First, choose the image you will be working with. My Computer > Shared on AMS > Mrs. Merk, and choose 1 of our 4 class models. You may choose any photo from either 2nd or 3rd hour. The girl's pictures are challenging because there are small spaces to consider by hair and hands. The boy's photos are relatively basic, though they have more wrinkles in their jeans.
1. Open the File: Open up Adobe Illustrator CS3 and move on to step 2. Go to FILE > OPEN > find the SHARED DRIVE > GRAPHICS > and use the file of your choice from our classes.
2. Make a template layer out of the original picture: Make the image into a template, double click the layer and check mark the box by TEMPLATE. It should be locked and dimmed to 50%.
3. Save your file: Be sure it is in your Documents as Silhouette. (you will save to the dropbox later)
4. Carefully Trace, using the following tools: * DIRECT SELECT TOOL (white arrow) * PEN TOOL * CONVERT ANCHOR POINT TOOL
Trace the outter edges of the image. Pay special attention to little details like a fold in fabric, the curve of a shoelace, space between fingers, etc.
*** If a line becomes separated: As you go, use the Direct Select Tool to select both end anchor points by drawing an imaginary box around them, then hold CTRL and type J to join them.
You can also select an anchor point with the Direct Select Tool and then click the same anchor point with the Pen Tool. The line should continue from that point.
Toggle your view of layers in order to check your trace. Fix any anchor points / lines you can before you move on.
*** Areas which are on the inside (i.e.; space between fingers, hair, arms, etc...): Trace these areas out separately. Below you will see an image where the space between the girl's arm and body have been traced out. I have also traced the small gaps between fingers. These are all individual traces.
Select everything using the SELECTION TOOL and drawing an imaginary box over the entire trace, and be sure you have Fill Color Solid / Line Color Empty. Then go to Object > Compound Path > Make.
5. Create a Type On Path element: Create a new layer, and within it, draw two circles around your silhouette image. Use SHIFT to make a perfect circle while using the Ellipse Tool. CTRL+C and CTRL+V to copy and paste an identical circle.
Type text which goes above and below your image. The color of your image should help emphasize your message. For example; I may use reds for a message about love. I may use purples for a message about humor. Your message must encourage people to be positive. Think about these buzz words to inspire your message: STRONG BEAUTIFUL AMAZING INTELLIGENT FUNNY CONFIDENCE UNIQUE TALENTED LOVING
6. Use Symbols: Include at least one symbol to accent your image, and be sure it coordinates well with your phrase.
You can alter the colors of any symbol by DOUBLE CLICKING the symbol, SELECT it, RIGHT CLICK, and choose UNGROUP. Select individual elements and alter the color as you wish. You can even add gradients.
7.When You Are Done: Check the RUBRIC before you turn it in, to be sure you will get the best grade possible.
Save the image in your documents with a quick save, then go to File > Save As > and save it in the Dropbox under Silhouette.
Name it Silhouette - Jenny (using your own first name of course). Be sure it is in the correct folder.