Friday, October 19, 2012

Basic Info on Vectors

The fun thing about online graphics is that you don't have to be able to draw to create wonderful projects with images.  However, if you do want to play a bit, there's one format that allows you to alter the image you like into the image you love.

Rather than being made up of pixels, like the web-ready graphics,  the versatile vector is based on mathematical equations such as points, lines and curves.  Therefore, they will maintain their quality when used in large projects, while a jpg or png might distort somewhat when you resize it.

Another attribute of vectors is that they can always, unless they have been created with a coloured background that is part of the design, be saved as a new file with a transparent background (where the file format permits this).

Of course, nothing in life is perfect.  Vectors cannot be used in producing realistic photos, as they don't possess a continuous flow of subtle colour tone and shade variations. Also, working with vectors does require quality image editing software. 

To learn more about vectors check out these informative sites:

1stwebdesigner.com Differences between Pixel and Vector Graphics

InDesign/Understanding Graphics Formats

psd.tutsplus Working With Vectors in Photoshop CS6

Free Vector Graphics Editors

About.com Editing Vector Images for the Web

smashingmagazine.com Vector Graphics Editors Review

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fun 3D Collections

Having discussed the entertaining world of 3D and shared some links explaining  techniques for creating them,  it seemed appropriate in this offering to look at collections from talented 3D artists.  From the edgy and offbeat to the fun and fanciful, to cartoons and realism, there are hundreds of unique images that promise to bring visual interest to any project.

Pinterest 3D collection for iCLIPART.com

iCLIPART.com 3D Collection

Acclaim Images 3D

Clipart Guide 3D Collection

office.microsoft.com 3D Images

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Creating in 3D

This summer I took my grandson to see The Avengers in 3D. It was my first time for the  multi-dimensional cinematic experience. While I admit to some early misgivings; stories of nausea and vertigo from those who have gone before me into this brave new world; my trepidation was soon cast aside by the thrill of feeling part of the action.

The technique is no less entertaining when used in the field of graphics.  3D illustrations are, as described on iCLIPART.com's Pinterest page, when still life pops out to say hello.  Visual appeal is created when characters and objects jump off the page or add movement and interest to a web design.

If  you want to learn more about creating images in 3D here are some sites that should be of interest:

mashable.com 20+ Tools for Creating 3D Graphics

tv.adobe.com Creating 3D Graphics in Illustrator CS3

sixrevisions.com 40 Useful Adobe Illustrator 3D Tutorials & Techniques

3D Design Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's All About Composition

As noted in earlier blogs I have been for some time an avid photography hobbyist. Having lugged a camera to functions, excursions and just because,  I have managed to capture, probably as a result of more good fortune than talent  I suspect, some fairly nice pictures.

Of course,  any keen amateur will pick up a few tips along the way to help improve their photographic results too.  However, it was not until my daughter was studying photography at college that I first heard of the rule of thirds. 

For the tiny percentile who don't know what I'm talking about here,  the rule of thirds is essentially all about composition. To put it simply the principle behind it is that a subject placed properly within a grid comprised of nine spaces will have more impact and aesthetic appeal than one centred in the frame. 

To put it better,  I shall leave the explaining to the experts:

DPS Rule of Thirds

photoinf.com Guidelines for Better Photo Composition

codrops Understand the Rule of Thirds

iMore.com The Rule of Thirds and your iPhone