An Intro to Working with Vectors

Vectors are images that are suitable for illustrations that contain precise measurements. A vector is different from a bitmap image (jpg) because its information is much simpler, and it is scalable to any size and can be edited freely. Vectors are not as useful for displaying photo-realistic images like photographs because those types of images generally do not contain well-defined shapes and curves. In this tutorial, you will learn how to work with a vector to make it easily editable for you. You will change the color of individual shapes, color many shapes together, and edit a path, which is what defines a shape in Illustrator.

Let’s use this vector from contributor Fixer00.

1. Find your vector image. To narrow your search down to vector images only, make sure the “Vectors” checkbox is clicked. Once you find your image, download it, making sure you click the “vector” option. You’ll then download an .eps file.

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Bigstock Basics: How to Find the Perfect Image

Finding the perfect image can be as easy as 1-2-3. Keeping the below steps in mind can make your search even more effective.

1. Enter Basic Keywords Let’s say you want to find an image of a dog. But not just any dog. You want an adorable dog. To begin, you can enter the basic keywords dog and adorable in the main search box. You don’t want to add too many keywords. Entering too many keywords can be limiting, and you’ll end up with too few results.

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Turning Your Sketches into Vector Art (with robots!)

Turning Your Sketches into Vector ArtBy Karl Rosencrants, Bigstock Contributor When creating new illustrations, brainstorming often happens by sketching using paper and pencil. Sometimes it can be hard to transfer those sketch ideas into vector art. Here I will outline two different ways to turn your sketches into vector art. The first step is to…

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