Being a 3D Graphic Designer, I’ve used so many plugins and softwares in my life, today, most likely Adobe Illustrator for Vector files.
Before I continue, just want to make it clear that I am not paid or anything else for doing this and to “promote” the plugin and or software here! I’m only giving the tips that I learnt with few months with !
So, I will talk about a plugin called “Smart Remove Brush Tool” from Astute Graphics.
You can check online for it and it’s VERY simple to use, it’s just as the name says, you just select the object you want to remove the unnecessary vertices and brush it, it will maintain the shapes forms and remove only unnecessary vertices.
It’s an amazing plugin to make your vector files clean and light to be handled and edited, specially if this vector comes from a traced image for example.
Here you can see the text (not from a traced image) entirely created with the text tool and just simple typed the text, converted to shapes and merged them together.
Look the before and after on this image and you will understand me a bit better.
As you can see, so many vertices which makes the file bigger and dirty once you want to edit it!
Look how clean this is and it’s very easy to edit once you have only few vertices to manipulate.
I hope you understand and I’m uploading soon another tool that I use when cutting acrylic to make our lives easier to remove the cut out once it’s done avoiding sharp corners where it kind of gets glued together and if the file is delicate, can end up breaking it!
Hope you guys like it!