Easy Snowflakes and More with Adobe CS/CC

This fun Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud Training will help to boost your skills in InDesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2013 English

Course Description

In this Adobe Creative Suite Training course, you'll see how to make a snowflake in Illustrator (AI), InDesign (ID) and Photoshop (PS) by starting with a segment and repeating it. Adapt the design of the segment to create any radial symmetrical visual, such as a clock, sun, kaleidoscope, and beyond. Key topics include layers, creating and transforming objects and selections, Pathfinder tools, and Layer Masks.

Take this free Adobe Creative Suite Training course right now and learn how to make a snowflake easily.

What are the requirements?

  • To follow along, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, depending on which chapters will be viewed.
  • Demos are in CS6 for Mac OS, but users of previous versions, and those working in Windows, should easily be able to follow along.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Work with Layers (AI, ID, PS) and Adjustment Layers (PS)
  • Create and edit Layer Masks (PS)
  • Use Pathfinder Tools (AI, ID)
  • Create and transform vector objects (AI, ID)
  • Place and edit Smart Objects (PS)
  • Place and manage linked files (AI, PS)

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner to Intermediate users of any of the three applications, who want to boost skills and learn new techniques.
  • Beginner to Intermediate users and beyond, who want to exercise their creativity.

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
  • Instructor bio
  • Key concepts
  • Variations
  • Practical applications
See supplemental materials for finished examples, and a reference for PC users.
Section 2: Illustrator
  • Creating a Document
  • Grids and Ruler Guides
  • Drawing shapes
  • The Align Panel
  • Layers
  • Transforming shapes
  • Editing shapes with Pathfinders
Creating the first part of the pattern
  • Shape and pen tools
  • Converting type to outline
  • Duplicating objects with the Layers Panel
  • Using Pathfinders to combine shapes
  • Expanding compound shapes
  • The Transform Each command
  • Reference Points
  • Editing Swatches
Note: If you need to practice or learn more about using the Pen Tool, download the supplementary materials.
  • Using Save As to create a new file
  • Grouping
  • Transform Each and Transform Again Commands
  • Making changes to the design
  • The Place command
  • Editing and updating linked files
  • Placement Options
  • Renaming objects and groups in the Layers Panel
  • Paste In Place
Section 3: InDesign
  • Creating a Document
  • Working with different units of measurements
  • Master Pages
  • Drawing and editing shapes using specific measurements
  • Fills and strokes
  • The Align Panel
  • Layers
  • Transforming shapes
  • Layers
  • Align Panel
  • Smart Guides
  • Swapping fill and stroke
  • Editing shapes with Pathfinder
  • Reference Points
  • Paste in Place
  • Using Pathfinders to combine shapes
  • Reference Points
  • Duplicating objects and changing stacking order using the Layers Panel
  • Show and hide Frame Edges
Note: If you need to practice or learn more about using the Pen Tool, download the supplementary materials.
  • Using Save As to create a new file
  • Grouping
  • Transform Each and Transform Again Commands
  • Making changes to the design
Creating the finish using a file containing a single unit, in order to make editing more efficient.
  • The Place command
  • Resizing objects with the Control Panel
  • Display Performance
  • Document View
  • Editing and updating linked files
Section 4: Photoshop
  • Raster vs. Vector
  • Creating a document
  • Resolution
  • Color mode
  • Ruler guides
  • Selections
  • Transforming selections
  • Reference Point
  • Filling a selection
  • Layers
  • Creating and editing a Layer Mask
  • Options Panel
  • Copying and pasting a selection from one file to another
  • Working with a Layer Mask
  • Transforming a selection
  • Maintaining a selection's aspect ratio
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Quick Selection Tool
  • Zooming in and out
  • Specifying Color
  • Brush Tool

Note: The downloadable supplementary file TreeLights.jpg is the photo used in this lesson. Image ©2012 Joseph Caserto. All rights reserved. May be used for educational purposes, but no commercial use is allowed. For permissions, please send an email to info[at]josephcaserto[dot]com.

  • Renaming Layers
  • Paste in Place
  • Save As
  • Flattening an image
  • Smart Objects
  • Selecting multiple Layers
  • Place command
  • Linking Layers
Section 5: Review and Closing
Course Wrap-Up
Section 6: Bonus Lecture

This fun, quick tutorial from my YouTube Channel is a bag full of neat tricks to help you speed through creating this six-segment radial design. If you need more detailed instructions on setting up the file before starting the spider web, go to Section 2: Illustrator, and review Lecture 2: Set up a Document, and Lecture 3: Create a Base for the First Segment.

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Instructor Biography

Joseph Caserto, Design Professional :: Educator :: Consultant

I'm Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have over 20 years of experience as a publication art director and designer, and worked on the staffs of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I've worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My projects have included helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).

I'm also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media, at New York University, School of Professional Studies, Center for Advanced Digital Applications, Department of Design Digital Arts and Film. Formerly, I was an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department's Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published, and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.

I've consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principals.

I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I'm a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, the Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I've lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.

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