Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Design a geometric op-art poster

Step 11 Draw out a frame from the top left margin corner across and down towards the bottom of the right margin, leaving space between the bottom of the frame and the bottom margin for our text. Ours is 334.427 x 495.017mm.

Select File > Place (or Cmd/Ctrl + D) and select your artwork. As the artwork is square and this is a portrait poster, we’ll need to crop some off while still maintaining its symmetrical structure. First, right-click on the image and select Fitting > Fill Frame Proportionally.

Move your mouse over the image, and a semi-transparent doughnut will appear. This is the new Content Grabber, which allows you to do many of the functions of the Direct Selection Tool using the standard Selection Tool. Hold Shift to allow movement in only one direction, grab the doughnut and drag to the left so the images moves within the frame. Move it until the pink vertical line tells you it’s in the centre.

Step 12 The artwork would look better against black, so draw out a text frame that extends beyond the document frame (to allow for bleed) and fill it with a rich black (C=40 M=40 Y=40 K=100). We could put this in the back using Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + [, but it’s time to check out InDesign CS5’s new Photoshop-style Layers palette. Each object becomes a sub-layer, so it’s best to learn how to use this with only a few layers.

Select the Layers panel (F7) and open Layer 1. Click on the   layer, click again and change its name to Black Background. Drag this layer below the main artwork.

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