What is Autodesk Graphic ?
Autodesk Graphic is a professional vector drawing and design application that works on the Mac os operating system. Slimed down versions are now available on the iPad and iPhone. All three work together by sharing work over the iCloud. The program formally went under the name of iDraw under developers Indeo. Back in October last 2015, iDraw was acquired by Autodesk.
Now Graphic, a cost effective program, available in the app store for around £23.00 has been described as, a lightweight graphics program. By lightweight I would like to think that they mean light in ease of use and not lack of features. It is not lacking in features. Autodesk Graphic is on par with it’s larger piers, such as, “Illustrator” and as I understand, from many reviews dose not have such a steep learning curve. Not that I will ever find out. Adobe’s creative cloud subscription is way to heavy for it to be a viable application for a small freelancer like my self. In fact, Autodesk Graphic has some very powerful feathers.
- A bezier pen so you can draw points, curves, and lines. A pencil and a brush tool for sketching . It is posable to create custom shapes and paths in no time at all.
- A set of shape drawing tools that can be customised . Create lines, arcs, rounded rectangles, ellipses, stars, polygons, and more.
- Geometry pane for numeric editing.
- Create detailed designs using multiple layers. Layers have an array of blend modes and opaque settings.
- RGB and CMYK options. Multi colour/shading gradient fill features, including linear, radial and angled. Shapes can also be filled with patterns photographs and other images.
- Autodesk Graphic allows you to open and edit existing ai, eps, svg and vector based pdf files. It also imports/opens all image files and psd docs. Native file format extension is .idraw.
- Exports files in bitmap image and vector formats including layers in these formats, psd, pdf (vector), svg png(with or without background-Transparentsy), gif, jpeg, and tiff.
- Third party plugins available that you might find handy. Not tried it yet, but the animated giff plugin looks like fun.
The Autodesk Graphic Learning curve.
As you may know from our about page that I come into logo and graphic design via the back door. I purchased an app from the App Store. Logoest. It is no longer supported now as the developer replaced it with Logoest 2, and without an offer of an upgrade to their existing customers. Very unfair. Anyway, I needed a logo for a photography venture I was running so I bought this Logoest app as I wanted to go down the D.I.Y. root. Now, I was never a great artist when it comes down to pencil and brush. This is basically down to lack of dexterity.
I soon found I could be quite creative and soon had friends and family requesting logo designs. It wasn’t long after that I began to sell my newly found skill as a service on various platforms. It soon took over from the initial photography project. However, Logoest was very limited and only produced results in bitmap formats. I needed something more versatile. After reviewing several applications in the App store I gave iDray (as it was then called ) a spin for my money. Also, I didn’t have like £600 or a monthly fee of £50 so I could play with one of the big boys over at Adobe or Coral Draw. I scraped together my £25 (or whatever it was back then) and hit the buy app button and never looked back since.
Initially, it all looked a bit daunting, but after spending a few hours playing with things I soon started picking things up.
Using Autodesk Graphic.
After several real logo projects created with Graphic/iDraw, I become familiar with all of the features. Evan more so now it is apparent that once, I thought I could not draw. With the technology now available, I can. So in my experience, the learning curve, had a bit of a step on to, to get started, but not overly to steep.
Looking at the reviews for Graphic the learning curve is referred to a few times, and in a positive way, often comparing it to Illustrator and coral draw.
This is just a summary of my experience using Autodesk Graphic and should not be looked upon as a solid review, as I have mentioned earlier, I have not really given any other vector drawing program a proper spin, so I have nothing to compare it to.
I have given Inkscape a little whirl but not yet been able to take time to learn Inkscape’s interface to be able to use it to its full potential, so it would not be fair at this point to pass comment.
Well, you can guise my conclusion from the title to this blog. I love this Autodesk Graphic. It has everything that I need to give my clients everything they need. On the very odd occasion, they sometimes come back to me after enquiring about the print job of some kind and ask about a non-existent ai or eps file. As we all (should) know. SVG is the industry standard and ai and eps are Adobe’s application-specific variants of the same. The same as the idraw format is for Autodesk Graphic/idraw. Once I explain this and tell them to go back to whatever print firm and tell them that SVG opens and works in and is compatible with Adobe Illustrator and all other good vector drawing applications and can also be exported to ai or eps from there if still needed.
I will be using Autodesk Graphic for a long time to come during my design process.
What do you think about Autodesk Graphic.
Do you use Autodesk Graphic or iDraw? What is your experience of the application? Drop your thoughts in the comments section. Look forward to hearing from you.
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After viewing our post Bogdan Oancea from Autodesk, Inc has supplied the following links.
The following links can be helpful in mastering the app:
The user guide describes in detail how to create, edit, and style vector shapes.
We’ve also very recently released our YouTube channel with short videos: . Besides these, here are a few videos showing advanced features in action:
More to come in the future!
If you encounter any difficulties when using Graphic, support is here — just let us know and we’re glad to help.
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