Typography Portrait, PART ONE- The LETTER PORTRAIT: (from “Design
for Communication” by Elizabeth Resnick)
Before you get started: Create a "lastname_typography_letter_portrait" folder on your network space. Save all of the work that you complete
for this project into that folder.
Assignment Brief: Your
assignment is to create a “Typography
Portrait” using Adobe Illustrator. A Typography Portrait is a
portrait that uses only typographic characters for its pallette.
Use letters (which might be thought to represent sounds) to illustrate
your face, thinking about how your design reflects you as a designer
and as a person. Think about identity and study your face and its characteristics.
Examine the different letters to determine what will represent
Professional and Highland Graphic Design Student
Samples for Inspiration: Click on this
link to see some samples that might inspire you!
Objectives: Create an awareness of the design possibilities of typography.
are the links to the photographs that I took in class the other day: (Barbara, I uploaded the wrong photo for you, the better version is on the Q: Drive, you can download it there.)
Click on the thumbnail
of your picture to bring up the larger version, then RIGHT-CLICK to
picture to your "lastname_typography_letter_portrait" folder.
In addition, please RIGHT-CLICK on the image
below to save it to your folder, as well. This will be our practice
image for learning how to
manipulate text in Adobe Illustrator:
Adobe Illustrator Learning: We have not used Adobe
Illustrator at all yet, so we have to start at the beginning. Watch
the Video Tutorial
below to get started. PLEASE FOLLOW ALONG with the video. It gets you
started on the PRACTICE TYPOGRAPHY PORTRAIT of the image above. You
will receive credit for completing the practice portrait!
Video Tutorial: Adobe Illustrator Basics- Opening
the Program, Placing Images, Manipulating Text.
The Process for completing
the Typography Portrait:
- Watch the Video Tutorial and recreate the sample
Typography Portrait above. Make sure to DELETE or use the EYEBALL
to get rid of the original image, then EXPORT this as a JPEG and
save it to your "lastname_typography_letter_portrait" folder.
- Place your picture from the link above into
Illustrator. Resize the image as needed to fit onto your canvas.
parts of your photograph
go over the edge of the canvas, don't worry, they will not be
seen on the final JPEG.
- RENAME your picture layer as ORIGINAL PHOTO.
- Create a New Layer and call it "Typography".
- On this new layer, use the TEXT TOOL and the GARAMOND
FONT to type all of the following:
- All of the lower case letters of the alphabet
- All of the upper case letters of the alphabet
- All of the keys on the top row of the keyboard,
from the single quote, through all of the numbers to the equals
- All of the SHIFTED symbols from the top row of
the keyboard, from the tilde to the + sign.
- Use the EYEBALL icon to TURN OFF the ORIGINAL
PHOTO layer, as needed. You will be turning on and off this
as you go to see the
progress of your typography
- Using the letters, numbers and symbols you have
just typed, you will be creating your typography portrait. Here
are the RULES for the project:
- You can only use each LETTER, NUMBER OR SYMBOL
ONCE for the entire portrait!
- You can ROTATE or RESIZE your letters as much
as you wish, but...
- YOU MUST RETAIN THE ORIGINAL SHAPE OF YOUR
LETTERS (by holding down SHIFT when resizing).
- Do your best to create a typographic portrait
that looks like you and is true to the original photograph!
- If you need to save your HEAD SHOT portrait before it is completed, make
sure that you FILE>SAVE AS an .AI FILE! This will preserve all of
the layers and letters for later manipulation!
- Make sure to DELETE or use the EYEBALL to get rid
of the original image, then EXPORT this as a JPEG and save it to
your "lastname_typography_letter_portrait" folder.
anyone wishes to try to create an INVERTED portrait, where the letters
are white on a black background, you can. You will need to
use the RECTANGLE SHAPE tool in illustrator to place a new layer between
the Photograph and your TEXT. Your letters will have to be in WHITE
instead of BLACK.
PORTRAITS: See below. (Please note that
not all of these portraits are following the same rules for creation
that you are above. Many of them use repeated letters, you cannot
do so for this project! You will be allowed much more creativity
when you complete the SENTENCE PORTRAIT, coming in a few weeks!)
assignment will be worth a total of 125 points:
- 25 points for proper completion of the practice Typography
- 50 points for proper completion of the personal Typography
Portrait, while taking into account all of the rules of the project.
based upon Mr. B.'s whims, regarding the overall look, creativity