My very first article on Medium. It's about drawing vector icons for screen in a vector based workflow and using them in digital design. Hope you guys will like it!
Really great article. Icon/vector design is one of the less frequent things talked about and taught. Much thanks.
Hi Janos, your post inspired me to do my first screencast! I'm showing how I draw vectors without Illustrator or Sketch.
I made (another) thread for it on DN :) Here
Wow, it's very cool. Can't wait to watch it! It's very great feeling actually to inspire others. I'll comment on your thread after I watched it.
Thanks haha, note that it was very late I was tired. I need to make more videos of this tool (but in separated videos each explaining some functions and examples). Honestly it allowed me to do really complicated vectors that my coworkers can't even build in Illustrator, it's like my secret weapon ;)
Great stuff. Lots of solid tips in there. Thanks for the Bjango Actions mention!
Cheers Marc. I'm a big fan of your articles! I've learned awful lot from your studies.
Thanks. Lots more coming.
I hope you have a lot more articles coming as well. :)
Thanks for everyone's great comments! It's really good to have real feedback and some real advice in this topic.
Hi Janos, I made a second video (this time a bit more professional I hope) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOmjLuMo2xQ
I commented on the Medium article itself, but thought it was worth posting here as well.
Instead of using Pathfinder, I highly recommend using the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M) which gives you all the power of Pathfinder but with a lot more control. It completely transformed how I build shapes in Illustrator, but for some reason a lot of people who use Illustrator don't know about it.
Hi Mattan, yeah I'll definitely check it out right now. I haven't tried it out yet. Thanks for giving me such a great advice!
Whoa. How have I neglected this tool for so long? Thanks for sharing!
Funny thing. I do all of that in Photoshop. Vector and all.
Not saying you're doing it wrong, not saying PS is better, not saying AI isn't better. Etc. (I somehow felt this post required a disclaimer longer than the original message.)
I’m not against doing that, but Illustrator does have some pretty insane vector manipulation features that don’t exist in Photoshop, like:
- Envelope distort.
- The Blend tool (easy squircles!).
- Converting strokes to paths.
- Lasso point selection.
- Selection by matching colour fill or stroke (and others).
It really is pretty crazy if you need to get stuck into some heavy vector path editing. I love using Illustrator and Photoshop alongside each other.
Oh, one caveat: Illustrator's bitmap rendering is pretty terrible. So I wouldn't recommend exporting from Illustrator.
Don't forget the Shape Builder Tool (say goodbye to Pathfinder)!
Also Illustrator is amazing for using SVG on the web, and I believe you can move your stuff to Sketch to export nice bitmaps.
I reckon I should go check those specific features out. Over the past 10 years my workload has been 97% digital, and I'm afraid to say that I've not ventured away from PS much. I occasionally use FW/AI/ID for some really specific stuff, mostly related to shapes or getting stuff print-ready.
I guess my point is that I've gotten so efficient with PS, that I've not explored much, even though I'm not inherently against it.
If you've got any other items you'd like to add to that list of features, please do.
Thanks for sharing this. It turns out how efficient is, using Illustrator and Photoshop together. I'm really impressed.
This is very detailed and helpful— thanks for sharing!