Week Two: October 5 - 9

 

DUE October 7: Quiz 1

DUE October 12: Assignment 1

Weekly Checklist

 

NOTE: Make sure you get fully signed into the Studiobast E-Learning tool if you haven't already. I've sent emails to those who haven't.

 

TO DO at start of class:

  • Turn off all noise-making phones, pagers, etc. (Teacher too!)
  • Get your program shortcuts on your desktop

 

 

Monday, October 5

 

 

GAMEPLAN

 

DISCUSSION

 

Workflow Basics

  • Planning
  • Organizing resources - tool, storage, sketches, client requirements
  • Setting up workspace - especially if you are mobile
  • Legal issues - protect your work with backups; protect your portfolio with agreements; protect souce material by knowing ownership and rights
  • Lean workflow - keeping drafts, saving versions, thinking in layers

 

Illustrator CS4 for PC

  • Look at Taskbar to find Start
  • Look for Windows Explorer to see directory structures: Start / All Programs / Accessories / Windows Explorer
  • Look for Illustrator: Start / All Programs / Layout & design / Adobe Illustrator CS4 (look for little orange icon)

 

Let's look at the Illustrator introduction itself.

 

Starting Work

  • Templates
  • Open file (more later)
  • New (your own work)

 

New Files

  • Decide purpose before creating new.
  • Print, Web, Mobile, Basic CMYK / RGB - mostly print
  • Decide size - adjust if logo, small image, poster, banner, etc.
  • Save immediately to location to be worked on as Illustrator AI

 

Shapes

  • Provided basics
  • Lines
  • Arcs and swirls
  • Adjustments for stars

 

 

QUIZ

 

TO DO

  • Log into Studiobast E-Learning and look around. Add a comment to the Welcome thread of the forum. Look at the course calendar.
  • Review Chapter 1.

 

 

 
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Wednesday, October 7

 

GAMEPLAN

  • Continue Illustrator tour
  • Shapes, shape manipulation
  • Transforming
  • Fills and lines
  • Anchors
  • Basic layers

 

DISCUSSION

 

Illustrator Tour, continued

  • Preferences
  • Default panels
  • Menu first-level
  • Window menu item
  • Quick review of color on Tools Palette

Anchors

  • Points from which strokes stem
  • Allows reshaping and warping
  • Basic selection - grab a corner - for resizing
  • Direct selection - for manual warping

 

Defining shapes

  • Lines / strokes
  • Fills - solid, gradient
  • Color choices - color, color guide, swatches

 

Layers

  • Use to organize work
  • Stacking order
  • Hide pieces you don't need to see
  • Lock pieces so they can't be moved while working

 

Organizing

  • Name layers
  • Place in order of work
  • Sublayers

 

Techniques

  • Duplicating
  • Locking
  • Hiding
  • Merging
  • Flattening

 

TO DO

  • Load/install the Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book disk
  • Review Chapters 1 and 2, and pay attention to page 32.
  • Create a new, empty document, and play with the workspace and tools so you can be familiar with questions 1-4 on page 57, and questions 1-4 on page 77.

 

ASSIGNMENT 1

  • Exploring, due Monday, October 12. Read the assignment requirements and start thinking about this - or even get started!

 

 
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