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Where should I go if I want to buy some good, clean web templates? Tried some free ones and they all felt sluggish, slow and unresponsive.
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I don't have an art tablet of any kind, so I use my mouse to draw then trace over the outlines with a path tool on a new layer. I like the look, but it takes forever to do. Is there a faster method outside of buying an art tablet? I know how to taper brush strokes, but the lack of pressure sensitivity means they don't taper back at the end of a stroke.
he obviously edited the image. resized with blackbars and then copypasted the floor tiles and filled the background with the same color
I'm trying to make one layer sit on top of another in GIMP nicely, but when I merge layers and run the final product through the program used for display at the end of the day, rather than a stack, I get the bottom layer's lines superimposed over the image I'm laying on top. My first time touching gimp was about sixteen hours ago, so odds are if there's a really basic or stupid fix, it'll help.
You don't have to merge the layers before you export. Check your opacity levels.
What other sites should i use to find graphic design discussions/critique/advice? /gd/ is way too slow, it sometimes takes weeks until you get a reply

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fine art general
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Good lord. What's the context?

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Post your album covers and let's discuss what we like and don't like! I feel like this would be a good way of learning to better your craft. I'll start. This is something I made for my Soundcloud, it has only two tracks in it, one's a remix. It's all electronic ambience right now.
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I'm pretty new to this board so I don't know if its meme'd on or anything, but what I found really help me was watching videos from theFutur channel on youtube. It helps you get a sense of professionalism that is expected in the field, because (for me at least) learning to scuff your work to look beaten or amateur is A LOT easier when you know how to make it professionally.
I like it. Nice job m8
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Here's one I did recently for an assignment. It's not my favorite piece of work, but people seemed to like it.
I couldn't find the final file, but as you can see in this one around the circle the drop shadow/blur is a box. The texture/noise in the gradient isn't as apparent either.

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beautiful totenkopf with drugs

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Hey just posting for critique, anyone i guess can use this thread as well.

Had a project to redesign an ad we thought was bad on the subway while keeping it similiar.
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I threw together some variations just to test concepts. Changed the bottom font to Gilroy which I do like more. Did not end up finding a better font for the logo itself. I feel the whole point of the logo is to tie together the F and flagpole imagery, but it seems the more F-like I make the flag the less it looks like the US flag.
The one on the right is objectively better because it makes a better advertisement. Without zooming into OP's picture I can tell the ad is about a book, a little about the book from the quote, and that its currently on sale. Imagine walking in a crowded subway and seeing left pic, you would have to be a foot away to see want its about.

Also, imagine being the retard that believes so confidently that edgier = better
You have a real cute style, but work on your composition. The tree branch touching the top of the tower really bothers me, and I feel like the tree's silhouette shape is also unnecessarily complex and cuts the background into odd distracting shapes. Thumbnails/studies before you start is a must, and should help catch things like this.

Type feels like a bit of an afterthought stuffed way down in the corner like that.
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Aside from the type stuff the other anon mentioned, I would work on the drawing itself. The explosion looks cheesy and slapped-on. A more carefully worked shape (aim for a nice rhythm of short and long points and an overall balance). The stroke around it is also way thin and distracting, I would kill the outlines around the film strip entirely and make the stroke around the explosion thicker.

Oh, and the white stroke isn't working. Make that stroke transparent, ya dig? Your logomark should ideally not be dependent on color and be able to be boiled down to simple black & white. I scribbled you a shitty diagram cause I gotta run, hopefully you understand. The photo bg is just there to show you the transparency I was talking about.
thanks for the feedback, i got more work i did for the school but i worry that don't want to clog the thread with my work.

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What is the best free, easy-to-use software that you can create shitty animated videos with? When I say shitty animated videos, I mean simple things like these based boomer videos:



I am trying to emphasize "easy to learn" and ease-of-use. I simply want to create shitty animations like the above two as quickly and easily as possible, nothing extremely professional.

What were those videos likely made with? How does animation work? Do you have to draw by hand and then polish it up/use it via software or can you create it via software? How can I take an image/drawing and then use it to be animated in other scenes? How long does it take to learn? (I realize that is vague and depends, but oh well.)

Bonus if it's on Linux also.
Gonna head to bed now and read answers when I wake up. Thanks to all answering parties.
This isn't graphic design dumbass
dude this thread is a little scuffed ngl
Sadly i don't think there is any free and/or easy to use animation software op.
i mean yes there is free software that you can easily google, but if your not willing to learn how to use it than you're not going to get anywhere even for making shitty boomer animations which are easy to make i guess.
just get smith macro anime studio or something OP, you can't be that much of a bum to not afford 60 - 150+ or so dollars. look up free tutorials on youtube.

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Designing a logo for a band, named the Cosmopolitans. Kinda stuck at which style I wanna go for. And since the client doesn't know what he wants, im in the middle of nowhere. Help me /gd/

It's a dutch indie rock band.
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Not sure how I feel about the rounded corners. Maybe the bottom corner, but the other two don't make much sense being rounded.
The wedge being behind the glass works better, so good job there.
Work on the text kerning. The spaces between H and E in "The" as well as the space between S and O in "cosmo" need to be slightly wider. The space between T and A needs to be MUCH wider.
Yeah, I didn't really take time and fix anything that came up. I was mostly just giving direction and should have put more thought into what it looked like lol
its a rock band not a printer company
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This anon (>>364614) again.
Took some inspiration from (>>364677) and refined the shape a little bit. Went with a less abstract design this time.
No text because it really just isn't my forte.
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I got to thinking that it could even be simplified farther by just using the citrus wedge because, angled the right way, it looks like a "C", the first letter of the band's name. Toying around with that concept and different wedge sizes, this pattern was created.
Figured it didn't look too bad.

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Since tumblr already got hold of the 1997-2002 design, can we just skip it and go straight into the mid-2000s?
Aldo general mid-2000s thread
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Most sci-fi stuff from the mid-2000s has a darker & edgier version of the y2k aesthetic.
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Still got mine.
Sadly, the charger is completely broken and I haven't been able to buy a new one.
The battery might be dead too.
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2007 8th grade in a nutshell
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secretly long for this design aesthetic and vibe to come back
also where can I find a download link for that y2k font

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R8 my graphic design poster for a show
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Wasting lots of potential with such a boring composition.
A coveted position in the US government lies in your future
Did you forget to turn on CSS?
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chicken chicken chicken

Hello, any tips what filters, curves are used to create this big stipple shading from picture, I doubt it's painted thanks.
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i like both these albums
looks like one of the photoshop filters, i foget what its called tho

These are either silkscreen or linoleum cut prints
It looks like it came out of a photocopier. It'd be cheap enough to use one, so that's probably what they did.
in photoshop, it looks like:
brightness/contrast+threshold+some texture
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when did you realize you made the wrong decision getting into graphic design, you will always take orders from someone above, and you will always be paid chump change working in a cubicle for your boss?
>you will always take orders from someone above, and you will always be paid chump change working in a cubicle for your boss?
Thinking this is what /gd/ is about
I don't have a boss anon, I have clients
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I made the wrong decision not getting into graphic design early
And not getting a degree
I trying to learn by me self but its hard and I am lasy
it's like having a bunch of bosses. and the "muh clients" market is getting squeezed because 90% of people don't give a shit if their logo/marketing is clipart spat out by russians, turks, indians, or chinese people for $5-$10 an hour out of a "freelance" website. the same thing happened with websites, you used to be able to throw a rock and hit 4 people that needed a website. now everyone does squarespace-esque shit. i should have been an electrician. enjoy it while it lasts, kiddo.
t. old man
Only real problem is you being lazy

>it's like having a bunch of bosses
sure, it can be that way but it shouldn't as long as you deliver a proper invoice detailing charges for changes past a couple of days and shit

>90% of people don't give a shit if their logo/marketing is clipart spat out by russians, turks, indians, or chinese people for $5-$10 an hour out of a "freelance" website
You should be aiming for the other 10%
Actually, you should target that 0.3% who are working on something that you think is good/interesting/fun and who have resources

>t. old man
I'm 33 which isn't that old but yet...

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Trying to plan out my landscaping for this summer. All I have right now is dirt on my lot. Any ideas or suggestions of where to go?

Pic related, it's my plot of land
Mate I'm a builder and I'm going to tell you right now that whoever is reading those plans is not going to be happy with you.

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Why were the 90's/2000's such an aesthetically repulsive time, from graphic design to fashion to basically fucking everything. I know its kind of nostalgic now but damn.
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second, in general design was in postmodernist era. basically, it shat on most ideals of modernism and was proud about it. "clean and simple" was considered the thing of the past, what was trendy was literally the opposite—complexity, chaos, hybridity, and plain ugliness. however, the thing about modernism was that it just worked, and wasn't broken in the first place. postmodernism didn't even try to work—in fact, it celebrated being "broken".
and again, this schtick got old pretty quickly. a lot of this design aged horribly, and often looks ugly as all fuck.
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last, 60s/70s design made a comeback too. and this era brought a little bit of cancer of its own—multiplied by the above 2 factors. from ugly fonts to ugly colors, to stripes everywhere, to silver futuristic shit, it was all "back" because muh nostalgia.
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People like to shit on Bauhaus style modernism because of how cold and artless it is, but there's a reason the style caught on; it's insanely functional. It doesn't matter how pretty something is, utility always comes first
Yeah...kinda like vehicle wraps today......so busy the mesage gets lost.
true, but I suspect people who say this don't have a clue of what "Bauhaus" is in the first place. for many, it's one big bogeyman responsible for current year minimalism and flatshit, which is a stupidly skewed view of it.
I agree with your point though. many people jump to conclusion that Bauhaus did literally nothing but make everything into flat circles and squares, not understanding that the goal was to find most functional and simple design solutions.

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Which one do you like?
The one that looks like a spider.
1st row last
did you make this shit in ms paint?
No offense, but I hate all of them... anyways, probably the 3rd one is the best (of the worst)

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What even is this shit? I mean look at the illustrations, who even draws this sort of shit or thinks it's appealing?
The standard corporate cartoon style has been really rigid the past decade (think Kurtzgesagt and its knockoffs) so now we've circled back to loose and abstract. Ironically it looks like old Office clip art.
I guess this is another "throwback", this time to mid century modern cartoons and illustration. It's yet another "nostalgia" cycle of retro trends, in this case for 50s or so. Here you can see it mixed with Calarts and 80s palette.
IMO the problem here is that this style is shoved on the page without any reason other than to make it look like "current year", and the style itself a tasteless mishmash of buzzword trends.

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