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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.

Coco’s Chocolates Sign

This image used a variety of tools and strategies to form a very elegantly designed sign post. The wooden textures and the gradients give the image a lot more character by avoiding the full use of solid colors throughout the image, and the perspective tool allowed the creation of the 3D shaped cubes. Overall this project was a learning experience on how to properly use adobe illustrator and I think the overall product came out well.

Movie Poster Remake

I took inspiration from the 1992 Dracula Film cover art and decided to create what I thought the movie’s cover art would look like in 2020. A much more minimalist and modern take on a classic film in horror history. Using gradients, shaping, warping, texturing, and smudging, I made this poster hit close to home with the original cover art while still being independent.

The Elements of Design

Using Adobe Photoshop I created this poster that displays a few of the main principles of design. Using the shape tools, color overlays and gradients, along with the texture settings I made this very simple poster for the Elements of Design.

South Park Character Project [Final]

During the length of this project I had forgotten to upload progress images of this characters development. But this is the final image of my custom South Park character based off myself. Only two tools were really used and it was the ellipse tool for all of the circular components, and the pen tool for all of the other shapes. I had a lot of fun making this character and watching it come to life in Character Animator.

Ninja Project

Using a mix of the shaping tools and different modifiers I was able to make this quartet of ninjas! The bodies are composed of circles and rectangles along with the weapons made out of differently scaled and modified shapes like stars and circles. Overall a very fun project and a nice outcome.

Hippo Project

A simple yet enjoyable project using a few tools such as the rectangle and ellipse tool for basic shapes, the pen tool for the arms, the paint brush for the eyes, nose, and feet, and the text tool.

Adobe Illustrator : Pen Tool Practice

Using the Pen tool in adobe illustrator along with it’s varied ways of maneuvering the line itself, I was able to create these smooth patterns and images with a single tool. Using the tool to make bends and curves was really simple with the tool and using its shift lock I was able to make straight and precise lines.

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