We never stop looking for unique ways in which to create inspiration – the key to great design is having great assets. Influenced by a variety of dance styles, each dancer showcased their own characteristics to create a range of colours and textures. Using Adobe Capture CC and Adobe Illustrator CC, Brian (@BHybridDance) transformed them into creative assets. See how these assets have been used below. Try Adobe Creative Cloud for free and start experimenting yourself.
Open the Adobe Capture CC app and choose the Shape tool. Find a shape you like and then tap the plus sign. Now drag the slider and green-marked parts you want to capture. I used the paint marks created by the dancers but you can use any shape you find.
In the same app, choose the Colors tool to capture a colour palette. The various paint marks provided me with lots of colour options. Make sure you save your assets into your library.
Open Illustrator CC and begin by creating an artboard, (If you don’t have Illustrator CC, you can try it free of charge). Now open your asset library by first clicking Window on the menu and then Libraries. The shapes and colours you’ve just captured will be displayed on the library panel. Drag your shapes directly onto your artboard.
Once you’ve placed out your selected shapes you can change their sizes by first selecting them using the Selection tool and then dragging one of the corner handles. To keep the objects from becoming elongated or compressed, you can hold down the Shift key while changing the sizes. You can also combine the shapes and delete parts using the Direct Selection tool to create more interesting patterns.
Hold down the alt key and drag the ‘B’ graphic from your asset library directly onto your artboard.
Bring your newly created pattern in front of the ‘B’ by selecting it with the Selection tool and going to the Object menu, Arrange and then select Bring to Front. You can change the colours of your shape by going to the library panel and right-click one of the colour swatches you created earlier, and then choose Add to Swatches. After this, select the various parts of your shapes using the Direct Selection tool and click Swatch with the colour you want to apply to the shape.
Copy the ‘B’ shape by selecting it with the Selection tool and going to the Edit menu and selecting Copy (CMD+C if you have a Mac, or CTRL+C if you have a PC), then paste in place by again going to the edit menu and selecting Paste in Place (Shift+CMD+V if you have a Mac, or Shift+CTRL+V if you have a PC). Select all parts by going to the Select menu and selecting All (CMD+A if you have a Mac, or CTRL+A if you have a PC). Finally go to the Object menu and select Clipping Mask and then Make.
I decided to create a poster for B-Hybrid’s upcoming event ‘Human Movement Festival 2016’.
Open InDesign (If you don’t have InDesign CC, you can try it free of charge) and place your design into a new file. Then using fonts from Typekit add your copy. Finally place the file ‘B-Hybrid logo’ from your asset library into your file to complete your poster.
We were not sure what we were going to get, but that was definitely the excitement of the experiment.
– Brian Gillespie