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Design Drills: Vector Skeletons

Proper anchor point placement is critical for creating precise vector artwork. But, unless you have your vector paths selected (V), it can be difficult to tell where all the anchor points reside within a given path.

FIGURES 4.114.14 show the vector skeletons for two very different sorts of design projects so you can see exactly where the anchor points are placed and how those placements affect the final artwork.

FIGURE 4.11

FIGURE 4.11 Viewing the skeletal points and paths of this hand-lettered design I created for Neenah Paper reveals that none of the paths are perfectly straight. Even the paths that appear to be straight have subtle curves. Nothing in nature is perfectly straight, so adding this type of detail improves the aesthetic in my opinion.

FIGURE 4.12

FIGURE 4.12 Placed bitmap textures give the final poster design a more organic look and feel. For more information regarding the use of textures in your designs, see DrawingVectorGraphics.com.

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FIGURE 4.13

FIGURE 4.13 Not all art requires a massive number of anchor points. I used only seven anchor points to form the speech bubble in this logotype design for a stock illustration set.

FIGURE 4.14

FIGURE 4.14 This final art shows four of the 50 “talkin’ heads” I created for this stock illustration set.

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