Adobe Illustrator Introduction

In the seminar I had last Thursday I was introduced to the well known Graphic Design software known as Adobe Illustrator. This desktop type software allows the user to draw shapes and lines in a vector format. Vector graphics allow the the user to resize the elements without them losing quality. For example, when a JPEG or BITMAP image is zoomed in on, the pixels can be seen because the image is made up of many pixels. Vectors are not pixels but rather mathematically adjust forms of lines that change due to their sizes; so whenever a vector is scaled upwards in size it will always keep it’s quality. Vector graphics are only good for creating content that holds simplistic elements such as flat shapes and icons, so a logo would be good to create in a vector format.

Below, are screenshots of the software I used in the labs:

To begin with the software it is important that the user first sets up their canvas size of their illustration. As you can see below, I have used specific dimensions to set it up.

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Below, I have used the shape tool to draw a rectangle shape. From this shape tool the user is able to draw shapes such as circles, squares, stars and so forth.

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Here is another example using the curved-rectangle tool.

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Using the white cursor, displayed below the black one in the tool section, the user is able to change the anchor points on the shapes within the canvas.

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With each shaped created in the canvas, the user is able to change the properties of the colours. In the example below, I have used a gradient effect to display the transition from white to blue. I have also added a thick line that surrounds the outline of the shape. This effect can be done by using the line tool directly next to the colour picker of the shape.

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Users are able to merge shapes together too by using a tool known as the ‘pathfinder’ located in the Window tab of the menu.

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Here we can see the effects of the merging tool using the pathfinder window:

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Using the tools I have learned I have developed a simple picture of a few buildings and the ocean.

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