Vector – Illustrator
Vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s), which are all based on mathematical expressions, to represent images in computer graphics. “Vector”, in this context, implies more than a straight line.
Vector graphics are based on vectors (also called paths, or strokes) which lead through locations called control points. Each of these points has a definite position on the x and y axes of the work plan. Each point, as well, is a variety of database, including the location of the point in the work space and the direction of the vector (which is what defines the direction of the track). Each track can be assigned a color, a shape, a thickness and also a fill. This does not affect the size of the files in a substantial way because all information resides in the structure; it describes how to draw the vector.
\By Shawn Barry
Using the photo I took for inspiration and reference I imported it to Illustrator.
In this tutorial you will learn that data doesn’t have to be boring, it can be beautiful! Learn how to use various graph tools, illustration techniques and typography to make an accurate and inspiring infographic in Adobe Illustrator.
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Ever since I read N.Design Studio’s tutorial on how to make abstract lines easily in Illustrator, I’ve been playing around with Illustrator’s Blend Tool to see what I could use it for other than abstract lines. I wanted to show you some of the (really easy) possibilities of this tool, so I put together a small tutorial and I’m going to show you a lot of examples of the kinds of shapes and effects that the blend tool is capable of.
By Jasmina Stanojevic
In this illustration/drawing tutorial, I will show you how to create a fancy gift box using Adobe Illustrator. We will use color gradients, vector shadows and blending in order to achieve a nice and semi-realistic look. For beginners, this tutorial will also be a practical, hands-on lesson on the Blend Tool, one of Illustrator’s most powerful tools.
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By Clever Mark
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial we’re going to create the face of a cool monkey character with stylised vector line work. Illustrator’s crisp vector paths are perfect for the creation of products such as vinyl cut stickers, so we’ll use the theme of urban sticker art for our design and create an iconic graphic that could be seen on windows and signage in busy city areas.
The design we’ll be creating is made of basic shapes and uses a single colour for that stylised appearance. This simple styling not only looks cool, the crisp lines and paths make the design suitable for plotting on a vinyl cutter. So if you fancy decorating your laptop or sticker bombing your home town, let’s take a look at creating an iconic monkey face graphic in Illustrator.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a Realistic Eye Ball Vector using Adobe Illustrator. I am using the latest version i.e Illustrator CS 6 to demostrate. However, this can be made using any version of the software.
1. First of all you need to create a circle of size 245×245 pt using the Ellipse Tool.
2. Now add another circle of size 146×146 pt and align it in the middle of the previous one and fill in black colour. I’ve used this #231f20 tone, absolute black #000000 will also work.
Last week I saw the new Iron Man trailer and as usual it was nothing less than amazing. The effects are top notch and I’m really anticipating seeing it in May. There’s still a couple of months until we can set our eyes on the real deal so I decided to create the Iron Man mask from scratch using Illustrator and Photoshop just to warm up and to try to improve my illustrating skills.
So for this tutorial I will show you how to create the Iron Man mask using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It’s not too detailed because I wanted to share a simple overview/walkthrough so you could play and explore by yourself. In the end that’s the best way to learn. Continue Reading
This tutorial is about creating the Apple Magic Mouse in Photoshop, though you could use these techniques to create other mouse icon design styles as well. The new design of this mouse just looks amazing. Creating it and using it as an icon makes it all that more fun and interesting. The glossy look and the simplicity, transforms this mouse into a really neat looking icon. This tutorial will challenge intermediate level Photoshop user, so let’s get started!
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- Program: Photoshop CS3
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 hours
In the following steps you will learn how to create a semi-realistic graphics tablet in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, using basic tools and effects, the Round Any Corner script and taking full advantage of the Appearance panel you will learn how to create the tablet. Moving on you will learn how to cleverly use the Warp effects and how to add depth to your shapes using complex gradients or blending options. Finally, you will learn how to create, save and use a simple pattern.
You will use Meshes, Gradients and Blends for creating the resulted picture. The skills you will learn here can easily be transferred to creating various objects. So let’s get started!
- Program: Adobe Illustrator CS3 – CS5
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
1.Draw the Bamboo Body
Create a path like the image below with the Pen Tool and fill it with the color green. Select the Mesh Tool and click on the lower left corner of the bamboo body (pt. 1) to add a mesh point. Then change it to a lighter tone of green (yellow-green). Now add another Mesh point at the upper left corner of the bamboo(pt. 2). Add another point above pt. 2. Add a final point beside pt. 2 and select a darker green tone for the shadow.
2.Create the Bamboo Stick
Select the bamboo body you’ve created in the previous step, hold down the ALT key, drag it up to make a copy (you can use Copy & Paste if you like). Then resize the new bamboo body horizontally with the Selection Tool. Send this new bamboo body behind the first bamboo body by selecting Object > Arrage > Send Backward or press Ctrl+[. Repeat this step until you get a stack of 5 or 6 bamboo bodies. Continue Reading
Probably one of the most popular and recognisable icons in the web universe; the RSS icon is displayed on many website to indicate the availability of a subscription feed. There are pre-made icons you can download and place on your website, however this tutorial cover the process of creating your own custom vector RSS icon in Illustrator.
Since the icon is to be created in vector format, it can be scaled up or down in size for implementation on future websites you may work on, unlike a raster version which would have to be remade in larger dimensions to prevent pixelation.
For beginners to Illustrator, the following diagram shows the structure of the elements that will make up the icon. Similar to Photoshop, Illustrator works in layers but also, multiple objects can also be stacked on top of one another within a single layer. By using ‘CTRL/CMD + [‘ and ‘CTRL/CMD + ]’ you can alter the stacking order of a selected object and furthermore, pressing ‘CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + [‘ and ‘CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + ]’ will send an object to the bottom and top of the stack respectively. Continue Reading
Illustrator program by Adobe is dominating the industry of vector graphics designing since 1988. CorelDRAW and other freeware vector designing tools have never been able to take Illustrator’s place in the market. Since this program is a big hit, there are many websites offering tutorials and other goodies related to Adobe Illustrator.
In this post, we are sharing a collection of the best websites which offer Absolutely Free Adobe Illustrator tutorials and tips & tricks.
A great resource for learning vector graphic designing and Adobe Illustrator. It’s actually a blog run by Ryan Putnam, an exclusive designer at iStockPhoto. One useful thing here is Interviews section, they are quite inspirational and fun to read.
In design, it is clear that sometimes we need to deliver fast and quality result. In some case, designers did search for free inspiration through various approach such as referring to free sources or others’ work, especially in web.
When it comes to vector searching, Google image search is probably the #1 choice for most, but is it always the best? A lot of great free vector resource websites give their graphics wrong titles or no descriptions at all which make it almost impossible to find them through search engines.
Vecteezy is a community of vector art that provides a place for vector artists to create and exchange a variety of free vector graphics. It’s probably one of the most popular vector websites judging by the visitor count. However, it seems that they go for quantity instead of quality.
Many people find the Pathfinder Palette or Tool in Adobe Illustrator to be a little bit confusing because, if for no other reason, there are so many little buttons and different actions that it can be hard to remember what each one does unless you are using the Pathfinder all the time. While I do use the Pathfinder very often, I find that I tend to use the same actions over and over, so I am reposting this tip (originally posted in October of 2005) as a reference / breakdown of the different Pathfinder Tools in the Pathfinder Palette and what each one does. (Probably mostly as a quick reference for myself, but I hope this post is useful for you too!)
Check the tutorial here by Craig Watkins
Firts part of the creation of a mesh shape in Illustrator in the way to reach photorealism
Source : http://www.youtube.com/user/Ideasnextdoor?feature=watch