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One of the questions I’m asked most often about iPad lettering is how to use vectors with Procreate. The very short answer is: you can’t. But! There *are* some workarounds you can use¬†if you’d like to either integrate your vectors within Procreate or vectorize your Procreate artwork later on. Everything you need to know about why that is and how to adjust is below!

Last week, I gave away a few freebie pdfs and this one was fully clickable. Being able to offer readers a clickable pdf has been a great way for me to share some of my favorite tools all in one place, and in a simple doc you can tuck into your favorite folder(s).

Creating clickable pdfs is also a nice option for sharing resources with clients (and also look like a badass designer at the same time ūüėČ ). If you sell digital printables on Etsy for example, adding your url at the bottom that is also clickable is a simple opportunity¬†to gain more visitors to your site or store!

For whatever your purpose(s) might be, in this week’s tutorial, I’m sharing exactly how I make mine from start to finish using Adobe InDesign. Read on to see how easy it is!

Happy Thursday! To celebrate the launch of Mastering Mockups this week, I thought I’d throw in another little extra bonus (did you catch the free lesson from the class in Tuesday’s video?). If you like putting your calligraphy or artwork on stationery, this week’s freebie was made just for you! With just a couple of clicks (full written step-by-step on using the file below!), you can place your artwork on this greeting card, just like in the preview image, in less than a minute! Use this for your own product sell pages or social media posts to get your work noticed quickly Рgrab the file below!

This week’s tutorial isn’t the sexiest thing ever, but it’s extremely¬†useful if you work on multiple machines, need to share digital assets with clients + fellow designers, are a super organized person¬†looking to be more digitally organized, or have an old computer you’re in constant fear will crap out on you at any moment.¬†This one’s for you!

One thing’s for sure, if you’ve been designing for any length of time, a program has crashed on you at some point and when you reopen, things look a little different in the swatches, brushes and patterns department. If you never saved these digital assets pre-crash, they are lost (along with that pleasant mood you had 5 seconds before) in file purgatory.

In this week’s tutorial, we’ll dull the pain of lost assets by going over exactly how to save patterns and brushes in Illustrator and Photoshop so you’ll know where to find them if you ever need a reinstall, or if you just want to share them. Read on to see how!

A few weeks ago, Kori emailed me asking how to create an editable pdf file. If you’ve ever browsed the template files on Etsy, chances are you’ve come across files for sale that come as editable pdfs. This is cool because you can offer a design file to¬†someone who doesn’t have the programs and they can still work with and edit them to some degree. This is also useful to know if you ever need to send a client any kind of form you’d like them to fill out and send back – same rules apply –¬†which¬†eliminates unnecessary printing steps for the client. In this tutorial, I’ll share how easy it really is to create your own editable pdf. We’ll take a design created in Illustrator and transform it into that editable pdf using Adobe Acrobat. If you don’t have Acrobat (it’s the professional version of Adobe Reader) you can try it out for free for 30 days here. Let’s get started!

The other week on every-tuesday’s facebook page, Valarie asked how to replicate the texture seen on this ice cream cone. This week, I’m here to deliver the answer!¬†In this tutorial, we’ll create our own halftone texture, then apply it to a similar ice cream cone to replicate the same effect. As a bonus, I’m including the ice cream cone used in the tutorial as a psd file for free so you can follow along exactly if you’d like. Click read more¬†for the download and to see how it’s all done!

One page websites have gotten really popular these days! When I got hired at my current job, I split my time between design + working production for the first year. During that time, I looked at a lot of designers’ files and it taught me sooo much. My point to saying this is – even if you’re not looking to code up a psd, just download one or two¬†of these 5 free one page website psds¬†and check them out. Digging into even one file could inspire and even help with learning how to design your own.

Last week’s tutorial was¬†how to make a custom concert ticket in Adobe Illustrator. In today’s video tutorial, I’ll show you how to take that same Illustrator file and make it a Photoshop file. If you’re more comfortable working in Illustrator, or ever have a client asking for a psd when you only have an ai, this a great method to use, and you don’t have to remake a single thing!

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