Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pen tool assignments

                  Exercise: Pen Tool Shapes


Use the pen tool Pen tool (and convert tool Convert tool) to recreate the shapes found on the provided templates. Note that there are two sets of shapes ("Sea Shapes" and "Animal Shapes").

                                                                                                                                                  Pen tool with shapes video



  1. Download and expand this zipped file; it contains two Illustrator files called "Sea Shapes" and "Animal Shapes."
  2. Open Sea Shapes first. You should see seven simple line objects. The gray lines are the lines you want to reproduce. The purple boxes are where your anchor points should go, and the magenta and yellow lines are where the "handles" should be positioned to get the proper curves.
  3. Set your fill color to none, and your stroke to black, 1pt.
  4. Trace over the objects with the pen tool Pen tool by drawing right on top of the template. Place anchor points on the purple rectangles and drag “handles” out along the guides. The magenta handles are guides that you click and drag along. The yellow handles are trickier—you drag away from them; as you do, a handle will grow out of the anchor point and move in the opposite direction of your drag. Align these "backside" handles with the yellow guides.
  5. Do not add any anchor points or reposition handles—follow the template exactly.
  6. Almost all of these shapes should be drawn as closed paths (end where you begin; no gaps). There are only two open paths/line: the cat's mouth and the contour of one of the cat's legs.
  7. Things to remember:
    • To make a corner point, just click with the pen tool Pen tool without dragging (or click on a curve point with the convert tool Convert tool).
    • To draw a smooth-curve, click and drag to create direction lines (handles).
    • To create a corner-curve point, click and drag on a handle with the convert tool.
    • To create a "hybrid" point (with one handle), click and drag to create the curve. Next. position the pointer over the last point drawn, and simply click without dragging to start a straight line.
    • Use the Direct Selection tool Direct Selection tool to edit curves and points.
    • To convert a point from curved to corner (or vice versa), use the Convert Direction tool Convert tool.
    • To join path segments, select the endpoint of each path with the direct selection tool, then choose “Average” then “Join” from the “Object” menu.
    • When you are using the pen tool Pen tool, hold down the option key to get the convert tool Convert tool; hold down the command key to get the last selection tool Direct Selection tool you used.
    • The umbrella top and handle are two separate shapes that don’t connect.
    • The palm tree is also two separate shapes.
    • Hold down the shift key to draw perfectly horizontal and vertical lines in the truck.
    • The sailboat has 6 distinct parts: mast, boom, hull, pennant, and two sails.
    • Make sure the features of the cat and its inner leg are brought to the front. The inner leg is a separate (open path) stroke.
    • The dog’s nose is a separate shape.
    • The toucan’s beak should be in front.
    • Don’t add any anchor points to any of the animals.
  8. Paint your shapes. Add fills (flat colors, gradients, or patterns).
  9. When you have completed Sea Shapes, let me check them, then move on to Animal Shapes. Note that guides for the handles are not provided for Animal Shapes; you'll have to determine where to place them.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

PLHS Computerized Graphic Design: Using Brushes

PLHS Computerized Graphic Design: Using Brushes:   Assignment.   Using the tutorial below create some different brush strokes and post them to your blog.   Be creative.    Using Brush...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Finish up Friday and Extra Credit.

Finish up your projects and if you like... Start on this extra credit project.   Trace and color one of the cartoons below.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

PLHS Computerized Graphic Design: Where are my colors

A short video on finding your colors when the disappear.

PLHS Computerized Graphic Design: Where are my colors: Video.   Where are my colors?

No new assignments.  Continue on your projects.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Extra credit.

If you have finished all your assignments then grab another cartoon of your choice.   Trace it and color it.   Practice, practice, practice.    

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pencil Project.

When you are done you will export from illustrator and save as a PNG.  On your blog you will upload the PNG file.  

Friday, September 11, 2015

Finish up Friday

  1. Finish up your Prezi
  1. Send me the link to your blog
  1. We start in Illustrator on Monday

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Prezi and Blog

Find a seat for the semester.

1. Keep working on your prezi.   Click share at the bottom when you are done.  Copy the the link and mail it to me.

 2. If you didn't get your blog done, try it again.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Create and design your blog

Create and design your blog.  Here is the link to your tutorial.

Name your blog like this...  first name, last name, class name

Douglas Booth Computerized Graphic Design

After you create your blog, go to your home page and copy the url.  Paste it in an email and Send it to     Include your name in the email.  

Thursday, September 3, 2015



Introduction  /  About this class.  

  1. Me  
  2. The class
  3. Rules
  4. The Computers.   
  5. You make a prezi similar to this one.   It must include 30 things about you.  You will present this to the class.  Due date is This Friday.  Link
  6. Contact...Go to... Info...


Today's Assignment