Lesson 3: Shapes

In addition to selecting, aligning, grouping, and arranging objects on a page, manipulating shapes is probably the next most important skill to obtain in Adobe Illustrator.

Project Files

This project comes from Chapter 3  (page 85/PDF page 99) of our third textbook. Download the files below to the following location: H:Drive > Graphics 161 > 02 – Illustrator > 03 – Shapes.

The Pathfinder Panel

For this lesson, we are going to follow the tutorial at the following link: http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-pathfinder-panel–vector-3306 

Image Trace

Starting on PDF page 131 (textbook page 116) of Chapter 3follow the directions to convert a raster image into a vector image.

***WARNING*** this is super cool.

Part 1

Follow along with the video below.

Building Blocks

Download the file below in to your 03 – Shapes folder. Open it and “Save As..” a working copy of the file. You may duplicate (as many times as you want), modify the color, and change the orientation of the shapes, but do not resize them.

Your goal is to build an elaborate tower out of the shapes like you may have done as a kid. Use the Smart Guides to keep everything lined up neatly. We will conduct a gallery walk at the end of class.

Holiday Greeting Card (1st Semester)

For this project, set the profile to “Print” and set the width to 4.25 inches and set the height to 5.5 inches. This is the size of a piece of printer paper folded into the shape of a card. With the “Print” profile, the resolution should be set to 300 by default. Create 4 Artboards – one for each “page” of the card.

  • Save the file to the following location H:Drive > Graphics 161 > 02 – Illustrator > 04 – Shapes
  • Save the file as “Greeting Card.ai”

Typically design work is completed in a graphics program, and then imported into a layout program like Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Publisher for printing. Download a Publisher Template below to make the final copy:

Create the front of a holiday greeting card using the tools and techniques that we have learned in Adobe Illustrator. Submit your greeting card to Google Classroom when you are done.