Unit 07 and 63- Speedometers

I created a series of Speedometers using Adobe Illustrator. I Started of by selecting the tool for the job, the Polar Grid Tool in order to form the Dials shape.

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Double clicking on the tool’s menu brings up more detailed options, I tweaked with different settings to see what outcomes I could present.

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The Speedometers outcome after tweaking and testing the options.

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Using the direct selection tool, half of the circle was selected then deleted for the speedometers finals shape.

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The scissors tool allowed me to erase certain lines so that I could edit certain areas of my speedometer.

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I created a circle using the ellipse tool in order to type out the information into it using the type tool.

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The outcome of my speedometer, it is basic with no detail, however it is my starting point for progressing onwards to project higher quality outcomes.

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Through experimenting, I tried to create unique and different shaped speedometer needles by merging various shapes together, using some of these tools to start the process.

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Going to windows menu, then clicking on pathfinder, opens the pathfinder menu in order to start changing shapes.

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I highlighted both of my created shapes and clicked merge to join them together as one.Capture 05

After lots of adjustments and colour changes, this is the final result of this experiment.

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These are my first speedometers, since I lack knowledge in using Adobe Illustrator, they did not turn out to a standard I would’ve hope. However I know there is a lot of room for improvement and potential ideas.

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I experimented further with my speedometers shapes, displays, colours, dials and fonts. I made at random and with planning to see what outcomes with be incredibly effective and suited for my apocalyptic theme. This speedometers dark and dim colours fits right into the whole apocalypse genre since no bright happy colours are on display.

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Through various experiments, I came out with thoughts seeing how my speedometers and other meters could match to my apocalyptic theme, as cars will be driving rough crashing against one another. Therefore I thought of expanding on my design instead of having a basic meters by using certain tools from Adobe Photoshop.

First using the magic wand tool, the fuel gauge was selected and used to cut out the fuel gauge’s shape on the glass image.

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Once again using the magic wand tool, the cut out shattered glass image was selected. after going to layer, then layer mask and then reveal selection makes a layer mask appear next to the chosen layer.

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The selected areas shape appears within the layer mask, the black looking layer.

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Access the layer mask by holding  the ‘Alt’ key and clicking on the layer mask, in order to copy and paste the selected area into the mask.

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Doing this makes the cracked glass overlap the fuel gauge making a realistic effect, instead of having a flat unnatural look by copying and pasting the glass image on top of the fuel gauge. This technique overlaps certain areas making the glass visual effect seem real.

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I tried to enhance the glass effect by experimenting with the blending change and by going to filter, then filter gallery to see what filters would help me improve this.

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The end result from the enhancements doesn’t quite capture my idea as well as I planned, I am not going to use this, as when I compared it to its actual interface size, the view was unclear. I would’ve liked this to work well at the smaller size, the dissolve blending change gives off an imagery of dirt, being stuck to the glass as cars race through the apocalyptic landscape.

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Another experiment trying to replicate the same glass technique. Using glass didn’t exactly go well as you can see, white from the glass overlaps the speedometer.

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However this issue was dealt with by going into the select menu and proceeding to colour range. I Clicked on the layer mask to use colour range, which  helped remove the unwanted colour by tweaking the white within the colour range menu.

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As you can see the white has been removed as planned, however the glass crack does not appear realistic as planned. Therefore I am going to work on this for a better outcome.

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Blending change was used to make the crack more realistic, however I would have liked to have more knowledge on using Adobe Photoshop in order to improve this speedometers glass appearance.

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Here is just a speed meter I created using Adobe Illustrator.

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A rev counter I created using Adobe Illustrator.

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