Monthly Archives: July 2017

Pop Art Vector Tutorial

1.we will start from a line drawing of the face in close up. This line drawing could be with simple strokes, nothing too complicated.

Next, we’ll create the shadows with objects filled with solid black. Use the Pen Tool (P) to draw the objects and try to give volume and movement to the illustration. Take a special look at how we drew the hair strokes and the shadow under the chin.

2 .Choose the colors you’d like to use in your pop art vector illustrations. I chose the typical colors used in pop art illustrations to make a more obvious effect, but you can choose the colors that better represent your photo (if you made the drawing from a photo) or illustration.

 3 We need the grid guideline to make the dots swatch for every color. Reveal the grid by going to View > Show Grid. Make sure you have “Snap to Grid” enable. Go to View > Snap Grid to check if it’s enabled. If it has a check mark next to it, it’s enabled. If it doesn’t, click to enable.

Draw two circles with the Ellipse Tool (L). Hold the Shift key while drawing the ellipse to constrain the proportions and create the circle. The space between the circles would determine the predominant color in the swatch. The closer the circles are, the more predominant the circle’s color would be the background color. Also, the more space the dots have, the more noticeable they would be to the human eye. In this tutorial, I’d like them to be pretty noticeable.

 4 Now duplicate the two circles and rotate them 90 degrees using the Rotate Tool (R). Click and hold the Shift key to rotate in increments of 45 degrees. Next, draw a square with the Rectangle Tool (M) where each side goes through the circles’ center point.

 5 Duplicate four times each set of square + dots, one for each color that our illustration has. Now fill each set of circles with the colors of our illustration. Finally, fill the square with white. Now we are ready to create the swatches from this elements! Select the first square with the circles inside and go to Edit > Define Pattern. Name your swatch if you’d like, and click OK to create the swatch. Repeat the process for the other colors. You’ll see the new swatches available in the Swatches Panel.

 6 Replace the colors of the objects in our illustration with the new swatches. Select each object and click on the corresponding swatch in the Swatch Panel. Definitely starting to look like a pop art vector!

If you are unhappy with the way any of the swatches look as patterns in your illustration, you can play with the background color to create other tones.

Now we are going to take care of the strokes used to give expression to the face. This is single strokes with no fill. There are some for the nose profile, cheeks, forehead, etc. Open the brushes panel (Window > Brushes) and click on the top right icon to reveal its menu. Select Open Brush Library > Artistic > Artistic_Ink.

A new panel will appear. Now select one of the strokes and click on the bottom brush named “Tapered Stroke” in the panel we just opened. Do the same with the rest of the strokes. I applied the brush to all of my elements in the illustration to have the edges between them perfectly aligned.

8.If the brush for the expression lines is too wide or too thin (depends on the size of your illustration), you can adjust the brush width. Go to the brush panel where you’ll find the brush you use for the expression lines. When you select a brush in any of the brush library panels, it’s added automatically to the main Brush Panel. Double click on the brush and in the Width slider, move the arrow to the left to make the stroke thinner or to the right to make them wider. Click OK when you’re finished

2D 3D Animation

The evolution of 3D animation services, this dream has become partially true! 2D process is different from that of 3D in terms of latest technology, which lets you connect and identify more with the animated world which wasn’t possible with the 2D animated videos. However, the rise of 3D animation services hasn’t affected the popularity. This traditional form of is still used in making most animated explainer videos by many corporate companies. Such is the aura of 2D animation! Let us now consider the unique qualities of 2D animated videos which make it still the most preferred choice in the area of animation.

We all are well acquainted with this thought and as a matter of fact, we trust it too. 2D services have been well tried and tested through ages and have been giving positive results every single time. Whatever the concept is, you can always rely on 2D services. The best part is that almost any animation services company offer 2D animation services.

Not every one of us can bear the cost of harnessing the 3D technology. 2D process is simple, quicker and that’s the reason it comes with a comparatively low production cost. In 3D animated videos, it is mandatory to bring in lifelike characters into the animated videos to make it look more realistic. Such is not the case with 2D videos. It has its own style and hence comes with a comparatively lower production cost than 3D services.

What if an image in the animated video goes wrong for some reason? Or what if it simply doesn’t comply with the client’s needs? Then you might have to fix errors right? Well, let me tell you, fixing errors is always easy if you have produced a 2D animated video. You just need to redraw the error and you’re almost done!

You ought to take the help of 2D services, in case you are working on a really tight schedule. It takes less time in production as compared to 3D services. This is because there is no need of a third dimension in 2D animated videos. Also, 2D animation services do not have the pressure to create real-looking images like that of 3D services and hence they take less time in covering the production process.

All of us are wired in a way that we are bound to get attracted towards simplicity. An animated video should be simple and compelling. 3D service has no doubt given us many additional features which can make your video stunning. But not all videos need all of those 3D features. Sometimes more graphics and images tend to make the explainer video complex and hence may disrupt the entire message. So, if you are working on a complex project, you should reconsider using 3D and switch to 2D animation services.

 

Graphic Designer

Do they follow a 5-step process to become an in-demand designer? Sad to say, there is no secret formula whatsoever. However, when you observe successful designers, you will notice that they have common qualities. These are some of their most common qualities

It is difficult to accept criticisms, and be told to do your work better or in a different way than what you have learned. Often, you resent this and lose your temper. However, they may be right. The Photoshop trick they are suggesting may save you a production time of three hours.

Most successful designers started out as being humble. They absorbed everything, jot down notes and try out new things. They were open to advice and grew since they listened to others. They didn’t have an attitude problem, but were humble and willing to learn.

Can Handle Criticism

Criticism can be tricky. When the work of a designer is being criticized, this should not be taken personally. Designers should not be defensive or make up poor excuses. Instead, they should be open-minded.

Always Inspired

Everybody starts their day with their own rituals. For example, some designers, as soon as they reach the office, search online for sites that are filled with design ideas to get some inspiration. Most talented designers have the same habit. You have to be updated with what is happening in the world of design, and continue to check on the things that are new in the industry, which can be applied to the work. You should look into the present design trends and study where they are headed.

Get out of their Comfort Zone

When you talk to designers who have made it in their profession, you will find out that they never stop learning and exploring new design tips. Though it can be difficult, it would work to their favor to be pushed beyond their limits.

Nowadays, the latest design ideas and tips are right at the tip of your hands. So, all you have to do is make the most of this wide knowledge that is very accessible. Pay attention to other people in the design community

The Art of Calligraphy

Calligraphy :: Origin = Turkey :: Period = 18th century :: Collection = Bequest of Edwin Binney, 3rd, Turkish Collection (AC1995.124.8) :: Type = Bookmanuscriptalbum; Calligraphy, Ink and gold on paper with marbleized border, Calligraphy: 8 x 6 in. (20.32 x 15.24 cm)

In order to create a particular letterform, you need to study it by really observing the letters closely. It is most important to find examples of these lettering styles that are created by master calligraphers. Because most people know how to write, you could be mistaken by learning from someone who actually knows little about the skills to write historical hands. It would be like trying to become a professional photographer from someone who only has every used their phone to take photographs! Learning from a master scribe will teach you excellent skills that will create consistently excellent lettering and design.

One of the important characteristics of calligraphy you will learn is that letters have thick and thin parts, which are created by the angle by which you hold your pen with a square cut nib. That’s the part of the pen that comes in various sizes, that you dip into ink or paint. You achieve that by the angle you hold the pen consistently when writing your letters. In copperplate calligraphy, the thick and thin parts of letters are created by placing pressure on the pen nib when writing.

Consistency is the most important characteristic- learning the height, width, slant, serifs, branching and other parts of the letters, and then being able to write them that way every time! That’s where studying, observing and practice comes in. It takes getting used to the pen: holding it at the proper pen angle, how hard you are pressing down (don’t press hard or the ink won’t flow!) and even how much ink you put on the nib. And once you learn about forming letters, then you need to learn about what kind of ink or paint, paper, how to rule paper, proper spacing… on and on.

Don’t get discouraged. It takes time. It’s the same way any professional gets to know their tools- a carpenter using a saw, a plastic surgeon putting in stitches, a great tennis player using their racket! It takes a LOT of hours, and finally years to become a consistent master.

The final part of learning is the ART of calligraphy. It does take some talent to create beautiful letters and documents. Go to the websites of calligraphy guilds such as The Society of Scribes in New York. Check out the work of top calligraphers, like John Stevens Designs, and Eleanor Winters, Joanne Fink and others.