Mastering Illustrator Tools & Techniques for Creating Geometric Grid-Based Designs

Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand, Graphic Design & Photography

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38 Lessons (4h 11m)
    • 1. Introduction & Class Overview

      4:03
    • 2. Your Class Project & Contest

      2:44
    • 3. Understanding Geometric Grids

      4:41
    • 4. Illustrator Document Setup

      5:08
    • 5. Illustrator Preferences, Workspace & View Settings

      8:21
    • 6. Creating Standard Grids: Introduction

      2:01
    • 7. Creating Regular Rectangular & Square Grids

      6:18
    • 8. Creating Irregular Rectangular Grids

      5:47
    • 9. Creating Regular & Irregular Polar Grids

      11:14
    • 10. Creating Isometric & Hexagonal Grids

      9:39
    • 11. Combining Standard Grids

      11:38
    • 12. Creating Custom Grids: Design Considerations

      8:40
    • 13. Adding Custom Linear Elements to Your Grids

      8:05
    • 14. Tips & Tricks for Creating Geometric Shapes for Your Grids

      8:18
    • 15. Modifying Shapes Using the Live Shape Properties

      4:01
    • 16. Creating Custom Shapes Using Pathfinder

      3:34
    • 17. Composing Grid Elements with the Transform Tools

      6:19
    • 18. Repeating & Transforming Grid Elements with the Blend Tool

      9:23
    • 19. Design Considerations & Approaches to Creating Grid-Based Designs

      7:34
    • 20. Preparing Your Grids for Creating Shape-Based Designs

      4:01
    • 21. Developing Shape-Based Designs Using the Live Paint Bucket Tool

      4:23
    • 22. Combining Grid Modules into Larger Shapes

      7:09
    • 23. Creating Shape-Based Designs Using the Shape Builder Tool

      6:21
    • 24. Tips & Tricks for Creating Linear Designs

      12:18
    • 25. Tips & Techniques for Colouring Your Designs

      10:36
    • 26. Styling Geometric Designs: Introduction

      1:24
    • 27. Styling Your Designs Using Strokes

      6:08
    • 28. Creating Gaps Between Shapes by Offsetting Paths

      5:01
    • 29. Customising Your Designs Using Live Corners

      4:06
    • 30. Texturing Your Designs Using Patterns

      8:30
    • 31. Styling Your Designs Using Repeating Linear Elements

      14:17
    • 32. Developing Your Designs Using Gradients

      8:56
    • 33. Troubleshooting & Preparing Your Work for Output

      4:35
    • 34. Tips & Ideas for Tiling Geometric Designs

      4:03
    • 35. Saving Your Work for Web & Print

      5:22
    • 36. Final Thoughts & Conclusion

      4:21
    • 37. Bonus: Making of Geometric Design with Blends & Gradients

      7:00
    • 38. Bonus: Making of Geometric Grid Based Letterform

      4:46
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Project Description

Create your own geometric grid-based designs by putting into practice any tools & techniques covered in this class.

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For your class project you can either create some new work from scratch and experiment along the way, or you can work on something that you already have in mind, or you can re-work, perfect and develop further your already excising work. But if you want to have more fun, push yourself creatively, practice more techniques and develop your visual style, I’d recommend experimenting and creating something completely new from scratch.

Either way, start by watching the class to familiarise yourself with all the tools, techniques and workflows, so you know all of the creative possibilities and options you have at your disposal, and then stage by stage start creating your design. Be sure to download and keep handy the table of contents, so you can note down which techniques you definitely want to try out and so it is easier for you to find exactly want you are looking for or to revisit some parts later.

Don’t hold back on creating your project, and start sharing your work as soon as you have something to share, it does not need to be completely finished work! With this class I encourage you to work methodically and share what you create during each stage of development, so I can provide feedback and help you develop along the way!

 

S T A G E  1

Start your project by exploring different kinds of standard grids and their combinations using the tools & techniques covered in Unit 3: Creating Standard Grids, and share your favourite grids you have created.

 

S T A G E  2

Develop your standard grids further by customising them with any geometric elements of your choosing using the tools & techniques covered in Unit 4: Creating Custom Grids. Explore different compositional arrangements and consider the different design principles and elements covered in Part 4.1: Creating Custom Grids: Design Considerations to help you achieve the desired effect. Share your favourite custom grids you have created.

 

S T A G E  3

Select one or more grids you have devised, and create shape-based, linear or both types of designs based on your grid(s). Choose between the tools & techniques covered in Unit 5: Using Grids to Create Designs depending on what sort of design you are creating, what workflow suits you best and what Illustrator version you have. Consider & explore the different design principles covered in Part 5.1: Design Considerations & Approaches to Creating Grid-Based Designs to help you create a desired composition.

Once you have developed your design composition, finalise the colours and create different colour iterations using the techniques covered in Part 6.1: Tips & Techniques for Colouring Your Designs.

If you struggle picking colours* for your designs, consider sourcing some colour palettes from any of these resources:

Share your designs & colour iterations, as well as any work-in-progress and process images if you need some specific feedback for developing your design composition.

 

S T A G E  4

Pick at least one of your designs and develop it further using any of the techniques and approaches covered in Unit 7. Let your creativity flow, experiment, try different things and have fun styling your design and adding your personal creative flair to it!

Share your final styled designs and any process images to show how you went about developing your designs. Share any work-in-progress images if you need some specific feedback for styling your design.

 

S T A G E  5

After you have finished developing and styling your designs, spend some time finalising them by closely inspecting them and fixing any issues you might find and preparing your designs for output.

If you are creating a pattern, explore different tiling options following the tips & techniques covered in Part 9.1: Tips & Ideas for Tiling Geometric Designs.

Share your final designs and contextualise them by talking about or showing as mock-ups how you are planning to use them.

Apart from sharing images in your project, please consider including some text, as it is always super exciting to read about your process and it makes it easier to provide specific feedback!

I cannot wait to see what you create!

Research & Inspiration:

 

C O N T E S T

To celebrate the launch of this class we are running a special contest in which you can win 1 Year of Skillshare Premium Membership!

To participate:

  • Post your project in this class before 12 pm EST on Monday, 23 September 2019;
  • Leave a review for this class;
  • Follow us on Skillshare.

Cannot wait to see your submissions! Good luck!

 

* If you want to learn in more detail where and how to source exciting colours, how to create interesting colour combinations and how to work with colours in Illustrator, be sure to check out the part about colour research in my class Mastering Duotones in Photoshop and parts about working with colours in my classes Creating Trendy Abstract Patterns in Illustrator and Creating Trendy Designs with Abstract Patterns in Illustrator, in which I share different tools and approaches.

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