How To Make A Moodboard in Illustrator | Lindsey Slutz | Skillshare

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How To Make A Moodboard in Illustrator

teacher avatar Lindsey Slutz, Surface Pattern Designer

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4 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Finding Inspiration

    • 3. Creating Your Moodboard

    • 4. Conclusion

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In this class you will learn how to create a moodboard in Adobe Illustrator. We'll also go through the process of sourcing inspiration both on and offline. Enrolling Bonus: 2 mood board templates & a PDF for finding inspiration for you project.

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Lindsey Slutz

Surface Pattern Designer



Hi! I'm so glad you're here. My name is Lindsey Slutz and I'm a graphic & surface pattern designer, blogger and the founder of East Coast Charm. I'm known for my preppy style that comes organically from growing up near the coast of North Carolina. I also gather inspiration from my travels and hikes with my husband, Eric, and our dog, Willow. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, which lends to helping create beautiful color palettes.

To see more designs or to follow me, check out Instagram and Pinterest.


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1. Welcome: welcome to my class on creating mood boards and illustrator, we're going to go through the process of sourcing inspiration and then creating your mood board. Creating a mood board is a great way to help you with creative projects, decorating your home and planning parties. Once you enroll, you can download the free bonus illustrator files that make creating mood boards extremely easy. Make sure to share your mood board at the end of class, and, as always, please click like if you find this class useful so that more students could find it. Now let's get started. 2. Finding Inspiration: many ways to find inspiration both on and offline. Here's a few of my favorite places. I like visiting my local library toe look through the books and magazines I also find the inspiration comes at the most random times. So I like to take photos on my phone of flowers, architecture, colors, really anything that stands out to me. Then add it to ABS like Dropbox iCloud Storage, Google Drive so that I can easily access it on my computer as though, like looking through a few different magazines. Digital camera is one that I have subscribed to for years, and I love the photos I found after his diary Ah, week ago. And I adore the illustrations, the colors and the projects Molly makes I found while on a trip to the UK, and thankfully, I can buy it here in the U. S. But the projects can be incorporated into your digital designs. My sister introduced me to Flow magazine because she loved the patterns. I like to look at several different websites when I'm looking for inspiration online. There's a lot of really great free stock photography sites out there and unspool. Ash is probably my favorite out of all of them. So you need to do is go to unspool ash dot com, and then you can search in the top right corner type in whatever your theme is, I'm going to search purple, and it will bring up anything that is tagged with that. Once you find the image that you like, you can click on it and you can download it by clicking the download button in the top right corner and then right click, Save as and save your image where you would like to. I also really like to go to Flicker. Um, it's a website that I've used for years to publish my own photography, but they've added in the last couple of years the option to download photos so you can search for your theme. And then under any license, which is on the top left, you can select whatever kind of ah license that you would like. I like to use something I know that could be used both personally and commercial, so I will select commercial use allowed, and once you find an image that you like, go ahead and click on the image and at the kind of at the bottom, right? You see an arrow with a line underneath that once you click that you can select any size that you would like, and it will download for you automatically. Social media is another great way to look up your theme. I use instagram all the time to post my own patterns. The search bar. If you're using on the computers in the middle of the screen at the top, make sure to include the hash tag of the theme. Some of you hashtag purple and there's gonna be a ton of photos. If you find something that you like, I would always ask the person that published, if it is okay to use in a project. And lastly, in probably the best place to find inspiration is Pinterest. Pinterest is kind of like Google and that it's a search engine, but it's going to show you images that match whatever your theme is. And unlike the other sites were with purple pretty much everything was flowers. You're going to find anything and everything that is purple 3. Creating Your Moodboard: As you can see, I have already started to create a mood board template, the benefit of creating a template so that you can use it over and over again in the future . To fill in this bottom right corner of the mood board, I'm going to use the rectangle tool, which you can find on the left toolbar or clique em on your keyboard, line up the rectangle with the ones above it, hold down the mouse and drag to the bottom right corner. If he was like a couple more of these circles, which I like to use for color, you can dio a couple different things. First, you can select one of the circles. Click all from your keyboard on, drag your circle to where you would like it on the mood board. And as you can see, this is layered behind the rectangle that we just created so you can right click arrange, bring to front, and if you would like another one, it's again select. Click all on your keyboard and drag. The other way of doing less is used. The Ellipse tool, which you can find on the left toolbar or L on your keyboard. Click and hold with your mouse hold shift so that it's a perfect circle. I'm in drag until you're happy with the size of the circle. And as you can see, because I selected one of these other circles, it's automatically put a stroke on here. What you do want okay, when you're happy with the template that you've created, open up your photos that you found online or pictures that you've taken from your phone and drag them and to your template file. I'm going to zoom out by using command. And the minus sign, as you can see I have, are today brought in several photos that I found online. In order to do this with the image open, using your selection tool they can find on the left toolbar or begin your keyboard. Select the image drag to your mood board. You can go to any of four of the corners. Hold with your mouths cook shift so that it stays the correct proportion and then just drag down until it's a size that you're happy with. So in order to get your image into the mood board, line it up with one of your shapes and make sure that it is slightly larger. Now select your image. Right click. Arrange sent to the back hold shift. So let your example right. Click. Make clipping last. So now you're images the same size as the rectangle, another way of creating your clipping mask. It's to drag your image over to the rectangle you would like. Select your image. Click object arrange. Send him back and select your single as well. Quick objects clipping mask make Oh, the very last way to create the clipping mask. And this is if you want to know the keyboard shortcuts. Once again, drag your image over where you would like to place it with the image selected. Quick shift command and you're left bracket. Still holding shirt. Select your rectangle and hit command seventh. In order to see all of the other images, I am going to use command on the minus K to zoom out, and I'm going to continue to fill and my mate aboard. I like to create color palettes from my mood board. In order to do so, I'm going to select one of the circles using V on the keyboard or the selection tool on the left tour. Now you need to use your eyedropper tool that you can find on the left hand side. More I and her keyboard. You can click around the different images until you find a color that you like. As you can see, the stroke has come off of this. Don't worry about it. We'll add it back in. If you use command on your keyboard, we'll go back to your last tool that you use, which is your selection toe so you can select your next circle. Once you release the command button will go back to the eyedropper tool, so continue to do this until you fill in all of your circles. Once you filled in all of your colors, holding down shift, select all uh, your circles and under the stroke at the top, select white and then continue to go up, been stroked, size and tell you until it appears about the same size as the gaps between the images. At this point, you're done with your mood board, but if you do want to continue, you can always add an text like a title or any words that are associated with the theme off your mood board. To do so, use the textual, which you can find on your left toolbar or tea on your keyboard. You can either leave your tax straight on your picture or, if you wanted to add a banner using your rectangle. Tool creates rectangle that a slightly larger and your text using the shortcut command in the left bracket to drop your rectangle behind your text. Now use your ad anchor point tool, which you confined under the pencil. Select halfway down your left side of your rectangle. Use your direction. Election Tour So lacked the new point that you've created and drag on you've created your title. You could also do this for the other side. I'm going to use BM a keyboard going to make my text slightly smaller. What's again? At a point halfway down, use your direct selection tool or a on your keyboard. I'm going to group these together using command G, and now you can place it anywhere on your good or that you would like and you don't 4. Conclusion: thanks so much for signing up for my class. Make sure to add your project after you've sourced your images and created your mood boards , Phil, for to include any images that you love and what you created with your mood board. I can't wait to see your projects. Please let me know if you have any questions by posting them in the discussions tab below. Thanks again and have fun creating your mood boards.