Monday, September 13, 2010

possible poses?

After holidays - one enormous lecture - gives all the examples of everything we need for catalogues.
Last assignment is a combined assignment - bricolage - we are presenting a catalogue. One hand in, marked by every teacher.
For holidays - collect every type of interesting catalogue you can find.
Not necessarily fashion. Just anything nice.
Each page with themes. All these catalogues go into the visual diary.


it's going to keep coming back. Death.
But - doesn't have to be digital, or hand drawn, or a mix.
Use - pen tool - for digital drawn dds.
It's also OK to trace hand drawn designs, or trace draped designs you've done on a mannequin. Very acceptable.
Can get the right proportions, layer into shapes, looks exactly the same.
OR - live trace.
Not necessarily a black and white image, can be anything.
if you have a hand drawn dds and you want to make it digital, clean it up, make it very highly contrasted. Place file in illustrator, click with lack arrow. One of the options on the top is live trace. This creates a vector image.
Make sure it is VERY clean.
before you can manipulate it in any way, expand strokes, this gives us the paths.
Expand is also just along the top.
Now we have a vecotr image! Can colour, change outline colour.
BUT - this is grouped automatically. So ungroup first off.
Also - when live tracing it cuts through all of the layers, it divides the shape. Make sure that every edge is joined properly.
if we have bits on the side that don't join up the colouring won't work. So what do we do? Well..
we make a shape and sent it to the back! Then we have to colour without having to go through the joining hassle. But actually we do this at the end anyway, so why didn't we do this before? I don't know.

There are several types of tracing we can do - click to the right of live trace, and there are many options - a bit like filters in photoshop.
live tracing takes a lot of memory.
eg, photo and so forth - expand, we have a jpeg photo that is now vector.
Can choose - max colours - simplifies down to 2 coloured artwork.
Remember - that it's good to keep bodies and clothes separate, so we can layer the bejesus out of it.
From here - we have to expand to do anything. In a photo it will go wild.
So - next assignment gives us a choice - blend drawing and digital. We are marked on designs and presentation skills - and how we communicate these designs.

lessons learnt

colouring zipper
expand brush stroke, just have to remake.
You can't make a brush with a gradient.
lines on the pdf are normal and not anything to worry about.
macbook pros often have trouble saving as pdfs.

look this girl up for illustration

Monday, September 6, 2010

Photoshop rendering

delete unessential in illustrator, make a black box outside of the DDS without fill.
Copy and create a new file in photoshop and it will be exactly the box size.
Don't forget to get rid of black lines.
Delete the white areas.
When we copy in it will be huge, keep bringing down, then move fabric layer underneath the DDS layer.
Duplicate many a time.
and so on.


We have everything put up on out artboard - black boundary. Put my artboard on top and we are ready to go.
Don't "Save as pdf" - will be friggin' massive, saving links in etc. You don't want this.
Printer will only print with pdf. Grr.
Can open PDF with illustrator and continue changing moving etc.

Use file--> print
Adobe postscript file is a pdf.
1 copy, all or range. This relates to artboards. Whatever we see is the one that will print.
Don't have to scale, just select fit to page, can change the orientation, all normal printing stuff.
But choose save, go into finished PDF.
Save each one separately, and we will collate at the end. Week one skirt, print--save as pdf, save in file, etc and so on.
Eventually we will have many pdf files. ALSO - we want a title page.
Then we select each of these pdf files. These need to go into one pdf - requirement for assignment.
Use adobe acrobat pro
This will combine pdf. When you open nothing happens, except it comes up as adobe.
File --> combine --> merge files into a single pdf.
Super. Drag and drop all into this window. Don't worry too much about the order, you can change them now or once the pdf is created. Move up, move down. Etc. Combine files, click, and we are all happy.
This doesn't delete files, just creates a new one. Asks you where you want to save and what you want to call it.
If you don't change it then, when you open the pdf, hover mouse and drag it etc.
If you realise that you left a page out, right click, insert page, click on this and select the one.
Can delete pages, can rotate etc.
Easiest to put page numbers in in the pdf.

Don't have to go wild with printing, just do it off the home printer.


Black and white and colour and photo - this can be presented however you want.
White jacket has to have darker background.
Formal jacket is grey.

Rendering techniques - easy ways of colouring in artwork.
Group all DDS when you're finished, this will make everything a lot easier.
Don't have to send a ridiculous amount of time on rendering, if it's grouped select --> same -->fill colour. This selects everything that has the fill. Only works if it is grouped once.
Same thing to change outline - select/same/stroke colour, then change colour.
Use 50 per cent grey scale for outline of black garments.
Have to be sure that your fill and outline are grouped. Don't just click on DDS once.

Gradient colour - window --> gradient.
Can move gradient knob up and down, change ratio of grey to black, can change direction, angle at which the shadow is cast.
To change colour - double click on square, can change colour on either side.
Swatch library - doesn't have to be on disc, but can be nice.
All pantone swatch libraries are available.

Is there a copic swatch palate?
But pantone solid coated is the one that we like. Mmm, we like.

Drop shadow - this raises from the page a bit, which is cool.
Click into group, Effect -->stylise --> drop shadow, preferences available about colour etc, but default is fine.
Be aware that you can't layer the shadow on the DDS, it will go an ugly colour.
Don't drop shadow each individual object if you are layering them, group and shadow all.

If something is white, make sure you have filled everything in properly, has to be filled in white and THEN drop shadow. Otherwise it will put shadows on every outline and be ugly.

Linked files

Each file you make in photoshop has to be placed into linked files folder - every time you put these in you create a hyper link. When you save for web and devices, save into linked file.
Linked file has to be close to the library file, otherwise when you change computers it won't be able to display it.
Every time you place something into illustrator you break the link.
Replace, ignore, or cancel.
Select apply to all, replace, select the file you want.
If you change something in photoshop and you save on top of the linked file it automatically updates the illustrator file.
Links palate, window --> links shows you every link that is in the presentation.


Presentation techniques, saving as PDF, etc. This is big.
On UTS online there is file management stuff with how to put everything onto the disk you have to hand in. Look this up.

Presentation file management - use the same file for every presentation. Copy and paste.
New folder on desktop to be template - presentation file template - 4 folders to start
Photoshop file
Linked files
Finished PDF

This is what everything has to be presented with - there is a neat little compartment for everything.
PDF - each page that you will print in presentation - folder
Library - swatch library, symbol library, brush library
Linke files - files saved for web and devices out of photoshop, also image files - anything that you will place in Illustrator goes in here, all images of garment, gif from photoshop.
Photoshop - all the rendering folders, anything that you need to save from photoshop.
Illustrator file also goes into this section.

Create new Illustrator document, save into template folder at the top - this is the working file.

Nest - actual presentation file - copy and paste each garment into a presentation file, black and white DDS and coloured DDS with photographs, week by week layout.
Every page is a different layer.
Can make a fancy background layer, keep it on and locked for everything.
Start with a new file - have to think about size and so forth. Can have 2 printable pages in one file or more.
Artboard tool, choose A4. If you want another you simply put it on top of this, choose the size.
Can do each of these artboards on the same layer.
Remember to click on button next to artboard one, copy and past whole artboard with the artwork.
Can type in a size and it creates them as you want it.
However, just se a different layer for every artwork.

LABEL front back and side. Always. Has to have headings.
Artboards done.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The birthday suit

I almost forgot how much I love this stuff - tricky searching for this on google.

Undo reform stuff