DES2104 – Exercise 1 ‘Vector Wrangle’


For our first exercise ‘Vector Wrangle’ we were asked to find a sign that looks as though it could have been cut in a material. From there were photograph it, then use Adobe Illustrate to try to redraw it using as few points as possible.I did a search around and the best ‘cut out’ style sign I found was on the window of a florist in Mount Lawley. Although the lighting wasn’t great at the time of day (leading to a number of bands across the photo) the outline of the cut out was clear and I made a note of which areas were discoloured from the light/reflections.

I started by drawing the outline, then I adjusted the bezier handles and remove (and neaten) as many unnecessary points as possible. I tried not to use the ‘convert anchor point’ too often on the main flower (to avoid sharp edges in the wrong place) however it was very useful in shaping the stem. As far as the choice of lines went, I used a 6pt line on the main rose and the bow as it seemed to suit the original shape; or all other sections I used thin lines while tracing and no fill so that the background image would not be obscured (while I was drawing). In hindsight however it probably would have been better to use no lines when tracing each section, as this might have allowed me to have a more accurate outline. There was also a technique for taking a thick line and creating an outline around it, which could have been used for the bow, however I chose not to use it as felt it could have caused a ‘white space’ problem between the bow’s pink and red sections.

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To keep track of everything while working I made sure to name each path, and created separate layers for the main rose, stem and bow. After completing all the rose pink segments, I also made a compound path to simplify them. Finished! 🙂 I think next time I will be able to draw an outline without as many ‘practise’ points, but overall I think it turned out quite well. The only thing I had difficulty with was using the eyedrop tool to change only the colour of the outline OR the fill (not both!). Will have to look into that next class.


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