Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January 2014 Calendar

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's the first 2014 calendar of the year. This one features the Pantone color of the year "Radian Orchid" and a new font very similar to my beloved Pacifo called "Lilly Script One"

My 5 Designing Resolutions

     This year has been amazing! I've grown as a designer in my InDesign, Photoshop, and especially Illustrator skills, and I'm teaching myself ways of mimicking great design pieces and creating a few of my own. There's been good designs and not so great designs, but I've loved every minute of it (even though most of them occur after 12am on school nights).
     Although I've made great progress these past six months with starting my blog. I see big things coming in the next year with where my designing, my education, and my blog will take me. I've always been one to make resolutions, so here are my 5 designing resolutions for the year.

  1. Get more than 10,000 views
  2. Use Pacifo less
  3. Not miss a calendar (because October definitely happened)
  4. Properly organize my design files... I'll go nuts if I loose one more link
  5. Properly name my PSD Layers

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Free Printable Gift Tags

As I started wrapping presents for this year I realized I had forgotten to buy tags! I whipped these up with Obsidian Dawn's snowflake vector pack, it was insanely easy with their help (because snowflakes are a bear to design well). Anyway enjoy!

Clicking the image will take you to a printable PDF that includes 10 tags

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quote: Nelson Mandela

It's been a while since I've done a quote, this one was done in completely in Illustrator. I got to play around with a free vector package from FabN'Free. I played around with the free transform tool a bit to and a few other things, but otherwise it was a really easy project. The only kinda hard thing was figuring out the layers between the ribbon and the exclamation point.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December Newspaper Issue

      Our second issue of the newspaper is out! I didn't do much for this issue because I was so backlogged with yearbook and literary magazine deadlines that I didn't get to write a story. I really angles and styles used in this issue.
      We had a two days of icepocalyps so we were out of school Friday and Monday before we sent off the paper meaning we were kinda rushing to finish and edit pages but I don't think we could have done any better with all the time in the world.
      One of my really good friends is our staff artist and she did a huge load of art this issue. She's so talented and the nicest person you'd ever meet. Tell me that isn't some incredible work in there!
      In other news we held the first day of Auditions for Martin Idol, a huge singing competition/fundraiser literary magazine does to afford the book. I can't wait to share pictures and let you know how it goes!

Illustrator Project: Copy cat Christmas card

I saw this Christmas card on Pinterest a while back ago and I fell in LOVE! I practically tried copying it as shown just so I could learn some neat tricks. I started out in indesign and realized really fast that this was going to be an illustrator project, and a large one at that. I had only ever attempted something this complex once before and that ended up being bust. This has been by far my most complex project to date. Below is a list of a few things I learned and where I got ideas from.
  • Images: The banners and the Dragon things are preinstalled symbols in Illustrator, the Snowflakes I found a free vector file online with tons of different ones to choose from (but only after attempting to make my own for an hour or so) The trees I made myself with three triangles and a rectangle, I just used path finder to merge the four into one shape. 
  • Organization: I started from the bottom and worked my way up. First was the snowflakes, after finding my image, I used the align panel to make sure everything was straight. Next I made the hexagons just with the polygon tool. The biggest thing I did as far as organization was create layers on my Illustrator document. I was able to create the background, then lock it in place so I wouldn't accidentally move something later on. 
  • Changing the color of the symbols was kind of a challenge. I'm too stubborn to actually look something up, so I kept playing around with the selection tool to try and get these things the color I actually wanted. I ended up just clicking individual parts around ten times then changing the color like I would any other text. On the bottom white ribbon I couldn't figure out how to change the color of the gray background, so I literally just drew a triangle and covered up the parts I couldn't fix. 
Let me know what you think and if you'd like to try something similar! Also, please remember I was not the original creator of this design, I copied it to teach myself Adobe Illustrator. Visit Rayz Ong's page to see the original.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December Calendar

This month's calendar is pretty late but things have been insanely busy! I've been working hard this semester and I'm so glad it's almost over. My publications are going really great and I can't wait to show you the progress we've made on our second issue of our paper. In other news I've been accepted to Texas Christian University, so assuming financial aid works out I'll be attending in the Fall of 2014 working towards a degree in Graphic Design! I'm also becoming an aunt for the first time this month. Lots of business this month and It's only gotten started!

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