Unit 9


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


Submit your finished tutorial tutorial .ai file as
“Lastname Tutorial11.ai”.

Pattern Suite Project

Peer Critique. Is there clearly stated theme? Are there typos? Are there sources for the resource images? Are the patterns interlocking and have visual complexity or are they merely dang grids?

Project 6


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.

If there is time: The Symbol Sprayer, other Symbol Tools.
Symbols VTC: video
Requires login 

Lab Time for Project 6.

Project 6 progress check. Package folder. titled “Lastname9A” 1 point.


  1. Continue work on Project 6. Feed your baby. Due by the end of class week 11.
  2. Finish P5 Patterns Suite Project. Finished pdf case study and native file Package due at the beginning of class week 10