Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor which incorporates some sophisticated features. We will have a brief look at some of the basic tools and make use of these in creating a simple company logo for your Grand Designs unit of work.

What are vector graphics?

Vector graphics are created in graphics packages and consist of shapes called objects. Unlike JPEGs, GIFs and BMP images, they are not made up of a grid of pixels.
It is possible to edit each object separately, for example, change the shape, colour, size and position.
Even if an object in a vector graphic is quite large, it doesn't need a lot of computer memory. Therefore the file size of a vector graphic is often very small.
Vector graphics are scalable - ie when you resize them, they do not lose quality. .

1. Using basic tools

Drawing basic shapes
Pencil tool
Pen tool
Brush tool

2. Shapes and Gradients

Create a ring shape with gradient