Illustrator 106: Sketches

By guest contributor Melissa Coleman.

Sometimes you just need to put your personal touch on things. In this final of our Illustrator series, you'll learn how to do just that. Get out your sketchbook and start doodling, or dig up one of your old sketches. Black and white works best, but there's nothing Photoshop can't fix. Pull it into Illustrator, and with the click of a button, your sketch will turn from a raster to a vector image. You can blow it up super large, or shrink it down teeny tiny, with no quality lost. Let's get started.

I hope you've learned a thing or two, and feel a bit more comfortable navigating the terrain of Illustrator. Keep playing, and give yourself a little extra patience--it's an enormous program. I've been playing with it for over 8 years, and still feel like I don't even know the half of it. And finally, thanks Alt for having me.


Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.