Tracing on Illustrator and inkscape

Development & Realisation

In our recent workshop we were encouraged to look at both Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape and the different methods of tracing /creating images, in preparation for our current poster task. We previously discussed using the shape tool and merging them to create the image intended, however i found that didn’t always create a smooth and professional form. We were first introduced to creating layers on Illustrator, this would therefore help us draw on top of our desired image with the pen tool to create the basic outline to which we could then fill, removing the layer underneath. This then leaving us with our uniquely drawn vector. The pictures underneath show our first task of creating the Starbucks logo into a vector image. Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 11.54.33Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 11.18.16

As Inkscape is a free software alternative to Adobe Illustrator i thought it would be good to practice on and get to grips with it’s user interface and shortcuts. We were told to practice by tracing on top of a tiger drawing. The process was very similar to Illustrator. In order to get the varied effects we explored with the gradient and pen tools.

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 11.58.40Even though Inkscape is a fairly good free alternative, i will be using Adobe Illustrator for my poster as there are a lot of helpful tutorials and lessons online on website such as  I will be researching further into this software and its features to help me create a professional and effective infographic poster.


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