Day 1: What is Illustrator?
About Adobe Illustrator
Illustrator is a vector drawing program. It is often used to draw illustrations, cartoons, diagrams, charts and logos. Unlike bitmap images that stores information in a grid of dots, Illustrator uses mathematical equations to draw out the shapes. This makes vector graphics scalable without the loss of resolution.
Advantages of Vector Graphics
- Scalable without resolution loss
- Lines are crisp and sharp at any sizes
- Print at high resolution
- Smaller file size
- Good for drawing illustrations
Disadvantages of vector graphics
- Drawings tend to look flat and cartoon
- Hard to produce photo realistic drawings
Common Uses for Illustrator
1) Designing Logos
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2) Drawing Maps
3) Drawing Illustrations
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5) Photorealistic Drawings
6) Packaging Design
These are just a few examples of what Illustrator can do. If you have experience with Photoshop, you can bring your illustrations into Photoshop and enhance it. That’s how professionals do it. During the next few days, I will be covering the basics of Illustrator so that you can produce your first vector art!
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About The Author: Tony Soh
Hi. I'm the founder of Vector Diary. Illustrator is my passion and I have written numerous tutorials on illustrator helping people learn illustrator. My most popular tutorial on learn illustrator has been a hit. It makes learning illustrator so easy and has benefited more than 20,000 people worldwide. Also, I've revealed some of my secret techniques in the premium tutorials. So don't forget to check it out!