Illustrator Design Skills Workshop

Adobe Illustrator Workshop by Brandon Ly 2/16

This week, Brandon Kit Ly (2014) gave an awesome workshop on Adobe Illustrator. He started off with a typography lesson which included how to format the text, use custom fonts, and wrap paragraphs of text. He pulled up the branding 10000 lakes project as an example of what illustrator can accomplish. We dove in further by creating circular and square shapes which we colored with fills and gradients. Brandon then taught us compound path effects which allowed us to combine and punch out new shapes. To introduce the pen tool, he pulled up a picture of a shark from Google and then showed how with anchor points and curves you can outline the shark and turn it into a vector. We then spent some time playing around with the pen tool and making our own shark themed creations. Next he showed us how to make really awesome 3D perspective effects using theperspective grid. He finished up the talk by showing how to do calligraphic effects using the width tool.