Understanding vectors in Adobe Illustrator
I guess that you can use just about any software program to create a logo, even Word, but if you know Adobe Illustrator, it is much easier and faster to use than anything else. But you have to deal with a concept called *vectors*. Unlike painting or word-processing programs, vector programs, like Adobe Illustrator are all about points and shapes. If you can wrap your head around what vectors are, you're in business. If you can't, well, you can't. It's definitely a *light-bulb going on above your head* thing, and I have been thrilled to see hundreds of my students *get it* over the years.
In a training session that I did a couple of years ago, while the class was waiting for the computers to be updated, I spent about fifteen minutes in the break room with the class. I told them that they all would be vector points and to stand around the room. Each time a vector point moved, the shape would change. And there are only two types of vector points - sharply angled and curved. And one of the students in the class, the only female, volunteered to be a curved point. And I watched light bulbs go on above everybody's head!
The whole class got it, and they did great. I love this kind'a stuff.
Posted by Brad Hall