In the world of Graphic Arts there are two super powers. Raster Graphics and Vector Graphics. These are two different ways of creating a graphic on your computer. Read to the end to see who wins round 1!
RASTER is the native format of Adobe Photoshop. Raster graphics are made up of small squares called pixels. The more pixels you have, the more detail you have. Older video games looked blockier than newer ones do because systems today can handle more pixels. The old super mario game is a great example of pixel (Raster) graphics.
VECTOR is the native format of Adobe Illustrator. Vector graphics are based on math. If you have taken advanced science or math classes, then you have probably worked with graphing vectors before, think graphing calculator. Vector graphics can take these mathematical shapes and create lines and filled shapes. The best part is that you don’t have to understand the underlying math to use the program. Since vector graphics are math based you can scale them up without loosing quality.
So which one is better? That’s like asking wether it’s better to eat with a fork or a spoon. They both have their strengths. I am an Adobe products guy so for me both of these programs are essential to doing modern graphic arts. You will find that these two guys, Blocky Raster and Victor Vector work really good together and what you really want is to have them both in your corner to tag team against the real opponent your challenging projects. Used together the provide a perfect one two punch and can TKO most any task.
Try ’em FREE. The best part is you can try them out for free by downloading a trial from Adobe (click here to go to the downloads page). In the past these programs cost hundreds of dollars each, a typical package with a few of them ran you about a thousand dollars, and that was with the student discount. Then in a few years the software would start to get dated and you’d want to spring another grand to get the new version. The entry bar is now so low that anyone wanting to try it out can get in the game without shelling out a thousand bucks. You can get Photoshop for 10 bucks per month or illustrator for $20 per month. With that you get all the new versions as soon as they come out. It is so much cheaper than it was when I jumped in. The really cool thing is that you can get everything for $50 bucks a month. (even less with discounts like student) What’s everything? all Adobe products: thats illustrator, photoshop, after effects, Indesign, premier, animate, dreamweaver. 20+ in all. The best & industry standard.
Older Adobe. I’m still running CS5 which was the next to last version before creative cloud came out at home. It still works great, so if you are reluctant to have a monthly plan you could consider picking up a used hard copy of CS6 on Amazon (click here to see what’s available). That was the last version that you can just buy outright and own. You will just have to be ok with not having all the newest features. I wish my version had the new pattern builder tool in illustrator and the added style features in Photoshop that I enjoy at work.
Raster Vs Vector. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. If you are already using one and not the other, i’d encourage you to start cross training. If you don’t use either yet, I’d start with Photoshop. It is a little more friendly to beginners. So round one I will have to give to Blocky!
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Just delivered this new cartoon for RealNormalDiet.com . Fun project.
This is the first comic that we’ve created for Real Normal Diet. I’m really happy with how it came out! After being on the diet for 4 and a half months now i can definitely say that my shirts are fitting a whole lot better if not too big! It’s been a really exciting journey. I have another comic in the works for the goal setting stage of the diet.
I’m also cooking up a comic for here at Tradigital Art. Vector vs Raster. I didn’t know how much i’ve missed working on comics! hopefully this is just the first tip of a very big iceberg.
Got an idea for a comic? I’d love to hear it! Leave a comment below.
Brushes have their own ‘window’ in Adobe Illustrator called ‘Brushes’ panel called the Three easy ways to access your brushes. If not already showing in your tools you can open it from the ‘Window’ drop down or with the hot key ‘F5’. This is also where you can create new brushes.
-excerpt from the getting started section of the Guide to working with Pattern Brushes in Adobe Illustrator. Click here to get the full PDF training E Book.
In this E-Book I’ve laid out my best tips, tricks, advice, and tutorials on using pattern brushes in Adobe Illustrator that i’ve picked up over the last 13 years. From my very first rope brush to today I’ve created hundreds and many more graphic styles and photoshop styles as well. Click Here to View and Download Now!
The guide starts with a ‘quick start Guide’ to get you up and running fast, followed by a ‘working with Photoshop’ section and closes with a lengthy ‘advanced techniques’ section. Below is a list of topics covered.
Quick Start Guide 1-3
Viewing Brushes 1
Loading & Saving Brushes 1
Parts of a Pattern Brush 2
Applying a Pattern Brush 2
Resizing a Brush 2
A Warning About Brushes 2
Scaling Objects with Brushes 3
Expanding a Brush 3
Working with Photoshop 4 – 5
Using AI Brushes in Photoshop 4
Create Paths for the Brushes 4
About Sending ‘Brushed’ Art to PS 4
Sending it to Photoshop 4
Anti-Alias or Non 4
Making Adjustments in PS 5
Edititng the Vector Object in Illustrator 5
Rasterizing the Brush 5
Adding Layer Eects & Filters 5
Advanced Techniques 6 – 14
Changing the Color of a Brush 6 – 8
Adjusting Color Balance 6
Changing Colorization Method 6
Duplicating A Brush 7
Global and Spot Colors 8
Changing the Direction of the Brush 9
Why are There Sometimes Gaps 9
Combatting the Gaps 9 – 11
Finishing Touches on Brushed Paths 11 – 12
In Front and Behind Trick 12 – 13
Brush Width Tool 13
Adding Effects 14
Closing Thoughts 14