What is Adobe Illustrator?
- Adobe Illustrator is a program used by both artists and graphic designers to create vector images.
- These images will then be used for company logos, promotional uses or even personal work, both in print and digital form.
- Adobe Illustrator is typically used to create illustrations, charts, graphs, logos, diagrams, cartoons of real photographs, and more.
- While the program may be difficult to understand initially, the final product will be well worth the learning curve.
What is a Vector Image?
- Creating vector images allows you to create clean, beautiful works of art that can be scaled up and down infinitely without ever losing quality.
- Have you ever created an image in Adobe Photoshop, and then realized that you should have created it three times larger than you did? You go into Image Adjustments, increase the size, and … oops.
- The image is now pixelated and looks horrible. If the image was too small to begin with, you’ll need to start all over again. The same does not remain true for Adobe Illustrator.
- Unlike the familiar gif, jpeg, tiff, etc images – known as raster images – vector images are not made up of a grid of pixels.
- They are instead created by paths – a combination of a starting point and an ending point with a combination of shapes, angles and lines in-between.
- These paths relate to each other by mathematical formulas, allowing them to be scaled and rescaled infinitely.
What Can You Really Do With Illustrator?
- Many people are intimidated by Adobe Illustrator due to the fact that they believe they have no artistic skill.
- Adobe Illustrator actually doesn’t require any prior knowledge of drawing or painting.
- You can use this program to create freehand drawings, but you can also import a photograph and use that photograph as a guide to trace and re-color a particular subject – turning it into a work of art that looks as though you drew it freehand.
Advantages of Adobe Illustrator
- Vector Work Flow
- Typographic Power
- Data Presentation
- Illustration Flexibility
- Web Design
Disdvantage of Adobe Illustrator
- One of the disadvantages of Adobe Photoshop is the fact that the photo is not entirely real.
- Many people argue that photographers are ‘faking it’ and losing the ability to take a creative or professional shot because they know they are able to fix any photo using Photoshop.
- You can never be entirely sure if a photographer is extremely talented at taking photographs and capturing a scene at the perfect time of day to obtain the best lighting and positioning or if the photographer has enhanced it with computer software.