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Illustrator: How to make the arrow keys move in smaller increments?

Here's me trying to fine tune something in Illustrator with the arrow keys. That's a single increment. Trying to click & drag is futile, because the object won't actually start to move until you ...
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Pencil effect over photo

I am wondering how can I achieve this pencil effect on an image using Photoshop or other software. Is it some kind of painting? Or is there some converter tools? What I want is to convert a simple ...
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Changing symbol's instance

I have a sidebar in my project with 5 icons and I want to active only one of them in every page. I defined the sidebar as a symbol. Is there a way to select the active icon in every page? I mean, is ...
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How to override color on illustrations/icons that can't be flattened in Sketch App?

I'm trying to create a styleguide according to atomic design. For this I'm trying to create a set of icons where I can override the color so I can use them in different sets. I made an icon of a ...
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Need to understand the technique used in the artwork of sites like Slack, Hioscar, Avocode, etc

So there is this sort of a pastel/raster artwork used in some sites that I want to learn to make and possibly replicate it. Please help my identify this these techniques Eg1:The pastel/paint marks on ...
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How to change InkScape path opacity with shortcuts?

Closely Related: What is the shortcut key for object opacity in Illustrator? When tracing, I would like to be able to quickly change the opacity of the path I am editing with a keyboard or mouse ...
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Painting on linked layers, on a mask

Can you link one layer with the mask of another layer and have your paint strokes affect both layers at the same time? What I want to do is to paint on the first layer which has a blend mode set to ...
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How do I draw the inside of a torus?

I'm trying to make a drawing of the interior of a Stanford Torus, similar to this: Is there a way to draw the perspective of the torus accurately without using a 3D model?
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What are some classic decorative typography techniques?

I'm working on a website, and I'm using a drop cap/initial letter for the text body. I find this technique to be very eye-catching and beautiful to look at. Does anyone know any similar simple, ...
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Angled Curve in Illustrator?

I've been going slightly crazy on trying to create even, curved lines (click to see rest) The images I linked: 2nd top right angle curve is what I'm trying to achieve. The other two screenshots ...
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Is there an easy way to see whether an image needs “amount” or “radius” values adjusted, in Photoshop's “Unsharpen Mask”?

I'm touching up photos for analysis, so they need to be as true to the original as possible (including when zoomed), but sharpened (anything from slightly to greatly) to bring out whatever textures, ...
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Is there a name for this technique? And how can it be achieved, is it just using a grid? [duplicate]

I'm interested in finding out how can this be achieved, and is it the same as pointillism? Thanks
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What techniques does Jesse Kanda (+++) use?

I'm in love with the aesthetics Jesse Kanda (among others) use in their works. I've been trying to figure out what techniques these artists are using – it almost looks like photos of sculptures. I don'...
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How can I add grain or noise to a picture like this one?

Can anyone tell me about the process behind the effect in this picture.
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Photoshop equivalent to Illustrator offset command [duplicate]

I have the following image... ...that I'm trying to get a vector outline for in a similar way to the Illustrator Offset command. I'm looking to have a finished vector look similar to this... (Note: ...
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How to achieve this “Neo Noir” kind effect with Photoshop?

I'm a big fan of John Lumio's work, a great photographer. I noticed that all his images has a special filter / edition. I would like to know if someone has some clue of how to achieve this effect. ...
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What's the meaning behind adding an underline to letters such as 'N', 'U', 'O', etc, in a logotype?

I have seen many minimal logotypes like the one below that include an underline in one of its letters. I did lots of web searching, but didn't find anything explaining it. I'm curious to know the ...
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What is this pseudo 3D technique called?

Usually the animation contains a few moving 2D layers that make pseudo 3D effect. I'm looking for the name of this technique and any tools/services/frameworks/tutorials that may help me to make such ...
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Is it true that stroked open path in Photoshop is impossible?

I need to use a Pen tool for drawing connected lines, like in Illustrator. But Photoshop always closes the path. Are there certain settings to avoid this? Why 'What You See' is not What You Get' in ...
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Why are there no animated album covers?

Throughout Graphic Design I'd say few realms have been as forward thinking as Album Cover Art. It's commercially viable but often without the constraints of the typical corporate design job allowing ...
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How did Escher make his tesselations?

Question for the: Topic Challenge #1 – Famous Designers I remember as a kid my favourite book in the whole house wasn't a book of fairy tales or colourful illustrations. It was The complete works of ...
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The concept of frequency seperation

I've been trying to understand the concept of frequency seperation, and so far have been able to deduce very less of how the technique works. This page, says that an image can be broken into low ...
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Learning the technical side of graphic design

So far the skill of design has only been intuitive to me, but just learning from tutorials doesn't give you the full view of the many technical issues, which I'm very eager to learn. What can I do to ...
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Creating Vector Graphics from Low-Res Logos

Basically, I want to be able to convert low-quality (or any quality, for that matter) raster images, like this one; into basic, clean-cut, vector shapes.
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Technique: “Carved” 3D-Letter

Below you'll see a picture of a design done by Chae Byung-rok, a graphic designer based in Seoul. Can anyone help me figure out how this was done/what technique is behind it? (No stealing of ...
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Please help to identify this map-printing technique

Most old maps in my home (ranging from a school atlas to professionally made large maps from the National Atlas of India) use a peculiar technology. Instead of colored 'dots', they use 'strokes' of ...
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How to create perfectly curved shapes in vector art?

One of my weak spots are the smooth and curved shapes. Normally, i use various tools to do that: Pen Oval with angulated corners, and processed with effect-warp or manually 3d revolve with some ...
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Making multiple / nested clipping masks in Adobe Illustrator

I'm trying to turn this: into this: Put into words, I want the map to be the clipping mask of the lines. And then, I want the circle to be the clipping mask of that other clipping mask. I want to ...
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What are the pros and cons of using Lab color?

I often see suggestions of converting an image to the Lab color model when editing images in, for example, Photoshop. What are the pros and cons of doing this? Are there specific functions or tasks ...
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Positioning vertical watch dial numeric markers in Illustrator?

I never use Adobe Illustrator much so this might be a fairly easy question, but I can't seem to find any answers in my searching. I am designing a watch dial which has numeric hour markers. It is ...
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What is the biomechanical motion to draw a straight vertical line?

To draw a straight horizontal line I basically pin my elbow and then move across the page from left to right. Easy. I can hit my marks consistently and everything is good. Vertical lines however I ...
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What is this effect called? [closed]

Like the title said, what is it, I really like it XD
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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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What's more expensive: hot foil or blind emboss?

Give a shared specification, which technique (blind emboss or hot foil) is more expensive? identical graphics same size of let's say 5 x 5 cm As far as I know, hot foils aren't that expensive, so I'...
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How to properly place control points on bézier curves and tame those curves?

After roughly ten years working as a graphic designer, Bézier curves still elude me. I normally just place control points as I go and then retouch the less natural looking curves, which works well ...
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What is the idea behind using multi pass rendering ? [closed]

I do not know what multi pass rendering is, all I know is random sheets showing the same outline of an object but differently coloured while each own unique way of filling has a name like for instance ...
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Mapping a 2d image to a pseudo 3d

Hi I am unsure what to call this technique that Live2D uses and I wanted get some more information about it. Here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW6Yrxnn5dM You can see how they add the ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

I really like writing encouraging letters to my friends every so often. Writing them by hand makes them feel a lot more personal, but I am always hesitant to do so because my handwriting has always ...
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How to change separate strokes lineart into stroke-less shapes?

I made the line art by tracing each line separately, instead of tracing fully closed shapes. Get it? not a separate stroke for each closed shape. Just a bunch strokes on separate layers meeting other ...
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What is this technique/pattern called?

I'm a graphic design student in the middle of creating book covers. I'm trying to find an action or at least a tutorial on how to do the effect done in the red. Does anyone know what this is called? I'...
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Make a random dispersion of images

I got a lot of unique images, so my goal is distribute all that images randomly and apply randomly scale and rotation transformations. Like these So which is the best way to achieve these ? I use ...
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How to create a modern arrow with Photoshop's line tool?

I'm attempting to create a stylized breadcrumb (below) but am botching the arrow. Is there a more precise and 'economical' method of creating this type of arrow? Preferably one where I retain ...
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What is the line resolution in the pond in A. Dürer's St Eustace engraving?

Concerning hand engraving, I was reading that: Modern professional engravers can engrave with a resolution of up to 40 lines per mm in high grade work creating game scenes and scrollwork. So I ...
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Italic Cursive/Running Resources

I am in the process of practicing a running Italic hand, with most letters connected in the spirit of Paul Standard (I also own Alfred Fairbank's book). In addition, I'm trying to minimise the number ...
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How do you use a non-alpha channel selection with basic paint tools?

Get your selection > Save to channel > Set channel as selection How do you use things like pen, paintbrush, fill, exc. at this point? When I go to use them they are in my edit history but I don't ...
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Color shade technique

Hey does anyone know how you can get this increasingly popular door shade technique that helps objects look 3d. (Im talking about the way the object with arrows pointed to it is made of of 2 shades of ...
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Distinguishing/important features of a face - drawing/painting

I have been trying to draw/paint human faces from photos (in Painter). To my big surprise the result closely follows the photo but because of the different medium and/or the oily/watery/greasy "...
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Why do graphic designers / illustrators start with a large painted area?

When I watch time lapses of Photoshop (and the like) artwork, I always ask myself why they paint a huge area over the picture over and over again (like layers). As reference watch the first seconds ...
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What is this circle technique called?

What is this technique called: http://dribbble.com/shots/260469-Squirrel-Construct See how the image is the result of overlapping many circles to create the final drawing. Parts of the circles ...
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What software was used for this video with zooming text transitions over landscapes?

I came across this fascinating youtube video. It zooms and pans around various landscape scenes, with flying text coming in and out of focus. Does anyone know what software they used for this? I'm ...