Setting Up our Actual Infographic Projects

Today we will begin creating our infographics.

If you are using Photoshop

  • You will create a black and white drawing of your infographic and go over the design with Sharpie. Everything must be solid black and white, and you should make sure you close all shapes and lines like the example below:
    hand_letttering_scan
  • You will then take a high-quality photo of your drawing and post it to your blog.
  • You will complete the tutorials on how to manipulate hand drawn lettering in Photoshop. You will post your completed tutorial to your blog. (This means that if you work quickly, you will create two blog posts today.)

If you are using Illustrator

  • You will follow the steps below to begin creating your infographic in Illustrator.
  • If your design requires a colored background, or you have any objects with holes in them, read the post about compound paths and backgrounds.

Steps to creating the actual infographic file in Illustrator

  1. Open Adobe Illustrator
  2. Create a new file. File -> New.
    Set the dimensions as follows (flip the height and the width if you want a landscape orientation):
    new_document
  3. Place the image of your layout sketch. File -> Place. It may not fit the dimensions of the paper exactly.
    That is ok. You can scale and distort it to fit by dragging the top, bottom, and sides of the layout sketch image.
    layout_sketch
  4. In the layers palette, double-click to rename Layer 1.
    Then press the new layer button new_layer to make a new layer, and name it “images to vectorize.”
    You may also want to create a new layer for each image you plan to vectorize.
    layers_palette
  5. Place any reference images you plan to vectorize. File -> Place.
    Hold down on the shift key and scale from the corner until each image is the correct size.
    placed_graphics
  6. Use the rectangle tool rectangle_tool to create boxes.
  7. Use the text tool text_tool to add text.
  8. Use the pen tool pen_tool to trace create vector illustrations.
  9. At the end of class, save your file as a PDF (File -> Save as -> PDF) and upload the PDF to your blog.
    Also, create a new folder with your project PDF file and any images you are using, and back it up to your Google Drive or USB drive.

Today we will:

  • create a new 11×17 or 17×11 file in Adobe Illustrator
  • place our layout sketch in this file
  • begin vectorizing our layout sketch
  • save our file as a PDF and upload the PDF of our progress to our blog
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