That Blue Square Thing

June 2019: I'm starting to build this area of the site properly just now. This means that there's a lot of gaps right now and I'll be adding content only as I come to teach it.

Creative iMedia - Creating Digital Graphics

Creating Vector Graphics

simple bst logo

One of the markbands in LO3 says that you need to have both sourced and created graphics to use. One easy way to do that is to produce a simple logo as a vector graphic.

PDF iconLO3 Markgrid

PDF iconWhat are Vector Graphics?

PDF iconMaking a Logo as a Vector Graphic in Illustrator

Keep the logo really simple and think about where you'd want to use it. Make sure you save both the Vector Graphic version (the .ai file) and export a PNG file as well.

If you need to resize your vector graphic it's quite easy (once you know how...):

PDF iconResizing a Vector Graphics

owl face logo

Making an Owl Face Logo

By combining a range of shapes with some slightly more advanced skills, it's fairly easy to make a simple owl face logo - which is a fairly common logo choice.

Obviously, once you know some of the basic skills you can reuse them to create other types of logo as well.

PDF iconOwl Logo - part 1: the basics

PDF iconDrawing lines with Illustrator

PDF iconOwl Logo - part 2 adding the eyebrows

designcats logo

Making the designcats logo

Once you have the skills to make the Owl Face Logo, it's not too tricky to take them a bit further and create the designcats logo.

PDF iconDesign Cats logo

You may find that you need to get a bit more complicated with the cat's tail. The guide below might help.

PDF iconUsing Complex Lines

I got the basic idea for this from this post on Creative Market. I'm not sure who it's by, but it helped me to get a couple of ideas together and, obviously, I used the name designcats.

Working with effects and drop shadows

Illustrator has a whole range of really interesting graphics effects you can use. One of these is adding drop shadows, but there are tonnes of interesting things you can do.

PDF iconEffects and drop shadows

Time for an assessment...

This assessment gives you a choice over your client. Look carefully at the markgrid and present all the required evidence.

See the client brief document for the rules for this task. Your work will be marked by your user area being inspected. All of the evidence required should be saved in one place.

PDF iconLogo Client Brief

PDF iconLogo Workplan

You can find out more about what's required on a visualisation diagram.

PDF iconTask 0 - a pre-planning task

PDF iconRequired export sizes

PDF iconLogo Review

PDF iconLogo Assessment Markgrid

Note that you need to write a short evaluation/review of your logo for this task.

You may find this video useful if you need to make something like a leaf. Unfortunately it's on The YouTube so you'll not be able to view it in school.