iPad Surface Design

iPad Surface Design

If you’re just getting started with making repeat patterns and other surface designs on your iPad, you probably have a ton of questions swirling around in your head.  What program should I use?  What file sizes can I work with?  How do you even make a repeat pattern?

I want to share with you my go-to process for designing seamless repeat patterns on my iPad for all my uses (Society 6, Spoonflower, Red Bubble, client work, etc.)  I have tried a TON of programs and processes for making repeats, and this is by far my favorite for a few reasons:

  • You can work in any file size (unlike most iPad based design programs)
  • You can see a live preview of your design while you create it
  • You can work with vectors (which means you can resize your repeat elements an unlimited amount of times to an unlimited size without losing any quality)

How is this all possible?  Affinity Designer for iPads.  This program makes it easy to create beautiful seamless repeat patterns in a quick and easy process.

I created a detailed review of the program here in case your on the fence about getting it.  Read the post — Affinity Designer for iPads: Pros, Cons, and Comparisons with Procreate.

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

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.

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

Learn how to use Affinity Designer to create surface pattern designs on your iPad.  I’ll show you everything you need to start designing pixel perfect 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.

When you watch the class, I’ll 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:   

Collages on Your iPad in Procreate + 35 Stamp and Texture Brushes

Learn how to create unique collages in Procreate by combining vintage images, hand drawn elements, and layer effects. When you watch this class, you’ll get all of the Procreate brushes I use to create my collages.  The set includes 25 stamps of flowers, insects, figures, and shapes, plus a set of 8 texture brushes for adding vintage patterns, fading, and scuffs to your collages.

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Geometric Vector Illustration in Affinity Designer + 33 Geometric Vector Assets

Learn how to create vector based geometric illustrations on your iPad in Affinity Designer.  When you take this class, you’ll get all of the vector assets and colors I use in the class, including 33 customizable vector illustrations that you can use for personal or commercial use.

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Society 6 for iPad Artists and Designers: Sizes, Orientations, and Sharable Mockups

In this class, you’ll learn how to create and fill your Society6 shop using your iPad. You’ll learn how to create and prepare work for Society6, and get tons of tips for maximizing the number of products you have for sale and minimizing the amount of time you spend uploading and resizing.

Folk Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate + Free Paper Texture & Folk Art Brushes for Procreate

Learn three different ways to create modern folk style illustrations on your iPad in Procreate.

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

Learn how to create vintage style hand lettering layouts and decoration on your iPad in Procreate + get all of my vintage brushes and resources.

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

In this class, you’ll learn three ways to use metallic textures on your iPad in Procreate.  When you watch the class you’ll get all of my metallic textures and brushes as free downloads.  The set includes 50 glitter, shimmer, and gold foil textures, and 17 different brushstrokes, sprays, and splatters that we’ll use with the textures.

 

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

Learn how to use Affinity Designer to create surface pattern designs on your iPad.  I’ll show you everything you need to start designing pixel perfect 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.

 

 

Botanical Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate + 15 Free Procreate Brushes

Learn how to create 3 different styles of botanical illustrations on your iPad in Procreate. When you watch this class, you’ll get all of the brushes and resources I use to create my botanical illustrations.  The set includes 15 Procreate brushes and stamps, and over 150 reference photos of plants and flowers to get you started.

 

Create Paper Cuttings on Your iPad in Procreate + Digital, Hand Cut, and Cricut Machine Cutting

Learn how to create both digital and real paper cutouts designs on your iPad.  We’ll create the designs in Procreate, then use them to create digital images, and printable images for cutting by hand or with a Cricut cutting machine.  I’ll show you all three options, so you can choose what works best for your personal style!

 

Recipe Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate + 26 Free Procreate Textures and Stamps

Learn how to create unique and eye catching recipe illustrations on your iPad in Procreate.  I’ll show you three different illustration styles, so you can explore which one works best for your personal style.

 

 

Design a Digital Planner on Your iPad: Buttons, Stickers, Textures, & Tabs

Learn how to use your iPad to create and decorate a digital planner with tabs, pre-cropped stickers, and tons of layers and textures.  We’ll start with the planning process and go all the way through exporting your file and sharing it online.


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