Let’s talk color today!
Edit colors: Recolor artwork
Let’s talk color today!
Edit colors: Recolor artwork
Get the Pen tool = P
Get the black arrow = V
Get the white arrow = A
Pen tool best practices:
*Note: To cut a shape out of another shape, you need to be working only with closed paths. Open paths, text and lines will NOT work.
The bottom left icon (Divide) will cut or punch a shape out of another shape, much like a cookie cutter cuts out a shape from dough. The dough should preferably be at the bottom.
The top left icon (Unite) will join two closed paths together. Same step one as above, then click Unit icon. That’s it, you now have a single path from what used to be two or more separate paths.
You should be able to work out the basic “align-left” “align centre, and “align top” tools easily enough.
*Note: Before aligning or distributing anything, always check what you are aligning stuff to. See the icon in the bottom left. Usually you want to align to selection (things you have selected on the page), but sometimes you may want to align stuff to the page.
You have two choices with the Distribute tools, you can either distribute centres, or distribute spaces.
Distribute centres is great when all your objects are the same dimension (i.e. same width if you plan to distribute horizontally). It is a pain if you have objects of different dimensions though; then it just makes a mess.
That is where distribute spaces comes in handy. It makes the space between all the objects you have selected even. A good example is text (turned to outlines), which are often varied widths.
Adobe Illustrator is for illustrators.. In this project, communicate your “illustrative style” by starting from a blank document and using the pen tool, in addition to others, building a cohesive character design. This character design should be seen as a creative illustration – one that could later be used in a children’s book, to print and frame as a gift, to later animate, the possibilities are endless!
Project Requirements: Sketch and develop character designs for 4-6 people in a setting of your choice. (Could include animals!)
Include details that make the character “human” – accessories, facial expressions, texture, color, etc.
Technical requirements: show skill with the pen tool, composition, color design
There is alot of creativity within the style of illustration – I am open and excited about your ideas!
Size: 8 1/2 x 11″
Hello and welcome to Illustrator 2!
Happy first day of the Fall 2018 semester… Today we will go over the syllabus, our proposed projects, options for online tutorials and basic Illustrator technical questions. Please be sure to look at our syllabus, which you can find here .
Please stay posted as I design our class blog. Follow along and log on from home to access assignments, due dates and links to inspiring designers.
This class will meet from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Mondays. It is very important that you keep up with your projects as well as participate in our Design Critiques – not only for the benefit of your grade, but for your greater benefit towards becoming professional graphic designers!
I’m looking forward to a great semester!
Best, Prof. Hopkins
Course Description: This advanced course will give essential skills in vector graphics through the Illustrator program, covering a range of projects and creative explorations. Emphasis will be placed on creative problem solving, the pen tool, shape building, pattern creation and typographic experimentation.
3D package design solution, advanced pen tools, pattern design
3. Putting Things in Perspective: Vector Landscapes
Perspective tool, advanced image tracing, advanced color + gradients
5. Politics/Issues: Maximal vs, Minimal
Homework for next week:
P.S.: NO CLASS NEXT MONDAY: LABOR DAY – see you Sept. 10.
Hey there. It’s the end of the semester, we made it!
Requirements for Final Portfolio Day: Wednesday, April 25
BEGINNING OF CLASS CRITIQUE on your Music Illustration Poster AND hand in of your final portfolio files.
No exceptions. No time to save files. Walk in, on time… be ready or points will be deducted from your final portfolio grade for lack of professionalism. (10 points will be deducted for failure to meet this beginning of class deadline)
Final Portfolio Requirements: (This counts as your Final Exam)
Upload a folder of your project to the server (Labeled with your Name)
Design Projects :
Please label them as follows with your initials: i.e. “KMHAnimalTotem.pdf
1-2 page designer statement answering the following questions in paragraph format:
What did you learn this semester? (Technical + conceptual)
How did you incorporate the Principles of Design in your project?
How is your view of Illustrator different after taking this class?
Which projects did you enjoy the most/the least?
Is there anything specific that you would have liked to have gone over?
How can you improve your design skills for the future?
How can I improve http://www.professorhopkins.com? Do you use it?
Anything else you would like to tell me?
Also – if you have edited your projects at all, please tell me what you did to fix/change your design in your designer statement.