Saturday, December 6, 2008

What the heck is Adobe Illustrator?

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for vector graphics.

I know, I know... your thinking, "What the heck are vector graphics?"

Well check this out. Vector graphics are digital images that use mathematical calculations and computer algorithms to define shapes and lines.

Isn't that awesome?
Do you realize what this means?

Um, no?

That's totally OK, because that's what I'm here for. To help you get past that pain in the neck, Adobe Illustrator learning curve.

Why are vectors so dang cool?

Vectors are awesome because all those calculations and algorithms give you a really crisp and clearly defined graphic that doesn't get all pixelated or fuzzy when you zoom in on it or blow it up really big. That means that you can use the same graphic that you made for a business card, blow it up really super huge, even up to the size of a billboard, and you will still have the exact same quality graphic

You would think that if you had a graphic that was little, and you blew it up really big, that the file size would get bigger. That is just not true with Illustrator, simply because no matter what size your graphic is, it still uses the same mathematical equations.

What kind of stuff can I do with Illustrator?

You can design ANYTHING you want.

You can design, logos, text documents or even cartoons, (have you ever seen South Park, or The Simpsons?)

You can design stuff for video games, and any kind of graphic used on the internet. It's totally ideal for the web because the files are so small compared to other kinds of graphics like jpegs or bitmaps.

When you get really good with Illustrator, you can even make photo realistic art that is so real looking that you literally cannot tell the difference between it and an actual photo.

So quit yer yappin' and post some tutorials already!

OK, I'm on it. You should see your first tutorial within a day or two.

If you have already used Adobe Photoshop, then you've already got one foot in the door. If you never have used Photoshop, no problem. I'll make sure that everyone at every skill level will be able to follow the tutorials in this here blog. If you don't understand something, have any questions or comments, or you would like me to write about something, I would love to hear from you. Just click on my link, or on the comment button below.


  1. Hi,
    What's the difference between Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop? You should post some examples of things you created using Illustrator. That would be nice =)

  2. Hi Jess.
    That is a great idea. The difference between Illustrator and Photoshop is that Illustrator uses vector graphics, and Photoshop uses bitmaps. Bitmaps are great for pictures, but if you zoom up on them, they get all blurry. I'll make a post about the differences between vectors and bitmaps soon.
    If you would like to see an example of something I did in Adobe Illustrator, just check out the header at the top of this page.
    Thanx for the comment.