12 Replies Latest reply on Jul 20, 2018 1:09 PM by BobbyH5280

    Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator

    Daniel Gooding Level 1

      HI,

       

      I am wanting to draw an outline on my iPad in Adobe Draw and then send it to Illustrator to edit (using the width tool etc...).

       

      At the moment any line I have drawn in Adobe Draw comes into Illustrator as a filled shape. 

       

      How can I create lines only, not filled shapes?  I have read the using Adobe Draw is like using the blob paintbrush tool rather than creating a line... is there a setting I can change, or an alternative Adobe app I can use on my iPad to create the vector (not raster) lines to then edit in illustrator???

       

      Thanks


      Daniel

        • 1. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
          Michael Riordan Adobe Community Professional

          Hi Daniel

          Adobe Draw doesn't create single vector paths in the manner that Illustrator does with the pen, pencil, or paintbrush. Draw indeed does most closely resembles drawing with the Blob Brush tool in Illustrator. There is not a setting that you can change for that. it's not raster, it is vector but not simple linear paths.

           

          Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I hope this was helpful.

           

          Michael

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          • 2. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
            Daniel Gooding Level 1

            Thanks for response Michael...

             

            Do you know if there is an alternative app I can use.  I am trying to save time when digitising my artwork and drawing them straight in rather than tracing a scanned pencil drawn image...

             

            Any suggestions really appreciated.

             

            Cheers


            Daniel

            • 3. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
              Michael Riordan Adobe Community Professional

              There are a few apps out there but i am not well informed about how well they work, nor how compatible they are with Illustrator. You could look at inkpad, idraw, freeform, intaglio sketchpad, Touchdraw, iDesign and a few others for options.

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              • 4. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                artillery Level 1

                a cintiq is the only option. i have the same needs as you so i can take paths to AI and AE

                • 5. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                  rrpdirect Level 1

                  I cant believe that Adobe have not built in this feature to their own ipad app?  I too am an illustrator who simply wants to sketch freehand on my ipad pro, and then have the ability to import the artwork to the desktop version of Illustrator CC as an 'editable single line path' not some random fill with editable outline, which is next to useless other than being scalable.

                   

                  Very frustrating and what I would class as being a fundamental function, especially if other apps can supposedly achieve this?

                  • 6. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                    rrpdirect Level 1

                    All the money I pay Adobe monthly for my CC subscription, and I have to go ahead and buy Graphic (iDraw) from Autodesk in order to achieve the above.... hang your heads in shame Adobe, this is fundamental stuff that your iOS Apps should perform by default, straight out of the box. Not only have you annoyed the hell out of me with this lack of a specific feature, but I'm now more likely to continue using Autodesk Graphic as opposed to Adobe Draw.

                    • 7. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                      BobbyH5280 Level 3

                      Autodesk Graphic is much more like a traditional vector drawing program. I just wish its pen tool was better designed (it doesn't have the same kind of keyboard short cuts I'm accustomed to using with the desktop version of Illustrator); its implementation is pretty limited. I also can't figure out how to access extended character sets in fonts (like small caps, special characters, swashes, ligatures, etc.). Many iPad Pro owners have keyboards and the Apple Pencil.

                      • 8. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                        johng86417134

                        I'm a designer looking into the options for a tablet for vector illustration work. I was thinking of getting the iPad pro as I have CC on my main Mac and would like to sketch out on the iPad and then add details in Illustrator.

                        For the attention of Adobe the lack of this function (the ability to create vector lines) is a deal-breaker for me so I'm looking into other products.

                        • 9. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                          BobbyH5280 Level 3

                          You're basically going to be stuck paying quite a bit more for a Wacom Cintiq display to attach to a traditional desktop or notebook computer or buying an even more expensive Wacom Mobile Studio (a display with its own built-in computer).

                           

                          I tried out Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface Studio computers at one of their Microsoft Stores. The Surface Studio is a very elegant looking desktop machine and looks very classy compared to a standard iMac. The Surface Studio has an awesome looking screen. Unfortunately I was not impressed at all how the stylus worked on it or any of the other MS Surface computers. It was just too choppy compared to using a Wacom stylus on a graphics tablet or an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro. The Surface Studio also carries a ridiculously high price. You're mainly paying for the display, along the lines of what Wacom's big Cintiq monitors cost, and then getting mid range notebook PC guts into the little box below the display.

                          • 10. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                            corawood Level 1

                            I also had this question. I love my Apple pen and the ipad pro. I feel like I have more control over my line work and art with the Apple pen on the iPad when compared to using a tablet and a stylus like the cintiq.

                            I also prefer using Procreate over Adobe Draw.

                             

                            For an illustration to be used in a logo seal I was working on, I needed to be able to edit the artwork in vector and edit the paths afterwards. Thinking that this was the whole point of Adobe Draw, I decided to use the app that feels less user friendly to me so I could easily edit afterwards.

                             

                            I was extremely dissapointed when the vector outcome was basically just a live trace of my drawing. It ended up being hours longer of a process than just drawing the illustration by hand and then tracing with the pen tool. What is the point of the Apple pen and adobe draw when the art work doesnt work as editable strokes? Live trace and the like is not practically editable for professional purposes such as logos and typography.

                             

                            I hope the technology of the strokes can catch up to my spending on Apple products.

                            • 11. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                              keri66780891

                              Thanks-- I also had this question - hope they are considering an app that creates a vector path in future development..

                              • 12. Re: Creating vector lines not shapes in Draw to import into Illustrator
                                BobbyH5280 Level 3

                                I think Adobe could learn a few things from Procreate. Its draw-assist and stroke smoothing features are pretty nice for calligraphy and hand lettering purposes. Adobe Illustrator Draw has some basic smoothing features, but nothing like that of Procreate. When you're laying down line strokes in AI Draw you kind of want to get them right the first time and not go back sketching on them further (or editing the paths in desktop Illustrator later).