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Illustrator May 31, 2017

Posted by lmholcroft in Illustrator.
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This station was an interesting challenge, creating a look that was realistic was very difficult. In an attempt to make the drawings more detailed and realistic i used the Wacom pad. It made the drawing much easier and made it feel more natural. With the pen and pad moving the pen and making details was much easier.  Along with the pad the size and style of the brush made details easier. I would recommend playing around with the tools before begin your actual drawing.  A good understanding of the opacity tool and the shape of the brushes will help a lot in making drawings with depth. In the beginning of the station finding inspiration was the biggest struggle however I went online and began copping pictures as best I could this really help me with getting an idea of the tools and gave me inspiration for other drawings. For other people who might want to do this station the most helpful tip I learned is  under the color tool you can create other colors that will be more custom just click the color icon then one of the folder icons. I though the depth off my pictures was very developed until I saw the other drawings, I would recommend not going as shaded as i did as it did not help the depth. This is a interesting station and if your not good at drawing like me you will learn a lot however if you are good at art this station is lots of fun.



Illustrator May 30, 2017

Posted by cihurlbert in Illustrator.
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During this station I was able to use different tactics and designs. This station is really helpful to people trying to start a business. This station would be perfect if you need help making a business card or other promotional tools. Outside of that the program is pretty useless. At times it can be pretty hard to use the tools,and they don’t always work. If a tool is not working I would recommend looking it up or making sure you have selected the right layer. I chose to do this project because it had the fundamentals,and it was really easy to miss a step, so it expanded my attention to detail while doing harder projects. If you look up a tutorial you have to be very specific in what you want or it wont help. For example if you look up “circles using Illustrator” you wont get what you are looking for.  A good tutorial website is http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/features/illustration/42-best-illustrator-tutorials/ , but some of the tutorials require a higher level of thinking, and knowledge of illustrator. Overall I would recommend this station to anyone looking for a relatively easy station, that is not very time consuming.


Illustrator March 7, 2014

Posted by juliebentley4 in Illustrator.
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koi fishWhen I started Illustrator, the most frustrating thing by far was the pen tool, unfortunately it’s also the most I important tool to learn how to use. When using the pen tool, just remember that no matter how badly it works for you, it is really very suited to its purpose and you should treat it as such. When you create an anchor point for a line and say, you draw a simply little arch with the pen. Say that after that you want to adjust it, rather than redraw it (in which case you still might not be able to achieve the desired look) you can use the little lines that pop up on either end of the arch, attached to each anchor point. By clicking on and dragging the end points of these lines, you can manipulate how and where the arch bends. The best thing to do at that point is play around with it and practice until you understand what you can do with it.

My best advice is to look for beginner’ tutorials that will make you learn to do things you hadn’t realized you could do; it’s a great way to start out, and once you’ve done a couple of these, you can change gears and start being the one drive whatever you’re next project is. Here is a site that I used for a while to get into the swing of things: http://www.illustrationinfo.com/illustrator-beginners-series/

Also, here are some parts of my process journal that specifically mention some problems I had and how I fixed them:

For the larger stars (that are the size of the other characters) I learned how to round the corners by going to Effect>Stylize>Round Corners.

Finally, when I was finished and ready to export it into a jpeg, I ran into a couple problems as far as the picture that came out, and realized it had nothing to do with the view of the workspace when I exported, and a lot more to do with where the star was in relation to the rectangle that had always remained in the center of the area as a workspace. So I was able to create a more centered picture, and discovered what that random rectangle was for.


Some really important things I learned with making the little characters was how transparency could be used to make highlights the perfect

color (as in not pure white) and how I could use different shapes and combine them in pathfinder for a certain result. I also learned how handy the shape builder tool could be when it came to cutting out certain parts of a shape.

My final project (the collage at left) was made using this tutorial: http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-super-kawaii-collage-in-adobe-illustrator–vector-15367
Along the way, I also made several other thing from tutorials available in the R: drive. I recommend the hot air balloon for someone who’s 

Hot Air

gotten a lil feel for basic tools and wants more experience.

Also! I  you want your pictures to show you definitely cannot just drag them out of the program,
you need to export them and save them in a folder. One thing to remember is that all the colors will come out a lot brighter/richer/more neon when export. Experiment to find what suits you 🙂 The koi fish is also very good pen tool practice, and has a lovely outcome although I didn’t finish this one.

October 22, 2013

Posted by katieemason in Illustrator.
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For my final project I decided to do a series of fliers for our Summit County Animal Shelter. I chose this for my final project because I volunteer at the Animal Shelter and I know the no matter how much the workers there love the cats and dogs, they would be ecstatic if all of them could have a safe home all to themselves. These fliers can affect a multitude of not only people but animals in need as well if I put them up around the community. I know spreading the word of these animals in need is very important!

            For the first flier I did for my final project, I imported a picture of a dog from Google Images and put it in the background layer of Inkscape, I then made the picture slightly opaque so that I could put text over it.

            For my second flier I imported a picture of an actual dog from the animal shelter I took a picture of by email. I then enlarged the picture and made it the background for the flier. Then I used the letter icon to write text and I used the shapes icon to add a circle to write in. Finally I out a filter on the background to make it look more depressing which should help people go to the animal shelter.

            For my third flier I used the picture I previously used and outlined the dog. I used the line tool to color in her red collar and put in text. Finally I imported cartoon pictures of dogs from the internet and outlined them.

            My advice for anyone trying inkscape for the first time would definitely be to experiment with filters, for new inskcapers the projects tend to look very flat and the easiest way to add detail and interest to your project would be by using the filters. I loved them! another piece of advice I would tell people is to try using all of the different tools, which is where I struggled. I tended to only use one or two of the tools but to fully appreciate inkscape I think it’s important to see what each and every tool does and a find a way to use it. Finally I would say to feel free to create your own work, don’t just import pictures because they may look better than your hand drawn work! feel free to practice creating your own original works with the tools provided and not just adding to picture or clipart.

illustrator May 29, 2013

Posted by auroralopez745 in Illustrator.
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Illustrator is a lot like Photoshop in some aspects of it. Except it happens to be more fun because your able to create more extract designs. With illustrator the best tool to use is the rectangle tool with this tool it can switch to man other tools and you can create stars, triangles, round rectangles, etc. This can make your image very fun and creative from having these tools. Another fun tool is being able to blend objects this creates a pattern in objects which is very fun and appealing to look at. Overall, illustrator is a very fun station in technology there are many tutorials online and in class you can learn from so you always have assistance in this station.

Illustrator Miriam c: March 29, 2013

Posted by mirigonzalez1 in Illustrator.
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During the process of this project, there was many complications. One of the complications was when the layers would get blocked and I couldn’t see how the layers were looking. When the First layer which was the layer were I could trace the photo would be locked and wasn’t able to be unlocked. Since I didn’t know how to unlock it I would restart the tracing process and try to finish the tracing in a class period. When I was finished with the tracing then I would add the color to the photo. How I would do that was by clicking on the part that needed to be colored and I would go back to the original picture and attach the same color of the original photo to the photo that I traced with the eyedropper tool. As you can tell there are some parts that are not colored in their proper areas. That is because since I didn’t add the back ground first I tried to add it after the whole tracing and coloring process was done. Because of my mistake I couldn’t get all the white spots colored or else I would of had to redo the whole project. Another mistake that I made was moving the original photo away from the tracing page. This is one mistake you shouldn’t do.  Image

Adobe Illustrator By: Elyse Himmelstein December 11, 2012

Posted by ehimmelstein in Illustrator.
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After doing Corel Draw, I had decided that I really enjoyed working with and creating vector graphics. I wanted to do Adobe Illustrator as my second station to continue along that line of work. Although both Corel and Illustrator are graphic design programs, they are extremely different from one another. Illustrator is a much more powerful tool that is capable of doing many more things than Corel was able to. When you draw lines with the pencil tool, they are automatically smoothed out by the program. In Corel, this would not happen and most of the time you would end up with shakey and uneven lines unless you spent hours smoothing them out with the detailed shaping tools. Not having to focus on having even lines as much, allowed me to develop other skills and focus on other aspects and tools of the program.  The tutorials that I found online were my biggest source. They clarified and provided so much more insight into the program that I would have never discovered on my own. If I had never used these programs, I would have never fully understood the abilities and most of the tools found within Illustrator.

I would like to share a few helpful tips for beginners starting to use the program:

1. Use the materials provided for you to the best of their abilities!!! Online tutorials are some of the best and most helpful sources out there! Use them to your advantage. They can help you learn so many things that you could take up the entire semester trying to discover on your own.

2. Learn the keyboard shortcuts! They can dramatically shorten the time it takes you to create designs. Here are a few simple ones: Ctrl-Shift-A this shortcut will deselect objects for you when drawing. This will be very helpful due to Illustrator’s tendency to delete selected objects when drawing with the pencil or pen tools. You must deselect the lines first, otherwise they will be deleted when you continue drawing. I had to learn this the hard way…. took a very long time for me to figure this one out!

3. If you have objects that aren’t appearing in the right order,  right click on them and ‘Arrange…’ will appear. You can then arrange the order the objects are placed on top of one another by using this tool.

4. I really cannot emphasize how much online research and tutorials have helped me. Use them!

After doing these stations, they have both increased my love for artwork and graphic design in general. I would love to have Illustrator on my home computer. I am also considering doing something with graphic design in college. I have learned so much! Before using this station, I hardly knew how to use layers or the Bezier tool. Illustrator is not easy to learn how to use, but it is definitely worth it if you enjoy creating your own graphics or just like creating art in general!

My final is the Dreamcatcher shown below, the others are just practice drawings. ImageImageImage

Illustrator November 29, 2012

Posted by piehltes in Illustrator.
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For my second station, I decided I wanted to continue down the graphic design path, and I did Illustrator. It was quite a change from Corel Draw, my first station, and it took a while for me to get used to it. The tutorials online were very vague, so I had to improvise a lot. Also, I found that it was more difficult to use the pen tool. Overall, however, Illustrator was awesome! It made everything smooth for you, and all the menus were easily found and used. it was even easier to create your own design, because it allowed you a lot of creative freedom. I found that with this station, I could move to more advanced designs faster because of the simple ness of the program. I highly suggest this program for those who like to draw, and want to try graphic design, but aren’t as technologically savvy. There were some great tools to use, like the Effect gallery, which takes items you have selected and allows you to chose from a variety of effect that makes your project look more professional. Another tool that is helpful is the mesh tool. It allows you create meshes and make realistic looking textures and visuals. It helps blend colors together naturally. I found that when I tried to use the mesh tool, I got very frustrated and wanted to give up. Then I realized that you could use the live paint bucket to color in sections of the mesh easily, and have it blend out. After you learn how to use the program, you will love it! Honestly! It caters to all artists very nicely.

Here is on of my favorite projects:


And here is my final:



Illustrator October 26, 2012

Posted by jcox2468 in Illustrator.
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For my station I chose Illustrator because I thought it would be a pretty basic station to learn. I was soon proven wrong when I started trying to complete practices. Many of the practices are unclear and unorganized and leave you stuck with trying to improvise on your own. Like the most of the practices, the Koi Fish became a very hard struggle. I rushed into the practice to soon thinking it would be easy and would only take a class or so. I soon realized that I wasn’t as familiar with illustrator as I thought and the practice ended up taking several classes. My advice for any new participants of Illustrator would be to really get to know the tools, know the other people who are doing Illustrator and don’t rush into crazy looking practices because they’re most likely pretty hard. Illustrator is a great station for anyone who is willing to put in time to make a great project and to have a fun time. For my final I made an underwater bathtub scene because I would eventually like to print it and add it to a homemade longboard that I either make in Techlab or at hom


illustrator October 26, 2012

Posted by einsteinnai in Illustrator.
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I choose to do illustrator as my first station because it seemed like a good option to open up more skills and stations and be able to rearrange photos and make drawings based off their ideas. i started off struggling with the station and the program as a whole. this is because as i entered the program i decided to start working on practices instead of familiarizing myself with the tools. this automatically lead to me struggling to work well and creating better pieces. as i progressed into illustrator i picked up the necessary skills that i should have done in the first place.


1. become familiar with every tool and bar so that you can easily adjust you pictures or drawings

2. try to find projects that slowly progress and build off each other to create more complex aesthetics and usage of tools

3. reflect on your mistake and review your tools in between projects