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Getting to know Illustrator isn't as difficult as you might think. With Illustrator, as with just about any design application, there are many ways to attack any given project. Sometimes, you need to explore the various techniques to know what is the quickest, most effective technique to employ. Sample Project - T-Shirt Wireframe Design Using my last lesson as a tutorial, let's take a look at how to create a t-shirt wireframe. The project is to create a t-shirt template that will be used to apply graphics and designs in a later stage. We began by searching the Internet for "tshirt outline", to get good examples we can copy. Find an uncolored outline that you can cut-and-paste into a new Illustrator document. Then, using the Pen tool, we drew the exterior outline of the t-shirt. To add the details of the shirt, including sleeve and neckline hems, we created shapes that matched the lines needed. Selecting the t-shirt and the newly drawn shape, we use the Pathfinder... read more

My last student required a lesson in using Social Networking, connecting the various social sites to the main corporate website, and driving traffic between the two destinations. Here are a few things to keep in mind, and some suggestions for websites/applications that will help you to set up, and maintain your social networking strategy. Facebook - In order to set up a business/product page on Facebook, you must first have a personal account defined. This account will serve as the administrator for the professional pages. Once a page is set up, you can sign on to your personal profile and post to that page, or you can sign on as the page administrator and post to the page. Twitter - The account you set up in Twitter is it's own entity, unlike Facebook where you're expected to sign into your personal account, then into your professional page. Be cautious to name the account properly to convey the correct publicly facing messaging. LinkedIn - As with Facebook, Linkedin... read more

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