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Illustrator assignment 1

  1. 1. Getting Started with Illustrator
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Create a new document </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the Illustrator window </li></ul><ul><li>Create basic shapes </li></ul><ul><li>Apply fill and stroke colors to objects </li></ul><ul><li>Select, move, and align objects </li></ul><ul><li>Transform objects </li></ul><ul><li>Make direct selections </li></ul>
  3. 3. Create a New Document <ul><li>To create a new document in Illustrator, you begin in the New Document dialog box. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose document size, number of artboards, page orientation, and unit of measure for rulers </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Creating a New Document <ul><li>Choosing color modes and document size </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CMYK Color is color mode used for print projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RGB Color is used for projects going to screen such as TV or Web </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Creating a New Document <ul><li>Choosing color modes and document size </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Document Profile menu in New Document dialog box allows you to choose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile and devices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video and film </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic CMYK </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic RGB </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Creating a New Document <ul><li>Choosing a unit of measure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many designers choose points and picas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point is 1/72 inch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pica is 12 points or 1/6 inch </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Creating a New Document <ul><li>To set preferences for units of measure </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click Edit on Application bar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point to Preferences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click Units and Display Performance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click General, Stroke, and Type list arrows </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Creating a New Document Document name Size list arrow Units list arrow Color Mode list arrow New Document dialog box (Windows) Landscape Portrait Expand/Collapse button Number of Artboards setting
  9. 9. Creating a New Document <ul><li>QUICKTIP </li></ul><ul><li>If you are using a Macintosh, you will find the Preferences command on the Illustrator menu. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Exploring the Illustrator Window <ul><li>The arrangement of windows and panels that you see on your monitor is called the workspace . </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrator CS4 offers a number of predefined workspaces that are customized for different types of tasks. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Exploring the Illustrator Window <ul><li>The default workspace is called Essentials. </li></ul><ul><li>The workspace includes the </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Application bar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document tab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pasteboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Panels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools panel </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Exploring the Illustrator Window <ul><li>The Application bar includes menus, the Go to Bridge button, the Arrange Documents list arrow, the workspace switcher, and the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons. </li></ul><ul><li>The document tab contains the name of your document, magnification level, and color mode. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Exploring the Illustrator Window <ul><li>The artboard is the area, bound by a solid line, in which you create your artwork; the size of the artboard can be set as large as 227&quot; × 227&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>The pasteboard is the area outside the artboard where you can store objects before placing them on the artboard. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Exploring the Illustrator Window <ul><li>The Tools panel contains tools that let you create, select, and manipulate objects in Illustrator. </li></ul><ul><li>Panels are windows containing features for modifying and manipulating Illustrator objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Panels are arranged in groups on the right side of the workspace. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Exploring the Illustrator Window <ul><li>Other areas of the workspace include the status bar and the zoom text box . </li></ul><ul><li>The status bar contains the zoom text box, the zoom menu, the Artboard Navigation menu, and Next and Previous buttons. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Exploring the Illustrator Window Panels Application bar Tools panel Pasteboard Artboard Status bar Document tab Zoom text box
  17. 17. Exploring the Illustrator Window <ul><li>Quick keys are commands essential for performing basic and complex operations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When available, quick key is listed beside command in menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best place to start memorizing quick keys is with commands on File, Edit, and Object menus </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Exploring the Illustrator Window
  19. 19. Exploring the Illustrator Window
  20. 20. Create Basic Shapes <ul><li>Basic geometric shapes are the foundation of Illustrator </li></ul>
  21. 21. Create Basic Shapes <ul><li>Bitmap Images – created using square or rectangle grid of colored squares called pixels . </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All scanned images composed of pixels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All digital images composed of pixels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Number of pixels in a given inch referred to as image’s resolution . </li></ul>
  22. 22. Create Basic Shapes <ul><li>Bitmap images termed resolution-dependent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resizing larger means negative impact on image quality </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Create Basic Shapes Bitmap image Pixels
  24. 24. Create Basic Shapes <ul><li>Graphics created in Illustrator are vector graphics </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Created with lines and curves </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Defined by mathematical objects called vectors </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Create Basic Shapes <ul><li>Vector graphics consist of anchor points and line segments , together referred to as paths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be scaled to any size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Termed resolution-independent </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Create Basic Shapes Vector graphic
  27. 27. Apply Fill and Stroke Colors to Objects <ul><li>Click the Fill or Stroke button on the Tools panel </li></ul>Stroke button Swap Fill and Stroke button Fill button Default Fill and Stroke button
  28. 28. Apply Fill and Stroke Colors to Objects <ul><li>Swatches panel is central to color management in application </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Simple resource for applying fills and strokes to objects </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Apply Fill and Stroke Colors to Objects <ul><li>When object selected, click swatch in panel applies color as fill or stroke, depending on which is activated. </li></ul><ul><li>Dragging swatch to unselected object will change color of its fill or stroke, depending on which is activated. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Apply Fill and Stroke Colors to Objects 47 Pre-set colors, gradients, patterns, and shades of gray
  31. 31. Select, Move, and Align objects <ul><li>To move or modify object, select it with a selection tool, menu item, or command key </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two basic ways to move objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click and drag </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use arrow keys </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Pressing [Alt](Win) or [option](Mac) when dragging creates copy of object </li></ul>
  32. 32. Select, Move, and Align objects <ul><li>Grouping objects allows them to be selected with one click of Selection tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To group: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click objects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click Object on Application bar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click Group </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 33. Select, Move, and Align objects <ul><li>Marquee selection – dotted rectangle that is created when you drag the Selection tool around an object or objects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any object marquee touches before mouse is released will be selected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marquee selections very useful for quick and precise selections </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Select, Move, and Align objects <ul><li>Smart Guides are temporary guides turned on and off on the View menu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>help move and align objects in relation to other objects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Smart Guides use words to identify visible or invisible objects, page boundaries, intersections, anchor points, paths, and center points </li></ul>
  35. 35. Transform Objects <ul><li>Transforming objects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundamental transformation tools: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scale tool: resize objects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rotate tool: rotate objects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect tool: flip objects over an imaginary axis </li></ul></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Transform Objects <ul><li>Transform an object using desired tool or its dialog box </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enter precise numbers to execute transformation on selected object </li></ul></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Transform Objects <ul><li>Repeating transformations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerful command is Transform Again, found on Object menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When you transform an object, Transform Again repeats transformation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  38. 38. Transform Objects <ul><li>Repeating transformations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power comes in combination with copying transformations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Very handy for creating complex geometric shapes from basic objects </li></ul></ul></ul>
  39. 39. Transform Objects Scale dialog box Options for scaling an object Copy button
  40. 40. Transform Objects Reflected text examples
  41. 41. Make Direct Selections <ul><li>Use the Direct Selection tool to select individual anchor points or single paths of an object </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use [Shift] to select multiple anchor points or multiple paths </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Select multiple paths or anchor points by dragging a direct selection marquee </li></ul></ul></ul>
  42. 42. Make Direct Selections <ul><li>Clicking center of object with Direct Selection tool selects entire object </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click edge to select path only </li></ul></ul></ul>
  43. 43. Make Direct Selections <ul><li>Adding anchor points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Anchor Points command creates new anchor points without distorting object </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To add anchor point: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click Object on the Application bar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point to Path </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click Add Anchor Points </li></ul></ul></ul>
  44. 44. Make Direct Selections Direct Selection tool selects single objects within groups Direct Selection tool selects anchor points and paths Using the Direct Selection tool
  45. 45. Make Direct Selections <ul><li>Turning Objects into Guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any object you create can be turned into guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Select object </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click View on the Application bar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point to Guides, then click Make Guides </li></ul></ul></ul>
  46. 46. Make Direct Selections <ul><li>When object becomes guide, it loses its attributes, such as fill, stroke, and stroke weight </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Illustrator remembers original attributes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To transform guide back into object, click View on the Application bar, point to Guides, then click Release Guides </li></ul></ul></ul>