Week Two: October 5 - 9
DUE October 7: Quiz 1
DUE October 12: Assignment 1
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
- 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.
- Open file (more later)
- New (your own work)
- 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
- Provided basics
- Arcs and swirls
- Adjustments for stars
- 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.
Wednesday, October 7
- Continue Illustrator tour
- Shapes, shape manipulation
- Fills and lines
- Basic layers
Illustrator Tour, continued
- Default panels
- Menu first-level
- Window menu item
- Quick review of color on Tools Palette
- Points from which strokes stem
- Allows reshaping and warping
- Basic selection - grab a corner - for resizing
- Direct selection - for manual warping
- Lines / strokes
- Fills - solid, gradient
- Color choices - color, color guide, swatches
- Use to organize work
- Stacking order
- Hide pieces you don't need to see
- Lock pieces so they can't be moved while working
- Name layers
- Place in order of work
- 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.
- Exploring, due Monday, October 12. Read the assignment requirements and start thinking about this - or even get started!