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I made a template to help me come up with some graphics. If any of you guys want it to do sketches... well here it is.

It is NOT 100% accurate but close enough for rough sketch work.

Oh, and I was too lazy to add the gas cap lid on the reverse angle. I wasnt sure of the exact placement... yeah and the wheels are goofy, but hey.... *yawn*

I'm sure there might be some better stuff out there... maybe this is a good place to link resources.

**** UPDATED**** All art is vector - logos added. Download pdfs for vector art.

http://www.verj.com/z-template.pdf

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Please let me know if you see any errors... colors, etc.

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http://www.verj.com/nissan-logos-vector.pdf
 

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I printed out about 5 or 6 pages and I just sketch on top of them... the pdf is all vector so it can be opened in Illustrator and scaled.
 

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Cool now if I could just learn to color in the lines.
 

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No, starting from the beginning: how would I go about tracing a picture of a Z in illustrator?
Ah, personally I wish I had used the clean outline version u attached. I used a photo and it was harder to pick out some of the lines. I wanted it simple so I could concentrate on graphics so it still worked out.

I assume that anyone attempting this know how to use Bezier curves.

Basically, I just placed my .jpg into the ill. file. I dialed back the transparency a bit so that I could see my curves easier, locked it, then went to town on tracing the lines.

I hope that helps. If not I can be a little more detailed.
 

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For more control, you will need to learn how to use the node and vector tools to quickly create and edits your paths.
Yes, that works too... however... any "auto" conversion tool will still need a tad bit of touch up by hand. At least that has been my experience. Ever since I started doing graphic design the auto-converters were clunky so I never used them much.

I did mine fast by hand, so I could have made it a little more acurate. I was just wanting a basic template.
 

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Yes, that works too... however... any "auto" conversion tool will still need a tad bit of touch up by hand. At least that has been my experience. Ever since I started doing graphic design the auto-converters were clunky so I never used them much.

I did mine fast by hand, so I could have made it a little more acurate. I was just wanting a basic template.
Haha, I'm with you...don't place too much faith in them although they really did a good job with the new one in Illustrator. I'm old enough to remember Adobe Streamline...kept OS9 running for awhile just for that.

Sometimes I feel like I'm playing the piano working with the keyboard shortcuts for the bezier tools. What kind of work do you do?
 

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Haha, I'm with you...don't place too much faith in them although they really did a good job with the new one in Illustrator. I'm old enough to remember Adobe Streamline...kept OS9 running for awhile just for that.

Sometimes I feel like I'm playing the piano working with the keyboard shortcuts for the bezier tools. What kind of work do you do?
I work (or pretend to work ) at an ad agency. We do all automotive ads... about 70% dealerships, 30% manufatcurers. It's an ok job... but desigers don't get paid much.

I started this thread cause I knew there were a few guys wanting to do some cool graphics. Maybe it will help.
 

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I updated my original post...

I added some logos.

I'm new here so let me know if there are some on the site that are better or already exist.
 

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Here is one that I made that used to be my signature.

If it isn't already clear...it comes from the picture that is in my current signature, only the proportions are a little shorter and taller (see 'scrunched')

I always make car drawings at work...but they are more cartoony...they basically look like cykick's avatar.
 
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