This is the Safari online edition of the printed book.
Listen up, designers, and wipe those grins off your faces! It’s time to get serious about your design work. For too long you’ve allowed yourself to go soft, relying on your software to do all of your creative work for you. This book will NOT show you how to use every tool and feature in Adobe Illustrator. This book WILL, however, teach you the importance of drawing out your ideas, analyzing the shapes, and then methodically building them precisely in vector form using the methods covered in this book.
In Vector Basic Training, acclaimed iillustrative designer Von Glitschka takes you through his systematic process for creating the kind of precise vector graphics that separate the pros from the toolers and hacks. Along the way, he’ll whip your drawing skills into shape and show you how to create elegant curves and precise anchor points for your designs. Between the book and the video tutorials on the included DVD, you’ll be ready for active creative duty in zero hundred hours or less.
In Vector Basic Training, you’ll learn:
- The tools, plugins, and shortcuts that make up a design pro’s creative armament
- How to use “The Clockwork Method” to create accurate curves every time
- When and where to set just the right number of anchor points for any design
- How to build shapes quickly using familiar Illustrator tools
- Techniques for art directing yourself so that your work gets the response you desire
- Why symmetry is your friend and how to use it effectively in your designs
On the DVD-ROM: Von Glitschka reports for duty in over an hour’s worth of video tutorials that walk you through all of the techniques explained in the book. Also included: downloadable art files you can use to follow along on your own.
Table of Contents
chapter 2 Your Creative Armament
chapter 3 Analog Methods in a Digital Age
chapter 4 Getting to the Points
chapter 5 Shape Surveillance
chapter 6 Vector Build Methods
chapter 7 Style Appropriate
chapter 8 Art Directing Yourself
chapter 9 Good Creative Habits