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Vector illustration

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Video: Vector illustration

Vector Illustration describes digital artwork using a variety of high precision tools to create a crisply illustrated image. Hallmarks of vector illustration include highly controlled lines, curves, and shadings, as well as a new generation of tools that employ the Wacom Pen and Tablet to create natural media appearing Artwork. As opposed to expressive freehand, illustration vector illustration resides at the opposite end of the scale, and is constructed using mathematical expressions. Because of its math underpinnings, vector illustration can be re-scaled without loss of quality.

Vector illustration

Vector Illustration describes digital artwork using a variety of high precision tools to create a crisply illustrated image. Hallmarks of vector illustration include highly controlled lines, curves, and shadings, as well as a new generation of tools that employ the Wacom Pen and Tablet to create natural media appearing Artwork. As opposed to expressive freehand, illustration vector illustration resides at the opposite end of the scale, and is constructed using mathematical expressions. Because of its math underpinnings, vector illustration can be re-scaled without loss of quality.

The traditional equivalent of vector illustration is pen and ink, executed with drawing aids like rulers and French curves, although modern apps can now include natural media emulation in which the Wacom Stylus' pressure sensitivity and tilt become contributing vectors. So I'm going to go ahead and start drawing here, and if I didn't tell you I was in Illustrator, you might assume from the marks that are being made on the screen that this is a pixel-based application. But in fact we are in Illustrator and we're taking advantage of the great new tools that they have that do address the Wacom Pen and Tablet. And just to show you, I'll kind of start very lightly here, see how these are very light, and then as I increase my pressure as well is tilt, I can alter the impression that is made on the canvas.

And so what happens here, and if we look at this tip as I move it around, you can see that I can create many different shapes based on the tilt and pressure of this pen. And the result of that is that with a single tool in my hand, I can get a wide variety of expressive variability within those strokes. And that's really useful because rather than concentrating on switching from one pen to another to get a different strokes, for example, I can just stay within this one brush and because of the nature of the changeability through the pen pressure as well as its tilt, I can get a really wide variety of looks within this particular tool.

I'll go ahead and use a different brush here just to accent the outline a little bit, and maybe we'll go in here, let's add a little leaf element. Once again, take a look at those lines, they you don't look at all like the vectors your mom and dad used to use. I'm going to go head and zoom in using the scroll wheel here, and notice when we get really close to this, it's not breaking down into individual pixels like you would normally see in a pixel-based image where it turns a little mosaic.

In this case, it's maintaining the sharp , crisp edges of all of the strokes that we've made. And the reason for that is this mathematical underpinning. So an illustration like this can be resized to a very large scale and maintain all of the focused crispness that the vector lines deliver. If you try to do the same thing with a Photoshop image, at some point it's going to break down, become soft and pixilated. Okay, now I'm going to use the one of the express key here where I can change my tool into the command key, and that lets me select one of these individually.

Now that it's selected, I can readjust or move this individual element, I can rotate it for example, and this is something you certainly couldn't do with a pixel-based image. The fact that every stroke in here maintains its live nature means that you've got a whole of set of individual elements that can be controlled individually. And once again, as I'm saying, you cannot do this in a traditional environment. Vector based tools like Illustrator definitely benefit from the stylus-based input, particularly in the area of selecting and adjusting the individual points that make up an illustration.

The precision of a fine-pointed stylus trumps the ham-fisted manipulation of a mouse.

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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Why use a tablet?
      1m 30s
    3. Exercise files
      48s
  2. 19m 18s
    1. Intro
      44s
    2. Drawing freehand
      2m 37s
    3. Tracing an existing image
      3m 17s
    4. Vector illustration
      4m 11s
    5. Using the tablet as a photo-retouching tool
      4m 28s
    6. Expressing yourself through painting
      4m 1s
  3. 12m 52s
    1. Intro
      25s
    2. A short history of the computing input devices
      2m 17s
    3. Understanding relative versus absolute positioning
      1m 47s
    4. Introducing the six axes of motion
      3m 15s
    5. An overview of the Wacom product line
      5m 8s
  4. 13m 52s
    1. Working with the Intuos: Symmetric and asymmetric placement
      2m 11s
    2. Using multi-touch on the Cintiq
      3m 41s
    3. Working with multiple displays
      3m 28s
    4. Going wireless
      4m 32s
  5. 36m 3s
    1. Intro
      27s
    2. Using the Wacom property pane
      2m 26s
    3. Setting up the tablet for handedness
      2m 20s
    4. Taking advantage of ExpressKeys
      5m 12s
    5. Utilizing the stylus side switch buttons
      5m 39s
    6. Using Precision mode
      3m 12s
    7. Improving application interaction with the radial menu
      6m 9s
    8. Using the Touch Ring
      5m 30s
    9. Saving multiple settings with the Wacom Tablet Utility
      5m 8s
  6. 17m 7s
    1. Intro
      25s
    2. The standard Grip Pen
      3m 40s
    3. The Art Pen
      3m 49s
    4. The Airbrush
      3m 30s
    5. Utilizing the eraser tip
      2m 23s
    6. Nibs: Tires for your stylus
      3m 20s
  7. 13m 0s
    1. An intro to tablet calisthenics
      44s
    2. Tablet calisthenics: Beginner exercises
      3m 16s
    3. Tablet calisthenics: Intermediate exercises
      3m 58s
    4. Tablet calisthenics: Advanced exercises
      2m 38s
    5. Tablet calisthenics: Master exercises
      2m 24s
  8. 12m 35s
    1. Setting up the Cintiq
      2m 57s
    2. Positioning the Cintiq for your working style
      2m 7s
    3. Optically aligning the Cintiq
      2m 44s
    4. Color calibrating your Cintiq display
      3m 32s
    5. Utilizing the hardware keys
      1m 15s
  9. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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