Workshops – Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape

During our recent workshops, we have been introduced to image manipulation software that allowed us to create vector graphic images. In particular, we have been using Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape (pictured respectively below) in order to create bitmap and PNG images that keep their image quality after being re-sized.

So far, I’ve found these programs very useful and I think they could easily help me out when I’ll be designing my poster for the Development and Realisation assignment.

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One of the first tasks we were set with this software was to use everything we learnt from the software and create a vector graphic image of a Kokeshi doll. A kokeshi is a (typically wooden) Japanese doll that is made with a simple style and enlarged head.

Since I had previous experience with other image manipulation software such as Photoshop and Fireworks, I found it quite easy and quick to produce a vector graphic image with the features that were available in Inkscape. Pictured below is my finished image and some screenshots showing part of the process of making it.

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