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Discussion: Vector Apps

Discussion in 'Apps Chat' started by ImageArt, 7 January 2018.

  1. ImageArt

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    I think it’s about time we looked at vector apps. They are only starting to come into their own now, I feel. Many small apps that were around 5 years ago are no longer but some good ones in their place.

    Vector files are usually saved with .svg endings and cannot be saved to the camera roll. I save them in Documents but you can also save them in the Cloud such as Dropbox. Some of them can be saved within the app.

    Inkpad £2.99:
    A good cheap app which does everything you really need in a vector app if you are not into serious design stuff. However, it doesn’t ‘vectorise’ which means it doesn’t convert a bitmap to a vector unfortunately. You CAN import existing vector files and edit them so you can take a vector file created in Imaengine and edited it here. You can also create a vector file from scratch. You can import a bitmap and then draw around it to create the vector objects on another layer.

    Adobe Capture/Adobe Illustrator Draw free:
    Capture: Does a great job of creating a nice smooth vector outline of a drawing and I use this a lot to make my horrible scratchy drawings look more professional. Draw: You can paint an image in colour and it converts it to a vector file. However, with both of these apps you can only export the vector images into Adobe Illustrator on the desktop (your BAD, Adobe) for further editing so if you want to save them you have to save them as jpeg or png on your camera roll. It’s still worth having to create smooth bitmap drawings.

    Imaengine:
    Is this still free? If so, this has got to be one of the best free apps around! It is the only app on iOS which creates a COLOUR vector image from a bitmap/jpeg. Now, with it’s editing tools, it’s fantastic for getting rid of backgrounds and just leaving an object. It can be saved as jpeg, png, pdf and svg, the latter two cannot be saved to the camera roll but images can be directly exported to other vector apps or the Cloud.

    Graphic for the iPad/Vectornator - the heavy weights at £8.99 and £7.99 respectively
    Both serious apps for designers and serious graphic artists although I don’t think either can vectorise otherwise I would be forking out the dosh. Graphic for the iPad has the edge I think but I have neither.

    Assembly:
    I fun arty app which I really should try out properly. Some users have done great stuff with this. Create shapes and make images with them. I can’t say I know much about it as I haven’t used it.

    An app I downloaded sometime back is VectorSnap. However, it is not available on iOS 11. A bit like Adobe Capture it creates smooth black lined drawings.
     
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    I am going to include my SketchClub vector brush tutorial here although to be honest the vector brush doesn’t unfortunately actually produce a vector image. The result is still pixelated. However, it simulates the look of a vector image:

     
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    Well done. Thank you!
     
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    I'm finding a number of vector drawing apps are based on the free open source code of InkPad. Each adds its own flourish but they are all required to give credit in their app to InkPad.
    VectorPaper+, VectorPapers, and Skribl are three of InkPad's successors that I have. Its worth noting the connection with InkPad as there are others with the same connection with quite varying prices, but all based on the same thing.
     
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    InkPad is based on a free open source desktop application called Inkscape which I have used for many years. Fantastic software. It does a wonderful job of vectorising a bitmap image. Inkpad was the free app version which was abandoned. It was picked up by quite a few people but the the chap who charges for the app of the same name seems to have done quite a good job of resurrecting it. I had the original one although at the time didn't get into it.
     
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    Here’s one of my own camera photos that I manipulated on Photoshop using Threshold and then converted using Inkscape - 2013. Below is an iphone photo of my screen :);). I’d love to be able to do this on the iPad without having to do it from scratch. I have a cutting machine which can cut out stencils. I see quite a few weak points on this for a stencil and it’s positive rather than negative - all the white needs to be joined at one point at least.

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    Here’s the above image vectorised in Imaengine. Not a bad job! The problem is that it tends to smooth a little too much. The other options are then too tagged. I suppose it’s an art package really and not intended for pure vectorisation.

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    I’m also waiting for Affinity to launch their Affinity Designer software for the ipad. It’s definitely on the cards.... Eat your heart out Adobe.
     
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    Fantastic! One more thing to love about sketch club and one more way to create collage pieces! Thank you!!!
     
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    Thanks so much for all the information Ann and for the tutorial :thumbs:
     
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    ImageArt Ann, can I ask a question please? Do you use your finger or a stylus thingy when you are doing this?
     
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    This was fascinating to watch!! And a bit of a *miracle* for me because I FINALLY GET LAYERS!!!! Seeing you turn them on/off like that, a lightbulb went on in my brain. Layers (as in ProCreate) have always intimidated me.... This was SOOOO helpful (even if I never try vectors). :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
     
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    Yippee. And it does take a lightbulb moment to understand. Funnily enough my first graphics package, CorelDraw, was vector and when I first moved to Photoshop, layers and pixelated photos it was a WHOLE mind shift. Then one day I just got it. :thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    Actually with this I find a stylus thingy much easier just because one’s big fat finger gets in the way to see where you are tracing. It is doable with a finger - it helps to zoom in closer using a two fingered push.
     
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    Thanks Ann, i had a little play with my stylus thingy and my sausage finger, the stylus thingy was much better :) i have a very rudimentary image of a Goldfinch now.
     
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    My first tentative attempt, using my own photo of a goldfinch. A bit wibbly wobbly and a few gaps, didnt make the best use of layers.
    Native camera then SketchClub

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    And here is the original:-

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    Not possible to adjust the tightness of following the original shapes as in Illustrator, I guess.
     
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    This is a jpeg version of my first vector project using Macromedia Freehand sometime around 2003 (edit: Aug 2002). The original for this was a colour slide. I remember in the original vector version I could pick up any one of the pieces and move it around independent of the other rows of hills.
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    “Owl’s Head Fog”
    The version I currently print from is a .psd file. I’m not even sure if I can open the original file anymore now that Freehand was swallowed up and cut by Adobe. Illustrator generally makes a mess of converting Freehand files. Every time I work with Illustrator I lament that Adobe cut the wrong program. Freehand was much better.
     
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    Well let’s see it! :mobibabe:

    Edit: that’s your ‘rudimentary’ ‘tentative’ image ??

    :rolleyes: I missed it, sorry - I was looking for something that looked rudimentary and tentative :rolleyes:
     
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    That’s gorgeous
     
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    I have to be in agreement with zenjenny! This is just lovely! The only thing I would do is to add just a little white spec in the eye to give it life. Also, you can always fill in some of the gaps with the paint brush but I absolutely love the colours you choose and the overall look.
     
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    Lovely!
     
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    This thread has cost me several visits to the App Store. Sigh......
     
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    Right. That happens. I resolved to reduce the number of apps on my iPhone to below 500 but since New Years I have added several and only deleted 2 and now I’m at 571. I’m sure it was only 522 late in November.
    Also, learning about the course for Affinity on Udemy, well I had to go and get that. And being on their mailing list I get ads for the latest 90% off specials, so I went and bought 3 drawing and photorealistic rendering courses. I’m trying to revitalize my drawing I used to do years ago. And then I went out and bought some new drawing supplies. And the drawing course wanted me to join their Facebook students group and now my Facebook timeline has gone crazy with other student drawers.
    And Arrraaggghhhhh!
     
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    That's beautiful Brian

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    Well, thanks Ann, all i did was follow your great tutorial and mess about a bit. i'll have another play and add the highlight in the birds eye :)
     

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