Tutorial for Concepts 065 – Defender
Using the Defender Concept
The Stanley the defender series can be used as an overall concept or the individual items can be used as icons or subconcepts. For example, the overall concept for the series example is security. Another overall concept might be defending a company's position in the marketplace. The different weapons can be icons for different offensive or defensive technologies, and the shields can represent protection. Further, the weapons can be broken into parts, and the shields can bear a company's logo or industry symbol. This series can go in many different directions.
The weapons and shields are interchangeable.
Customizing the Defenders
Be sure to group before sizing. The PNG formats can just be sized, but hold the shift key down to be sure that it scales properly. If you use several of the Stanley the Defenders, be sure to size them so that they are the same size. This has been done for you in the downloads; but if you resize, resize them all. When you size the Stanleys down, be sure to reduce the line point size so the detail of the drawings can be preserved.
Each download has four variations:
- A gray and white editable version
- A tone on tone version, which you can use as is or as a guide for how to apply your own color choices
- A PNG version that is not editable but has a sketchy, artist quality
- A colorized versions, which you can use as is or recolor hair, skin color, etc.
The top three can be formatted with any color or style you wish. The downloads are formatted to give you an idea of how to apply the colors or to use as is if you wish. Stanley has brown hair and eyes and a blue suit in all of the downloads.
The bottom two are PNGs and are not formattable except in PowerPoint 2007, where you can recolor as you would a photograph.
These types of illustrations do not benefit from effects formatting. You should stay away from these and stick to the line and fill colors only. The PNGs can be tinted/recolored as you world a photograph.
3D does not look good with illustrations.
Don't use shadows on this type of framework.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
You can use gradients to add a 3D effect. You may want to add a gradient to the hair (lighter on top and darker below) for added realism. Be careful about the range of the gradient, however. Too much variance will look bad.
Simple reveals are best with Stanley the Defender. Animating his arms or legs does not look realistic.