Week 14: Create a Corny Holiday Sweater Knit Animated GIF

Create a knitted typographic message in Illustrator and animate in Photoshop.

Beginner

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Create a knitted background and Christmas message in Illustrator. Save as a static JPG.

Intermediate

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Create a knitted background and 2 Christmas messages on 2 artboards in Illustrator. Export and animate in Photoshop to create an animated GIF.

Advanced

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Animate one word, but use your own handwriting. Really dive in and get it 100% perfect. Where needed ‘slice’ your word in the required pieces (use Ai to create a separate layer for each part and name them clearly) to get all the lines perfectly animated GIF.

Time Allocated

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120 Minutes for Beginner: Create a knitted stitch, create a pattern and message in the stitch in Illustrator. 180 Minutes for intermediate: Create a knitted stitch, create a pattern and 2 messages in the stitch in Illustrator. Export and animate in Photoshop. 180 Minutes for advanced: Create a knitted stitch, create a pattern and 2/3 messages in the stitch in Illustrator. Explore colour versions of your design Export and animate in Photoshop.

Design Goals

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Create a knitted Christmas message as one static image or as an animated GIF.

Constraints

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Use Illustrator to create the knitted background and message, and Photoshop to animate the JPGs created in Illustrator.

Resources

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Software

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  • illustrator
    Adobe Illustrator

    Patterns, Trace Tool, Textile Design

  • photoshop
    Adobe Photoshop

    Mockups, Designing GIFs

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