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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 did Escher make his tesselations?

With a pattern. In this case a 3 axis grid (triangular). Once you know what to draw on each piece, you need to repeat this. You can have and use sub-patterns or smaller ones to be more exact. These ...
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What are the pros and cons of using Lab color?

Lab Primer The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. (Yeats) Lab, which I often read as Lab but is properly said L-a-b, is amazing. It makes the world a ...
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Technique: "Carved" 3D-Letter

The easiest way is probably to use a 2D greyscale image as a depth map to extrude a 3D object. 3D programs will give you more control but you can do this in Photoshop (see Create 3D objects from 2D ...
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Illustrator: How to make the arrow keys move in smaller increments?

In the preferences it's called "keyboard increment" and is under General: you can set it pretty darn small if you want to - I just tested 0.001 pt and it worked perfectly. In the Smart ...
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Why are there no animated album covers?

I think it's simply an innovation that no one particularly wants, wants to pay for, or wants to support. Physical world applications To do this in the physical world is of course possible, but until ...
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What's the meaning behind adding an underline to letters such as 'N', 'U', 'O', etc, in a logotype?

This might depend on which part of the world the company is in. Here in the UK, many years ago, it was fairly common to abbreviate the word Company like this. For example, a company called "Smith and ...
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Learning the technical side of graphic design

In depth technical learning requires extensive study. Far more than any "tutorial" will ever provide. There are several ways to get this type of knowledge: Seek articles online, NOT tutorials. Few, ...
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Painting on linked layers, on a mask

You can't alter the pixel data on more than one layer at a time. That includes pixel data on masks. Heres how I'd handle it..... Create a Hue Adjustment Layer. This will have a mask on it. Paint on ...
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Please help to identify this map-printing technique

At its heart, this is simply called "line art," and as DA01 states, halftone dots are really just a method to get a continuous tone (photograph etc) into line-art form for printing with a single ink. ...
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How did Escher make his tesselations?

Actually this lizard is created on the basis of a hexagon, not a triangle! Here is the hexagon: Here is a movie how to deform the hexagon to get the lizards: https://youtu.be/T6L6bE_bTMo?t=10 You ...
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How can I add grain or noise to a picture like this one?

Here's a fully non-destructive way to create something similar using Photoshop. The beauty of this approach is that you can adjust the filters (or even remove them) if you don't like the result, ...
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Angled Curve in Illustrator?

Use a stroke.... Stack multicolored strokes on the same path. Align one to the outside (via the Stroke Panel) Align another to the inside (via the Stroke Panel) Then apply the Rounded Corners Effect ...
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Adobe illustrator - how to achieve "dissolving" icon effect?

This is a start to understand the process. Make your own modifications to achieve the desired effect. Rasterize the object. (the blurred object is just a test of the effect). Go to Object > Create ...
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How did Tove Jansson work with the illustrations for her book "Who Will Comfort Toffle"?

I cannot speak directly to how Jansson worked, but I have done hand work like this for posters in the 1980s and from the looks of the images in the search you shared, then the answer is these were &...
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What is this pseudo 3D technique called?

Tradittionally this was done with paper, thus the name was paper cutout animation. Though when you go digital it is just known as cutout animation, and you have some more leway into stacking the ...
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Why are there no animated album covers?

I can see this most likely being implemented as the use of VR and, more likely, AR becomes more widespread. Why? Virtual (and Augmented) Reality is all about immersion. With this in mind, music ...
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The concept of frequency seperation

Joojaa's answer explains this technically; I'll try and give you a more practical explanation. Note, I don't actually do much (read; hardly ever) image manipulation so I'm no expert on the subject ...
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Please help to identify this map-printing technique

It's not particularly a technology nor something exclusive to maps. It's essentially doing the same as your 'dots' method--which is screening back a solid color via a pattern. The only difference here ...
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What is the biomechanical motion to draw a straight vertical line?

If you struggle, don't do it. Rotate your paper instead. Draw all your lines at an angle you are comfortable with. I draw all my lines at roughly the same angle. I remember it being difficult doing ...
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What are some classic decorative typography techniques?

The running foot was common in traditional typography and can be useful as well as decorative. Two different use cases are: to provide a brief summary of that page’s contents. to give the first word ...
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Any tips or ideas on how to design this optical art that only uses orthogonal lines?

Wow - I can't actually look at that pic without it hurting. Simple effect though - create a layer with parallel lines, create a copy of that layer using the skull shape as a mask with lines rotated ...
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What is this 3D text effect called?

I would simply call it 3D extruded text.
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How can I design a wormhole in illustrator?

Draw a simple curved line like this, and do a 3D revolve on it, using the "Wireframe" option for the surface. Add a bit of an offset to thicken the central pillar. When you have finished and you are ...
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How did Tove Jansson work with the illustrations for her book "Who Will Comfort Toffle"?

The image you linked to is too small and low resolution to be able to tell you much. I found a better version here. It looks like solid/spot colours. I can't really see the halftones even at that ...
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