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Beyond Creation: The Power of Adobe Illustrator

Today’s graphic designers have a wealth of computer power at their hands. Ranging from coding tools to photo manipulation programs, there are an infinite number of possibilities at a designer’s fingertips. The only thing holding a graphic designer back is their own creative ability (and the power of their computer’s processor).

Adobe Illustrator is a vector based drawing and design program developed by Adobe. While Illustrator is made by the same developer as the widely known Photoshop, the programs more or less end there. Illustrator is much stronger for things such as logo and icon design, as well as typographic art. Its vector illustrations are much more precise than the pixels and raster graphics of Photoshop, but give different options for creating art.

What is vector art? Vector art uses two dimensional shapes, lines, and polygons to represent images. Each point has a position along an x and y axis grid, and properties of each line made can be changed to better suit the art at hand. With Illustrator’s vector art, it prevents aliasing of the shapes made, and allows for much smoother graphics, especially in detail as compared to Photoshop. For more information, Lynda gives a good introductory course to Adobe Illustrator.


  1. kkeyserp wrote:

    Vector based design is so much easier to reproduce than pixel. I’m still trying to figure out how to get the most out of pixel images without making them grainy, it’s so hard. I love that I can just make something in Illustrator and print it any size I want.

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:04 am | Permalink
  2. shuffma7 wrote:

    Thanks for posting the lynda link. I’ve never once been introduced to Illustrator; and when I’ve had to use it for class I honestly end up getting completely lost, quitting, and switching to Photoshop. But the ability to have a scaleable vector is so important in graphic design!

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink
  3. bscott15 wrote:

    I prefer Illustrator over Photoshop. I have been using it for over ten years now, and I am still finding new tools to use. The possibilities are endless. It is a must for any graphic designer.

    Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:57 am | Permalink