MEDIA ARTS ELEVEN
Illustrator comes with many patterns that you can access in the Swatches panel. You can customize existing patterns and design patterns from scratch with any of the Illustrator tools. For best results, use fill patterns to fill objects not to outline objects.
When designing patterns, it helps to understand how Adobe Illustrator tiles patterns:
Defining a Pattern
To define a pattern in Adobe Illustrator, you should first create the source tile for it that will be then repeated horizontally and vertically to form a seamless texture. Anyway, you will need to create the objects to form your pattern and then save it. To save an object or group of objects as a pattern swatch, simply drag it to the Swatches panel.
It is a good habit to name patterns appropriately
To do it double-click the swatch and rename it.
Another option for saving a pattern:
Select objects and go to Edit > Define pattern, this way you can name it right away.
Save your patterns as PATTERN_yourname.ai
ILLUSTRATOR: MANDALA PATTERNS
There’s a couple of methods for creating complex circular patterns in Adobe Illustrator. One technique uses pattern brushes, but it involves designing multiple patterns that seamlessly repeat, which can be a difficult task in itself. Alternatively, you can make use of Illustrator’s symbol feature to create a pseudo kaleidoscope effect where a segment of your design is duplicated around a centre point to form a mirrored effect. Follow the step by step Illustrator tutorial to learn how to create a vector mandala pattern of your own. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can build extremely detailed circular patterns with this process.
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InDESIGN: LAYOUTS & OTHER NEAT STUFF
Save your InDesign file as mag1_yourname.indd
Export your project as mag1_yourname.pdf
DESIGNING A MULTI-PAGE MAGAZINE FEATURE
Laying out complex features in InDesign is a daily part of a Graphic Designer's job. InDesign is the industry leading program that designers use when creating magazines, books, brochures, posters, flyers, promotional print materials, and so many more. Delview's Yearbook is created using InDesign.
We will be using a seven-page article from an issue of a magazine by designer Joy Gulliver. She will demonstrate some of the key processes that she goes through, from building a grid and creating a template, through to the finishing touches that add style and complete your editorial layout.
Joy will touch on what she feels are the most important stages when planning, showing you how to tackle each feature, and giving you an insight as to why things are done in certain ways.
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Building a grid is the starting point for any text-based editorial design, and the foundation on which to build your design, helping to maintain consistency throughout the layout.
We will be using the Akkurat typeface throughout this tutorial, but if you don't have it, you can substitute it for something similar, such as Helvetica.
CREATING A MAGAZINE LAYOUT
In Part One of this two-part tutorial, Create a Magazine in InDesign, we’ll create a new print document in InDesign and apply a simple grid. This will lay down the foundation for creating Master Pages and your first feature for ‘Foodie’ magazine.
In Part Two of this two-part tutorial, Create a Magazine in InDesign, we’ll build on the Masters we created in Part One, and get creative with the layout of our first feature for ‘Foodie’ magazine.
Save your InDesign file as mag2_yourname.indd
Export your project as mag2_yourname.pdf