Author: Liz Kohler Brown

Geometric Vector Illustration in Affinity Designer + 33 Geometric Vector Assets

Geometric Vector Illustration in Affinity Designer + 33 Geometric Vector Assets

There is something so satisfying about making perfect geometric shapes. Maybe it brings out my inner math nerd? I decided to create a class for all you other math nerds out there who feel frustrated that you can’t make things PERFECT in Procreate. (Am I […]

Society6 for iPad Artists and Designers

Society6 for iPad Artists and Designers

I have loved the concept of print on demand since I first heard the term in 2013. It took me a few years to actually start my own shop, but I looked on with jealousy as so many amazing artists and designers grew their shops […]

Free Minimalist Digital Bullet Journal + 64 Stickers

Free Minimalist Digital Bullet Journal + 64 Stickers

While I love planners with an interesting border or background (like my last free planner here) sometimes I just need to simplify my life with some minimalist bullet journaling. My new planner has simple bullet points and an open layout that is easy to customize with the colors and stickers that fit your personal style.

In this quick tutorial I cover some tips for downloading and using the planner + some tips about Goodnotes 5 that make it easy to bookmark important locations. Check out the video here:

The planner includes 6 sections. A yearly page that links to each month of the year:

A monthly page with a few bullet points for each day:

A weekly spread with bullets for each day + a notes section:

A lined paper section for notes:

A blank paper section for lists, sketches, etc.

A goals section for keeping track of daily or monthly goals:

And a sticker page with 64 stickers:

I show my whole process for making this planner from start to finish in my Skillshare class on designing a digital planner on your iPad.  Check out the class if you want to make your own!

Remember to check the video tutorial above if you have any trouble downloading or using the planner!

Download the Minimalist Bullet Journal for Goodnotes

or

Download the Version for Notability*

*(this is a PDF file so it can’t include the movable stickers, but you can take screenshots of the stickers to use them)

Folk Art Style Illustration on Your iPad in Procreate

Folk Art Style Illustration on Your iPad in Procreate

I’ve gotten so many wonderful messages from iPad artists/designers around the world who love doing print on demand projects, but struggle to come up with ideas for images. So in my newest class I decided to center all the projects around print-on-demand friendly projects! In […]

Vintage Hand Lettering on Your iPad in Procreate: Layouts, Borders, Flourishes

Vintage Hand Lettering on Your iPad in Procreate: Layouts, Borders, Flourishes

I absolutely love pouring over vintage ads, posters, and lettering layouts. There is a seemingly never ending wealth of knowledge for vintage colors, layouts, and lettering styles. So I decided to create a class where I share all my favorite vintage lettering resources and tools. […]

My 9 Principals of Creativity

My 9 Principals of Creativity

So many people ask me about my creative process, especially dealing with doubt and finding a creative style.  So I thought it was time to write a bit about my thoughts on the creative process.  For the next 9 days I’ll be posting my 9 principals of creativity on Instagram.  Check it out if you want to follow along!

Metallics on Your iPad in Procreate: Glitter, Sparkle, Shimmer + Free Metallic Textures and Brushes

Metallics on Your iPad in Procreate: Glitter, Sparkle, Shimmer + Free Metallic Textures and Brushes

Adding metallics to your work is a quick and easy way to make it really stand out online. I decided to make a ton of metallics to share with you, and show my techniques for adding some metallics to any composition. In the class, you’ll […]

Quote Yourself: Your Words Are Powerful Tools

Quote Yourself: Your Words Are Powerful Tools

Looking for ways to make your lettering/designs/artwork stand out online?  Think about all the gorgeous quotes you see out there in the world and all the amazing artists, designers, and letterers producing incredible work.  What is one thing that none of them have?  Your words. […]

iPad Surface Design in Affinity Designer: Vectors, Textures, Artboards, and Repeat Patterns

iPad Surface Design in Affinity Designer: Vectors, Textures, Artboards, and Repeat Patterns

For years I made repeat patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator, but I have been dying to switch to an iPad version of these programs.  I really prefer working on my iPad because it’s so much more “couch and pajamas” friendly than sitting at a desk with my laptop, and obviously I don’t like paying the subscription fees for the desktop based programs.

Enter Affinity Designer for iPads.  When I first discovered this program, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the options and features.  So I spent the next few months learning everything I could about the program, and testing all kinds of surface design techniques.

The result?  My newest class on iPad surface design in Affinity Designer.

There are a few things that make this app so perfect for surface design and a ton of other projects:

  • you can see a live preview of your pattern as you create it, so it’s easy to place your repeat elements in the right place, and move them around as you add elements to your pattern
  • Affinity designer has no image size limits, so you can create large images for print on demand sites, client work, or large art prints
  • you can easily make changes to the colors, sizes, and textures of your images without losing image quality
  • you can set up artboards so that your inspiration, repeat block, and finished repeat square are all on the same document
  • you can also work with both vector and raster images, so whatever project you’re working on, you can create the exact image type that you need
  • Affinity Designer makes it easy to export your files in all of the common file types, so you can easily move files you make in Affinity programs like Procreate, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • you can save the vector shapes you create, so you can quickly use them in other illustrations
  • you can also use text in Affinity designer, and you can even import your own fonts

The best thing about this app is that there is no subscription fee, it’s a one time purchase, and it isn’t much more expensive than Procreate.

In this class, I’ll show you everything you need to start designing patterns in Affinity Designer, and share all of my vector assets with you as free downloads, so you can start designing patterns as soon as you get the app.

I’ll also share with you a set of 70 images of textures that you can turn into raster or vector texture patterns for your repeats.  

We’ll talk about the differences between vector and raster images, so you can choose the file type that works best for your project. First I’ll show you how to create color palettes, and how to set up your document for live pattern previewing.  

Then we’ll cover how to create vector shapes using the pen, brush, and pencil tools. We’ll go over how to create any shape you can imagine, and how to turn a photograph into a detailed vector.  Next we’ll create a basic repeat pattern using vector shapes, and adjust the colors, sizing and spacing using the live repeat preview.

Next we’ll create a detailed floral repeat combining textures, hand drawn elements, and vectors made from photographs.  I’ll show you how to change the color and scale of your repeat elements, so you can tweak your pattern to fit your vision and personal style.

Last we’ll create a half drop repeat with detailed vectors made from a photograph, combined with hand drawn vector elements.  Half drop patterns help hide the repeat block seam, so your patterns flow seamlessly rather than appearing blocky and predictable.  

We’ll look at ways to add variation and movement to your pattern, so the repeat blocks are virtually invisible.

Ready to watch the class?  Click here to get started.  Don’t have a Skillshare membership?  No problem, pick up a free trial here.

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Affinity Designer for iPads: Pros, Cons, and Comparisons with Procreate

Affinity Designer for iPads: Pros, Cons, and Comparisons with Procreate

Spoiler: I’m going to try to convince you to get Affinity Designer.  Not because I get an affiliate bonus when you buy it (I don’t), but because I love it so much I want to share it with the iPad art and design community! A […]


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