Maya Bogdanova

Instructional Designer



Ice-cream Film Poster

I have been playing with Illustator for a while but only used the occasional YouTube videos to learn. Recently I just felt like I need some help. I was working on a side project using Illustrator and I felt that it would be much better if I just had some tips from somebody who knows how to work with the Illustrator. So that's how I ended up looking around and found this class.

I am on my first day and doing this project has already paid off a lot. Brad is really good at giving us the shortcuts which is precisely what I need. I chose not a very complicated poster to start but I wanted to have shades, different shapes, and patterns. So here is the poster that I chose:

After watching the first few videos and working on the basic shapes and colors, here is my progress. I still have quite a lot to do on the details and the patterns of the cone. I am not sure how to go about doing the smooth corners in the cone pattern but I hope that some of the next videos will get me there. I will probably need some help figuring out also how to make all the little rectangles in a path so I don't have to position them individually. Or any other way of achieving that.

So here is where I got a few days later. The text was rather difficult actually because I did not have the correct font and had to adjust the individual letters. It was quite the hassle but at least got better with the curves :)

Well, I thought that the text was difficult... but not really after having to figure out the most efficient way of creating the film holes that follow a path at a certain angle. After some initial frustration and youtubing, here is my solution - may not be very elegant but it actually got pretty easy by the end. 

1. I drew a path of the curve that the little round-edged rectangles should follow.

2. Counted the number of rectangles I needed and on another layer I created 2 at a bit of a distance and then used the Blend tool under Objects. First you have to specify how many pieces (steps) you need, then make the blend. At this point the rectangles are in a straight line.

3. Select the Blend of rectangles and then select as well the path, then under Object>Blend>Replace spine. Great now we have the correct path BUT and that's a big one the rectangles were not in the right angle. (my biggest frustration)

4. Expand the rectangles (under the Blend menu) then Ungroup and then select all and Transform Each - this will allow you to rotate all of the rectangles in the same time. It is still not perfect because the spaces in between get a little messed up in the process but after a while you can actually get quiet good with the path drawing and the rotation.

Well, this was the last piece of my poster. So here it is all done! I learnt a lot and really enjoyed myself.


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