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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The Importance of Getting Illustrator Fashion Templates

The process of creating clothes can be a daunting task. It involves a series of processes that include design and stitching of the garment. If you have a business, it is not possible for you to be able to do everything by yourself. One of the areas that require a lot of work is the process of design. It is the sketches that you come up with at this stage that determine the eventual outcome of the clothes. In the past, people had to sketch these designs on paper. However, today you can get flat sketches of shirts or women clothing by using software on your computer. There are people that are experts in the production of illustrator fashion templates. These templates show the lines and cuts that you will use in the production of the clothes.

There are different types of illustrator fashion templates that you can choose depending on the type of clothes that you want to produce. If you want to produce male clothing then you need to get illustrator fashion templates that will be able to help you produce the clothes. This is normally the first step and the most important step because it forms the foundation of the whole process of producing clothes. The flat sketches of shirts that you get will be used to understand how to cut the material and the eventual outcome of the design. These sketches are produced by designers that have been in the industry and understand the whole process of cloth production. They are able to produce fashion design templates men without any problem.

It is also important when getting fashion design templates men to get someone that will offer you a variety in design. The best thing about these sketches is that they can be produced in bulk. They are produced on the computer so it is possible to make copies that can be given to several people. This helps especially if you are producing clothes in bulk. The flat sketches of shirts can be distributed to several dressmakers at the same time to produce what you need. This is convenient and will save you a lot of time.

Fashion design templates men are also affordable. If you buy these templates from a designer that produces them, you can buy different designs at an affordable price. This is cheaper than hiring the services of the designer to be producing designs for you constantly. When you hire a designer, you will have to pay him/her monthly and insure. This is not cheap because hiring professional designer is quite expensive. Buying illustrator fashion templates are an easier process because you only order for them when you need them. You will also only pay for the templates that you need. It is important when choosing these templates to think about what you want to produce. These designers have templates for every type of clothing including bags. It is also important to consider the cost your budget and to make sure that you get affordable prices for these templates.

Andrea Peters is the author of this article on illustrator fashion templates.
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Getting Started With Adobe Illustrator

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.

When we run Illustrator training courses, we accept that our job is not just to show delegates how the program works and how to use its various tools and options. We also need to show them how to get past this idea of the stark blank canvas with nothing on it. There are four main antidotes to Blank Canvas Syndrome. The first is to have a very clear idea of the type of artwork you want to produce with Illustrator. The second is to use the excellent Live Trace facility built into the program. The third technique is to make liberal use of scanned and other bitmapped images as points of reference. And, fourthly, reuse elements that you have already created, both within the same drawing and between different illustrations.

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.

When we are dealing with users who don’t have such straightforward uses for Illustrator, we try to emphasise to them that there are ways of avoiding having to draw every single stroke of your artwork from scratch. We show them how bitmaps and scanned artwork can be used as starting points for their own vector drawings, how they can trace images and keep images on background layers as points of reference as they create their own artwork.

Illustrator’s Live Trace utility was developed from a standalone program called Adobe Streamline and is extremely powerful. It can be used to convert any scanned or bitmapped image into a vector. Naturally, the nature of the resulting vector image depends on the original. However, it’s very fast and the results can be extremely impressive; so it’s always worth trying it out if your feel that it may create something you can clean up and use.

As well as tracing, it is also often useful to just keep an image on a background layer and constantly refer to it as you create your artwork. It can also be useful to reduce the opacity of the background image to about 40 or 50 percent so it doesn’t become obtrusive. Sometimes you may manually trace around areas of these reference images. Other times, you may just use it for reference, so you can check the dimensions or shape of elements that you create in the foreground.

Another way of getting past Illustrator Blank Canvas Syndrome is to base new elements that you create on elements that already exist within your drawing. The program has a rich range of tools and techniques for doing this. You can create simple copies of an original element and you can also create transformed copies of the original. Illustrator also has the facility of applying multiple attributes to the same object. For example, you can give the same circle, say, five borders rather than creating five overlapping circles.

The fact of the matter is that “Blank Canvas Syndrome” will just disappear once you formulate a clear idea of what you achieve learn to avoid creating all your elements from scratch. Start using the Live Trace facility to generate useable vector artwork. Use background images as guides to help you draw your own artwork and, wherever possible, reuse and modify elements that you have already created.

The The writer of this article is a trainer and developer with Macresource Computer Solutions, an independent computer training company offering Adobe Illustrator training courses in London and throughout the UK.

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