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Adobe Illustrator

Post  Pikachao on Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:16 pm

I've been curious for a while with this, what are the pros and cons of using Illustrator for comic/art related stuff. I've used Illustrator before, but it was only for my graphic design classes, so I've only used it for logos and posters and the such.
I experimented a little bit with using it with comic related arts, but I didn't go too deep and I'm not sure if I want to try experimenting with it more when I have the chance. I love how smooth vector lines are and what I experimented with turned out rather well, but at the same time I think actually drawing vectors is frankly less fun than drawing on photoshop with a tablet. I'm not as well versed on all the stuff you can do in illustrator so it's possible I haven't found a quicker and more fun way to draw in illustrator. What are your opinions on it (of the people who have used it, of course.)
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Re: Adobe Illustrator

Post  Ellen-Natalie on Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:55 am

I make comics on Illustrator (including FE!). If I were to summarize what it's like using Illustrator for this: "It's really, REALLY awesome - if you put in the time to learn how to operate it properly."

I picked up Illustrator back in college because someone else told me it was the best tool I could have, and if I wanted to be a serious artist I needed it. This someone else was not a professor or professional of any kind, did not understand what I was trying to accomplish with my artwork, and had no knowledge of my previous experience with vector programs. (Which was none.) I absolutely hated Illustrator when I started using it. Everything I'd learned about Photoshop (and every other art program modeled after Photoshop) was useless - Illustrator has its' own unique tools and techniques, and I had no idea how to use them. If I hadn't gotten a touchsmart laptop (which can fold into a tablet) and been able to draw with vectors in a more familiar way, I'm not sure I ever would had the confidence to experiment with and master the different tools. And I didn't even think to look up tutorials or take a class on how to use the software until almost a year later. Those revealed a lot of things I was making harder than necessary.

Now that I understand the program better, I love Illustrator. My comics are made faster, cleaner, and better-looking than ever - but there is still a lot about I'm still learning about the program and vectors in general. Someone else recently pointed out to me there's much better, more effective tools in the latest Illustrator version, and if I'm serious about my art I should upgrade. They're probably right, but I think I'll spend some more time polishing my skills in the version I currently have.

Hopefully this rambling helps, and if you're interested in Illustrator it can be a great tool - if you're willing to put in the time to learn it.
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Re: Adobe Illustrator

Post  Pikachao on Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:17 pm

It's good to hear they're faster to make now, I'll admit my biggest qualm with using it was that it seemed like it would be a lot more time consuming (although curves would certainly go quicker) so hearing that's pretty nice. Next time I have the chance, I'll have to actually get it, instead of using the 30 day trial and then never closing it afterwards so I could still do projects.
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