Creating Symbol Charts with Illustrator

Class photo of symbol charts

A picture is worth a thousand words. From needlepoint to knitting, symbol charts are used as visual explanations of what to do where on canvas and fabric, needle and hook. Learn how to draw and style symbol grids, and use layers to manage objects. Create and manipulate craft symbols using shape and drawing tools, and turn them into Illustrator symbols. Combine grids, symbols, and text to form complete craft charts, and export your finished masterpiece for production use!

Materials

Laptop with Adobe Illustrator loaded and charged battery, pencil and paper for taking notes.

Homework

Class demos will be on Adobe Illustrator CC 2018. Students must have Adobe Illustrator CS 6 or later (Mac or PC) loaded on their laptop. You can download a free 30-day trial of Illustrator, or subscribe to a CC plan for as little as 20.99/month. If you are subscribing to CC, make sure you have activated your membership & downloaded the app before coming to class. 

You must be familiar with your laptop. Work through the pre-class homework to familiarize yourself with the Illustrator workspace and terminology.

Required homework exercises will be sent upon class registration.