Shape Making with Adobe Capture

I mentioned in my post about the Pop Art Cactuses that there was this random step in the tutorial about using the Adobe Capture app to create a shape. I had a little look at it at the time, but didn’t really do much with it because it didn’t seem to fit in with the tutorial and the instructions on using it weren’t very clear.

Since then I’ve been playing around with the app a bit and I think I’ve figured it out…

  • In the Adobe Capture app, tap ‘Shapes’ and ‘+’ to create a new shape.
  • Find something you want to make a shape out of… I found things with a higher contrast worked best.

Drink Bottle

  • The green lines around the object are the lines that will make up your shape.

Drink Bottle Simple Green Lines

  • You can get more detail in your shape by using the slider under the camera window.

Drink Bottle Detailed Green Lines

  • Next you can remove lines and things that don’t need to be part of your shape.

Remove Lines from Drink Bottle

  • The app will smooth the lines and will show you what your shape will look like.

Smooth Lines Drink Bottle

  • Save it to your library.

Save Drink Bottle

Pretty simple.

So far I don’t really have a need to make shapes, but it’s kinda fun 🙂

Pop Art Cactuses

Pop Art Cactuses

Pop Art Cactuses!

How funny, After last week saying I wanted to do more online tutorials to improve my skills in the Adobe Creative Suite, this week as part of the assignment I’m working on, I have to complete a couple of tutorials – win win 🙂

I went through the first tutorial last night and omg, what a frustrating experience! The final image worked out in the end – my very pretty Pop Art Cactuses – but it was a battle!

The tutorial I followed was ‘Make Pop Art’ and it was from the Adobe site, but even following their instructions my computer just didn’t do what it was supposed to!

My Blob Brush wouldn’t stay the colour I selected and kept turning back to black as soon as I started using it… I’ve had this problem before, usually when using Live Paint, but not when I’m using the paint brush… I eventually worked around this by colouring a small area with the black, using the selecting tool to select the painted section, and then changing the colour… the Blob Brush then stayed the colour I wanted… Weirdly though it showed that the ‘fill’ was empty, and it was the line colour I was painting with. No matter what I clicked on, it wouldn’t stay in the fill colour…

Next up, no matter what I clicked on or what keyboard shortcuts I used, the brush kept reverting back to 1pt. Again super frustrating and this meant it took quite a while to paint over my image.

Pink Cactus

Painting a cactus with a 1pt brush…

The tutorial was a little inconsistent in the level of direction it gave with some vague directions, and then really super step-by-step directions. There was also a pretty random step about the Adobe Capture app, but overall I think it was a pretty good tutorial and now I know how to make some simple Pop Art graphics 🙂

Pop Art Cactus

Pop Art Cactus 🙂

I’m not 100% happy with the colours in my final image (at the top of this post) – they could be more ‘Pop Arty’, but the tutorial had taken almost an hour and a half because of my computer issues (I think usually it should take about half an hour max) and it was waaaay past my bed time haha 🙂 I could have been there till midnight playing around with it, but I had to remind myself this was an exercise in learning computer skills and not a design project, so it was all ok lol

If anyone at all has any ideas what I might have been doing wrong, or why my computer seems set on making my life difficult, it would be really great to hear!

Learning Illustrator Warp Tools


You may have seen me mention one or two or, *ahem*, a hundred times how I seem to struggle a bit with getting the vision of the projects in my head to be replicated on the computer screen… The only way I’m going get better at creating the designs I envision is to get more practice at using the software. I know this, I just have to do it… So while I’m still moving along with my course study, I’m going to try and do more ‘self-directed’ study as well – focusing on my computer skills -I’m looking at you Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop!

I do tend to use Illustrator more than Photoshop, so I thought I’d have a look at that first and I honestly there are so many tutorials out there to choose from that alone almost drove me a little crazy, but I finally settled on this one:  Smashing Magazine Examples And Tips For Using Illustrator’s Warp Tools.

It was really great and easy to follow, and I managed to create the ‘beautiful’ image you see at the top of this post, lol 🙂 I could have played around with the tutorial for hours, and I think this plan of doing more self-directed study is definitely a good idea.

Do any of you have suggestions for other good Adobe Illustrator tutorials?

Study Notes: Elements of Design & Design Principles

line pattern repetition rhythm unity

Line… Pattern… Repetition…

Friday already! Wow! This week’s gone super fast… I’ve been getting back into studying (thankfully), but nothing much interesting from it to share at the moment so I thought I’d do a quick little post about some of the very basics I’ve learnt so far – the Elements and Principles of design…

Here’s my brief summary…

Elements of 2D design:

  • Line – Solid, implied, edges, lines of vision, defining shapes and boundaries
  • Shape – Outlines, geometric, abstract, representational, figure/ground (positive/negative), typographic
  • Colour – RGB, CMYK, reflected, subtracted, hue, value, shade, tone, tint, saturation, warm, cool, primary, additive, subtractive, secondary, printers, pantone, web-safe
  • Texture – Tactile, pattern

Design Principles

  • Format
  • Balance
  • Visual Hierarchy
  • Rhythm
  • Unity
  • Scale

Can you see any that I may have missed?

I found these interesting to learn about, but oddly quite difficult to consciously integrate or recognise in some design work… I would be able to say whether a design was ‘working’ or not, but not always be able to pin-point the exact elements or principles that are affecting this. It’s very strange… Something to keep working on I guess. Continuous learning seems to be a bit of a theme within design, but thankfully I’m okay with that 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a great week!

Reading Notes: “Eight Principles of Creativity” – Landor

8 Principles

Back into study mode today!

I’m back! Wow, what a few weeks I’ve had! I think I ended up having over two weeks off work sick, and even when I did go back last week I was still not 100%. Feeling a lot better now, but I’m still trying to take it a bit easy.

If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram you would have seen I spent last weekend in Katoomba which was great – but I’ll write a separate post about that a bit later on 🙂 Today I’m finally getting back into my studying (I haven’t done any since I moved!) and I just wanted to post something up on here to let you know I’m still around lol 🙂

This book, ‘Eight Principles of Creativity‘ by Landor is one I downloaded on iTunes waaay back when I first started my Graphic Design course, before I know who Landor were. It’s a pretty short quick read, but has some interesting points. Here are my notes…

  • Creativity is individual and universal
  • Creativity is intellectual and artful
  • Creativity is distinctively human
  • Creativity is not a skill set, it is a mindset
  • Everyone has the ability to be creative
  • Creativity requires playfulness, but also discipline to reach an end goal
  • Creativity seeks to make a difference
  • Creativity requires the willingness to let go of conventions and values imagination
  • New ideas often meet resistance, therefore creativity requires courage
  • Know the difference between what you see and what you perceive
  • Identify patterns and connections that aren’t always obvious
  • To foster creativity, an element of freedom is required
  • Ask questions
  • Use lateral thinking
  • “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” – Pablo Picasso
  • Be willing to accept ambiguity

Anyway, off to get stuck into my next assignment – investigating software… what fun haha 🙂