How do you take a piece of hand drawn art and turn it into digital art? We’ve got the answer and we’re showing you how to work this magic with Adobe Illustrator!
A.J. Wood is a long-time friend of all of us at the Geek House, and he’s an Adobe Solutions Consultant. He came by the studio to show us the cool stuff Illustrator can do with hand-drawn line art. Many people are still more comfortable doing initial drawings by hand, but that doesn’t mean they have to be denied all the cool possibilities offered by the digital art world.
The secret is conversion to vector art, and we’re learning how to do that with Illustrator. The great thing about vector art is it scales easily without getting pixilated. The software gives a couple of different options for how to do this, so you can go with what works best in any specific case. Vector drawings have anchor points along each line and curve, and the more anchor points you have, the larger your file size will be. You can work back and forth, with more or fewer anchor points to get the accuracy you need. You can also modify the art as needed by adjusting angles and curves with direction handles. You can even work these techniques on photos for some really interesting effects.
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