CCG Unit 3



Change screen resolution

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

3A Adjust/Place/Clip

In class exercise objectives:

  • Adjust a raster based image for contrast, clarity using Photoshop.
  • Place a raster-based file into an Illustrator document and manage both files effectively.
  • Successfully use Illustrator’s Place command and distinguish between linking and embedding.
  • Demonstrate ability to create clipping path function in Illustrator.

Photoshop: levels adjustment. Adjust.jpg. Download and find in downloads folder.

Illustrator: placing and embedding.

Illustrator: clipping path/mask  clipping path demo file


Adobe Kuler


Submit a folder according to specs. The folder contains examples of:

Clipping Mask, with a vector object fill, and with a placed raster file with all links embedded

Printed grade report for individual students.


Scanning demonstration

Using Epson Scanner and Image Capture application.  The final sketch you have chosen to translate into vector form using Illustrator will be placed into Illustrator.

  • Where does my file go? Find the right button/icon to designate a folder that is local, on your keychain drive, or on the Storage drive of that computer. If you are using Networkshare to transport your images, wait until you’re done scanning to a local folder. After you’re done scanning, drag that folder to a Networkshare location. Don’t try to scan directly to Networkshare. It will be slow, corrupted and a waste. Scan locally, transport the folder after.
  • What mode is this scan to be? RGB? Greyscale? Find that control/menu and set it accordingly.
  • What resolution is this scan to be? If it’s for a website, then screen resolution of 72 pixels per inch.  Print? 300 pixels per inch

Scan your 12 minimum sketches on a scanner in this lab or the scanners available in other open labs on campus.

In another room, you direct Image Capture to save your scans to your thumbdrive.

Or you can direct Image Capture to save your scans to the Storage drive, then transfer those files to Networkshare. You can then access those files from any student computer station on campus, including the one in this room.

Having scanned your sketches, you can then adjust those images for clarity and contrast in Photoshop with a Levels adjustment as you did earlier today with the “adjust.jpg”

Submit a folder called “Lastname 3B” containing your scanned, adjusted images. Do so by the end of class.

3C Card Base

Topics: Tools and Desktop Functions of Illustrator. Introduction to the Pen tool and Bezier handles/direction lines. Introduction to the Mesh tool.

Student Objectives: Students will establish preliminary page layout and related format parameters for their Midterm Card Project. Using drawing tools and align palettes, students will construct the base card shape. Students will place their sketch jpg into their illustrator file and begin tracing. Students will save and submit in class project according to specifications.

Card Specs: Illustrator document. 8.5” x 11” artboard size.

Units: inches

Card Shape Template: 3.5” x 2.25” with .2” radius corner curvature. Use the rounded rectangle tool. (This is for playing cards- Tarot card designers may want to use these dimension.)  Type in “70mm” into the same rounded rectangle tool dialog box and Illustrator will translate that into inches. Or you can change the unit of measurement used in Preferences/Units and Guides.

Use the align panel to center the card on the artboard.

Use lab time to place your chosen sketch jpg into your file, embed. Organize layers and begin creating your vector version. Folder due at end of class only. Use this time to make a strong start on your project.


Build Card base file. Midterm project progress check. Native file submitted according to specifications at designated time in class tonight only.


Arrive to class next week with progress on your card illustration. Play hard. Feed your baby now. We will work in class to create your logo and assemble the final case study. We will not have time in class to work on your card illustration, so work outside of class on your card illustration.

Next week: 

We will begin building the Midterm Project case study pdf in InDesign.
We will be placing your drawn process images into an InDesign file, setting up master page items and outputting to pdf. Bring all your files to class.