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Developing a layout with shapes


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Illustrator for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Developing a layout with shapes

Once you have all of your guides in place inside of your Illustrator document, it's time to start mocking things up by utilizing shape layers. I'll go over to the left-hand side of my Tools panel and I'll grab the Rectangle tool. And I'm simply going to use the point-and-click method to start developing a mockup. Watch how quickly I can go through this and create what looks to be almost like a functioning prototype. I'm going to go ahead and click one time, and I want this to be 1280 pixels wide. That's the full width of the design. And then I define my header as being 100 pixels tall, so I want that to be 100 pixels tall, and I hit OK.
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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 43m 51s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 57s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      2m 40s
    3. Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow
      3m 42s
    4. Setting up Illustrator for web work
      6m 55s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      6m 25s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      3m 31s
    7. Using artboards for responsive layouts
      7m 42s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      4m 31s
    9. Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
      6m 28s
  3. 25m 28s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      6m 47s
    2. Understanding web color
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a color palette
      5m 4s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      4m 50s
    5. Working with fills and strokes
      5m 0s
  4. 13m 15s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 54s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Drawing simple shapes
      4m 16s
    2. Working with Pathfinder
      5m 4s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 33s
    4. Creating symbols
      6m 24s
    5. Editing and replacing symbols
      3m 48s
  6. 20m 22s
    1. Planning your project
      2m 56s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      5m 56s
    3. Developing a layout with shapes
      6m 21s
    4. Using a grid system
      5m 9s
  7. 25m 53s
    1. Exploring the rules of typography
      4m 1s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      1m 46s
    4. Creating and using paragraph styles
      5m 16s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      3m 2s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      8m 11s
  8. 21m 17s
    1. Understanding object appearance
      4m 43s
    2. Applying and editing live effects
      3m 34s
    3. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 13s
    4. Creating more flexible rounded rectangles
      3m 17s
    5. Saving appearance as graphic styles
      6m 30s
  9. 35m 57s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      5m 23s
    2. Adding master elements
      6m 45s
    3. Creating navigation buttons
      13m 34s
    4. Working with photographs
      5m 50s
    5. Simulating pages with artboards
      4m 25s
  10. 54m 45s
    1. Creating video placeholders
      10m 33s
    2. Creating buttons
      13m 1s
    3. Creating form fields
      8m 15s
    4. Creating radio boxes and checkboxes
      5m 11s
    5. Creating progress bars
      10m 12s
    6. Creating tabbed interfaces
      7m 33s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Understanding slicing
      3m 26s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      5m 33s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      3m 50s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 29s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 43s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      3m 46s
    8. Exporting SVG graphics
      6m 35s
  12. 9m 29s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      4m 36s
    3. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 49s
  13. 15m 29s
    1. Placing Illustrator Smart Objects
      3m 22s
    2. Sharing color swatches between apps
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD
      3m 49s
    4. Importing artwork into Fireworks
      2m 41s
    5. Exporting HTML from Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 1m 19s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 1s
    2. Goodbye
      18s

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Illustrator for Web Design
5h 27m Appropriate for all Jul 30, 2012

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This course reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups with the strong layout and color management tools in Adobe Illustrator. Author and Adobe Certified Expert Justin Seeley covers topics such as building responsive layouts with artboards, producing custom color palettes and swatches for web graphics, and making vector shapes and text that seamlessly scale. The course also explores adding drop shadows and other live effects, setting up interface elements such as forms and tabbed interfaces, optimizing and exporting different types of graphics, and speeding up your workflow with reusable image sprites and Smart Objects.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Renaming and grouping layers
  • Working with shapes and symbols
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Simulating web pages with artboards
  • Optimizing and exporting your work
Subjects:
Design Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Developing a layout with shapes

Once you have all of your guides in place inside of your Illustrator document, it's time to start mocking things up by utilizing shape layers. I'll go over to the left-hand side of my Tools panel and I'll grab the Rectangle tool. And I'm simply going to use the point-and-click method to start developing a mockup. Watch how quickly I can go through this and create what looks to be almost like a functioning prototype. I'm going to go ahead and click one time, and I want this to be 1280 pixels wide. That's the full width of the design. And then I define my header as being 100 pixels tall, so I want that to be 100 pixels tall, and I hit OK.

So once I do that, this goes into place. I'm going to give this a dark-gray color so that I can actually see it, and then I should be able to just move it right up there into place. And if it doesn't fit right in there where it's supposed to, you can kind of zoom in and nudge it or simply use the alignment options here. I'll align it to the center and I'll align it to the top edge, just like so. Here is my header. Now I'm going to define the content carousel underneath here, so I'm going to go ahead and click. I want this to be the full width of the design. The design is 960 pixels wide, so 960.

And we're going to make this about 300 pixels tall. Hit OK. And now I'll just center this in between the two guides, just like so. And I'll make it flush with this top guide here. There is my content carousel, and that may actually be a little bit small, so let's expand that down a little bit to be about 400 pixels tall. And if you can't get it exactly 400 pixels, that's okay. You can simply come over here to the Transform panel and you can make it 400 pixels tall, just like so, And then you always want to make sure you center it back up and flush it against that guide at the top.

There we go. Now I'm going to create some thumbnails underneath there. So I'll just come right here, click. And I want these thumbnails to be about 300 pixels wide, about 250 pixels tall, and hit OK. Again, these numbers are up to you. I'm just doing this as a mockup right now. So I'm going to go ahead and move these up a little bit. Here we go. And I'll copy this with Command+C or Ctrl+C on my keyboard. Then I'm going to use Command+F or Ctrl+F to paste it in front, and I'll do Command+F or Ctrl+F again to paste another one in front, so now I have three copies of this, all on top of each other.

I'll then take this top copy. Keeping it in line with the other two, I'll snap it over here to this. Then I'm going to select this, hold down Shift, and select both of these. And now I'm going to use the Align panel. Mine is actually hidden in the Control panel, because I don't have enough space up here, so I have to click this link. You can also go to the Window menu and bring up the Align panel this way. And so I'm simply going to distribute those along the horizontal center, and when I do that, it's going to distribute them across the artboard. That's not what I want, so let's undo that, Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. And I need to change this option down here, to Align to Selection, and then distribute across, and it distributes them just like so. And I'll close this up.

Now I'll take these. I'll copy them, Command+C or Ctrl+C, paste them in front, Command+F or Ctrl+F, and then I'll simply move them down using my arrow keys, like so. Here we go. So now, if I zoom out a little bit, you can see my mockup is taking shape. I've got a header, big content carousel. I've got the thumbnails underneath. Now I'm ready to add in some text down here towards the bottom, so I'll just click to draw out a text box.

And it doesn't really matter how big this is right now; I'm just going to click to draw one and then grab the selection tool and I'll move it into place--something like this--and adjust the size accordingly. Here we go. Now if you want to put some text in here, you certainly can. I'm going to jump over into my web browser now, and I'm going to go to a site called baconipsum.com. It's a really neat little site that allows you to get some lorem ipsum text, or filler text, based upon bacon, which is one of my favorite foods. And so I'm going to get just one paragraph of Bacon Ipsum and I'm going to say Give me bacon.

Once it gives me the bacon, I just simply select the paragraph that it gives me. I'll copy it, Command+C or Ctrl+C, jump back over into Illustrator, and then I'll grab my Text tool and click right in there. I'll grab my Text tool by hitting the letter T on my keyboard and then just choose Edit, and we'll choose Paste, or Command+V or Ctrl+V on the keyboard. Now if you want to add in some more text there, that's fine. I'll just paste in a couple more instances of that text, just to give you an idea of what it looks like. There we go. Zoom in.

Now I'll grab the Rectangle tool here and I'll draw out another rectangle, this one about 390 pixels x 270 pixels tall. Again, this is totally up to you how big or how small these things are. And then finally, I'm going to draw my footer, and I'm going to do this in a precise way, just by pointing and clicking. I'll do 1280. I want this to be full width, and I want the height to be 300 pixels, and I'll hit OK. And once I do that, it should snap right into place. If it doesn't, you can just go up to the Align panel--Window > Align--and you can make sure it is aligned to the artboard and then align it flush left, and flush to the bottom, just like so. I've got that padding at the bottom there. And now let's go Command+0 or Ctrl+0 to see my entire design.

Close the Align panel, and as you can see, in just a few moments here I have created a full mockup of the homepage of what could be a WordPress theme that I'm developing here inside of Adobe Illustrator, and I did that simply by adhering to the guides that I set up first, and then utilizing basic shape layers to determine areas of content, or content blocks, that can then be turned into divs or even have pictures inserted in place so that they look like a fully functional web site. So as you continue to evolve your design process, you'll find your own way of creating mockups, but I just wanted to give you an insight into my personal workflow on how I start my own projects, so you can see how easy it is to get these ideas out of your head and into a functioning, working environment like Illustrator.

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