DDaMP- Illustrator – Tutorial 1

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Black Relationship by Wassily Kandinsky
Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter & art theorist

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. 

– Charles Eames


Design & History


Adobe Illustrator (link)

For this unit, we will be learning and using Adobe Illustrator CS6. Adobe Illustrator is a graphic creation software used to create Vector-based works. It is used by professionals in a variety of industries and fields, and it isn’t the easiest piece of software. We’ll work through a few basic exercises to become familiarized with it first.

At the end of this unit, you’ll work toward creating a layout design utilizing Adobe Illustrator’s vector based environment.
PDF About Adobe Illustrator CS6
Videos about Illustrator CS6 from Lynda.com
Videos about New Features from Lynda.com
Learning Illustrator Videos on Adobe.tv

Concepts to know and understand

Vector vs Bitmap: Computer graphics are created in two types of formats, either vector or bitmap (also sometimes called raster). Vector graphics are created using mathematical principles, algorithms and formulas describing where points, lines, and planes exist, how they are drawn, and how they relate to one another. As they are defined by math, no mater how much you zoom in or zoom out, the graphics will always look crisp and sharp, whether on a business card or on a billboard. As such, this makes vector based graphics popular for designing logos or other corporate images.

Bitmap (or raster) images, on the other hand, are composed of little squares of color (called pixels) within a grid. The vast majority of images on the internet are bitmap. When you zoom in, the dots get bigger, and you begin to get blocky, or pixelated looking images. See how similar images would compare in the image above.

Principles of Design- How the designer arranges the elements of their work.

Working in Illustrator: Icon Tutorial

Learn more about Illustrator through trying out this tutorial on how to create an RSS feed icon. The tutorial features both text with images, and a step-by-step video. If you get stuck, check out the video for help.


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