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Our Magnificent January 2017: Create January Planner Pages using Adobe Illustrator

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

Our Magnificent January 2017: Create January Planner Pages using Adobe Illustrator

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

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10 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. 1: Introduction

    • 2. 2: Overview

    • 3. 3: Function

    • 4. 4: Feel

    • 5. 5: Layout

    • 6. 6: Embellishments

    • 7. 7: Preparation + Example

    • 8. 8: How to Vectorize Your Handwriting

    • 9. 9: Creating the Planner Pages

    • 10. 10: Final Result + Thank You

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Let’s make the first month of the New Year magnificent! In this new class, I’ll show you the process I used to create January planner sheets using Adobe Illustrator.


We’ll consider how function and feelings influence the layout of our planner pages, and then add embellishments as necessary. I’ve included handouts to help you prepare for the step-by-step process.

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1. 1: Introduction: Let's make the first month of the new Year magnificent. In this new class, I'll show you the process I used to create January planner sheets using Adobe Illustrator. Why create planner sheets for the month of January? Well, a narrowed it down to four reasons, the first being personalization. I really find planners that completely meet my needs. They often have one or two elements that I love, and then a couple that I can do without. The second reason is for familiarity. So I thought that by creating a one, let's planner I could get a better idea of the type of planner will need in 2017. By making my own, I can't get familiar with what I truly need and then look for a planner that meets my needs towards the end of the block. Focus on one month planner can also lead some more focus, honing in on one month without being distracted by all that will need to be done in the coming months and lastly, productivity which ties into focus. But it's the idea of planning this one month's activities makes me feel as though I'll actually get things done during the month of January. If you like the idea of personalizing your own planner pages, getting familiar with them than helping yourself to focus and be productive during this first month of the new year, then I invite you to enroll. Let's get started. 2. 2: Overview: in this class, you'll learn how I create a set of one month planner sheets from start to finish. Using Adobe Illustrator, we'll cover, function and fail and explore questions like what needs to be included in my planner and what do I want to feel when I write on my pages that will help me carry out those actions. Then we'll go over layout considerations and embellishments to decide whether or not to add patterns or other graphics to your pages. In the preparation section, I'll show you a quick sketch of my tentative layout, and you could do the same physically or digitally using the download that I provide under the your Project Link and Leslie, I'll take you step bust up through the creation process. 3. 3: Function: So let's jump right in and talk about the function of your planner just to help with determining focus, I would suggest having once the three functions for your planner will you use it as an editorial calendar for your blogged, or will you track your new workout schedule? Can it help you organize your home life or track progress of client work? For example, I'll be using my planner pages to monitor progress in writing black posts, creating pattern designs and taking design related courses. Knowing the intended function of your planner will determine its feel layout and overall design. So be sure to take a few moments to narrow down the function of your planner toe. 123 things and then let's move on to the next section. 4. 4: Feel: So what do I mean by feel? Some planner pages incorporate fun and lighthearted designs with graphics and hand drawn elements. Others are more structured, with little to no color and evenly distributed lions and sections. Which would you prefer? What would help you accomplish your ghost during the month of January? Would you want your planet pages toe? Have a casual feel? Be inspiring or more formal? Your choice of colors, graphics and layout will determine your planners feel so take some time. So jack down your ideas. What feelings would you like to have when you're writing in your plan of pages, that will help you accomplish your ghost during the month of January? 5. 5: Layout: when considering lay out. One of the first questions to ask yourself is whether you plan to print out your planet pages and place them in a binder, or if you plan to print them and simply stack them or hold them together with the binder clip. Since I plan to simply print my pages and slice them into a folder, I won't leave much room in the margins to punch holes. I'll make my margin with half an inch on the sides and bottom in one inch at the top of the page. If you plan to punch holes into your margins, the standard margin with is usually one inch from the outside margin. For readability, though, it helps to create one inch margins on the inside and outside. So we're talking one inch from the right and left side of the page. Additional layout considerations include whether you're old, create line pages, the length section two areas or a combination of both. How many columns and rows will you have? If you check on the your project link below, you'll find a link to work sheets that you confront out that will help you think through these questions, 6. 6: Embellishments: There are lots of options for personalizing the look and feel of your planet pages. For instance. Maybe there was a fancy head of fund or cute graphic elements you've been dying to use. Or maybe you like to hand letter your own headers. Will you use icons or patterned backgrounds? How about adding lines or borders? If you plan Teoh, what's hyper you use? Will they be solid, dotted? Wavy? How about frames? To answer these questions, I would suggest using the second page of your worksheet and just sketch out your ideas. Remember, one of the primary reasons to create thes planet pages is for personalization. You can make them look however you want them to, because you're making them for your own personal use. And you want to get familiar with different layouts so that you will know what will work best for you not only in January but throughout the rest of 2017 as well. So just take some time to consider how you'll personalize your planner pages and draw out a sketch and even share it with us in the project gallery. If you like 7. 7: Preparation + Example: I hope you've been able to access the handouts for this class again. They'll be located under the your Project link. And if you quick Seymour, you can download the files that are to the right. You'll see a blue leg to the right, Um, and you can use them to brainstorm the function. Feel layout in any embellishments you might add. See your planet pages. If writing your answers isn't an option, you can open the pdf file while and illustrator and type in your answers that way. Also, if you do not have access to Adobe Illustrator, they offer a 30 day free trial that you can use to get acclimated to the software. And I'll post the link below for you to try this software. If you don't already have access to it, here's the outcome of my brainstorming session. I had already determined the function of my planner pages, so I just type them out here. I know that I'll primarily use the pages to schedule black close to maintain a pattern design schedule and also keep track. Of course, is I'm taking. If you have more than three functions for your planner pages, that's totally fine. It may help, though, to keep your top three reasons at the forefront of your mind and then consider the others. Secondarily, I would like my pages to feel semi structured and fairly light, So I'm incorporating a few handmade elements and using light, great feels coral will be in my accent color. I settled on it after originally choosing orange, yellow and light pink because coral combines all three colors and still gives the feelings of levity and softness. After leafing through my current planner, I noticed that I don't really write on the lines provided are right on the margins and just all over the planet pages. So I won't include any lined areas throughout the month, as I initially planned. I will only include a line section at the end as I prepare for the month of February. So if you're currently using the planner, it might help to look through it and observed how you really use it and then incorporate what you observe when you're planning your layout. So here's my roughly up its simple and lights, just as I want it. I had already made vectors out of my hand writing, so I used those letters as abbreviated days of the week in order to give it a hand may feel the use of coral and light. Grey seems to add vibrancy and subtle nous, and that's what I'm going for. And I like the use of rounded rectangles because it gives the page a more laid back feeling . And I feel as though the page welcomes means to your record, my goals and ideas. And that's what I was going for it. So in the next video, I'll demonstrate how I finalized my plan of pages step by step. 8. 8: How to Vectorize Your Handwriting: before we start the step bust up process. I thought I'd take a minute to explain how to use your own handwriting in Adobe Illustrator . In this video, I thought I'd briefly cover the process. I used to you create vectors out of my hand writing. So this is a foul that I created. I simply used a brush pin to write words on copy paper and a scan in the paper 300 c p I and saved it as a J peg. And so this is the J peg that I've pulled into. Um, this illustrator files I went to file well, been and then I found this file and then hear it. It's right now it's not selected and you don't see any image traces options. So you have to select it in order to activate image trace. And so I'm going to go over here. If it's not on your side bar, you can go to window image trays and there you have it. So I'm going to use the preset silhouettes and see how that turns out. I'm gonna click, OK, and here it is, so normally when I'm writing, I have an idea which letters. Our words will work well in which ones I probably won't use. So if there are some that I know like the ones I haven't asked, tricked by those are the ones that I think I'll end up using. So those are the ones that I focus on to determine whether or not I'm going to go with this particular trace or if I need to make adjustments. Um, so I'm just gonna look at all of them and see, I'm looking to make sure there aren't any horribly bad like this is completely disconnected . Eso That is something I would want to have connected. So I might alter the number. The threshold. The threshold is pretty high right now, so the other ones are clear and there are subtle things that I would change. Um, but nothing's horribly bad, so I think I'll just go ahead and use this trace. But if you notice that there are disconnections and such, you can increase the threshold, um, or decrease the threshold if you notice that there's two too many lumps and bumps and that's moves it out. Or you can also use a different preset, such as sketched arts that one also works pretty well. You can click, Ignore white if you will like for the white background to be deleted before you expand your file. What is something else to consider? You can also play around with paths and corners. But just know that the more paths you have, the more paths and corners, the larger the foul will be. So you may want to veer away from having them really high unless you want to maintain the handmade look of what you wrote. Okay, so now that I'm okay with, uh, the way these turned out, I'm going to see Philip to click expand. And now they're vectors. And they look like any other objects that's outlined in blue that you would use an adobe illustrator. So what I'll do is just right click and on group them. And then now I can manipulate individual words and letters as opposed to them all being connected. Okay. And since I should, uh, can show you this some since I shows. Ignore white. The background was removed when I expanded the image. Okay, so I hope that helps so you can use your own handwriting in your planner pages if you like . 9. 9: Creating the Planner Pages: So now we are going to make our planner cages, and I would suggest having your notes nearby, whether you wrote them out or used them digitally just so that you'll keep a clear direction of where you want to go with your design. So we're going to go up to file new to create a new document, new set of art boards for our pages. So we're creating a new document. I'm going to click more settings and I'm going to name this and I'm going to create six art boards. I want them to be grid by road. I want them to be letter sized, which is 8.5 by 11 inches. The album's gonna change this two inches. I wanted to be seeing like a at 300 peopie I because I plan to print these, let's create the document. So here are the six pages. So I determined that I would want six based pages, and what this means is that I will have one page that will give an overview of the moth that I initially intended on having a two page spread of the monthly overview. But when I looked at my current planner. Again, I noticed that I don't really write much information on these pages, so there's no point in having two pages worth of months when I won't really write anything on there. So I likely only use icons on these pages or short little notes for myself. So I'll just have one month of the monthly spread and then two days on each page. So Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, there is a Friday, Saturday, Sunday and then on section for notes. And then this last page will be my forecasting page. So on this page, I'll keep notes for things that I know have to begin to do it in order to prepare for the month of February. So that's gonna be my core pages. And then as the weeks go by, I can simply print pages two through 4235 um, as I needs you as the weeks go by. So here we go. I'm Since I've already started this, I was gonna drag this over. So this page. So this would be the time when you can drag in all of the elements that you think you'll be using. Cool in the elements that you're using, and I'm am still going to show you how I do this step by step. But I just want tohave this. Here's as a reference, uh, and see you sample these colors instead of having to create the new colors. And I drag this and as a records as well. But it'll more so applied Teoh this last page here, okay, and now is the time to keep our margins in mind. So again, if you plan to print thes and use them in a binder, I will suggest a one into margin on both sides and then maybe 1/2 inch margin on the talking bottle. But since I am going toe only, print these out and place them in a folder or simply stack them on my desk. I am not going to include enough space to punch holes, so what I'm going to do is create a rectangle. I'm going to create our rounded rectangle half the board, and then I'm gonna choose being with and hide an interest. Since I want 1/2 inch of bold size, I want the with study 7.5 inches, and then I want the height to be 10.5 inches and I'm gonna click. OK, so now I'm gonna tap on this rounded rectangle and then go up to a line. I'm going to make sure that it wants the art board a vertical line sincere in horizontal and Zinser. But what amenity first is go, Teoh, my swatches select all unused, drag them and see the trash can. And then I'm going to create a swatch of this coral color and added to my swatches in this way, I can color in my lines and my fills without a problem. So I'm going to go back to this around it rectangle I don't want to feel, but I do know a stroke. So I want the show to be coral and let's see how it looks At one point, that might be okay. I might want it a little thinner than that. Let's try have a very a leap it at half a play for now. I don't want it to be obvious, but I do once for there to be some border there. Okay, so this is something I'm gonna add to you all of my pages. So I'm going to select this hoe down my ault key and drag this over to the next our board and it looks like it aligned our believe. But just in case I didn't, I'm flying Teoh horizontally, vertically aligning. So again I'm just gonna drag this over and it intersected. I'm now I'm going to select all three pulled down off key and drag these down and release. And now I'm going. Teoh, make sure each one is lined. Harper Lee. Okay. And then I'm going to select the mall and type in command to on my keyboard, and that locks them in place. That means when I'm moving these other elements around, I won't move these borders by mistake. Okay, so the first page, I just want an overview of the mosque. And in order to do that, I'm going to create thes Siris of squares and just have the simple abbreviations for the days of the week. So I do want Teoh have the moth on this first page. So I'm just dragging in elements that are from a different file that I'm gonna censor January because I know I want that's to stay there, and I'm gonna move it up a little and then a color. It's and then 2017. I'm not sure how I want that yet. I'm going to drag that to the side. I'll just create one inch round its wares. So I'm clicking on the rounded rectangle tool again and then tapping my keyboard. And I'm going to create one inch squares. And since I had just selected this, it automatically filled this square with the light gray color. And I think that works size wise, so I'll see if I can create seven uh, that same one and then out his command. D 23 or five No. Six and seven. So that's not going to work. But I can select all of these groups them and then size them down so that they'll fit. Okay, I think that is enough space, and I'm going Teoh go down Arts and dragged down at a week. Command D Command D and I command my points here, and I think I'll move them down a little more. And this is all personal preference. Thank you. Since this is your personal planner, you can space it however you want, you can make all of the squares uniform or not. That's completely up to you, and I was going to take these letters and drag them down. But I e want them to be centered with these row. So I'm going Teoh ungroomed this first row, select a square and the letter, tap the square again and then go to a line and then align horizontal Alliance Center and went by tapping the square of the second time. If you notice when I go to a line to its aligned to key object. So when you tap any object a second time, you're making it a key object with which means, whatever else is selected, well aligned to the key object. Okay, so let's do this for Monday. - Now it's abbreviated. Day of the week is aligned with the, uh, squares on the rest of our ports. So now I want to add numbers for each day, and I'm going to go over to the type tool tap on the keyboard and then just type in the number one, and I think I want this to be a little larger. But I'm gonna drag it over here to see what size I might want it to be and think that might be a double size. It's a 19 so I'll just make it 20. And then I also select a different thought. I think I want to use Avenir because it's a really clean thought. Uh, near next. Ultra lights. No, that's a regular soccer like, Mm. Don't go with regular. Okay. You know, I'm going to not this Did he quarrel? So that's one. And now I'm going Teoh, select it. Drag this never over, and then use command D for the remaining days. It's too. So now I'm going to select the numbers only and drag them down to the next drove hot drag release, and they're not aligned. So I'm just gonna go ahead and apply all the remaining numbers before I align. Anything else he wants you. You can select the squares and days of the week and click command to toe lock them down. What I want to do now is make sure all of the numbers are aligned within each square. Keep these locked down. I'm going to select the numbers, tap on the number one and then aligned them horizontal align left, and I'm gonna do the same for each subsequent week. Once those have gone, going to group the's just so that if I make any changes going forward, it will be collective and a type in all command to unlike everything. And then I'm gonna go up to save. Okay, so now I'm going. Teoh slept everything. Lock it down and Louisville on Teoh the individual days of the week. So I already have these rectangles, but I'm just gonna for a stake of going through the process. I'm going to create new Ron it rectangles. So I'll go over to the wreck single tool and just drag on out. I'm not really sure how large I wanted to be. I know I wanted to take up most, uh, the board those so that I can I can write a new, sufficient amount of information of them. So it's on a sample that's color here using the eyedropper tool and then create a duplicate of that one. And let's just see, this is almost 3.1 inches in almost 8.4 inches. So I may as well just bottom up and just make this up or down. So I'll just make this three inches and that works. Okay, so this will be Monday and Tuesday, and I know I want it to You have rounded corners, but I don't think a rounded on top of round it will look very nice. Um, actually, I can tested out here that go Teoh effects and converts a shape around it. Right? Tingle. I don't want any extra with or height look, OK? No, it doesn't look too bad, but I don't know. I guess I don't really like how that looks. I think I prefer the square. So I was going to stick with the square over the rounded rectangle. I mean, the corner rectangle as it pulls it around it rectangle. So I was going to go over to the wreck single tool in drag out a rectangle, and it's already and coral because that was the last color that was activated. And for sake of consistency, I'm gonna drag this silver to this four inch mark and then drag this over to 4.5 inches and that leaves happen inch between the rectangle and border here. So anything that works well and then that will help me determine worth to place this rex angle. So it's about an eighth of an inch in from this corner. I think I would like for it to be a little further and we sit right in line with the two inches on this inner side so uncomfortable with that. And when duplicating that over here, I'll go over to this happened Mark. It's the same distance in okay and so they look uniform and I like that. So I'm going to leave them, as is command to toe lap down while I add text over them. So I'm using the same days of the week that I used before is behind the coral tap. So I'm just going to right click it, go to arrange brings up front, and that brings it to the front. And I want to make it a little larger, maybe 1/2 of an inch. Yeah, he had, but now that's he. But it's also needs to be brought to the front. For me. It happens, making them 1/2 inch wide, and it was now lying it Hey and then unlock so that I can the line these Teoh the Rex, England. It would help to place things on layers if you want some portions to remain locked, um, throughout the process. But I tend Teoh just go back and forth between walking them and unlocking them. So I I'm not gonna use different layers right now. Since I am using these s core pages, I'm just gonna use the abbreviated week day. I won't incorporate numerals because then I'll have to create a full set of these. That includes day one through day 31 I don't want to do that. So I'm just gonna create each day of the week without numbers, and I can write in the numbers, so I'm just gonna leave space for that. I'm gonna hope ship the law drying out of line, and I'm gonna increase a stroke. But I want the stroke to be white. It's barely visible, so I'll make a one point stroke and I'm going to center it. Teoh the rectangle more, and I also wants around the edges right now. The edges, uh, hard edges, square edges. So I want them to be around. We're going over to the stroke panel, and I'm going to choose around it, Cap. Okay. So now I have Monday and then I can write in what actual day of the week that IHS some descended. Select this click Alz and drag it over to the next day and align these. Okay, so I am comfortable with that. So this is great for me because I tend to write in lists, attends to you just right all over the place and having lined these would not really be helpful for me. And nor would it be helpful for me to have horizontal days because I still attends to write , particularly even if my planner is sectioned out horizontally. So I like the direction this is going. I'm going to select Monday and Tuesday like arts and drive over. And I was little better if I could line up all the days here and make sure they're aligned properly. So I'm going to click on this art board Icahn, select this art board and just drag it over. You may as well drive this 1/2, and so if you find that you have to change the structure of the layout of art boards, that's perfectly fine. Just snow big don't Okay, so I think I just don't like those. And so I have Wednesday Thursday and I need Friday. Saturday. So once that's all done, I'll group them and just make sure they're aligned. Tiu the adjacent page that is going back to make sure everything is censored on our board. The last two weren't so okay. I just want to make sure And so, in order to create the lines here, what I'm going todo is Joe out the line? So I'm going to swap the film's stroke so that the stroke is white and the feel is non existent. So I'm just going to hold on my shift key and drag out a line. And it's at one point, I think I wanted it to points and I wanted to be coral. Maybe I'll keep it at one point, actually. Okay. And I'm gonna drag make a copy a duplicate by holding Alz and dragging down. Now we're gonna use the blend tool, and I'm gonna go over to the blend tool and double click it. And I want to select specified steps. Smooth color is usually the faults, but I'm going to go to specified steps and I'm going to select, I guess 12 see what happens and click. OK. And so the lentil is still selected. So I'm going to click on this first line and then took on the second line. And it created an even number of lines between those two points, and that looks like a reasonable amount of space to me and think I can, right? Allegedly in between those lines. So the amount of space depends on how you write. Like if you write it really small you want you may want more lines. If you write pretty large, you may want fewer lines. So this, I think, works well for my hand writing eso with the line's still selected, I'll go upto object blend expand. So I'm gonna leave the lines groups so that I can align them to this rectangles. I'm gonna double tap the rectangle and then go to horizontal licensure and vertical line center and and that's it. So, um, if I want to, I can add a label up here, but I'm just going to focus on the basic layout right now. So with the since these lines are still groups, I'm just gonna drive them over here is Well, now I have have the overview. I have the days of the week and 1/2 the notes that I can use to make plans going forward. I wanted them to look simple, and they do look simple. I want them to be fairly structured, simple and straightforward. And they are that. And I'm happy with that. But I think I may want to add a few embellishments, so I'm gonna bring a storm about that and then let you see the final results. 10. 10: Final Result + Thank You: here in my final pages, and I'll go through them one by one. I didn't add a lot of embellishments, Justin. Subtle things here and there. I added a banner behind January added icons and hearts. So for the icons, I want to take classes on the days where have this symbol. I want to submit patterns on the days where this icon is listed, and these are the days that I will release block posts. So I just planned those days out as an overview so that I would have an idea of how soup playing my days individually. So on the days of the week, I just added these little hearts at the bottom because I do want to keep the theme simple overall. So that was enough of an embellishment for me and then moving over to the last page, I added February notes to this page, and more hearts surrounding are flanking the word notes and and that's it. When I also moved these two columns down further so that I would have enough space to add February notes here, and that's it. Overall, I'm really pleased with it. Overall, I didn't want anything too out there because I did want to be able to focus on filling in these spaces as opposed to being distracted by other things. But that's not to say that you can't add lots of color or lots of patterns or anything. Teoh. Your plan of pages. I would suggest just creating planner pages that work well for you and fulfill the purpose that you need them for to fulfill for the month of January so that you can accomplish everything that you set out to accomplish during this month and forward. Thank you so much for enrolling in this course. I hope that you found it helpful, and I look forward to seeing your planet pages in the Projects Gallery. I've included my planner pages as a free download under the Your Project Link Below. Feel free to print them as often as you like for your personal use. And as a side note, the color that I see on the screen is different from what's captured by my screen recorder in printers. Very as well. So the color of your planet pages might very slightly from what you see on screen. If you like to also the colors you can open the pdf file using Adobe Illustrator and change the colors as you normally would in an illustrator file. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and and magnificent January.