Adobe Illustrator: Advanced Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Non-Designers
Tuesday, February 25 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Stephanie Nguyen, Lead Designer and Co-Founder, Silica Labs
Learn the basics for designing custom iconography, logos or beautiful vector graphics using Adobe Illustrator. This class will give you the essential tools needed to create visually compelling designs for both print and web. For the first half of the session we will create an illustration together learning and using Illustrator tools below. For the last half of the class, you will be able to design and draw your own simple illustrations by choosing your favorite minimalist movie poster.
You will no longer be at the mercy of your Google search query for "free icon downloads" or the dreaded Microsoft clip art to make things beautiful. This is perfect for those who wear many hats in their career or those seeking to build their career in design.
This is a workshop style class. Be prepared to hear less lecture and dive right into exactly what you need to know to get started with vector images. You will learn the shortcuts and skills that will make you both comfortable and efficient in designing simple images with Illustrator
- Getting started: smart guides, artboards, layers, placing images, etc.
- Creating images: drawing and live tracing with the pen tool
- Altering images: color, scale, rotate, opacity, etc.
- Stylizing images: gradients, pathfinder, stroke, textures, patterns, effects, etc.
- Resources for future design: forums, tutorials, helpful downloads
No prior experience with Illustrator is required for this class. Students are encouraged to download Adobe Illustrator on their laptops before the class. For those who do not have the software, you can download a 30-day free trial of Illustrator CS6 from Adobe here: http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator
Stephanie Nguyen is Lead Designer and a Co-Founder of Silica Labs, a startup located in Washington DC. She is designing apps for wearable devices, including Google Glass, the Sony SmartWatch, the Pebble Watch, the Basis Watch, and more. Most recently, she worked on the design and distribution of Wearably, a platform that makes it easy for media companies such as National Geographic, the Atlantic and NPR to send their content to millions of tech-savvy device adopters across Glass and smartwatches. Stephanie co-organizes the Google Glass Meetup in DC and has a background in data visualization and design where her work has been shared to publications such as Forbes and Fortune 500 clients globally. Follow her on Twitter at @nguyenist.
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