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    vector images

    Hey everyone,

    I'm wondering if there is any software that deals with/creates vector imaging without the complexity of Photoshop. I am a computer novice when it comes to that stuff, and anything higher on the ladder than Paint is confusing as hell to me.

    Thanks

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    There are not too many vector programs: Illustrator, CorelDraw, InkScape (free), SodiPodi (free).
    I'd say that the complexity of all these programs is quite similar, with the exception of more features offered by the paid ones.
    But the very creation of the vector images is basically the same.
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    try autocad

    this is how you do it

    import a photo

    trace the lines


    your done!

    Here's an example


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    It's funny that you mentioned AutoCAD - I am also using CAD for vectorizing the images
    It's not a common technique though.
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    i want to make 3d paintings ...is it good idea na

    which software i must use for it plz guide me

    i saw so many paintings but they are just the portrait...will the natural paintings looks good on the 3d software
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    Quote Originally Posted by Varelse View Post
    It's funny that you mentioned AutoCAD - I am also using CAD for vectorizing the images
    It's not a common technique though.
    lol no it's rather hard to get the lines exact... autocad is more widely used for #'s not "art" so to speak.

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    For me it's perfect thanks to its precision and variety of drawing tools (like tangent lines for example). Most of the logos I design are drawn in CAD
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    There is much more easier and faster way for vector graphic creation. I use XaraX Pro and I am fairly happy with it.
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    Does anybody use Freehand? Would it be worthwhile learning it?

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    No updates to FreeHand have been made for over four years, and Adobe has no plans to initiate development to add new features (...)

    While we recognize FreeHand has a loyal customer base, we encourage users to migrate to the new Adobe Illustrator CS3 (...)
    http://www.adobe.com/products/freehand/
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    Use Adobe Illustrator. It's the industry standards. Good luck!

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    I'll put in a recommendation for InkScape too. The OP has described themself as a "computer novice", so I'd suggest that something as complex and expensive as AutoCAD would not be a good fit. I'd never recommend it to someone who wants to explore vector graphics for the first time.

    I love Adobe Illustrator, and it might be a good option if you're prepared to spend the USD $599 and purchase it (there is a free trial). But really, if you're curious about creating vector images for the first time and just want to dip your toes in, download InkScape and have a play. It will cost you nothing.

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    Of course AutoCAD would not be a good vector program for beginners.
    It can hardly be called a good program for graphics at all, unless someone is experienced enough with it to be able to replace the industry-standard Illustrator or the free and gaining the popularity InkScape.
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    I started in this field with Corel Draw. Excellent tool for beginners, easy to learn. Then as I progressed I wanted to do more things that Corel Draw could not do for me so I graduated to Adobe Illustrator. AI is a great tool but it will take some time to get acquainted with the interface and tools. It is expensive than Corel Draw.

    Since you are a novice I would suggest that you try out Corel Draw first.

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    @ Varelse. Interesting mate. Being a final year Civil Engineering student I am supposed to learn AutoCAD but this is the first time I am hearing someone using it to vectorise logos. Must try it out
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattymcg View Post
    I'll put in a recommendation for InkScape too. The OP has described themself as a "computer novice", so I'd suggest that something as complex and expensive as AutoCAD would not be a good fit. I'd never recommend it to someone who wants to explore vector graphics for the first time.

    I love Adobe Illustrator, and it might be a good option if you're prepared to spend the USD $599 and purchase it (there is a free trial). But really, if you're curious about creating vector images for the first time and just want to dip your toes in, download InkScape and have a play. It will cost you nothing.

    I penned a few words about open source graphic tools a while back if you're interested.
    If you choose to go with ink scape, there are some quite easy to follow tutorials on youtube.

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    Xara is lite on resources, while at the same time being very fast and powerful.

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    I agree with mattymcg, I would vote for Inkscape as well (biased as I am on xubuntu). It can trace bitmaps automatically using potrace to some success. What have you got to lose?

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    Dang, Inkscape sounds cool, glad I read this, I've been wanting to get Illustrator and dive into vector drawing but haven't due to price...

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    Friends of mine in the architect business swear by mini-cad, but I haven't ever used it. The chief architect Shawn Smith has designed some pretty nifty things with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2synapses View Post
    Friends of mine in the architect business swear by mini-cad, but I haven't ever used it. The chief architect Shawn Smith has designed some pretty nifty things with it.
    MiniCAD is now called VectorWorks
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    I like to use InkScape too, nice and easy to use and does a good job.

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    I've always used PS to do my vector work, but I stumbled across a great tutorial which is just about idiot proof to learn with. I run CS2 now and can't handle anything newer on my comp although I've played with CS3 Illustrator I still rather like PS for vectors until I can really delve into it better.
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    I tried Illustrator for a little bit for vectors. It was really easy to do, and it can even vector most simple drawings for you instantly.
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    Corel Draw if you can afford it, because it natively supports vector graphics and it has always been one of the best programs for graphics. Inkscape if you want to learn without investing the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varelse View Post
    MiniCAD is now called VectorWorks
    Cool, It's been three years or so since I last heard reference on it... Better name now.. I'm sure Shawn's still using it.


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