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The hole in a real VW is a common sheet metal trick named "Rounded Louver". Realistic drawing of a louver needs complex shading. It's easiest if you can accept it as bent inwards, without shiny glosses and without a chrome edge list. Here are three of them on a flat surface: One louver is made by interpolating between a black line and blue edge ...


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I have bad news. Even if your pricing model does not work on hours spent. It has to account for hours ( or any other timespan) spent, at least in aggregate. What do I mean by this? Ultimately it is all about covering your cost, cost of business and cost of living. So if you miscalculate this you will eventually lose out. Bad news here is that you may not ...


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I think it depends on the art style you want to go for. If you're doing a flat design style like in your first image, then you can replicate the vents by using 2 rounded-rectangles that overlap. If you're going with the other images, then it would be a similar process. Draw the shapes and use gradients.


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Capitalism means I'm free to charge whatever I want. No one has to pay it, but I am free to set my pricing however I wish. There's nothing stating you can't merely pull a figure out of thin air and see who bites. There's never any need to explain or rationalize pricing to anyone. Thats what free market is all about. I charge what I think I should earn and ...


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I've been freelancing for a few years now, I've worked at some small studios wearing many hats. My two cents from what I've learned over the years: You should get a timer like Toggl to track your time regardless of the project. After doing this for a while, it will help you gauge future projects because you'll be able to compare time, and realize what areas ...


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A "strict" isometric grid would be 360°/3 = 120° So we start with an axis at 0°, another at 120°, and another at 240°. But we do need a vertical axis, not a purely horizontal one, so let's rotate all our grid 90° so we have now 120°+90°=210° 240°+90°=330° 0°+90°=90° A common color coding of the axis is Red for X, Green for Y, and blue for Z ...


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Design and/or Illustration is a profession. Like any profession there are some things one can often do themselves without any actual training. It's not like it takes a PhD to understand what looks good to you or in order for a person draw. However, like any profession the more specialized you want the results to be the more knowledge of the profession you ...


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Here's one method Select the black lines you drew Do Object > Expand Appearance Select the Shape Builder tool, and click in the centre, to make the inside a closed shape Do Ungroup Shift+Ctrl+G Select the closed shape you made Set the fill and stroke of this shape to none Select the brush tool, and select the Draw Inside mode Example


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Building textures in vector is not easy. Especially if you want the effect to actually be a vector, rather than a pixel effect inside of Illustrator. A good trick that I use these days is to start in Photoshop and then vectorise in Illustrator. Create a mid to high resolution image in Photoshop that has the texture you want. You can create this from scratch ...


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Yes, it's important to descreen a scanned halftone image even though it's going to printed at the same size as the original. In this answer I will assume that you are printing with offset or a digital printer which uses halftone screen. Many digital printers use stochastic raster and won't have the exact same issues, but likely something similar. The moiré ...


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Think of it this way. There are people in this world charging 300$, 500$, 1000$ or more, per hour. Not all designers, but certainly doctors, lawyers and executives. And guess what, they also have to deal with cooking, kids and other personal stuff, thinking at their clients/work at the same time. When you're not full-time employed, hourly rates are good and ...


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What you are looking at isn't weird but the artboard setup for video. They indicate the safe area for a screen, where the center of the screen would be and ruler around the outside. The easiest way to resolve this is to simply not select a template from the Video and Film collection when you are setting up a new artboard. However, you can easily change these ...


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Does buying the tools to fix a car instantly make you a car mechanic? Does inheriting a million dollars instantly make you an investor in the stock market? No & no. Skill is unfortunatelly something you need to learn, even with the tools on the table. What I recommend you try is to look at stock sites and - not sure but maybe - you can find the exact ...


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Realistically speaking no, its not possible to gain something without expending some work. So with absolutely no skill you can not get anything done. There is a category of software that might help: Most known of these is Poser. Essentially its a software that has pre made drawings that you can yourself pose. However this does not work well with your desire ...


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"Pop art" seems to fit the bill to me. It really doesn't matter if an illustration is created in a traditional manner or digital manner. That doesn't necessary alter the name of a style, if there even is a name (not everything has a name).


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The color of the bottom object stays and the color of the top object vanishes when making an intersecion in A.Designer. Try instead of intersection operation named "Divide". Delete the extras. Before: After applying "Divide" and moving the pieces apart: You may still need the duplicate of the rectangle because like in many other ...


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Everything is working as intended. Just not how you intended. The purpose of DPI is to convert between physical units and pixels values. Since illutrator uses physical units this preserves one centimeter as a centimeter and one inch as a inch. The problem is that A pixel can not really be a unit because it has no fixed meaning. But users like to play as it ...


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Draw one vertical arrow. Convert the stroke to path and make an union of the parts. The arrow must be one strokeless closed area. Fill a rectangular area manually by making duplicates of the arrow. You can scale and rotate a little individual arrows to avoid too clinical appearance Delete the rectangle, select the arrows and make a combined path. The next ...


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Well there's no such thing as "compatible with all versions". If you save to a legacy version, often artwork can be expanded/flatted or otherwise changed in order for it to be read by the legacy version. How much anything changes depends greatly upon the actual construction within Illustrator. In many instances, the best balance between ...


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When scanning materials which have already been commercially printed, there is a very high possibility of running into a moiré pattern. A moiré is an undesirable "checker" pattern which is created when the existing dot screen of the printed piece being scanned conflicts with the screen in the scan being printed. Descreening in scanning software is ...


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No idea how badly your descreening works. Your linked "Small" file is full of repeating colored pattern. Without having the original as paper in my hands I cannot decide is the pattern printed or did it pop up as an interference result of the print color dot grid and the pixel grid of the scanner (=Moire effect). But I can fade a great part of the ...


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There are several things to note before you proceed. Illustrator has a default of 72ppi. This is Illustrator's way of essentially saying that the document has no resolution, because it's a vector file, and vectors have no real resolution as such. There is no way to change this. You are not actually opening the AI file, but rasterizing a PDF. Look at the ...


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Possible yes, but the usefulness of using grids depends on the kind of illustration, what style is used, or how the artist wants to work; whether sketching by hand first, or using grids in graphics software. Some artists use them, but some don't. Some might even use them when sketching by hand, but not necessarily in graphics software itself. There is ...


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This isn't a tutorial, just a simple overview of how this could be done using Photoshop or similar raster image editor. Duplicate the original layer On the new duplicate layer, select all the characters, and use Content Aware Fill to remove them, then retouch/repaint to remove any leftover lines Duplicate the original layer again, move it to the top of ...


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Tight, clean, pen and ink drawings. Scan Trace in Illustrator. Or.... There are tools such as DynamicSketch that make actual drawing, by hand, with a tablet, possible in Illustrator. Using these it's very easy to retain the overall "randomness" and line vocabulary of hand drawing. I'll point out.... You don't need Dynamic Sketch to draw in Illustrator. ...


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Perhaps think about using a pressure sensitive graphics tablet and stylus, such as a Wacom. You could use it in Illustrator to ink over the top of a scanned sketch. That's certainly one way to achieve that slightly wonky hand drawn look, and I suspect that is how she may have made some of these, although many also look like normal vector work easily ...


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You don't need a computer or any software to learn how to draw. I would suggest you learn how to draw first, then you can think about learning software. Software is certainly useful for graphic designers and illustrators, but the skill comes before the software. Software is only a tool, and a tool in unskilled hands is practically useless. If you give me a ...


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You could simply use hollow stars for not attempted, gold stars for passed, and red stars for failed. In most apps I see, the hollow or colorless stars indicate "not attempted". Using that is fairly intuitive overall. If you don't want a secondary color (red), and failed is the same as not attempted, then simply leave the stars hollow/white when an attempt ...


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