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Starting with a wireframe

Starting with a wireframe provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Justin Seeley as … Show More

Illustrator for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Starting with a wireframe

Starting with a wireframe provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Justin Seeley as part of the Illustrator for Web Design
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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  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

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Starting with a wireframe
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Starting with a wireframe provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Justin Seeley as part of the Illustrator for Web Design

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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
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Starting with a wireframe

Web site mockups just don't magically create themselves; we actually build them from a skeletal system known as a wireframe. If you need a little bit more help with creating wireframes, like the one you see here, I would suggest going back and watching chapter 5 of this course, where I explained in depth on how I create basic mockups by utilizing shapes inside of the Illustrator. And so once you get a wireframe completed or someone sends you a wireframe and says "hey, build a web site mockup out of this," where do you go from there? Well, you start off with the mockup like the one you see here on my screen, and the first thing you need to do is start building in an organizational structure for the mockup that you are going to be creating.

Now in this case there are some placeholders in place here that tell me where certain aspects of the web site are going to go. And so what I need to do is first put those in a logistical order so that as I start to build objects around them, it makes a little bit more sense. So that's what I'm going to do first. In order to do that, I'm going to bring up the Layers panel here. And when I create any sort of web site mockup, I go ahead and I create three layers: I create a header layer, a footer layer and then what I call a content layer. The header and footer layers are what I call anchor content, because that's pretty much going to say the same throughout the entire design. And usually what I'll do once I get those completed is I'll lock them down.

But I'll discuss more about that as I talk about adding master elements to your pages. Once I create these three layers, I now have a basic organizational structure in place where I can put different things as I work. So I'll go ahead and create a new layer here and I'll call this layer Header; I'll create another new layer, double-click to rename it, call it Footer; and I'll create another new layer and I'll call it Content. I'll usually put my Header layer at the top, like so, Content in the middle, Footer right there.

I'm also going to add a background layer to this, because particular site that I'm going to be working on has a really elaborate background image. So I'm going to create another new layer, in this case it will say layer 5, and I'll call this Background. And I'll move it all the way to the bottom. I'm going to open the layer 1 down here at the bottom, and I'm going to start moving pieces of this around. So first I need to find the elements that I need to move around. For instance, this right down here is the Footer. Once I click on that, I'll be able to see it right there. There it is. And so I can actually move this up in the order, and I want to move it up all the way until I get right on the Footer layer, and I'll drop it right there.

So it drops right in on the Footer layer by itself. And for now I'm just going to lock that layer, because it's the only thing going on in that layer right now. I'm also going to select this big piece of content here. This is the background for the page elements. And so this is going to live on the Content layer, so I'm going to drag that up and I'll drop it on the Content layer. Even though this strip right here and this big logo are technically a part of the header, they're going to be at the top of every single content piece, so I'm also going to put those on the Content layer as well.

So I'm going to select one, hold down Shift, and select the other. It should be displayed down here. And I'll take this one and drag it up and I'll drop it right on the Content layer like so, and go back and get the second one, and I'll drop it on the Content layer as well. Oops! It didn't drop it quite good enough. Let's drop it this time right there on the Content layer, and they should appear on top of it just like this. And so I'm going to go ahead now, I'll toggle this open, and I'm going to lock those two layers. I'll lock everything that's not going to change from page to page. This makes it easier to create what I call Anchored Content, content that never moves.

And so I'll toggle that back up. I have now got my content and my footer area in place and I'm ready to put my header objects where they need to go. So this is going to be a top navigation bar followed by the background, so I'm just Shift+Clicking on this. And then to the right, this will be a little search field. And so all of this stuff is down here, and I'll select the layers that I need. I'm just Shift+Clicking. And then this bottom one here, I'll Command click on that to grab it, and then I'll just move these up and I'll drop them on to the Header layer, like so.

Now the rest of these layers are nothing more than guides down here at the bottom, and so what I'm going to do now is go to View and I'm just going to choose Guides, and make sure Lock Guides is turned on, and it is. And so I'll toggle this up and I'll go ahead and double-click and rename this Guides, and I'll lock that layer down. That way I can't select anything on it or anything else. And so now I have all of the basic pieces in place for my mockup. I have got my header area defined. I've got this big square where my logo is going to go. This is another navigational area.

This is going to be the main body of my page, and in the bottom we've got a footer that goes all the way across. And so I've taken the mockup that was either given to me, or I quickly did up here inside of Illustrator, and I have given it some organizational structure that makes sense to me. I've divided it up into a header, content, footer, and background layers, so that I can easily distribute objects as I continue to make my design going forward. So once you have your mockup open inside of Illustrator, go through, organize it as you see fit, and then once you have everything organized, start to move the content around in a logistical way that makes sense to you, and then once you get everything moved into place, it's time to start adding what I call master or anchor objects to your designs.

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