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    Posted on 21st July 2019 by Greta Powell

    Vector Shapes in Illustrator

    A very short post today to share a handy Illustrator tutorial link on working with Basic Vector Shapes in Illustrator on the Adobe website. It is an extremely clear and progressive tutorial that shows you how easy it is to created artwork from very basic tools.


    A quick addendum this was originally a short post but on reflection vector shapes deserve more, much more so the post has been updated to give you more examples and links of how these fundamental elements of Illustrator work. Should you wish to enter this wonderful work you will find that all of this and more is covered on the Introduction to Illustrator Training course where you will create, edit and work with your own lines, primitives shapes and paths to build your own original artwork. Because they are ‘live shapes’ you can continually edit them with no quality loss whatsoever.¬†


    Otherwise why not click on the Read More button below to find out more about how paths, shapes work in Illustrator.


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    What are Vector Shapes

    Illustrator works with vector graphics which unlike PSD’s, JPEG’s etc are not comprised of a mass of pixels. They are comprised of paths which can be a simple line, a curve, a geometric shape any and all of which can be edited and manipulated in many ways to get the effect you want. To get to the nitty gritty Vectors use mathematical equations when drawing your paths and so become your lines, curves, geometric shapes. Because they are so mathematically precise the original can be scaled to virtually any size and not lose quality.


    Adobe Illustrator Vector Graphics – Find out more


    Once you’ve drawn your lines or shapes you can fill them with wondrous things including colour, texture, gradients or your own custom brand, you can adapt their stroke, the shape of the stroke, its thickness and even apply brush strokes to it.


    In fact there are some wonderful examples of both simple and more complex shapes here on the Adobe Illustrator Website


    What is a Raster Image?

    In short a Raster Image is one taken through a lens, a photograph which in digital format could be a .PSD (Photoshop Format), JPEG or PNG. Speaking of which I wrote about this in one of the Photoshop posts last year which you can read at : Greta Powell Photoshop Training


    Illustrator Shapes Tutorial

    Using Illustrators shapes this tutorial will show how they can be adapted to create stunning illustrations. You will find out how work with shapes by combining, reshaping then colouring them in this lovely Illustrator Tutorial about designing buildings from Adobe.


    Visit the Illustrator Tutorial


    Learning to work flexibly with primitive shapes and paths opens a wide gate. As you work more with Illustrator you will be able to create vector artwork that can be developed to fit around your own brand perfectly, all of which can be added to your CC library for use in all your Adobe applications. These can all, of course be used as well for print, web and social media


    Recent Illustrator Training Course in Coventry

    For example on a recent Illustrator course in Coventry vector shapes were used to create social media icons, buttons and matching elements for the company social media platforms and website. The Instagram screenshot below shows the actual icons created on the two day beginners course with the use of company colours and layouts


    Illustrator Vector Shapes


    You can take a look on our new Greta Powell Training Instagram account of one of the examples produced by a delegate on the course who had never used Illustrator before.


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