Illustrator learning curve?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by marty1990, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. marty1990, Feb 27, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012

    marty1990 macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2011
    I'm fairly proficient with Photoshop, as I've used it for a number of years. However, I've never used Illustrator before, so am wondering how much of a learning curve there would be? I have all the software already (Design Premium), I just only use Photoshop though.

    Is there much difference in the overall use of tools between PS and AI?

    Oh, same for InDesign.
  2. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Dec 6, 2006
    A World of my Own; UK
    Yes. Huge difference at a conceptual level, which the similarity of the interfaces disguises somewhat. Once you get right down to it, though, it's really this simple: Illustrator is about creating artwork with objects, not pixels, and InDesign is about creating layouts by putting stuff in boxes.

    Everything else is just detail. However, I've been at this game for nearly twenty years, have used nearly every version of PS since 1.0; AI since 5.5 and ID since 2.0 and I still find out stuff on a weekly basis that I didn't know!


  3. Emoo macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    If you're familiar with Photoshop bezier curve tool, that helped me a lot when I was starting out with Illustrator, since I use the pen tool frequently.

    Like Jim said, they're vastly different programs, but I don't think it's too hard to move from one to the other.

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