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james le roux <[log in to unmask]>
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Thank you for the notes on Corel draw and the like.I downloaded Illustrator
9 -the downloaded sample took 1 and 1/2 hours to download and because of my
ignorance I now have something that I can't open.I think that one has to
convert the files some how.Anyway I shall ask a friend who is a fundie at
PCs and the like.
james-south africa
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From: Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 7:14 PM
Subject: Re: query coral draw

>>Dear Sci artists
>>Please can you help.?
>>I have been toying with the idea of creating pen and ink or line
>>drawings using a computer and the appropriate soft ware.I am just a
>>beginner and have not the faintsest idea where to start and whether
>>this is possible.So off I went to a pc store and saw Corel Draw
>>9.Well I simply fell right out of my tree when I saw the price.But
>>for the meantime I have resolved to find some literature which can
>>tell me more about illustrating with a computer.I would like to ask
>>you whether you know of any book or other literature that gives an
>>introduction to this.Thank you in anticipation.
>>James Le Roux
>You might want to consider several other programs befor you decide on
>Corel Draw. Line drawings can be done as Vector art (print any size)
>or Pixel art (print best at the creation size).
>Painter (also owned by corel)- This is a pixel based program for
>painterly effects, and works best if you hav a pressure sensitive
>PhotoShop- King of the hill in Pixel manipulation (but not painterly
>effects)., Works best if you hav a pressure sensitive tablet.
>Adobe Illustrator
>Macromedia Freehand
>These three do vector art, like Corel Draw, which is ideal for pen
>and ink representations on the computer.
>I personally prefer Adobe Illustrator, but I have not seen the Corel
>interface in several years, so they may have improved it.
>Are you on a Mac or PC, and how old is it?
>I would recommend you visit the site of all these products, Most have
>a tour or overview that will give you a bit of an idea what they do.
>Many have tutorials as well, which may be better than many of the
>books out there.
>I can not recommend a general book that I like for a beginner
>overview of pixel and Vector based art creation.  I do like the "Real
>World" books which have nitty gritty details on specific programs
>(PhotoShop and Illustraator), They may offer some more general books,
>and the press that makes them has many good offerings.
>If you can wait a couple of years the revised GNSI Handbook should
>have some info on this ;7)
>Britt Griswold/MAP Project
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