1.08-Illustrator Intro

Project Scenario:

Creating Vector graphics (images created by lines and curves based on math) is critical for every designer, but many of us never get experience using thes applications in the normal course of our computing experiences at home and school- these images will always look great when you increase the size… they never get jagged. Because of this, this is the preferred format for logos, graphical elements… Actually, now that I think about it, preferred format whenever possible. It’s just not the best way to develop certain types of graphics (like photographs&photorealistic images).

Project Objective:

Learn Illustrator basics and create an original image using the tools.


  • Learn the cool tools and experiment with each tool after each video. (save the experiments as 108practice-lastname for extra credit)
  • Create a new, original image using the tools you’ve learned. You can copy what I’ve done if you’d like… but the higest score for copying would be a “B” if it was done perfectly! For an “A” you should use these tools in a new, creative way!
  • The image can be whatever you want as long as it’s school appropriate.
  • Save the document as 108intro-username (ie””) in your folder
  • Save another copy for web with a maximum dimension of 1000 pixels for uploading to the lab. Use “108-username” as the file name so we can always know who’s work that is if it hits the wall or web! (replace username with your online lab login name).

Concepts Learned:

  • Illustrator Workspace
  • Text controls
  • Working with vectors
  • Shape Tools
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Arranging Objects in Illustrator
  • Pathfinder Tools


  • Adobe Illustrator



  • WATCH ALL OF THE VIDEOS AND FOLLOW ALONG!!! Don’t just watch the first 5 seconds. There’s lots of good mojo in there (if I do say so myself.)
  • Try to understand the tools- don’t just follow along. The goal here is to LEARN, not to copy me. You’re going to need to do something original, so think about it. Don’t fall into monkey-see, monkey-do mode. Problem Solving, remember?


Did you create an original image? Did you save it in the proper folder with the proper name? Did you use the rubric and do your documentation (or journaling?)


  • Create an extra┬áimage using the skills you learned in your tutorials

State Standards Met:

6.0,7.0, 8.0, 9.1,9.4, 9.5, 10.0, 12.1-4, 19.1, 19.9

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