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Didn’t have the assets for the class exercise, so elected to do and online tutorial. Ive come across several film poster tutorials of various levels of difficulty. See Poster tutorials under homework.
The element that transforms a film poster is the text. I found this forum response which explains what fonts are used in the lower half. The rule seems to be ultra condensed typefaces, not so much a particular font. Most popular sans serifs have ultra condensed. Amongst them are the following:
- Univers Ultra Condensed
- Franklin Gothic
- Akzidenz Grotesk
- Modula Serif
Started by drawing two circles using the ellipse tool, selecting these in the Paths palette and filling with black(⇧F5). Then used the Warp tool to give a more realistic donut like shape.
This gives us a pretty convincing shape. Now to work on the the colour. Using a radial gradient overlay with the panel setting below.
Next adding drop shadow and an inner shadow. The drop shadow is simple enough. The inner shadow has the following values
The outer chocolate takes on a deeper color adding a touch of realism. In the satin option I reduced the opacity to soften the orange layer. Now for the toppings.
My final touch was adding a Bevel and Emboss to the toppings layer to give the more dimension.
Started off by making a single block with the rectangle tool and filling with suitable shade of brown. To give the chunky block feel a Bevel and Emboss was applied.
The individual blocks were merged together using Merge Visible ⌘E whist holding down ⌥ to make a copy.
To add a bit of visual interest the top right corner was selected with the Polygon Lasso Tool and slightly pulled away giving the effect of broken piece of chocolate. A drop shadow was also added to give more depth.
What we end up with is nice simple graphic which can pass for a chocolate bar. Now for the wrapper. We start by making a rectangle covering the lower half of the bar,giving it a suitable cover. The same Bevel and Emboss is used to give it form.
Starting with a rectange selection, filled with diamond gradient in difference mode. I dragged acrossed the selected area many time until I got the image in the top leftNext I applied FIlter > Stylize > Emboss with the above settings. The result looks like crumple paper. The select was turned into a brush using Edit > Define Brush Preset and the following setting applied to the brushThe brush was used in difference mode to randomly cover the whole layer, and a selection made as backdrop to the chocolate
Start with a new document (600x600px) I used the gradient tool in with the settings pictured below
Clicking randomly producing this rather psychedelic result. Then changing linear mode and dragging diagonally from the top right initially to produce the result to the left.The next step adds filters to give a gooey texture. The filters were applied in the order shown below.
The filters have these settings:
Today we learnt create a realistic mockup of a soft drink in illustrator
Started by placing the background image and scaling proportionally to cover the desired area.
Next we created a mask to clip the background to the exact dimensions as marked out by the template. This was achieved by
- Creating a rectangular region with correct dimensions
- Select both the rectangle and the background
- Through the menu selecting Object > Clipping Mask > Make ( ⌘7 )
After this it was pretty straight forward. Just a matter of adding images and text regions in the specific areas. The text tools are very similar to InDesign.
To produce the can we started by drawing a side view. Its width is the radius of the can. Then applying Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel to this selection to create our 3D representations of the can.
Next the layout is saved as a symbol and applied to the can using “Map Art …” in the Extrude & Bevel dialogue box.
In this exercise we looked at the behavior of the average command and what effect it has on a path
An important point to note is that the beginning shape must have smooth points in order for out result to have smooth curves. Basically it bring point towards the centre. The images show the result when applied to each axis.
Having a basic understanding of how the average command works we made several irregular shapes and applied Object > Path > Average [ Horizontal axis ] to make swirling horizontal lines.
These were then duplicated and rotated 180° to create more variation before making a brush.
Making a brush is a simple process. Just a matter of dragging the swirling lines into the brush palette and choosing the required setting the dialogue box.
and you have a new brush ready for use. The brushes can now be used as the stroke on any path.
The type is converted to a path using Object > Expand, ungrouped, then the paths are applied. It is possible to apply more than one stroke resulting in some interesting effects.
The interlock effect was acheived by:
1. Pathfinder > divide
to create individual pieces at the intersections.
2. These were then coloured appropriately to give the appearance of interlocking.
3. The next step use Pathfiner > Unite to rejoin the segments to form as complete a circle as possible.
3D Interlocking Rings
A slight variation on the above.
Google Chrome Style Logo
The next logo reminds me of the Google Chrome with a hint of a Mobius Strip. Maybe its the colours. I found it surprising that such a pleasing effect was so simple to produce.
The next step is apple Object > Transform > Rotate at an angle of 90° and click copy until we have four circles filling the outer circle.
Following this the circles are filled with colour producing something like the image toe the right. The the circles could have been better positioned to make sure there is no white space left in the inner circle. the stroke are not needed so the next step is to remove them.
Making sure all circles are selected apply Pathfinder > Divide, colour the individual segments appropriately and rejoin where necessary using Pathfinder > Unite. the result should be like the following.