Beginners Guide to Using Clip Art | Kimberly Montgomery | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Introduction: Beginners Guide to Working with Clip Art

    • 3. How to Open Files & Organize Them

    • 4. Getting the Images Onto Your Workspace

    • 5. Creating and Downloading Your First Design

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About This Class

Do you love all the gorgeous Clip Art you see, but don't know how to start working with it? Then this class is for you. 

You'll learn how to create a beautiful design with the Free Clip Art Kit that's included!

Learn the very basics of working with Clip Art. Lessons include instruction on:

  • Downloading & Opening a Zip File
  • How to Organize Your Clip Art
  • Creating Folders for Easy Access
  • Moving the Files Onto Your Work Board
  • How to Work With the Files Efficiently
  • How to Start a Design
  • Tips for Working with Individual Elements
  • Creating a Unique Design
  • How to Export Your Finished Design

As part of the class, you'll receive a Free Designer Clip Art Collection for you to download and use.

With the skills you'll learn in this class you can go on to design your own Invitations, Art Prints, Planner Stickers, Logos & More!

Get started today and begin creating designs you love!

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Kimberly Montgomery

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1. Trailer: Hi, I'm Kimberly Montgomery with 50 goals dot com, and I want to welcome you to my online classroom here. It's cool share. I'm really excited that you're here to learn. I'm professional illustrator and product designer and have been working in the gift and paper products industry for over 35 years. In that time, I've developed hundreds of greeting cards, gift wrapped gift bags, gift items, fabric collections, anything you can think of that's been sold at retail. I've had a lovely career, and I've learned a lot about product design and working with imagery. So I'm now here to share my pro tips and tricks with you. So if your professional designer, if you're a blogger, you're gonna learn a lot about how to make products that really sell. If you're ah, home Crafter, you're going to be creating lovely designs in no time. So come along with you. You will. I share all that I've learned over my 35 years. It's gonna be fun. I'm looking forward to it. Let's get learning 2. Introduction: Beginners Guide to Working with Clip Art: Hi. I'm Kimberly Montgomery, and I want to welcome you to this training on the Beginner's Guide to Work with Clip Art. Let me ask you a question. Do you see all this gloriously beautiful clip art out there that you love to work with? But you have no idea where to get started. Well, you're in the right place because this training is for you. We're going to learn how to download that beautiful clip art collection that you've selected, how to open that file and then how to work with those elements inside of it. So this is the perfect place to start if you want to get going with clip art. All right. Great and glad you're here. Let's get learning. 3. How to Open Files & Organize Them: Hi. This is Kimberly with 50 Jill's dot com. And in this video, we're going to go over the very beginnings of working with the clip Barket. How you work with the download and what would you do with the elements when you first get started so you can see I have my desktop up here and I have actually downloaded a clip art kit from etc. It's actually one of mine, and you can see it's right here in this Zip folder. Now when you purchase a clip art kit from either etc or Creative Market and other online resource, most likely it's going to download in a Zip folder format. Now, if you've never seen one of these before, don't be too nervous. It's not that difficult to work with. A Zip folder is just a type of file that allows you to move a whole lot of elements megabytes easily from one website to download or email it or move it from place to place one online. So this zip file is what you're most likely going to get, and to open it, it's super simple. All you want to do is hover your mouse over it. just like I'm doing and double click on it. And what that will do is that will automatically open up that zip file and show you just a regular computer file that's going to contain your clip art pieces. So again, all you're going to want to do is download the zip file from whatever online shop your purchasing from do double click on it, and you're gonna get the clip art file in regular file that you're gonna be familiar with. Now, I'm gonna go ahead and double click on this file and open it up and you can see inside the file are the individual clip art elements from the kid that you purchased. Now I want you to make sure that you get the very best use out of your clip art kids. So this is what I want you to do next. Look inside this folder and see what different type of elements there are. Now. This particular kid has three pink roses, three green leafy elements, and then this one little pink blurs down here at the bottom. So the first thing that I do when I'm getting working with a clip art kit that's new is I'm gonna look at the title. This title Pink Roses, is fairly self explanatory, so I would just leave it as it is off times when you download Kitt, the designer of that kid has made it something, um, nice in lovely like, let's say, Hamptons or, um, Pink joy or something along those lines and those great names when you're looking at the kids to purchase. But it doesn't help you much when that kid is on your guest top. It doesn't really tell you what's inside of it. So the first thing you might want to do is go ahead and rename that kit to something that will be meaningful for you to help you remember what that kid ISS. Now, the second thing and this is going to really explode at the usability of your clip art. So make sure that you do this because if you're gonna use the part for a lot either for personal use or business, you're creating products or your home Crafter. This next step is going to make your the park kits that you purchased so much more helpful . What I want you to do is go ahead and identify what's inside this kit. And then I want you to copy the elements over toe another folder that air specific toe What ? That particular element ISS. And let me explain that. So this kid has three pink flowers in it and they happen to be roses. But they're all paint. That's the most unique identifying factor. So I have down here a pink flowers folder that I'm gonna open up and I'm gonna take those three pink flowers. I'm gonna select all of them. And then I'm gonna hold down the bulky on my map, and I'm going to copy them over to the pink flowers. Boulder. Now, the reason you want to do this is down the road. If you're creating a new project of products that you need pink flowers for, I don't want you to have to go back through every single clip Arctic ever Burges and hunt down pink flowers. I want you to be able to go right to appoint Pink Flower folder and see everything that you have available. This will make your design so much more a bishop. So I've gone ahead and I'd copied over those roses to the pink bar folder. I'm gonna go ahead and finish out the kit. So I've got a folder here that says Leaves. And I'm gonna go ahead and select all those green leaves pressed down my all key and move them over to the leaf folder. So now if I need leaves, all I have to do is go to the league folder, not hunting. Pack through every clip, art kid I've got. But I've got all my leaves, Poppy, into a folder right there. And then every now and then, you're going to get an odd little element in a foot market that is great for designing with . But you want to make sure that you also place them in a folder for that. And I thought of Boulder called Flourishes right here. I worked with flourishes a lot in my designing. I actually loved them. So I'm gonna go ahead and select that flourish right there. Press down my all key and copy it over to the flourish, Boulder. So if I'm ever needing just some kind of decorative element, I've got it right there. Okay, so now you know how to open a zip file. Identify the folder that contains the Libardo elements. And then what to do with that folder? How to read a mitt. So it's meaningful to you And how to file all those elements that you couldn't find what you need easily later on. All right. Thank you for watching. Thrilled that you're here. This is Kimberly with 50 jewels dot com, and I'll see you in the next video. 4. Getting the Images Onto Your Workspace: Hi. This is Kimberly with 50 tools dot com, and this is the second video in The Beginner's Guide. Did clip Art Siri's and What we're going to talk about here is actually moving the clip art elements onto your workspace and what to do with them next So you can see that I have a program open on my computer, and this is affinity. Designer. It is absolutely my favorite program for working with clip art. Um, it's easy, intuitive and just gives me a really quick finished product, and I love it. However, if you don't own a vintage designer and you use another program that said you used the online version a pic monkey or Camba or you have photo shop, the concepts are going to be the same. So don't worry about the program that you're using. Just go ahead and follow along with how you actually move the clip art and work with it. So I've got affinity designer open here, and I haven't art board right giver. It's the workspace now. The reason one of the reasons I'd love affinity designer is that it has this kind of work table behind where you're going to actually be designing. So I'm able to move my clip art elements over here onto my work table to begin working with them. So I'm gonna go ahead and open my Clip art folder that's going to contain the pink roses. The part and I'm just pointed. Grab each element and move it over on to my desktop and you can see that super easy to do. I can just step in one on top of each other until I got them all there. So I moved the entire kit over on to my workspace. Now I can go ahead and begin working with each one of those individual elements. Now what I do first when I move put Bart onto my desktop is I go ahead and crop the file down as close to the piece of art. It's possible that way, when I'm working with the clip art pieces in my design, it's easier to grab the pieces. I don't have a lot of overlapping empty space that's going to make it more difficult for me to grab elements and move them around. So I'm gonna go ahead and just go through each one of these and you've been watching me as I do it and I'm just going to what? Drop them down as close to the image as possible. And this should only take a couple of minutes. But, boy, it sure saves a lot of time and effort down the road. So I'm gonna go ahead and turn that up so that the image is facing up, right? So the rest of my leaves right here and you can see how I'm placing them all in a row, right at the top of my workspace. And thats going, Teoh make it really easy to move the elements on my workspace and see what I have to work with. I find that you keep things super organized. When you're working with foot Bart's, you can create so much more quickly, and, um, I have so much more fun doing it. It doesn't become frustrating venture. So this is the first lower here. Go ahead and just reduce the size of that dam. So it's a little easier to work with my second rose right here, Mr. Have for me is much too to cross move it right here. And then my third rose boy hadn't cropped that down. Really? That extra space around it and you'll see as we start moving it off the art board. Why? It's just so much easier to make sure that we've got these Rob's, well, corrupt. Okay, Super. So then I've got my three roses gonna be my floors right over the side there and my three green. I believe imagery right there, and they're all nice and tidy right above my workspace. So this is Kimberly with 50 deals dot com. That's how you move the elements on your workspace and drop them down before you begin designing. So thanks for watching Stupid. Glad you're here and I will see you in the next video. 5. Creating and Downloading Your First Design: Hi. This is Kimberly, with 50 deals dot com And in this video, we're going to learn how to move that art elements onto our work board and start working with them. And they were actually going to export a file from the work that we created. So you've got your artwork open and you can see I have my elements that are cropped tightly around the image and they're organized so that I can find them easily, So they're on my workspace. And this right here is Excuse me. There on the desktop in this right here is my workspace. That's where I'm going to actually create my design. So when you're moving elements onto your art board, what I want you to do is go ahead and select them. And then I want you to hold down the all Chiana Mac. I'm not sure what it is on a PC. I'm sure that you know, and then I want you to actually copy them down on to your workspace. The reason you want to do that is I want you to be able to have access to all the elements in your clip art kit easily as you work through and your design becomes more filled out and more complicated. If you just bring the elements down onto your work space, they could be copied over by a number of different elements over time, and it becomes super difficult to identify them, find them and move them to where you need them. So please copy your elements onto your workspace, and you're gonna find it so much easier to work with. So I've copied that flower right here. The next thing I'm gonna do is, um, selected Elite item. I'm gonna copy it and move it down to my workspace, and we'll just quickly make a little floral bouquet right here that we can then export and see our work so you can see how that leaf element is a front of the flower. I want to go ahead and move that back. So I'm gonna go up to layer arraigned and moved back one so that floral element is now in front of the leaf element. So I'm gonna go ahead and add another floral element among a select it and coffee it on down to my workspace and adjust the size to how I want it And then I'll move another leaf element. Copy it selected and copy it on down and select the size on that as well. And of course, we want the flowers in front of that leaf element. So I'm going to go up to layer, arrange and move to back so that that leaf element is now behind. Both are flowers. So let me show you another little trick that you can do. Go ahead and select that element right there. Hold down the all Chiana Mac and go ahead and just move the copy of that, um, onto your unto, where you want it in your workspace. And by kind of like that, that's pretty. So let's just go ahead and move one more leaf element onto the page. I'm gonna select it. Hold down my all key, move it down to my art board, move it kind of in the area that I want it go upto layer arrange moved to back and there we have that element right there. I'm gonna keep it selected. Hold down my all key. Make a copy of that and you can see that just fills out that leafy area so much more so you can see how we have worked with our elements. Now, if I decide I want one of the flowers or elements that are already in my workspace, it's super easy to go up here and grab them. So let's just take this flourish and we're going to finish off our piece of artwork here. I'm going to select it, hold down the all key, move it down, and then I'm gonna change the size of that. And so it's really a lot bigger. So, Aiken, tuck it behind my artwork, someone at put it onto my work. Four go up to layer, arrange move to back. So I've got it behind my workspace, and then I'm gonna go over here to fill a pass ity and just change the opacity of that. Um, until it's just a real soft element behind my workspace. So there we have it. We've learned how to work with clip art element, and we created the first design. Now it's your turn. I want you to go ahead and take the out the clip art element in this kit and make your own clip art. Okay, this is Kimberly with 50 jewels dot com. Thanks so much for watching. I'm so glad you're here. I'm excited to see your work. Make sure you post any questions or gives up on example of what you created in the comment section. Thanks. And I'll see you in the next training right now.