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Adobe Illustrator – Lily Pad Project

This project included a lot of shaping to put these lily pads together. The blending to get the nice fading colors and the small details added to the lily pads give a lot of individuality so it doesn’t look like they were all copied and pasted around the art board. The faded background was made with mixtures of blue and mixes of green gives a lot of depth and brings out the color of the lily pads.

Adobe Illustrator – Jellyfish Project

Using the Adobe Illustrator program, I was able to use a variety of strategies to make this bioluminescent jellyfish. I made custom art brushes and scatter brushes to add details to the jellyfish. A majority of the jellyfish was formed with the pen tool, giving it a custom form and a very classic design. Overall I think this project was a success and I had a lot of fun making it!

Yeti Project

After many failed attempts and getting used to working with more complex procedures on a MacBook, I have finally made a slightly chubby Yeti. Mixing a variety of shapes and paths, and using the tools on the pathfinder menu, I was able to piece together individual shapes into the image above. It was a long and time consuming process to get AI working properly, but the result seems worth the effort.

Illustrator Fundamentals: Module 7

Point and Area Text

In this lesson we are taught the difference between point text (top) and area text (bottom). Point text has a defined location to start writing in while area text has a restricted area to write in. Shown by the red + near the area text is the continuation of writing that can be shown in another designated area.

Character Panel

In this lesson, the instructor teaches us the basics of the character panel which allows us to modify the formation of letters in a sentence, this includes size, angles, line spacing, character distance, character width, etc.

Selecting Fonts

In this movie, we are shown how to change the font type on adobe illustrator text entities. A simple drop down menu in the character panel shows plenty of font types that will suit any situation.

Kerning and Tracking

In this lesson we learn how to change the distance between characters in full sentences using the tracking tool, which automatically brings all of the letters closer together, making more space and a compact sentence.

Paragraph Panel

In this lesson we learn how to use the paragraph panel in unison with the character panel to organize and format proper paragraphs.

Text Threading

In this movie, we learn about text threading. While using the area text tool, you run the risk of running out of space, luckily you can click the small red + to add an extra area text window with the remaining information on it.

Text on an Open Path

This lesson simply taught us how to apply writing on any open path, such as a curved line made with a pen tool.

Text on a Closed Path

This lesson was very similar to the open path practice, but this formation of text is made on a circle, or any full shape.

Convert Point Text to Area Text

This lesson teaches us how to modify the point text to area text and how to tamper with paragraphs using the character menu.

Touch Type

This lesson teaches us how to modify singular characters in the same text box, allowing us to make things like the mess shown above.

Vertical Type Tools

This lesson was extremely easy, we learn how to use the vertical typing tool and the benefits of using it in certain projects.

Creating Outlines

In this lesson, we learn how to add anchored outlines to text, allowing us to modify the shapes, sizes, and angles of individual letters.

Illustrator Fundamentals: Module 6 [Creating Artwork]

Start the Owl Illustration

In this lesson the instructor started the first steps of six total sessions to make a cartoon owl in Adobe Illustrator. Using only the ellipse tool and the pen tool to make the pointed ears and top of the head, we were able to make the base structure of our owl.

Create the Owl’s Eyes

Using a variety of circles and outlining techniques, we were able to add these very nice looking eyes to our owl base. We only had to use the ellipse tool on this step so it was fairly simple.

Draw the Owl’s Beak

In this movie, we used the pen tool to make a teardrop shaped object and put it onto our owl, giving it a nice and simple beak to finish up the head.

Add the Owl’s Body

In this movie, we used the ellipse tools to make ovals and modified them to fit the width of the owl’s head, giving it a stumpy body to put wings on.

Use the Pen Tool to Draw Wings

Using the pen tool we made a wing for our owl, very simple construction and an easy copy and paste to get the second wing on the opposite side.

Create the Legs

To top it all off, I used the blob tool to add small and thin legs to the owl to finish the drawing.

Illustrator Fundamentals: Module 5 [Combining Paths and Shapes]

Joining and Average Paths

In this lesson the instructor guides us on how to use the Joining and Average path options to form whole shapes out of separate objects with the Joining tool and making neatly arranged lines using the Average Path.

Offset Path

In this lesson the instructor teaches us how to use the offset path tool to add outlines to our original shape to add extra variants and increase the overall size of the item.

Clean Up Command

In this lesson we were taught about the outline tool in the view menu in Adobe Illustrator, you can see highlighted areas on the image that show rogue entities, which can be manually deleted in this mode.
We also learned about the Clean Up tool in this lesson which can be found in the Objects menu. This is an automated way of getting rid of rogue entities, allowing you to get rid of stray points, unpainted items, and empty text boxes with a few steps.

Compound Paths

In this lesson the instructor teaches us how to combine items to make more complicated objects. The image above was made out of two original shapes, a circle, and a “flower” shape. The circle was used to “carve out” a hole in the center of the flower that still supported outlines.

Compound Shapes

In this video the instructor teaches us how to make compound and complex shapes using simple shapes and the pathfinder panel (shown above). By using simple shapes in unique ways we are able to form designs that would usually be difficult to make with items such as the pen tool.

Shape Builder Tool

In this lesson the instructor teaches us the different uses of the pathfinding tools, along with a few extra tricks on combining simple shapes to form full unique shapes.

Pathfinders

In this lesson the instructor teaches us about the six pathfinder tools. Divide, Trim, Merge, Crop, Outline, and Minus Back (Examples are in order from left to right). Divide brings the outlines of the objects to the surface but leaves the layers intact. Trim gets rid of the layers in all of the selected items. Merge acts a lot like trim but it merges any items that use the same color into one object. Crop is used with the addition of an added outline to clip anything outside of the designated cropping area. Outline is self explanatory, it gets rid of a majority of the color inside of the shape, only leaving a small amount of color as a frame of the original shape. Finally, we have minus back which does the opposite of minus front which we usually use, this takes the selected items behind the highest selected layer and cuts out shapes from the object.

Split into Grid

In this lesson the instructor teaches us how to divide a rectangle into a series of smaller shapes that form a grid. This comes with a customizable amount of rows, columns, gutter spaces, and width/height modifiers.

Blob Brush Tool

In this video the instructor describes what a blob brush is and what it does. The blob brush works a lot like the paint tool but it forms shapes instead of paths. This allows the creations to be modified in ways that you could never do with the paint tool such as altering the size or angle.

Illustrator Fundamentals: Module 4 [Core Drawing Principles]


Drawing Basic Shapes

In this movie the instructor talks about the different shaping tools and how to manipulate them to have different colors, outlines, and outline thickness.

Polygon Star Tools

In this lesson the instructor goes into more depth about the shaping tools and a new item called the flare tool. The polygon and star shapes are capable of being altered in terms of how many sides they have to create things as simple as triangles or as complicated as a 100+ sided shape.

Drawing Modes

In this lesson the instructor describes the process of using the three different drawing modes on Adobe Illustrator [Normal, Behind, Inside]. The normal drawing setting is the default drawing setting that puts layers on top of layers. The behind drawing setting puts layers behind layers. Finally, the inside drawing tool can add layers inside of a selected layer, but layers can also be copied and pasted directly into the layer, as seen above.

Live Corners

In this lesson the instructor teaches us how to modify the corners of an edged shape. Using the direct select tool we can scale the edges of the shape to round them out or we can double click one of the scaling points inside of the shape to choose the corner type, radius, and rounding mode.

Open Path Tools

In this lesson the instructor walks us through the different path tools and shaping tools that we can modify with the arrow keys.

Pencil Tool

In this lesson the instructor teaches us how to properly use the pencil tool and how to modify its settings to our preferences for different projects.

Paintbrush Tool

In this lesson the instructor describes how to use the paintbrush tool and how to select different paths that you can use with the paintbrush. This allows us to get different patterns for fitting projects.

Pen Tool

In this lesson the instructor guides us on how to use the pen tool to make straight and precise lines on Adobe Illustrator. Setting individual anchor points and holding angles.

Complex Paths

In this video the instructor teaches us how to make curved paths on Adobe Illustrator, we learn how to modify anchor points to change pathways for the pen tool.

Pen Modifier Tools

In this lesson we learn how to modify pre-existing pen paths to change the shape and size of deformations with additional anchor points.

Pen Tool Preferences

In this lesson we learned how to modify the settings of the pen tool, this allows us to customize the presets for the paths and use the pen tool more effectively for advanced projects.

Reshaping a Path Segment

This lesson teaches us how to modify pre-existing shapes to have additional features such as curves or added points. This allows us to make complex shapes for specific projects.

Smooth and Path Eraser Tools

In this lesson we learn about the different path tools and path editing tools. The instructor focuses on the smooth path tool and the eraser tool. The smooth path tool is a free hand drawing tool that will automatically smooth out any rough corners or edges, resulting in a clean line. The eraser tool simply removes designated parts of a line from it’s chain.

Illustrator Fundamentals: Module 3 [Working in Illustrator]


Working with Panels

In this movie, the instructor walks us through the different ways of operating panels on Adobe Illustrator and how to edit their properties.

The Control Panel

In this movie, the instructor describes the control panel and its uses in Adobe Illustrator. The control panel is used to alter and change the properties of different objects on the page. (Ex: Color, Outline, size.)

Rulers and Guides

In this movie the instructor walks us through the processes of enabling rulers, zeroing in the rulers on different artboards, along with activating and locking guides.

Guides and the Grid

In this movie, the instructor walks us through how to enable and use the guide tool and grid tool in Adobe Illustrator. He also teaches us how to edit the colors and spacing of the guides and grids.

Smart Guides

In this lesson, the instructor teaches us how smart guides work inside of Adobe Illustrator. He also teaches us how to edit all of our preferences when it comes to how the smart guides act while working in AI.

Align Panel

In this lesson, the instructor walked us through how to use the align panel to evenly spread out objects and line them up with each-other on a vertical or horizontal plane.

Hide/Show Edges

In this movie, the instructor walks us through the process of hiding and showing the edges on items in adobe illustrator. He explains how the process can be helpful to those who find the edges distracting and think it would be easier to work without them, and how users who might’ve accidentally disabled the edges can turn them back on.

Preview and Outline Modes

In this movie, the instructor walks us through the process of hiding and showing the edges on items in adobe illustrator. He explains how the process can be helpful to those who find the edges distracting and think it would be easier to work without them, and how users who might’ve accidentally disabled the edges can turn them back on.

Bounding Box

In this lesson the instructor walks us through the bounding box of items on the artboard for Adobe Illustrator. The bounding box is the host for the scaling nodes (The small white squares on the lines) and rotating the item on the artboard. An important thing to remember when scaling item is that if you hold shift while moving any of the nodes on the bounding box, the item will only shrink/grow and will not warp.

Workspaces

In this movie, the instructor walks us through the process of switching through preset workspaces that have different layouts for different types of workers to have a more comfortable and easier to use setup.

Illustrator Fundamentals: Module 2 [Understanding Illustrator CC]


Bitmap vs. Vector

In this lesson, the instructor describes the differences between Vector images and Pixel images. Vector images are items that are capable of being scaled and adjusted while keeping it’s detail and not lowering in quality. Pixel images are the opposite and are not able to be scaled or adjusted at all without losing the quality of the image.

Start Workspace

In this lesson the instructor walks us through the creation of a new workspace and how to make custom artboards. [Workspaces are the organization of Adobe Illustrator and it’s accessories] [Artboards are the areas where you can work on designs in AI]

Understanding Paths

In this lesson the instructor describes the differences between open and closed paths [Open paths are lines that do not have a meeting beginning and end] [Closed paths are lines that have a meeting beginning and end which makes a full shape]

Fills and Strokes

During this lesson the instructor described ways to use the line tool and editable factors to alter and change the shapes, colors, and extra additions such as fill and pattern to add variety to basic lines and closed shapes.

Selections and Stacking Order

In this lesson the instructor walked me through how to use the different selection tools on grouped items. He also showed me how to organize the order of the layers for optimal use.

Isolation Mode

In this lesson the instructor walks us through how to isolate a layer on an artboard. By double clicking on a layer will isolate it which allows you to edit only that layer and avoid tampering with anything nearby.

Creating New Documents

In this lesson we learn the different factors that go into creating a new document. (Width and Height for surface area) (Top, bottom, left, and right bleed for an extra area outside the artboard to have a small area that still gets detail but isn’t saved)

Anatomy of a Document

In this lesson the instructor describes to us exactly what details go into the artboard in terms of guides. Shown above there are bleed values and print tiling guides. The instructor also describes where to identify the file name and viewing mode.

Multiple Artboards

In this lesson the instructor walks us through the process of operating multiple artboards on the same file and the benefits of using multiple artboards at once. They also describe how to change the arrangement of artboards and how to change the spacing between the artboards.

Illustrator Templates

In this movie the instructor walks us through the process of accessing and using templates in Adobe Illustrator to have an easy starting point of any Adobe Illustrator design.

Saving Documents

In this lesson the instructor talks about metadata and how to edit the metadata values inside of the documents save file to make it more searchable with programs like Adobe Bridge. This allows you to contain document information like a bio or author name.

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