Development and Realisation – Understanding the basics of Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator was the second graphic design program that we used in our most recent workshop sessions. We were advised to learn the ropes of Illustrator, as well as Inkscape to decide which would be best to design our posters for the Development and Realisation assignment.

In my experience, Illustrator is more useful in creating a visually informative poster, due to the huge range of features it provides. Pictured below is a vector graphic of the world that I traced from an image from the internet; this was done fully with Illustrator, and I’m very proud of the result.

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In today’s workshop session, we were given the chance to create vector graphic images and shapes, with the help of the drawing tools that the software provided. To begin with, we made smaller pictures, as seen in the examples below:

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One major difference between Inkscape and Illustrator is that Illustrator allows you to manually change the shape and style of a letter, as if it’s a vector graphic image. This makes it easier for letters to be edited so that extra details can be manually added to or removed from them. The final result also looks better, in my opinion, and Illustrator is used a lot more by people who work in the industry.

Our next task was to trace and draw an image from the internet, using the tools and features of Illustrator. These images had to be relevant to our projects. Since my topic was “Who lives the longest?”, I decided to trace an image of the globe from the internet. This was the most fun and interesting part of the workshop, as it helped me produce something that I’m proud of.

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