Skills Review

SKILLS REVIEW - PART 1

Sample Solution

Edit Colors and Distort Objects

  • Create a new 6" x 6" CMYK Color document
  • Save it as ILL_C7_SR_Distort Skills (username) to your server folder
  • Create a 4" circle with a yellow fill and no stroke
  • Apply the Add Anchor Points command
  • Apply the Bloat effect at 35%
  • Apply the Twist effect at 50°
  • Use the Scale Tool Options dialog box to make a 50% copy of the object
  • Apply the Transform Again command twice
  • With the top object still selected, fill it with a dark shade of blue
  • Select all, then use the Edit Colors command to blend the objects from front to back
  • Save your work, deselect
  • Compare your work with the Sample Solution
  • Close the document

SKILLS REVIEW - PART 2

Sample Solution

Work with Gradient Meshes

  • Open AI 7-13.ai
  • Save it as ILL_C7_SR_Mesh Skills (your username) to your server folder
  • Select the yellow hexagon
  • Apply the Create Gradient Mesh command with 4 rows and 4 columns
  • Click the Direct Selection tool, deselect the hexagon, then click the edge of it
  • Select the top row of mesh points, then click orange (on the Swatches panel)
    [Hint:  Click and drag the Direct Selection tool on the artboard to create a selection box that includes the top row of mesh points]
  • Select the middle row of mesh points, then click red (on the Swatches panel)
  • Select the four mesh patches at the bottom of the hexagon, then click a shade of orange (on the Swatches panel)
    [Hint:  Select each mesh patch one at a time]
  • Select the five mesh points at the bottom of the hexagon, then click a shade of red (on the Swatches panel)
  • Save your work
  • Deselect
  • Compare your mesh object with the Sample Solution
  • Close the Mesh Skills document

SKILLS REVIEW - PART 3

Sample Solution

Work with Envelopes

  • Open AI 7-14.ai from the student data files folder on the server
  • Click Object (on the Menu bar), point to Envelope Distort, then click Envelope Options
  • Verify that there is a check mark in the Distort Pattern Fills check box and in the Distort Appearance check box, then click OK
  • Position a triangle in front of the square with the pattern fill
    [Hint:  Click the Polygon tool, click the artboard, type 3 in the Sides text box, then click OK]
  • Scale the triangle so that it covers most of the square behind it
  • Select all, click Object (on the Menu bar), point to Envelope Distort, then click Make with Top Object
  • Enlarge the size of the illustration (if you like)
  • Save your work
  • Deselect
  • Compare your illustration to the Sample Solution
  • Close the Envelope Skills document

SKILLS REVIEW - PART 4

Sample Solution

Create Blends

  • Open AI 7-15.ai from the student data files folder on the server
  • Save as ILL_C7_SR_Star (your username) to your server folder
  • Create a 15% copy of the star
  • Fill the copy with White
  • Double-click the Blend tool, then set the Specified Steps value to 256
  • Blend the two stars
  • Save your work
  • Deselect
  • Compare your illustration to the Sample Solution
  • Close the Star document