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WORKSHOP

ILLUSTRATOR & DIGITAL FABRICATION INTENSIVE WORKSHOP - FROM 30 OCTOBER-11 NOVEMBER 2017 (6 SESSIONS OVER 2 WEEKS)

***Workshop in English only***

When: October 30 to November 11 (2 weeks), 3 sessions/week (Mon & Wed from 6pm to 9pm / Sat from 10am to 4pm)
Where: Xinfab - Kangding East Rd, Lane 45, Building no.5, Room 102, Jing'an District
Price: Special inauguration price 2000 RMB (Wechat 2010 RMB)

After many people who joined our intro workshops asked for a more in-depth, intensive course on Illustrator, our favorite and most talented designer Pamela Martello is going to take you through this amazing tool from start to finish. She'll share with you her knowledge and tricks of 9 years of experience with Illustrator.

In this intensive workshop, you will start by getting familiarized with Illustrator, gradually move on to learning how to use its main tools and features, and then get a 2-dimensional design of your own to the finish line. In addition to Illustrator, you will also learn how to integrate your newly acquired vector design skills with Xinfab’s laser cutter and bring an object to life. Finally, if time and everybody’s pace allows, we’ll also give you an introduction to Photoshop. No previous knowledge is required!

Adobe Illustrator is the design industry’s standard for creating vector graphics. With it, you can design posters, banners, logos, websites – in sum, you can illustrate anything you want! By combining it with the laser cutter, you can also create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional objects – the only limit is your imagination!

Your dedication is key. We invite you to practice after the lessons with some homework and maximize your takeaway from the course.

No previous Illustrator knowledge is needed, but you do need to be familiar with how to use a computer (in other words, Windows or iOS don't scare you and you understand basic commands like Ctrl C+Ctrl V).

Price includes:
// One month Xinfab Membership for you to DIY! (180 RMB worth of credits for machine usage within a month); Material for prototyping

Things you should bring:
// Your laptop and charger
// Mouse (this workshop can’t be followed without a mouse)
// Install Illustrator CC in your laptop (http://www.adobe.com/illustrator)
// *Optional: Install Adobe Photoshop
// Your passion, curiosity, and questions


Some sample images of what you'll learn to do (Pamela made these in only a few hours!)









Examples of how she uses Illustrator (and Photoshop) to create mock-ups of her works



Pamela explaining how the laser works

Laser cutter engraving a design Pamela made

The first class of our Illustrator intensive workshop at the end of Fabrication Day

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

// DAY 1: HELLO ILLUSTRATOR (OCT 30, MONDAY, 6PM-9PM)
_Introduction to the software and its applications
_The basics: interface, create a file, size, toolbars, commands
_File configuration
_Basic tools: Selection tool, magic wand, basic shape tools, arc, segment, scissors, hand and zoom
_Color palettes
_Artboards


// DAYS 2 AND 3: GET CREATIVE (NOV 1, WEDNESDAY, 6PM-9PM AND NOV 4, SATURDAY, 10AM-4PM)
_You'll start creating your artwork from scratch
_Pen tool!
_Brushes
_Simmetry and rotation
_Interactive painting
_Shape creator
_Perspective grid
_Live Paint Bucket
_Type tool
_Eyedropper tool
_Gradient Tool


// DAY 4: TRACE AND ENHANCE (NOV 6, MONDAY, 6PM-9PM)
_Image Trace
_How to retrace an image or photo
_Pathfinder
_Align
_Blend Tool
_Add, delete an anchor point (complimentary of Pen tool)
_Swatches
_Color guide from the course


// DAY 5: PREPARE TO FAB (NOV 8, WEDNESDAY, 6PM-9PM)
_Project design for the laser
_Troubleshooting
_If time allows: Photoshop!


// DAY 6: FABRICATION DAY (NOV 11, SATURDAY, 10AM-4PM)
_Introducing Digital Fabrication
_Understading laser cutting and engraving
_Safety rules
_Learn how to use the machine
_Make your object


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HOW TO SIGN UP

SIGN UP DEADLINE: OCTOBER 24

// ALIPAY (2000 RMB)
transfer the workshop fee to [email protected] (please indicate your phone number on the payment details so we can contact you!)

// WECHAT (2010 RMB - Wechat charges us a fee)
Enter our shop with your phone via this link and proceed to payment with Wechat Wallet

// CASH (2000 RMB)
come by our lab during our opening hours to book your spot. (You can also just come when the workshop starts, but we cannot guarantee there will be a spot left for you.)


Questions? Send an email to [email protected].



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ABOUT THE TEACHER

Pamela Martello is a Mexican jewelry designer who has been creating original and stylish 3D and 2D designs for the past 9 years. Jewelry is Pamela's true love, but she has a decade-long love affair with graphic design and Illustrator, with which she complements her jewelry creations.

Pamela is a graduate from the European Institute of Design (IED) in Rome, Italy. She entered the IED through the big door, by winning a design competition and being awarded a scholarship. Upon graduating in jewelry design, Pamela took a graphic design specialization, also at the IED. In her career, Pamela has won multiple jewelry and graphic design awards, including an artwork design award for American Express. Pamela has been creating jewelry in Shanghai for the past 4 years.

Last year, Pamela discovered Xinfab and immediately joined our core team as a volunteer. She loves the laser and the 3D printers and is always experimenting in other fields related to design, where she finds inspiration for her creations. She has also taught many workshops with us. For Pamela, travelling, exploring, and living in different places offers a constant stream of stimulus for new ideas (plus a little fantasy too).