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12-15-2003, 03:48 PM
i am just floored looking at this artist's vector work. i just started working with illustrator and took a look at this site, and wow! take a look.
I wish I knew exactly what people mean by Vectors. I might've even used it myself before but had no idea what I was doing. I even read something about it in a photoshop book once, but never really looked into it in detail. Please explain exactly what people mean by it and how you go about doing it in photoshop. Thanks.
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12-15-2003, 08:16 PM
I checked out this artist's work and it is good.
This is the artists approach, according to their website.
"I mainly start with a huge idea that I sketch on paper. Then I acquire it with my scanner and I begin tracing out the main outlines of the figure using only and exclusively Macromedia Flash.
After doind that, I start using the linear and radial gradients of Flash to give a first idea of 3dimensionality, that I complete adding more details with different shades and particulars like hair, eyelashes, eyebrows etc."
Now, in Flash MX, there is an option in the program that once you import an actual picture, you can "trace bitmap" it. All the trace bitmap does is vectorize a normal picture.
Of course, I'm not going to discredit the artist or their work. No, I like it alot, it's well rendered. I just think that it's possible to get the same effect if they were actual models and you had used the 'trace bitmap' technique. Basically, it's just another way of getting the same result.
To be honest, I'm just a little skeptical of their methods. Again, not saying it is bad, it's well done, regardless of their method.
Now, with vector based drawing in Photoshop, I personally don't suggest it. I believe it's one of photoshop's weakest points. If you want to vector based work, use Adobe Illustrator. Vector-based drawing is one of the intentions of the program.
If you want to try it in photoshop, just use the pen tool. That's basically it. Make sure your fill has no color and just outline the contours of your picture, then once you have completed that you can then go through and adjust your fills and gradients, what have you.
I strongly suggest not messing with it in photoshop, though. I don't, all it does it frustrate me.
12-15-2003, 08:18 PM
Also, to add more, check out this link for other available vector based programs. I only use Illustrator, so most of these are unknown to me.
12-15-2003, 10:13 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Welshcat:
I wish I knew exactly what people mean by Vectors. I might've even used it myself before but had no idea what I was doing. I even read something about it in a photoshop book once, but never really looked into it in detail. Please explain exactly what people mean by it and how you go about doing it in photoshop. Thanks.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
you can fake vector artwork in photoshop, illustrator is equipped to handle it better. here is a great example of taking a raster image and making it vector http://www.heathrowe.com/tuts/vector.asp
i've seen ways to fake vector in photoshop, but for the life of me i can't find the tutorial (occurs every once in a while, since i have 5GB of photoshop tutorials).
"Drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator create vector graphics, made of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors. Vectors describe graphics according to their geometric characteristics. For example, a bicycle tire in a vector graphic is made up of a mathematical definition of a circle drawn with a certain radius, set at a specific location, and filled with a specific color. You can move, resize, or change the color of the tire without losing the quality of the graphic.
A vector graphic is resolution-independent --that is, it can be scaled to any size and printed on any output device at any resolution without losing its detail or clarity. As a result, vector graphics are the best choice for type and bold graphics that must retain crisp lines when scaled to various sizes -- for example, logos."+
One of the main reasons that make vector graphics so attractive to most users is their file size. Vector files tend to be far smaller than raster images and will therefore take up less room on a hard drive. (However, placing or embedding a scanned image into a vector file will greatly increase its file size.)"
[This message has been edited by dperceful (edited 12-15-2003).]
12-15-2003, 10:25 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by atomicdeathray:
Again, not saying it is bad, it's well done, regardless of their method.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
agreed. his method works great for him and he obviously knows how to use it to his advantage. others as you might, have methods that work for them.
i just thought this was some pretty good artwork to share with others.
12-16-2003, 05:46 AM
I like using photoshop and illustrator at the same time. Illustrator lets you paste into photoshop. That comes in handy when making complicated shapes for various parts of a superhero costume( shields, shoulder plates, weapons, etc)
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