working on getting my CS degree while minoring in mathematics. However, there are enough free elective credits left in my degree path that I could ...
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What are the journals of contemporary graphic design?

Are there any internationally recognized journals on contemporary graphic design? For example, where can I find critiques, reviews, and argued opinions of designers like David Carson or Uwe Loesch?
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Work-life balance as a designer

I know that this is not your usual design question everyone posts about on here, but I'm going to ask anyways! I am currently on my final year of design school/university and have chosen to write a ...
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Do the principles of design help the viewer in successfully understanding the work?

So I am learning about graphic design from the ground up starting with the fundamental elements and principles. As I delve deeper into the subject reading more and more about principles like unity/...
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How to guide an employee to improve his graphic design ablilties?

I am CTO at a small-medium software development company with a few ages history. I carry RRHH selection, teaching, and internal promotion. Until yesterday we just had developers and design was driven ...
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How can I ensure consistency in web design?

I had a lot of trouble formulating this question, hopefully the title is representative to the question asked. Currently I'm assisting / managing an intern with his first big 'web design' project. ...
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Where can I learn how to lay things out beautifully? [closed]

As part of my job, I create learning materials, e-learning courses and PPT decks. I'd love to learn how to lay things out beautifully, pick the right images and colours to make learning materials ...
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How can a novice designer further their culture of typography?

In my teaching I've encountered a problem that is recurring among new students. They often aren't aware of when fonts were created, if they are overused (Brush Script, Comic Sans MS, Papyrus...) but ...
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How can I show the feelings of motion, distance, proximity, aggregation and segregation with dots?

This is for our visual elements course, our teacher said to show these feelings or concepts (motion, distance, proximity, aggregation, and segregation) just with dots in a Square frame, I tried but he ...
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Olivetti history and/or coffee table book

I'm a big style fan of the company Olivetti, I mainly know them for their typewriters (Lettera 22 and 32 are my favorites) but doing a little more research I found some amazing print ads ( https://www....
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How to master a typeface?

If you want to improve your typographic craftmanship an reoccurring advice is to stick to and master a few typefaces like for example Helvetica, Caslon or News Gothic. This was, for example, a common ...
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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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How to improve angle and proportion perception?

Im having a bit of a problem with my perception of angles and proportions. While I compare some elements of my drawing to each other, they seem to be fine. In a portrait, say, the browridge seems to ...
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2 year diploma enough to start a career? [duplicate]

I'm finishing my degree in Art History soon and I'm realizing I am not as interested in my major than I originally thought I was. The idea of going to graduate school or working in an art history ...
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What are some ways you have used to get employers / freelance clients attention?

Linked in, personal blog, youtube, ?? What are some ways you have used to demonstrate what you are learning / doing to improve and hone your skills as a designer? IE books ive been reading, self ...
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I am an experienced programmer who wants to learn how to design 2D game art. Is this achievable? [closed]

Although I am an experienced programmer and decent with Unity, I really want to learn how to design my own 2D levels and character art. I have some experience with Photoshop since I used to slice ...
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Figure drawing - transitioning between "draw from reference" and "draw from imagination"?

When I draw human figures from reference, my drawing looks wrong but I can see what went wrong and (hopefully) correct it by looking at the reference. However, when I draw human figures from ...
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Suggestion for learning method [closed]

Currently I am studying graphic design, in my personal time am learning Html and Css, and I want to learn UX. What should I do? To stick with html and css and those are enough or learn a UX software?