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The one undeniable advantage and really useful benefit with artwork created using ‘paths,’ is, the flexibility it allows with regards to the reprographic aspects of working with images for commercial purposes. i.e. resizing, print ready, resolution or image quality, etc.
Dealing with issues such as; resizing, creating (camera) print-ready artwork, resolution or image quality, etc. are simplified 10 fold with the use of images in vector format.
Basically, there are 3 types of paths; curved, closed and straight.
Of course, vector graphics have its limits, however, the illustration below demonstrates how a combination of these vector paths, along with blends and color fills, can produce a wide range of effects.
The principles are the same, although, over the years most of the tools found within the Adobe Illustrator® software have evolved; allowing digital artist greater control and ease of use. Bear in mind that Older versions of the software can equally achieve the same visual results.
Nonetheless, understanding the basics of using paths is primarily what you need to know about for creating the more detailed type of vector illustration.
The video above explains what paths are and how they work. Understanding how paths work will help you better construct and compose your vector drawings.
Additionally, you will intuitively know where to make considerations for when applying blends to the variety of shapes and situations you encounter during the construct of your drawing.
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