don't stop imaging

Posts tagged ‘illustrator’

You Know You’re a Designer When…

(Blatantly stolen from http://youreadesignerwhen.tumblr.com/. More there if you want more!)


Advertisements

Final Individual Prints

After changing a few things, I finalized my project. I chose not to print a calendar on the back because I thought it cheapened my project. I did, however, remove the more graphic pornography (see old November), lined up the text for the months, added dates in front of the overlapping models, and rearranged some quotes so that they didn’t push their boundaries on the models’ figures.

Please note that these images are grainy and a little off-color because I had to convert them to .jpegs to post them on wordpress :(. Without further ado, month by month:

How to Turn a Raster into a Vector Image Using CS5

Step 1: Pick a picture you want to vectorcize! Play with it in photoshop if you want. Remember, this image starts out as a raster.

Original Picture

Original Picture in Photoshop

Step 2: Open Adobe Illustrator and make a blank document the size of your choosing.

Adobe Illustrator New Document

Adobe Illustrator New Document

Step 3: Open File, select “Place,” and choose your raster image.

Select Image

Select Image

Step 4: Once placed, click the arrow to the right of live trace. You have many different options for how you want to vectorcize your image!

Options for Vectorization

Options for Vectorization

Step 5: Once you are content with your selection, click expand to alter the image. Et voila! C’est complete! (In this example, I used Color 6).

Vector Puppy

Vector Puppy

Cute, huh? 🙂

Final Pup

Final Pup

How to Turn the Explicit into Art

This is the step-by-step process that I went through for each of my months. Each print probably took me a combined 2-3 hours, but I got faster as I learned how to work smarter.

Step 1: Find a backround and models that you would like to use. The better quality and the more of the body, the easier it is to work with.

Step 2: Cut the models out of their picture using magic wand with high tolerance for bigger pieces and polygonal lasso for details. After the bodies are completely cut out, magic wand the bodies, click Apple->Shift->I, and click delete. Tada! The models are cut out of their background. Touch up using polygonal lasso tool.

Step 3: Fill in missing body parts. Examples here. Save as a .psd.

Step 4: Move into Adobe Illustrator. Create a new document for print. File->Place->your .psd.

Step 5: Click “Live Trace” at the top of the screen. I like the preset “Black and White Logo” for the smoothest appearance. If you use this preset, be sure to set its color back to CMYK for ideal printing.

Step 6: Punch in your wallpaper, calendar, and quote, and you’re done! Be sure the colors and quotes match the month :).

Final Prints are Done!

Now I have to figure out what to do with them. Here is a sneak peak at each season. These clips also represent the different artistic styles in the calendar.

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

Autumn

Autumn

Winter

Winter

Calendar is Panning Out

Ooooh I think this is going to be good. I’m using quotes that can be misconstrued as being dirty (kind of like “that’s what she said”), using large print backgrounds, setting the images to 85% opacity, and running with it. 5/12 done!

May 2011

5 panel layout

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.
— Alex Haley

Tag Cloud