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Questions about visualising an idea or concept with the use of lines: clearly defined edges and outlines of objects.

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Create hatching in Inkscape?

How can I create hatching in Inkscape? I want to create plain hatching like you would find in an engineering drawing. (I am not interested in "artistic" hatching like the "rough" hatching Inkscape has ...
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How to get dashed line in Photoshop?

How can I make a dashed or dotted lines in Photoshop?
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How are these swirly, line frames made?

I love and have always been mystified by this kind of swirly design. After +10yrs working as a graphic designer, I still can't wrap my head around how those are done. Geometric curved design in ...
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How to efficiently draw bent or curved lines or arrows with Photoshop?

I always use the Line Tool to draw arrows (by setting an Arrowhead at the end), like this: Is there also a quick and easy way to draw bent (arched) arrows, like this?
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How to capture likeness in a portrait?

I'm having a problem with capturing the likeness of a person I'm trying to draw a portrait of, and I was hoping you could point out where I'm making the mistake and how can I improve. Basically, the ...
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How to frame text like the logo design of the 1968 olympic games in Inkscape?

I want to have a header on a cover design of a cover I am making, that looks like the logo below. The problem arises when I want a lot of these outer lines. My method so far is to make each line ...
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How was this image designed?

I've just came across a image with a peculiar effect. I'm not sure how they have hidden the original image in the lines(or layer perhaps?) There has been no visible changes in color nor in the pattern ...
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Illustrator: how to reproduce font line art

I am interested to find a proper way of reproducing the below font line art example. What I've tried: Using the Type tool, I've created the letter "S", right click >create outlines (I guess that ...
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How to make rounded corners from shapes drawn with lines?

I am trying to make a shape like this: And so far in Illustrator, I've drawn this: Now, I know how to make a rectangle/square rounded. Select object, go to Effect -> Stylize -> Rounded corners... ...
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What is this design element called?

On some illustrations, you will see an ornate underline beneath text, with curlicues: What is the technical name for this design element?
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Join line and edge of circle

In Inkscape, what would be the best way to join the two nodes highlighted in red below? One is an end of the line, the other is the leftmost point on a circle (the horizontal line goes through the ...
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Illustrator: how to reproduce line art

I am interested to find a proper way of reproducing the below line art example. What I've tried: -I've created two layers with paralel lines with different widths using Blend/make option. -Using the ...
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What kind of illustration and how I can achieve this "effect"?

I've seen this kind of illustrations around the web, mostly on dribble, and I love them but the problem here is that I don't know how to achieve this effect, I tried with photoshop and illustrator but ...
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How to do line optical illusion art effects?

I was wondering how I can do this type of optical illusion. Is it done manually or is there a quicker way to do it. Thanks ahead of time.
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How can I split a complicated line into different fill-able groups?

I'm working with Adobe Illustrator for the first time, and I'm coming across something that I think it can do, but I can't find the right Google-words to find it. Ok, first, here's an image to show ...
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How can I easily add color to unclosed shapes?

I've got a line art drawing of a dragon that I'm trying to color. I don't necessarily care if I use Illustrator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro; I'm just trying to figure out the best way to color the ...
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Is it possible to control layer order in an Illustrator stroke?

Let's say I've made a custom brush in Illustrator (this example is stripped down, but it's enough to get the point across): The stroke starts at the bottom and loops around. There are two ...
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Scanning line art for press

I would like to know what's the standard resolution for line-art if you'll include it in a for-press production? I intend on this process: scan image (as RGB or Grayscale) convert to grayscale if ...
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How to create dashed lines/arrows in Illustrator

I'm looking for help on how to create the dashed lines and arrows in the example below. In this example you can see the arrows, which follow a curved path, yet, the stripes remain in perfect "...
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How to achieve layered line art effect?

Wondering if there is an easy way to achieve a layered line effect as seen here: Or does this have to be manually drawn using the pen tool? Essentially I'm wondering if there is a tool in ...
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Is there a name for this line-based halftone style?

I'm wondering what you would call the style/technique of the picture above? It looks similar to linocut, and is halftone but neither of those terms are specific enough. I'd love some advice on how to ...
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What is the easiest way to do shading for a vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop?

I am doing artistic reconstructions of several animal species for a research project. I am making the drawings using vector illustration in Illustrator. I want to be able to reuse these illustrations ...
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Faded Colour Code Calculation

I know multiple programs that calculate colours based on a percentage. I really love when colours are displayed this way as they seem to fade in a non-luminous dull way that is really indicative of a ...
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How to create a two-color, dashed line in Inkscape

How can I draw a two-color, dashed line in Inkscape? The only possibility I see is to draw a colored/transparent line.
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How to create a triangular grid in Illustrator

This has been bugging me for some time and i'm not sure how to approach it. I've attempted several times. I'm trying to create the lines similar to the compositions in the picture shown: PS - If ...
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GIMP: How can I make a basic 4px brush?

How can I make the pencil/brush width exactly 4px, with a hard edge? (i.e. no fading, feathering, gradients, etc.) I know it's an incredibly simple problem but all of GIMP's presets/defaults are ...
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How to draw this abstract curve design

I'm trying to create a specific kind of abstract line design that consists of parallel lines with a 3D look using Inkscape. Here's an example of what I'm aiming for: I've been experimenting with ...
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How to create a dotted line in Adobe Illustrator

How can I create a dotted swirly line like the example below in illustrator? I would like to create a loop dotted line.
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Smooth line-only pen drawing in Inkscape

Using pen and paper I drew a castle (monochrome, only lines, no fillings, no gradients, no pen pressure differences), then scanned it and vectorized it with Trace Bitmap in Inkscape: I want to reduce ...
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How do I straighten a curved line in Illustrator and maintain its length?

How would I take this line and straighten it in illustrator without losing any of its length (Like if you held pulled a thread tight by both ends.)
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How can I create this optical illusion where letters are made with diagonal lines slightly altered from those of the background?

How can I create this optical illusion in Illustrator or other programs? Original: My attempt:
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Which software can produce drafting scale line diagrams

Which software can be used to draw lines at exact measurements? I am looking for a tool which could be used for example to draw a top down view of the turning circle for a car. The drawing would ...
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How to copy rough 'illustrated' lines?

I am trying to copy the line style in the following images: This is what I've arrived at: Any ideas on how I can improve it to get it to look like the above ones? :/
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Trouble with closing pen tool lines in Illustrator for vector illustration

I’ve had experience with drawing in Photoshop, but never tried vector artwork in Illustrator before. I drew this illustration using separate pen tool lines for the majority of the outlines (her ...
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Vector Format Perlin Noise Effect

Goal is to Achieve vector formatted Perlin noise line art. Visual Examples of the desired effect: It is possible to create a static Perlin noise effecting using only Adobe Illustrator or photoshop? ...
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How can I reduce compression artifacts in dark areas with Photoshop?

Using Photoshop I have converted a photograph into a sketch/line drawing, I achieved this in photoshop by: Making image greyscale Duplicating image then inverting it Applying a color(colour) dodge ...
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Regular Curve on Parallel Lines in Illustrator

Hi Community! I'm trying to draw a liberty-style image frame in Illustrator. You can see what I've made so far in the first image. I am trying to always maintain the two parallel lines that compose ...
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Need feedback - Can the composition/colors of this design be fixed if something is lacking or is not a better fit?

My boss didn't find it (images are at bottom) perfect. Although he couldn't explain it specifically, but he gave an hint about light / color tone / background and sky related problems. After talking a ...
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smoothing unclean lines in GIMP

I scanned a line drawing and extracted the line work in Inkscape. I'm trying to clean up the image in Gimp (erasing dust specks and such), but the lines remain a bit jagged. I've tried selecting the ...
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Changing colour of a line in photoshop

When I draw a rectangle shape in Photoshop it has colour properties. But when I draw a line it has no colour properties and just uses currently selected colour. I want to change the colours of lines ...
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Inkscape: how to draw cased lines, or filled shapes with strokes that have their own fill

How to create a circle or any other shape whose perimeter line is cased? That is the stroke has it's own interior fill and bounding line in addition to the shape having fill? I can simulate it by ...
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How to modify path width?

I have this image of a heart: favorite.svg and this image of a back arrow: back.svg I would like to modify the line width of the back arrow to match the line width of the heart. Any ideas on how I ...
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Is it possible to draw a black line with a colored fill

For example, in photo shop you can draw a line then select that line and contract the pixels maybe 3 pixels (depending if the line I drew was thicker)and fill that area with a color. Thus the line ...
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How can I make this lettering/typographic shape better?

I made this effect in Illustrator using the line tool, Zig Zag tool and then expanding the line to a path. I want the top line of the 'E' to join perfectly with the line in the 't'. I have almost ...
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Perspective/non-linear blends with a common centre

In illustrator, if you want to take a blend between two objects with a specified number of steps and give it a perspective-like effect - changing the curve of the blend from linear to non-linear so ...
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Techniques to draw tasteful lines and border in Photoshop

When I draw lines or borders in Photoshop for my web design work, they are usually not beautiful and seem to me to not be aesthetically appealing. I don't know why, as drawing a line seems to be a ...
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Is there a standard list of names for different arrowhead shapes?

Is there a standard list of names for different arrowhead shapes? I don't mean Indian/Native American arrowheads, I mean arrowheads that you would find in clipart, visio, adobe, word, etc. I just ...
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What style is the text on this album cover?

One of my favorite music groups has the following album cover: Is there a name for the art style used to fill the text? If so, what is it, and where may I find more information on this style?
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Fixed line thickness for scanned, traced drawings in Illustrator

Context: So I drew some logos in black pen on paper and scanned them in order to make vector images. I traced the outlines (b&w) which worked great. My original, hand drawn lines look a bit shaky ...
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Why no vertical lines in tables?

Some publisher styles (APA, Chicago, SVMono Springer, …) require that tables contain no vertical lines (“unless [the lines] indicate the structure of the data” for Chicago). Why such a generic and ...
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