Week #5 – Fall 2018

Week #5 – File Formats, screen resolution VS print resolution, Color, Vectors, Rasters and PDFs!

*Do you need to review Week #4’s info and assignment criteria? Go here.

Did you print your Post Card Project yet? What did you notice about the printed version in comparison to the on-screen version? Revisions to your projects are always welcome and I highly encourage it. (Did you submit both the printed and digital version of the project yet?) If you don’t see your digital image in the class gallery, I have not received it yet. Review week #2 & #3 for submission instructions.

Part 1 of Class on 10/10 ::

Complete both of the Elements & Principles of Design Exercises.

(These exercises must be completed and sent to me via e-mail before moving on to project #3. )

Part 2 of Class on 10/10 – Assignment #3  – Class exercise :: Illustrator. Creating shapes with the shape builder tool. Working with layers, simplifying and reducing images. Working with color, locating color books and pantone colors.

Video Tutorial – This week we will take a tour of Adobe Illustrator and practiced creating new documents and setting up our art boards for print production – Let’s take an additional tour with Adobe Wizard – Terry White

10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do (subscribe to Terry’s Channel!)


Click on the image to view a print ready pdf file

Illustrator Tutorials – Composition, shape building, alignment, form & color. What role does color play applied to shapes and forms?

(See Example Above)

1. Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document sized at 11″ X 17″ in CMYK color mode. We will be both printing and displaying the final work on screen.

Consider, how will you set your guides to equally balance and format the graphics evenly? Will you use a grid? Do you have a preferred method for layout? Lets explore.

2. Create a new series of subjective graphic Icons following the layout and arrangement above. (Don’t re-create my example) make your own, but follow the composition.

3. Limit yourself to 6 or 7 values of 1 complimentary color scheme. Consider referring to the color wheel for reference!

4. Limit yourself to creating and composing your graphics with no more than 6 shapes created with the pathfinder or the shape builder tool. Begin without using a stroke around your shapes and then apply a stroke for contrast.

5. Save your work as an Ai. file (adobe illustrator) as well as a .pdf – Print your work in .pdf format.

6. E-mail your final PDF. to me – rseslow@bmcc.cuny.edu  ****If your .pdf file is too large to send via e-mail (and it may – you can easily use a free service like – wetransfer.com to send the large document)

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An Introduction to Typography & Its History – Letterforms / Designing with Type

Examples of Typography in Poster Design 

*** Must See – 1970NYC Subway – MTA – Graphics Standards Manual 

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