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Postby cromanyak » Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:45 am

Hi. I'm looking for a website with some basic instructions on how to get started using illustrator to create artwork for screenprinting. I have 11 years experience doing screenprinting, but I've never gotten into the art aspect of it. I have CS3. If anyone could point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. I have never used the program at all, but I really want to learn.

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Re: Getting Started Doing Artwork

Postby jim55912 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:58 pm

I signed up for a month or two at www.lynda.com

It worked for me. I now use illustrator every day. I am no expert but I get the job done.

I am thinking of going back and doing the MS Word lessons. I have used word for 20 years and still get discouraged.
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Re: Getting Started Doing Artwork

Postby cromanyak » Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:23 pm

So far all I've figured out is when I open a jpeg or whatever in adobe I live trace it and expand it. lol Its frustrating being a newbie.
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Re: Getting Started Doing Artwork

Postby tompaine » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:12 am

That's a good start!
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Re: Getting Started Doing Artwork

Postby ROADSIDE » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:00 am

You need to use spot colors instead of the RGB palette.
I have a simple AI template that you can download.
It will help with your color issues when its time to output film.

http://roadsidegraphix.com/downloads/Sc ... ng.ait.zip

Learn the PEN TOOL and the CUT, COPY, PASTE and TRANSFORM short cut keys and you will be well on your way.
Also you might want to look into CS5 its much improved.
.... I can give you my opinion but I can't tell you if it's right or not.
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Re: Getting Started Doing Artwork

Postby Viper99 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:02 pm

I started in Corel Draw so I think it is much easier to use. Over the years I've forced myself to use Illustrator more and more so I can learn it. It seems like Illustrator have more advanced tools while Corel is more straight forward and much easier to get the job done in.
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