February 27th, 2015

I took the brain bench exam again nd still didn’t earn a certification. I did a small project for my friend Aileen who is a big fan of Beyonce.

beyonce fan picture

I got this picture and removed the face.

Then I got this picture from Aileen:

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I used the quick selection tool to select Aileen’s face, then I pressed cmd+j to move it to the original fan picture. I moved the new layer underneath the other one. I free transformed Aileen’s face so that it fit in the hole where the other girls face use to be.  Then I used the paint brush tool and the warp tool to make the new face blend in with the old picture. I also used the blur tool. Then I added a brightness/contrast layer.

The results:

beyonce and aileen 2

 

 

After doing that short project I started a new drawing on the tablet

So far this is what I have finished:

galaxy girl

I used the paint brush tool and eraser tool to make this. I used some really cool paint brushes that I downloaded to make the hair look like a galaxy.

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February 24th, 2015

Today I finished writing the written inventory for part of a college application. I took a brain bench test over illustrator but didn’t earn a certification. Then I worked not he movie poster.

What I already had finished:

background movie poster

 

I found this puddle of blood image on google:

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Then I pasted it to my back ground and used the warp tool to  make it look like a puddle on the ground:

movie poster project blood

I found this image of bloody hands:

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I used the quick selection tool to select the hands I clicked on refine edge then I changed the settings to how I liked. I pressed cmd+j and moved that layer onto my poster image. I free transformed it to fit right then moved it on top of the puddle. I used the paint brush tool set on a low opacity with a dark color to blend the hands in with the puddle:

movie poster project #2 hands in blood

Thats all I got done with today.

 

February 19th, 2015

Today I did the movie poster project. I edited my face into the place of the original actors face.

Original movie poster:

 

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My picture:

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Edited movie poster:

MOVIE POSTER PROJECT

The first thing I did was select the face of the girl using the quick selection tool, then I deleted it. I opened the picture of me in photoshop and selected my face using the quick selection tool. I pressed cmd+j to copy the selection onto a new layer. Then I moved that layer into the original poster file. I moved the layer of my face behind the poster layer. I flipped my face horizontally so that my bangs would be on the other side of my face. I pressed cmd+t to enter the free transform option. I fit my face into the empty space.  Then I went to the image pull down menu, adjustments, then clicked color balance. I just moved the sliders until I found a setting that I liked. I used the dodge tool to add highlights to my face. I used the blur tool to blend my face more into the shape of the girls. I selected my lips using the quick selection tool then I went to curves and changes the color to a darkish red. I used the spot healing tool to remove a few blemishes and stray hairs that were falling near my eyes. I used the paint brush tool with a low opacity to add a little shadow to the side of my face. I also used it to add to my eyelashes. I used the paintbrush tool to cover Julia Roberts name. I used the text tool to type my name in a similar font and color of the original poster.

February 18th, 2015

Today I finished chapter 7 and started chapter 8 of the Illustrator CC Essential Training course on Lynda.com.

I started off with learning about working  with the paintbrush and pencil tools. The video just had me draw a few shapes and lines and showed me how to adjust some of the settings for each tool.

After that I learned about smoothing and erasing paths. The video had me draw a flower using the mouse.

flower-pencil

Then I selected the smooth tool and just drew around the petals of the flower, then the circle in the middle to smooth them.

flower-smooth

After that the video told me to add a stem and some leaves to the flower using the mouse.

flower-leaves

I grabbed the smoothing tool again and selected each leaf and drew around them to smooth them out. I also learned I could erase mistakes by using the path eraser tool.

finished-flower-smooth

 

After that I learned about the curvature tool and how it can manipulate shapes by changing, moving, adding and subtracting points.

After that I started chapter 8 and in this video I learned about the pen tool.

I started out with this image:

pentool_samples

I selected the vase artwork, went up to the effect menu, and clicked 3D. I chose revolve and in the options I turned the preview on.

pentool_samples-vace

After that I learned about using the pen tool then fixing the shape using the direct selection tool. I used it to draw a star:

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After that I watched a video teaching me how to make curves using the pen tool which was very difficult. i made a fish/whale looking thing:

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 10.23.31 AM

 

 

February 17th, 2015

Today I continued chapter 7 of the Illustrator CC Essential Training course on Lynda.com.

The first thing I did was open the document. After that I selected the ellipse tool and I formed two circles. I changed the stroke of the circles to a blue color.

compound_shapes-circles

I made sure both circles were selected then I found the pathfinder tab in the right side panel and selected the option Unite.

 

compound_shapes-circles-unite

 

I undid that and went back to just the original two circles. I selected them and went back to the pathfinder tab and chose the option to minus front. This got rid of the object in front.

compound_shapes-minus-front

 

After that I pressed cmd+z to undo. I then selected the original two circles again and went to the pathfinder tab and selected intersect. This eliminated everything outside of the point where the two shapes intersect each other.

compound_shapes-exclude

I pressed cmd+z, selected both circles, went to the pathfinder tab and selected exclude. At first it looked like nothing really happened but then I reversed the fill and this is what happened:

compound_shapes-actually-exclude

After that I watched another video and learned how to work with the shape builder tool. I started with this document:

shape_builder

I zoomed in to the circles, selected them, then selected the shape builder tool. I clicked and dragged across the circles and by default this merged them.

circles merge

I pressed cmd+z to undo that. I selected the circles again and then selected the shape builder tool again, this time I pressed alt while I dragged across the front circle. This deleted what I dragged over.

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.13.59 AM

 

After that I moved over to the flower shaped piece of artwork:

Flower start

I selected the piece of artwork then selected the shape builder tool. I held down the alt key while dragging over parts of the art that I wanted to remove.

flower

 

After that I went over to the logo and zoomed in on it:

raa shape builder

I selected the  group, right clicked, and chose ungroup. Then I selected the R. I pressed shift and also selected the A. I selected the shape builder tool and dragged a line where the R and A intersect. This made the A a grey color.

RAA grey

Other than that it doesn’t really look like anythings changed but if I click the R and go into isolation mode you can see that the part where the R was behind the A is now gone.

isolationmode

 

February 13th, 2015

Today I started a new project using the drawing tablet. I painted a girl with bright blue eyes and colorful hair.

time stands still

I drew the girl using the paint brush tool. I got the piercing images from google and used the free transform tool to scale them and I warped the nose ring to fit with the nose. The most difficult part of this was trying to paint it with no hard outlines. But I love how it turned out.

February 12th, 2015

Today I finished the Valentines Project:

Yesterday’s work:

valentines day project2

Finished:

valentines day project finished

 

I fixed a few things with the hands using the drawing tablet. I didn’t like the font that I drew in the first picture, so I erased that and used a font that I found on daft.com. Then I added the words and used the free transform tool to move that around. I also used it to arc some of the words.

After that I continued working on one of the additional projects that I started last week.

Where I left off:

planets

The first thing I did was click on the layer with the spiral things in the background that I added at the very beginning, then I changed the opacity to about 80%. I couldn’t find the same font that the other person used in their tutorial so I just used the tablet to draw the words on.

free flight

Then I typed the other words because they had a regular looking font. and that was the last step.

Book Poster Project FINISHED