GDA Meeting Calendar

Here is the calendar for our September meetings. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our meetings! The Graphic Designer’s Association is Wake Technical Community College’s premiere group for graphic design students. From here, you’ll lead the way.

Feel free to contact Marsha Mills, MAEd if you have questions or suggestions. You can also contact Tyler Dockery, MAEd if you want materials from any meetings, or would like to see updates online.

GDA MEETINGS

Tuesday, Sept 1

General Discussion

Tuesday, Sept 3

Meet the President

Tuesday, Sept 8

President Workshop

Tuesday, Sept 17

Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 22

Photoshop Basics

Tuesday, Sept 29

Photoshop Basics

GDA Lecture: Adobe Illustrator How-To

<b>On February 18th, Tyler Dockery spoke to the GDA about Adobe Illustrator and gave one-on-one help to students new to Illustrator.</b>

<h1>GDA Lecture: Adobe Illustrator How-To</h1>

While I would love to tell you that this was a standing-room only lecture, the odd timing with the school day made this a handful of people only. As this was posted as a beginner tutorial, students with illustrator experience did not show, and since we were running a class of illustrator at the time, it made for a small but charged group.

Together, we gauged the room  too find that everyone was already familiar with the pen tool from the photoshop classes that we teach. So, with a few subtle nuances of the pen tool to teach at a rapid pace, we began discussing shapes and the pathfinder tools. Students in such a small environment were able to quickly and easily find the pros of using these two tools together.

Moving onto text and creating outlines, we undertook a simple exercise of creating a d in futura and adding a leaf onto it with the pen tool by combing text outlines and shapes with the pathfinder tool. We then filled this with a green-to-brown gradient and used the paste-inside command to add grey rock images below the brown to create an environmental letter.

Although students were already familiar with illustrator as a thing, many stated they were very excited about going home and trying it out on their own projects.

We then talked about live trace (live paint) for a few minutes, and talked about the distinct differences with bitmap and vector imagery. Students left excited and full of ideas.