I have the Production Premium package, which includes Illustrator, and i think i can make some good use of it,
when i get time to learn it. Besides Premiere Pro from day to day, i had a Photoshop class, and now am in
the middle of an After Effects class, but all i need from illustrator right now is a nice rendition of a guitar
chord diagram, one with about 6 or 7 frets, and another with about 24 frets. Would appreciate some
pointers on just creating those two items, or a pointer to any resource that may have those allready
put together. So far in Illistrator i can draw a straight line, but of course, i need the complete diagram yesterday
pretty much what i need, except i would like the ability
to place Dots or Circles ON the image to demonstrate finger placements... In other words,
i need to make blank ones first, then add things later. This hand drawn thing
WORKS, but looks a little tacky....There is software out there that does it, but $$$...and besides, i HAVE Illustrator...
Take the rectangular grid tool in Illustrator to draw the grid. Readthe documentation on how to use it and how to edit its options.
Then you can add the circles with the ellipse tool.
I assume you want to animate this in AfterEffects? Then you might consider adding the circles with its ellipse tool.
OK, I'm getting there - i have the grid with six horizontal lines for strings,
and 10 lines for frets - Now i need to add the box on the left end with better centering
and the string numbers on the right end, portrait orientation, if possible
Do i need to save this any special way in order to AE it?
GOT IT - just what i was looking for - I noticed that the vertical dividers
tend to get closer together toward the right (just like guitar frets!) - THAT was convenient...
Thanks for the help - Illustrator will come in handy!
Turn on smart guides and just draw with the rectangle tool. The smart guides will help you align all the stuff. In order to import in After Effects just save an .ai file with PDF editability turned ON.