Digital Media in Landscape Architecture LA440

Gould hall 6 pm – 9 pm.

Week 1:

Illustrator Basics.

Using artboard tool  to set up artboard 24 x 36

Placing Illustrator files into Illustrator files. INCEPTION!

The importance of Packaging.

Exporting a .pdf

Exporting whole illustration from Illustrator as psd. Edit in Photoshop- Blur, desaturate to create depth cues.

Download this file: Week_1_exercise.ai

Navigation in the application: Zoom/Magnify Key commands- ctrl + and ctrl –

Preferences>User Interface to control value of interface and canvas color

All Panels can be accessed from the Window Menu.

Properties Panel is one stop shopping for the content of many other panels.

The Control is the strip interface at the top of the screen. If it is missing, go to the Window menu and check it.

Window Menu/Workspace

Hand/Pan tool   space bar
Create objects with the rectangle tool.

The ‘F’ key cycles through the three View Modes

The ‘tab’ key toggles on and off all panels and toolbars.

Layers Panel/Stacking order.
Layers Panel Menu (upper right corner of Layers Panel/Layer Options/Row Size.
Layer naming, renaming

Selection Tool (solid arrow): switch to by hitting the ‘V’ key, toggle to by holding down ctrl
Direct Selection Tool (hollow arrow): switch to by hitting the ‘A’ key

Fill and Stroke Control with Tool Bar, Stroke Panel, Control. The concept of no stroke or color.

Color Picker, Color Panel and Swatches.

The three kinds of objects/paths:

Open Paths – are lines.

Closed Paths – are shapes, the end and beginning point meet up. For control over the Fill, we need Closed Paths

Compound Paths

 

Cleaning up CAD output

Download mercer court plan.ai

Analyzing file with the Layers Panel.  Turning off visibility for all but targeted layer. (Alt/Option click)
Selecting objects/groups by clicking in the right column of the Layers Panel

Assessing the necessity of redundant objects/artifacts of export.

Organizing objects.

Object menu/Path/Join (ctrl J) to connect open paths into closed paths.

Applying fills and strokes.

Gradient Panel, gradient swatches library exploration.

Grouping- naming groups in layers.

Live Paint objects, live paint bucket

Expanding live paint objects

 

Week 2

Download this file: Week_1_exercise.ai (again)

Clipping Masks. Clipping object must be in front and selected. Objects to be clipped must be selected and behind the clipping object.

Compound Path review. Pathfinder panel review.

Compound Clipping Masks.

Mesh Tool

Gradient mesh objects.

Mesh+clip paths

Download elevation file. mercer court section.ai

File cleanup. Joining fragment paths.

Select trees and put in separate layer. Selecting with Magic Wand Tool.

The Magic Wand Tool selects on the basis of similarity or contrast. Double click on the Magic Wand Tool on the tool bar to access its tool options. In our case, we want to select based on similar color.

Hide trees in layers panel. Replace with raster images.

Entourage

Incorporating raster elements. (entourage)

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https://www.mrcutout.com/people-cutouts

Placing raster images. File/Place

Links Panel– managing links. Embed or Package.

Unnecessarily large file sizes slow your computer. Resizing images in Photoshop. Image/Image Size. What resolution do you need? Approximating destination scale to preserve fast editing.

Layer Masking in Photoshop.

Placing .psd files. Or- Save as .png files as needed.

Native file format (.ai for Illustrator) versus output file (jpg, pdf)

Saving a file versus Packaging. What a package is, what is the logic for using it?

Week 3

Using artboard tool  to set up artboards 24 x 36

Placing Illustrator files into Illustrator files- possibility. Packaging.

Exporting whole illustration from Illustrator as psd. Edit in Photoshop- Blur, desaturate to create depth cues.

Exporting a .pdf

Layer Masking in Photoshop. Using a layer masks control visibility of pixels.

cylinder-tall-2_1024x1024.jpg

teenager-woman-biking-0001-watermarked.jpg

Placing .psd files. Or- Save as .png files as needed.

Placing resulting .psd file into Illustrator. Links panel review. Placing/Embedding/Packaging

Mercer Court View from SE.ai

Effects/3D rotate.

Using the Appearance Panel to control effects that you have applied.

Perspective Tool, Perspective Selection Tool, Perspective Grid.

Using the perspective grid

Native file format (.ai for Illustrator) versus output file (jpg, pdf)

What a package is, when is it necessary?

Saving a file versus Packaging.