Friday, March 28, 2014

Quote: Euripides

Here's one of my first patterns I made after my Illustrator tutorial! I used a zombie vector pack and a weapons vector pack  as well as a few grime vector packs. I love the walking dead and thought this quote fit well with the apocalypse. Earlier this week I posted a tutorial for how to make repeating patterns in Illustrator, be sure to check it out if you're interested. Let me know what you think below.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Illustrator Tutorial: Pattern Swatches

Here's a semi tutorial to create pattern swatches in Illustrator. I followed this tutorial from 99Designs. I started out by drawing a square, being sure to show and snap it to the grid from the View menu. Next I placed a bunch of cute flower vectors that I found from BitBox. I turned off "Snap to grid" at this point because it really limited how I could position the flowers. 
The next part was kinda confusing, and the tutorial I used explains it way better than I can. But after turning back on "Snap to grid" from the view menu, select everything that overlaps the rectangle and the rectangle. Then hold the "Option" Key and drag it to the other opposite side. What this does is imitate the left side to the right side, and holding the option key duplicates the things you selected so it doesn't mess up the original. (Also, to perfectly align the raw left side to the right side hold shift. It basically snaps it perfectly for you.) Do the same process Right to left, left to right, top to bottom, and bottom to top. It seems redundant, but if you don't you'll get half flowers in your final pattern if you don't. (you can delete the extra green square you made, it was just for alignment)

So now you should have a symmetrical pattern over a green square. Select ONLY the green square and hit "Command + C + F". This duplicates the green square behind all the flowers. In the swatches menu, change both the fill and stroke to transparent (the one with the red line through white). Now send that square to the very back by hitting "Command + Shift + ]". The invisible square is what your swatches menu will read when it makes the pattern. If you mess it up, you'll have a white pattern with some green squares in your final thing.

Now select everything and drag it to the swatches menu (a green little plus sign should show up) and drop it. 

Notice on the third row down and fourth box over is my pattern? That's your new swatch. Draw a big square and select your new pattern from the swatches menu. Below is what it should look like. Double check that none of your flowers are cut in half from the edges.

Now save the swatch. Click the swatch you made from the swatches menu. Then click this button in the bottom left corner.
At the top is a "Save Swatches" option. Title your swatch and double check that you're in the "Swatches" Folder when your files open up.

To find you swatches click that same button on the bottom left corner and open the "User Defined" library. (As you can see in my picture it took me a while to figure it out so I ended up saving it four times)

TADA! This was surprisingly simple. Now you can use your swatch on different projects later on. I see so many new things I can do with this. Let me know how you liked my tutorial or if you want specific things.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

February Newspaper Issue

I know it's late but here's the February Issue of my school's paper. I designed the center spread as well as a few ads and I have a story about yearbook on page 4. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Quote: Confuscius

Here's a quote from Confucius. I think it's ironic that the quote is about simplicity, but I did such a complicated design. I've been needing to challenge myself with more and more complex designs though. I think this quote will help me to K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid) as I start to learn more complicated design techniques.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Printable Meal Planner

As part of a New Year's resolution to lose weight, I've started meal planning. It's where you cook big batches of food, then save them in the fridge in individual portions until you're ready to eat. I was looking around and I found tons of printable pages similar to the one below only to find out you had to pay for them. I bought a set and after ten minutes of looking at it I decided I could easily make that. Anyway here's a completely FREE meal planning sheet, I don't see the point of people paying for a few lines on a page and 10 min worth of me sitting at the computer. Enjoy!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Quote: Bill Cosby

This week's quote is comes from Bill Cosby. It features the Font "Flower Ornaments" for the decoration. It also features shades of Radiant Orchid, the 2014 Color of the year. 
I'm currently in New York with my Orchestra, but I will upload some pictures of my trip as soon as I'm back.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Calendar

      Here's the March Calendar! It's obviously St. Patrick's Day themed. I used This font for it! This much I have Many Plans: a tutorial about patterns in Illustrator, four quotes, a page of my favorite fonts of the month, and a couple printables! 
      I'd like to announce that I recieved an acceptance letter from University Texas in Arlington and I'll be going there next fall to study Journalism (they don't have a graphic design degree). I plan on rushing in the fall as well as looking for a job at the campus newspaper, The Shorthorn. The coming months will be every energetic as I graduate and move into the next chapter of my life but I'll do my best to keep creating media here for you to enjoy. 

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