Freehand is dead. It’s a painful truth which has forced many of us illustrators to migrate to Adobe Illustrator to earn our living. Although I have acclimated pretty good, it hasn’t been the smoothest transition as many of my Twitter friends can attest. When I learned Freehand 13 years ago, I was surrounded by many other more experienced Freehand users who trained me in the efficient ways to draw, since our employee reviews were largely based on production.Flash forward to the present. I work alone at home, training myself and stumbling through the quirks of Illustrator. I know there are ways that Illustrator can be more efficient, and I know efficient ;). But when I verbally explain to friend or forum members how things can be improved in Illustrator, I usually get one or more of the following responses:
- a blank stare
- a rolling of the eyes
- accusations that I just can’t let Freehand die, and that I should quit being a baby
The truth is, I want very badly to love Illustrator. I use it more hours than I see my own family each day.So, I’m going to start making Illustrator videos for the following reasons:
- To share with Adobe Illustrator Developers when I make feature requests. A picture is worth a thousand words.
- To share with friends, so either they stop rolling their eyes, or they can share a better way of doing things with me.
- To share with everyone, so maybe someone else can learn either from my techniques, or my mistakes.
Let it be known that this will not be a Illustrator bashing session. I really want to learn the best way to do things, and I want Illustrator to step up. Adobe killed Freehand, it’s high time they brought back efficiency that they took away. It’s an Illustrator Call to Duty.