Course Project Lab 3 - Creating a Logo (Illustrator

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In this lab you will learn to use Adobe Illustrator to create a vector-based design logo. 1. Start Illustrator. Open the lizard.ai file via the File>Open menu item. This file contains two lizard images:

The red image consists of grouped vector objects that will make up the final logo, once the missing object for the body has been created. The black image on the right is a bitmap that has been placed into this Illustrator file to serve as template and to help you create the body object. In this lab, you will complete the lizard logo and export it to use in your header.psd. If you wish, you can also create the complete lizard on your own, using the template to help you. 2. To be able to retrace the body object of the lizard exactly, it is necessary to move the template so that it is right beneath the red objects. To achieve this, you could click on the template and drag it manually. This process however can be a little inaccurate. Thus it is a good idea, to take advantage of the Align Palette that Illustrator offers. Open the Align Palette by clicking on Window > Show Align:

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3. Now you select the template and the red group by clicking on the template while holding down the SHIFT key and clicking on the red group. You should now have both objects selected like this:

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Inc.1 – Course Project 1-3 . Fundamentals of Web Design 1. Then click on the Vertical Align Center button: The result should look like this: Copyright  2001. Cisco Systems.4. Then you can align them with the help of the Align Palette by first clicking on the Horizontal Align Center button: 5.

you need to set the stroke and fill color to red.6. click on the fill color area to open up the color palette: The color palette will open up: Copyright  2001. so you can see what you are drawing against the black template. Save your file to your layout folder. On your toolbar. Fundamentals of Web Design 1. Inc. Cisco Systems.1 – Course Project 1-4 . Now deselect the objects by clicking on the surrounding whitespace: 7. 8. Before starting to draw the body.

by clicking on the black arrow in the top right corner of the Color Palette and selecting RGB: 10. Now click on the Stroke Color area to set the stroke color. In RGB mode. Cisco Systems. set the fill color to red (RGB: 255.9.0): 11.1 – Course Project 1-5 . Fundamentals of Web Design 1. Inc. Set the color mode to RGB color.0. either on your Tool or Color Palette: Copyright  2001.

Enter the same RGB value as for the fill color: 13.12. Inc. Now select the Zoom Tool ( ) and zoom in on the body area: 15. then let go. Fundamentals of Web Design 1. A new red body object appears: Copyright  2001. Save your file.1 – Course Project 1-6 . and trace the outline of the lizard‘s body in one stroke until you reach the starting point (to close the path). 14. Then select the Pencil Tool ( ). Cisco Systems.

After letting go. Inc. With the Pencil Tool. select it (so is shows the blue box around it). the area will have been added to your object (b): a) b) 17. Copyright  2001. Continue with adding areas to your object until it covers the complete template’s body. Cisco Systems. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.1 – Course Project 1-7 . draw the area you want to add starting and ending at the object’s border (a).16. To add to the object.

Cisco Systems. you can zoom out. Now that you have completed the lizard. Inc.1 – Course Project 1-8 . 19. After that. if necessary. keep in mind to use the Undo function (or keys): 21. Using the pull down menu in the lower left hand corner of the Illustrator window. 22. Now you can smooth out the edges with the Smooth Tool ( ): 20. Fundamentals of Web Design 1. In case you draw a line that does not work.18. Be careful not to destroy the object. Save your file. you can use the Erase Tool ( ) to erase over standing edges of your object. use the keys CTRL+Z to undo this step. select Fit on Screen: Copyright  2001.

1 – Course Project 1-9 . Cisco Systems. so that you can easily select the red objects and the lizard’s body object. click on the whitespace in the proximity of the lizard shapes until a blue selection box shows. you need to remove the template lizard. To do this. To prepare for exporting the vector lizard. If you selected the template. Select them together by holding down the SHIFT key: Copyright  2001.23. Inc. Then use the arrow keys to move the selected object to the left. it will look like this: 24. Move the template to the far right side of your page. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.

use the Zoom Tool: Copyright  2001. Inc. and change the fill and stroke color to black (RGB: 0.0) by using the Color Palette like you did before. Deselect the objects. If necessary. Select one object after the other.0. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.25. we made it red so it would stand out better against the template. Now ungroup these objects by selecting the Object>Ungroup menu item: 26. Cisco Systems.1 – Course Project 1-10 . The lizard logo in the header is actually black.

Save your file as lizard.1 – Course Project 1-11 . 29. Now export your file as lizard. Fundamentals of Web Design 1. First select all objects with the help of the SHIFT key (make sure to get them all). and then select the Object>Group menu item: 28. Cisco Systems.27. By doing this.psd to your layout folder via the File>Export menu item: Copyright  2001.ai. you can export them without loosing the arrangement. Now group the lizard objects together. Inc.

1 – Course Project 1-12 . Inc. Fundamentals of Web Design 1. Cisco Systems.Make sure these options are switched on when the Photoshop Options window appears: Copyright  2001.

Press the CTRL+C keys to copy the contents of the mask. Cisco Systems.psd.30. and open the lizard.1 – Course Project 1-13 . Now start Photoshop. 31. and then press the CTRL+V keys to paste the contents of the mask as a layer: Copyright  2001. select the image of the actual vector lizard on the left (not the template on the right) with the Rectangular Marquee Tool ( around the lizard: ) to create a mask 32. Once open. Inc. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.

33.1 – Course Project 1-14 . Now duplicate layer 2 by clicking on the black arrow on the top left corner of the layers window and selecting Duplicate Layer: You have now three layers in total in your layers window: Copyright  2001. Inc. Cisco Systems. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.

Inc. Cisco Systems.34. this will rotate this layer by 90 degrees counter-clockwise: Copyright  2001. hide the two bottom layers by clicking on the eye icons in the layers window: 35. Now rotate the visible top layer by selecting the Edit>Transform>90 CCW menu item. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.1 – Course Project 1-15 . To make image editing easier.

Cisco Systems.36. Inc. Fundamentals of Web Design 1. Then you will need to scale the layer by selecting the Edit>Transform>Scale menu item: Copyright  2001.1 – Course Project 1-16 .

Inc.You will notice that a scale options bar appears beneath the menu items on the top of the Photoshop window: 37. To change a layer size pixel wise.” and click the checkmark icon to commit the changes: Copyright  2001.1 – Course Project 1-17 . To keep the proportions of the layer when changing the size. Cisco Systems. Fundamentals of Web Design 1. you need to enter the pixel number in the width (W) or height (H) option boxes. click on the chain icon ( ) between W and H in the width text box (W). type in “130px.

39.1 – Course Project 1-18 . Fundamentals of Web Design 1.38. Cisco Systems. Hide the top layer and show the middle layer by clicking on the respective eye icon: Copyright  2001. Save your file. Inc.

Fundamentals of Web Design 1. Select the middle layer to be able to edit it by clicking on Layer 2 in the Layers Window: 41. Cisco Systems.1 – Course Project 1-19 .40. Inc. Rotate this layer also 90 degrees counter-clockwise like you did before. then scale this layer to 55% (remember to click on the chain icon). and commit the changes: Copyright  2001.

Fundamentals of Web Design 1.42. Inc.1 – Course Project 1-20 . Cisco Systems. Go to Edit>Transform>Rotate: Copyright  2001. This layer needs to be rotated by a manual amount.

Now open the header.43.psd option at the bottom: Copyright  2001.1 – Course Project 1-21 . Then in the Rotate Options Bar that appears beneath the menu. you will enter “6.psd that is already in your layout folder. Switch back to the lizard. commit the changes by clicking on the checkmark: 44. 45. After that. 46.psd now by selecting the Window menu item and choosing the lizard. Create new guides to be able to place the small lizard correctly in the header area: vertical guide at the 456 marker and the horizontal guide at the 97 marker. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.5” in the Set rotation options box. Inc. Cisco Systems.

psd (using the Window menu item like you did before). and press CTRL+C to copy all selected objects to the cache. activate the top layer by clicking on it in the Layers Window: 48. and press CTRL+V to paste the small lizard that you just copied from the lizard.psd. 49. Inc. In lizard.psd: Copyright  2001. Cisco Systems. Press the keys CTRL+A to select all objects on the active layer. Go back to the header.psd as a layer to the header. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.47.1 – Course Project 1-22 .

Cisco Systems.psd by pressing CTRL+S. Go back to lizard.psd. Create new guides to place the large lizard correctly in the header area: vertical guide at the 382 marker and the horizontal guide at the 87 marker. 54. hide the top layer (a) showing the small lizard and activate the middle layer showing the large lizard (b): a) b) Copyright  2001. Fundamentals of Web Design 1. Save the header. Now you can move this layer by choosing the Move Tool ( ) from the Tools Palette and then dragging the small lizard so that the left and bottom borders of the animal are aligned with the guides that you created before (pay attention not to confuse the guides): 51.50. Zoom in.psd. In lizard. if necessary. 53. 52.1 – Course Project 1-23 . Inc.

Fundamentals of Web Design 1.psd. drag the top layer (large lizard) down by one (a) so that it is in the background of the small lizard (b): Copyright  2001. 56. Inc. Use CTRL+A to select all objects on the active layer. In header. In your layers window. Go back to header.1 – Course Project 1-24 .psd. 57. Cisco Systems. change the opacity of the large lizard (the active layer) to 6%: 60.55. press CTRL+V to paste the large lizard as layer: 58. Now you can move the large lizard layer by choosing the Move Tool ( ) from the Tools Palette and then dragging it so that the left guide aligns with the lizard’s nose and the bottom guide aligns with its bottom eye (pay attention not to confuse the guides): 59. and use CTRL+C to copy all selected objects to the cache. In the Layers Window.

Inc.a) b) 61. Copyright  2001. Save your header. Fundamentals of Web Design 1.1 – Course Project 1-25 . Cisco Systems.psd and lizard. you have successfully positioned them so that your file looks like this: 62. In addition.psd files. You have now created the complete header consisting of the two text layers and the two lizard layers.

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