Here students share their techniques with each other.  If you have a technique you want to share, leave it in the comment area below and I will add it to the main page.

Scroll down to see how students share the following techniques with each other.

  1. Creating evenly spaced multiple lines
  2. Using the perspective tool in Illustrator
  3. Experimenting with flower shapes
  4. Making snowflakes shapes in Illustrator.
  5. Using clipping masks
  6. Swirl tutorial for Adobe Illustrator

Creating evenly spaced multiple lines

“I was so blown away at how easy it was to create the wave of multiple lines. Basically you draw  two separate wavy lines with the pencil or paint brush tool. Then you use the blending options just as you would to make the color palette. Blend, blend options (you can choose however many lines you want in between) I think I used 10, then blend, make. That’s what made the wavy image. Then you can use the white arrow ( I always forget what that one is called) and move the points around.”

Thanks Heidi!

Using the perspective tool in Illustrator

“I first started by mapping out what I wanted on a piece of paper. I then set up 3 layers in Illustrator, and labeled them “background”, “objects right” and “objects left”. I put my ground on the background layer, and then created a grayscale grid of squares for the right side objects. Once the grid was made, I selected all and went to Objects>Group. Using the color palette window, I set it to a split-complementary palette picked a random pattern for the colors on the squares. I then used the perspective grid tool and arranged the grids by sliding the circles attached to the bottom corners of each perspective grid into a perspective I wanted. I then switched to the perspective placement tool (press and hold on the perspective grid icon) and alt-clicked the grid of squares, and dragged it out to a position on the grid that I liked – and repeated the process until I had as many as I required. I repeated the process for the left side objects, with the only difference being that I changed my view plane by using the perspective grid window in the upper left, or by hitting the 1, 2, or 3 keys while clicking and holding an object. The objects themselves were created by making two squares, one larger than the other, and overlapping them. I then highlighted both, and went to Objects>Create Compound Path>Make.”

Thanks Brian!

Experimenting with flower shapes

You can download an instructional pdf:
Experimenting with Flower Shapes

Thanks Lynn!

Making snowflakes shapes in Illustrator.

You can download an instructional pdf:
Making Snowflake shapes in Illustrator

Thanks again, Lynn!

Using clipping masks

“First,  either you want to open a pre-existing file or create a ground. Once this is done, create a shape with no color but a black stroke value (This can be removed later, but it helps you see where your chosen shape is through the steps) NOTE: You can only create one shape at a time per mask, if you try to create more only the last oen you created will clip.

Step 1: Arrange the chosen shape anywhere on the chosen ground. Select all images, go up to ‘Object’  then down to the ‘Clipping Mask’ option. select ‘Make’ or press ‘Ctrl + 7′

Step 2: Once the mask is made, you will see the only place on the art board that remains from the original background is in the shape that you made.  You can now move this off of the art board to create a new background and make sure that your clipping mask is brought to front so it will be visible. (Or you can open a different file and ‘Copy/Paste’ the clipping mask to the new background).

Step 3: From here you can use this clipping mask in a number of ways, by making a background of these clipping masks, or even inducting them onto a new file. You can also re-make the background you originally used, in a different way, to create an abstract feel through out the design. NOTE: Remember to remove the stroke value as you normally would.”

Thanks Cassie!

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