This was done
with Illustrator 10. I kept the technical stuff to a minimum, to
give the basic steps only. Your own graphics program may have
different terminology, which you might have to click around to
Something simple like this takes maybe 10 or 15 minutes to do.
There's just too many instances when it takes longer than that to
find an oddball clipart subject like, for instance, a propane tank.
Knowing how to create your own from scratch can make life a whole
I hope this is helpful and not too confusing. Putting this stuff
into words is a trick all in itself!
Here's a couple
more images to add onto the above. The image on the left shows the
same image in wireframe, so you can see better how the end product
looks to a plotter.
The image on the right shows suggestion of shadow, which I whipped
up just to remind you that you can embellish your clip art any way
you want. That's one of the beauties of making your own.
You can never
find just what you need anyway. It's always the wrong style, the
wrong shape, wrong something.
Just start with the basic shapes, and then work in just enough
detail to identify it as the what it is. Leave out tiny details and
thin lines if they aren't necessary. As you render, think to
yourself, "do I really want to weed that later?"
The same principles apply for designing for vinyl as for paint, so
far as detail goes. The further away the sign will be from the
viewer, the less important small details will be.
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