CCG Unit 4



Change screen resolution

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

4A Type Tools and Logo Design:
Create a 2″ x 2″ artboard. File>Document Setup>Edit Artboards to edit existing file/artboard.
Type basics in Illustrator. Point Type versus Area Type
Placeholder text: hipster ipsum Lorem Ipsum generators.

Previewing fonts in Illustrator.

Key commands for controlling font selection. Select the text of the font title in the Character panel, use up and down arrows.

Leading, kerning, pt size, . Kerning game

Google Fonts

Using Fontbook to install fonts. Managing font file location.

Fontsquirrel free typefaces

Type<Create Outlines
Edit Type as shape using pen tool, direction lines/bezier handles, pathfinder etc.

Design a logotype in Illustrator for yourself using the type tool, editing type as shape. Logo type:use your initials and illustrator’s shape, fill, stroke functions. Create a logo. Your initials above, large. Your full name below in smaller, sans serif type.

designing logos of letters.pdf

Nick Erickson Sophia Kwon
20 Logos with Clever Negative Space
Papyrus Watch

snl Papyrus

4A logo file specs: 2″ x 2″ artboard. Submit Illustrator Package folder to Instructor/smansfield/dropbox called your “last name4A”. We will use what you create today after break.


4B Introduction to InDesign

Review specifications for midterm project due next week.

InDesign intro:

Document setup

Place/links panel/embed review

Place thumbnail jpgs into indesign.

Place logo .ai file into InDesign file. Place process drawing jpgs.

Frames- fitting.

Master Pages.

Make colophon/footer. put logo in footer

Numbering pages.

Packaging. Export to pdf. Set page transitions to fade. proof in Acrobat.

Controlling resolution, file management (“Where does my file go?”)
Placing/Linking/Embedding Review

Using the card outline already created as a clipping mask in file.
Gradient Mesh Tool

Submit 4B Folder: An InDesign Package.


1. Complete your logo. Finished logo due at the beginning of class next week. 2 pts

2. Develop your card design in Illustrator.

3. Write up a paragraph project statement for your card. Explain it. Run spellcheck. Proof read it.

We’ll layout your project in class next week. Bring all the necessary assets: sketch files, final illustration, logo design and final vector card illustration.