Brushes and Pencils work similar to Photoshop brushes, but their “look is very different. Remember that Illustrator works with vectors so you will most likely notice that the edges of brushes and pencil marks have a distinct look about them.
We are going to eventually use these exercises to create a hand drawn, hand lettered type poster as our next project!
Experiment with the Brush, Pencil, Blob Brush and Width Tool in a 6×6″ composition.
The Direct Select Tool allows you to select individual parts of a shape/object. If you choose to change the way type looks, remember that you have to select type and then right click and pick “CREATE OUTLINES”. This will break up the type into a vector shape which you can now transform using the Direct Select Tool.
BLACK ARROW(selection Tool) SELECTS OBJECTS, WHITE ARROW(Direct Selection Tool) SELECTS THE ALL THE LITTLE PIECES
Terminology and Tools:
Typeface, Font, Selection Tool, Direct Selection Tool, Create Outlines, Transform, Node, Path, Type on a Path, Guides, Rulers, Area Type Tool, Tracking, Leading.
Show me the following on 3 Artboards, each artboard should be 6×6″:
- 3 examples of Type lined up using guides
- 3 ex of type on path
- 3 examples of type that has been manipulated using Direct Selection Tool and Create Outlines
Using 6 artboards, place and compose Rectangle Shape, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Star and Flare. change and explore color for stroke and fill as well as dash, weight, etc.
5 artboards, Using Line Segments, compose with one pt line, duplicate into new artboard changing width/weight, next changing into dashes, caps, and finally profile and arrows.
Additionally, use the same 5 artboard configuration, your choice of size and use Arc, Spiral, Grid and Polar Grid Tool.
Abstraction and Color
Due Date: End of class Thursday, 10/24
We have an inherent nature to create something we recognize–house, a tree, a smiley face. We can’t help it. This Project will help you to see something past the cliche’.
Abstraction, like looking in the clouds, can remind us of any number of things, but not in an exact way. In this project we need to steer clear of realism and recognizable things.
Gather 5 different objects that you can either scan or photograph. If photographed, make sure that you fill the viewfinder with your object utilizing maximum size. Also, photograph against a white background. Scanning objects eliminates both of these hurdles, but if you have to photograph, you may.
Using objects, assemble into a custom brush or custom brushes and create an abstract background at least 24×36 inches. Crop interesting sections of your background. These cropped sections will be the “best” parts of your background.
**Leave a 1″border of white all the way around your composition, use guides to help you do this.**
Using color theory and/or Adobe Color Themes, experiment with color choices. And finally use Blending Modes to blend colors together with chosen abstraction.
The best work will be displayed in 24×36 frames.(4 frame limit) Other work will be displayed in 18×24 frames.(5 frame limit)
- 5 elements posted (photos or scans) Due by Thursday, October 19!
- Custom Brush samples, posted if using
- At least 3 “best” cropped versions, posted
- Final colorized piece, printed and mounted, posted
P02: Cosmic Canvas
Due Date: 10/10 (end of class)
Explore the universe as you create your personal Cosmic Canvas. Use your talents in lighting and coloring techniques to add charm to your work. This has a 70’s/80’s vibe so search out cosmic art to inspire.
I expect to see your Photoshop talents put to use including, but not limited to:
- Layer Masks
- Fills, Strokes and Patterns
- Vector Shapes
- Burning and Dodging
- Layer Effects
- Color Theory practice
- Filters – Limit these to Blur, Distort, and Render as you can get “out of hand” with filters.
- Blending modes
- Scale, proportion, line, shape, texture, pattern, color, repetition, positive, negative, value.
- Adjustment Layers
- Clipping Mask
- Locking pixels, Locking Layers, Grouping, Aligning, Guides
As stated before, the best work will be printed large format. This in an incentive for you to concentrate on composition, craftsmanship and concept.
- Post 5-10 inspirational images
- Post and print Final composition.(22×33, 2 inch white border on bottom, portrait) (21×34, 2″ border on bottom, if landscape)
CE15: Filters Limited
Filters are a sore subject for me. On one hand they can allow the user to do some amazing things, but this can get out of hand so much that the user relies only on Filters. This is recognized easily by anyone who has ever used Photoshop. When you make future work, the job then becomes how much can we get away with before it becomes obvious. We don’t want it to get out of control. This is your challenge.
I am going to cover a limited amount of filters with you.
- Make 5 circles, one for each layer. Including the background, this makes 6 total layers. Color using color theory.
- Show examples of the following filters.
- Spherize (You must apply pattern and then rasterize. CMD select the circle to get a proper sphere)
- Render Clouds
- Gaussian Blur
- Motion Blur
Render Clouds with Blending Mode
Pattern and Spherize