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Graphic Design Adobe Illustrator

Chapter 02 Skills Review:
Creating Text and Graphics

A) Create and format text

  1. Open AI 2-3.ai, then save it as Restaurant Logo.
  2. Using a bold font, type NOW OPEN on two lines, using all capital letters. (Hint: The font used in the figure below is Impact.)
  3. Change the font size to 29 pt and the leading to 25 pt.
  4. Change the baseline shift to 0.
  5. Change the alignment to center and the horizontal scale to 75%.
  6. Position the text in the center of the white circle.
  7. Hide the text.
  8. Save your work.

B) Flow text into an object

  1. Copy the beige circle.
  2. Paste the copy in front of it.
  3. Click the Type Tool, then select all of the green text at the bottom of the artboard, with the Type Tool.
  4. Copy the green text.
  5. Click the Selection Tool, then click the top beige circle.
  6. Click the Area Type Tool, click the edge of the top beige circle, then paste.
  7. Center-align the text in the circle.
  8. Change the baseline shift to -4 pts.
  9. Fill the selected text with the same fill color as the beige circle (50% Orange).
  10. In the Color panel, drag the Magenta slider to 40% to darken the text.
  11. Hide the text.
  12. Save your work.

C) Position text on a path

  1. Select the dark gray circle.
  2. Click the Type on a Path Tool, then click the top of the circle.
  3. Using a bold font, type THE HOLE-IN-ONE in all capital letters across the top of the circle. (Hint: The font in the figure below is Techno Regular. If your type appears at the bottom of the circle, drag the start or end bracket to position the type at the top of the circle. Zoom in so that you can clearly see the brackets. If you move the circle instead of the type, undo your last step and try again.)
  4. Change the font size to 34 pt and the fill color to white. (Hint: You may need to use a smaller font size, depending on the font you choose.)
  5. Click the Selection Tool, click Edit on the menu bar, click Copy, click Edit on the menu bar, click Paste in Front, then move the center bracket clockwise to position the copied text across the bottom of the circle.
  6. Highlight the copied text, then type RESTAURANT & BAR with the Type Tool.
  7. Drag the RESTAURANT & BAR text across the path to flip its direction.
  8. Apply a negative baseline shift to move the text below the path. (Hint: The baseline shift used in the figure below is -27 pts.)
  9. Copy both text objects, then paste them in back.
  10. Fill the back copies of the text with black, then move them 2 pts up and 2 pts to the right.
  11. Save your work.

D) Create and apply gradient to objects

  1. Apply the White, Black Radial gradient to the small white circle.
  2. Change the ending color stop on the Gradient panel to Smoke. (Hint: Press [Alt] while you select Smoke from the Swatches panel.)
  3. Save the new gradient in the Swatches panel.
  4. Name it Golf Ball.
  5. Fill the large green circle with the Golf Ball gradient.
  6. Change the starting color stop to Pure Yellow.
  7. Change the ending color stop to Little Sprout Green.
  8. Move the midpoint of the two colors to the 80% location on the Gradient Slider.
  9. Save the new gradient as The Rough.
  10. Save your work.

E) Adjust a gradient and create a drop shadow

  1. Click Object on the menu bar, then click Show All.
  2. Deselect all by clicking the artboard.
  3. Select NOW OPEN and convert the text to outlines. (Hint: Use the Type menu.)
  4. Fill the text with the White, Black gradient.
  5. Change the starting color stop to black.
  6. Create an intermediary white color stop at the 50% mark on the Gradient Slider.
  7. Drag the Gradient Tool starting at the top of the word NOW to the bottom of the word OPEN.
  8. Change the middle color stop of the gradient to Latte.
  9. Save the new gradient as Flash.
  10. Deselect the text.
  11. Delete the green text from the bottom of the artboard.
  12. Convert the remaining text objects into outlines.
  13. Select all, then lock all objects.
  14. Save your work, compare your illustration to the one below, then close Restaurant Logo.

chapter 2 review

 

Source: "Adobe Illustrator CS3 Revealed" by Chris Botello


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