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How are these swirly, line frames made?

There are many ways of approaching this. You're right, a curve does not have to be made out of one piece, it can be built out of several pieces. In fact one curve can be built out of several curves. ...
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How to frame text like the logo design of the 1968 olympic games in Inkscape?

That was most likely drawn entirely by hand. The advent of using computers in graphic design didn't really happen until the late 1980s. But yes, something similar can be done in Inkscape by applying ...
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How to efficiently draw bent or curved lines or arrows with Photoshop?

Use the Line Tool: Select the Line Tool from the tool bar and make sure your layer is set to Shape Layer. Before you make the shape on the artboard, click the gear icon and choose which side of the ...
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What is this design element called?

These can go by various names, such as: flourishes, ornaments, or scrolls, depending on the look. A flourish might refer to something more ornate. Ornaments more generally speaking. A scroll shape at ...
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Illustrator: how to reproduce font line art

Using blend is the way to go. Blends over complex curves aren't easy to control though—you end up with something like this: An easier way is to create your blend on a straight path and create an art ...
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How to make rounded corners from shapes drawn with lines?

As Johannes mentioned, Joining or using the pen tool is the way to go. You don't need to go to round corners from effects. (Once you've joined the lines, or made them with the pen tool) You can set ...
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Repeat lines and expand the space between them

You'd be better off using a transform effect (Effect → Distort & Transform → Transform...) on a single line. Just set a number of copies, some vertical movement and use vertical scale to ...
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How to produce a effect like this? Illustrator Distort Effect

Create your shape... Rotate the shape so that your angle of distortion is at a 90 degree angle... Object → Envelope Distort → Make with Mesh... Use the Direct Selection Tool to select ...
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How can I split a complicated line into different fill-able groups?

Select the shape Swap the Fill and Stroke, so it has a fill and no stroke Hit the Divide button on the Pathfinder Panel (Window > Pathfinder) Fill to your heart's content (You could then use Live ...
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Regular Curve on Parallel Lines in Illustrator

Draw 1 stroke.. a centerline, if you will. Expand the stroke.. and you then have a shape. Use Shape Builder to combine portions, then swap the fill and stroke... I would also merely draw 1 corner this ...
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Are there any tutorials on how to emulate MBE's style?

One quite fast way is to use the scissors () tool. Click on your shape where you want the gaps and select the spans for deletion. Image 1: Quick timelapse of cut. A quick but less precision oriented ...
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What is this design element called?

I think they are called Swirls. And of course, there's different types - like Floral Swirls or Ornate swirls and such.
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Illustrator: how to reproduce line art

The trick is to use shape builder tool (Shift+M). Shape builder allows you to eliminate lines without expanding something that pathfinder is totally unable to do. Do this: Draw mask Make your lines. ...
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Join multiple (paired) lines using Illustrator

Select 2 lines with the Selection Tool, hit Command/Ctrl+j twice. Select 2 more lines, repeat...repeat.. repeat.. repeat.
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How can I create a halftone using rough lines?

The two examples you've posted show two very different things. The first one is clearly an effect applied to an image. The second one is a manually constructed vector drawing. There is no real trick ...
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What is the easiest way to do shading for a vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop?

It is a bit hard to tell, especially without seeing the final look you are achieving. This is not an answer, but a couple of suggestions. A. Keep the shadings editable as long as you can. B. Use the ...
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How to create a two-color, dashed line in Inkscape

Dashed strokes are effectively part stroke and part non-stroke (transparent). 2 possibilities for 2 color stroke: Duplicate the stroke, and group both together. Set the lower stroke in one color, ...
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How to use the line tool to draw a continuous line with corners in Illustrator?

Use the pen tool, it does what you want as long as you click the corner point and do not attempt to drag the segment. Line tool can not make a polyline just individual lines. Though, its also no ...
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Inkscape: how to draw cased lines, or filled shapes with strokes that have their own fill

create your shape give it a stroke select PATH >> STROKE TO PATH You now have a new shape that has the form of your path to which you can apply a stroke and fill to.
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How to produce a effect like this? Illustrator Distort Effect

Obviously, there are many ways to do it. Here's one method you could use: Draw your shapes, and make sure you expand everything to outlines. Probably best to orientate the logo horizontally at this ...
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Smooth line-only pen drawing in Inkscape

You could use the centerline trace extension available from here: https://github.com/fablabnbg/inkscape-centerline-trace to trace your scanned image in Inkscape. Or you could set the simplifying ...
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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?

I used coreldraw and Line width modulation program to create this effect. I am just uploading Gifs for clear explanation. You can use Halftone effect as well for white effect as well. Hope you will ...
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How to capture likeness in a portrait?

Some portraiture artists skip over any attempts to contain the face inside the more dominant geometric structures of the skull too early on. Instead they concentrate on five or six points of reference ...
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GIMP: How can I make a basic 4px brush?

Use the Pixel (1x1 square) brush (NOT "1. Pixel" brush!!!) : This brush has its hardness set to 0, and thus doesn't exhibit the 3x3 pixel issue you have encountered. It uses the size set ...
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App to take picture of sketch and convert to drawing

If you have an Adobe CC account, you can use the Adobe Capture CC app to take a photo and vectorize it. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. With the app, you can take a photo of a hand ...
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Is there an easy way to recreate the ACLU modern engraving effect in Photoshop?

With Photoshop, in four easy steps: Convert with Image Mode into grayscale. Convert with Image Mode into Bitmap. Set the Output Resolution to 10x the input resolution. Set Method to Halftone Screen .....
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