Learn from a real-life illustrator. Put together your portfolio.
Learn from a real-life illustrator. Create your portfolio. You will no longer have to deal with boring software tutorials. Learn all the Adobe Illustrator tools, tips, and tricks you'll need to start producing your own digital artwork. In just about 2 hours, you'll learn how to recreate any digitally illustrated advertisement of your choice, from scratch. Not to mention, all the keyboard shortcuts will save you hours on your artwork in the future. Learn fast and create better work faster. Learn by doing. Recreate one of your favorite prints from advertising history to get a first-hand idea of why the piece was so successful. Come out with your own finished work of art. Check out some image resources here. ______________Class SummaryWelcome to class. As Adobe Illustrator tutorials go, digital illustrator, Brad Woodward's is one of the most complete. Brad will introduce you to Illustrator and extol the benefits of working with vectors. Starting. Brad will introduce the Illustrator interface along with some key terms and tools you'll need to know when designing in the program. These tools include guidelines to help you align images in your work and layers that allow you to separate different parts of your design. Preferences. You'll learn how to position objects in relation to each other using tools such as the "snap to a point" function. Brad will also show you how to make changes to your artboard, which is your digital canvas in Illustrator. Free form building. The pen tool can be frustrating, but Brad will teach you how to make it work for your design. You'll learn how to strategically place anchor points and make curves with the Pen tool. Building with shapes. If you don't feel like using the Pen Tool, you can build your design with shapes. Brad will show you how to resize shapes in Illustrator, how to adjust their edges from sharp to round, and how to use subtraction and negative space to create shapes that Illustrator doesn't offer. Ultimately, you'll see how to convert an image you upload to Photoshop into a collection of discrete shapes. Strokes and lines. You'll explore drawing and painting in Illustrator by manipulating lines, exploring different brush tools, and learning the uses of each brush tool. You'll also learn how to duplicate shapes and how to combine shape construction and brush stroke to form a unique, cohesive design. Colour. You'll take a look at the preset swatches available in Illustrator and learn how to set a tone by playing with saturation and darkness. Brad will also review the eyedropper tool and show you how to create your own color swatches and gradients. Typography. You'll learn different techniques for adding text to your image in this Illustrator logo mini tutorial. Brad will show you not only how to adjust letters individually and in groups, but he will also emphasize how to do it without damaging your original font. Lastly, you'll see how to write in shapes, such as circles and wavy lines. Export and final words. You will learn how to prepare your work for a printing press or for other artists who wish to collaborate on your design. Bitmap textures. Brad will teach you a quick and easy trick to unify color palettes. You'll also learn how to add textures you create in Photoshop to shapes in your Illustrator design. Vector patterns. You'll learn how to automatically tile vector images and establish a hierarchy in your composition in Illustrator CS5 (CS6 has a tool that will do this for you, but that's for a different Illustrator tutorial).
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