Designing your Object in Adobe Illustrator

Phil Ebiner
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In this video, we'll talk more about the course project - what will you be doing and how will you follow along. I like to encourage all of the students to post their projects to the course page so that we can all see your amazing work!


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43:22 of on-demand video • Updated January 2018

  • design an object in Adobe Illustrator
  • prepare designs in Adobe Illustrator for animating in After Effects
  • animate with the flat buildup style
  • export from After Effects
English [Auto] Everyone welcome back to another lesson in this video we'll be designing the object for this animation. So for me I'm designing this little Polaroid I have for reference here. It always helps to have an image whether it's a real image or even some sort of graphic that you found online for reference when you're creating your object and I'm creating this object in Adobe Illustrator. But you can also design it right within after effects. I'm going to be showing you how to separate the layers within Adobe Illustrator to prepare this object for after effects. And you just want to make sure that each layer whether it's the background of your object or whatever layer that you want to be animated in the final product you want to make sure that's a separate layer. We'll talk about that more. Once we've designed the entire graphic. OK so let's get straight into Adobe Illustrator. So I'm going to use the rectangle tool. Pick a color that I like something like that green turquoise and just do a quick little background. I'm going to go into my layers and make sure that I lock this these two layers so that I don't accidentally click on them then I'm going to create the base of my Polaroid camera. So I'm going to choose my rounded rectangle tool and first I'm going to take this stroke off and then I'm going to choose a color that's similar to this. So let's just pick a light brown tan sort of Polaroid camera color. So I want it to be a perfect square. So as I click and drag I'm holding the shift key down on my keyboard something like that. Now this might be a little too brown so I'm just going to make it a tad bit wider. OK so now I have the background and then I'm going to duplicate this layer. So I'm just going to come and see or control the sea on your keyboard depending on whether you're on a Windows or a PC then command to pace it right over it. Are you now selecting this top layer. I'm just going to change the color to something like a dark gray something like that. Then I'm going to select these two points at the top the two anchor points and delete them then select these two other ones on the outside and click and drag down to create this sort of bottom of the Polaroid camera. And then I'm going to actually duplicate this layers of command C Command F and I'm going to select the top two anchor points and raise it up a bit and change the color to this sort of beige brown. So something in-between something like that then does me with this beneath the dark gray one. OK so now I'm going to take my rectangle tool and create a new little photo slot so this is the slot that the Polaroid would actually come out of and change the color to like a very dark gray almost a black. And now as I work my way up from the back layers of this design I'm going to create these two stripes. So again with the rectangle tool I'm just going to select a different color. You can do something completely different from what I chose in the previous in my previous design. So something like that then I'm just going to copy and paste it command c command VI. Move it right next to it and change the color. Maybe it will be a red or something like an orange. So that's pretty cool. OK so now I'm going to create the lens. So with my elipse tool I'm going to create a shape and I'm going to change the color to this background or actually make it this dark color down here. So with the eyedropper tool I I'm just going to select that and then choose my lips back pressing and holding Shift as I drag create a perfect circle just Center that and maybe make it a little bit smaller. Something like that then I'm just going to copy paste it again but command C and then command. Shrink it a little bit make it a darker gray. So I'm just going to what this path selected press I on the keyboard and select this gray and then I'm going to duplicate this one so command c command AF sure and get down and then actually with this one back here the middle layer I'm going to change the color to be a little bit lighter something like that. So starting to look like a lens. Now we're going to add two little lens flares. So again with the ellipse tool just draw a little circle on the end right here for us to choose your color. I'm going to make it like this color right here and then just duplicate this Comanche command and make it a little bit of a smaller lens flare something like that. OK so that's starting to look pretty good like so now it's just these different buttons that you would see on a Polaroid camera. So it's a viewfinder it's the shutter release button. Just different types of buttons that you would find on your camera. So I will take my rectangle tool right here. This can be the viewfinder or maybe this is the flash we'll see and then press. I'd choose my color and I'm selecting colors that are within my composition that's one good design tip that if you're creating these different elements of an object it's nice to choose colors from within your design and not just try to match by eyeballing it but actually using the height dropper tool to select the color something like that then let's use the rounded rectangle to create a little viewfinder box like so and so like this gray right here. OK. And then we will get still with our rounded rectangle. Make our little flash box right here. Something like that doesn't have to be perfect. Choose that dark gray. And then with the rounded rectangle again will choose make another little box inside and make it this light gray with the eyedropper tool. Then we're going to create this little shutter release button using the lips tool. So I'm creating a circle right here. I'm actually going to make it this background color. But what I'm going to do is go up to a fact under illustrator effects go to stylize and then drop shadow I can choose the different options I'm going to start out with about 50 percent. If we do zero on the X offset and 3 and then Buhler is 5 Let's see what that looks like gets a little bit too much so let's go into our drop shadow of facts if I can find it. OK so if I go up to drop shadow I can double click this and let's decrease that blur and decrease that y offset something like that maybe even make the blur one and the opacity 30. So this is just playing around. But that looks pretty good. I'm going to duplicate this in place a command c command F.. Shrink it down and I will actually take the read from this red stripe right here. And so now that looks pretty good. But here I'm going to take off the drop shadow. Just select it and trash it. OK so now that we have this button all done with the red and the background with the shadow that helps separate it from this background of the Polaroid we can just copy and paste both of these objects to create this other little detail on the right side of our Polaroid camera. So just pressing commands see and command the to paste it and then I'm just going to move it over here. Shrink the size a bit and while I shrink it or grow it I'm holding an option shit. What that does is it locks the aspect ratio so it's a perfect circle and it shrinks it from the middle rather than shrinking it from a corner. See that holding it down shrinks it from the middle and then I'm just going to like this read press I on my keyboard and select this gray going to zoom out. And maybe I'll make it that dark gray. So the last thing I want to do is at the drop shadow to this lens because if you're looking at a Polaroid camera this lens along with a couple of these buttons would be protruding a little bit and that would add a little bit of a shadow. So I'm just going to select it go up to a fact stylize drop shadow and now it still has the same settings that we've used before. So let's see how that looks. And that looks just about right. So there you have it. That is our Polaroid camera icon that we will be animating in the next lesson will be going over how to prepare this file for importing into after effects. You can't just take this file that you created this design straight into after effects without playing with the layers which we'll be talking about in the next video.