Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. Designers everywhere swear by the ‘three kings’ of image processing software, but there are some challengers to the crown that we’d like to introduce to you. Some lesser-known illustrator tools are moving forward and taking the fight to the established industry leaders. Here are three very original and creative solutions.
Colours and lines just like on paper: With the Tayasui Sketches app, you can create deceptively genuine-looking watercolour images on your display. Colour and line thickness are modelled on real brushwork. Watercolour, acrylic and pen are just a few of the 20 different drawing tools you can choose from. Simple and very effective.
There’s a world of inspiration in the colours and shapes of nature and everyday life. With Adobe Capture CC you can use your mobile device to take photos of anything that inspires you. Then extract a colour, create a pattern or brush and turn a shape into a vector graphic files that you can use in all your favourite desktop and mobile apps. The files are synchronised directly with the Creative Cloud account for fine-tuning with other Adobe applications.
Our handwriting is specific to each and every one of us, and using typography can give your designs a very personal touch. How about digitalising your own handwriting? MyScriptFont makes it possible. The free web application gives you your script as a .ttf or .otf file, and you don’t even need a tablet if you have a printer or scanner.
Has one of these or another tool piqued your curiosity? Or do you have other insider tips for illustrator and designer tools? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!