DDII Students-Week 4-Where We’re Heading

September 18, 2012 in News/Updates

Alright, by now, most of you are wrapping up your appearance panel tutorials, and hopefully, you are remembering to create graphic styles from these effects for use in later projects. Remember that these files need to be placed in your dropbox folder to receive credit.

Moving on, some of you are getting tired of the practice sessions and want to start another project. Well…good news and bad news. The good news? A new project is coming up. The bad? You have more practice coming up. We’re entering into the Pen Tool in Illustrator, and since this is by far the most powerful and creative tool within the program (not to mention one in which is involved in almost every project for the remainder of the year), you need to make sure you know all of the ins and outs of the tool before starting ANY type of major work. We’ll start off slow, and work our way through everything from straight lines to editing bezier handles.

So, here’s where you need to start.

First, you will need a few practice files (right click and “save as” to your G-Drive or personal dropbox.

-Pen Tool Exercise

-THE Pen Tool Exercise

-The Maze

After our class discussion about this tool and watching my demonstrations, please begin the practice sessions using the files above. Start with the first file and end with the maze (a true test of how much control you have with the pen tool). Each file needs to be submitted to my dropbox with your last name attached to it.

For further expansion upon all of the features of this tool, feel free to visit these comprehensive tutorials available via the Mac Lab and Mike Skocko.

For a greater, and more in depth explanation on the various features of the pen tool and anchor point editing/selecting, read more here.


Additionally, here is a set of tutorials you should watch if you’re struggling with the activities above. Watch them in order.

-Pen Tool Intro

-Creating Curves

-Combining Curves & Straight Lines

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