Part 2: Storyboards and Typographic Still

Today’s essential question: How can I depict the meaning of a word using only the letters in the word and definition?

Today we will create storyboards for potential animations. We will use the various storyboard frames to determine the single best image to use for the vector still we create in Illustrator. If we have time, we will begin creating our vector still in Adobe Illustrator.

Here is an example of what I am looking for in a storyboard:

Here is an example of the completed vector still:

Here is the final animation.

How to Convert Text to Vector Outlines in Adobe Illustrator

  1. Select the type tool. type_tool
  2. Change the size and typeface from the drop down menu at the top of the screen. Choose a large size (72-200pt) so you will be able to see your word.
  3. Type some text.
  4. Select the selection tool. selection_tool
  5. Type -> Create Outlines
  6. Object -> Ungroup
    This will separate the letters.
  7. You can now move, scale and rotate individual letters with the selection tool.
  8. You can also select and move individual points on a letter with the direct selection tool. direct_selection_tool
    e1 e2
  9. You can thicken a letter by adjusting the stroke (Window -> stroke)
  10. Make sure you save your file as a PDF and post your progress to your blog.

Today we will:

  • Sketch storyboards for potential animations
  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • A photo of our storyboard (circle the frame or frames you think would make the best vector still)
    • A well-developed sketch of your planned vector still
    • A few sentences describing your planned animation
  • If time allows, begin creating our vector still in Adobe Illustrator



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