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28 - How to use Adobe Capture App with Adobe Illustrator CC


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AHT JOHN - 6 months ago

Hi ! Dan This is my Project No 25 ! In this course! Hopefully You'll review My Work!{logo}

Harmony Kane - 2 months ago

No homework this lesson, but I thought I'd share what I pulled together from this Adobe Capture session: a vectorized (and cleaned up) photo of my dog, colors captured from a photo of her (pink is her collar). Font from a calendar on my wall, brush stroke is a sharpie (though I'd like to make it more dramatic/obvious it's not a normal brush stroke) and pattern is a rack of embroidery thread... fun stuff.

The horizontal line that is appearing between my pattern tiles is showing up in the PNG, but not in my AI image. Any thoughts?

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All right, it's real me again. We've been talking to the screen for so long. I wanted to jump out because we're going to do something in the real world, kind of. We're going to use a Mobile app, not so real world. But this guy here, I'm going to grab my phone, and we're going to download, I want you to do it too, it's called Adobe Capture. It's amazing. We're going to learn how to do it. We're going to jump in now. Are you ready? One, two, three.

All right, so here we are, inside the phone. We're going to download Adobe Capture. It's a free app. You can download it for both Android, or iPhone. I've got it running on my very old Android phone here. I'm going to open it up here. First thing we might do, is at the top here, is you can see, it's Maynooth Furniture, it's a different library that I'm using. Remember, we created that library called Daniel Scott. We're going to save things into that. First up, we are going to use this 'Shape Option' on the top left. I'm going to move around my office, and hit the '+', and you get to see, first of all you get to see my office in black and white. This is something that I've drawn. You can see, down the bottom, kind of right as well. You can turn the camera around.

You can do-- remember we did the-- it's a bit weird, I know. The Live Trace, you can do it this way. I'm going to get back. What we're doing-- I drew a couple of shapes for another class. That's this really bad Kiwi that I drew. So I'm going to get it kind of close, and I'm going to hit the little button. Cool! So it's captured that. What we need to do now, is you can turn it. Down the bottom there, it's giving me the tools. At the bottom left is the eraser. I'm just going to go through, and rub off the stuff I don't need. Looks fine to me. We're going to crop it. So at the top here, so it's redefined at the top there, 'Crop'. You can kind of see, the top middle. I'm going to get down, get my shape. This is basic way of vectorizing hand drawn stuff. You could use live trace, I'll just use this one. You can hit 'Smooth'. We'll spend some time making it look a little nicer depending on your drag. Mine's a terrible Kiwi. Let's have a look, with the Smoothing on, you see at the bottom, it says off and on. So 'off', 'on’, man, that makes it look a whole lot better. Then, in the top right, there's this arrow. I'm going to save it. I'm going to call him 'Kiwi'. It's our national bird from New Zealand. I'm going to save it to my library, called 'Daniel Scott'. We'll come back to him in a second, and shape those out when we jump back into Illustrator.

Next thing I want to show you is 'Type'. Now what I'm going to do for here, is pause, because there's no Type in this room. Well, at least not connected to my-- mine's kind of limited in range. So, I'm going to pause everything here, and go downstairs. There's a cafe down below, called Beetroot. It's pretty cool, I want to grab their Type, so I'll be back in one second. So what Type does is, you can see, I clicked the '+' button down the bottom right, while I was outside. And I'm puffed. It just wants me to draw a box around the Type, which was easy enough. Hit the 'tick ball'. This is exactly like TypeKit. Remember, TypeKit earlier on, we found fonts this way. This is just more of another one, where you're out and about doing stuff. It's doing a pretty good job. I don't think it's editable, let's have a look. Not quite right. We're not going to go through them all but there's some pretty close contenders here, but once you've found-- once you've decided, that's the one, I'm going to click on him. You can save it to your library. Click 'Edit'. Looks fine. Hit the 'arrow' in the top right. That's my Character Style that I've put in there, I'm going to hit 'Save'. I'm going to save it to that 'Daniel Scott' library.

Let's move on to the next one, 'Colors'. Colors, I love this one. So 'Colors' tag along the top, '+' button down the bottom right. And you get, like a mini, I want to guess, shop visit. There's my office. I'm in a tiny little town in Dublin, Ireland. I got my film there outside, it looks a bit messy. I use that as little boards there. And my sound board, so that it doesn't sound like I'm filming in the loo. All kind of towers and filming stuff. But yes, that's my place. And why am I doing this? I don't know why I decided to go on a tour, but you can see, see the little dots moving around. It's a really cool job of picking, kind of Swatches. Not just any Swatches as well, picks a nice combination.

So say I like this awesome shark draft combo color. If I hit the big button down the middle down the bottom. I can move it around afterwards. Watch, I can drag, he's around. Click 'OK'. We can adjust the colors here. I'm not going to, I'm just going to hit the 'arrow' in the top right. And it's going to be my Color Theme. I'm going to hit 'Save', save it to my library. Materials, we're not going to cover, it's more 3D stuff. We're going to do this-- we'll learn two more patterns, because patterns are great. Then we'll do Brushes, and that's it. Hit the '+' button for Patterns.

Now when we move around in the office, you can see, in the middle, there's like a tiny little section. Right along the top there, are different ways of displaying it. So I'm going to go at the top left. It's kind of a prism thing. I'm just moving around, you can see it's making some really cool design patterns. So we did, remember, the Pattern, it was under 'Window', 'Pattern Options', we did this earlier on, with the ice box, whereas this is doing it with the actual images. It's better? Yes. Let's have a look. Doesn't really matter what you're filming, like, lame plastic plant. Ready? Click the middle button. I'm not going to edit anything. The cool thing about it is, there you go, it's going to be in my Library.

Let's look at Brushes. I've got a Brush here. I just quickly drew a really kind of like-- just a simple sharp line thing that I want to turn into a Vector Brush in Illustrator. We're going to go and get one of the Shadows and take a picture. A bit of lighting there, I feel that will do. Probably not the best, I'm going to go back, take another photograph, try and get it in focus. That looks better. And what we want to do is, the big circle down the bottom, it's the Crop, this guy here. Get it kind of close. And what you want to do is make sure you tell it what the tail is, and what the head is. Kind of drew mine backwards. It's all right, doesn't really matter. Once you kind of get it like that, we are going to move along the top, so they were cropped down, let's go to 'Styles'. Watch this, along the top, the next tab. And decide what kind of Brush we're going to make.

We're going to go to the bottom here, we want Illustrator Brushes. We want to click on that guy. Where it says Presets, the next one. And we can define on how thick or thin we want this Brush. Then we can go to 'Refine'. The crazy thing about this one is that it took such accurate photograph, that underneath this bit of paper is that, remember that-- we can kind of see him, just about there. There's that Clover. I can't physically see it but somehow the camera got it. I'm just dragging this left or right. I'm going back, back, back… to the left. I'm just trying to find it, so it's just my Line. You can kind of see, at the top, being drawn. Pretty cool. Happy with that. Click the arrow at the top right. Save it to my 'Library'.

Now we are going to jump back on to the screen. Let's jump over there. So we're back over into Illustrator. Back inside the computer, where it's safer. Wandering around with my mobile phone is probably not the greatest tutorial ever, but you get a feel for it, right? Let's look at other things we grabbed. So in my 'Libraries', I'm in that one called 'Daniel Scott'. And there's my terrible Kiwi, I'll drag him out. He's a bit small. Try make him nice and big. The cool thing about him is that he's vector, he's scalable, he can be colorized. So let's look at our Colors next. You can see, I can click on these and you see, my Kiwi changes to those lovely, remember the draft, riding the chuck? So I've got all those colors in here.

Other things we've got in here, is we've got our Font. So, this one here, I can pick our Character Style. Now this is pretty, like-- it's a specific style, so it's the exact font size as well, and color. I'm going to adjust, I'm going to turn this back into Point type. Holding 'Shift', drag the corner up to something bigger. Brought through our lovely font from our friends down in beetroot.

All right, two other things we're going to do. I'm going to grab my Brush. So Brushes work weird, sometimes you think, "Ah, it's a Stroke." It kind of is, but use the Brush Tool instead of the Pencil Tool. I'm going to click on my 'Brush', and I'm going to click on 'Stroke Color'. I'm going to use 'white', and I'm going to have 'no' Fill, and I'm going to draw something. What am I going to draw? I'll try and draw this. Actually what I might do is bump up the Stroke size as well. Getting there, maybe there. Bit big. Come on, Dan, do it. So I'll draw a heart.

What you'll notice is that I've recorded mine backwards. I wanted that blob to be at the beginning. I like that sharp feel, where it kind of feels like, when you first push it down, the ink kind of soaks in a bit. You can fix that. 'Window', go to 'Brushes'. In here, there's my Brush there, I'm going to double click him. And 'Direction', there it is there. 'Brushes' down. Wait for it, you're not waiting for much, but that is my heart that I'm drawing to draw. It's meant to go through here, and be-- The cool thing about it though is-- I'm using my Wacom now. It's just a really nice, more natural way of drawing, and especially when you find some good Brushes, or in this case, create your own Brushes. That's bad. Bad drawing. But you get the idea. Love all those lovely Strokes you can create.

Now the last thing we're going to do, is we're going to grab the 'Rectangle Tool'. Draw a rectangle, and let's look under Libraries of our Pattern. Remember our terrible Ikea fake plant. There it is there. That's a cool little pattern. I hope you got an idea, I guess, of how that app works. It's free for Apple iOS, and Android. Super cool. I use, definitely the colors all the time, and stealing fonts. Really cool little extra thing you can plug into Illustrator. It works through Photoshop as well.

That is going to be the end of this quite strange tutorial. All right, I'll see you in the next video.

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