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Designing and Illustrating Flat Vector Graphics and Animating Them (Part 1)

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Client Brief and Plan

    • 3. Sketch in Photoshop

    • 4. Outlining Phone in Illustrator

    • 5. Outlining App in Illustrator

    • 6. Outlining second App in Illustrator

    • 7. Outlining Final App in Illustrator

    • 8. Coloring Phone in Illustrator

    • 9. Finishing coloring in Illustrator

    • 10. Conclusion

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About This Class

This course is for the beginner designer, animator, motion designer, or student who is looking to learn more about Adobe Illustrator and After Effects, and how to apply these skills in a professional setting.

This is Part 1 of a 2 class series - in this class you will learn how to illustrate flat vectors in Illustrator.

We'll start in Photoshop where we will make a rough sketch to lay out our ideas.

We'll bring our sketch into Illustrator to refine our design and illustration using shapes and the pen tool.

In Part 2

We'll bring the Illustrator file into After Effects and convert them to shape layers.  We'll animate the shape layers using shape parameters.

In addition to the lectures, throughout the course I will be supplying my working projects so that you can use them as a downloadable resource as you follow along.

At the end of this course,

Part 1 - you'll be able to design and illustrate flat vector illustrations in Illustrator and

Part 2 - animate these illustrations in After Effects using the shape layers.

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Motion Design Academy (MDA) aims to deliver high quality courses in the Adobe Creative Suite software.

We also offer courses detailing the production techniques necessary to begin and grow into an experienced top notch designer and animator.

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Evelyn Lee. I'm a motion designer living in Los Angeles. I've been working in the industry for over 10 years and features commercials and broadcasts , and I'm here to impart some knowledge and experiences that I've had working in the industry . This course is made for the student who's looking toe, learn how to illustrate thes flat vector illustrations in Illustrator and then animate them using the shape parameters and after effects. In this course, you learn how to take a client, brief research and sketch ideas and illustrate them using the pencil in the shape to an illustrator. You'll learn how to bring these illustrator files into after effects, convert them to shape players and animate them using the shape parameters. At the end of this course, you'll be able to make this animation. This course is a two part series, and this is part one. We will focus on the illustration and design portion will be in photo shop and illustrator . To make this final image in Part two will animate this image to bring it to life. We'll be walking you guys through how to make this. I'll also be talking about the principles of motion, tips and tricks and things that might just come up while working in the industry. All right, I'll see you in class. 2. Client Brief and Plan: Okay, So say client comes to you and us for, you know, an animation off a smartphone downloading an app, and they kind of wanted to have this sort of clean, flat, vector illustration type. Look, first way to tackle this is to do research. Um, and this is just to get a good, solid concept and defined inspirational images, you're gonna want to surf the web and, um, maybe Google images and of any other sort of design websites. And you're gonna drag the images that you like onto a folder and, you know, just call it like R and D research and design, and then you're gonna kind of want to open them up and bridge or find her or any sort of kind of preview image and select, you know, the images that kind of speak the most to you and then kind of use them as inspiration. So this is gonna be the image that we're going to use. I just found it off the web, and it's ah, just an iPhone. I'm gonna use this as reference cottages, getting the phone and maybe, you know, the camera is home key. And then a couple of APS, and I'm gonna I just have this one road as a reference of a moving onto my other screen. 3. Sketch in Photoshop: And then I'm gonna go ahead and create a new document, Um 1920 10 80 which is high, def. And then the resolution. It really doesn't matter, cause in the end is going into after folks. But I just leave it at that. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna sketch out the iPhone, and it's ah, I'm gonna just kind of, you know, grab like a reddish color. Um, and then the brush, I'm gonna have it. The second brush, which is kinda has a hardness of 100 size nine pixels, is fine. It really doesn't matter. We're just is just really a rough sketch. And, um, I'm gonna do it on another layer, call this phone just so that we're organized and I'm just going to sketch it up. Ah, it doesn't have to be very good, because it's just a NY idea, and we're really gonna go ahead and refined this an illustrator. But it's just so that we have kind of a placement, an idea of like what we want to dio before we go in into its up. So the camera, the other camera, and then this thing that I don't really know what it does, and then we've got the screen, honky. And so that's, you know, that's the layer of the phone, and it's really rough, but it'll get refined an illustrator. So it's fun. I'm going to change the color just so that this is just more for organization than anything else. And I'm a new, you know, design what? Or just sketch out one of the offs. And that's good for now, I'm gonna probably make this the chat one. And, um, you see how this kind of works in Illustrator. Right now, this is just really rough, and this one will be mill, and this one will be, you know, the phone. Okay, so that's and I'll just call this up just to that, you know, we stay organized. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead. I'm going to save this as a rest. I kind of have something safe, but I'm just gonna savor um it was just a photo shop. I'll so and I'm also going to say this as a, uh J Peg because I want to bring us into illustrator save and place it. Okay, So we have our sketch We ever like rough idea. And now I'm gonna close this and I'll see you guys an illustrator. 4. Outlining Phone in Illustrator: Okay, so we're in, Illustrator. I already have my documents set up, but if you go into new, um, these air sort of the settings 1920 10. 80 rgb Um, it doesn't matter your these that they're just more for print again. We're going into after effects, so we don't really need to worry about that in a press, OK? And you leave aside, I was gonna close that, that it opened twice. Um, And then what I mean is use I'm going to go into file place, routed place or reference. So it brings it in and, um hopefully for you guys, it will bring in it and at the right size. But if not, you can always just u minus Teoh command minuses. Zoom out Command Plus is designed Min and space Far is just navigate is lets you kind of move your screen around and what I'm gonna do is I'm just going to kind of scale this up if you go into If you press this black arrow, it kind of gives you the sort of transformation bounding box, and this lets you scale it. This is to scale it horizontally. This lets you skillet vertically This issue this, um when you see the arrow kind of like that, unless you rotate it, Um, And if you press shift and and you get that arrow and you move it up, it kind of scares it up proportionally. It's going to bring that up there that I was shift skillet down here just so that our reference kind of fills the bounding box. Gonna lock this and call it breath. So we're organized and the organization it's always good to kind of get yourself organized because we're not gonna be ending in. Illustrator, this is It's gonna be moving in after effects. So it's always good to kind of be mindful. And keep that in mind as you're setting up your layers as you're designing, always to know that you know you're gonna be this is gonna be an animated products. So, um, I'm gonna create another layer, and we call this phone, and then what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go and, um, Teoh this which is the shape, and if you hold it down, you get these different parameters. You could the rectangle you get the round interacting with the lips Polygons star flair is they're all really great useful tools. We're gonna use the rounded rectangle tool if I go in and then I click it again, Um, you can kind of control the within the height of it, which we can do once we press this button. So I'm not really gonna be too concerned about that. But what I am concerned about is going to be the corner radius right now. It's defaulted at 10 pixels. And the thing is, if it's smaller, if it's like five pixels is going to be closer to a rectangle, And if it's really high of the radio corner radius is really high, It's gonna kind of go closer, more towards the sphere. So this is right now at 10. I'm gonna bring this up a little bit more till, like, 25 press, okay? And it's gonna give you that rectangle of those sizes. I really don't need that. But I What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go over this, and you kind of see what kind of like rounded this you get, um, for this technique, I'm gonna I don't want to see the fill right now, So if I press this button. It kind of what it does is it makes it transparent, and you can see it up here. Um, if I toggle this, it will make the stroke transparent. And I'll make the Phil black going to go back and make this transparent. If I click the stroke and bring it into the foreground and I press this than the both of them are transparent. If I go back here, then it's the stroke is And you can also do the same thing right here. So this is what it's looking like right now. I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna bring this stroke up quite a bit like 20 and then I'm gonna press f seven will give you the layers, and I'm gonna turn off the reference the eyeball of it so I could just see what it looks like. And that's that is how I wanted to look. So I will continue to build the phone from this. So next thing I'm gonna do, I'm gonna press control, see, or a command. See, when the control f so control see? Obviously copy and then command fr control F is paste in place, and then I'm gonna you know, with this election to on and this bounding box, I'm gonna shift drag so that it kind of brings it in and match it up according to my guide . And if you lose it, you just kind of select that there again and then shift in drag and, um, and again Then I'm gonna take off my reference so I could just see how it kind of works together. Turn it back on. And just this lets you individually, horizontally kind of move it. Let me turn this off again and kind of tweak it, because that was just a reference. Um, if you're gonna bring this up a little bit more, turn it back on. Um, go back to the rounded rectangle tool and kind of create this guy through the reference off . Take a look at it that works. Um, get the ellipse tool. And with the ellipse tool. When you press shift, then you create It gives you this like a perfect circle. If you don't press it, you can kind of get, you know, different types of ellipses, level Z, and I'm gonna shift, click and and kind of make the circle and I'm moving it around. Just using the arrow keys up, down left, right. And then, um, I'm gonna bring this stroke down a lot with this. I'm also gonna bring a stroke down on this guy, too, Because and then I'm gonna grab my lips tool again and do that top camera and then if I want to adjust it, you know, command plus space bar and then going a bit more and, you know, shift drag because I want to keep the circle perfect circle. And then I'm just gonna go down here and grab the home button as well. So back to the lips, tool, shift, drag. And so and that's our circle. And then I'm gonna zoom out, turn off my reference, take this off too, and see, you know, if there's anything I kind of want to adjust with it. Okay, So I have you know, I have this all kind of all these pieces together, but they're all kind of a little bit off. And that's because we've been matching it. According to a sketch that was really rough And Photoshopped. So now I'm gonna go ahead. And since I have my rulers up, which is just you can toggle it by pressing command our controller, and it toggles it on and off. But the good thing about the rulers is that you can create a guide from it. And how you do this is if you go beyond the ruler right here is where my Christmas I've been a dragon and and what you see here, this is this is a guide. It just helps you line things up. And if you don't want the guide, you could just push it back to the ruler and it will show up. So I'm gonna go. I'm gonna zoom in and I'm just gonna match it according to the center point, as close as I can. And use that for everything. Make sure everything kind of lines up According to that, most important is this home which seemed really off. And I'm just kind of using the arrow keys, really, just to make sure they all line up. Come in minus two, go back space bar. And then if you press command semi colon, you can talk all your guides on and off. So I think these look good. I just kind of want toe move the camera just a little bit. So I think that's good for our phone. And then the next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna do the up. 5. Outlining App in Illustrator: Okay, so now we're gonna go ahead, and we're gonna make the app. I'm gonna create a liar. Call it up. Um, turn my reference back on animated zoom in command plus plus plus And I'm going Teoh drag on alter this using the arrow keys, then going a little bit closer to get that shot bubble that we created earlier, and I'm we're gonna do is I'm just going to use the Ellipse school and ah, and not press shift in time. This would get that lower the stroke of it, and then I'm gonna use these Ah, these tools and add an acre point, which is just gonna add a couple of points right here on one more right here. And then I'm gonna grab this the direct selection tool, which the difference between it this lets you alter the whole shape that's lets you alter just the point. I was gonna grab it and pull it out, and then I'm just gonna use the arrow keys to kind of push. These in is individual points. And if you go to the convert anchor tool, what this does, is it basically, you know, these are kind of does e a. They curve it on this. If you president, it makes it kind of a sharp line. I'm actually gonna go back and leave it like that. Turn the reference off and use this as our shot graphic, but raise a stroke now. Okay, so I'm gonna lock this. 6. Outlining second App in Illustrator: So now I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to make the next app. So I'm gonna drag this, duplicate it, um, unlock it, select it. And if you press shift arrow, it kind of lets you move it down significantly. Whereas if you just press the arrow key, it kind of just nudges it in. Um, little chap, but in and we're just gonna, um, create, like, oclock just with the ellipse tool shift, drag. And then to make sure that it's centered, you click this cover guide and just make sure it's close enough to it. I think you could also use the grid, and I don't really the exact but you don't always what does. And then I'm gonna grab the rounded rectangle tool and just make yeah, like, three o'clock, that was a stroke. He's gonna bring this in a little bit, okay? And then we're gonna make one more app. 7. Outlining Final App in Illustrator: Okay, so we're gonna make one more up. I'm just gonna take this layer, drag it down to layer until you see the hand in the plus key. It duplicates that layer. Lock this one. So we don't accidentally, um, affect it to select all of it. I just kind of make a rectangular highlight, and then I'm gonna shift, move the arrow key down, and we're gonna make this the note pad. So I'm gonna delete these guys and then using this and has been a look, those shit. If you press shift, you're gonna get a straight line. And if you don't, then you know this you not gonna shoot us. Straight line. Who's gonna click that and bring this stroke up of it and then kind of do the same thing we're making, like, a note pad type deal. Um, I'm gonna grab this, lower the stroke, and then if you press control C control F and you shift down, you can create this notebook line to paper. So control C control F Shift down control C control. Ask for command. Shut down and, uh, do it up top. Well, so we go out and then you know to hide our guys. We're gonna do command or control semi colon your colon. And this is sort of the up that we have I actually feel like our notebook has too many lives suna delete every other one. And it's kind of nice to be able to like, you know, go back and forth. Um, zooming really enclose and then looking at it from far back because it kind of lets you see how it looks altogether. Yeah, I think that is good for outlines. I might. Now that I see the clock, it feels like I might skill every time. My, my unlock, please, So I can affect them and just sort skillet in a little bit because it feels we go back out . Yeah, that looks a lot better. Okay, so we've got our outlines done. I'm gonna name these. So this is up. I'm gonna just name it just so that we're not You know what? Each layer is A clock and then up notebook or notes. Okay, So we've got all our outlines, and in the next section, we're going to go ahead and call a room 8. Coloring Phone in Illustrator: Okay, so now we're gonna go ahead, and we're gonna color it. Our phone and I'm gonna lock the layers would turn everything off. And with this phone, I am going to unlock it and select everything. And I have this at black and that this is a reason why my sketch was red and blue was just so that it was bright so it would stand apart from drawing it in black so that I can see it in the outlines. And now I'm going to go ahead, and I'm just gonna make it a different color. You can be creative in this part and use any sort of color that you want. I'm just gonna make it a little bit closer to my reference. And I might make it a little darker, actually. And I'm gonna go ahead and put the fill in, and I'm gonna make this a little bit of like a cream kind of white. And with these guys, I wanted to be really similar. So in order in order, make it, um, similar. I'm just gonna go to the eyedropper tool, which is right here, or you confess. I and I just click that but I am going to make it just slightly lighter. But not exactly what, you really notice it. But with these guys, I'm gonna match it. Teoh that press, I just grab it, press TV, grab this guy, press I you just grab out again crispy. Now that I see this, I kind of wanna alter the stroke. Feels really dominant. And I don't really want it Be that dominant, the smaller and with the screen, I'm gonna make it really dark as well. Mattresses here. And when you first got when you use the eyeball and you kind of click this, it kind of matches what happens with that stroke, I might actually invert this. Make this struggle little better. You actually make this a little bit darker. Okay, so that's sort of good with the iPhone. And now we're gonna go ahead and we're gonna color this chat 9. Finishing coloring in Illustrator: All right, So now we're gonna go ahead, and we're going to color our up, and I'm gonna make this blue the really kind of light, blue ish color. But I'm gonna make this the white very close to white, and I'm actually going to change the color of this. I'm going to kind of keep it in that same blue family and see what it looks like. According might make it just a little darker. Yes, I need to select it. Gonna make it just Yeah, that works. I'm a locket. And now I'm gonna do the next up. This is the clock. Turn off my phone. Unlock this. Click this. We're in it. Um, and I'm going to make the clock dork. Okay. This white turn the phone back on, She looking a little dark against the phone, so I might actually change this color, and I'm gonna make it read, so it just sort of stands out. And with the stroke, when did the same thing? I'm just gonna make it a little bit of a darker red. Turn the phone back on, turn the iPhone off so we can see what we're doing. I'm just gonna make this a different color. Describe the outlines, and I'm gonna kind of make a notebook. You that color, I'm going to change the, uh, color of all these guys release the color used to outline who's in the doctor. I might do this to all of them. Sort of make it brownish color. Okay, so these are all our ups, and they're pretty much done and illustrated. I'm gonna create a background. I'm gonna turn this the fell of a stroke off. And with this, I'm just gonna grab a color. Um, I'm gonna make it sort of blew from the rectangle tool. And I'm just gonna shift drag this so that we're just dragging out and create our backgrounds, and we're just gonna call this background. The thing I want to do with the iPhone is I want to turn this off, and I want to kind of give it a little bit of a transparency. So how I'm going to do that is I'm gonna grab this outer part, controls command, see control, see man of Control us. And I'm going to go ahead. And I'm just going to delete his points like that. And with the film in a kind of make it white. And I'm also going to turn off the outlines. I'm gonna grab this and then the opacity of just gonna drop this down so, like, 30% So that gives us, you know, in a opacity over our phone Look that Turner iPhone app spoke on. And so, yeah, this kind of concludes the, um, design and illustration portion of it receive this out as an illustrator file, and then we're gonna be bringing this into after folks. He was gonna call this phone. They are. I'll see you guys in aftereffects. 10. Conclusion: Okay, so this concludes our design portion of this class. Um, we've pretty much brought this sort of made a sketch in photo shop and brought it into illustrator and kind of illustrated thes icons. An illustrator. And this kind of wraps apart one of our course. She's the design and illustration portion, and then the next class will be bringing this illustration. Toe life in astrophysics. All right. I hope you guys learned a lot, and I'll see you the next classes.