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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1: Set up workspace + art board

    • 3. Lesson 2: Draw a peace symbol

    • 4. Lesson 3: 1970's Fonts

    • 5. Lesson 4: Add color

    • 6. Lesson 5: More about color

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Click here for my 4-minute YouTube video on how-to get free and legal Adobe Illustrator CS2 program.

Create your own blacklight posters on Adobe Illustrator.

I LOVED blacklight posters in the 60's and 70's.  This class combines retro art with today's technology.

Class Content

Lesson  1: Set up your workspace + art board

Lesson 2: Draw a peace symbol on Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 3: Add 1970’s fonts

Lesson 4: Add color

Lesson 5: More color

Final Thoughts

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Aerie North

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1. Intro: hello and welcome to create black light posters with Ari North. I'm an artist, art teacher and creator of coloring books, meditation journals and surface pattern designs. This year we launched the Ari North Project. The Ari North Project is a philanthropic incubator supporting creative communities through education on project based initiatives. Our current projects are art therapy resources, providing free coloring pages to mental health clinics. Hashtag bring back the bees where we created while Flowers of North America, available on Amazon and in art galleries, boutiques designed classes on spill share, encouraging artists to grow their creative business and provide free weekly illustrations to everyone on our email list. You can join that list at ari north dot com. In this class, we have five lessons and some final thoughts. In less than one, you learn to set up your workspace and art board on Adobe Illustrator Lesson two. You'll be drawing a peace symbol on Illustrator. In less than three, we're gonna talk about and add some 19 seventies fonts and less than four. We're gonna talk about the basics of colors specially colors used in 1970 in less than five are going to talk a little bit more about color and then a few final thoughts. If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator, you can download a current free trial on adobe dot com. Also you to pass tutorials on downloading a free Adobe Illustrator. CS two. Your class project is to create a peace symbol Black Light poster using the techniques learned in this class and, sure, your artwork and the Project gallery. Please join me in class. I look forward to seeing your artwork in the project gallery. 2. Lesson 1: Set up workspace + art board: Hello and welcome to Lesson one. In this lesson, we're just going to set up our workspace with an art board and pick some color palettes that we think would look nice with our peace sign. And to go with that theme of the seventies, Ready would file new name it. I'm just gonna call Black Light. I like to just default to letter size and inches, which is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, because I tend to print off my work at a later date for different types of uses. Hit okay, and there's my art board. So now, to select some colors, I want to go Toe window and Swatch Library. There's retro, since we're doing kind of 60 seventies will hit retro, so there's some colors that are supposed to be kind of retro. However, with a little experience, I found that brights are a little more suited. There we go, so there's brights, so I'm going to keep that. But you can also use retro as well. So I've got the palate up here. I just want to go the stroke. I always like to put the stroke on that little curve. I don't like the hardness of stroke that it defaults to will leave the stroke as a color will just leave it black for now. And we want no Phil. Okay, so there we are. We're just going to start with this and then I'll meet you in the next lesson when we're going to start getting a little creative. 3. Lesson 2: Draw a peace symbol: hello and welcome to lessen to And this lesson we're going to create the peace sign I provided for you a clip art of a peace sign that we're going to be using So you can download that and then just go to file and place it on the board or if you just copied it and copy and paste, which I already did the control, See? So now I'm just gonna control V. And there it ISS I'm going to move it up a little bit because in a later lesson, we are going to talk about 19 sixties and seventies fonts that we can use to write piece underneath our peace sign. So there it ISS. Now, what I like to do is lock my image into place so I don't accidentally move it around. So I'm gonna click Object lock And there it is. So now I can't select it and move it around accidentally. I'm going to pick four points because I want it to be a little thicker to begin with, I'm going to change the stroke to a bright yellow so I could see what I'm doing. Just using the tools that we have here a hand. We're going to recreate our peace signed by just tracing over it. So I'm going to take this and move it over. See how close I can get this right down to the bottom. Over to the side. There we go. OK, now, the next tool, we're gonna use the pen tool to create the straight lines and then the little curvy lines. Once we're done, I'm going to select the pen tool and come over to my top corner and click, Click to the bottom and click. Good. Okay, That looks nice. I'm gonna select my pen tool again. Go to the top corner, come down and there we go. This is really easy with a nice simple symbol, like the peace sign. Good. And starting down in the bottom, come up. But now the curvy bits with the pen tool, we're gonna come up to the anchor at the top. Click it once, we're gonna click the other anchor. But as we click the other anchor, we're going to collect, click and hold and then drag until we create the that black line with our new yellow line. There we go. That looks pretty good. Okay, let's do the other side. Come up to the anchor, click once with your mouse. And as we click the second part, we're going to hold and drag. So our path line concur. Good looks pretty good. And the last little bit Click the anchor and then with the most clicked the other anchor. But hold on drag to get the little curve and the other one click one anchor, click the other. Hold drag. That looks really, really good. Okay, now this point, we're going to take our object off lock. We're gonna unlock it. It's gone. It's selected right there. Now we could just backspace it so it's out. And here we go. We have a nice new peace sign that we drew. I'm gonna select it all. I'm going to go to group and group it. So now it's just one piece and come back over and just changes to black so I can work with that. I can always change the color later. Just always. Just my default color. Okay, so now that we've placed our peace sign on the art board, I'll meet you in the next lesson. When we add the word peace in a few different funky funds 4. Lesson 3: 1970's Fonts: hello and welcome to lessen three. In this lesson, we're going to write the word peace right under the peace sign, using a 19 sixties, 19 seventies type of font where I like to go get my fonts is over. There we go. The font dot com has for a lot of free fonts that you can use. So I just typed in 19 seventies fonts and it came up with fancy. Groovy so you can type in groovy fonds. You can go anywhere you usually go to grab your fonts, you can go there. And so here is just some fonts that you can use and there's a bunch you can go on and on and on. The one that I picked for our project today is the Keep on trucking font, and it's free for personal use. So I just clicked download, and it went right into my font list. So clicking on the type tool, I'm going to come over and just click where I think I want to start. I'm gonna go up to my characters are my fonts and just click K, and that will bring me towards the case to keep on trucking. I'm going to make it pretty big. I'm going to make it 100. You can use upper case or lower case whatever you want. Let's just take a peek. All use all uppercase. I think I want a bigger than 100. Let's do 1 to 5. Okay, I'm going to make it a little larger. 1 to 5. How about one more? Let's make it. Let's make it 1 50 See what we got. OK, I like that art. Now let's just move this guy, eyeball it where we want to center it a little smaller, Okay? Because I want to change the inside color of the letters to a little bit more funkier than just selecting a color. I'm going to come over to object or I'm gonna make the letters of the word have their own paths and anchors by expanding them, the object and the Phil. There we go. So you could see right there that they've got paths and anchors and the reason I do that it's so when I change the inside, I can do anything I want. I can mess around with the the letters. If I want to make them larger, just the bottoms larger or do anything I want. So I just like doing okay. So there we go. So there we've got the peace sign down there. It's just some black for now, but we're going to change it, and we've got our our peace symbol and I'll meet you in the next lesson when we start to play with some funky, groovy colors. 5. Lesson 4: Add color: Hi and welcome to lesson. For this is a really fun lesson where we get to mess around with colors a little bit. We're gonna play with the Grady Int, so I'm just going to come up to a window and just click color so that I can have my ingredient available and just our extra swatches of color. So there we go. It's on greedy in. So now I'm going to select the entire thing and start to mess with color using the bright colors I'm gonna go all rainbow on a ourselves here So let's grab some red and I'm gonna bring the red down I clicked on the color, dragged it and I'm just gonna drop I've got the red gets gradually lighter So the next color in the rainbow was orange And I think we'll go with this orange and I click and dragged it down by the red and the next color in the rainbow was yellow. And then there's green and we had a couple of choices. I'm going to go with the really light when I might change my mind. And then we have a light blue. And then there's a darker blue I think I'll go really dark and then we have violet. So that's the rain bows. It's Roy G. Biv. Do you remember that from school that is red, orange, yellow, green, blue indigo, Violet, Roy G. Biff. It's also the colors of shock Ra's colors that were definitely present in the sixties and the seventies. Now I'm was born in the early sixties and grew up in the seventies and some very familiar with this type of work in color. I usedto love coloring in black light posters. So we get these fuzzy posters they have like a velveteen, and then we colored them in with these bright neon markers that came with it. So that's what we're doing here is we're simulating that type off black light poster. I like that. The word Peace has no stroke and just a really nice colored, rainbow colored Phil. Let's look at the peace sign. Let's see what we can do there. Let's take the stroke off. We can leave the inside of the peace symbol colorful like this, or you could change it to different colors. I like that. The inside also has the funky colors. You can definitely tell This is a peace sign. And then inside we've got some groovy colors, too. Okay. To make it a true black light poster, it needs to be on a black background. So we're going to go over to our rectangle tool, and we're going to make it exactly the same size as the art board. So it's the letter size 8.5 by 11 of clicking. Okay, I wanted black, so I'm gonna go up to my fill, change it black, come back onto the selected rectangles. Already selected, right click, come down to arrange, send to back. And it's gonna go behind our image, just selecting it so I can move and put it right over the art board. And there you go. You have a black light peace poster. 6. Lesson 5: More about color: hello and welcome to lessen five. In this lesson, we're going to just play with color. A little bit more. Less than four was about kind of your typical 19 sixties, 19 seventies type of colors that would have been used in this type of poster. Now we're gonna play with a different type of Grady int that we can use. So it's now what I'm going to dio is take our black background and I want to lock it into place so I can't move the black background. I want to select both the peace symbol and I can hold down, shift and then select the peace word. And then with linear on, let's change the angle from 0 to 90. So there you go. You see how it now goes a little differently. That's really cool. I like that. Let's change it to 45. Let's see what happens when we change it to 30. So it's a little different. Let's change it back to zero. Okay, still select it. Whoa! Okay. Uh huh. Let me know in the comments section what you think of this? Okay, so that's using Ah, the radial. That's really interesting, but I think we'll go back to linear. I'm kind of digging this 90. There we go. So that's a little bit more that you can play with to get a different look with the ingredient and the colors. Let's start changing these colors altogether, some going to select the symbol on hold down my shift key to also select the word together . And let's just go straight to the black. That's really nice. That's quite interesting looking in the select again. And let's start with some blues and greens. This time we're just gonna use two colors and different hues. So I'm going to grab the really light kind of see foamy green and this nice blue here, and I'm gonna place that at the end. So if you just used to colors, this is the type of effect you get. Select. Select. Let's start filling in a little bit more. I'm gonna take Let's go three colors. Okay? Want to move that little thing there? And four colors? Let's just see with four colors go. I think I'm gonna like this. I like a green and blue together. It's got a really nice, bright yet earthy. I'm wondering if it needs one more blue. Let's take a look. I think it needs something else. Either a nice dark blue at the top or even, um over purple. We'll try the dark blue Let's take down Nice Deep blue. Yeah. No, I like talking to myself here. Okay, that's a little bit more interesting, But now that I put put it in my head, I want to go for the purple. Let's pull a purple down. I'm gonna take a purple from the swatch. Well, there you go. Okay. I'm kind of digging this. Okay, Maybe a little bit. Let's take a look. And there you go. There's another effect. Sega. Really Play with this and use your favorite colors. Use colors that you wouldn't even think that would go together. Let's give that a shot. I'm gonna select again the symbol and the word and let me see. Where do I want to go with this? How about sunshine at the bottom? Okay, let's take a look. There you go. Just that's just using one color. It's got this awesome effect. I really quite like that. And I'm going toe ad. I'm gonna add a brown, huh? Mochaccino or look at that. I think our he's a little bit more light. That looks good. So that's kind of got, like, kind of a golden cup of tea, cup of coffee type of appearance, and I'm going to go for a couple of my favorite colors together. I really like green and purple together, So I'm going to go for this light, light green and this nice deep purple. That looks good. I like that. Okay, one more. Let's try one more. I also like yellows with green and purple that's popping a yellow at the bottom. Let's keep it on the bright side. I like that. So there you go. We could play all day with colors. I just want to really show you how you can just take these colors. You can use different type of Swatch libraries as well and really have fun with this type of black light poster effect 7. Final Thoughts: thank you for taking this class. It was a pleasure to create. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know in the community section below, I look forward to seeing your artwork in the Project gallery. If you are interested in pursuing a career in art and design, please let me know. I'm always happy to help fellow artists enter and thrive in the rewarding world of art. Please stay in touch. Join my email list for free weekly illustrations at ari north dot com.