Creating with Adobe's Line and Sketch Apps
Illustration by John Hersey

Creating with Adobe's Line and Sketch Apps

with Justin Seeley

Video: Project: Drawing in perspective

In addition to being just a drawing application, Adobe Lion also acts as And something kind of like that.

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1h 16m Appropriate for all Aug 08, 2014

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Capture all your creative ideas on the go with Adobe's new line of drawing tools: the Line and Sketch apps and two brand-new hardware elements--the Ink pen and Slide digital ruler. Justin Seeley shows how to pair these tools with your iPad and then use them in six real-world drawing projects: from designing logos to creating website wireframes. He'll also show how to share your work with others using the Cloud Clipboard, Behance, and even Kuler. Start now and learn how to give your creative process a little competitive edge with this new set of twenty-first-century tools.

Topics include:
  • Connecting your apps to Creative Cloud
  • Drawing with Adobe Sketch
  • Creating digital portraits
  • Touring the Adobe Line interface
  • Drawing in perspective
  • Creating icons with Line and Illustrator
  • Collaborating and sharing drawings
Illustrator Line Sketch
Justin Seeley

Project: Drawing in perspective

In addition to being just a drawing application, Adobe Lion also acts as a drafting app that many people are using to create architectural renderings or even interior design spaces. In this movie, I'm going to show you how to work in perspective to create those types of drawings. And also, we'll work on a little interior space of our own. Let's go ahead and get started. I'm going to create a brand new document by tapping right here and that's just going to jump me in to this. And one of the things that you want to make sure that you have turned on is touch slide, because that's how all of this is going to work best for you. So, go up and touch right there to turn touch slide on.

You may see it in the default mode, or if you've been working along with me, you may also see that you're still using one of the stamps. If you are, just go back and make sure lines and basic shapes is turned on. And so, once we do that, we're also going to define a perspective grid. This is going to help you if you're not used to drawing in perspective, actually see how to draw certain lines so that it looks like it's actually going back in space. To do that we're going to use this button right here, and when I tap on that, you're going to see that it creates this perspective grid for me with two different vanishing points where I can then draw lines based on those.

And so with this you can manipulate it, going underneath it, you can go on top of it, you can rotate it around to see different perspectives, there's lots of different things you can do with this. And so what I'm going to do is just going to keep it right here in the center so we can see it and I'll hit OK. So once I've got my perspective grid all set up, it's time to actually start making some lines here. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to make sure that I have touch slide turned on. And with touch slide turned on, the benefit here is that it is going to snap to different angles, and I am going to start off just by going up and down, like this, just to create some straight up and down lines. So let's move this over a little bit to right here. And you know, this could be the side of a building, it could be a window inside of an interior space, there are many different reasons why you would want to draw in perspective. I'm just giving you an idea of how to do that. So now, what I'm going to do is just draw a line, going straight up and down like that. I'm going to draw another line that goes back a little bit. And if you want to, you can actually kind of trace, like, where that would go. So let's start here and just kind of go down. Maybe something like that. Here's the interesting part about this. When I rotate this around, see all those little red dots that pop up on screen? Those are snapping to those end points and allowing it to base itself off of that vanishing point that goes way off the screen. So now, I can just kind of draw like this, and then we'll move this down a bit. And something kind of like that. If you make a mistake and something goes over like that, that's no big deal, just turn off touch slide for a minute, grab the eraser and you can just erase anything that doesn't need to be there. If you need to extend a line, like I do there, that's okay. Turn touch slide back on. And then just rotate it around. Something like this. And complete that line. Make sure you have the pen selected instead of the eraser, and then once you do that you should be able to complete that line, like that. And again, if you go over, eraser's very easy to use. Just get in there and take it out. You can also use the multi-finger gesture. Kind of step back through and make any adjustments you need to that way. So now I'm just going to go in one last time, finish off that little corner, and we'll keep going. So I'll turn touch slide back on, rotate it around, make sure it snaps right there to the corner, and then I'll just redraw right over that point and have it snap. Now I can go in and draw the other side of that as well, works much the same way, but let's take this more to a real-world scenario. Let's think about actually drawing inside of an interior space and what that would look like. You don't necessarily have to use a perspective grid to do that, but the touch slide is actually really good at doing something like that. Let's take a look. Let's go back out to the gallery. And I'm just going to create a new drawing here. And instead of using nothing as a basis for this, I'm going to load in a photo. And I actually have some interior photos that I'm going to include in your exercise files, so you can go and you can grab these and load them onto your iPad. Just put them in your camera roll on your iPad. And so, what I'm going to do is choose this one right here. And I'm going to increase the size of it quite a bit so we can actually see it. And then, what I'm going to do is paste that into the background. And so this is going to serve as the basis of my interior design drawing that I'm going to create. And so, I'm going to use this same pin that I've been using. I'm going to make sure that touch slide is turned on. And then, I'm going to turn it to full screen mode so that I can see this. And so now, all I have to do is just start lining this thing up with all the different angles inside of this building. And so I can kind of line this up right there to draw this. It doesn't have to be dead on, but it's just going to give me a better idea of how to do it. And then we'll come in here, kind of snap that back. Something like that. And just draw over the top of that.

Go right there. I'm going to snap it to that point. There we go. And again, I'm just rotating this thing around to snap to all these different points to creat these lines. And once I get it right where I want it, just drawing the line. It's as simple as that. It's like using tracing paper. So here we go. We'll do this over here, make sure that that goes straight, something like that. And we'll move that down, and do something straight across there. And again, you can make adjustments to this using the eraser or anything you need. For now, I'm just kind of giving you a rough idea of what this would look like.

So let's step that down. Something like that. And then I'll jump out of full screen mode here for a minute, and I can come over here and I can kind of fade this in and out so you can see exactly what I'm creating here and so you can actually have this kind of quasi faded out in the background and then start applying different elements to it. So for instance I could come in here and add different stamps to this. So maybe we come in and we find something like, you know, Herman Miller chairs or sofas. Let's do this. Let's grab one of those.

And that's going to come out. Let's turn touch slide on. And let's bring out that little sofa. And then we can increase the size of that a bit. Let's bring it down. And so we'll set it right back there against that back wall. And we can double tap. And there it is. And so now, even with that ghosted image in the background, you can kind of see what this floor plan is going to look like with that object right there. What's even cooler is that had we used a perspective grid for this, the couch might actually be shifted a little bit. Or if we put a chair in there, it might be a little further back than the couch.

That's the benefit of using a tool like this to create interior space mock ups. Or even exterior mock ups for that matter. These tools are meant to give you more control over the creative documents that you create. So I highly recommend checking this out, using the prospective feature, and also playing around with those stamps. It's great way to get a feel for what's going inside of a space and also creating full on architectural renderings if that's something that you need to do.

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