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› Artist uses Adobe Illustrator for work in latest exhibition
  • Published on May 5, 2014

While professionals who work with digital imaging tools such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are often concerned with creating purely virtual pieces of art, San Francisco-based artist Craig Dorety has found a way to produce physical works as well.

Division explores 3-D art 
In his new exhibit "Division," Dorety explores the world of technology through 3-D objects created using software, including Adobe Illustrator, a laser cutting machine and 3-D printer. The exhibit explores shapes, LEDs and digital images. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Dorety first rendered the objects, which consisted of basic squares and circles, then used the 3-D printer to bring them to life. From there, Dorety constructed objects using PVC and aluminum, which are set against an LED backdrop. All of the elements combine to give the illusion that the shapes are constantly changing, something that Dorety hoped would reflect how society views its connection to technology.

"I'm trying to explore our relationship around technology a little bit by making very calming objects," Dorety explained. "Because sometimes your smartphone and Facebook account can be kind of stressful. These are not. They're very calming." 

The exhibit is currently on display at Johansson Projects in San Francisco.

Dorety uses digital tools to create works
According to Johansson Projects' website, Dorety's exhibit stands out due to its innovative use of space, color and shape, all three of which can be explored and manipulated with Adobe Illustrator. Dorety not only found an unconventional way to use these tools by translating them into the 3-D realm, but also showed fellow artists the benefits of understanding how to use this type of digital software. American Graphics Institute offers Adobe Illustrator classes perfect for any person looking to develop or fine-tune their digital creation skills.

About the author

 is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.

Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.