Adobe illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by DELINDA, May 2, 2009.

  1. DELINDA macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2008
    #1
    I need some help here . I am an airbrush painter . I paint flowers . What I want to do at this time is just take a photo of a flower,turn it into a line drawing , print it out , enlarge it to 15x20(20x30) , then paint . Later as I become more comfortable with photo shop or do I need Illustrator ? I would like to create my own art work . I am thinking free hand using my bamboo . How do I proceed ? Where do I go to learn the how to ? There is so much out there that spend my time looking and not doing . Very frustrating . Thank you in advance . As a side thought , why is it so hard to register in Adobe illustrator forum . Is it because i use the same info as I use in this forum ?
     
  2. decksnap macrumors 68040

    decksnap

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2003
    #2
    I don't use a bamboo or similar, I use a mouse, but the basis of tracing and drawing items in Illustrator revolves around the pen tool. That is the one tool that will take the most time to learn but is also the most crucial. And the best way to learn is by tracing things with it!
     
  3. rhett7660 macrumors G4

    rhett7660

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008
    Location:
    Sunny, Southern California
    #3
    What version of illustrator are you going to be using? I know in the new CS4 they have what is called live trace which does what you are looking to do. I don't know how accurate it is since I haven't used it (have CS3).

    Couldn't agree more with the statement about the pen tool. It will become your friend and one of those things you will use over and over again.
     
  4. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Location:
    Folding space
    #4
    Live Trace is a bit of a pain. It will convert a photo into a vector, but creates too many paths to be useful for an airbrushing. I do a pencil sketch and scan it into PhotoShop, then load it in Illustrator. I lock the image layer and use it as a template, tracing with the Pen Tool.
     
  5. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

    snickelfritz

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2003
    Location:
    Tucson AZ
    #5
    Photoshop smart blur filter with edge only option, will create a detailed line drawing from a photograph.
     
  6. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2006
    Location:
    A World of my Own; UK
    #6
    That's interesting ... never tried that before.

    It's also worth trying the Photocopy filter and having a play with the sliders. Generally, dropping the Detail down and pushing the Darkness up picks up all the major lines (although it does get rid of any dark/black areas).

    Cheers!

    Jim
     
  7. jerryrock macrumors 6502

    jerryrock

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2007
    Location:
    Amsterdam, NY
    #7
    It seems like Corel Painter would be a better application for the OP. The sketch command turns any photo into a line drawing and the digital paint tools are arguably the best available in a consumer application.
     
  8. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2006
    Location:
    A World of my Own; UK
    #8
    Remarkably, I would agree with this, with two important caveats.

    1) I have found Painter to be a little flaky under 10.5, to the extent that I gave up on it. Updates may have fixed this so, YMMV.

    2) The UI on Painter is idiosyncratic and unintuitive for many ... I mean, it's not z•Brush bad, but it isn't the most user-friendly.

    Most of Painter's natural media effects can be replicated in Photoshop, although with a little more work, and Photoshop gives you a fully-featured photo editor into the bargain.

    There are trial versions of the very affordable Painter Essentials, and the less affordable full version of Painter from Corel's website, so you can always give them a spin before you hand over any cash.

    Cheers

    Jim
     

Share This Page