The art of tracing and painting by hand is not only alive but enhanced in Illustrator CS6 as master illustrator Iain Anderson demonstrates in this course.
Iain begins by looking at a variety of different tracing types and techniques for digitizing different kinds of real-world media. He highlights the exciting automatic tracing functions that Illustrator offers, but he also shows you the special tricks that are still needed to give your illustrations that human touch!
Iain then shows you how to color your new digital tracings. He covers the exciting new Live Paint features which make coloring a snap! Iain shares the excitement of just how fast and fun it is to color artwork in Illustrator CS6!
Iain also illustrates that even artwork cleanup can be fun with so many "power tools" at your fingertips. He shows you numerous ways of ensuring that your artwork is in its cleanest form before and after you bring it in to Illustrator. Iain recaps this course by showing you how to build Brushes, Patterns and even 3D Objects from your freshly colored digital tracings!
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Once again I approached this tutorial series thinking it wouldn't be as valuable to me as some of the others, but I left the series being glad I took the time. I didn't think tracing would be something I would use much, but now that I have seen Ian's tips I expect it to save me a lot of time in the future. I'm only bummed now that this is the last in the series (at least for now).
jason wrote on August 16, 2012
this Tut had some great ideas in it. I enjoyed seeing an illustrator video that was not afraid to share a little space with photoshop. I felt like a bit of a bumkin when Iain put the hand sketch on the wacom, and traced it. I have never thought of this simple little technique. It will save me so much time!