Finding that perfect piece of clip art graphic can be a time consuming task for anyone pursuing a unique, personal look to their work. There are numerous image sites that provide free graphics for a variety of situations, e.g., pixabay. Another alternative is what I am sharing here.
Adobe has put out apps that allow for image capture and simple manipulation to create that perfect piece of clip art, in this case, vector graphics. Using these two, free apps provide a new perspective to photo taking, learning about the best ways to capture the outlines of your desired shapes. Once taken, you can use other apps to colorize or 3D-ify them, which I’ll mention later.
Both of these apps (available for Apple and Android devices) capture shapes for conversion into vector clip art. Adobe Shape is solely for this purpose, syncing all creations with your free Adobe account. This syncs your images for use with any Adobe computer apps you may have, e.g., Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Illustrator Draw or Adobe Photoshop CC, however Adobe Capture offers other capabilities for gathering colour schemes, shapes, brushes, and looks. These features are especially useful if you are wishing to extract colour themes from photos for use within other works. Brushes take on the shape of your saved vector graphic for adding creative brush drawing within Illustrator and Photoshop documents.
Here is an example:
I want to create a music sheet for students with a musical instrument graphic, a recorder. Here is the original photo taken after using Adobe Shape.
Here are two examples of taking the graphic into Pages (Mac) with a simple title added:
Here is the same image with an added yellow line around/within the recorder from another app for Mac called, Logoist 2.5 (a fantastic app). The image was enhanced, then copy-pasted back into the original Pages document.
This gives you an idea of how you can use Adobe Shape and Capture ‘on the go’ from your mobile phone to your finished document. You will never look at small trinkets and unique objects the same way now that they can be captured in these two apps.
Another way I used the apps was to draw an image on paper with pencil. After following the routines with editing the picture, these apps smooth out your lines making your artwork look even better – I’ve very humble drawing skills, but this helped me realise my thinking. I could fill the shape with another colour, or add 3D effects to it.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions.