Make and do Fun Things in Adobe Illustrator CS2

"He Is Alive"

This is an image that has been used for church presentations, screen savers and high quality greeting cards
This is an image that has been used for church presentations, screen savers and high quality greeting cards | Source

Dorsi's New Business Card

This is my new business card created in Adobe Illustrator CS2
This is my new business card created in Adobe Illustrator CS2 | Source

"Butterflize Too"

Just having some fun with this one
Just having some fun with this one | Source

A Tutorial On Making Glassy Text In Adobe Illustrator CS2- Fun Stuff!

Adobe Illustrator Is Great For Business But Also For Fun

I've been been an artist for as long as I can remember, ever since 5 when I won "The Safety Poster Contest" in Kindergarten with my rendition of a girl on the railroad tracks (done in the good old crayon.)

Crayons for me turned into many other mediums as I got older- watercolors, oils,clay,pen and ink,and charcoal drawing to name a few.

I think the absolute most fun I've had as an artist in the last few years though has been using my new-found medium- a software program called Adobe Illustrator CS 2 (there is since a part 3 but I haven't even mastered 2 yet so for today's sake I'll just discuss my experience with 2 )

The original reason I got Adobe Illustrator was to use it for business purposes. I needed a program that could convert customer files into "vector images" for output on plotters at my business Signs Now (vector is making outlined images that I could use to make decals for trucks, banners, and signage)

I decide that I wanted to take a class with my new program because I enjoy the camaraderie of working with other creative people, so I took a local class at our local ROP (Regional Occupation Program) I knew I didn't need to go to some fancy snazzy college to learn what I needed to know, so ROP worked just great for me.

My teacher Ray McDonnell was great. He encouraged us to work at our own pace and work at things that we enjoyed doing.

Perfect for me- because I've always done my best and learned the best when allowed to proceed at my own pace.

True to my creative nature, however, I got through about 3 chapters of the book and all the rules went out the door. I had to start experimenting with all those buttons and boxes before I really knew what I was doing.

The results were astounding. Night after night I sat on my laptop playing like a kid in a candy store. I think I leaned more about Illustrator by just jumping in than I would have any other way ( not to discount books but just doing it is the way I learn best)

Illustrator is not a cheap program ( It cost me over $300 at the time) but because i was used to using a $4,0000 graphics program at my shop, (yes- e-gads that's a lot of money), I took to Illustrator like a fish to water.

I've put some of the images here that I have done in Illustrator to give you an idea of the sorts of things that you can use Illustrator for (saved in jpeg files for web viewing) I have used it with my camera phone and added text and images, used it for business cards, flyers, Internet comments for my friends at Yuwie and MySpace, screen savers, greeting cards, wallpapers, just to name a few.The things you can create art for with Illustrator are pretty much endless. Another favorite thing I do on Illustrator is to take pictures with my camera phone then apply "watercolor" or other special effects to make the picture look like it's been painted.

One of the great things about illustrator is that you if you want to make CD cover, flyer, card, etc.- there are pre-formed templates for your use. (I haven't used them yet but it's great knowing they are there if I am so inclined to do so one day)

Illustrator is a lot of fun and I recommend it for anybody. You can buy a book which I highly recommend for about $50 that will break the lessons down into doable lessons. You can use it to make business cards for your business, or just to have fun, which I have been having a lot of!

(One note- however- Illustrator can be quite addicting- make sure you have enough memory on your computer to handle all your images!)

"MoonFlizes"

Melding a picture I took of the moon on my camera phone with some butterfiles in Illustrator
Melding a picture I took of the moon on my camera phone with some butterfiles in Illustrator | Source

A Yuwie Comment I Made With A Generic Picture

I used a generic picture and added my own text to make a comment to send to my Yuwie friends
I used a generic picture and added my own text to make a comment to send to my Yuwie friends | Source

A Custom Holiday Comment

A holiday greeting (with my kitty) that I sent out to my friends one year
A holiday greeting (with my kitty) that I sent out to my friends one year | Source

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jonixk 8 years ago from Lisbon

I tried a demo of adobe illustrator in the past, and it was a great program. I've corel draw, which i use for years, and it's also a very good program.


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

I've never used Illustrator, but I'm always on Photoshop. Although, I don't do much with the program other than basic photo cropping and shadowing. Have you worked with Adobe Photoshop? Which do you think it better- Illustrator or Photoshop?


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Whitney, I have'nt used Photoshop but I've heard it's a wonderful program and THE program for photos. Illustrator is more for designing images, you can do some things with photos but not like photoshop. Illustrator has been great for me and the sign business so far -for what I have to do- but I know Photoshop is coming down the line for me, as I've been getting more and more into photography everyday.

Isn't it great to have such wonderful programs? I love it!


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Looks like you are have a lot of fun exploring this software. My daughter uses corel and I use paint shop pro. They all have good things some may do animations better or photos. We just need more money to buy them all.

Good hub and pictures


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Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

Way to go Dorsi!


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Great use of personalizing software. I like your dog by the way.


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thanks Sweetie-Pie (BTW my dad used to call me that- I miss it!!)And thanks for the compliment on Simon- he is quite a character!


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BeatsMe 7 years ago

Hi Dorsi, this looks like a fun software. Your illustrations are beautiful, by the way. :)


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Dorsi 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

BeatsMe; Thank-you! It is very fun software- I highly recommend it!


kemperdawn 7 years ago

Could you use illustrator to illustrate a book, or are the images copywrite? I am doing a book for my daughter's school. Sounds like this would help, but I am new at this and I don't want to get in trouble! What do you think?


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thanks all for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying Adobe Illustrator and if not, consider trying it! Great program.


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FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I have Illustrator but have never used it much. I am a visual learner and need to be "shown" but if I see it once I'll never forget! I do a lot with Photoshop and you've inspired me to give Illustrator another go. I can relate to learning the basics and then just getting creative to learn the rest!


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

FloBe) Glad you got some inspiration from this hub. I'm a visual learner too. Have fun getting creative on Illustrator. You will love it!


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free.edu.editor 5 years ago

This is giving me a lot of great ideas. I'll have to fire up my photoshop and go practice.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@free.edu.editor) Glad to hear that. Have fun creating!


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saif113sb 5 years ago

very interesting and useful hub.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

It is always a fun to work with Adobe Illustrator. Thanks for this interesting tutorial. Your art works are wonderful.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Vinaya) Thank you so much and yes, adobe illustrator is such a fun program!

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