Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the Bauhaus letters, part of Type Project: Bauhaus Book Cover.
- On the right we have our finished version, and on the left our work in progress. It's now time to create the letters. I'll come to the work in progress, and choose consolidate all, command or control zero, and then I am going to come to the layers panel and hide the grids, make sure I'm targeting the letters layer. I'll start with the rectangle tool and draw a square. Once again I'm going to do this numerically, I'm going to draw a square at 100 points.
I want that square to have a red fill, and no stroke. Let's tear off the shape tools, because next I want an ellipse at the same size, but this is going to have a blue fill, and next I want a triangle. Now I can't specify this numerically in the same way because if I make the radius of that 100 you can see that that's much larger.
Anyway, we have the triangle, so I'm now going to come to the transform panel making sure that constrain width and proportions is unchecked, I am going to make the width and height 100 points. So basically we're beginning with an equilateral triangle which is not going to have the same width and height, but then we are distorting that. So now with those three shapes, maybe we want to align their top edges, I can then come to the transparency panel and we will change their transparency to 80%.
Now let's get in larger, and we'll start with the letter B. Selecting the red square, I'll drag down a copy of that. I'll turn on my rulers, command or control R, and drag down guides to mark its top and bottom. I'm going to half its width, then pull down a copy of the blue circle.
I will align the center point of the circle to the right edge of the rectangle. I'm going to use my scale tool, let's zoom in so we can see what we're doing. Option or alt, click on the bottom anchor point and scale that to 66%. I will then duplicate that, option or alt, dragging away from it, select both of those circles. We're going to need these later on for the S, so I will just drag them to the right, but then I'll come back and select them and send them to the back.
So there is our B. I know it's out of sequence, but since we have these shapes already here, we may as well now do the S. Get into a large view size for this because we need to be very accurate, very precise. With the line segment tool, I'm going to draw a line segment from the anchor point to the edge of the circle, and I'll do the same where the large circle intersects with the lower circle.
Now swipe over those elements, come to the shape builder tool, and I said we needed to be accurate, and I have not been accurate enough. So I'm going to switch to my outline view, because these things need to line up exactly otherwise they're just not going to work. And that looks like it's lining up to me so I'm not quite sure what the problem is. Let's just carry that out beyond the edge.
Ok, let's have them selected, we'll go back to preview back to our shape builder, okay, now it's working. So I'm going to hold down option or alt, and click on that point and do the same on that point. And there is our S, I'll just make sure that those elements are grouped together, which is something I forgot to do here, so I'm going to now do that, select those elements and group those together. The A is easy, the A is nothing more than the yellow triangle, so we can skip that.
We now need a U, and this is once again going to begin with a red rectangle. I want to make it one third of it's current width. On the transform panel, I'll insert my cursor after the width, and type /3. I'm now going to duplicate that, option, shift, drag away from it, and repeat that transformation, command D.
I'll select this interior portion which is just used to space out the other two and delete that. Going to use my blue circle, and drag down a copy of that. Let's zoom in, I'll switch to my scissors tool. I want to break this circle in half, so I'm clicking on those two anchor points with my scissors tool. I can now delete that top portion, swipe over these three shapes, and once again, with the shape builder, holding down option or alt, deleting the portions we don't need, and then command or control G, to make sure that what remains is grouped.
The only letter we need still to do is the H. This is once again going to begin with a red rectangle, and once again we are going to divide that by three, same as we did for the U, option, shift, drag away from it, repeat the transformation. This time, select the piece in the middle, and on the rotate tool, rotate that through 90 degrees.
And then swipe over those with the selection tool and group them together. We now have all the letters we need. In the next movie we'll arrange them and space them.