Unit 8



  1. Submit a folder titled “Lastname Portrait Research” to faculty Inbox containing image files and source information at the beginning of class.”You will bring in at least three photo options for discussion with the instructor. Make note of the image source so that can cite your source later. Three strong options earns a ‘C’. (4 points week 8, at least 3 strong options due, failing grade after week 8).
    Submit folder containing possible images to Faculty Boxes/smansfield/Inbox
  2. P4 Croquii/Vector Character project. Submit Package folder to Faculty Boxes/smansfield/Inbox titled “LastnameP4”.
    Submit your finished tutorial file as  “Lastname Tutorial10” to Faculty Boxes/smansfield/Inbox

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

Take the Library Survey


8A P6 Vector Portrait File Setup

Project 6 Vector Portrait specifications:

This image will feature prominently in one page of a two page spread. The portrait will be combined with a compelling title using display typeface(s) which complement the subject. Display type and columnated body copy are a requirement for this project.”

Vector Portrait Illustration submission.

“Project will be submitted both as an Adobe Illustrator package folder and as a pdf case study.

  1. Cover page. Project title, your logo. 8.5 x 11″, portrait format.
  2. A creative brief/project statement: client, problem, solution. 8.5 x 11″, portrait format
  3. Illustration Inspiration. At least one page of placed images of inspiring illustration- vector and otherwise.
  4. Spread Inspiration. At least one page of placed images of inspiring magazine spreads. Place text object next to each which contains the URL to the original image. Where possible, cite the designer.
  5. The photo you are reproducing alone on its own artboard. Make sure that it is embedded. 8.5 x 11″, portrait format. Include at text object with source URL
  6. The final magazine 2 page spread including the illustration, headline and body copy on 11” h x 17” w artboard.
  7. The illustration in Outline View as a screen grab on its own artboard. Placed and embedded. 8.5 x 11″, portrait format (or 11 x 17″ landscape if appropriate).

Because your project now includes the use of  type, and therefore font files, you are directed to package your file. Submit a Packaged folder containing your native file exhibiting progress according to specifications. As you develop this project, work with this Package. If you place more items or use additional fonts, Package again. If you do not use additional images or fonts, work with the existing package. In any case, maintain an awareness of this aspect of your project to ensure file safety.(Ignore it at your own peril, right?).

8A P6 Vector Portrait File Setup

Submit Package folder to Faculty Boxes/smansfield

Student Progress Report

Week 9: 5:00 pm Friday of Week 9 is the deadline to withdraw from a class without

Week 10: End of class Week 10 is the deadline to submit late work or resubmit work for assessment


Lab time for P5-P6

Review of student images for P6 with instructor. After having made a decision, place your raster image into your 8A project and begin making the translation to vector illustration in lab time today. P6 progress check at the end of class today.

P6 strategies.

Work Large to small.

 Biggest areas first. Divide and conquer. Don’t ‘paint the room’. Don’t leap to the details first: that is being premature.

Blur Your Eyes

In a your life drawing classes (Rapid Visualization, Analysis of Form) you are trained to simplify form and shape. The same techniques are applied here: Blur eyes to see shapes, not names of objects.

Get visual, not verbal. This is a drawing exercise and will open up your ability to visualize in other tasks and contexts.

Work with shape

Close your paths. Make shapes. Don’t make a bunch of strings, unless a texture is necessary. But that is down the road. Texture is a final concern, not something that needs to be worked out now.

You are not creating a jigsaw puzzle.

Shapes needn’t fit together in that way. Instead, overlap elements, cover up edges. Work smart, not hard

Speaking of which: Organize Layers

from the start: title and group as you go. Things get confusing very quickly if you don’t. If it’s out of control, stop and organize. Select object(s) to be moved in Layers. Cut them to the clipboard. Create a Layer as a destination. Edit>Paste in Place.

Back to front.

Set the background color/mesh object as a big rectangle. Choose the dominant color with the eyedropper from your photo.

Eyedropper and Swatches. 

Take color samples from your raster image and add them to Swatches using the swatches panel menu>create new.

You don’t have to use the Mesh tool

You don’t have to use the Mesh tool for everything. You don’t have to use the Mesh tool/mesh objects at all. Using Blurs, transparency and graphic styles can create the needed effects with greater ease of use.

Graphic Styles

The Graphic Styles panel stores fill, stroke, opacity, effects. If you need shadows or highlights. Create a graphic style containing the dark fill, low opacity, blur. All of  that can then be applied with a click to selected paths.


Blend options, Blend Spine editing. Closed paths as blend members versus open paths as blend members. Transitioning between blurred members to non blurred members, Opaque to transparent members.

Mesh Review.

Control click eyeball in Layers Panel.

Eyedropper tool (i).

Mesh tool (u).
In extremely oddly shaped areas:  Mesh is rectangular in nature, does not perform well in irregular shapes, large appendages. Instead, apply the gradient mesh to a rectangular object, use irregular shape as a clipping mask. This ensures fine control over both.

Vector Tuts gradient mesh tutorial

VTC Tutorial, if you need review. Requires login. Gradient Mesh 123

Visibility functions.

Option click on Layers eyeball icon hides all but that layer or sublayer, isolates visually.

Command Y toggles Illustrator into (and out of) Outline View. Equivalent to View<Outline View

Command click on Layers eyeball puts only that layer (does not function with sublayers) into Outline view.

Eyedropper tool to sample from raster image.



  1. Work on P5 Patterns Suite Project. Finished .pdf case study and native file Package due at the beginning of class week 10
  2. Textbook: Complete the tutorial “11 USING BRUSHES TO CREATE A POSTER”
    Submit your finished tutorial tutorial .ai file as “Lastname Tutorial11.ai”.
  3. P6 Portrait Project: Feed your baby. Spend time developing this outside of class time. 
  4. Looking ahead: Week 10 is the deadline for resubmission or late submission of projects.