Archive for the ‘Illustrator’ Category

Many Logos choose to use lettering but very rarely are the letter not part of the design.

There are many ways to manipulate letters to include them in your logo.

#1  Type on a path – Design a shape (duplicate it if you plan to use the shape afterward) Select the type on a path tool and your lettering will follow the path of the shape.

#2  Un Grouping letters – This will allow you to move each letter individually so it fits exactly where you want it to.

-Type out what you want.

-Select it (black arrow)

-Object > expand > OK

-Use the Select Arrow to move as you see fit.

#3  Changing Letters – To make your letters into totally unique shapes, use the direct selection tool.

Logo Design

Posted: May 6, 2013 in Illustrator, Uncategorized

Your ninjas and your monster have hopefully made you familiar with the tools you need in Adobe Illustrator to work towards our final goal:  Logo Design.  This will not be a simple task.  A good logo will be easily recognizable and a great logo will be impossible to forget.


Think of how much money these two logos have associated with them.  That’s why before you start the process of your logo design, you need to learn a little bit about them first.

Read the 8 elements and 4 types of logos

You are to design two logos.  One should be for a serious business the other should be for something fun.  For each logo, explain which type of logo you have used and why you chose to use it.  Post to your blog with the Titles Logo 1 (Serious Business) and Logo 2 (Fun Logo)

I am posting this assignment for those that are a little ahead of the game and would like a challenge.

Create a cute and furry monster, with the given tutorial.

DISCLAIMER:  This tutorial can be very troublesome for people if they do not follow instructions very carefully.  Usually, by the time you ask me for help, you have gotten to a stage that takes a lot of back-tracking to solve the problem.

WARNING:  I am not going to help you with the ‘hair portion’ of this task.  I encourage you to try it but if you get stumped you’re on your own.

SUGGESTION:  The problem only occurs when you try to brush hair on the front of your monster.  If you can’t figure it out, try adding other, more simple items to your finished product such as feet or a background.

Good luck.

Panda Face

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Illustrator, Uncategorized

Well, I think that we have toiled long enough on the duck, seal and sun.  Please make sure that you have done and posted at least two of these three to your blog.  If you get a third one done and posted, I just may throw a few bonus marks your way.

Here is another cool (some may say adorable) tutorial for Adobe Illustrator.
The second part of this assignment is to design a body using the techniques your have learned.
When done, please post to your blog with the title “Panda Assignment”.

Here are three fun tutorials that you can work on. I would work on the duck first, then the seal, and finally the sun tutorial.
Please post them all when done on your blog using the titles that I have used.

Happy Sun Character

Learn how to create fun sun character tutorial in Illustrator. This intermediate tutorial is great for logos, children illustrations, and other projects relating to climate change. Moreover, you can easily apply this tutorial to other illustrations, logos, and projects!

Cute Baby Seal

Simple tutorial to teach you how to create a super cute baby seal. At the end of tutorial you will get really nice, cute cartoon seal character.

Cartoon Duck

This tutorial will take you through basic shapes, using basic tools ie pathfinder, knife and eyedropper tools to create a cute duck character.

Adobe Illustrator

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Illustrator, Uncategorized

Well… it looks like our tutorial of the Ninja’s is no longer accessible online.  If you were well into it, you probably get the gist of it and can finish it.  If you were just getting started, and you have finished the tools tutorial (screwdriver and wrench), then I would like you to work on this Creating a Paper Shopping Bag tutorial.  Have fun and good luck!

Adobe Illustrator

Posted: April 17, 2013 in Illustrator, Uncategorized

Adobe Illustrator is a program used for designing simple shapes and images often used in logos or animation.

Here is a handout that should answer many of your questions about some commonly used tools.
Using the Pathfinder and Align tool in Illustrator Tutorial

Once you’ve completed that, try this tutorial for making a group of Ninjas.  Post to your blog with the title “Ninjas” when you are finished.

Note: When saving your work in illustrator, you will not be able to save as a JPEG which is crucial for adding your finished work to the blog.  In a similar fashion as you used for InDesign, you will have to export (NOT SAVE) as a JPEG file.  To do this, select ‘File’ -> ‘Export’ -> ‘JPEG’, and then just add it to your blog as you did with Photoshop.