Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator is a little harder than Dream Weaver in the sense that it can be overwhelming when you first get into it because it is so complex and so powerful. Adobe Illustrator is...

Adobe Illustrator is a little harder than Dream Weaver in the sense that it can be overwhelming when you first get into it because it is so complex and so powerful. There are buttons and drop down menus everywhere and the beginner especially could be a little intimidated. It is a program that helps you create illustrations on the computer and anything to do with sketching like what you see with posters or anything that has illustrations and fancy kinds of shades. It is different than Photoshop, which is more catered to photos. Illustrator is geared towards non-photo images. Illustrator operates in a vector base. When you draw something in vector, you can blow it up, make it bigger, make it smaller and keep the crispiness and cleanliness. You have the tools to draw, design, or illustrate anything you want. In fact, there are so many tools that it can be overwhelming. Some teachers and classes teach you all that in the beginning and some just teach you a few. The best method in my opinion is mastering it tool by tool until it becomes easier to absorb. So there are some hurdles as far as getting your feet wet and being able to do something with it. Having a purpose will make it easier. People that learn it on the job pick it up a lot faster than the people that take it in classes because you are forced to use it every single day rather than in a class or just on your own. If you have a purpose, a goal or an illustration in your mind, then you can learn the tools to accomplish that and it builds from there.


As far as creating graphics there are all types of things you can do. Stationary is made with Illustrator, anything that has a picture, graphic, or logo. Logos are pretty much all created in Illustrator and that is because you the lines are mathematical. You can put in X+C+Y and that will create a certain line and that is what vector is. So there's a mathematical equation for every single line and when you blow it up it is just a matter of multiplying everything and it blows it all up in perfect proportion.




Illustrator is pretty much the standard now for illustration software, so my advice to beginners would be to just learn one or two things on it at a time and try not to get overwhelmed. Even experts, people who use it every single day, still have things they don't know about it and probably never will. It's a very big and powerful program.

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