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6 Common Uses of Adobe Illustrator

January 21, 2017

Adobe Illustrator is becoming a very popular program in the design world. Why is it so popular? The flexibility of this tool and ability to export high resolutions artwork has made it a killer program for graphics designers. Colors, lines and strokes can be easily manipulated in Illustrator. Let’s find out what designers are using this program for their daily work.

1) Drawing Icons

Why draw icons in Illustrator? Illustrator has a powerful grid system that makes it so easy to draw precise icon graphics. You can draw basic shapes likes squares, rectangles, circle and fit it to the grid. The snapping feature and align tools make it so easy to draw and arrange your shapes. To fill it with a color, just select the shape and pick the color your want.

2) Drawing Maps

The line tool and pen tool makes it so easy to draw lines and shapes in Adobe Illustrator. The pen tool allows you to draw any possible shapes. It may be difficult for beginners to learn how to use the pen tool but once you have grasp how it works, you will find how easy it is to draw and edit any shape.

3) Drawing Info Graphics

Newspaper and magazines often makes use of info graphics to show statistics and figures. Most of the drawings are done in Adobe Illustrator as it contains some useful tools to draw graphs and pie charts automatically by simple entering the data figures.

4) Drawing Realistic Objects

Photo realistic product drawings can be achieved in Adobe Illustrator. The gradient tool and mesh tool are the most common tools to create realistic and smooth shadings. The final output is a realistic object drawing that will amaze your client.

5) Drawing Cartoons

The flat colors look has make it a popular style to create cute cartoons. The pen tool makes drawing shapes and coloring so easy in Adobe Illustrator. Besides the pen tool, the gradient tool makes shading and coloring in illustrator so easy. Even if the clients reject your color palette, you can easily swap the colors.

6) Logos

Most of the professional logos are done in vector programs as it can be easily exported and use in other medias. The EPS file makes it easy to print sharp and good looking logo heads for company profiles and advertising materials. The isolated background makes it so easy to place the logo over your advertising materials.

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