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.