Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images | Helen Bradley | Skillshare

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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10 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Introduction to Design in Black and White in Illustrator

    • 2. Reverse color effect using Text

    • 3. Create a Logo with intertwined letters

    • 4. Create a Pop Art Heart

    • 5. Create a Reverse Color Flower Sshape

    • 6. Create a Rotated Snowflake leaf

    • 7. Create a Reversed Color Tree

    • 8. Three Black and White patterns from one shape

    • 9. Create a Colored Pop Art Pattern

    • 10. Project and Course Wrap Up


About This Class

This class is a quick and fun look at creating some strong black and white designs in Illustrator where both the 'colors' are strong design elements. 

In the black and white designs we'll create the negative space – typically white - instead of being a minor player is a partner to the black or positive space. There are a lot of terms given to these types of designs including the Japanese term Notan which translates roughly to 'strength and weakness', 'light and shade' such as you might see in the classical yin yang design.

The designs we'll create include some inverted designs where the designs are created as black elements and then across half the design these colors are reversed. As we work though our examples, you'll learn the special requirements for designing these black elements so that they can be easily reversed.

We'll also create some designs using text both inverting the color of the text and intertwining two letter forms to create a logo. As well as designing objects we'll look at a couple of patterns one of which will be colored so you can see how you can take any of these designs we've created in black and white and create them also in color.

This class is suitable for beginner and intermediate Illustrator users. Some of the designs use the Shape Builder tool first introduced first CS5 (and which is included in CS6 and CC) and some require the Pattern Make tool which is in Illustrator CS6 and CC.

The designs you will learn in this class can be used in a variety of ways including as creative assets and scrapbook papers for sale online. You can also create them as designs for print on demand sites such as Spoonflower.





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Helen Bradley

Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

Helen teaches the popular Illustrator for Lunch, Photoshop for Lunch and ACR & Lightroom for Lunch series of courses. Each course is just the right length to take over a lunch break and is packed with useful and fun techniques. The projects are designed to reinforce what is taught so they too can be easily completed over a lunch hour or two.

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