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Illustrator's Live Trace: Sketch to Vector - Smashing Magazine

Illustrator's Live Trace: Sketch to Vector - Smashing Magazine
Advertisement In this post we will take a drawn design, scan it and clean it up in Photoshop, then trace it using the Live Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator. Live Trace was introduced in Adobe Illustrator CS2 but is still a powerful tool available in Illustrator CS5. This process really gives an artist the freedom to digitally experiment with drawings of any kind. The vector art it produces can be used in numerous ways and is easily customized. My motivation for trying this was originally to make a “growing vine”-type animation in Adobe After Effects. Scan and Clean Up Scan your sketch and bring the image into Adobe Photoshop. Cleaning up the image is important for getting a good trace in Illustrator. Go to Select -> Color Range: Use the Eyedropper Tool to click on your image and to sample the colors you want included. Add to Sample and Subtract from Sample: Use these Eyedropper Tools (to the right of the main Eyedropper Tool) to select or take away from the preview image. Touch-Ups

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Illustrator: Spin the bottle with 3D Revolve In this tutorial, I’ll be discussing some of the ins and outs of the 3D Revolve Effect by rendering a three dimensional wine bottle with a label. This Effect allows you to revolve an outline profile of the right side of an object around a center axis to create a 3D object. Considering how simple the feature is to use, the results are really quite remarkable. Once you have the profile of the object that you wish to render, you can Revolve it, add lighting, and map other elements to its surface, or throw it into perspective, in minutes. STEP 1: Starting on the On the Edge of Reality. Gradient rings in Illustrator Circular graph Here is a very simple example of what I talk about. The gradient in each part of the graph follows the direction of the circle. In other words the gradient isn't linear or radial, which are the only options to choose from in Illustrator. The graph below has 28 segments and is applied in a more illustrative kind of way. It's still not a complex graph, but without a rather smart and simple way to create these gradients it would take a lot of time.

Tag "Illustrator" on Smashing Magazine People often ask how I arrived at a finished illustration. Honestly, it’s different every time, but it always starts with a hand-drawn sketch. Sometimes, I paint it completely by hand; sometimes I’ll scan in a pencil drawing. Many of my pieces are 100% analog that I’ll show only at shops or galleries. Cleaning up scanned sketches with GIMP and Inkscape I’m no professional designer, but I do feel the need to get some sketching done once in a while. Sometimes I feel the urge to make a full colour image like my TNP fan art and various (now more-difficult-to-find) mini illustrations for Yvan’s blog. Without the formal training, and the expensive professional tools, I’ve used GIMP for years. For cleaner lines I’ve been including Inkscape to my routine – as SVGs can be easily resized without loss of detail. Look ma, no pricely-licensed software! Lloyd in Letchworth - reminds me of "Dot and the Kangaroo"

Rendering a 2D Spark Plug Diagram from 3D Components in Illustrator Often, the best way to be sure of your depth and angles is to render objects using Illustrators 3D tools. This tutorial will take you through building a 3D spark plug from multiple components and then expanding the image into a 2D vector diagram. Previous experience with Illustrators Revolve and Extrude tools will be necessary for this. Final Image Preview Below is the final image we will be working towards. Tutorials and Resources Jan 18 2009 For months, we have been bookmarking interesting, useful and creative Adobe Illustrator tutorials and Resources, so you can now rest assured that you will have the necessary tools to get the job done. Due to this phenomenally vast amount of vector packs, brushes, patterns available, you can now add dirt, rust, floral effect, swirls, mold, oil stains in your artwork and to give it any look you want. So in today’s post, you’ll find an assortment of top-notch tutorials, brushes, patterns, vector packs, tips & tricks and .EPS downloadable files that others have freely contributed to the design community.

Vector Polishing Techniques Someone emailed me and asked how did I do the illustration background on Next2Friends. It inspired me to write this article. He asked "Did I do it in Photoshop or Illustrator?" Photoshop Class: Scanned line drawing to finished colored illustration [15 Oct 2010 | By Dot | 7 Comment(s) | 9,180 views ] I bet you guys thought I’d forgotten how to draw, huh? I must admit, art has been on the back burner these days… but I volunteered to do a little illustration for a neighbor’s baby shower. And, since you like our last ‘Photoshop Class’, I thought you guys might like a little peek into how I colored it. This is a quick method I use for coloring more ‘cartoonish’ drawings… I sketched the drawing in pencil, then went over the line work in ink.

Designs, Good Thunder, Minnesota: Online Classes in Illustrator, Macromedia Fireworks and Freehand, Photsohop Elements. Photoshop Filters, Canvas, Creature House Expression Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard vector, or object oriented, drawing program. I've compiled a few of my favorite tips that make working with Illustrator easier, and tutorials using some of Illustrator's creative features. But first, what is a vector program? And why does that make Illustrator special? Join me for classes in Illustrator CS3 at Eclectic Academy. Classes are $30 for a 6 week session.

Tutorials Advertisement Over years Adobe Illustrator has become the standard application when it comes to illustration design. Artists, illustrators and graphic designers use Illustrator to create vector-based graphics which — contrary to raster-based editors such as Adobe Photoshop — can be easily rescaled without the loss of quality. E.g., Illustrator is often used to quickly transform hand-drawn sketches on a sheet of paper into lively and colorful digital images. However, to master Adobe Illustrator isn’t easy; and the creating process of professional illustrations requires both time and patience. Therefore tutorials can turn out to be real life- and time-savers as they show exactly what needs to be done in order to create professional illustrations and how masters of illustration actually manage to do their magic.

Design Process of Koi Illustration It has been a while since the last time I've done any illustration work. Recently I've created a new awesome piece that I would like to share with you. It is a koi fish illustration inspired by my tattoo. A great technique for scanning your inked drawings This is a nice and quick way to get amazingly crisp and sharp scans of your artwork.The scanning process itself is crazy fast and you'll end up with a perfect scan - no need to adjust levels or remove smudges, scratches and noise because of the texture of the paper. And the best part, at least for me, is that the scan itself will be cut out from the background so you don't have to spend time removing it and can move straight on to colouring or whatever you'd want to do. You can only use this procedure with white or, at least light, paper with sketches drawn using ink, felt tip pens, markers and the like.It won't work as well when you've used a lead pencil or something else that leaves smudges and/or has a faint edge. In step 4 you'll find a quick rundown for people who know their way around Photoshop as well as some final notes and examples of the difference between this scanning method and the "regular" one.

Spot Colour Regular readers of the RW Publishing/Graphics section will have noticed a recurring theme, namely the huge difference between producing in-house and commercial print. For work destined for your local inkjet all colours are output in a single pass of the sheet of paper through the device. For commercial full-colour print all colours are recreated by passing the paper through the printers' press four times, once for each of the four "process" colour components - cyan, magenta, yellow and black.

Tutorials I must be some kind of a mind reader because you were thinking of a single place were you would find the best Illustrator tutorials and here it is. Alongside you got yourselves a massive tutorial collection here on Design your way which, I believe, you will appreciate. I’m not saying anything else, I’m just going to leave you here with these tutorials, tips and techniques that will help you improve your Adobe Illustrator skills. You can visit UPrinting Flyer Printing to have an idea about flyers.