DUSPviz Intro to Illustrator - 2013


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An Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Planners
Presenter: Mike Foster

Course Content: Stephen Kennedy and Mike Foster

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DUSPviz Intro to Illustrator - 2013

  1. 1. Intro to the Adobe Creative Suite M.Foster - 2013
  2. 2. Illustrator • Adobe Systems, Inc. Photoshop • Collection of Graphic Software • Efficient and Robust Visualization InDesign Dreamweaver Flash Acrobat M.Foster - 2013 • Publishing and Presentation • Graphic Design • Web Design • Photo Editing • Video Editing • Animations • Web Publishing • Etc. Etc. Etc.
  3. 3. Fall 2013 - Introduction Illustrator Photoshop  Vector-based Graphics  Lines  Points  Polygons  Point based  Raster-based Images  Grid  Pixels  Photos  Pixel based M.Foster - 2013 InDesign  Production and Layout  Text  Images  Layouts  Viewshed/Layout based
  4. 4. Introduction to Illustrator • Primary purpose is to draw and manipulate vector-based shapes • Points, polygons, and lines • Discrete features M.Foster - 2013
  5. 5. Introduction to Illustrator • Primary purpose is to draw and manipulate vector-based shapes • Great for creating illustrations, diagrams, and charts M.Foster - 2013
  6. 6. Introduction to Illustrator • Primary purpose is to draw and manipulate vector-based shapes • Easily enhance a drawing with different strokes and fills M.Foster - 2013
  7. 7. Introduction to Illustrator • Layer based • Organize your graphic content by placing it on layers M.Foster - 2013
  8. 8. Interface • Massive Interface • There are important, basic elements that make it easy! • Open it up! M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  9. 9. Interface M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  10. 10. Selection Tool 1. Use the Selection Tool (V) to select objects in the drawing area 2. In the Layers panel, find the buildings layer and delete the Clipping Mask 3. Right click on the buildings in the drawing area and Ungroup M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  11. 11. Direct Selection Tool 1. Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select parts of object (Anchors/Paths) 2. Click on the corner or side of a building to adjust the shape M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  12. 12. Styling Objects 1. Click on a building. Select > Same > Fill & Stroke to select all the same type of object. 2. In the Stroke Menu, adjust the line Weight to 1 pt. 3. Align Stroke to Inside of the objects. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  13. 13. Drawing Objects 1. Using the Rectangle Tool, draw a few shapes on top of a building. 2. Double-click on the object Fill to bring up the Color Picker. 3. Select Color in the gradient field to change the object fill. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  14. 14. Drawing Objects 1. In the Layers Menu, Create New Layer. 2. Double-click on the layer to bring up Layer Options. Rename the layer to “trees”. 3. Using the Ellipse Tool, draw several circles by the park. TIP – Hold Shift while drawing to create objects with equal aspect ratios. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  15. 15. Using Transparency 1. Select all your trees by clicking on the radio button on that layer. 2. Using the Eyedropper Tool, click on the green space to make your trees the same color. 3. In the Transparency Menu, change the object transparency to Multiply. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  16. 16. Copying and Duplication 1. Copy (CTRL+C) and Paste (CTRL+V) to create more trees, or by clicking and dragging while holding Alt. 2. Scale the new trees down by holding shift and dragging in/out the corners of the bounding box. 3. Using the Rotate Tool (R), click and drag around the axis point to rotate the new trees. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  17. 17. Drawing Lines 1. Using the Pen Tool, create a line: click once to create the first Anchor Point. Click again to create a second Anchor Point. 2. Remove Fill by clicking None on the Tool Panel. Change the Stroke color to red. 3. In the Stroke Menu, add Arrowheads and click the Dashed Line box. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  18. 18. Drawing Lines 1. Using the Pen Tool, create another line. BUT, this time, when you draw the second Anchor point, click-hold-drag to create a bezier curve. 2. You can manipulate the curve by playing with the Handles of the Anchor point. 3. Create more anchor points on an existing line using Add Anchor Point Tool. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  19. 19. Using Guides 1. CTRL+R (Command+R on Mac) adds the Rulers to your window. 2. Click and drag down from the top Ruler to the new Anchor point on the line to create a horizontal Guide 3. Using the Scissors Tool, cut the first line where it intersects with the Guide. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  20. 20. Adding Text 1. Lock all other layers by clickdragging down the Toggles Lock boxes in the Layer Menu. 2. Use the Line Tool to create a short line pointing up. Add an Arrowhead. 3. Using the Text Tool, draw a textbox. Inside, type “N” for north. 4. Using the options on the Properties bar, change text Size and Font. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012
  21. 21. Save Your File 1. File > Save As… > Format 2. Checking Preserve Illustrator Capabilities will allow you to reopen the files in Illustrator. M.Foster, 2013, S.Kennedy, 2012