Week 6 | Monday | iOS Map

Alan Watts – What if Money Were No Object?


Project 1 Recap
A few insights and oversights regarding Project 1:

  • Always open up your CD/DVD AFTER burning your files to check that the CD/DVD actually burned the files.
  • WRITE your name, date and project name on the CD/DVD AS WELL AS name the CD/DVD when burning it.
  • When uploading your files to your project page, label each image.
  • Write your name, date and project name on your document description.
  • Save your document as a .doc or .pdf as they are universal file extensions.  NOT Mac Pages format.
  • Print out your document description, read it out loud and rewrite your document.
  • Delete all printer guides prior to printing your files.
  • Place ALL files on your website project page.

A Few Quick Illustrator CS6 Tips

RULERS AND GUIDES

  • Ruler Commands:

To View or Hide Rulers on your Art Board:

  • View > Show Rulers or View > Hide Rulers

GUIDE COMMANDS:

To View or Hide Rulers on your Art Board:

Click on either of the rulers and drag the ruler guide into the work area.

To Lock or Unlock Guides:

View > Guides > Lock Guides. If you see a check mark here, it means that the guide is locked.

To Move a Guide:

Make sure the guide is unlocked (no check mark). Use the Selection tool to select the guide to move and drag it to a new location.

To Delete a Guide:

  • Make sure the guide is unlocked (no check mark). Use the Selection tool to select the guide you want to delete and press Delete (Mac OS).
  • To delete all guides at once, choose View > Guides > Clear Guides.

To Show or Hide Guides

  •  View > Guides > Show Guides, or View > Guides > Hide Guides.

To Snap Objects to Guides

  •  View > Snap to Point. A check mark indicates that snapping is turned on. When an object is dragged within 2 pixels of a guide, it will then snap to that guide.
  • The pointer will change from a filled arrowhead to a hollow arrowhead when a snap occurs.

LAYER POSITIONING

The arrangement of a layer dictates which layer will overlap on top or beneath another layer. The first layer (the first object drawn) is listed at the top. Each additional layer drops below the top layer. To change the stacking order of selected objects see below.

Arrange commands:
Object > Arrange > Bring to Front: moves an object to the top position in the work area.
Object > Arrange > Send to Back: moves an object to the bottom position in the work area.
Object > Arrange > Bring Forward: moves an object one step forward in the stacking order.
Object > Arrange > Send Backward: moves an object one step backward in the stacking order.
To duplicate objects in Illustrator, simply select the object you want to duplicate, choose Edit > Copy and Edit > Paste. A duplicate of the original object will be placed in the center of the work area at the top of the stacking order.

You can also open the layers panel and drag layers to different positions.


File Management

Already in class we’re seeing files lost, misplaced or deleted. Proper file management is imperative to storing and retrieving your digital work. Organization is crucial in design because when you move your files around, the program losing the links you created inside your projects and will not print correctly without those links.

Here’s a good link to a file management workflow. 

There isn’t one set work flow for organizing your files. Ultimately, you should come up with a scheme that works for you. Some possible methods of organization include the following: by project, by date, by project name, by client.


Versions
Just as saving a file is important, adding a version number to the file name is also important. Resave after each major change to a project with a new version number. Just take the current filename and add a number extension. I use project name_date_version. Example: StarlightTrifold_2013.10.7_v1.  With each new version, I increase the number.


EFFECTS AND MORE

Gradients
Today we’ll look at how to use the gradient tool to create sophisticated visual effects.

Complete exercise and save as follows: 2013.10.7_Last Name_First Name_Gradients (Change the colors, etc. Personalize it.) Upload to both Flickr and your website.


Using Masks

Complete exercise and save as follows: 2013.10.7_Last Name_First Name_Masks (Change the colors, etc. Personalize it.) Upload to both Flickr and your website.


Vector Effects

Complete exercise and save as follows: 2013.10.7_Last Name_First Name_Effects (Change the colors, etc. Personalize it.) Upload to both Flickr and your website.


Homework | Week 6 | Monday

Homework 1:  Tutorials

Complete the tutorials. Upload them to BOTH Flickr and to your websites. Change the colors, strokes, etc. Personalize them. Be sure to label each one.

  • Gradients

Recreate gradients and speakers files AS WELLL AS create a NEW design using the techniques shown in this video.

  • Using Masks

Recreate the final image AND create a NEW design using the techniques shown in this video.

  • Vector Effects

Recreate the image AND create a NEW design using the techniques shown in this video.

Homework 2:   Create iOS Map Indicators with Graphic Styles
Create v2 of the iOS Map Indicator tutoral using any one of the maps found here as your background. Find the locations for the worlds TEN  famous , largest or your favorite museums and map them.
Complete exercise and save as follows: 2013.10.7_Last Name_First Name_iOS Mapv1 and iOS Map_Museums
  • ****NOTE – Upload the .ai AND PDF files to your DropBox as well and share your DropBox with a link by posting the link on week 6 Wednesday by making a comment.  *****
Homework 3:  DELICIOUS

On your del.icio.us account tag three Web Sites that focus on Illustrator,

  • Gradients
  • Using Masks
  • Vector Effects

or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2013-01 AS WELL AS add additional tags.