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There is a primary difference between designer and illustrator. While a designer organizes
pictures, typography and other visual elements in logical manner for creating appeal of a
particular topic that seeks attention, an illustrator works on one element which is developed
exclusively by him and supports an idea by showcasing its functionality. An illustration is
drawn, painted or printed art form that offers explanation, clarification or visual portrayal of
an idea or decorates the text for enhancing its commercial appeal. Realistic illustration
surfaced well before advent of photography and was used in books, newspapers etc. for
creative expression.

Types of illustration techniques
Illustrations can be categorized into traditional and modern styles. Illustration creation has
undergone change over time with availability of better expressive medium. Paints and paper
have given way to digital canvases of popular illustrative software like 3D Studio Max and
Photoshop.

Woodcutting
The manuscripts from ancient period that have survived today bear testimony to this
archaic technique. It gained in popularity in middle ages after printing press invention. One
master cutting carved on wooden block made it possible to mass produce books carrying
enchanting illustrations. Colour contrast and texture was depicted through darker and
lighter shades and large strokes.