Join Justin Putney for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating Illustrator documents optimized for your project, part of UX Design Tools: Illustrator.
In this video we're going to take a look at creating a new document in a way that makes sense for the final target of your project. So for this course we're focusing on creating a wire frame and that wire frame will become some kind of mockup or comp and it may get very close to the final website or web application by the time it's done, and you may even be working in the same document building up layers. So let's start off in kind of the final language of that project. So, building a website or web application, we're going to be using pixels as our primary measurement format.
And we're going to be using RGB as our color format. So I'm creating a new document, we're going to go up to File and choose New. By default in Illustrator, the profile is usually print, and so when it comes up you will see points as a unit and CMYK as the color mode. And we can change these pieces individually, but it's actually much quicker to change the profile. So I'm going to go down here and just choose Devices and show you that if you are designing for a particular device, this is a really quick way to set up your document.
You can choose a specific device under size, so there's iPad, there's the iPhone, there's the Fire, the Nook, the Galaxy. So that's really quick. For this course, we're going to focus on kind of more generic wire frames, so it's simple enough to just go up to the profile and choose Web, and that'll ensure that we are both using pixels as our measurement unit, and RGB as our color mode. And once we have that, we can just click OK to create our new document. Now that your new document is ready, in the next video we're going to take a look at adding some guides to your document.
- Creating and positioning guides
- Building shapes
- Designing reusable symbols
- Creating character and paragraph styles
- Adding text
- Using artboards to organize and display content
- Exporting to multipage PDF