Friday, September 26, 2008

Drawing on Versatile Vectors

Friday September 26, 2008

Greetings! It's another warm Friday evening and I'm back with my weekly report of creative and fun stuff. This week the topic is graphics and the focus will be on vector drawing applications. The distinction between drawing and painting programs is whether they're vector or pixel based. Pixel paint programs draw and store everything as pixels, or tiny colored dots. Vector drawing programs draw and store pictures as dots, lines, curves, and shapes. The advantage of drawing programs is that they create artwork that can easily be scaled with no loss of detail. It's helpful to have at least one vector art application in your tool kit. Inkscape is a cool open-source vector drawing program with lots of features and excellent support. If you have a slightly bigger budget you can try Corel Draw 9 (or later). Corel Draw has a wealth of features and there are lots of tutorials online to help you learn. The remaining vector drawing program in my arts arsenal is Draw. OO Draw is the drawing component of the excellent Open Office suite. The benefits of OO Draw are greater simplicity and good integration with the rest of the OO package. There are many other vector drawing applications available but these three are a good start. Whether drawing a business diagram or your next art illustration, give vector drawing a try.

The picture of the week was created using Corel Draw.
Click on the image for a full-sized view

The loops of the week are some dynamic drum loops.

The movie/DVD of the week was Burn After Reading, a dark comedy from the Coen Bros.

The book of the moment is CSS in Easy Steps by Mike McGrath.

Send your comments and feedback and I’ll read it all and respond to some of it.

Bye for now!

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