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Old 12-01-2006, 12:41 PM
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Adbe illustrator 101

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Some of you folks have seen my work, and have been real helpful with various questions I've had. But now I have a new one. I want to be able to open one of my illustrations in illustrator, and add text, or color, or anything. The problem is, I don't have a clue how to do this. I have the program, and the tutor book- but I really must be an idiot- because that book might as well be in French; No habla man! Anybody got a simple beginner-type task I can do in order to get familiar with it?- I'd like to remove the background from one of my pics. But after an hour of pressing tool buttons-and nothing happens- I quit.

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Old 12-01-2006, 01:27 PM
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Looking at your drawings I would say you are trying to modify a jpeg which I am not sure you can do. If you can scan the drawing and save it as an eps file that might work. Try going to google and search Adobe Illustrator tutorial disk. There is a lot of help there.
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Old 12-01-2006, 02:33 PM
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If illustrator is installed on your computer you can right click the pic and choose "open in" Illustrator/photoshop etc.
Or open illustrator and click file then open and browse.
As was stated before you cannot modify a photo or picture, when you open a pic in Illustrator it is as a template to trace.


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Old 12-01-2006, 04:21 PM
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Thanks guys, I appreciate you responding. I can open a file in illustrator, but how do I put a template over it? I dorked around with this for a while the other night, but could'nt tell if I had applied a template or not. I am taking an online class in Jan. for this, but I'd like to at least do something simple before then. It's like getting a new rod project, but not being able to work on it until the spring.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:59 PM
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I use the drawing tools to trace the car just like you would if you were using tracing paper and a pencil over a photo. Once you have the shape of the car done the sky is the limit when it comes to shading and detail.
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Old 12-01-2006, 05:13 PM
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Yeah, but how do you do that?
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The best thing to do is get out the Adobe Illustrator user guide look up in the index the basic drawing tools (pen, pencil, paintbrush, ellipse and rectangle) and become familiar with those. Don't worry about all the other things in the guide to begin with. If you try to do everything right away you will go nowhere fast. With what you are trying to do, modifying a drawing, you might be better off in a program like Photoshop. Don't give up. I doubt there is anyone here that bought a welder, turned it one and did a perfect bead the first time. It all takes practice.
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Old 12-02-2006, 04:28 PM
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Yeah, you're right. At least I'm not impatient. I'll just dork around with it until my class starts late next month.
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Type "Adobe Illustrator tutorials" into your search bar, see what you get.
Here´s one example
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Thanks Malc,
I bookmarked both of those. I also have some cool news, I just finished my first non-hotrod related commercial gig. A nor cal business magazine called Prosper hired me for a spot illustration for an article about a Mercedes. That was a lot of fun. Pays pretty good too, seeing how it only took me three hours to do the work.The mag comes out in a few weeks for Jan. I'll be leaving a thread about it when I get approval to post a copy of the article. Thanks again for the links.
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Hey inkwork your stuff is great! It is really cool! I have a large format plotter and would like to enlarge a couple of your drawings and hang them in my garage if that is ok with you. I could put your email address and phone number on them so that people could contact you if they wanted. I wouldn't be selling the drawings, just admiring them.

I could send you a copy also.
Anyway let me know.
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Thanks James,
That sounds great. I sent you a PM on the subject.
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Art

You do good work, love to see peoples drawings. That was a passion of mine in school, wouldve like to have pursued that passion. Thanks for bringing some of those old mems back. I wish I had a plotter, would like to hang a few of those myself.
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Thanks for the kind words Galaxy.
You can hang some Check out my blog site(personal profile) then click on my store. Not everything is there, but maybe something you like. I hope I don't sound like a salesman, I literally make pennies on the dollar for this stuff. Yup, even with high tech advances- artists are still broke Thanks again for the reply, maybe you can post some of your earlier work, if you still have some.
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