Adobe Illustrator One-on-One Advanced


My assignments will be posted below.

Today I started the LYNDA.COM Illustrator CC 1025: Advanced Corse.

For this section of the lesson I worked on learning how to trace a skated image.

I used the trace

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Traced image at high resolution (300 PPI Pixels Per Inch)

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For this traced image it looks very clean and sharp, and retains many qualities of the original 1986 news paper illustration by Deke McClelland.

Traced image set at low resolution (72 PPI) before tracing…

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After Tracing…

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Now this image or should I rather say, trace of the image is vary poorly traced with little to no major details to speak of, but what little detail is there from the original image, the face still seams to sketched rather nicely, yet gives off a whited out or washed out feel to the image. Though the image seems to lost the definition when it comes to the pencil witch now closer resembles a cigarette more than the former.

Today I finished up Chapter 17 of the Adobe Illustrator CC 2015: Advanced corse…

Just Another Pretty Face (1986).


By. Deke McClelland.

Wall finishing up the work on this image I eventually ended up upscaling the resolution (or PPI) of the image from 300 PPI to 600 PPI…

Set at 600 PPI:

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Set at 300 PPI:

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Set at 72 PPI:

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Once I upscaled the image I changed the trace options, and the advanced print options so as to add back in lost detail, and fine tune the images look to make it look sharper.


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At this stage I copied the image, it expanded, and changed the line weight value.

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For these images the Idea was to be able to recreate the same steps that I did in the final section of the last image, with the added difference of adding a medium blue color to the rhino image.

Octopi-Tree Person Thing.


By. Deke McClelland & Son.

Scanned sketch

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I really don’t know that to call this thing it look like a tree with tentacles wearing a simple tunic or robes with a large fountain pen in its pocket…

Traced image:

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This is the result of tracking the image and then changing the part of the image that is being traced from the Fill to the stroke, than I set the line weight to 20.

Duers Rhino.


By. Albrecht Duer.

For this beautifully drawn image I traced it.

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Changed the tracing mode from Black and White to Grayscale.

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And changed the fill color to a Medium Blue color.

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Today I Took the Brainbench Adobe Illustrator CS Test and scored a 3.02 on said test, after that I added a certifications page to the menu that is located under the ME option along with the about me page.

Next I updated the “My Project” page.

Next at the beginning i=of the chapter 17 lesson is just kind of a refresher of the Illustrator path finder tools.

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Today I went from lesson #2 to lesson #5 in the Illustrator CC 2015: Advanced…

For most this lesson I reviewed the Pathfinder operations and learned about some tricks to be able to better make use of the tool and get the moat out of it…

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For this section I took this jumble of paths and made the word Colleen witch is the Irish term for a Girl or Young Woman.

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Used the black arrow tool to select the [Coll] then I used the ALT/OPTION + EXCLUDE

Next I changed the stroke to “Deep Green” and the Fill to “Light Green.”

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Then I selected the [een] portion of the word, then I pressed COMMAND + C; Double clicked the [Coll] portion of the word to enter Isolation mode then clicked COMMAND + F; then I clicked ALT/OPTION + Minos Front in order to get the shape seen below…

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Next I worked on the [N] by first clicking on the small rectangle and circle…

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Then I clicked ALT/COMMAND + Minos Front fix the shape of the [N]

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then I moved the N to the front, cut the two rectangles, and selected both the ellipsis that make up the two [ee] and press ALT/OPTION + UNITE switch created the finished image below…

Finished Image:

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Today I finished Ch. 17 got to Lesson 8 In chapter 18, then went to career Center…

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For this lesson I worked on the first, third, and fourth images/outlines in the bottom row.

I Used Unite on the first and last; outline on the third and last, and intersect on the first.

For this next section on the lesson I turned the image below into a compound path.

then used Unite on the same image after moving the ring around.

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For this section I used the Intersect pathfinder tool.

Without ALT/OPTION                                           With ALT/OPTION

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Chapter 18

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Chapter 19

For this lesson I created this odd looking effect with one simple shape…

1.Start: This Is one shape using many different effects to simulate many different effects.

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3.reorganizeing the layers.

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5.reducing appearance

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Here the image of the project that I worked on during filming…


Today I Completed chapter 20…


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For this I added a drop shadow to the letters, then I added the Coronation patterns over the Fill and stroke vie copies of said fill and stroke to achieve this elegant look…

My Honeycomb creation…


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the start of this lesson (creating the honeycomb) started with just one, and technically there is only one polygon. all of the others are clones/copies of the original.

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Here I added the base gradient to the polygons.

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here I changed the color of the left most color stop…

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then the color of the right most color stop (To the same colorant the left most)…

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new I upped the K value of the left most color stop Up to 95% copied said color stop, placed the copy at a Location of 50% and moved its K Value down to 75%.

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Next I changed the Gradient Type to “Radial”

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Added another stroke with a lighter yellow color…

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Repeated the same step 7 times creating the image seen below…

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Then I added a Gaussian Blur and a Drop Shadow in that order to Add the Final tone of depth to the image… Illustrator CC 2015 One-on-One: Advanced|Chapter 20|Lessons 1-6 out of 16.

Today I started on Ch. 20 of the Illustrator CC 1 on 1 Advanced Corse…

(I also figured out that if you press COMAND>SHIFT>3 then is takes A whole screen shot of the whole screen in seed of a selected area. which is extremely useful information to me.)

Start: Benefits of Static Transformations…

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For the 2nd & 3rd lesson Videos (Chapter Into video [the first video of every chapter] is considered the 1st lesson.) I was told to use the Transform affect on the left square and the scale tool on the Right square.

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Here I used the Transform effect on the right square.

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This was to show that the Right square was staticky transformed…

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Here I used the scale tool to create a box with…arms? Whiskers? I don’t really know were I was going with this, I was practicing using the scale tool wail holding alt to copy, and it turned into this…

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The end result…a crest…flower…emblem…thing…

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It only took me a few seconds to make…and yet it looks really good.

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The next lesson showed how to create guides for the electrons of this project form the last chapter.

Ch. 20|Lesson 8

Today I learned how to use the Shear tool in Illustrator…

Starting Image

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The Axis movement it a little hard to see here…

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Finished Image:

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For this I copied the shadows in the petals a few times to finish out the effect…


Today I got to Chapter: 22|Lesson: 11 out or 14…

For this lesson I was tasked with creating an Emoji using different gradients and dynamic effects in Illustrator…

Starting off…

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I  chose différent colors for the gradent that was added to this base ellipse..

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I eventually go to this sun looking thing…

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This is the trace image used for comparison.

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After I adjusted the colors a bit…

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I added an eye with a gradient stroke, and a radial type…

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I then copied the eye and added a glossy white gradient to the emoji…

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Next I added back in the guides for the mouth & teeth…

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Then I added the same gradient from the eye to the mouth, and colored the teeth with a [Gray>White>Gray] gradient…

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And finally I added a dark inner glow to the mouth & a light drop shadow behind the teeth to finish the emoji…


Today I finished the 22 Chapter of the Illustrator CC  1=on-1 Advanced course…

For this section of the corse, I created a Very Angry Emoji…Witch does indeed look rather irritated. The Emoji can be used on any Mobile device, and is vary easy to create using Illustrator & Photoshop…I could even make one of my Avatar! (Though I don’t use Emojis much.)

All I did was add a gradient to the eyebrows that came with the document, and lift the gradient from the mouth and teeth with the Eyedropper tool. Then copy it onto the selected angry mouth, then color the teeth with the TEETH gradient that was created earlier on in the chapter.

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Next I colored the eyes red (RED1|RED2|RED3) using different global watches that were a variation of the “RGB RED” color swatch that usually comes with all illustrator documents.

The I added A White-to-Tranparent gradient FILL oner the red eyes, And move it into place in the eyes using the transform effect…

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Then Finally I created this stunningly visually peeved Emoji, that look 100x angrier than the basic  PRELOADED SMARTPHONE EMOJI ant almost every smartphone(Android Phone) has…

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My Emoji. /\ |Compared to| \/ Basic “Angry” Emoji.

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Today I worked on illustrator CC Advanced: Chapter 26…

This lesson was was, for the most part, an explanation…


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The original image…


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The image after the RIGHT background was changed…


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The image after the LEFT background color was changed.


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The image after I realized I messed up and switched the background colors around…


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The image after the white was changed to the lightest brown in the color guides panel, and the grey was charged to a shade of light blue…

Most of this chapter is just an explanation on color harmony.

The color harmony is basically fallowing the same three color weals as every thing else:


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RGB with greyness:

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CMYK with grayness:

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I ended up getting to lesson 5(video 5)…for some reason the intro to the lesson was on the 2nd lesson (2nd video) instead of the 1st.


Today I worked on Ch. 26 video 6-10.

Starting Image:

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This is what the image looked like after the video yesterday…

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After the light sections to color.

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This is the “Color Guide” for the image below.

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After I created the custom color guide, Vintage Colors, I selected a different lead color that caused this effect to occur…

The next video…

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For this section I used the Baroque 6 color group out of the ART HISTORY group.

Here Is where I messed with the LAB color wheel a bit to change the entire look of the Baroque 6 color group.

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Independent Practice:

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For this I used different colors

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National Park Feel…

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For this practice I even created my own Color Group using the Lab color wheel…

-Bubblegum Lollipop Chainsaw-

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I named it after the 2012,  Extremely Cheesy, cheerleader/Zombi Hinter game LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW…


Its a really difficult game to play…for most people, the controls are overly clunky for a 2012 (7th generation video game) but it somehow fits the overall feel of the game…its not vary bloody for a Hack & Slash zombi game…it plays a very wonderful vibe of whimsical nostalgia, for any PS1/PS2 Hake & Slash loving gamers its a must.


Today I got to lesson 27 in the Illustrator CC 2015 Advanced course…

For this, I was shown how to save custom color group to the color group library.

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At This point I had to go back and fix the brightness of the set.

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Here I started working on another color set with a more restricted range of color.

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Chapter 27: Recoloring Artwork.

For this chapter I learned to how to recolor artwork…


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Here I learned how to use the Recolor tool.


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For this first video I learned doe to use the Recolor Artwork Tool.The tool does as its name suggests and recolors the artwork that is being worked on. For the example of that I recolored the eyes of the Top Middle Emoji from RED to BLUE.


Today I Completed Ch.26 and I am now on Chapter 27: Dynamic Effects.

Chapter 26:

For this section I learned the rest of recoloring…

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For this emoji I revved up the orange to a red and the eyes to a purple/pink color.

The next Emoji: (Green Eyed)

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For this Emoji all I did was click on the color folder for it and Illustrator’s Recolor tool did the work…

Illustrators Color mishap:

At this point Illustrator turned the dark yellow in to a bright green when Hue Shift was applied.

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Here Is the final image for this emoji…I got rid of the bright green color.

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Befor Color Fix:

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For this all i did was click the recolor panel button and Illustrator did the rest…then I want in and fixed the image’s color problem, where a set of types of the downward collem was lighter then the other tiles.

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Today I finished up Chapter 30 of the Illustrator One-on-One: Advanced corse, witch means I’m now finished with the Illustrator corse, and I am now ready to start Adobe InDesign.

Chapter 30: Printing Your Document.

This chapter when over the same basics of printing, color Overlay, Printers Marks, Image Bleed, and color fixing.

Bleed & Color Overlay:

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The barely visible red square outline is called a image bleed, and is used mostly for printing and printed image size fixes. It called be added through the vast print dialog box at the end of the File tab. [File>Print>Marks and Bleed]

For the portion of the section concerning  “Color Overlay” that is mainly used by the “Separation Preview Panel” found in the Window tab.

The panel in question works with CMYK and dose not show anything if the images color mode is set to RGB.

Full CMYK   Cyan|Magenta|Yellow|Black

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C_YK   Cyan|Yellow|Black

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C_Y_   Cyan|Yellow

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C_ _ _   Cyan

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CM_ _   Cyan|Magenta

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CMY_   Cyan|Magenta|Yellow 

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_ _ _K    Black

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The “Origami Flower” seems to appear silvery then its other counterparts. 

Text color pre-Print fix:

No black:

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The Black in the text is made up of different colors witch in most cases if fine, but for this image and the commercial printing process used that effect in not wanted.

No black-with 100% Black (No other colors added to black):

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100% Full Black:

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The image seen above (100% Full Black) is the desired result for this image.

The rest of the lesson was mainly talking about the different kinds of printers marks, and the different localized sets-Roman & Japanese, witch changes where the marks appear depending of witch region is chosen.