This lesson is intended to help you learn categories of type. You may use the power of font choice to get across a specific message in your work. In Illustrator we will delve into layers and artboards and how they can streamline your workflow. Lessons include:
Points: 50 (+ 8.33 participation points)
Estimated assignment time: 5 hours
Due: Friday, June 15, 11:59P
Choosing the right font for your message is a vital technique for getting your message read. There are virtually thousands of fonts at your disposal. Understanding their differences and similarities will make your choices easier. We are simplifying our discussion to a basic set. Lessons include:
There are numerous sources online to view and download fonts for your use. I personally use dafont for their preview function, but also enjoy font squirrel. You may have others which you find useful. Be sure to share your sources in the online community for participation points. Visit the dafont website here. Visit the font squirrel website here.
In this portion of the lesson we concentrate on the use of the layers panel in Illustrator to aid in organizing elements in our documents.
Here we will discuss the use artboard to create multi page documents. Lessons include:
Disregard any references to dates/times and due dates mentioned in the videos. Follow the due dates in the course calendar.
Swatches are simply named colors, tints, gradients and patterns which appear individually or in groups. A variety of libraries of swatches are built into Illustrator. Libraries appear as separate panels and are not saved with the document.
Disregard any references to dates/times and due dates mentioned in the videos. Follow the due dates listed here.
There following are a couple of links to download 3rd party brushes and patterns. There is also a link to see how to create your own pattern. Google search for more options, there is a wealth of resources available online. Free brushes available here. Free pattern available here. How to make your own pattern available here.
Practice on your own and experiment with the tools discussed so far. Create a new page 8.5" x 11" (your choice, portrait or landscape). Considering the design principles, create a visually pleasing invitation to a Fourth of July party @ your home. This could be a pool party, BBQ, etc. Think about the most important elements of the composition and how you can attract attention to them. Consider your choice of fonts to set the theme/look and feel; use layers to organize your work; use an artboard if you want to also do an alternative version (not required); experiment with swatches/gradients and consider using 3rd party brushes/patterns. Try to do this as vector only and avoid using bit map imagery. This will help you learn the tools quicker. As always, have fun and make something strong. If you wish, post .jpgs of work in progress to the learning community for feedback.
Do a SAVE AS, select .ai format and name the file with your name. Convert all fonts to outlines in this file (remember, I may not have the fonts you have chosen).Practice the lesson, then save your file.
After you have completed the assignment and uploaded your .ai file, visit the course's Google+ online community and post your comments about the assignment. I am also asking for you to post an image of your work on the Google+ site as well. The online community only accepts .jpg files. Along with your upload, describe anything new you discovered, issues you had, or comments on your experience. Visit the Google+ online community here. Once you have posted, copy the link from the Google+ site. Go the Learning For Life portal, and paste the link in the text field and attach your .ai file. Hit submit.
Grading Check List
read type categories .pdf
review online font resources
read layers/artboards .pdf
watch demo video A
watch demo video B
watch demo video C
watch swatches video
practice the tools discussed
consider the use of the design principles in your .ai file
post to the Google+ online community (be sure to upload a .jpg example)
submit your .ai file via the Learning For Life portal and provide the link to your post
complete quiz 5 on Learning For Life portal