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How to learn Adobe Illustrator

If you're a graphic designer, illustrator, game developer, or anyone who needs to work with vector art, you need to learn Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator is the *sister* program of Adobe Photoshop, which deals with raster.

In my experience as a teacher, I have found that people who know a little bit about Adobe Photoshop tend to do better with Adobe Illustrator. And people who know A LOT about Photoshop tend to do worse. Please let me explain why.

Both Photoshop and Illustrator are Adobe software programs. They share a lot of things, such as the wonderful Adobe interface. If you know what certain icons do in Photoshop, you will pick them up faster in Illustrator. Like sisters, they come from the same parents. But they are different! If you insist that Illustrator is Photoshop, and treat it the same way, you are sunk. They are different for a reason. Beyond the superficial similarities with the interface, they operate on completely different principles. Photoshop is all about raster images, commonly referred to as pixel images. It is a painting program. Illustrator is a drawing program, and it is all about vectors.

Before you take a class, or a training session, in Illustrator, play around a bit with Photoshop. Beginning Photoshop is easy - kids can do it. Learn what that *thingy that looks like something* does. And then take a look at Illustrator.

And keep an open mind.