The influx of 3D CAD data has eliminated the need for a lot of technical illustrators compared to a decade ago. This has in many ways helped push visual communication along as the average technical illustrator now works in full colour, animation and generally the more interesting aspects of technical communication. However, this source of 3D data has a come at a cost, which is a lowering of standards. This is due to the majority of illustration for documentation now being done by Technical Authors, no offence intended! Because the illustration part of the job is not the primary focus of the Author it can be a case of "it'll do" being enough. This means there is less standardisation, creativity and realism along with simple illustration techniques such as linestyle, halos and cutaways not being used.
Industrial Artworks libraries aims to go some way to reversing this trend by giving the Author, Graphic Designer or busy Illustrator a helping hand with these versatile and professional library files.
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All the libraries are A3 eps files, simply open up alongside your working document to drag and drop or paste in. Of course you can always add to and expand the files to suit your needs. With the simple structure of the artwork this is easy to do.
The DOWNSIDE cad data
• Some CAD conversions can produce messy and corrupted artwork. Simply use the library to swap in your 'perfect' pieces where needed.
• In some CAD assemblies not all parts are included, especially standard off the shelf fasteners, now you can easily insert form these libraries.
• For all the CAD data we have, some things still need to be drawn realistically. In many CAD packages parts like, wires, cables, straps, chains etc will be in a straight line. It is up to the illustrator to create in a realistic manner.
The Current libraries available are just the begining, there are more in the pipeline. However, if, in your line of work you can think of a Library that would really benefit you I would welcome your suggestions! (If I decide to develop it you'll get it for free of course!).
All libraries are saved in a Adobe Illustrator CS5 eps file. This can be used in virtually all vector editors. The artwork is arranged on a A3 page.
Simple. When the artwork is a symbol the line thicknesses will scale when transforming. It is better to let you set the lines thickness to your standard first and then create symbols afterwards if you need it. A group will work just a well. You can also create symbols from these groups if you need them.
All pieces af artwork are built from scratch (no cheap messy CAD conversions) using the minimum lines and points (no needless thread lines which would only fill in). Thick and thin linestyles are applied (.75pt / .25pt) and then a white fill shape is applied to the background. Finally the complete item is grouped and laid out in a logical order for easy location and use.
The majority of technical documentation artwork is created in an Isometric viewpoint. This the most efficient format for reasons of re-usability and speed of production. Also the artwork can be rotated, moved and mirrored to sit on different axes.
Of course we all have our own unique styles; line weights, colours. These are easily changed throughtout the whole library using Adobe Illustrators 'Select Same' commands. This couldn't be done if the artwork was in a symbol format.
Where possible all parts have been drawn from the front and the back, this means the parts can be used on all six axes in an isometric grid. Just simply rotate or mirror to achive the correct viewpoint.
Compared to most Vector Stock sites these libraries represent excellent value for money. Our libraries are similary priced but with far more artwork for your money. These are also created for professional use by experienced illustrators who know the end user requirements. No pretty space fillers here.