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4.1 Document Setup & Getting Started

In this lesson, we will first set up our document. Then we will focus on creating a stylized background using the pencil tool.

4.1 Document Setup & Getting Started

Hello and welcome to this new chapter and project where we're going to create a fictional poster for a coffee shop. So with this in mind we're gonna go into this under the assumption that it would be printed. So we're gonna be using a little different document spec, specifications then we have been in the previous lessons. So we're gonna go file new. And we'll just call this Coffee. And we are going to change from points to inches. And we're gonna change the width to 11 and the height to 17. All right and while we would normally have this if we wanted to shift this to a specific printing company we would include a bla, a blade but since this is for a fictional project we don't need to include this right now. So under advanced though we do want to switch this to cmyk. And raster effects we can turn to high, 300 and you can deselect align new objects to pixel grid. Let's go ahead and hit OK. And so we can see that this is pretty large because we're only at 47% view. If I hit control one, we'd get to 100 and you can see that if we scroll up. We still have a, a decent size but because everything is gonna be vector, it's not really a problem. So what we're gonna do is first fill in a background. So its gonna be two steps. We could just use a solid color but I also wanna give it texture. Something that makes it feel just sort a bit fluid like which is relevant to the idea of coffee. So, first we're gonna give it a solid background color. We're using the rectangle tool here. And we don't wanna stroke on it so we'll change this to zero. Hit Enter. And we want the color here. We switch and make sure we're currently selected on the fill. We want it to be pretty dark. And so we could go this dark. I think, yeah, I think this one, this darkness right here will work pretty decently. So you can find that same one in your swatches panel. All right, so if you didn't get yours all the way you can always extend it so that it does reach the edges correctly. Go out here. Okay, so now that we have that done, we can go ahead and expand the layers here and take this path and lock it right there so that we can't select it anymore. All right, now what we want to do is use the pen tool. Actually instead of the pen tool we're gonna go ahead and use the pencil tool. And what we'll do here is this ones not going to have a fill just yet, we're going to get rid of that. And we'll give it a lighter fill color here than the background. So, if I come up here and just start drawing like this, and continue you this on. [BLANK AUDIO] We can keep on doing this [BLANK_AUDIO] And you just kinda want to keep things, similar in terms of how you're designing this. Doesn't have to be perfect. [BLANK_AUDIO] And we are actually going to give it a fill once we're done with it. And you'll see how that looks. [BLANK_AUDIO] And a few more. And this is meant to be to look a little bit rough and actually real quick, we'll make these a little bit bigger because the settings right now are significantly altering the shape that's okay. All right so looking at this if you have something that's similar to this that's fine and I think I may want to redo this one so I'm just gonna select it and delete it and redo it real quick. [BLANK_AUDIO] All right that will work. All right so now with we could take all them. And now we can give it a fill and we're going to try a darker fill color. [BLANK_AUDIO] And maybe not quite that dark. Actually if we choose this color which is the same color as the background, we can double click on it real quickly and just go a little bit darker. And that stands up just a tad bit too much for my liking so what we're going to do is hit Control H to get rid of the anchor point views. And take the opacity down a little bit. All right roughly right around there, around 57%. And for now that's good, we may end up changing the colors a little bit as we go along and progress, but for now that's good. I, and in the next lesson we're gonna go ahead and get focused on creating and designing the actual coffee cup itself all right? So I'll see you then.

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