Hey guys! I did me a little video which you could piggyback off of Dawn’s great Digital Techniques series.
I discuss some of the pros for drawing in Illustrator: clean lines, editability and the vector-based format, in addition to showing you some techniques such as layer effects, masking, shortcuts, and templates. I didn’t get to talk about exporting for the web in the video, so I’ve added some screen shots and an explanation below.
It’s a little long at 19+ minutes, but I’m hoping I shared some pretty good tips. I’ll be getting into more detail on each of these to carry on the theme.
Here is a screen shot of my layer set up.
Exporting Your Illustrator Art for the Web
I’ve switched up to today’s comic for this part of the article. In Photoshop and Illustrator there is an option under the file menu to ‘Save for Web & Devices’ which brings up this box:
Towards the bottom right hand side of the dialog box, you can see I’ve highlighted an area with three tabs. The center tab is the ‘Image Size’ tab. I generally click on that and input the size that I’d like to export to. *Remember – since my comic is completely vector-based, I shouldn’t get any bitmapping or jagged looking images. As you can see by the next image, I don’t.
You can also see the comic is resized – after you hit the “APPLY” button below the box. This is important because there have been plenty of late nights where I’ve just hit save and the resizing does not occur. Here are the dialog boxes before and after.
After you’ve hit reply, just hit Save and your export will be done! Easy peezy!!
If you have any questions just ask them below in the comment section – thanks for reading and watching!!
Ken Drab (me) has a small brain but a savant-like interest in branding, marketing and design. He better, that’s what he gets paid to do in real life. In make believe – he’s a Comic Artist.