Unit 4


A multiple choice and fill in the blank quiz will be administered at the beginning of class. Quizzes are administered at the first 15 minutes of class and may not be made up. Arrive on time in order to take the quiz and earn the 1 point. Quizzes are open book, screen, computer. They are not open discussion.


  • “4 Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths”.
    Submit a folder titled “Lastname Lesson_4” containing your finished tutorial tutorial .ai files to Instructor/smansfield/Inbox.
  • If you did not finish 3A in class last week, be sure to turn it in by the end of class today. Review the Unit 3 page for submission specifications.

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

4A Place/Clip Mask exercise (2 pts):

1. Adjusting an image in Photoshop for clarity and contrast 

It is often necessary to bring raster images into Illustrator as references to trace from. This can be drawn process/sketching for a project, or a reference photo. Today we will place learn how to place a drawing into an illustrator file in order to trace from it.

But first we must adjust your raster based image. Often images have low contrast and clarity. We will open up a scanned/photographed process drawing image in Photoshop to adjust it for clarity and contrast.


Download and find in Downloads Folder. In the Finder right-click or control-click on file and choose Open With to open with Photoshop. (If you do not designate Photoshop as the program to open this file, it may default open in Preview instead).

The image has a blue color cast to it- an artifact of scanned graphite. Let’s change the mode from color to greyscale. Image menu/Mode/Greyscale.

Image menu/Levels Adjustment. Histogram. White point, Grey Point, Black Point.

Save the jpg file to a location you can return to such as your keychain drive, or the Storage drive of the computer you are at. Do not save to the desktop of the computer you are at, unless it is your own laptop.

2. File<Place.

Links panel (Window/Links).
Linking versus embedding
VTC Tutorial, if you need review: Requires login. Search this page for “Embedding vs. Linking” and “Managing Links”

Place six images from the internet into your Illustrator file. Manage their links.

3. Save the Illustrator File.

Save the file locally as “Your first name.ai”

4. Clipping Masks

clipping mask demo file.     VTC Tutorial

Review from last week. This time, clip a placed raster file. Make all of your placed images appear inside clipping masks. Create off of the artboard, arrange them on the artboard.

5. Your Grade

What is your current Grade? Create an Area Type object in the lower right corner of your artboard. Paste or type your current grade average in this course from the Brightspace Gradebook.

6. Packaging

File menu/Package. This saves out a folder. In that package folder will be copies of the fonts used and the images that have been placed.

Submit your 4A Package folder titled “Lastname4A” to Instructor Server (icon on desktop)/smansfield/Dropbox as directed in class for credit.


4B Handtrace: Advanced Pen Tool exercise

Pen tool.zip


Efficiently use points and their Bezier Handles/ Direction Lines to draw the contours of a shape with a fixed number of points. Recognize and efficiently use Direction Lines/Bezier interface elements in future functions and applications designers encounter.

Key commands with the pen tool:

space bar: move point while holding down mouse button.
Option/Alt key: “break” the point to create a corner point. Break all of the points as you draw them on the handtrace exercise.
Adding/extending to an existing path with pen tool by hovering over path. Notice the “/” symbol. If you click when that symbol is present, the path will be extended.

A key– Direct Selection Tool
P key– Pen tool

  1. Trace the hand.tiff with a 1 pt stroke with the pen tool using only 27 points. Use corner points.
  2. No slop (stay within the black line.) Visible white canvas between the vector path and the raster line=slop.

Pen Tool Resource: Vector Tuts: The Comprehensive Guide to Illustrator’s pen tool

Submit the file, “last name 4B.ai “, containing this file with both the finished Pear and the finished hand tracing.

(may be submitted next week if you need time outside of class). This exercise is key to your success in the remainder of the quarter:

It must be submitted to spec (no slop!) by the end of class next week in order to earn a passing grade at midterm.

You can do it!

Peer Critique of Self Portrait Project (in progress)

This is an opportunity to get feedback on your project thus far. It is also a chance to get influence from your fellow students. How are others dealing with this set of challenges? This is a learning opportunity- even if it is learning what to avoid, by reviewing the work of other students.

Meet with 5 classmates you don’t sit next to who are not in your program and have them review their Self Portrait project. Take notes. Name these people in your word doc. You’ll be trading feed back with them. 

Provide intelligent, useful feedback and suggestions for your partners. As you enter into this process, realize that you are making your reputation right now. Foster among your peers the impression that you are thoughtful and can offer insight and you will be remembered for good reasons.

Listen carefully to the feedback you receive and take notes. This is not a deposition or a trial.
Greet commentary as another perspective, not a condemnation.

You will submit a word document explaining the feedback you received titled:

“Last Name Self Portrait Peer Critique.doc

This document should contain complete thoughts, correct grammar, correct spelling and the full name of the people with whom you met.

Submit this to Instructor/smansfield/Dropbox by the beginning of next week for credit. (1 pt).

Lab Time for Self Portrait Project


  1. Finish writing up your Peer Critique.doc.
  2. Finish the 4A hand trace assignment to specifications.
  3. The Self Portrait Project is due next week.
  4. Textbook Lesson 6. “Creating an Illustration with the Drawing Tools”
    Submit a folder titled “Lastname Lesson_6” containing your finished tutorial tutorial .ai files to Instructor/smansfield/Dropbox.