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Create Bookmarks from Letters

teacher avatar Ouss Mezher, Graphic Designer/illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Before Sketching

    • 3. Inspiration

    • 4. Demo Sketch

    • 5. Demo illustrator

    • 6. Transferring and Cutting

    • 7. Final thoughts

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About This Class

From a sketch to a physical bookmark: Learn how to transform a simple drawing into a personalized physical bookmark that you can keep or give as a gift.

Step by step, you will learn how to convert a simple sketch into an actual bookmark. We will go through all the dos and don’ts of the process and you will be given all the necessary tips to achieve the best results.

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Ouss Mezher

Graphic Designer/illustrator


Graphic designer and children book illustrator.

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1. Trailer: Hi. I'm sometimes I'm a graphic designer and the lost Rick. This class I won't share with you my latest project. You will learn how to make a physical usable bit. Mark. Based on the letter off your choice from Sketch conducted an illustrator to find the my fun . 2. Before Sketching: There are few things that you need to consider before starting a sketch. It's very important to keep in mind a couple of rules while designing your latter. First, you need to have to hold the points. They need to be on the same level. These are the two holding points. It helps keep the bookmark in its place. Second, the letter needs to be bold so the bookmark can hold and not crack when news. I usually designed my letter inside the rectangle. I made a PDF for you. It will be available as an attachment. 3. Inspiration: I recommend that you go explore sites with a teacher, lots of type options. Example. Pinteresque. Also go cease site off Jessica Hash, Alex Perez Body and benches. They work magic with that. Here are some or example off What I look at when I'm surfing that that for inspiration, for example. Here I'd look at the Are the a the sea the Why that you? And see where I can put the two holding point. Are they bold enough? Can I can I put them into the two by three ratio boxes? Are they flexible? I can add more. I can move them into angles. That's here is a good example, because here I can remove the fox and here the options for the two holding points. I have to think about the cross shot year. It's too thin. These are the things I consider when I'm surfing the net for inspiration. When I'm creating my letter 4. Demo Sketch: First, start by making a rough sketch of the latter you want to work with. Once you have a clear idea of the design new, aiming for, start constructing your letter. I usually use a grid paper. The grid make it easier to construct. The letter. I start with, the boxes. Doesn't have to be perfect. They are just guides. You can draw it lighter. And here are the 12123 boxes. I use another color to put the two holding points. The two holding points will change depending on the letter you're working on. Here, I'm making a letter me. So I'm starting with the first holding point. I move the second holding point and I tilted. It's okay if you go outside the box. And here my letter B, here, I didn't use this space and the bottom, but it's still have the two to three ratio. So it's perfect for me. Now. It's ready for illustrated. 5. Demo illustrator: Make sure to use the file that I provided with this project as reference. It contains two layers. One is the grid. The second one is that to holding point, points inside of the two by three rectangle. I save it in a different name to keep this this file intact. I name it bookmark b because I'm working on the letter B. And before I start, I open the tools that I need them off. Here, I use the pen tool. If you look, there's a small rectangle next to it. It means there are more options. Click on the click on it, and click on the rectangle here. And docket next to me. Geometric tool, the scissor tool. And go to Window for Pathfinder. You have also align and transport. Before I start, I make a new layer, name it, sketch. It's the layer where I'm gonna put the letter b. I go to File Place, get the letter that I scanned and put it on this layer. I go to transparency and I put it to multiply. And I make it smaller to fit inside the boxes. And I locked the layer because my sketches or grid paper, I'm going to hide the layer grid because it's distracting. And I create a new layer for the letter B and I name it. Let Ruby. And I go to the stroke for, and I choose a bright color. So it chose more from different players. And go to the geometric shapes and start with a circle. You can choose shift to restrain the proportions and alt to copy the four. If you are changing the size and the stroke, guts, lighter or thicker. Go to illustrate precedence, general and uncheck the skin stroke effects. Now, if you copy your form and change the size, the stroke stays the same. If you want to have a go and copy the fault. I use the parts of the circles. You can use the shortcut see forces for selection. But what? I tried to slice the parts that I don't need and go to tool to join those two points and then select it and go to object. If you remove 1 minus and you have a point. If my letter B. 6. Transferring and Cutting: Once you finish adjusting your design, printed without the guides here, I printed my letter b in color red. Now I'm going to flip it and retrace it, choosing a light table. You can do that with a window also. It have the same effect now on the board. And with an exact tonight. Now, I'm gonna cut it. Make sure to watch my letter. 7. Final thoughts: Remember to share your sketches before you start finalizing your design. The feedbacks will help guarantee greater results. Have fun. Thank you for taking this time.