Not long ago I talked about the Vectornator app and how I wanted to see if we’d get along OK once I began working with it. There’s good news to report: I drew some trees! And not only did I draw them but also successfully turned them into a much larger image (as a transparency) so they could be uploaded to my Redbubble shop for printing on various products – clothing, prints, cases, bags, clocks, comforters, shower curtains, etc.
This is a major step forward for me because now I can create work that’s not stuck in one size. That’s because vector images can be enlarged without losing resolution. What this means is that I can make not only new patterns and abstract images that’ll be size-adjustable but also new faces, too! YAY!!!
The image above began life as a 1024x1024px svg image. Once I finished drawing it I converted it to a 4000x4000px png to upload for the Redbubble products test. I could’ve made it larger (big enough to suit the largest allowable product image size) but didn’t need to for the test. More good news: my tipsy little trees worked great.
Vectors and I have a contentious history: they have no use for me and I’m very suspicious of their precision…their freaky neatness. How can anything be that sleek and tidy and clean? ::shivers::
Vectors are impossibly pristine and I’m Pig-Pen. What hope is there for our relationship?
So far, my vector explorations have been limited to Inkscape and a couple of phone apps. Maybe a different platform/interface will help us find a way to get along and enjoy each other. I’m hoping!
That’s where Vectornator comes in. Here’s my first Vectornator image:
Uhhh…LOL…it’s a start, right? The violet blob with the not-so-happy face is me, surrounded by vector confusion. I ran into trouble right away because the “Help” articles seem to have useful words but some of their supporting images don’t match what I have on my screen. They talk about tools that aren’t always where they say they’ll be, and some of them don’t have corresponding icons to look for. So: I made that first image by clicking on everything.
Clicking and hoping isn’t the easiest way to learn but it’s a lot of fun. I’ll figure it out!