Newbie for vector illustrations, have some questions

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kaanates
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:08AM

Hi all,


I'm studing as an industrial designer and I'm also a photographer. I wanna learn and use adobe illustrator. Working about that for few months in my free times. As you guess I always use photoshop and at the first look they look very smillar but I realized not even close! I made some stuf but not sure if I can pass first 3 samples test with them. I would love to show you to get some opinions but dont know how to upload them on forum with a full watermark. 


I will use the EPS10 format but I dont know which settings should I use on the screen which appears when I select EPS10. I looked lots of topics and FAQ about vectors but still not sure. I use CS5 and there are lots of features but I'm not sure which ones should or shouldn't I use because of EPS10. 


Some tutorials about main things would be helpful too. When I try to search for tutorials I always find how to create something like strawberry, house, garden etc... But I'm looking for some tutorials something like "you can use gradient for these thing" or "you can paint a car by these ways" and showing how to do it. 


I like mesh tool but I can use it for only 1 part of my work. For example I can illustrate a cherry by mesh tool but I cant make its stem. Im in touble with contrast color transitions. Tutorials which I have found only show how to make the cherry part or stem part. Not both of them together or how to connect them. Thanks.
Zuki
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:22AM

It seems you are juggling quite a bit, but slow down.


Illustrator is a complex program and there are no quick and easy methods so take your time and discover ways to use it in a way that fits your creative style.  All the tools are there to do something and as you discover the function of each the workflow will come.


In regards to the cherry example, I would do the cherry itself with the mesh tool and then do the stem separately, I then would position the stem and send it behind the cherry, you can then group the cherry and stem together.  This is just one way and there are as many other ways.


It used to be EPS8 and the illustrations were still pretty complex so most of the tool-set should be acceptable with 10.  If you want to display a picture here in the forums, export your illustration as a JPEG from Illustrator (make sure it's no larger than around 200 pixels) then you need to put it somewhere online like your own website or any site that allows storage of images.  You then need to use the "insert/edit image" button (little tree icon) to insert it in a post.


Good luck
TheRealDarla
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:41AM

Take some drawing classes, it really helps.


 
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:00AM
There are tons of resources in Jenn's (bortonia's) there here. There is a section for those that are new to Illustrator in there
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:46AM
Hi kaanates,

Welcome to the vector forum If you wanted some feedback on your samples we'd be happy to take a look. The place for feedback is our Critique Request forum. There are plenty of illustrators who offer advice and suggestions. For information on how the forum works (including how to post an example of your work) see this "Read This First" thread.

You can find out more about AI10 files here. In this thread there's a link to an article that covers the basic transparency effects you can use in your AI10 submissions. You can use gradients, too. Any effects that don't work from CS or higher down to AI10 we'll be listing in that Guidelines thread: So far, it looks like transparent gradients (where a shape goes from a color to transparent) won't work well in AI10, but it's easy to fake that effect using other techniques.

As Zuki said, learning Illustrator is a very long and complicated process. You'll probably never stop learning new ways to do things, or finding new features in the program. There's a sticky forum thread for new illustrators at the top of this forum that might be helpful. In this thread, there are links to articles, tutorials, tips and tricks from iStock and around the web. You can also search these forums, there have been some great discussions on techniques here.

My advice would be start slowly and learn the basics before diving into complicated tutorials full of filters, meshes and transparencies. The more you draw the better and faster you'll get, too, so don't be afraid to keep on working even if you're not happy with the final piece. You can always redraw it later on. Once you have some work you'd like feedback on you can post in the Critique Request forum - That way you'll be able to tweak and improve your illustrations before diving into the Illustration Application.

Best of luck!
kaanates
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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:35AM
Thank you all. All of my questions are answered and your comments are very helpful. I will try to do my best! Looks complicated but I hope I can get over it.
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