This week in Computer Art & Animation we took a look at Adobe Illustrator; a vector based application with a bit of a learning curve. Overall, Illustrator is a powerful design and illustration app but transitioning from raster-based apps such as Photoshop to vector-based programs takes a little getting used to.
To kick off the week, we ran a few tutorials to learn about tools this app offers and gain understanding about how they work and how the differ from Photoshop. We started with learning about shapes and gradients as can be seen in the above illustration of flowers.
Our second tutorial was perhaps the least fun but addresses the most obvious difference between raster and vector; working with the pen tool. At first, it can be a bit tricky to get the anchor points to go where you want them to go.
Building on the shape and gradient tools, our next step was to build layers. These 2D badges are composed of several layers of shapes. We also explored the type and pathfinder tools.
What comes after 2D? Going for 3D. This tutorial incorporated all the previous lessons but asked the student to apply a little creativity to create the illusion of depth.
Now that we have an understanding of the app, we will see what we can do on our own. Next week we will have some time to explore the app further on our own and use or time to create our own Adobe illustrations. Stay tuned...
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