Illustrator Techniques

1. Aperture

For my Aperture part of the infographic I need to show the different openings of the camera lense; large, medium and small. To do this I need to;
– Show rulers. View -> rulers -> show rulers
– Draw a polygon from the center out (alt+shift) and lock it
– Draw a curved line using the pen tool starting at one of the polygon’s corners and following the side wide out. Use no fill and a stroke colour.
– Rotate the curved line around polygon’s center point (alt + click}
– When promoted with a rotation menu enter 60 in the angle box and click copy
– Zoom in and using the scissor tool cut the path at the intersection. Delete the top section of the original line (the part in the polygon)
– Select the top anchor points of both segments using the direct selection tool and join them using ctrl+j
– Create another curve to form a triangle using the pen tool. Click on one point and hold alt while clicking on the second point.
– Select the tool and rotate it while holding alt and clicking in the center point.
– Enter 60 in the angle box and click the copy button
– Hit ctrl+d 4 times to create a circle of triangles.
– Turn the strokes into fills. Object -> expand -> stroke -> ok
– Select the stroke and using the pathfinder tool click unite.
– Draw a circle smaller than the shape just created while holding shift+alt
– Select both the circle and the shape. Select the shape builder tool. Hold down alt and hover over parts needing to be removed. When the selection indication pattern is shown click once.
– Remove the outside lines first, then inside, followed by the polygon (unlock first) in the middle.

2. ISO

For my ISO part of the infographic I need to create a range of noise on the images created. To do this I can either go effect -> texture -> grain. Or effect -> artistic -> film grain.

3. White Balance

These images will be created using the pen tool, direct selection, pathfinder and shape builder.

4. Shutter speed

The first image will be created using the tools mentioned above. The following images will need to be blurred slightly and duplicated to show movement. To do this I need to go effect -> blur then pick the appropriate blur.

5. Exposure

Exposure will be difficult to create. However I am thinking of having three boxes created using the rounded rectangle tool. Having a blue house in each setting.
– over exposed; light blue house, white box
– correct exposure; blue house, grey box
– under exposed; dark blue house, black box


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