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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

drawing maps

3) Drawing Illustrations

drawing illustrations

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4) Infographics

infographics

5) Photorealistic Drawings

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6) Packaging Design
packaging design

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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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