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Instantly Create Art in Adobe Illustrator Using Built-in Artificial Intelligence

teacher avatar Aaron Porter, Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Introduction

      2:10

    • 2.

      The Project/Postcard

      0:25

    • 3.

      Setting Up Your Document

      5:38

    • 4.

      Artboard

      5:12

    • 5.

      Text To Image

      10:23

    • 6.

      Working With Groups

      7:37

    • 7.

      Matching Style

      9:43

    • 8.

      Sampling A Style

      3:26

    • 9.

      Document Set Up/Template

      4:06

    • 10.

      The Beach/Text To Image

      2:39

    • 11.

      Manually Making Fixes

      4:35

    • 12.

      Beach Umbrellas/Text To Image

      7:48

    • 13.

      Surfer/Text To Image

      2:19

    • 14.

      Point Type/Area Type

      6:05

    • 15.

      Choosing/Adding Font

      6:08

    • 16.

      Text Warp

      9:29

    • 17.

      Saving Your File

      2:54

    • 18.

      Uploading Your Project

      2:32

    • 19.

      Wrapping Things Up

      0:13

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The A.I. in Adobe Illustrator 2024 is still lacking in my opinion but I find if drawing is not your forte that you can create art that will work for greeting cards and invitations. In this class, I will show you how to use the Artificial Intelligence that is now built into Adobe Illustration to create a fun and exciting postcard.

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Aaron Porter

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Hello,

I'm Aaron, a graphic artist and illustrator living in Upstate New York. I also teach digital art in the real world, although at the time of writing this my on-line and real-world classes live in the same virtual environment.

I studied traditional illustration (scientific illustration to be precise) and painting. I acquired the digital art skill in the workplace. I worked quite a few years in the newspaper industry as a staff artist. I have long since transitions to freelancing and teaching as an adjunct instructor at the junior college level. I also teach adult and children's classes.

I work as an illustrator in the pixel based software like Photoshop and sometimes Krita as well as with vector based software like Ad... See full profile

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1. Class Introduction: Hi. My name is Aaron. I'm a professional graphic artist, and I teach digital art at a pair of junior colleges. In this beginner class, I'm going to show you how to use the fairly new addition to Adobe Illustrator, the Text to Vector Graphics AI generated Art. It can help someone who has very little skills with an art and help you to create something quite amazing very quickly. I'm going to show you how to take this beyond just getting what you get out of the box, and I'm going to show you how you can add different images into other images and create something fairly unique. So this class is a good introduction into Illustrator. To help you just kind of dip your toe into it, while at the same time creating something that a few years ago would have been impossible to create so quickly and easily. This is a course for beginners, as I said before. But someone who's never used the text two vector graphics feature might, you know, get something out of this. But at the same time, I'm going to be going over a lot of little things. The class might not be for you, or you might want to, you know, skip ahead and just watch particular parts if you just want to see how to use that part of the software. And what we're going to create is a postcard. I'm going to show you how to generate a postcard. We're going to create a subject. We're going to create a background and add little pieces in to create a travel postcard. Been teaching Adobe Illustrator for many years. And this is kind of a fun one because it's something a little bit different. And hopefully, you'll get something out of this at the very least, you'll get a nice fresh postcard. And as an experienced artist, I also find this great for when I have a family member that wants something done, and I just don't have time to do it. This is a great way to use this new software to create something very quickly, and for the untrained eye, it looks professional. So I hope you'll join me in the class. 2. The Project/Postcard: The class project is going to be to create a travel postcard similar to this. It can be whatever you want. It can be a Valentine's Day card. It can be a Christmas card, whatever suits your needs. And later on in the course, after we complete the postcard, I'll show you how to upload that file to skill share to share with the community. 3. Setting Up Your Document: All right, so I have a document here, and I'll make sure that this is available to you. You can download this, and you'll be able to just double click on this. You can see it says.ai, and the AI here that.ai here stands for Adobe Illustrator. I'm sure that's going to cause lots of confusion as time progresses as AI becomes more important. But I'm going to double click on this, and it's going to open right up. Another way you can open this is, once you have Adobe Illustrator open, if you don't want to use this, say you're in another country, and your postcard sizes are different, I'm just going to show you how you can fix that. You can go file, new, And from here, where you can see it has recent file sizes. I'm just going to go to print. Okay? And from here, I am going to choose letter size. You can choose whatever size you like. If you're in a country that uses A four, you can click on that, but see the width, right here, it's listed in points, and I can change this to inches or where we are. There we go. Centimeters and millimeters. So you can change the size to whatever size you want. So I'm going to change this since I'm in the US to inches. And we want to make this six by four. So I'm going to choose for the width. I'm going to make that 6 ". I'll just click there. And then for the height, I can click and drag across and type in another number or I can click right there between, you know, after the one and just delete that and type in a four. And oops. I made a little mistake here. As I was building this out, I said that this was 66 by four. I forgot about the bleed area. So it should be 6.25, which is a quarter of an inch, and 4.25, which is an extra quarter of an inch for that bleed area. So this is how you want to set it up if you do it manually or just download the file that I have included, and you should be perfectly fine. And from here, I'm just going to hit Create. Okay? And this is the same thing as this. Only it doesn't have these extra guides. And I'll explain what these are later. And I'm going to go to my workspace to make sure we're all on the same page. So I'm going to go to Window and then choose workspace. And then yours may look a little different than this because I have some custom work spaces in here. But I'm going to come down here to Essentials Classic. It's a little bit different than essential. You'll have a few more tools, and the window setup will be a little different. The main thing is you won't see this options bar up top. So if I go to a window, workspace essentials, you'll see that option bar disappears, and you can see there's fewer tools here. But this is and you're perfectly fine working with this. I've been working with Illustrator for so long. I've gotten used to this classic workspace, so I like to do it. If you're on a small computer on a laptop with a small screen, you might feel more comfortable working with Essentials Classic. The only thing I would like to point out if you do decide to work with essentials classic, if I'm using a tool here, There's a lot fewer tools here. If you don't see the tool I'm talking about, these three buttons down here, these not buttons dots. If you click on that, you can see all of the tools right here. Again, if I'm in the Essentials Classic and you decide not to work in essentials, if you don't see the tool that I'm looking for, just click on those three dots right there, and I'm going to click to close that up. And then I'm going to go back up to Window workspace, and I'm going to choose Essentials Classic. Now, you can move these panels around and things like that, by clicking right here, I can close them up. But to make sure we're all in the same workspace, and everything looks the same. I'm going to go window workspace. And again, you need to be on the essentials classic workspace to see this, and I'm going to go down here to reset Essentials Classic. Whatever workspace you're on, you're going to see reset, whatever that workspace is. So I'm going to hit reset essentials classic, and you can see everything will go back. So that's how you can get your workspace set up exactly the same as mine. Yeah. Alright, I just want to add a quick note. One thing I forgot to mention is here in the properties panel, this is sticky, which means once you change it, it remembers it. Right here, you can see where it says texto graphics Beta. If I toggle that open, it opens. And this is probably what you see, okay? But if you toggle it close, it remains closed. I mean, yeah, it remains closed. And if I quit and come back, it still remains closed. And that was an oversight on my on my part, because I didn't realize that, but I usually keep this close when I'm not using it because it eats up so much real estate. So make sure if you're going, Well, mine doesn't look like his, this is why. 4. Artboard: Right, so I'm going to click here on the Layers panel. And you can see, I have this is all the text and things here for this postcard setup. And this postcard layout came from a um a website, a printing website, I believe this might have been insta print, but I can't remember where I got it. But most of these websites, you'll find a template like this that you can build on. I can click on that little e, and it will turn off all of, you know, the type and the boxes and things. What is left is my artboard. So if I print this, only thing you're going to see is what is inside of this artboard. If I put a photograph in here, and it's very large. Like, this is one of those things that I'll sometimes have a student that is new. They'll put a photo, and you'll see this little bitty box right here in the middle of this giant photograph, and they'll go, what's that? So that's the artboard. If you print it, what's there, it's the only thing you're going to see. But I'll demonstrate that in a second. I'm going to make a new layer. So here, again, Layers panel is right here. I can click that open. And right here, I've turned that toggled that off. So now I'm going to make a new layer. I'm going to click on the Little plus symbol right here, and it says, Create new layer. And you can see, now it's made a new layer right here, and we don't have all this other stuff. But I can again, toggle that off and on, and you'll see it because there's nothing blocking you from it. But that's going to keep this a little simple for right now. All right, so this is our workspace. If I want to zoom into this work space, actually, before I do that, I want to bring in a photograph and show you. I'm going to download the first face that I see here. And it and hit save. Again, do not do this. This is just for demonstration purposes only. And if you're interested in its pexels, you can see the RLpx es.com. You can get free photos from there. They're copyright free. But okay, so what I'm going to do here is you can see here's the photo that I downloaded. I'm just going to drag and drop it right here. And you see it's gargantuan, okay? So you can see this little box right here. It's basically almost only printing it would print half of her lips if I hit the print button, okay? So I'm going to show you. I'm going to hit print, and you can see this is the area that it's printing. It's rotated, but you can see there's the lips. I'm going to hit cancel, or if I export this out as a digital file, I'm going to hit export a, use artboards, and it's going to give me a little preview button, and you can see this is the area that it's printing. So if you ever have this a photograph out here, and you're going, what is this little box right here, that's just you know, that's the print area. It won't print. So I'm going to scale this all the way down. And now you can see this is going to fit in that little postcard area. Okay? This is just something to be aware of. It really doesn't have a lot to do with the way we're working. Alright? So I'm going to delete that. That was just to explain what could be a problem for you as you begin working in Adobe Illustrator. Alright. So the first thing I want to do is make this fit to size, this window. I wanted to fill my screen. So I'm going to mac, and I'm going to hold command key and tap zero. If you're on a PC, you can hold the control key and tap zero, and it'll zoom in. Right here, you can see the magnifying glass. I can drag right to zoom in and drag left to zoom out. Those are just different ways that you can navigate within Adobe Illustrator. But for this, I always like to hit command zero. There are other key commands that will zoom in and zoom out, but I just remember that one because It fits it to the screen, and if I can't find my screen, I hit command zero, boom in, I'll find it and frame it up just right. Okay, and I just want to show you if you navigate, you want to move things over pan right, pan left, or move, you can hold the space bar, and you'll get the hand tool. You can also see you get the hand tool. You can see it right here. You'll also notice right next to that thing that says hand tool, it has an H. So right now I'm going to Zoom tool. If I tap H, I go to the hand tool. Okay? And then from here, I can click and move around. But I like to use the keyboard shortcuts because it just saves a lot more time. So if I'm here on this black arrow right here, and I hit and I hold the spacebar, I'm holding my finger on the spacebar, I can move around, just like that. Okay, I'm holding the spacebar. All right. So from here, we're going to get started. 5. Text To Image: Okay, so right here, if I draw a little box, I'm just going to use the rectangle tool. I'm going to click right here and I'm going to draw a little box, okay? And this is where we're going to fill with our image. Okay? So if I come over here, you see this thing says properties panel. Unless you've played around, you should still see the properties panel, should be selected. If you see a tab here, you can toggle this back and forth. There's the library, and there's the properties panel. But again, if it's out of whack, make sure this is fitting to screen, you haven't, like, pushed it off to the side or anything. And if you still don't see it, I mean, so I can hit that green button, and you'll see it'll fill this to the screen. Well, let me try this again. I'm going to move this in, and I'm going to click on that green button and it'll fill it to the screen. If you're on a PC, it should be some xs off to the opposite side, on the right hand side, you'll see them up here that will fill, you know, the application frame to the screen. All right. So now, you see here, there's the properties panel, as I said, and right here, well, mine is actually closed. This is something I should have mentioned sooner. Yours probably looks like this. You can toggle this close. I usually keep it closed because it take unless I'm using it. It takes up so much space, so I can toggle this open and close. But this is probably what you've seen when you open things up, okay? Text and it says text to vector graphics. And it says Beta. So this will improve. So what I'm teaching you now is using this limited text to vector graphics, feature within Adobe Illustrator. But I guarantee you this will get better, okay? Right now, you can use its how do I say? It's deficiency to learn you can use that to your advantage and learn how to use the software a little bit better to manipulate it, to make your work more original. But eventually, I don't think it will be totally necessary. All right. So what I'm going to do here, I'm going to show you where else you can find it. You can see here it is text to vector graphics, can also find this here under text to vector Beta. Okay? And Beta just means that it's new, so maybe big buggy or not perfect. Alright, so I'm going to open that, and you can see it's identical to this. So if you don't see it in the properties panel, you can always just open it up, and it looks the same. Okay, so I think I'm just going to go ahead and use this window here. So again, window, text of vector graphics, and that'll open up. And it's just a little easier to see this since it's closer. I can keep it closer to the art. Alright, so what we're going to do here is we're going to make a card, and I'm going to show you how to do this combining these things. You know, most people will probably just take it, take what they get and run with it. And I'm going to show you how to edit these pieces and combine them. And right here it says type, and that's where you choose the type of image that you're going to choose, which is subject seen. Icon and pattern. Okay? We're going to be focusing on subject seen and icon. But at the end of this class, I may throw in a little bit and explain the pattern. But actually, truth be told, I think the pattern is the best of these. But I don't usually need to use patterns. All right, so here we go. So I'm going to put it on right here it's on subject, and we're just going to do a practice run. And you can type whatever you want. Here, I'm going to probably end up deleting this. So where it says subject, I'm going to select, a subject, or just leave it at subject. And right here, you see it says prompt. And it says, Describe the vector graphic you want to generate. So I'm going to click right there, and I'm going to type in. I mean, again, you can type in whatever you want. I'm gonna type in Panda, wearing sunglasses. And I'm going to hit that inter button. And it's going to take a little bit where it's using the Internet, so make sure you stay connected to the Internet, and it's going to make that image. And there we go. There is our first image. You can see there's several you can choose. So if I click the different images, I can choose the one that I like. And I think I like this one in here in the middle. Now, You see here the contextual task bar has opened up. Okay? That's what this is. If you don't see it, you can go to Window. You can see right here, it says Contextual task bar. If you don't see it, make sure that's checked. I usually keep it turned off, but I also if I do keep it on, I'm just going to click right here, and I'm going to move it down here out of my way. Otherwise, it will keep popping up wherever my cursor is at. It won't 100% get in my way, but it can get in your way, and it can cover up part of your art. So I'm just going to move it down here, okay? And that is another way that you can type text to a to create a vector graphics. Okay. So now I have this little, you know, my Panda wearing sunglasses. Now, what I'm going to do here is I'm going to create something else. I'm going to type in Koala wearing sunglasses and hit the interkey. And I'm just waiting for this to process. Okay. So now we have a koala wearing sunglasses and I can choose between the three. If I don't like any of these, I can just hit that generate. You see right here, it says generate or in the contextual task bar, I can hit that generate button again, and it will give me three more versions. The beauty of this is we all should be getting something different. So if yours does not look like mine, don't worry. You know, it's just random. The one thing that's happening is you can see mine are all kind of black and white. So if you see right here underneath subject, you can see there's this little button right here, and it says, Match active artboard style, okay? So I'm going to turn that off. I'm going to click on that and turn that off, and then I'm going to hit and generate again. And hopefully this time, I'll get a brown koala, since that's the color Koalas are. And I think the reason it did the Black and white because I did a panda, which is black and white. Okay, well, it's not brown, but it does have a bit more color in these. Now, if I click away from this, I'm going to click on over here in my toolbar. I'm going to click on the black arrow. You can see if I click away, that's what I got. I can click here, I can move it over, and then I'll click away. Now, if it generates something new, As long as that is not selected, it won't replace it, okay? Now, I'm going to show you something else here. You can see before I started with this rectangle tool, and whatever size this rectangle is is the size of my art. So I'm going to try, hopefully, I can spell this right, er Raf. Did I spell that right? Sometimes if you misspell things, it will not. It won't do it right. Alright, so that's interesting. I did misspell it, but it did make this It did find a gi, make me a giraffe wearing sunglasses. Let me try this again. I'm going to click right here, generate and see what we get. Okay, so I have several different versions. If I go to my black arrow right here, you can see it selects it has this bounding box around it. If I click away, that's the image. When it's selected, you can see these lines are highlighted. That's the vector. Those are all that's the mathematical equations, the way everything is, you know, the way it's put together. It's in a bunch of different little shapes. And when I click away, you don't see those shapes highlighted. If I click on this, well, actually, I'm going to click away, now you see there's two arrows here. There's a black arrow and a white arrow. I'm going to click on the white arrow. Now when I click on it with a white arrow, I'm going to click on one of these shapes. Now, I'm going to click right here in this solid area. I'm going to click on the glasses and boom, and I can drag that to the right. So that is the difference between the black arrow and the white arrow. The black arrow will select, see if I click on that, everything. Okay. And the white arrow selects specifics. Okay? So you can see right here, this is a selection tool, and then the white arrow is the direct selection tool. So I want to undo this to put these back. I could click on the white arrow, click here, and try to move them back into place, but that's not going to be accurate. So what I'm going to do is go edit Undue move. That's one time and then edit undo move, and that's two times. I believe it will illustrated, will save about 50 undues. You can change those in the settings, but I'm going to leave that for now. We have plenty of undues, and you have plenty of undue by default, so we shouldn't have to worry about that. 6. Working With Groups: Okay. All right, so here you can see I have these four squares, and I'm just going to talk about grouping and the direct selection tool and the selection tool. All right. First, this is the selection tool, and that's what I usually call the black arrow. And this is the direct selection tool, which is which I usually call the white arrow for obvious reasons. The direct selection tool say, I have this square. I'm going to duplicate this real quick. If I have the direct selection tool, if I click on this, you see this is the way this object appears. It has a bounding box. Now, if I click on the white arrow and I click on this, it looks different. It doesn't have that bounding box. Okay? And I'll show you something. I'll do this with a circle. I think seeing that bounding box will will be a bit more obvious. Okay, so this is the black arrow, the selection tool, and you can see this here is the bounding box. If I click on this with the white arrow, you can see that bounding box disappears, and all you see are the anchor points. Okay? And if I click on this with the black arrow, or the selection tool. If I click on one of these anchor points in the bounding box, I know I just said anchor points with the other things. So these will be the anchor points within the bounding box. If I click on that, I can click on that and drag and stretch it and scale it up and down. If I move my cursor to the outside just above that line, I can rotate it. Now, this will be easier to show with a square. So if I move that closer here, you can see I can easily rotate that and just note those the little curved arrow. Okay? Now, if I come to the white arrow, the direct selection tool, that changes. If I click on this, you see that's an anchor point, I'm going to click one time, and then I can change the shape of individual points. I can move these points around. Okay? Same thing with the circle. If I click on that, I can click here. Hang on, missed it. There you go. And you can see I can move these anchor points. I have to click to select it, and then click again, and then I can move it around. All right, so I'm going to get rid of these. I'm just going to click outside of that drag all the way across, so I select everything, and then I can delete. All right. Now, here, I'm going to click on this with a black arrow. You can see each of these things as individual. All right. What I'm going to do is group these. So I'm going to click outside here and I can drag across to select everything, or I can click on one at a time, and you can see when I click one at a time, if the other one D selects. But if I hold the shift key while doing this, it will add each of these to that selection. Okay. So now you can see if I click to three of these, holding the shift key, it's a little hard to see, but this one isn't selected, but the bounding box give the appearance gives the appearance that it is. But if I click and move, you can see it's not selected. So I'm going to hold the shift key. And now you can see that little.in here appear. There's a little dot. And now if I move that, you can see it's moving, but if I deselect it, you don't see the little dot. But again, the bounding box just gives the appearance because of the shape of these objects. Okay. Another thing, if I click out here and drag across, On the black arrow, I can just select just a portion of these, and it will select everything. Okay? If I do that exact same move with the white arrow, I'm going to click away to deselect. And if I drag across, it's going to grab those anchor points, okay? And you can see that anchor point is white, and that one is blue. So that's selected, selected. These are not. So when I click on this and drag, you can see it's distorting, ok? So be careful of that. That's the difference between the black arrow and the white arrow. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm going to click out here, drag across, and I selected all of these, and I'm going to group these. I'm going to group everything here. Okay? So I'm going to go object group. Okay? Now, typically, when we are working with these AI generated objects, all the pieces are grouped like this. But if I go to the white arrow, first of, I need to deselect everything, so I'm going to click away. I click on a white arrow, I can click, and I can move each individual piece. Separately. But if I go to the black arrow, since I was inside of the group, when I click on it, it still moves everything together. It's still grouped, okay? So I'm going to hit undo command Z, command Z, or Control Z to put everything back like this. So you can see I can move it like that. Now if I want to go inside of this group, I can just double click. And you see up here, it shows me that I'm inside of this group. It says Layer one and group, a? So sometimes let me get out of this. I double click to get out. J, I'm going to duplicate this. I'm going to go edit copy, edit paste. Now, if I double click to go inside of this group, you see how that one's grayed out. I can't click on it. And this is a beginner mistake. When you click on double click, you go inside of the group and I can't click on this. It's not clicking. And that's because you're inside of the group, and the easy way to know that is one, everything is graded out. And then up here, you have this bar. But the thing to remember is if you don't have something else here, it's harder to see than you notice the gray bar up here is telling you that you're inside of the group. So I'm going to double click to get out of this, and I'm going to delete that. Now I'm going to double click to go inside of the group. So you see there's no reference telling me that I'm inside of the group because nothing's grayed out, but I still have this bar up here, and I can see, you know, that there's layer Layer one and then inside of this group. So now, since I'm inside of the group, I can use the black arrow to select each of these, okay? I'm just hitting command Z or Control Z to undo that after I do it, okay? And now you can see it so I can select them individually. But again, with a white arrow, if I click, it still will move, but if I click on one of these corner points, I can still distort it. So I have to be careful, okay? And just in case anyone's clicked on this, you see these little dots right here in the corner of the squares. Those are they make it. You can make curves on the corner points. That's what those little dots are. Sometimes they get in a way when you don't want them. You don't want to use them, but each one is I can click on that and drag it in. Yes, you can do it individually. If I click out here and I select just that anchor point, you see that's white on the inside, white, white, and that one's blue. I can click and drag and do one at a time. Okay, so that now to get out of this. One way, if the easiest way or the most secure way to get out is click on the gray bar right here. It doesn't matter whether you're doing this with the black or the white arrow. Just click on that gray bar, boom, and you're out. Okay? So hopefully that explains the groups a bit. So now we can continue with the lesson. 7. Matching Style: Alright, so you can see Black arrow moves the whole thing, and if I click on the white arrow, it's well, if I click away, and then you see, it can start destroying things. If I click on one of these anchor points, hang on, click on the Anchor point, click, and then I can drag it and distort that shape. Okay? So I'm going to hit edit undo move, undo, and get it back to the way it was. One more. All right. So I'm going to click on the Black Arrow, and you can see it's just selected the one that's still selected do. I'm going to click away, and now I'll click and get everything. Okay, so if you see if there's a style that you like, you can select this and add So if there's a style that you like, you know, or you don't like, just turn this off and on and play around with it. Another thing that you can do is say this is too detailed for me. You see this little gear icon right here. If I click on that, you can see there's detail. There's less detail and more detail. All right? So I'm going to click on this. I'm going to draw this. I'm going to see a tall box, and I am going to click on this. I'm going to choose the least detail here. And then I'm going to hit generate again, and match active artboard style is off, and let's see what we get. Hopefully, we'll get a really long neck since this has it's fitting in this shape. Or it may give me the whole body. I'm not sure. It's a to, you know, just experiment and see what you get. That's interesting. It didn't give me a longer neck. It just made it shorter. Okay, so there is that. Now, you see right here where it says subject. We're going to change this to icon. Okay? Well, actually, I'm going to click away so that that giraffe is no longer selected. Okay? So I'm just clicking in the background. Here, where it says subject, I'm going to click and hold, and I'm going to choose icon, ok? This is one way that you can get a very simple image. All right? So I'm going to click on the rectangle tool, Draw box, and I'm going to just click again, Generate, and let's see what we get. It's always you never know what you're going to get. Okay. It's processing. All right. I clicked on icon, but it seems like it may be a little bit more simple, actually like the look of it better, but I'm still not happy with this. So I'm going to click away. I'm going to turn off Match Active Artboard style, and it's on icon, and hopefully this will give me more of what I am looking for. So again, you just have to play around with it, see what works for you. And, you know, there we go. Now, that's more of what I'm looking for. I don't particularly like it, but that's more of what I'm looking for. Something more simple. Okay, let's try something different. All right. Let's see, let's try monkey eating A, but and see what we get. And that's icon. So this should be very simple. Well, okay, so this is something I don't know if you noticed. Think about it. Can anyone can you guess what happened why this monkey is giant? Okay. So the reason this monkey is giant. This is something I wanted to show you, but I didn't mean to do it right here is I didn't specify the size, okay? So this is basically making it the size of would be on, say, a standard size document, like letter or A four. So if I want to scale this down, I'm on the black arrow. I'll click on the monkey, and I can click here. Hold the shift key, and you see it if I don't move it properly, it distorts it. So my finger is still on the mouse button. I'm going to add the shift key, and I'm going to drag it in, okay? I'm going to drag it down. Now I'm going to release the mouse button. I'm going to keep my finger on the shift key. I'm going to release the mouse button. Now I can release the shift key. Okay? A lot of times I'll see students where they try to take both hands off at the same time. And if this hand comes off a split second sooner, you know, the hand on the shift key, it may distort the image, okay? So I'm going to move that monkey back into place. All right. I'm going to zoom in. I'm going to hit command zero. Control zero on a PC, and it will fit to screen. Right. Now, I'll show you you saw that was the Giant monkey. I'm If I do this with this monkey, I'm just going to hit Generate again. And you'll see it's just going to replace this monkey, and I can choose one of these that I like. And I like that. Now I'm going to move that up here. I'm going to click away. And again, this is just to demonstrate I'm hitting Generate with no size selected, so I should get another giant monkey again. Boom. Okay, I'm just going to delete that for now. And I'm going to type in Wing sun glasses. And this time, I'm going to click and I'm going to size it. I'm going to draw a little box and then hit Generate. And remember, active art board style is turned off. There's two more little buttons down here. I want to show you. There's this style picker, Extract style from reference image. And here, select a sample prompt. What the hell does it mean? Okay. So just a couple of things here. So I'm going to click Style Picker. This thing right here, this little icon, and it's going to extract the style reference from an image. Okay? So I'm going to click on that. And then I'm going to click on this giraffe since it's detailed, and you can still see it's on Monkey icon. So I'm just going to hit generate and see what it does. And hopefully it'll give me the monkey eating a banana that is a bit more detailed. So I'm going to click on the black arrow and click away. And you can see it's a lot more detailed than these other monkeys, okay? Kind of like that one. All right. And this right here, this little button just says, select a sample prompt. So I can just click on this, and then I can click one of these sample prompts if I just want to play around with it and see what it gives me. All right. Although, this is a great way to get a style. So say I click on this Fox. I can click on that. And now, oh, okay, it's giant. I'm going to scale this down again. I'm on the black arrow. I'm going to click, hold the shift key. Okay? Now, what I'm going to do here, I'm going to hit command zero to zoom it back up. Now, what I'm going to do here is I'm going to hit turn this on. I'm going to click away, but match art to active art board style. And I'm going to type in this key monkey. Eating a ban with sunglasses. And hopefully it'll give it to me in this style here. So, again, match active artboard style is on, and I'm going to hit generate. And hopefully this will give us in that nice triangular style. All right. All right. Let me zoom out. All right. It didn't quite match the style, but it is a bit more interesting. It changed the style. But see, this thing Almost a crapshoot. You never know what you're going to get. So just play around with it. If you get something you like, or if you see something that creates a style you like, drag it off to the side. Okay? Like, I often when I'm working with these, I'll keep my artboard clear. And if I see things that I want, actually, I'm going to delete some of these. I'm going to move this over. I'm going to click right here, move it off to the side. And if I see something that I like or style, I will put those little images here so that I can sample them should I choose to. And let me keep that one, and I'm going to delete these. Okay. So now I'm going to move this up here. 8. Sampling A Style: So, I just showed you how to use the Match Act of Artboard style. So if you create something here and within Adobe Illustrator, it will match the style. But here is something really interesting. See, these are some images that I have uploaded, and I have sampled. I use this button right here. You see it says style picker, extract style from reference images or artwork. And this can be a JPEG or whatever. And It just works. Well, it doesn't exactly work. It kind of works. Whereas you can see here is a digital painting that I did. This is a pixel based illustration, and you can see it recreated it in this sort of painter painterly style. It's not perfect, but it tries. I expect it'll get better in future iterations of the software, but right now it's not great, but it's still fun to play with. Here is another illustration. This was something that's vector based, but I sampled this, and you can see it picks up on the colors, so it has these blues and browns. And it's a bit, you know, it has a different feel to it. This one, actually this top one has more of a brushy feel. And then here's another I did this in photoshop. It's a scratchboard style, but you can see it's kind of dirty looking and lots of scratchy bits and chunks. So, it does kind of work, you know, So it's worth playing with. And I'm going to try this something here. I have no idea what's going to happen here. So let's just see if we really go simple, what it will do. Alright? So the way this works, a, you see it's right here, that little button right there. It says style picker. I'm gonna click on it. You see it's kind of matching the background matches here. I'm gonna click on it. Now you see it's gray. Or it has kind of a black background. And now I have an eye dropper. And then I can come over here and I'll click. Actually, let me make sure that is no longer selected. Let's try this again. All right, so here is the icon right here. Here is the style picker. And you can say, is the extract style from a reference image or artwork. And I'm going to click on that and you see how it went dark the background. And now I have an eye dropper. And then when I come over here, you see it highlights the artwork. I'll click. And then down here at the bottom, it says, your selected style has been added to the style picker. Now, here we go. I'm just going to hit this generate Beta. Actually, I'm going to draw a box here. So this thing isn't too huge. And I'm going to click this button right here, generate from my prompt here, monkey eating a banana with sunglasses. I have no idea what this is going to do with something so simple. I'm really curious. Okay, it worked. So you can see again, it's not perfect, but it gave me three variations that are very simple, very stylized. So this is definitely something worth playing with. I think I'm going to stick with this one here. All right, so I'll see you in the next video when we get going on actually making a postcard. 9. Document Set Up/Template: All right, so the first thing we're going to do is we're going to choose a subject, okay? And I want to make I'm going to make a You know, in the US, you often see these well, back in the old days, let me think, traditional old fashion travel, post card. And this is sort of what we are after is one of these kind of things. Here we go. This kind of thing. Alright? And then usually you would get these in different states. So we're going to go for something like this, not necessarily exactly well, definitely not exactly like this. We're not going to put the photographs inside of the type like this. But we're going to go for something. It's sort of, again, a travel postcard, you know, back in the old days, when you go traveling, you'd find a postcard, you'd write out, you know, a message and send it to your friends, you know, back before you instagramed it, and it got there instantly. All right, so here I am back on my original document. It's six by four. And this is the the original document where I size it up, you can download this. You can see if I open up my layers panel right here. I can toggle that open, and you get this. So say if I'm going to print this, And I want to have these printed professionally. I pulled this off of a website. I believe this came from Insta print, but you can get them from any, most places if you need to upload it, and you're going to create something on your own and send it. And you can see here, it says there's these different things, safe area, trim size, bleed size. All right, so following from here, actually, let me clear these things out. We don't need all this stuff here. Okay. So what this is, as you can see this postcard here is it is going to be 6 " by 4 ". And that's what this black solid line is the actual size that the postcard will be. This bleed area is the area that's going to be trimmed. So you need to make sure your image goes all the way to the edge, that extra quarter of an inch all the way around, and it will be trimmed off. And if you're in a country where you're working with centimeters or millimeters. You may need to, you need to check with them to find out how many centimeters, or millimeters would be used as a trim area. So it should be easy to find if you go to the website, look for a template and you should be able to find it. But for this, you can just stick with the inches probably if it makes sense and bear with me here. Right. So so the trim, so again, just to repeat, the solid black line is the trim area. That's the actual size this will be. But the bleed area is where it will be printed a little bit larger. You'll make the document a little bit larger and it'll be printed a little bit larger, and then it gets trimmed down here. Now, this safe area, because printing is not perfect and the cutting is not perfect, things may shift, and you want to make sure everything is in this extra little quarter inch right here to make sure that nothing gets clipped or is touching the edge. So that's why that is called the safe area. All right. So, here we go. I'm going to turn this off you can kind of eyeball it. You know basically where things are. So I'm going to turn that off just to make things less confusing. And I'm I'm going to lock that, make sure it's locked, turn it off, the visibility. And right here, you can see I'm going to select this top layer. I'm going to double click on that and label that drawing. Okay? 10. The Beach/Text To Image: Here, you can see I'm going to select this top layer. I'm going to double click on that and label that drawing. Oops, and hit okay. All right. So So from here, I'm going to use the rectangle tool, and I'm going to click right on the edge. So just outside of the edge. You can take it a little bit past that bleed area, and I'm going to release. So this is the size that it's going to fit. Actually, I've played around with it, and sometimes it doesn't get the proportions just right, so you may have to adjust things. So I'm going to make this a beach thing, okay? It's summer, and I want this to be a beach. So I'm going to click that layers panel. I'm going to close that up. And here we go. So I can finally leave this monkey eating a banana. I'm going to click the X to delete that. All right. And note. It's on type is Subject. Actually, I need to change this to scene, okay? And now I'm just going to type in Bach and see what we get. I might try Sonny Beach or something like that and see what happens later. Actually, I may go with a lighthouse just for kicks. Alright, so I'm going to hit Bach, and see what we get. And it's going. Okay. And as I said, you see, it didn't go all the way to the edge. I'm not crazy about it, not going to the edge, but we can stretch it a little bit or expand it just a little. But let me click to see what these others are. I don't like that. Hm. I kind of like that. Let me go back here. Yeah, I'm going to go with this one. All right. And normally, I try to avoid distorting an image, so I would click on this hole the shift key and make this enlarge this. But this no one's going to really notice if I distort this just a little bit. But it's one of those things you have to be careful with. If things look a little off don't distort. So I'm going to click here, drag that to the right, get it just on the other side of that artboard line, and drag on the right side. And as you can see, it doesn't look distorted or stretched out or anything. So again, be careful with that. So I'm happy with that. 11. Manually Making Fixes: All right. There's one thing that I don't like about this is like there's this line of beach here, and then there is this pool here. So I'm going to get rid of that. I'm going to click on the white arrow. And then I can click on these areas here and then hit the delete key. Okay? So I'm just going to click on it. Hang on, I need to click away. Oh, that Okay, see what happened is I click the background. So it looks like the beach, you can see the shape is going to here, and then the beach is the background. So that's a problem. It just makes it not as easy, but I'm going to get rid of some of these. I'm going to click on the ones that You can see I'm clicking. I'm selecting them and then hitting the delete key. And sometimes when I hit that delete key, it doesn't get everything. That's because maybe I have clicked on a line. So see, I clicked on an anchor point or a line, so it takes two clicks to get it off. If I can click in the middle, it'll go away with one click, but these lines are so thin, it's taking me two clicks. And I'm just getting rid of these to clean these up. It's not necessary. But I just like to have it clean. You see, when I click on that background, it's just selecting that background. Hopefully this makes sense. I'll move these pieces around so it makes sense what we're doing hang on. Almost because basically this blue is a hole. If I click on that, you can see if I move that out of the way, there's the white background. I'm going to hit command Z or Control Z. Hang on to do this. There we go. Now hang on. I got to get rid of this, that little area. What we're going to do is, I'm going to see what that looks like. So you can see there's the top right here. And we can go in here and draw a patch across this. But for now, I'm just going to click on that anchor point right there, and I can just drag that down. Since these match up, as long as they match up, I shouldn't have a problem. I'm going to click one time and then click and drag that down. Here, I'm going to go over here. Click one time. Let me zoom in a little bit. I'm going to click one time to select it, and then I can click on the Anchor Point. Click whoops, I missed it. And if you miss it, just click again. There we go. Got it, and drag it down. And click one time. Drag it down. Click one time, drag it down. Oh, good. And it's behind the that rock or whatever. Click, drag down. The nice thing about being able to edit it is if you get something that you really like, you can always you don't have to lose that if you know enough about the software in order to repair, make a simple repair. All right, I can drag these down, but it's going to get a little weird just because click again, there we go. You can see actually that works, moving that over, but I'm just going to delete these so you can see, if I come over here to the Pen tool, I'll click and hold, and you can see there's a thing here that says Delete Anchor Point Tool. Okay? And now if I click here, you see it has a little minus next to it. And if I click on that point, it just goes away. And now I can just delete these until it goes away. And I missed the point. So maybe I'll zoom in a little bit more. The thing is, if you make a mistake, you can always just, I'm going to delete that one. There you go. You can always, if you make any mistakes, you can always hit that undo button. Okay? There's a little blue right here, but I'm going to leave that there. I'm not going to worry about that. All right, so now we have our beach scene, okay? And what I'm going to do here is lock this, okay? So I'm going to move that over. I'm clicking right in this area to move this over. And now I'm going to click right on my layers panel right here, Toggle that open, and then I can lock this. Actually, I'm going to double click on that and call that Bach. 12. Beach Umbrellas/Text To Image: My plan was to put a lighthouse on this beach, but this isn't exactly a lighthouse beach. So well, I'm going to bypass that. I'm going to skip that. All right? I'm going to close that up. Alright, so now it's deselected. Let me double check. Let me click on the Black arrow. Oh, it's giving me this you know, I can't draw thing because I've locked the layer. So I'm gonna open my layers panel up again, and I'm going to open this up. I'm right here, and I'm gonna click new create a new layer, and I'm gonna call this umbrella. Hopefully, we can get a beach umbrella. Okay. All right. All right, so I may play around. I'm not exactly sure because it depends on what I'm going to get. So I'm going to try maybe a beach umbrella, maybe a surfer, or a sailboat. We'll just see what kind of things we get. I'm not married to this exactly. I haven't picked exactly what I want. And you can see here it says, Match the active style. And I'm ha with that because I'm just hopefully it'll match this, and it seem like it belongs together. Alright, so now I'm going to choose subject right here under type of, you know, image. It's on scene. I'm going to click hold and then choose subject. Alright. Now I'm going to click on the rectangle tool, and I'm going to draw a little box here, and I'm going to already have beach here, and I'm going to put umbrella. Hopefully, it will give me a nice beach umbrella. And let's see what we get. And, I can see the shadows are pushing, you know, on the back on the left side. But this kind of works. Let's see what else we get. We have one, two, three. No, not that one. I'll go with the first one. Okay. All right. So I'm going to go with that. And let's put a couple here. I'm going to copy this. I'm going to go edit copy, and then edit paste. All right. And now I can plop that on the beach. Maybe I'll add another one. And since it's already copied, edit, paste. Okay. Now, if I want to rotate this, I can move the cursor here. But the problem is I'm going to have to go in here and separate this from the from the shadow. Actually, I'm going to go ahead and show you how to do that. I'm going to hold the space bar to get the hand tool. I'm going to move this off to the side. Now I'm going to go edit group. Oh, sorry, object Ungroup. And yeah, this is going to be interesting because what you're going to be doing is something different. So you'll have to take what I'm showing you and make it your own because whatever you generate with this AI is not going to be the same as you know, it's not going to be the same as what I'm getting. Alright. So you'll just have to, you know, maybe you get lucky and get something close. Or who knows, maybe I'm wrong, and it will actually give you the same thing. Alright. So here we go. I'm going to object, group, and there we go. So it separated the umbrella. I'm gonna zoom in. And I can move this. Let's see. There we go. The only problem here is you see it cut this little piece out right here. We may have to patch that. So that's good. It ungrouped here. If it ungrouped it in a way that didn't work for me, I could click here, click on the Black arrow, and then drag across and select all the bits so I can click, hold the shift key and select all the bits, and then group that again. So I would go object and then group. But it separated them into two pieces, which is very nice. So now I'm going to move my cursor. I'm on the black arrow, rotate that a little bit. And there we go. Now we have a tilted umbrella. But we have a problem with, you know, the sand. The shadows don't work. So I'm going to go to the white arrow. I'm going to click on it, and then I can click right here, and just like we did with the other one moving them around, I can click and drag this over. Whoops. One problem that I'm having is you see when I move this, it shifted. But there's this little handle and I can move that up and down. So I'm gonna hit on D though. So here's the anchor point. I'll click on the anchor point, move it over, and then I can move this handle. But oops, I missed it. Click on the Anchor point. There's that little handle. And I can click on Oops and missed it again. I can click on it. And then I can get that handle and click hold, and I can adjust it. But that may be a little too difficult for some of you. So I'm just going to show you how you can easily use the Pin tool to patch it. So, here's the pin tool. Well, I'm going to click, hold, and put it back on that original pin tool. Okay? Make sure nothing is selected. And what I'm going to do is click and just build a little patch. Alright. It's telling me it's gonna subtract. There we go. And you can see I can make the shape when I get to the end, it gives me that little circle telling me it's going to close the shape. It matched the color, but I'm going to go ahead and do another one. As long as I don't click on something that is selected, it should give me a new line. So I'm going to click right here, and then I can come across here, and then down, and then I'm going to close this up. The nice thing is I can sample the color afterwards. If you are having trouble making these clicks, I can come up here and click, click, click, click, and just make a little box here, four shapes. And then I'll come over to the white arrow, and then I can click on click one time on the Anchor Point, then click and hold, and I can move it in the place. Click one time, to select it, click, hold, and move it in the place. Click one time. Click again, grab it, hold, click one time to select it and click again and hold. And if you are, you don't have to get into all of these manipulations and changing the thing up if you don't want to. You can just keep it simple, stick with what the AI gives you, and be done with it. All right. So here, you can see this is selected. I'm going to go to the Eye dropper tool, and we're going to sample. It's still selected, and then here's the Eye dropper tool, and I'm going to click right here. All right. Now I'm going to go back I'm going to go up to the Black arrow, click on this next bit, and then I'm going to go to the eye dropper tool, and then I'm going to sample right there. And now everything matches up. So I'm going to zoom out. It didn't match up perfectly, but I'm not going to worry about it. I don't think anyone will see it. And if I really want to fix that, I can go in and tweak it. So I'm going to click out here. Nothing is selected. There's nothing behind it, and now click, Drag across with the Black arrow, and now I'm going to go Object Group. I'm going to zoom out again. I'm using the magnifying tool here. I can click here, and you can right here the magnifying tool, and I can drag right drag right and left. You have to go kind of quickly to get that scrubby zoom, okay? Just click, drag right and left. All right. Now I'm going to go to the black arrow. Click and move it into place. Now, I want this to fit, so I'm going to go command zero, and it'll fit everything on the screen, just like that. 13. Surfer/Text To Image: So I can click in the background. And we're good. Okay. And I noticed a couple of times I've been moving this around. And if you accidentally, you see how that highlights, it drops into place. If it drops into place like that, and you don't want it there. You can just grab it right there and tear it off, okay? Or if it goes into that spot, you can tear it off and then click on the little x to close it. And then you have to go back to window to open it. Alright, so this looks like this works for me. Now I just need a surfer. Alright. So now I'm going to draw a little box, take a box, and I'm going to make it kind of small. They may be out of proportion. They may be a little bit too tall for the image, but we'll see what happens. And I'm just going to click here on the x to clear that out and type in sur fur and hit the inter key and see what we get or click on the Generate button. Okay. Now, let's see. Oh, boy, that's tiny. I'm going to click on the black arrow. And I'm going to click here in that corner, and you can see how it's distorting, so I'm going to hold the shift key and make that larger. Alright. I'm not crazy about this one because he's in the water and doing weird things. She's in the water, and let's see. And he's on the beach. I actually wanted someone on the beach, but actually, you, he's in the water. Let's see. I'm going to go with the woman. I think that looks a little better. I'll put her out in the water, I'll scale her down. Oh, actually I need to hold the shift key so it doesn't distort. And I'm just going to move move he around in a couple of different places just to see And I think I'm going to close this out here, right here. I'm going to click right there so I can see what's going on. I'm going to click away. And that kind of works. Okay, so now we have our beach scene, I told you it was super simple, super fast. And now we're going to add some words. And I'll see you in the next video for that one. 14. Point Type/Area Type: Okay, now we're done with the whole AI portion of this. We're going to get into some type. I'm going to hit command zero to fit this to screen. And I'm just going to talk a little bit about text. All right? Here we go. Here's the type tool. And if I click and I just start typing, it's just that text is going to go on and on forever. It's not going to stop. Well, it may eventually may hit a wall and stop. But you can see it just goes on and on forever. And then there is this thing. And that is called point type. And if I use that same type tool and I click and drag out a box, when I start typing, it's going to fit within that box. But one thing you'll notice there's this fake text in here, that Laurel ipsum that's called dummy text. As soon as I start typing, that's going to disappear, so don't worry about it. Just start typing and it goes away. All right, now, you'll see this type here. You'll see that little plus symbol right here. That just means there's more type within this box. And this is called area type. And if I click on this, I'll click on it, and you see it has a bounding box to four anchor points here on the sides in the center. But if I click right here and I drag this down, it will expose the rest of that type. And again, this is called area type. It's really at this level, it's really not important, but some of you might actually experience the type behaving in a different way, so I think it's important to show you this. So again, I'm going to click. And eventually, you see that red plus sign, that red plus symbol disappeared because I expose the end of the type block. So you can see there it is, and when I click here, I drag down, it's all exposed, and there we go. So you don't see it anymore. Now, one thing that can happen, the way the type, it may behave a little differently. Actually, I'm going to open up a new document. And here, I'm going to click on the type, okay? I'm going to click and here up here in my Options bar. Again, if you don't have the Options bar open because you don't have Essentials Classic open, you can change this over here in the Properties panel. And one thing I'm going to do here, you see, I have the text of graphics. I'm going to toggle that close so I can see this other stuff. All right, so again, I'm going to just go ahead and work here, but you can work over here if you like. I'm going to increase the type size. I'm just going to hold that because this is going to be a title, a? Just increasing the type size. Now, what's going to happen? This is point type. I just clicked, release, and now if I click on this anchor point, it's going to stretch the type, a typically, you want to avoid distorting your type. If you're working on your own project and you like the way the distorted type looks, that's fine. But if you're aspiring to be a designer or something or you want something that looks professional, try to avoid doing this. You can get away with it minimally, but don't stretch your type. I worked at a newspaper for a while, and I remember once I stretched the text. And my boss was a designer, and he did not like it. Never, ever, ever stretch your type. Yes, sir. Alright. So anyway, that's where I learned never to stretch the type. But again, you can sneak it. A little bit of stretch. Nobody's gonna notice. Just don't go nuts. Alright. So the thing is, if this is area type, it's not going to stretch. And I can change this from point type, which means it's going in a straight line forever and ever into, point type. Although I do want to show you one thing. I'm going to double click on this, and you can see now the text is active, I I hit a return key, it's going to break it to a separate line, okay? So that is one, you know, it doesn't go on forever and ever unless you hit a return key. But the other one, once it hits the end of that box, it's going to break automatically. All right, but you can change it back and forth from point type to area type by clicking right here. You see that little paddle right there. If I click on that, I'm going to double click and you see it changed to a solid color. Now that means that this is now area type. And you see the little icon right there is telling me this is area type. So now, if I double click here, and I start typing, you see it's going within that box. But I have that little rit box telling me the type is, you know, it's fit within the box, but it can't display, so I need to extend this box. Okay? Now, the thing that's interesting here is if I grab that anchor point right here and I stretch this, you see the type flows into that space. Okay. Was remember when it was point type, it would stretch it. And this is what's important, because at least for this class, is to show you that sometimes that type is going to stretch, and other times it's going to fill the space. And the way you can change that is to click on that little paddle right there or double click on that little paddle right there, and that we'll switch it from point type to area type. So this is point type. You can see the arrows going on and on just from that little bitty icon and when I double click, Now you see the icon, it shows a line underneath it, so it's showing telling me that it's going to break. Okay? So that is the difference. Anyway, so that is how the point type and area type works. So now I'm going to just close this out. 15. Choosing/Adding Font: Get back to my postcard. And I'm going to type this. I'm going to call it welcome to the Bach. Although this is going to be a little bit hard to see because of the art back here. So I'm going to toggle this off. I'm going to click on my Layers panel. And right here, here's my art. Well, actually, there's the umbrella as well. I'm going to lock that down. And then I'm going to turn that off the visibility, so I have a nice white background, and I can see what's going on. Now I'm going to make a new layer. Okay. And you see it appeared right on top. If yours appears in the wrong layer, you can you know, like, if you were selected down here, you can click at the top. Well, it's probably easier to just delete it. Click on that top layer, and I just realize I misspelled umbrella. And you can click on that top layer and hit plus, and it will appear on top. But you can move it up and down. The only problem with that is sometimes it doesn't drop in between, I may go into a sub layer. So the easiest way to get this to work is to just click on that top layer, and then click here on this plus. Plus button to make a new layer. And I'm going to call this type. This is just one simple straightforward line. I'm going to go ahead and just click one time and make point type. All right? Now, while that's still selected, I can come up here and crank that up in size. I'm just holding my finger on that button on that up arrow. And I think that is a good size. Now, what I'm going to do is go into my fonts right here, and I can choose a again, you can do this over here as well. I can go into the fonts over here in the properties panel and pick a font that you like. I have a ton of fonts here. You can go to adobe fonts and load extra fonts. So I'm just going to scroll through these fonts, and I have a ton of fonts. It's kind of crazy, but you should see a preview, and then you can just pick a font that you like. If you don't so I'm going to go with this font called Fgrell, Flagrel. All right. If you don't see the font, if you really interested, what you can do is again, you're signed up to adobe, you can go to something called Adobe Fonts. I'm just going to type it into Google. And ado the fonts at the inner key, and you can see adobe fonts here. And from here, you have access to all sorts of fonts that you can load up. You'll need to sign in for it to work. Sometimes when I do this, it automatically signs me in. It doesn't force me to sign in. But It's forcing me to sign in here. So I'm going to go ahead and see what I can do right here without signing in. Is if you see right here where it says Browse A, I'm going to click right there. And lately, I've been loving these art deco fonts, and I'm going to go with a nice art deco font. All right. So right here, you can see there's different types of fonts here. And I don't see geometric friendly. There we go. Art Deco. And there's a button here that says view 12 more, and we have some more fonts in here. But I'm going to click on the Art Deco right here. And you can scroll through and pick a nice font that you like. And you can see right here, there's that Fla gray. Fla gray, I believe is the pronunciation. There's only one font here. And as long as I'm signed in, you'll see up here, it says sign in. I can just click on this button right here, and it will add the font. Actually, you know what? I'm gonna go ahead and sign in. Um Okay, so I'm all signed in here, and, so you can see right here it says, remove the font. That means I've already loaded it. But I'm going to load up something new. So I'm going to go back to brows. And let me go back to our Deco. There was a font here that I like. There is the Flagre. And I'm going to go with r Bo tech. All right? It's not loaded. There's one font. You'll see here. This one has two fonts, three fonts. And if you see one or two fonts, I'm going to click on this one this Gill signs. Click to go into it, and you can see once we get there that you can select Add font. There are different variations of it that you can add. Okay? You can add them all, or you can just add one or two, so I'm going to go back, and I am going to add this other font. The Arbo tech. And again, I can just hit Add the family, or I can click here and go in and add a single font at a time. The advantage of adding just a single font is it becomes you have less clutter in your font, you know, in the fonts to choose from. And this may actually slow down your machine, you know, your computer, if you add too many fonts. But anyway, I'm going to hit add family. And it says it has been added. And now I can go right back to Illustrator and let me make sure I remember which font. This is called Arbotec, so I'm going to close this out, and now I'm going to just go up here, and I'm going to type in Arbotec, A, R B, and there it is. Arboec ultra Boom. There it is. All right, so I was that easy. 16. Text Warp: Now, I'm going to going to call this Bach day, Bach Day. All right. Now, there is my font. And just to see what this looks like, I'm going to turn these other layers back on. You see right here in the visibility column, I can just click hold and drag down rather than clicking each layer. Okay, so this looks pretty good. I'm going to make this bigger. I can click here to enlarge that, or I can click here on that corner and I can scale this up and down, but I'm going to hold the shift key so it scales proportionately. All right. Okay, that's a little big. I'll reduce that. Now, I want to add a harmony to this illustration or this postcard. I'm going to sample the color from something else. And I like what's happening here with the umbrellas. So I'm going to go to the text is selected, and I'm going to go to the eye dropper tool. I'm going to click on that. And then I'm going to click right here to sample that color and boom. Okay. So now we've sampled it, and now it's repeating that color, and we have a bit more harmony within the piece. A bit of visual harmony. All right. So Now I'm going to get a little bit funky here, right? I'm going to show you some kind of cool, funky things that maybe aren't maybe the best design choices, but they're fun. And remember, what we are styling this after is an old fashioned, let me see. I'm searching this. Old fashioned postcard. And, you know, things like this. This is the kind of style that we're kind of after this, kind of funky old fashioned style. All right? We're not going to take it that far, but that's where we're going to go. All right, so I have this here. And you'll see while it's selected, I need to find the Warp tool, okay? And I'm going to go to Effect, and then come down here to find Warp. All right. And you can see there's arc lower, all these different things. Once I choose one, I'm just going to go with rc, and it's going to open up a dialogue box that's going to give me access to all of these choices here, and I can visually see them. Alright. So, there we go. Now we have a nice little arc here, and I can reduce the size of that arc by using this slider, this bin slider, okay? And I want to do that whole sweeping, you know, sweeping motion that we see here. Okay? So I'm going to choose, I believe it's called flag. And there we go. Flag. Hang on. Rise. Maybe rise is what we're after. There we go. And if I increase that vertical motion, there we go, the vertical bin, it will give me that shape. Now I'm going to click and see what flag gives me. Flag is more a bit more sweepy. So I'm going to go back to the rise, which has a lot less movement. Visual movement that is, you know, it's not so so much going on. And I can change the horizontal, you know, like you see how it pinches on the right side when I increase the horizontal on this side, and I drag it the other way. I'm going to put it back to zero or And the same thing, vertical, it'll pinch it at the top. Well, it makes it bigger at the top, and then I go to the other direction, and it pinches it at, you know, it'll pinch it at the top here, and then the vertical, it'll make it wide at the top. Okay, so I'm going to put that back to zero. All right. And I like this, so I'm going to hit. Now, I'm happy with this, but I want to make this stand out because if you see if I click away, it's getting a little bit lost. So we're going to add some effects. All right. So I'm going to select that. And I'm going to come up here to effects, and And I'm going to choose stylize, okay? And I'm going to choose drop shadow. Be careful with the drop shadow. The drop shadow may or may not be something that you like. But I like to add the drop shadow just because it makes the image stand off from the background just a little bit. But you can see it's a different kind of style. It changes the look of this postcard. And right here you can see there's the blur. If I reduce the blur, it becomes more of a hard line. And I'm kind of liking that hard line. Okay? So here's the blur. You know, see if you go too much, you just can't see it. So if you crank that up way too high, you just don't even see it. It's so thinned out. And as I come down, you can start to see it. And what I would recommend doing rather than clicking up and down is typing these in manually because you can see it's jumping right past anything that looks, Usable. I'm going to hit the tab key. I change that tab, tab will make this smaller without hitting that button and closing the dialog box. So let me see zero, one. I hit the tab. See. Now you can see it it's kind of a close to hard line, but I'm going to take this to zero. And I want to move this inward so that it's a little bit closer. So I'm going to toggle these buttons here, the y offset and the x offset on. Okay. And I don't like the way these are going. They're going in two large of increments. So that's 1.25. I'm going to go and I'm going to type in a 75 tab, and you say it's a little closer, and then here, I'm going to click Delete this and type in 75 tab. And now you can see it looks a bit closer. Right here, it says, the opacity is at 75%. I'm gonna crank that all the way up to 100%. Hmm. I kind of like the transparency. I'm going to put that back down to 75. And you can do whatever you like if you want it to look like a nice, glowing, I mean, a nice, soft shadow, or if you want it to look like a, you know, more of a graphic type of image. So I'm gonna hit okay with this. Alright. So it's still not standing out enough. So what I'm going to do here is select that type again. And you'll see over here in my toolbar at the bottom, here's my color chips. You can see there's no stroke on this. So I'm going to click right here, and that will bring that to the top. Okay, so now I'm going to click on the stroke, and I'm going to come here, and I have no colors in my swatches panel here. So what I'm going to do is show you how to I'm going to click on the black arrow, click away. Now I'm going to sample this red in from the umbrella, okay? And I'm going to save this to my swatches. Okay? So I went to the eye dropper, I sampled the red, and nothing is selected. And now I'm going to come over here. Open up my swatches panel, which is right here. You see swatches. Open that up. And what I'm going to do is grab this color chip and just drag it on over here, and you see it drops right into place. So now, I'm going to go to the black arrow. I'm going to click on the text. And now, you see right here in my properties panel where it says stroke. I'm going to click on that and I can choose that. And I have a nice little outline around that. Now I can increase the size of this until I get something that I like, and I think it's getting a bit too much. There we go. As long I'm starting to lose that E if I go anything above two point tight text. Anyway, I think that works. And I can say, it's not the most amazing work that I've ever done, but I think this works. And you can do all sorts of things with this, you know, making postcards or a card that you can print out and give to someone. Valentine's Day card. Actually, I originally considered doing this and making this like a Valentine's Day lesson. We would do that. Um, but, you know, you can make your own Christmas card, like, you know, making images with, you know, Santa Claus and snowy scene and different things like that. So there's all kinds of things that you can do with this. And I look forward to seeing what you do, and I look forward to seeing the project that you create. And again, it's because this is AI generated, everyone's work is going to be different than mine. So I'm really curious to see how this turns out, how this pans out. 17. Saving Your File: So now that this is done, I'm going to come up here to file, and I'm going to choose Save As because I don't want to save on this template. So I'm going to go file, save as, and I'm going to save this to my computer. So I'm going to give this a name. I'm just going to call this postcard Beach postcard. But you can name it whatever you like. Now I have a copy of this saved. But the thing to remember is this is saved as an Adobe Illustrator file. So if you if you find yourself without a subscription to Adobe Illustrator, you probably won't be able to open this or you'll have difficulty opening it. So what I would recommend is saving it in two versions. One version, I'm going to say save for your files in case you want to get in here and keep it as a vector graphic to edit, and the other is so you can upload it into the project area here on skill share. So I'm going to go file, save as, or let's try, save a copy. And I'm going to choose SVG. And SVG stands for scalable vector graphics, and that means that it will be editable, and you can still open this up an Illustrator and you can open up something called Inkscape or something, any vector based software. So actually, I'm going to get rid of that word copy right there, delete that, and I'm going to hit the interkey. And we'll get something like this and just go with the default settings, and you should be good and hit Okay. So now we want to save this so we can upload this to the project area. So I'm going to go file, and this time, I'm going to choose export and then choose export as, right? And we're going to choose PNG. Make sure you check artboards. That means it will crop it to fit this size here, and the name is good, and then I'm going to hit export and just pay attention to where it's going. I'm going to hit export. And there is a file file size limitation for within skill share in that project area. So you'll want to use either the medium or low resolution version. But I think the medium version at the resolution of 150 PPI should be good. Right here it says background color. It's completely filled in, but just to be safe, I'm going to put white so that it has a nice solid background, and then I'm going to hit. And that should be good. So now from here, we're going to go over to skill share in order to upload the file. 18. Uploading Your Project: Okay, so here we are in at the skill share, and you can see right here down here underneath the video, you'll see there's about projects and resources, and that is the area that you want to select. So here's about, and then we go to project and resources, and it looks like this. Actually, let me close that out. All right, so you can see here, right here, it says Submit Project. I'm going to click on that button right there, and we'll get something that looks like this. Now, the way this is set up is it says, you get a cover image, and the cover image depending on the proportions of your image, it may crop. So I'm going to upload this twice just to make sure that doesn't happen. So first, I'm going to go upload image. So now I'm going to navigate to where I see the image, and you can see it says Beach Postcard, PNG, I'm going to select that, and I'm going to hit open. Okay. And you can see it actually, it loads up 100% perfectly in the preview. So if you follow along with the size that I gave you that six by four document, it should load up perfectly. But you can see if you use this slide or you can zoom in and move it around a little bit. But I'm going to go ahead and hit Submit. In this situation, I'm not going to worry about uploading it again. But normally, I would re upload it if it got cropped off, so pay attention to that if you use different dimensions. But I'll give this a project title, and I'll say instruct or demo. And then here, for project description, you can leave whatever you want to here. You can describe the work, Describe any kind of, you know, if you had any problems with it or if you had fun with it, or you know, any questions you want to put. You can put those right here. And I'm just going to put blah blah blah. And then if I want to I'm going to hit a return key. And then if I want to add the image again, again, I don't think if you follow this size, you don't need to upload this again, but in another situation, you would want to upload this a second time, and you can see it loads up, and there we go. And then when you're happy with that, actually, I'm going to delete that because I don't want that to upload twice. And then when you're all done, you're going to just hit publish. And there you go. 19. Wrapping Things Up: Thank you for taking the class. I hope you enjoyed yourself and came up with something interesting and learned something new. I look forward to seeing what you've created, and I hope to see you in the next class.