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Vector Overview

Lesson 41 from: Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

Khara Plicanic

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41. Vector Overview

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Vector Overview

in this section, we are going to be talking about vectors and shapes. So we saw a little bit of shapes in the earlier segment where we talked about type type is a vector thing of vector beast, and we saw shapes a little bit and pass when we put the text on a path. But what exactly was all that? We sort of glossed over it, and now we get to dig in a little bit deeper blew it. Turns out that photo shop is a raster program. Okay, so we work with photos which are made of pixels. We call those raster graphics or raster images, and that's what photo shop is mostly about. But it does have a little bit of capability to dabble in things like vectors. And in that way it's sort of overlaps a smidge with Illustrator, which is another adobe program that is made for creating vector illustrations. You can also place photos in Illustrator, but is not a photo editing program that's photo shops world, So these are two separate animals, but they do overlap a little bit and so we can work with vectors. In...

photo shop, we can create simple vector graphics. We obviously can work with type, which is vector, and we can work with shapes, so that's what we're gonna be exploring. So when we talk about vectors and shapes and all of that, what exactly is that? We'll hear some examples. You see vector artwork all around you every day, and you probably just don't even think about it. But we see vector graphics and all kinds of things everything from the infographics that we find on social media. Our we see in a presentation to maybe the pattern design that for whatever is on our shirt or are leggings or our curtains. Um, also, of course, logos, illustrations that you might find in Children's books, more other types of logos and, of course, food packaging and just packaging in general. So vectors are all around us. What makes them different than raster images or pixel based images is that they're not subject to the same limitations. So, for example, if we zoom in on a logo over here when consuming quite far, and it's still Christmas can be because that is a vector graphic. So it's not made of pixels. It's made of math. Basically, it's made of mathematically defined shapes, and they can be scaled up or down infinitely. And they will always be mathematical works of art perfection. Pixels. On the other hand, even though their digital I think of them as being organic, um, they represent organic things, like photos are life around us that we take pictures off. They they're different when you enlarge pixels. Of course, you see pixels, so you see blocks and they're two different beasts. So vectors are not an alternative to pixels there. Ah, hole, just different things. They each have their own realm, so photographic things cannot be depicted the same way with vectors. That's why we have pixels. Let's take a look at what makes up on illustration of vector illustration. So this is the illustration that, um, I found, and it's adorable. Cute little thing. What is it really made out of? Well, underneath the fills and shapes and shading and effects and all of that, we have the sort of I think of it as like a skeletal structure. And these are the paths that create the shapes that the artist could then fill with patterns or colors or greedy INTs, or in any number of different things to create the illustration. So it's sort of like a wire frame is, I guess, another way to think of it. And that can be true even when we look at something like this and we think, Oh, well, that's hand doodled, Yes, that it may have been drawn by hand and then converted into a vector illustration because you could do that, too. But underneath, even the doodily hand drawn kind of look is still the wire frames known as path. That's what we're going to be looking at. Here is one more example. Even something that's very scribble. E is still made with vectors and the's paths, this little skeletal outline that contains all the color that we see in the finished piece. So ultimately, when we break it down and we talk about shapes and path they can contain fills am strokes or not. But every path, every shape is made up of the pain in the past that defines it, and then it either has a fill. Or maybe it doesn't have a fill or it has a stroke or not a stroke or maybe both. And so I put this with this little background behind it to just illustrate that the centre one here that just has the stroke, the inside is then transparent. So in that case, we can see the background behind it. So this is what we're going to be working with in photo shop.

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Kim Williams

I tuned into this class hoping to glean what I cold since it was free. I ended up purchasing the class because it is FILLED with so much great information in a fun and easy to understand format. Khara is an amazing instructor - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Worth EVERY penny. Thank you Creative Live for offering such great material, at even more amazing prices.


What an unbelievable teacher Khara is. I have wanted to learn photoshop forever but was intimidated, overwhelmed, then I watched this course. OMG I learnt so much, more then I imagined. I am so excited now to start using Photoshop, I can't wait to try out everything she taught us. With the skills we learnt over these two days I think this course provides everything I need to know to feel and more. She was outstanding, the absolute perfect teacher for someone who has never ever used Photoshop. Also great moderation by Kenna. Thank you for this awesome, amazing, wonderful course. I am sure anyone who watches this course will agree it is incredible. I couldn't recommend it more. This course was just Smurfy!

Roz Fruchtman

I would highly recommend Khara Plicanic's Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics. The name of the class, implies that the class is for beginners, but that's not exactly true. Most of us learn Photoshop by the features we need to know at any given time. As many will agree, there are a number of ways to get to the same end. I can only speak for myself, but... I would bet that many of us don't know all the strategies that are taught in this class! Check it out, I doubt you'd be disappointed! Khara brings a fun and relatable approach to everything she does. She is very entertaining, while being a superb instructor. Last, but not least... This class brings with it a ton of useful bonuses. Warm Regards, Roz Fruchtman aka @RozSpirations

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