Illustrator tutorial 1
This tutorial is something I have really needed because I have never had a need to use Illustrator in my previous work, but to be a good graphic designer, I need to be well practiced in all the adobe packages. One of the things we were told to check before we start any work is the units of the page. This changes what measurements you are working in, so as a general rule, I need to always go and check this before I start any work.
We have started to make a colour wheel, so the first step is to use the elliptical tool to make the initial circle. Hold shift while you draw this to keep the circle in constraint, and to proportion. Once this is done, copy the image, and paste it using ‘Cmd + F’ to place the image in place. What I need to do next is to change the scale of the image to shrink it down and continue the colour wheel, as shown below.
To simplify the next step, Copy the second, smaller circle, paste it in place, and then press ‘Cmd + D’ to repeat the previous transformation. Repeat this to create the appropriate number of circles. You need to repeat this process with vertical lines, but instead of changing the scale, go to the same menu area, and choose the rotate function. Rotate the line to 30degrees, and repeat the transformations until you complete the circles. The image should look as displayed below.
Once you have reached this stage, you need to select all, and use the tool shown below. (Bottom left tool) This is called the divide tool. and will compile all of your work into one image and cut the extra lines outside the circle. Once this is done, you need to ungroup the image so you can easily select each segment of the image.
You then start to fill in the sections for your colours. When you boot up the colour swatches palette, there are only 6 pure colours. If you fill every other section with these colours, you will create this image.
To work out the middle columns, you need to look at the CMYK values for each colour, and work out the difference between the two surrounding colours, and enter them into the colour statistics, as shown below.
You then need to change the colours by adjusting their opacity and ‘K’ value. To make it darker raise the K value, and to lighten it, change the opacity. You should make each step between colour sections a step of 25% each time.