Small changes, big results

Today’s essential question: What can you adjust or change to bring your self-portrait closer to a professional level artwork?

Adjusting points and curves to smooth out shapes

To adjust an existing path, select the white arrow white_Arrow from the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Then click on the point you would like to adjust. You can move it using the arrow keys. You can also adjust the curves themselves by selecting the tangent lines or “handles” that appear on either side of the point you have selected.

tanglent_lines

Note: Tangent lines or handles only exist for curved lines. If you have made a bunch of straight lines close together, you will not be able to add curves later on, because they have no tangent points to adjust.

Adding or subtracting points from a path

If you would like to add or subtract points, click and hold on the pen tool until a variety of options pop up. Select either the “add anchor point” tool or the “delete anchor point” tool to add or delete points accordingly.
pen_tool

Adjusting color to create a more natural gradient

We have been using the eyedropper tool eyedropper to select colors. Unfortunately, imperfect lighting situations can alter the representation of colors, and keep us from creating a true value scale. For example, notice how the start of the Donald Trump image has a value scale that changes hue as well as value:
trump_vector_colors_before

To remedy this, use the eyedropper tool eyedropper to select a mid-tone value, and then use the rectangle tool rectangle to create a series of squares. Now select one of the rectangles that you would like to lighten or darken, open up the color palette, and select a value that is directly above or below the existing value. This will be a true tint or shade of your mid-tone color.
color_Selector

Continue this until you have created a value scale. Then select any shapes that you would like to be the highlight color, and use the eyedropper tool to click on the square that contains your desired highlight color. This will change the shapes to  that color. Continue until you have adjusted all the colors.
value_scale

Today we will:

  • Make minor adjustments to our projects to make them look more sophisticated. We will focus on:
    • Adjusting points and curves to smooth out shapes
    • Adjusting color to create a more natural gradient
  • Create a new blog post with a PDF of today’s work, as well as a brief reflection of what you worked on today and how it improved your project
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