Does your heart flutter when you look at really cool character animations? Do you also feel the itch to try your hands in animation? If yes, then what’s stopping you. Don’t tell me it’s because you don’t have a degree in motion graphics or computer animation.
If that’s the case, then let me break that bubble for you. You don’t really need a fancy degree or diploma in animation to create simple animations. With Adobe Illustrator, you’re a lot closer to creating animations that are worth bragging about.
This instructional blog will show you the best way to take vector graphics and transform them into superb animations bound to impress.
What is Adobe Illustrator?
Adobe Illustrator is a software tool for creating drawings, illustrations, and artwork using a Windows or macOS computer. Adobe Illustrator is universally used by graphic designers, web designers, visual artists, and professional illustrators across the globe to create excellent works of art.
Illustrator, one of the widely used character animation maker, also offers many advanced drawing tools that can decrease the time needed to create amazing illustrations.
See what you can do with Adobe Illustrator
Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator
If you’re still contemplating dipping your toes in the world of animation, perhaps this introductory guide will help you make up your mind. Hopefully, these guidelines will serve as an excellent starting point for you to learn the basics of animation and bringing your designs to life.
Vector Graphics in Adobe Illustrator
Perhaps one of Adobe Illustrator’s best features is that the quality of artwork created with Illustrator does not depend on the resolution at which it is being displayed. This implies that a picture created in Illustrator can be enlarged or minimized without losing the image quality. All thanks to Vector Graphics, which uses numerical relationships in defining lines, arcs, and other illustrator parts.
A vector graphic is a collection of polygons that make up the picture, which is again composed of vectors. Every vector passes through a location known as a central node or control point, which has a fixed location on the x and y axes on a plane. This node defines the vector’s path, including attributes such as color, curve, fill, shape and thickness.
File Formats Illustrator can Save
Illustrator allows you to create, modify, and save files in vector graphics formats, including Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Vector Markup Language (VML), and Windows Metafile (WMF).
Drawing Shapes in Illustrator
Click and hold the Shape tool
Click on the Rectangle Tool
Click on the mouse at the canvas and drag in any direction
Drawing Straight and Curved Lines
Select and hold the Pen tool on the toolbar
Click on the Pen Tool
Click on the mouse where you want the line to start
Click on the mouse where you want your line segment to end
Editing Shapes and Objects
Click on the Selection tool
Select the object you want to edit
Drag any of the exterior handles to the size you want
Drag an object from the center to change its position
Add color to the selected object
Watch this short video clip to see how you can create different shapes and add colors to them.
Perhaps you might feel that animation is not so easy, and yes, it can be time-consuming. However, once you have created your first few animations, the sense of fulfillment is beyond imagination. And trust me, that is just the beginning.
So what are you waiting for? Start animating!