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Vector Basics

Vector Basics

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Basics of vector graphics and Adobe Illustrator written by George Chen
Basics of vector graphics and Adobe Illustrator written by George Chen

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Published by: George Chen on Jan 05, 2009
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Introductory Guide to VectorsUsing Adobe Illustrator
Compiled by George Chen
 
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Contents
I. What is a vector?II. AI workspaceIII. Paths, objects, strokes, fillIV. Transforming objectsV. Complex shapesVI. Saving files
What is a vector?
Adobe Illustrator is a graphic editing program well-suited tocreating graphics from scratch. It is significantly different frommany other graphics programs because it deals primarily withvector graphics. Most people are more familiar with bitmap (ras-ter) graphics, such as what PhotoShop produces.
Bitmap imaging:
uses a grid full of tiny squares called pixels tostore image information. Bitmap images are good for continuousand/or irregular shadings and colors (such as in photographs), but do not resize well.
Vector imaging:
uses mathematics of points and lines (vectors)to store image information. Generally much smaller files than bitmap graphics. The resulting file is made up of lines andpatches of color. It can handle smooth gradients, but does not dowell with irregular shadings. When vector images are resized(smaller or larger), there is no loss of quality.
(ref: Lemontea, UMich)
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Adobe Illustrator workspace
Illustrator makes use of a Toolbox and several Palees. The Tool- box appears to the le� of your Illustrator workspace, while mostPalees appear to the right.ToolboxThe Toolbox contains tools that allow you to create, edit, andview your files. Any tool icon that has a small, black arrow in thelower right corner actually contains several related tools. Click-and-hold on a tool icon to see all the related tools.
(ref: UMich, Adobe)
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