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Illustrator Challenges

Days 3 & 4: Fill a Shape with Text

Skills you need to learn/practice:



  • Layer one – shape
  • Layer two – text (below)
  • Highlight and select both
  • Select Object > Envelope Distort -> Make with Top Object
  • Select Edit envelope
  • Use Direct Selection tool
  • Find an anchor and start pulling


  • Create text
  • Adjust font as desired
  • Use Selection tool
  • Right-click -> Create Outlines
  • Select Object -> Envelope Distort -> Make mesh -> 3X3
  • Move into place with Selection tool
  • Adjust with Direct Selection tool

Days 1 & 2: Spirograph Challenge

Photoshop Challenges

Day 1:

Days 2-6

Logo Challenges

Days 5 & 6:

Days 2, 3 & 4:

  • How to create a logo: part 1
  • Pick a food and find an image that you can deconstruct.
  • Open Illustrator and select Print for profile. Also make sure orientation is landscape.
  • Select File – > Place to add your food image.
  • Lock this layer in place by selecting Window -> Layers -> click to lock layer.
  • Then click Create New Layer button.
  • Go on to How to create a logo: part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6
  • At the end of each day, be sure to take a screenshot of your work so far and reflect on your padlet.
  • Also be sure to save your work in Illustrator under your folder on your computer.

Day 1:

  • Beginning Graphic Design: Color
  • Color Calculator – pick a color scheme
  • Go to Illustrator and make different shapes to represent each color in your color scheme. Fill with color.
  • Experiment with arranging shapes, raising and lowering, moving around the screen, making shapes with sharp edges and with rounded.
  • Experiment with adding text.
  • Think about principles of graphic design as you are laying out shapes, colors & text:
    • Proximity
    • White space
    • Alignment
    • Contract
    • Repetition
  • Export your design and upload to your padlet and reflect.

Unity Day Project

Create Unity Day themed images for buttons.

  • If you are using Piskel and you want to add text, it will be easier to add text using another image editor. So, first export image (600×600) from piskel. If you are on a Mac, you can open image in Preview, then select Tools -> Annotate -> Text. You can then add text, move, change size, font & color.

Upload your designs on this padlet.

Self-Assessment: Get paper copy of self-assessment from Ms. Wilkens and complete! You will go to Ms. Koscielny next Visual Arts day.