In Adobe Illustrator, we started by learning the basics of the programs functions. Today we learned how to plan using rulers and grids aswell how to make shapes like rectangles, circles, etc even some custom straight edged shapes. We started on simple task to make flags of the world. We started with Switzerland flag:

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After the Switzerland flag, we did three other flags: Gambia, Greece and South Africa.

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When making these flags I found out that the flags progressively go harder in the order of from Switzerland being the easiest and South Africa being a bit more challenging from its diagonal shaping, etc.

Using all of the skills that I have learned a made all four of the flags the same/similar to the original flag.

I used mainly the line tool to make the specify shapes with a bit of the shape tools to make rectangles, triangles, etc. I used the grids, ruler and guides to help me get the right accuracy for the right sizing of each section of the flag.

To get grids you will need to go to the top tab and the navigate it from view > show grid. This will show a grid which you can line up points and rulers from. For showing rulers and guides, go to view >rulers > show rulers. Rulers should appear on the sides one going up and one going across next to the tab and toolbar (x and y axis). To get guides click and drag from the ruler to make a guide appear. A guide is a line which is going the x or y axis, these will be helpful for planning graphics in the future.

For the colouring and outlines of shapes. Adobe Illustrator uses 2 colours: the fill and the outline. These are shown on the toolbar at the bottom, two boxes one with a hole in it. The box without a hole is the fill. This is what the shape will be filled in with. The box with a hole in it is the outline colour. This is what colour appears for the outline for stroke or shape.

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