The Basics Of Digital Illustration


Have ever wondered how digital illustrations are made? This video explains the basics. Help us keep making videos by supporting us in https://www.patreon.com/MinuteEarth

We try to leave jargon out of our videos, but if you want to learn more about this topic, here are some handy keywords to get your googling started:

– A raster graphics image is a digital image made of a grid of pixels
– Software able to edit raster graphics: Photoshop, Corel Painter, GIMP, Krita, etc.
– GIMP is free and open-source. Check them at https://www.gimp.org/
– Krita is also free and open-source. Check them at https://krita.org
– Pixel Art is a form of digital art where images are edited on the pixel level.
– Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture.
– Vector graphics images are made up of mathematical shapes and can be scaled as much as needed without loss in quality.
– Software able to edit vector graphics: Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Inkscape, etc.
– Inkscape is free and open-source. Check them at https://inkscape.org/
– Jaggies is the informal name for artifacts in raster images, most frequently from aliasing.
– Anti-aliasing is the technique of minimizing the distortion artifacts known as aliasing.
– A graphics tablet is a computer input device that enables a user to hand-draw images with a special pen-like stylus, similar to the way a person draws images with a pencil and paper.
– A clipping mask is an object whose shape masks other artwork so that only areas that lie within the shape are visible
– Blend modes (or Mixing modes) in digital image editing are used to determine how two layers are blended into each other. The blending modes I use more frequently are Multiply and Overlay.

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Credits (and Twitter handles):

Video concept and Narration by Ever Salazar (@eversalazar)

With Contributions from: Henry Reich, Alex Reich, Kate Yoshida, Omkar Bhagat, Emily Elert, Peter Reich, Rachel Becker, David Goldenberg

Music by: Nathaniel Schroeder: http://www.soundcloud.com/drschroeder

Image Credits:

Cross Stitch Pokemon – DeviantArt user MissTetraZelda
http://misstetrazelda.deviantart.com/art/20th-Anniversary-of-Pokemon-602092177

Isometric Pixel Art – DeviantArt user RGBfumes
http://rgbfumes.deviantart.com/art/Isometric-pixel-art-inn-house-552186962

Pixel Art Wallpaper – Flickr user RodrixAP
Nature - Pixel Art Wallpaper

Vector Corvette Illustration – DeviantArt user troy2007
http://troy2007.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Corvette-Illustration-332935292

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