Mosaic setup in Illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by b.evans, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. b.evans, Jan 8, 2012
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    b.evans macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys, just to introduce myself some I am still fairly new to the design field and just getting my hands wet. Have been more of a lurker than a poster since I signed up :) I was looking to make a poster just to build on my personal skills and portfolio. I had an idea on doing somewhat of a mosaic type of look. The closest I could find as to what I was trying to achieve was at . I have my artboard set up and my line work completed showing where I want to start placing images. This is where I got a little lost.. unlike photoshop I can't select and paste into. So my question is, what would be the general process on getting my images into these specific areas/shapes? Is there a tutorial somewhere for anything similar that may be of help?

    Thanks!
     
  2. JPLC macrumors 6502

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    Please use InDesign for this idea! That's exactly what InDesign is all about. Placing images into place holders.

    The only sollution in Illustrator I can think of is using clipping masks or crop images before in Photoshop. There's no way in Illustrator to place image's directly into frames.
     
  3. UTclassof89 macrumors 6502

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    in Illustrator CS5 and CS 5.5 there is an easy way:

    Select the frame, then click the Draw Inside button on the toolbox (2nd to last row), then place the photo.

    (see a demo at tv.adobe.com)
     
  4. radug macrumors member

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    InDesign

    i second the use of InDesign. saves you loads of time, while working and when you finish and want to export.
    Complex clipping path can come from Illustrator, too.
     
  5. b.evans thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great! Thanks I've been testing the waters with InDesign lately and doing small single prints just to see a final project in hand.

    One more question, I was trying to place images into an Illustrator file and downsizing some to fit page and layout correctly. When I downsize the original image (image is a magazine for example) I keep the image constrained so I am not making a mess of it's proportions, however I am getting some jagged edges on the inside of the image to where the magazine itself looks jagged along it's sides. Is there something I am missing? Or is this another project that would be better suited for InDesign as well?

    Thanks!
     
  6. JPLC macrumors 6502

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    Before you check the quality of your work you have to export it first and check it at 100% scale. The preview in Illustrator looks jagged sometimes when you work with pixels instead of vectors. Prevents heavy loading but looks a bit jagged when you zoom in or scale the image.

    So, export it to PDF or JPG and check again!
     
  7. radug macrumors member

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    illustrator's raster rendering engine is not stellar (not that the way it renders vectors on-screen is good either), so as JPLC said, export, check again and if you want to be 100% sure, print too.
     

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