Week Four: October 19-23

 

DUE October 19: Assignment 2

Weekly Checklist

 

TO DO at start of class:

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

 

 

Wednesday, October 21

 

GAMEPLAN

  • Usability ideas
  • Quiz class time
  • Lab time

 

DISCUSSION

 

Icons

  • Communicate universal concepts visually
  • Think visibility - contrast, colors, simplified design
  • Think usability - what can be seen/interpreted at a glance
  • Think size - can icons be easily recognizable at 3 sizes?
  • Examples
  • LJ Example

 

Usability

 

Aligning

  • Align
  • Distribute

 

Blending shapes

  • Can do separate shapes or one shape inside another for color blend
  • Create two shapes
  • Set Blend tool
  • Click a point on each shape

 

Blend editing

  • Choose one of blended objects and resize
  • Reverse blend by Object/blend/reverse to back

 

DEMOS

 

QUIZ 2

  • Illustrator Basics, due Wednesday, October 21. Take via Studiobast E-Learning, Illustrator CS4 Full - 4Q2009 course.

 

TO DO

  • Review Chapter 6 on the color picker and selection sections

 

 

ASSIGNMENT 3

  • Icons, due Monday, October 26

 

 

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Monday, October 19

 

GAMEPLAN

  • Assignment 3 info
  • Shapes and pathfinder tool
  • Pen tool and anchors
  • Pencil tool
  • Aligning
  • Blending shapes
  • Icons

 

DISCUSSION

 

Shape Play

  • Arranging shapes
  • Pathfinder tool

 

Direct Selection Tool

  • Selects points on a vector object
  • Lets you edit these points rather than the whole object

 

Pen Tool

  • Create precise straight and curved lines
  • Clicking creates anchor points
  • Dragging creates smooth points and curves
  • Little circle at end of path lets you know you are 'closing' the object path

 

Convert smooth points into corner points

  • Drag to create a first anchor point
  • Release
  • Move to another position and drag to create a curve

 

Pencil Tool

  • A drawing tool
  • Choose stroke first
  • Sketch and lift between segments

 

Demos

 

QUIZ 2

  • Illustrator Basics, due Wednesday, October 21. Take via Studiobast E-Learning, Illustrator CS4 Full - 4Q2009 course.

 

TO DO

  • Review Chapter 5 and make sure you are comfortable with doing tasks for the chapter on the disc.

 

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