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Improving Vector Graphics: Some Great Techniques

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Are you frustrated with your vector graphics lately?  Are you hoping to make them more appealing and less…well, boring?  Your vectors are important to both, you and your clients, so sprucing them up a bit can’t hurt.  What’s more, with just a few great techniques, you can create beautiful illustrations that are sure to wow your audiences and improve your reputation.  In this post, we’ll take a look at five techniques to take your vectors to the next level. First, let’s figure out why it’s so important to improve.

What’s the Point?

It’s amazing what adding a few special effects can do for your vector artwork.  If you’ve never witnessed the difference, you’ll be amazed at the wealth of change can be achieved.  Since very few of us actually desire the “static”  and “dull” look, it’s good to know how to add a color, depth, glow or even sparkle to make your art stand out.  Now, let’s get into the techniques that take you there.

Rainbow Effect

The Rainbow is such a universal form of beauty.  Using it is almost certain to be an easy-on-the-eyes feature worth adding to your artwork. Let’s take a look at the steps involved.

First, create one new file.  Give square dimensions because next we’ll change it to a circle spectrum.  Use Gradient tool with Spectrum preset to make a spectrum gradation in the middle of the square. Then use Filter => Distort => Polar Coordinates.  If you’d like to blur a little sharp edges of the circle, go to Filter => Blur => Gaussian Blur and adjust the pixel count for the Radius.   

Particles Tails

Ever wondered how to recreate the magic flowing wisps of a fairy’s wand in your vector artwork?  It’s an excellent feature for client’s wanting a whimsical, visionary look.  This technique shows you how it’s done. 

First, choose the “pen tool”. And make the path. Find the brush and set the size you prefer.  Next, right click and choose “Stroke Path” from the Palette panel.  It’s magic!

Stardust

This is a very cool technique with lots of stimulating appeal for the young and old in your audience.  As always, it’s extremely important to keep in mind what will attract your audience, even when polishing up your graphics.  Here’s how to make it work.

Draw a few edge glows on a layer using the gradient tool and set the layer to dissolve.  Repeating this, create overlapping layers using different colors.  Colors that pop, like lively pinks and yellows, work best.  It’s a simple technique with lots of appeal.

Color Drop

Adding color can also add depth and dimension to your artwork.  After all, it’s often those little details that make all the difference.  This technique allows the colors in your artwork to stand out more and gives your audience something to remember.

Begin by pasting in your vector.  Using the Eyedropper, click on any stand-out color in the image.  You’ll need to set Brush Opacity to 5 to 10%. And mode should be Color dodge. Then carefully click the area of preference, but gently.  Don’t overdo it.

2 Responses to “Improving Vector Graphics: Some Great Techniques”
  1. Your Name

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  2. purencool

    Very interesting post. I have never thought of trying improving Vector graphics to enhance the reputation.

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