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Illustrator 88: Nostalgia

John Nack back in February posted this digitized VHS video from the Adobe archives to YouTube. Maybe I’m getting old or I’m in the mood for some nostalgia 🙂 … but I’d love to see more of these old VHS movies converted and shared.  This one is a promotional video delivered by John Warnock introducing Adobe Illustrator.

Did I see that right? A total of five menus and about a dozen tools?

Illustrator 88 was the very first Adobe application I used, the second one was Photoshop.

I remember constructing stars through placement of a single anchor point, rotating and copying the point around a centre point, than creating a second copy of the previously create points that was rotated and scaled — similar to how John demonstrates creating the petals of the flower he draws in this video — the individual anchor points were then joined, to created a closed path.

Without a gradient tool, gradients were created by blending two lines.  Logo’s were scanned in and manually redrawn using the pen tool and a combination of then available shape and transformation tools. Graphs, pie-charts etc. for annual reports were created using the graph tool.

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  1. Cari Jansen Cari Jansen
    June 30, 2008    

    I continue to be amazed, how software and hardware technology evolve overtime and continue to evolve 🙂

    Feels at times like living ‘the NeverEnding Story’, new adventures to look forward to each day 🙂

  2. Melissa Melissa
    June 29, 2008    

    I remember doing a VHS tutorial on Pagemaker back in the early 90s?. My dad brought home a computer with a colour screen for me to try it out on. I also used the old Apple Newton! Aaah those were the days…

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