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So You Want to Draw a Photo-realistic Vector Banana?

A few months ago I saw some photorealistic vector images and I thought to myself – that’s cool! I don’t know why someone would do such a thing, but it amazed me that it was possible.

Please realize, this is far from a beginner guide and if you have only a little experience in vector drawing applications, sorry, then this article is not for you. I won’t go over every detail–there are steps that simply won’t be mentioned–so it’s not a complete step-by-step guide.

If you don’t have a graphics tablet (like a Wacom), then it’s going to take you twice as long to accomplish drawing these kinds of images. A mouse just isn’t precise nor fast enough.

You need to be fully competent with the Pen tool and have a complete understanding of using anchor points and anchor handles.

Got that? Ok, let’s get going!

From Moveable Type to QuarkXPress

By Stephen Tiano

I logged my first experience setting type during the pre-computer age in a mandatory, ten-week high school shop class forty years ago. We took individual pieces of metal type, lead I believe—lowercase characters from a compartmentalized drawer and uppercase in a drawer above that—and set type one line at a time in a frame. We sometimes needed extra, blank pieces of metal to space out lines. Just as likely, though I do not remember doing this, would be the need to fit type by shaving tiny slices of the soft metal from either side of an individual character.

Despite—or perhaps because of—what I remember of that old class, the first thing I check after setting a page of type is word spacing.

Understanding Photoshop Smart Objects & Layers

A long overdue tool in Photoshop is Smart Objects. Smart Objects function a lot like groups in that they let you combine multiple layers and help you stay organized in your document. The biggest advantage to Smart Objects is that pixel data AND vector shapes you store in a Smart Object are perfectly preserved letting you resize and manipulate without affecting the original image data. This is incredibly handy for Photoshop pieces where you have photos that you are constantly resizing up and down to fit. It also means that you can embed complex vector assets directly from Illustrator.

Initial Creative Concepts For Annual Convention

I (Jerrol) just finished two initial theme variations for my company’s annual convention/trade show and thought I would share them with Creative Curio readers as well as discuss my thought process for how I approached each design. I’ll be presenting my concepts to the decision makers later this week and when one is chosen I’ll be using that look for a whole slew of materials for convention.

If you’ve never designed for a convention, it’s a real blast (and also a TON of work). The best part about designing for a convention is walking through the convention center and seeing artwork you designed everywhere, especially the large format pieces like giant posters, displays, booths and banners.

The Quick and Easy Guide to Color Correction Part 2

In part one of this guide I covered the basics for color balancing. In this guide, I’ll show you more advanced techniques on how to take your color corrected photo and turn it into a gorgeous, glossy photo you might find on the cover of a magazine. This process relies a lot more on artistic interpretation than straightfoward color correction, so an eye for color certainly helps.

While my objective with this post is to achieve a colorful glossy underwater photo, you can use the same techniques to achieve any kind of style or mood you are looking for whether it’s a Film Noir look or a cold wintery day feel to your photo.

The Quick and Easy Guide to Color Correction Part 1

This guide will serve as an introduction to people who are not familiar with how to color balance their photos as well as serve as a refresher for those who are. Part 2 will feature more advanced techniques and methods to take your great looking photo and make it look incredible.

Great Resources for Learning Illustrator

Some of you may know that I’m not a traditionally educated designer or Web developer; I learned everything from the Web and it has so far taken about a year and half to master Illustrator to such a degree that I can teach others. I’m not a particularly good designer and I can’t present 40 pages of illustrations on Flickr that is a Bible for other designers, but knowing the tools of your trade guards against sleepless nights wondering “How do I make a grungy brush with flower patterns…?”

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