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The Alphabet: Stage 2 - Reconstruct

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Welcome to Adobe Illustrator

Students will reillustrate their completed alphabets in the digital world, using industry standard software (Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop) to immortalize their new languages in wood, stone, steel, or whatever material they so choose. This exercise is to familiarize students with the tools and terrain of software and how it is used to augment communications, in a visual manner, while bolstering their appreciation for the analogous, and age-old, means of communicating.

In order to complete this assignment, the student must provide the following:

  1. You will have one week (7 days) to complete this portion of the assignment
  2. Scan your Alphabet using Adobe Photoshop
    1. Place your Alphabet face down on the scan bed (the glass part), with the top of the page towards you and aligned to the left side.
    2. Go to "File" on the Menu Bar
    3. Select "Import"
    4. Choose "Epson Perfection V19" ( you may have to select WIA Support from the list first).
    5. Click on "Start"
    6. Choose Epson V19 and select "OK"
    7. Click on "Scan"
  3. Save the file (as a .jpg file)in your "Alphabet" folder in your "Communications" folder as "AlphabetScan.jpg"
  4. Open Adobe Illustrator. (Go to Start - All Programs- Adobe Design Standard CS6 - Adobe Illustrator)
  5. In Illustrator, go to "File" and then "New" and create a new document. Make sure that the document is "Letter" sized.
  6. Next, "Place" . This will open a box that you will use to navigate to your scanned alphabet. You will "Place" your alphabet into your document.
  7. Use the pen tool to re-create your letters in Illustrator. The Pen Tool allows you to create custom shapes.
    In order to use the pen tool effectively, go to "Help" in Illustrator and type in "Pen Tool" in the "Search" box.
    In-depth information on how to use the Adobe Illustrator Pen-Tool can be located here.

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    1. Do not simply draw your letter, but trace around it.
      1. Trace around the outside of the shape
      2. Trace around the inside of the shape (if you have any areas that require it) - cutouts, holes, etc).
    2. Use the Fill/Stroke box to make your letters Black
      In order to use the pen tool effectively, go to "Help" in Illustrator and type in "Pen Tool" in the "Search" box.
    3. In order to add type, like A, B, C, to your image, use the "Type" tool on the Illustrator ToolBox typetool
    4. Save your file as an Adobe Illustrator (AI) file in your folder (on the shared drive), in a new folder titled "Alphabet. Name it "Alphabet.AI"
    5. Export your file as an Adobe Photoshop Document (on the shared drive), in "Alphabet" folder. Name it "Alphabet.PSD"


      Standards:
      STL 8 - The Attributes of Design (Students will develop an understanding of the attributes of design

      • The design process
      • Design problems are usually not clear
      • Designs need to be refined

      STL 11 - Apply the Design Process (Students will develop the abilities to apply the design process)

      • Identify a design problem
      • Refine the design
      • Evaluate the design

      STL 17 - Information and Communication Technologies (Students will devlop and understanding of and be able to select and use information and communication technologies)

      • The purpose of information and communication technology
      • Many ways of communicating
      • Communicating through symbols


      Standards:
      STL 8 - The Attributes of Design (Students will develop an understanding of the attributes of design

      • The design process
      • Design problems are usually not clear
      • Designs need to be refined

      STL 11 - Apply the Design Process (Students will develop the abilities to apply the design process)

      • Identify a design problem
      • Refine the design
      • Evaluate the design

      STL 17 - Information and Communication Technologies (Students will devlop and understanding of and be able to select and use information and communication technologies)

      • The purpose of information and communication technology
      • Many ways of communicating
      • Communicating through symbols