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Old 04-30-2010, 06:31 AM   #1
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Question Use of swatches in Illustrator

Hi All,

A few questions about a logo project I'm working on: My client wants an image of a hot air balloon, made of stone, in his logo. He wants the stone to appear like a stone wall, i.e. many small stones put together to make the wall. I know this is ridiculously complicated for a logo, but I want to have a go at it and see if it works - if not, I'll encourage him to simplify.

So, what I've managed to do so far is to place an image of a stone wall and use the Live Trace feature to convert it to vectors. I then dragged the image to the Swatches palette to create a new swatch, after which I'll fill the various part of the balloon with the swatch.

My first question: Will this still be a vector image using this process?

My second question: Is there an easier way to accomplish this?

My third question: Does anyone know of a resource where I might find a free, simple vector image of stones or rocks?

Thanks in advance for any input provided.

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Old 05-03-2010, 07:07 PM   #2
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>>My first question: Will this still be a vector image using this process?

Only if you save the file using a scalable PNG or SVG file format. Using JPG/GIF will make it a bitmap.

>>My second question: Is there an easier way to accomplish this?

This will be a very long answer. Short answer... use Photoshop. If this logo is going to print... it has to be 300DPI also.

>>My third question: Does anyone know of a resource where I might find a free, simple vector image of stones or rocks?

Google Images...
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:53 PM   #3
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Short answer... use Photoshop.
No! Not a good idea at all!

If you design logo's than always use a vector based program like illustrator. If you have to scale the logo in the future than you save yourself a lot of hassle.

A couple of weeks ago I had to design a poster and I got a logo from a sponsor made in photoshop. I had to scale it down to a very little logo and the result was a disaster. I had to take another route by using Vector Magic to vectorize the logo first and eventually I could scale it down in Illustrator to the desired size without any quallity loss.
Imagine also if that photoshop logo has to be used for a billboard advertisement... well... trouble again.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:23 AM   #4
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Imagine also if that photoshop logo has to be used for a billboard advertisement... well... trouble again.
Well I can imagine the DPI being <1 for those
Would be interesting to find out what they use for resolution, but even 1dpi is overkill for billboards.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:12 PM   #5
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Well I can imagine the DPI being <1 for those
Would be interesting to find out what they use for resolution, but even 1dpi is overkill for billboards.
I did a little research and designing for billboards than instead of DPI they're talking in DPF (Dot Per Foot ). The average for a billboard is 450 dpf and this is around about 38 dpi.
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I guess I was thinking of those billboards by the highway.. Are those called something else?

38 dpi for something that is 100 feet away
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I guess I was thinking of those billboards by the highway.. Are those called something else?
Noop

Anyways... I even read that quite some designers that has there expertise in making hugh designs are eventually finishing off there design in Illustrator or InDesign.

http://www.allgraphicdesign.com/phpB...hp?f=15&t=3086
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Nice read.. still wonder if the finished product is more than 1 dpi or not. Can't help but think it's extreme overkill.. but maybe it's just me thinking too much
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:58 AM   #9
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Stone Balloon??? is your client a Led Zeppelin cover band? haha. I would do as much as you can in illustrator to preserve the scaling, as was mentioned, and go in to photoshop for the stone effect. just my few cents.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:04 AM   #10
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I did a google on 'bricks vector' and found this one:
http://www.rapidsharegfx.com/vectors...ector-mix.html
And than use the warp tool in Illustrator to wrap it around the balloon.

But than again I think it's quite a ridiculous idea of the client... talk him out of it
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