Skillshare Classes by Delores

Join me in one of my Skillshare classes. I teach everything under the sun to help you learn the skills necessary to become a designer. See my offerings here to pick the perfect class for you. Use this link for 2 months free:

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Rex Ray Inspired Design Using Illustrator and Photoshop Layering Techniques for Texture and Interest

This is another instalment in the Lucrative Wall Art series, compiled to help you produce consumer art that is in demand. In this instructional video, I will show you a few more strategies to help you continue developing your personal style. In this class, Rex Ray Inspired Design Using Illustrator and Photoshop, I will give you plenty of ideas to improve your originality. We will focus specifically on the distinctive and original style of Rex Ray. I will show you plenty of examples of his work and break it down into digestible chunks. Developing a personal style is important, so I give you all my insider tips on that subject.

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New Color Theme Picker in Illustrator 2021 Recolour Tool - Create Themes Instantly from Images

This is a quick class that you can easily get through in half an hour, and you will be so glad you did! As you know, with Illustrator, you can create unlimited color variations using the recolor tool. With it, you can adjust instantly with a color wheel, apply a new colour group you have created, or use a curated color library. Now, in the latest version of Illustrator CC (2021), you can also switch instantly to a color theme you sample directly from artwork or images using the new Color Theme Picker. Play with colors and themes and pick the one that works the best and recolor your artwork at the click of a button!

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Contemporary Damask w Illustrator Brushes & Live Transformation - Craft Medallions & Repeat Patterns

My love for Damask patterns has been enduring. I first fell in love with it when an aunt wallpapered her bathroom with a deep red, flocked damask pattern. I also worked in a fabric store as a teenager and loved the intricately woven medallion style patterns that were completely reversible! It was not until I was in trade school that I finally was able to find out how it was done. I had always wanted to create a Damask or medallion pattern myself, but I must admit, it took me awhile to wrap my head around how to do it.

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Easy Blob Brush & Shapebuilder Ideas for Scandinavian Patterns - Techniques to Add Depth & Interest

I know, I know: another Illustrator Brush class. But wait! Don’t go! I teach so many of these classes because everyone wants to know how to use the paintbrush tool. But this is something completely new here: a whole class built around the use of the Blob Brush! In this new course, Easy Blob Brush and Shapebuilder Ideas for Scandinavian Pattern Design, I will help you to create stunning artwork in short-order, in that oh-so-desirable naïve Scandinavian style. 

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Simple Quick Marimekko-Inspired Layered Design Techniques for Adding Depth and Interest to Your Art

I hope you are ready for more practice with the Blob Brush! In this new instructional course, Simple Quick Marimekko-Inspired Layered Design, I will help you to create a striking artwork in the classic Finnish style. I have drawn inspiration from the bold shapes and colors of Marimekko, as well as artists like Liz-Kohler Brown and Ophelia Pang. 

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Lucrative Wall Art Design and Licensing

I tend to agree with this statement: “the hallmarks of the mass market wall decor industry are convenience and affordability. This creates a competitive advantage, especially if retailers like Target continue supporting artists by promoting and selling their works”. (Scott "Sourdough" Power, Creator of NOT REAL ART. )

Have you been wondering how to create artwork that will become desired and in demand? Do you want to add to your income by producing gorgeous, large wall art pieces? This class will help you figure out a strategy for doing that...

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S-Curve Ogee and Quatrefoil Exploration Using Your Live Transformation Template

Hey there! Thanks for your interest in this class. This class will focus on creating patterns with reflected elements using the template we created in the Flip Flop Techniques for Intricate Pattern Design Using Live Transformations class. In that class, we created a live transformation template which works much like the Pattern Maker tool in Illustrator, but with the added bonus of the ability to reflect parts. Throughout, I’ll be demonstrating use of the Appearance Panel, and effects using transformation and live transformation, and much more. This class is based in Adobe Illustrator, but many of the concepts could be applied to Affinity Designer or Procreate.

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Alluring Diversity for Classic Repeat Patterns Using Illustrator and Photoshop to Enhance Patterns

Hello, my friends! Thank you for your interest in this class which is part of my latest series. This class will focus on enriching the patterns we have learned to create in the Flip Flop Techniques for Intricate Pattern Design, and the S-Curve, Ogee and Quatrefoil Exploration class. In those classes, we used a live transformation template which works much like the Pattern Maker tool in Illustrator, but with the added bonus of the ability to reflect (hence the “Flip-Flop”). 

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Lucrative Trend Forecasting 2 - 2021 Edition - Trend Forecasting Techniques for High Demand Wall Art

Have you been wondering how to create artwork that will become desired and in demand? Do you want to add to your income by producing gorgeous, large wall art pieces? This class will help you figure out a strategy for doing that…

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Illustrator Image Trace: The Entire Process in Detail from Cleaning the Scan to Preparing Motifs

In this class, we will take a drawn design, scan it and clean it up in Photoshop, then trace it using the Image Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator.

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Create Unique Vector Seamless Texture Patterns in Illustrator

Hey there! Have you seen all the cool vector Illustration that’s being enhanced with texture?  Texture can be a really simple way of adding interest to your design, whether it be an illustration or a pattern. One of the simplest ways of adding texture to your surface pattern designs is by using vectorized patterns you create from scratch. This course focuses on the creation of the textures with the end goal being the use of these in other repeating patterns, though they can be used for anything!

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Enhanced Stylized Line Art for Pattern Design in Adobe Illustrator Using the Offset Filter

DO YOU LOVE LINE ART, BUT WRESTLE WITH IDEAS TO DEVELOP THESE INTO FULLY REALIZED AND INTERESTING PATTERN DESIGNS? DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED TECHNIQUES WITH LINE ART IN ILLUSTRATOR IS THE FOCUS OF THIS COURSE, WITH THE GOAL OF HELPING YOU INCREASE YOUR PROFICIENCY WITH ILLUSTRATOR TECHNIQUES YOU MAY NEVER HAVE CONSIDERED. YOU WILL CRAFT A STRONG FLORAL LINE-ART PATTERN TILE TO A COOL NEW TECHNIQUE WHICH MIMICS THE LOOK OF AN OFF-REGISTER SCREEN-PRINT.

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Sketchbook Art to Final Art & Pattern Repeat - Featuring Photoshop Actions and Automation

Take a look in your sketchbook for inspiration to create your own digital pattern which can be adapted for pattern design. This class will focus on taking an initial sketchbook painting or drawing, re-arranging it as necessary in Photoshop, re-inking the line drawing, and finally, creating a diamond half-drop repeat pattern. This class will also include automation processes which can be used in the future to streamline the process and make it much faster. 

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Title Using Photoshop Brushes for a Mixed Media Painted Repeat Pattern

Grab that piece of line art you have lying around that's been gathering dust and let's start recycling! I want to show you a great way to create a mixed media art piece…and we will do that digitally! Throughout the class, I will be giving you tours of my own sketchbook practice, with natural media, and explain how it feeds my commercial work. Knowing how the real thing feels helps me do a better job with the digital brushes, and I know how to advise you to capture the essence of mixed media work in digital form. This is a great introduction to painting in Photoshop, as well as Kyle’s brushes.

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Title Easy Print-on-Demand for Artists with the Adobe Design to Print Extension

Are you a maker, tired of dealing with the hassle of selling directly to public? Do you want to get out of the rat-race and create art you are passionate about? Are you worried about how to make a sustainable living? I’d like to suggest you consider adding POD sales as an alternate income source. My new course, Print-on-Demand for Artists will help you do just that! We will be using the new Adobe Extension, Design to Print, which makes it much more convenient and totally seamless. And you can choose from hundreds of products, without even leaving Photoshop. The preview alone is worth its weight in gold!

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Repeat Textural Backgrounds for Pattern Design Swatches in Photoshop

Design touches everything we see and do. Being able to design for surfaces, and to be prolific, is important for success. Learning some key efficiency skills can contribute to your over-all ability to produce in a timely fashion. Another key skill you need is to be able to create coordinates  and color ways.  We will be using bold, unexpected color palettes woven with nostalgic tones from the ’60s and ’70s creating designs that are unique and engaging. Sound like fun?

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Title Turn Your Passion to Profits using the Adobe Design to Print Extension

As designers, we channel our creative energies towards making a living. We are always subtly trying to influence viewers to be favourably inclined toward buying either a product we create featuring our art or clients paying for our artistic skills. Many of us also create art for the simple satisfaction of bringing beauty into the world. And there is nothing quite as exciting as seeing our artwork in print, especially if it is on a physical object made purely for the enjoyment of the viewer. That is my motivation for bringing you this new course, Passion to Profits using the Adobe Design to Print Extension.

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The Power of the Pattern Tool for Polishing your Patterns - Learn to Recognize & Fix Design Problems

In this course, The Power of the Pattern Tool for Polishing, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned for checking and fixing design errors with my pattern design. The goal is to make our patterns as polished as humanly possible! This course follows up the Folk Art Inspired Half Drop Toss Pattern Class, and the Pattern Design Optimized Workflow Class, where we worked with templates, transformation, and many other Illustrator functions to create the patterns and optimize our workflow. I will be using all the assets developed during that course, so it is perfect as part of the continuum. At this point, I review 6 different patterns to show you what to look for to present the most professional finished patterns.

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Title Optimize Your Workflow for Pattern Design with Free Bonus Templates

Have been doing pattern design for a while, but you will feel like it is an issue to stay organized with all the files and steps necessary to fill out an entire collection. There are the initial development files, the experiments, the tests and then all the final content including the hero pattern, the secondary, blenders and coordinates. It can become a crazy mess if you don’t have a system. While keeping this all straight, you are also trying to get faster at it all, because we all know, in the design game, time is money! In this course, Optimized Workflow for Pattern Design, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned about optimizing the pattern design workflow which I have learned from hours of creating and perfecting.

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Simple Fast Folk Art Inspired Half Drop Toss Pattern Using Filters, Transformations, & Pattern Maker

Have you ever just wanted an project that is pure fun? This pattern design is one of those! I am sure you have seen similar patterns that toss all kinds of motifs and elements together to create a fanciful and whimsical design. I’m sharing everything I’ve learned about making this toss pattern which I have learned from hours of creating and perfecting. You will see my personal technique for creating fun and super easy flower and leaf motifs using Illustrator filters. You can literally create multiple flowers in minutes! You will not believe it! Even if you aren’t into pattern design, this is an asset for you. This course, Folk Art Inspired Half Drop Toss Pattern, is specific to the toss pattern with a half-drop repeat with the added bonus of creating a template you can use for hundreds of future repeating pattern designs.

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Title Delicious Scallops – Automation to Produce Templates for Scallop Pattern Layouts in Illustrator

Are you one of those people who loves pattern? Perhaps you’ve seen some great patterns on wallpaper, or the upholstery on a striking sofa, or a sweet pillow, and you have wondered how it’s done. Maybe you’ve wanted to create a damask, or medallion repeat pattern but have gotten loss in the technical aspects of making it work. Does this sound like you? Scallop repeating patterns can seem very complicated, but like anything, if you break it down and figure out a way to automate parts of the process, you’ll notice that it isn’t too challenging. This course is specific to the scallop shape with the added bonus of creating a template you can use for hundreds of future repeating pattern designs.

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Title Lucrative Design Trend Forecasting for Creating High Demand Wall Art

Have you been wondering how to create artwork that will become desired and in demand? Do you want to add to your income by producing gorgeous, large wall art pieces? This class will help you figure out a strategy for doing that…amidst the pandemic; the biggest disruption to modern life in many generations, it may sound frivolous to talk about something as ‘trivial’ as wall décor and colour. We use art and colour to shape our environments to deliver specific experiences, whether that is to calm us and make us feel safe, or to inspire and delight our senses. Ironically, on-line art sales are booming and home décor has become a hot topic.

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Luscious Digital Marble and Alcohol Ink Using Photoshop & Easy Foil & Glitter Techniques

Make surface pattern designs and wall art pieces feel new and luxurious with this easy-to-do digitalmarbling technique! This marbleizing, or faux marbling, is the preparation and finishing of a surface to imitate the appearance of polished marble, alcohol ink, Ebru, Suminagshi, or the new acrylic pouring you see everywhere. In this class, Luscious Digital Marble and Alcohol Ink using Photoshop with Easy Foil and Glitter Techniques, we will explore digitalmarbling and how to create luscious abstract pieces of art that can imitate many design and paint techniques that are beginning to emerge in current art trends. That’s the crazy thing about these techniques: you can create this look so quickly with no mess and materials! And it is so easy that it is sure to become a style all its own!

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Title Repeat Textural Backgrounds for Pattern Design Swatches in Photoshop

Hey there! Thanks for your interest in Repeat Textural Backgrounds for Pattern Design Swatches. A seamless pattern is an image that can be placed side-by-side with copies of itself. Ideally, there are no visible seams, so you can repeat this image and create a pattern that can go on infinitely to create unique backgrounds, text effects or brand elements. Often, we need a textured background, or a texture to overlay other objects. Most of the time we need a seamless tile so that it can repeat indefinitely. Tiled textures work well with repeating patterns. With a tiled texture, you can create a small image file, then make it repeat several times across the object. It is not necessarily just for use in pattern design. I personally make use of these in my illustrative work as well.

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Sell Digital Downloads with E-Commerce and Etsy

I am a total fan for selling digital files (I sell on Creative Market, in my Shopify Store and soon in my Etsy Shop) because of the ease of use and the availability and variety for the buyer. I, myself, have bought many digital products such as brushes for Photoshop and Illustrator, backgrounds, textured backgrounds, fonts and many add-ons like actions, fx, droplets and scripts.


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Secrets of Live Transformations - Create a Mandala in Adobe Illustrator Using Effects

Illustrator has plenty of tools, panels, and commands that make our work much easier. Among them, however, there are several outstanding ones that I personally consider the most important features of this program. They include brushes, the Appearance panel, Effects, and, of course, transformation.

The Transform Effect in Adobe Illustrator lets you move, scale, flip, rotate and repeat the appearance of one or more selected objects, and all of this is editable in the Appearance Panel. Using transformation(s), you can create patterns with paths, brush strokes, text or even imported images, which I will explain in this class. Then you can edit the whole pattern by making adjustments to the original. You’ll be surprised by the power of this indispensable tool!

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Title Line-Art Heart Pattern Play - Brushes and Layout Repeat Patterns in Illustrator

In this class, Line-Art Heart Pattern Play, we’ll have more fun with Illustrator brushes. I will show you how to create a varied selection of brushes including scatter, calligraphy and art brushes. I walk you through each step, and you will learn to create these for yourself. The starting point is so easy you won’t believe it! Once your brushes are ready, you will create some unique motifs. Using the brushes and understanding how to control them when pattern–making is an important skill. Observe my methods and you will learn plenty and get a full grasp of how a designer works! And the neat thing is, you will have a sweet pattern at the end that you can use for a pattern collection or for any number of cool projects. 

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Title Use Illustrator Warps and Meshes to Tailor Lettering for a Cute Love-Heart Quote

Even if you are not a professional hand letterer, you can create this type of design! I walk you through each step, and you will learn to use mesh and warp tools as well as a variety of other techniques. The starting point is a pencil drawn thumbnail, so you could do that before you start, if you feel so inclined. The hope is you have something in-hand to practice with so you can start and stop my videos as you work through them.

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Title Quick and Easy Coordinates: Create a Pattern Collection

In this class you will be guided step-by-step through the process of finding very different techniques for creating coordinate/secondary and blender  patterns for a collection. Most of the pattern-making demonstrated is achieved through the use of Illustrator Art Brushes. When creating collections, the concept is this: you’re more likely to sell multiple patterns to a client if you present them uniformly in a collection. A collection typically consists of a hero, a coordinate/secondary and then multiple blender prints, so we will focus on these. You will find a lot of value from including coordinates alongside hero patterns and illustrations in your portfolio. The process can be intimidating at first, but using Art Brushes makes this much easier. And it's quick

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Title Coral and Sea Life... Easy Illustrator Brush Making and Intricate Fitted Pattern Making

In this class, you will be guided step-by-step through the process of creating a detailed and well balanced coral and sea life pattern. We will go gradually through the process, and we will use brushes that you can download in the projects area or create yourself. Brush and motif creating is an expertise which is an ideal and desired strength for you if you are a graphic designer, illustrator or surface pattern designer. Multiple methods are demonstrated throughout.

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Blending traditional & digital approaches to create elegant pattern repeats

In this class Blending Traditional & Digital Approaches to Create Elegant Patterns course, I will show you how I took a traditional hand-inked pattern and brought it into the digital realm to create the pattern repeat and colorize it. This class is intended for students who have already learned some basic pattern making skills are seeking alternative methods to create more advanced patterns. The starting point is a hand inked pattern, so drawing and inking is essential and the hope is you have something in-hand to practice with. Having basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is an asset and I will try to clearly explain all the steps as we proceed. The process can be intimidating at first, but using these techniques make it much easier. 

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Creative Market – Great Listings That Sell!

In this class, Creative Market: Great Listings that Sell class, you will be guided step-by-step through the process of creating a Creative Market listing. I will be using my chic floral design brush set designed in a previous course. This course will arm you with all the knowledge necessary for selling your art assets on the Creative Market site, selling really anything, to add to your income streams. I teach you how and where to find good reference for writing your copy, and guide you step-by-step in making the listing. This creating a listing skillset is an ideal competency if you are a designer on a crusade to add to your monthly income streams. Many nuggets of wisdom about the biz, in general, will be peppered throughout. 

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Title Chic Brush Sets to Make and Sell

In this class, Chic Brushes to Use and Sell, you will be guided step-by-step through the process of producing a chic floral design brush set. We will travel from initial brush creation to composition of an artwork using the brushes and finally to creation of a pattern swatch. In this class, you will learn how to thoroughly use the potential of Adobe Illustrator custom brushes. This course will arm you with all the knowledge necessary for moving into Part 2: Selling Your Brush Set on Creative Market to add to your passive income streams. These brushes are ideal to be added to many artist’s assets libraries: they can use them to make an abundance of unique designs! Using these chic brushes in outline or white-filled versions, you can see the illustrative artwork truly emerge wondrously! 

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Title Charming Pansy Brushes for Creating Sweet Illustrator Patterns

In this class, you will be guided step-by-step through the process of producing a sweet repeating pansy pattern design. We will travel from initial brush creation and composition of the design, to creation of the final pattern tile. In this class, you will learn how to thoroughly use the potential of Adobe Illustrator custom brushes. My methods will wield many petals from the initial one you create. Using these charming brushes in organized layers, you can see the pattern design emerge magically!

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Title Extraordinary Illustrator Brushes for Pattern Design

In this class, Extraordinary Brushes, you will be guided step-by-step through the process of producing an intricate repeating fuchsia pattern design, from initial brush creation and composition of the design to creation of the final pattern tile. In this class, you will learn how to thoroughly use the potential of Adobe Illustrator custom brushes. Our brushes will include leaves, petals and stems that can be manipulated infinitely, and it will look like you created hundreds of brushes, when in reality you are producing just a small number of them. These brushes are an investment: they can be added to other brush sets in the future, and you can use them to make many more designs than the one you create today! composition.

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Vector Brush Gorgeous Line Art Floral Repeat Pattern

This course is recommended for artists with a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. As long as you know basics, you should be able to follow along, as techniques are explained in detail. You will even learn workarounds for glitches and many creative problem-solving approaches. Start now and you can be done watching in around an hour and twenty minutes, and you could be starting to plan your own future project today!

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Pattern Design with the Photoshop Extension Adobe Textile Designer

Textile Designer for Adobe Photoshop CC is a new set of tools for fabric and surface pattern designers to help demystify the process of designing seamless pattern repeat prints. Now, from within Photoshop, there is an automated process for creating the repeats, while keeping every element editable until you are ready to send it to your printer. Adobe Textile Designer lets you create a print that repeats on a basic grid, a horizontal brick, or a vertical drop. You will see your work in situ of the repeat and the effect of changes you make are live, on screen!

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Title Textural Floral Pattern Design

The Adobe Suite of graphic illustration programs is an indispensable tool for surface pattern designers to translate their vision into a striking design and a printable, repeating pattern. However, even with the power of Photoshop, creating a pattern often meant repetitive steps and careful calculations which could be time-consuming, and could cripple the creative impulse. In the past, the designer had to work on the foundational tile and the overall pattern, simultaneously paying close attention to both. Yeesh! Changes to colors and shapes in the foundational tile had to be precisely reciprocated to each assemblage in the full pattern. A late change once meant starting from scratch. But not any more!

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Title Killer Sell Sheets to Promote and Present Your Surface Pattern Design Collections

As artist’s seeking to join the art-licensing game, we must always be considering different ways in which to promote ourselves and work on establishing new income streams. Making a living at art is a constant hustle! This course addresses a particularly useful marketing too, the sell sheet, used to showcase your beautiful patterns and pattern collections. It is a leap forward in establishing relationships with art directors, agents and manufacturers looking to find artists to license. You will be guided step-by-step through the process of producing a sell sheet, from learning initial terminology, to selection of art and applying it to mockups, and through to the layout and finalized sales sheet. 

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Secrets of Self-Publishing and Printing Your Own Greeting Card Line

Do you ever dream of self-publishing your own line of greeting cards but don’t know where to start? Are you just starting out, but aren’t ready to jump into the art-licensing game? Are you a talented artist, but unsure of how to monetize your efforts? Are you trying to find ways to create a passive income? Do you sell at craft fairs or popups and want a way to produce a quantity of quality cards for a fraction of the price? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you.

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Take your calendar idea from Pitched to Published

Have you dreamed of being one of those outstanding artists whose work is featured on calendars, such as Robin Pickens, Mary Kate McDevitt or Leigh Standley? Calendar manufacturers tend to license art year-after-year from the same artists if the calendar sells well, and these artists set a gold standard for all other hopefuls. This class aims to take you through the entire process with the guidance of an artist who has published a calendar successfully! You will be guided step-by-step through the process, from initial selection of art through to the layout and finally to the finished art. You will use the Adobe programs Photoshop, Illustrator and in Design and will get some helpful tips along the way.

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Secrets of Automating Mockup Production - Create Hundreds in Minutes!

Learn to make mockups which use smart objects and utilize Photoshop Actions, Batch Processing, Droplets or a Script to fully automate the mockup production process! Photoshop Actions combine, save and automate all of the steps you need to take, so that you can process a large number of files with just a few clicks. Do you have hundreds of mockups to prepare for your online store? Then this class is for you!

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TitlePhotoshop Masks - Learn to Create, Edit and Use!

Learning to use masks in Adobe Photoshop is an essential graphic design skill. Knowing how to create and alter masks will change how you work! This course is peppered with fascinating techniques using brushes, blending modes and other methods to elevate masks to their most powerful uses ever. 

Use these techniques on your own ideas. The theoretical knowledge you need to know in mask creation is what really counts! You will find a bunch of assets attached here so you can start right here, right now! Dazzle your audience and share your results here in the community section! Sharing ideas makes everyone in this community stronge

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Title Fake a Watercolor Part 1 - Illustrator Brushes and Composition

Who knew you could fake a watercolor? This course will show you how! The course has 2 parts: Part 1 is in Illustrator, where you learn all about creating Illustrator brushes. You will use these brushes to produce an amazing composition. Next you will take this composition into Photoshop, in Part 2, where you will apply all the finishing touches to make it look like a real watercolor! If you are into art licensing, you can learn this process to help you produce large artworks in bulk or a series in a fraction of the time it would take to paint it using natural media.

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Title Fake a Watercolor Part 2 - Photoshop Artistry Techniques to Create The Watercolor Look

Who knew you could fake a watercolor? This course will show you how! The course has 2 parts: Part 1 is in Illustrator, where you learn all about creating Illustrator brushes. You will use these brushes to produce an amazing composition. Next you will take this composition into Photoshop, in this course, Part 2, where you will apply all the finishing touches to make it look like a real watercolor

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Title Paint a Pumpkin and Make a Promo Postcard

Creating promotional materials for yourself or a client is a bread-and-butter job for most graphic designers, and the process is surprisingly manageable! Your goal for taking this class is to learn the real process, from concept to print. This class is only about 1 hour long, and in that hour you will learn how an experienced designer would take on the challenge of creating a seasonal pumpkin soup recipe postcard, beginning with illustration and ending with 100 printed postcards for around $20 plus shipping.

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Title Sweet Mixed Media Journal Art Girl

Hello creative explorers! You can create this sweet mixed media journal art girl with the step-by-step guidance of a seasoned artist. Learn why art journaling is such a rewarding and relaxing activity.  You will pick up some simple techniques for mixed media art using acrylic paints and watercolors, collage, and pens and paint markers with step-by-step demos.

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