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.
So what is Adobe Illustrator used for?
It 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.
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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. 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 re-scaled infinitely.
What Can You Really Do With Illustrator?
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.
As a graphic designer, you can use Illustrator to easily create sleek, aesthetically pleasing company logos or business cards. Do you want to type in a circle around a particular image or logo? Not a problem! Do you want to type in the shape of the CEO’s head? You can do that as well, and it’s not as complicated as you’d assume. Illustrator is not only limited to artists and graphic designers.
Is It For You?
I’ll be the first to admit that Adobe Illustrator is an expensive program, as are all programs within the Creative Suite. It is truly created for professionals who are going to utilize it to its fullest capacity. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is for you, Adobe offers a free 30 days trial that will give you time to dip your toes in and complete a couple of self-guided tutorials. If you decide you want to continue learning, you may qualify for a business or student discount.
If you’re looking for a place to build your skill set, look no further. Why not start out with this beginner’s course? If you’re looking for something beyond the basics, we’ve got you covered. Adobe Illustrator for Beginners gives you a more in-depth look at everything you can do with this versatile program.