Pixelmator - Create Vector Graphics From Scratch
What you'll learn
- Master the skills and techniques involved in making icons, logos, glyphs, posters, and more using Pixelmator Shapes
- 35 plus Pixelmator Shapes and a lot more coming...
- Complete working knowledge of the Pixelmator Vector Tool Set
- Apply trendy design techniques such as long shadows, flat design, and blurred backgrounds
- Most students will be able to use Pixelmator as a replacement to Photoshop and Illustrator for everyday common graphic design tasks
- Apple computer
- A FREE 30-day trial of Pixelmator for Mac
Learning to create vector icons, logos, user interfaces, buttons, and more is a growing trend for both the web and mobile devices. This course focuses on abstract and flat-design techniques using Pixelmator's Shapes. Shapes allow you create icons, glyphs, logos, posters, and more in a vector format that is scalable without losing image quality at any size. Once a Shape is created, you can reuse it allowing you to never re-create that shape from scratch again.
This course is taught in a relaxed, conversational, unscripted style. Recorded to capture what it is like to hear a designer's thoughts as the designing unfolds. No slides, PowerPoint presentations, or scripts are used. The course is lean, trimmed, and fast-paced but you can still learn at your own pace. The lessons are taught in Pixelmator and the techniques and tools used are presented as you need to know them.
By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to create your own Shapes from scratch using Pixelmator. You will also understand the process to create and deliver icons, logos, posters, user interfaces, buttons, and more. Plus over 60 Pixelmator Shapes included.
Techniques and topics covered include:
- Vector vs. bitmap graphics
- Working with Pixelmator Shapes
- Style attributes that add details to Shapes created in Pixelmator
- Editing Shapes using nodes and handles
- Using existing Shapes to create custom shapes
- Building complex Shapes
- Implement the latest design trends in flat-design
- Applying masks and clipping masks to Shapes in Pixelmator
- Organizing and ordering layers
- Applying gradients and color palettes to Shapes
- Saving Shapes to the Shapes palette to reuse or share with others
- Working with Text in Pixelmator
- Includes instruction on Pixelmator's Pen Tool and Freeform Pen Tool
- Lesson on how to utilize the Effects Browser
- Converting Fonts to Shapes to create custom typography and Shapes
- Just-in-time-learning to not overwhelm the student with Pixelmator's many features
- And a lot more tips, keyboard shortcuts, and tricks along the way
Over 100 Pixelmator Shapes will be added to the course throughout the year!
Who this course is for:
- Anyone wanting to learn flat design and create vector-based graphics using Pixelmator
- Anyone wanting to learn more about Pixelmator's vector tools
- Anyone wanting to add a relevant design skill to offer to clients
- Anyone with a basic eye for design, but want to learn more
I started my design journey at a Fortune 500 company in print and publishing where I critiqued designs for quality and matching the clients needs as a final inspection before work was sent to clients. Since then I have gone on to consult on icon design, App Store submissions, and user experience, and even article writing. Some of my more recent work has included development on a kids game to help children learn numbers and letters. That app was voted #1 App-Of-The-Week. I also recently did design on an app for depression that was part of a Cambrige program in the United Kingdom. I consulted on an article about App Store Search for a blog on living well and being productive. I am currently designing icons for a Udemy course involving Pixelmator.I have three games in the Apple App Store, and I am working on my fourth game now, and an update to the first and second. Other projects are currently under non-disclosure agreements. I have been using Unity, Xcode, Blender, and Pixelmator as my go-to software applications on a daily basis for some time now and have plans to create courses on each in the future.