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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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Created by Joseph Caserto
Last updated 10/2013
English
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
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)
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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.
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.

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 18 Lectures Collapse All 18 Lectures 02:33:01
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Introduction
1 Lecture 03:08
  • Instructor bio
  • Key concepts
  • Variations
  • Practical applications
See supplemental materials for finished examples, and a reference for PC users.
Preview 03:08
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Illustrator
5 Lectures 43:04
  • Creating a Document
  • Grids and Ruler Guides
  • Drawing shapes
  • The Align Panel
  • Layers
Illustrator: Set up a Document
09:08

  • Transforming shapes
  • Editing shapes with Pathfinders
Illustrator: Create a Base for the First Segment
08:50

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.
Illustrator: Create Artwork for the First Segment
10:45

  • Using Save As to create a new file
  • Grouping
  • Transform Each and Transform Again Commands
  • Making changes to the design
Illustrator: Finish the Snowflake: Method 1
03:55

  • The Place command
  • Editing and updating linked files
  • Placement Options
  • Renaming objects and groups in the Layers Panel
  • Paste In Place
Illustrator: Finish the Snowflake: Method 2
10:26
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InDesign
5 Lectures 45:45
  • 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
InDesign: Set Up a Document
09:09

  • Transforming shapes
  • Layers
  • Align Panel
  • Smart Guides
  • Swapping fill and stroke
  • Editing shapes with Pathfinder
  • Reference Points
InDesign: Create a Base for the First Segment
08:54

  • 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.
InDesign: Create Artwork for the First Segment
07:38

  • Using Save As to create a new file
  • Grouping
  • Transform Each and Transform Again Commands
  • Making changes to the design
InDesign: Finish the Snowflake: Method 1
11:07

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
InDesign: Finish the Snowflake: Method 2
08:57
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Photoshop
5 Lectures 45:33
  • Raster vs. Vector
  • Creating a document
  • Resolution
  • Color mode
  • Ruler guides
  • Selections
  • Transforming selections
  • Reference Point
  • Filling a selection
  • Layers
Photoshop: Set up a Document
08:29

  • Creating and editing a Layer Mask
  • Options Panel
Photoshop: Create a Base for the First Segment
07:55

  • 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.

Photoshop: Create Artwork for the First Segment
11:28

  • Renaming Layers
  • Paste in Place
  • Save As
  • Flattening an image
Photoshop: Finish the Snowflake: Method 1
06:50

  • Smart Objects
  • Selecting multiple Layers
  • Place command
  • Linking Layers
Photoshop: Finish the Snowflake: Method 2
10:51
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Review and Closing
1 Lecture 02:23
Course Wrap-Up
02:23
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Bonus Lecture
1 Lecture 13:08

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.

Preview 13:08
About the Instructor
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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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