Creative Cloud Classroom with Mike McHugh
McHugh begins the first of three lessons by discussing the course project which is a botanical illustration. He uses three Adobe apps during the course which are the Adobe Ideas for the iPad, Adobe Kular for the iPad/iPhone/iPod and Illustrator CC for the desktop.
After taking a photo of the plant which will be the star in the illustration, McHugh demonstrates how to open the photo into Adobe Ideas, a freeform vector drawing app, via Creative Cloud. He discusses how to create the line work for the illustration and emphasizes how this mobile app allows the artist to work in the field or on location. First, he shows the student how to use the Layers panel to create new layers and how to set up the brush for the line work. As you would expect, you have the option for several brush settings such as brush size, color and opacity. He uses a small size brush for the line work and a larger one to paint the background layer. When choosing colors for your artwork, McHugh shows how to choose from a swatch or use the slider controls to customize a color. Once the line work is complete, he saves the image in the .idea format to his Creative Cloud account.
McHugh begins the second lesson by demonstrating how easy it is to use the Kular app to capture a color scheme from the image in the iPad/iPhone/iPod camera. Once Kular gives you the color palette, McHugh shows how to fine tune the palette with the Kular slider controls and how to use the app's tagging feature when saving the palette as a color theme to your Creative Cloud account.
In the third lesson McHugh finishes the illustration in Illustrator CC. He begins by opening the .idea file into Illustrator and discusses how the layers and other aspects of the .idea file are retained between applications. He also shows how the Kular color theme and Ideas custom brushes can be downloaded into Illustrator via Creative Cloud. He demonstrates how to color the line work and finishes the illustration by adding text.
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