Getting Used To How Adobe Illustrator Works

Adobe Illustrator is a widely used vector drawing application with three main areas of functionality. Firstly, it allows the creation of corporate and other graphic artwork for high quality printing. Secondly, it can be used in the web design process, allowing you to build the overall design as well as individual items like icons and buttons. Illustrator is also a basic page layout program suitable for originating single page documents like CD covers, book jackets and posters.

Illustrator is often the final member of the Adobe Creative Suite that people will get around to learning. Delegates coming on our Adobe Illustrator training courses will often complain that the program seems less inviting and exciting than Photoshop. And, although Photoshop is a complex package, they find themselves using it for all their graphic work, even things which would much easier to create in Illustrator. Part of this difficulty in getting started with Illustrator is the fact that it often appears to new users that the program is hard work: you create a new file and you’re presented with a blank page. You have to create your drawing entirely from scratch.

Adobe Illustrator training courses need to do more than simply teach delegates how to use the various tools and techniques. Delegates also need to learn how to get past that intimidating blank page they see when they create a new image. We’ve identified four main techniques for curing “Blank Canvas Syndrome”. Firstly, to identify precisely what type of artwork you need to create. Secondly, to use Illustrator’s Live Trace facility to generate useful vector content. Thirdly, to use scanned images as background elements within your drawings which can act as guides and points as reference for the artwork you create. And, finally, to base new elements you create on elements that already exist within your drawings.

The most successful Illustrator training courses that we run are for people who know exactly what they want to use the program for. It could be cartographers, technical illustrators or fabric designers; as long as they have a specific brief, we can show them the best techniques to solve their particular requirement. However, for a lot of delegates, Illustrator is something they feel they could and should be using but they don’t really know where to start.

For users who are using the software in a less clear-cut and focused way, we always try to point out on our Adobe Illustrator training courses that you don’t have to start with a blank canvas. We always recommend that wherever possible you import relevant graphic material such as scanned images, keep them on a background layer and use various Illustrator tools and techniques to either trace the images or simply to use them as guides and points of reference as you are creating your own original artwork.

Adobe once owned a program called Streamline which was a utility for converting bitmapped images into vectors. Though they have now discontinued it, Streamline lives on in the guise of Illustrator’s Live Trace function. This allows you to convert bitmaps imported into Illustrator into vectors, either by choosing one of the preset settings or by creating a custom set of parameters. The program is very fast, so it is easy to experiment with several different settings to see what gives the best results. Once you have got your vectorised version of the artwork, you spend a bit of time cleaning it up and it’s good to go.

Scanned or other images can also be placed on a background layer and used to provide constant points of reference when originating new Illustrator artwork. Background images can help to ensure that elements within the Illustrator artwork you create are of the correct dimensions have the correct relative proportions and so forth. For example, if you are drawing human figures, placing a photo of some people on a background layer can help to ensure that you don’t end up creating figures with disproportionately large heads or long arms.

Almost all drawings you create will contain elements that either repeat or are variations on the same theme. Naturally, you will not create such elements from scratch each time you need them. Illustrator contains a wide variety of useful techniques for duplication and transformed duplication of existing elements within your drawing. It also allows you to apply multiple attributes such as fills and strokes to the same object. Thus, for example, you can create the appearance of several concentric circles simply by adding several strokes to one circle (using the Offset Path effect to get the right position).

The bottom line is that Illustrator’s blank canvas doesn’t have to stay blank for very long. You just need to formulate a clear idea of what you want to achieve with the program. Wherever possible, find images which you can either trace or use as reference points as you originate your own artwork. And, when creating new elements always ask yourself: “Can I base these new elements on items that already exist within the drawing?” If you use these simple techniques, then Blank Canvas Syndrome will never become a huge affliction for you.

If you would like to learn more about Illustrator training courses, visit Macresource Computer Training, a UK IT training company offering Illustrator training courses at their central London training centre.

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9A0-351: Adobe Illustrator CC Recertification Exam

9A0-351 Study Guides Adobe illustrator is being in demand for since a time now and thousands of professionals has learned graphic designing so learn more skills that are implemented almost in every organization. The 9A0-351 Exams: Adobe Illustrator CC Recertification Exam is specially given for the same purpose in which the applicants learn about the software and also get recertify to upgrade their certification and this exam is always for the first timers as well. To pass the exam you need to have all the exam objectives check and the practice materials which help in passing the exam.

9A0-351Certification Guides: Adobe Illustrator CC Recertification Exam is one of the best certification exams for the learning of illustrator that helps the applicants in improving their graphics abilities and learns the proficient level through the exam descriptive.

The first domain is setting project requirements in which the applicants have to identify and demonstrate the following objectives that are, the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing graphics, knowledge of standard copyright rules for artwork, graphics and graphic use, project management tasks and responsibilities with others about design plans.

The second domain given in the 9A0-351Actaul Exams is called Identifying design elements used when preparing graphics in which the applicants have to demonstrate the knowledge of design principles, elements, and graphic composition, graphic resolution, graphic size, and graphic file format for web, video, and
Print knowledge of typography, the use of symbols and representative graphics and also be able Understand key terminology of graphics.

9A0-351 Preparation Guides: Adobe Illustrator CC Recertification Exam third domain is called Understanding Adobe Illustrator where the exam takers learn about the identification and demonstration of elements of the Illustrator user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions, non-printing design tools in the interface, understanding of and select the appropriate features and options required to manage color, pattern, and gradient swatches, understanding of vector drawing concepts, knowledge of how to work with brushes, symbols, graphic styles, and patterns, knowledge of layers and masks, Import, export, and save files.

Create graphics using Adobe Illustrator is the fourth domain where the applicants are requires to demonstrate, knowledge of how to create document, how to use drawing and shape tools, how to use type tools, knowledge of using scanned or photographic images, the ability to create realistic graphics, how to modify and transform objects.

The last domain on which the candidates is validated is called Archive, export, and publish graphics using Adobe Illustrator under which the applicant has to gain knowledge of preparing graphics for web, print and video.

There are thirty nine questions given in this 9A0-351 Study Kits: Adobe Illustrator CC Recertification Exam and the time period of completing these questions are fifty minutes hence the applicants have to study a lot harder to be able to solve the challenging questions taken from the exam descriptive in the given time. Being able to pass this 9A0-351 Practice Test will be able to show that the individual is a verified professional who has the knowledge and skills of demonstrating various tasks linked with the technology.

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Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in Layman’s Terms.

Many people have heard of the Adobe programs Photoshop and Illustrator, but who knows what the differences are? People may argue that the two programs are basically similar, but their functions and capabilities are actually quite different. Adobe Illustrator takes the basic ideas presented in Photoshop and expands on them into an entirely new level.

Adobe photoshop is a very popular program used by digital photographers around the world. The abundance of photoshop tips and tutorials make this a very easy program to learn and to use. Photoshop can be used to take any existing image and give it a professional, polished looked. Borders can be added and pictures tweaked to look better than any digital camera could make possible. Almost anything you can imagine doing to a picture is capable when using adobe photoshop.

Abobe illustrator is a different program entirely. Illustrator is a vector-based drawing program that allows you to create your own unique graphics. Adobe illustrator graphics can be used in print, online, in video, and even on your cell phone. Want to create your own background for your cell phone? It’s possible when you have adobe illustrator, and something that can’t be done with photoshop alone.

Adobe Illustrator makes possible what can’t be done with Photoshop alone.You can find endless amounts of information on both programs on the web. Tips and tutorials for both Illustrator and Photoshop are found in abundance. Chat rooms, forums, and discussion groups on both programs are only a click away. You will never be at a loss for information on either Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop cannot compete against the drawing and vector art tools found in Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator offers a huge number of templates to get you started, or you can design your own ideas from scratch using a number of different drawing tools. With Photoshop you can create unique graphics, but they all originate from an existing image and the tools to modify it are limited in comparison to Illustrator. If your drawing needs or small or not too complex, Photoshop should work well, but for the serious graphic designer, Illustrator is the way to go.

Photoshop tutorials do not extensively cover photoshop drawing, and you’ll have to look for some photoshop drawing specific tutorials to find truly useful information. Photoshop tips pages mention little regarding photoshop drawing and vector art tools. However, to make your digital images look perfect adobe photoshop is the perfect tool for you. Once you learn how to use photoshop to make your images perfect, you won’t be able to stop yourself from “fixing” every digital image that you use.

Adobe illustrator is a different program. Where photoshop helps you create a unique look using existing images, illustrator helps you create your own brand-new images. In graphic design, adobe illustrator may be one of the best and easier tools you can use. The software is user friendly and tutorials to help you use illustrator better are all over the Internet. Whatever you need to learn about adobe illustrator, there’s a tutorial for that.

Nothing says that you can’t work with both programs to create a polished version of an existing image or a brand new image itself. With both programs sharing some basic features, by learning one you are a step ahead on the other automatically. Both Photoshop and Illustrator will produce stunning, quality and professional images that have never been seen before. If you have need for both programs, become familiar with both to cover every need. Opt for Photoshop for your digital imaging needs and Illustrator for your graphic design needs. With the differences between the two programs, you may realistically find the need for both.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are sure to make great additions to your software collection. Both the graphic designer and the digital photographer will find many uses within these programs and no matter the project, both can deliver the most sophisticated images. Mastering these programs is easy thanks to all of the tips and tutorials found online for both Photoshop and Illustrator. The more you learn and experiment with these programs and their capabilities, the more you will expand on your own creativity.

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My first attempt at reductive vectoring — done as an exercise for work.

In today’s Adobe Illustrator video tutorial we’re going to use Illustrator’s powerful vector tools to make a retro style triangle pattern, which seamlessly repeats a series of randomly coloured shapes to cover an infinite area. Being vector artwork means the result is crisp and sharp, and can even be resized and re-coloured to suit different applications, all without affecting the overall quality as it would a pixel based pattern.

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Adobe Illustrator Techniques For Moving Objects

Since Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based drawing environment, each Illustrator drawing consists of independent elements or objects. Much of the process of creating a drawing consists of transforming objects, either to customise them or to derive other objects. In this article, we will examine some of the key techniques used when carry out such transformations.

First of all transformations can be carried out in three different way: using the selection or free transform tool, using the transform tools (scale, rotate, shear and reflect) or using the options in the Transform sub-menu of the Object menu. Using the selection or free transform tools is very much like transforming vector and other objects in most non-specialist programs such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.

Moving objects is one of the simplest forms of transformation. To move an object with the pointer or free transform tool, simply position the cursor over the object, click and hold down the mouse button and drag the object to a new position. If you hold down the Shift key as you do so, you will constrain the movement of the object to the horizontal, vertical or diagonal plane.

It is also possible to highlight the object and then use the cursor keys on your keyboard to move it up, down, left or right. The amount of movement is dictated by one of the settings in your preferences. To change this, choose Preferences from the Edit menu (Windows) or choose Illustrator from the Apple menu (Macintosh). In the general category, enter a setting for “Keyboard Increment”. (The default setting is 0.3528 mm.)

You can also increase the amount of movement by a factor of ten by holding down the Shift key in conjunction with any of the cursor keys. Also, bear in mind that keys repeat; so if you keep a cursor key down, the object will move continuously. You don’t have to press the key repeatedly.

There is also an ultra-precise way of moving an object: use the menu command Object-Transform-Move. This displays a dialogue in which you can enter the precise distance that you would like the object to move. There are four settings: horizontal, vertical, distance and angle. Any of the four can be modified and the other three will be automatically updated. For example, if you enter 10 for horizontal and 10 for vertical, Illustrator will automatically enter 45 degrees for the angle and 14.1421 for the distance. If you then enter 10 for the distance, Illustrator will change both the horizontal and vertical settings to 7.0711; and so forth. The Move dialog also contains a preview option, so that you can verify that the object will end up where you want it to as well a Copy button allowing you to duplicate and offset the original object.

The author is a trainer and developer with Macresource Computer Solutions, a UK IT training company offering Adobe Illustrator Classes in London and throughout the UK.

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