CCG Unit 1



Syllabus and Classroom policies

This Baby has no concept of Object Permanence

Computer Basics. File Management. Mac basics. Finder/desktop.  Finder windows. Hard drives: local and remote. Servers: Networkshare and Faculty Boxes. Digital hygiene, digital etiquette.

Vector vs. Raster software.

Raster based file:
always rectangular grid of points/pixels
Information describing the color of each point
Bit= on/off switch, zero and one.
Byte= collection of eight bits
Bitmap raster file has one bit describing each point’s color
Greyscale raster file has one byte describing each point’s color. 0 black, 255 white and 254 levels of grey.
RGB color image has three bytes describing each point’s color. 8 bits for Red, 8 bits for Green, 8 bits for Blue
Good: software is intuitive
Generally larger file size/slower internet speed.
Not scalable- pixel edges show upon enlargement: Aliasing.
Graphing a function


Batman logo made by math


Change screen resolution

Shut down any Adobe Programs running. Open up system preferences. Open up Displays- second row. Choose “scaled” Change screen resolution to 1600 x 900.

The Interface of Illustrator

Creating and Selecting objects,

moving objects,







Swatches Library,

Gradients/gradient tools


saving and submitting class files.

Week 1 Project: 1A

Create a cityscape using Illustrator

Using rulers and guides, set up a one inch margin. Make your illustration it fill the page with this inch margin. Use the shape drawing tools shown in class to make the closed objects to construct the image of a cityscape. Use the layers panel to control overlap-location of objects in the stacking order. Use the fill and stroke panels to control fill and stroke of objects. Use the color panel and/or swatches panel to apply color to the fill and stroke of objects.

All elements of your illustration are to be created by you using vector tools and functions. No symbols, no placed raster images. I want to see YOUR work.

  1. Create a new file (File- New). Choose 8 1/2 x 11″ (letter), portrait format. In the dialog box choose Units: Inches
  2. Go to View< Show Rulers
  3. Drag guides from ruler to page, placing guides at one inch margins on all four sides of the artbourd.
  4. Make a rectangle closed path using the rectangle tool to fit the guides.
    Or, with the rectangle tool selected, double click on page.
  5. Specify 6.5” x 9”. Move rectangle to fit guides.
  6. Begin creating your cityscape using closed paths.

Your Cityscape/Mountainscape should include the use of:

Closed paths, with fills: basic and gradient

Closed paths with filles of different colors

Open paths of different stroke widths, different colors. Use of blurs, depth cues. Have a focal point, a figure.

Imagination and playing hard!

Project Examples can be found on campus via Faculty Boxes server: smansfield / Outbox / CCG

With the Type tool (click on the tool with the “T” on it on the toolbar), Click on your page and type your full name.


Complete your Cityscape or Mountainscape Illustration

Submit the native .ai file to at beginning of next class, as shown in class.