You can use your vector graphic editor to create many simple effects. Using a couple of simple tools can help you create amazing drawings in a fraction of the time it would take if everything was done by hand! A real time saver!
In this page, I will show you a sample of what you can do with these tools and hopefully, you will be able to make good use of these tips once you will try to create a masterpiece in your software!
Note: This tutorial was made using Xara Xtreme. Some effects might not be available in your software.
The first effect is a simple Boolean operation. Using a simple shape, you can use this one to cut another object instead of drawing this shape by hand.
In this second example, instead of cutting an object with another, you can join to objects to create a new one!
This third example is similar to the first one. However, like you can see, no pieces are left behind! It's perfect to create a big hole in a shape using an irregular object!
Other tools are giving you the opportunity to play with the outline of your object. Think of them as funny filters that could fit in a specific project (but not all!)
You can also play with your shape like if this one was printed on a piece of clothing. Very practical and easy to work with!
Using perspective is also a good idea when you want to create a dynamic cartoon image! The second star is definitely more interesting to look at!
Other filters will give you the opportunity to play with the outline of your shape. Once again, use this special effect with care!
Motion blur is also cool to simulate speed in a drawing.
Finally, you can apply a wide variety of filters to create special textures to your object. Remember that textures are interesting to use for a complex drawing, but might not be appropriated for all cartoon images. They can be distracting and visually irrelevant! Enjoy playing with your vector graphic editor!
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