Building a Digital Planner for Goodnotes in Affinity Publisher | Jenny Veguilla-Lezan | Skillshare

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Building a Digital Planner for Goodnotes in Affinity Publisher

teacher avatar Jenny Veguilla-Lezan, Latinx Designer & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

18 Lessons (2h 23m)
    • 1. Welcome to Designing a Digital Planner in Affinity Publisher

    • 2. Setting Up Your Document in Affinity Publisher

    • 3. Getting Familiar with the Menu in Affinity Publisher

    • 4. Getting Familiar with the Tool Bar in Affinity Publisher

    • 5. Working with the Tools in Affinity Publisher

    • 6. Saving and Exporting in Affinity Publisher

    • 7. Building Your Planner Base in Affinity Publisher

    • 8. Adding and Linking Your Page Tabs in Affinity Publisher

    • 9. Designing Your Planner Page Layouts- Goals Spread

    • 10. Designing Your Planner Page Layouts- Daily Spread

    • 11. Designing Your Planner Page Layouts- Weekly Spread

    • 12. Designing Your Planner Page Layouts- Monthly Spread

    • 13. Exporting your Digital Planner to a PDF

    • 14. Loading Your Digital Planner into Goodnotes

    • 15. Creating Icon and Sticker Elements for your Digital Planner

    • 16. Exporting and Using Digital Stickers in Goodnotes

    • 17. Tips and Tricks for Working in Goodnotes

    • 18. Outro, Assignment Overview and Resources

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About This Class

Class Description

Hi! I am Jen Lezan,  I run a creative studio (Bella+Sophia Creative) based out of the Midwest that focuses on Graphic Design, Surface Pattern Design and Illustration. I have a background working in the fashion industry and teaching in higher education. I specialize in creating surface pattern designs and other illustrated digital media for the fashion, product and stationary industries . You may know me from my previous classes here on skillshare which have focused on trend forecasting and developing trend reports. Aside from my work in fashion and graphic design, I really enjoy planning! In addition to paper planning, I have a fond appreciation for digital planning. Some of my top selling products are my digital planners and stickers sets in my Etsy shop. Which is why I am excited to share this next class with you. Building a digital planner in Affinity Publisher is not nearly as hard as you think. I wanted to share some tips, my knowledge and help you build a digital planner that you can customize to your needs. I also find that digital planners are less intimidating as you don’t feel so much pressure when creating spreads in them because you can always undo. Finally, digital planners are a bit more eco friendly than your traditional paper planners as you can reuse them over and over again. 



What the class is about

In this class, you will learn how to create a linked digital planner in Affinity Publisher. I really enjoy using Affinity publisher for creating planners and printable because it is so easy to create precise shapes, space them evenly, add vector effects to the shapes and link all of your pages to prepare them for your digital note taking app.  It’s also easy to add dates to the planner and keep the numbers and shapes properly aligned using the align tools. 

You can choose to create either a dated or an undated planner as your class project. I’ll outline options for both and we’ll go over the pros and cons of creating a dated vs. an undated planner. This course is a fantastic class to also get comfortable using Affinity Publisher - as you are going through the basic process of creating in the program and you get a tangible project that you can use after you are done. 

A few of the skills students will learn

You will learn how create your own digital planner in Affinity Publisher. We will start with the basics of understanding the tool bars and functions in the Affinity Publisher workspace, then we will start to build out our digital planner. You will learn how to design basic layouts, create pages, get an understanding of the layers function in the program, learn how to create tabs and how to link those tabs to pages in your layout. We will also go over how to use the shape tools, the line tool and how to use the the move and align functions. You will get a better understanding of the layer FX tools and how to add things like embossing and shadows to make items feel more 3-D. We will learn how to create basic buttons and icons and even how to create simple stickers (I’ll have a more in-depth course on this coming soon). Finally, we will go over how to export your file for use in note taking apps like Goodnotes and how to load it into the app on your iPad. We will go over some simple tasks in Goodnotes like how to write on your planner, how to add text, how to add your stickers and how to duplicate pages and spreads. 

You can use the planner you create in this class to offer as a free download if you are trying to build an email list, sell it on your website or a site like Etsy or Creative Market. To make things easier, I will be including the class project affinity publisher template that you can edit and get acquainted with before you start your own. I will also include a ODF  you can buy other styles of my planners there) or just use it yourself!

Supplies Needed for this Class 

All you need to take this class is your iPad, The Goodnotes app or any other note taking app and of course your laptop or computer with Affinity Publisher. I hope you enjoy the course, let’s get creating!

Who the class is geared toward or if any prior knowledge or experience is required

This class is geared towards beginners. You don’t need any prior experience using the Affinity Publisher software as I will be going over the basics to help you get comfortable using the software. 

Some very basic technical abilities will be needed as I will be showing you step by step how to use the procreate app on the iPad  and how to build your pattern in the Affinity Photo program on a desktop to create a raster based repeat pattern. 

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Jenny Veguilla-Lezan

Latinx Designer & Illustrator


 I am a Chicago-born Latinxer (I'm a proud Puerto Rican and Mexican American) millennial, an educator, and a freelance creative with experience in graphic design, digital media, illustration and surface pattern design. I am also a mother of two  who is in on a mission to reach all the creative goals I've set for myself while trying my best to be a positive influence on the world.

I have 10+ years of experience in the fashion and creative marketing industry in both the corporate world and teaching as a professor in Higher Education. I am working on building course offerings that bring people a new perspective and opportunity to take your design and art to a new level.  I am pushing for continued growth, running... See full profile

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1. Welcome to Designing a Digital Planner in Affinity Publisher : Amazon and I run a creative studio based on from the West that focuses on graphic surface pattern design and illustration of background working in the fashion industry and in higher education for the last nine years, I specialize in creating surface, better designed and other digital illustrated media for the fashion products and stationery industries. You may know me from a previous classes here on sculpture that focused on trend forecasting , but I'm really excited to bring this new class to use eyes. It combines my love of graphic design, my love of planning and bullet journaling all into one really fun, creative and tech savvy projects. So in this fast, we are going toe learn how to create a link. Digital planner, an affinity publisher I love planning. Planning has helped me get there pretty much half of my life when it comes to career and school and work. In the past, I've really focused on paper planning, using actual planners and other planning tools and stationery, washi tape stickers, things like that. Because it as like that bit of creativity that I think I need sometimes that it comes to my organization and product to the aspects of my life. But over the last year and 1/2 I've had a lot of fun designing and creating digital stickers finds, and for my own online shops like that see as well as creative market. And on my website, I feel additional panic combines all my creative loves into one when it comes to illustration aspect, the design aspect. And it also pulls in some really strong capabilities when it comes to working with programs like good notes and then, of course, affinity publisher. I also really enjoy using affinity publisher for creating planners and other digital principles and things like that, because it's so easy to create percent shapes to space them evenly and add factor of facts to the shapes and link all of your pages. Four of use in Absolutely. It's also really easy to add big civil planner and keep numbers popular line. Using the light. You can choose to create either David or UNDATED planners. Your class project. Personally, I like the undated versions because it just gives me a little bit more room for creativity , arm and more space right and Google on and things like that. So some of the skill that you're gonna learn in this class specifically relate to affinity publisher and then also using good notes. We're gonna start with the basics of understanding tools than many bars and function in the affinity publisher software that we're gonna actually start to build out your planner. You'll learn how to create pages. You'll get an understanding of the layers, functions and affinity publisher, and you also learn how to create tabs had actually link those taps of different pages throughout the planners. So that way it makes it easier when you're using in good notes, you actually want to go to the section kind of tap, take you directly there. We'll also learn how to create very facing buttons and icons and even how to create a really simple digital stickers keeping it really simple here because I actually have a more in depth course coming up on this very idea very, very soon. Finally, we're gonna go over how to export your file for use in note, taking outside good notes and then how to load it into the APP on your iPad. We will also go over some really simple tasks and good notes like how the right on your planner or how to add tax or how to duplicate the pages and the spreads that you've created so that you can reuse the templates that you designed over and over and over again. It makes it really, really simple. I think that's like the benefit of digital painters. People really enjoy the equal from the aspect of it, not printing out pages. You're not using paper, and it also can help still alleviate the stress of designing spreads and lay up. Actually, people get really nervous when it comes to that paper planners, because they don't want to rule the pristine page. And that's the beauty of digital thing you can undo. You can erase flawlessly, and there's not so much pressure to the creative side of things. All you need to take this class is your I've had in a Silas, the good notes, app or any other taking out you make use, but specifically you want to probably use good notes just because that's what I'm going over the course. And of course, you'll need a laptop or computer with affinity publisher loaded on to So, as I mentioned before for a class project we will be designing your very own digital player . You're going to create a six probably out in the program, including tabs, conceptions of feature things like calendars to do list weekly outlines have a Trevor's and so much more. You will also be creating a basic digital sticker but set for you since letter. But like I said before, keeping it really, really simple to start because I do have a class coming up here and still share very soon, focusing specifically and create your own digital stickers. So this past is totally geared towards beginners. You don't need any prior experience using the infinitive publisher software. As I'm going to be going over the basics and stuff. I stopped to help you get comfortable using this offer. It was really nice is that this whole project is geared towards getting used to building in and creating with the affinity publisher software. And then you get something really fun and tangible that you can use. I excited to connect with everyone. Let's get creating 2. Setting Up Your Document in Affinity Publisher: So for this first section, I wanted to help you get comfortable and working in the affinity publisher works piece. Before we do any of the layouts or design work with Planner, I want you to get a better understanding of health. Affinity Publisher is laid out. So when you first open up your affinity publishers offer, you're gonna get a blank space to work in. At the very top, you will see your affinity Publisher Menu bar and on the left side you'll see a toolbar next to that, depending on how your your areas set up. But with mine, you'll be able to see your master pages and your layout pages on the right side. You'll have some additional toolbar functions, like your color swatches, your layers area. I'm on your transform and navigator as well as your history area. So to get started, the first thing you want to do is go up to your menu bar at the very top and right next to where it says affinity publisher, you're gonna click on file, then you're going to scroll down to New, and you're gonna get the new document pop up here. So we're going to create a layout with a page with of 2000 points with ah, height of 1600 points and a DP I off 1 92 So I've created this thing out this way because in good notes, the templates that they give you are this size. So we wanted to make sure that this was modified for use in good notes so that there's nothing that's being cropped or anything that's miss size. Then I haven't at a lower resolution. Dp I because this is meant to be used on an iPad. The bigger, ah file is like if we have ah, 300 d p I, which is considered like a higher resolution file, the slower the good notes apple work. So we want to keep this modified down to a lower d p I so that it works quicker and you're not meant to print this out. Anyways, you're meant to use it on the iPad, so this will be a great um dp I for that. In case anyone is wondering what DP eyes basically dots per inch when we're looking at items on, you know, the computer or screens? Um, it's the images air usually made up of what's called pixels and dots per inch, or basically pixels per inch. And we want to keep facing pages selected so you can see the pages that are next to each other, actually next to each other and then everything else. I think we can keep the same. I do want to touch on a few things that one. We're in this new document area you'll see in the center. There's layout, color margins and bleed. If you select color, what you'll see is you're able to change your color format. Um, there's Gray seemed like a lab, and RGB we are gonna be working in RGB. I like to select RGB 32 just because it gives me more call our options and allow my imagery toe look a little bit more vibrant. But depending on how big of a file you want, you can go down to our Judy 16 or RGB eight, and RGB is just It's the color mode for the computer, whereas seem like a if you're over printing something, see, in my case, the color mode for printing so that it could at least somewhat match on what you're seeing on the screen. Although keep in mind, though, with printers and settings and different kinds of computers and things like that. Sometimes color can be off from printed versions versus what you see on your computer screen, but often to kind of fix that. What you'll find is designers tend to use what's called Pantone Book so that you could actually have the actual color Pantone color code for the colors that you're trying to work with and have match as you print them out. All right, so now that we owe, you can also look at margins. Just keeping everything sat at the basic. Um, you don't necessarily need a bleed, because again we're not printing on and then you can just go back to lay out and we are going to start with. Actually, we're just gonna start with two pages. A men will duplicate more spreads as we work throughout the project and then hit okay, 3. Getting Familiar with the Menu in Affinity Publisher: So now that we went through the new document panel, I want to go through our menu bar and are to bar a little bit more in depth. So if you click on file, this is where you set up a new document. You can open documents directly from your computer. You can open your most recent documents. If you see here, some of my school share templates are here. Um, this is also the area where you can close a file, save a file and save as I always suggest, you save the file as soon as you set it up just so that you have a place where it's going and you're used to saving as you because you don't want to lose any because you don't want to lose any of your work as you're moving forward throughout your project, so you can just bring you name it, um, this digital planner template, and then add your in the shows at the end and then save it somewhere on your desktop. You can also edit what's really nice with affinity is that all three of the programs that are in the sweet are kind of like interchangeable and you can switch between programs while working in one. If you have all three installed, so you can add it in designer, which is kind of like affinities, illustrator factor based software. You can add it in photo. Was it which, to me, is basically like the photo shop of the affinity sweets, and it's raster based, um, you can also export, which will go over later in the course. And then you can share your files in your documents directly, um, with different elements within your computer system. So because I'm working on a Mac, I can email out. I could message this, and I can also air drop it. Um, if you ever need more information on your file like what was in you forgot it, you couldn't go into documents set up. Okay, What was my dp? I in documents that up, you'll be able to see this. Um, you'll be able to see that literally out that you have a gun, the color and specifically here with in color. Sometimes you need the transparent background, which will be going over when we're working in our, um when we're creating our stickers. Ah, but transparent backgrounds allow you to save something as a PNG, and you'll have a nice transparency when you're loading it to a website or in this case, using it in a program like good notes, um, and then same thing just adds information on Bleed. You could hit OK and exit out of there on then. You could also print from here, and there's also the spread set up so you can see the actual size and dimensions. And if, for example, you ever accidentally put in the wrong dimensions, you can go back through and change your dimensions here in the program under spread set up . And then it will update all of your pages to match this new little update. All of the pages two matches New dimension. We can just hit okay to exit under edit. This is where you can the main thing that will be using this area force or copying and pasting. There's also shortcuts if you're working on a Mac command. C Command V. Um, if you're working on Windows, I believe it's either window see or control. See Windows V or Control V to copy and paste. But basically that's what we're gonna be using this for the most. Um, you could also revert your program back to factory settings Here is well under defaults. Next in document, if you click on view masters, you'll be you'll be ableto actually edit your master pages. So the master pages are basically, whatever you put on these master pages is going to go on every single page that you add into your pages down here. Um, like, if you add numbers or if you add a specific title like if you want to add your website to the bottom of this, If you're sharing this for sale, anything that you put on these pages will show up in every single page there after, um, once you load it into your master spread. If you want to get out of that, you can just click back and then you can go into your pages. Um, you could also add pages here or delete pages. If you go to the left hands, hold bar and you click on pages. You'll see your pages. There's nothing on them right now because we haven't added anything. But you can add pages by clicking at page and I'm out of page for you. Um, you can delete pages and you can delete, um, however many pages you're choosing, and then you can go to specific pages and then the big thing with this area, um, is your resource manager and this is ah, where you'll be able to find, locate and link any images that you're adding to your layouts. Here, text is basically all of the character fonts textiles that you'll be using. You will mostly be using your alignment function, which allows you to align elements together either to the left, the center of the right. Um, we'll also be using the interactive section because we'll be inserting hyperlinks so that we can link our tab could also do spellcheck here, Aziz. Well, and you can change arm your text wraps settings here as well. Um, and then you could adjust your character trick. So if you want text to be bold or italicize, there's also quick shortcuts here, as you can see. Like for me, command B for bold command, I for italics, command you for underlying. And then you could also show your typography sections on, and it will give you a pop up. Or you can also show your character sections, and I already have us in my right hand toolbar. And this is where you can adjust and edit your typography, your positioning transform and scale up your fonts. Change the type of fun that you're using as well. And, UM, now, let's go to table. We will be using this quite a bit today because we'll be using tables. Will be creating tables for our calendars and for our different layouts and spreads. Um, there is a little table function in the little toolbar menu on the left hand side that will go over shortly. Um, then we'll go toe layers, just like in photo shop and, um, in other you know, designed type software. Affinity publisher works in layers. Basically, just how you think about layers stacking on top of each other. Um, the same. The same kind of visual works for our layer system here, so whatever is on the bottom, whatever is on top, you're going to see on top unless of what's on the bottom. Um, but here in the layers function, you'll be able to arrange. Move your layers up or back, align your layers eso that Theo elements are in alignment, either to the top, the middle of bottom. You could also space items on, and we'll be using that as well the same thing with the alignment tools there, over here in the upper right hand area of your middle section pool bar. So if you when we actually add elements, will be able to click on the alignment functions and actually align them, Um, you will also be able to transform, weaken, scale things up, scale things down, rotate them laughter right, flip the mop, flip him down. You can add different adjustments, but we won't be using that very much. But this works really well. If you have images that you need to bright in or light in our dark in or work with contrast in the brightness and things like that, um, you also be able to lock specific players. So if you don't want different elements on your page to move, that's what this will be for on then layer of faxes. What will be working with a lot as well today, adding things like m bossing or shadows to give your elements a bit of a three d a fact, even though We're working in a to D space, so that's where you'll see this. But then there's also a little shortcut in the layers panel. Over on the right hand side, it says, it's like a little off and an ex together view mode. Ah, um, you can see preview mode, Um, and then you could also change to a single view or split view. We're in half preview mode off just so that you get a better visual effect of what your final product will look like. You could also add things like baseline grids, um, column guides and what not so that it's easier for you to lying things up. But since we're going to be using the the line functions, I choose not to use the grades just because they kind of give my head a little bit of a headache. So it's just easier for me to look at it with a clean space. And then, if you click over to help, you'll be able to search different things in the affinity publisher, um, support section and you'll get pop ups 4. Getting Familiar with the Tool Bar in Affinity Publisher : Now let's move back over to the left hand toolbar. Um, these are the tools that we will be using the most. Today. Your black Carol tool is your selection tool, so you can actually select an item that might be on your on your screen area. Um, the white arrow is your direct selection tool. So basically, if you have a shape and then something loaded inside of that shape, you will be able to select what's inside of that shape. So I'm just going to show you a quick example. So I'm in a place this inside of the shape, and I'm gonna kind of like set it inside so that you just see the image underneath and not outside. If you select your, um, your selection tool, it's just going to move the triangle. If you use your white arrow direct selection tool, it will move. What is inside of you have to double click. To get to it. You'll be able to move what's inside of the actual image, and you can move it so that it works the way you want it to work. Um, I'm gonna add a few more shape, so this just so that we have some stuff to work with. Okay, so the T tool is your text tool. You'll be able Teoh, click on it and then click into your workspace. Click and drag. You'll make a text box click inside of it, then, just so that you could see it better. I'm gonna increase the size of the text. Um, and then you could, right, Whatever you would like in the text box. That's your T tool. Pretextual, as I mentioned earlier, we're also going to be creating. Um, we'll be creating tables. So this is your table tool. It allows you to add tables directly and at it thumb, um, in your workspace, and I'm actually going to give myself a background. I'm gonna bring this down really quick and fill it with white so that it's easier for you to see Kim. So underneath your table tool is your artistic text pool again. It's just another text that you can use, but it's more individualistic, so you can out an individual element, whereas your type tool allows you add, you know, whole frame of text underneath that tool is your pencil will be using this a lot great, um lines and different shape elements. Just like what you see in illustrator orphanages. Affinity designer um, you're able to create, um, straight shapes, curve shapes and things like that. With the line tool, you could increase the stroke of your lines. You couldn't change the fill color. So underneath your pen tool, you will have your shape tool, which allows you to create different shapes. Depending on your fill and your stroke, you'll have either an outline or no outline. You click on your stroke button. Select the little circle with a red strike through it that will remove your stroke. You can click on the little area that says Phil, and you can change the color. And then, UM, you couldn't create the shape you click on the shape tool so you'll see a rectangle as your first option. If you click and hold it, you'll see all the other options below. There's a ton of different shapes that you can use. Um, we couldn't school down to the tear tool. And then, if you hold shift as you click and drag your shape out, it'll keep things in proportion. That's how you use that. Underneath that is the, um the frame tool. I typically use this to great frames were in placing images in. You can do that with both the square and a circle frame tool, and then under that is the place image tool You'll. If you click on that, it'll pull up images that you're using, and then you can place a different image hit open, click inside and then you'll get your image and then you can resize it by dragging out the edges. I suggest either holding command or shift Um, command, actually, to resize your image in proportion. Underneath the ad or place Image tool is the vector crop tool that allow you to crop difference shapes in elements in your page. We're not gonna be using that very much, um, the next tool that we will be using those the color picker tool. If you click on the color picker tool, you'll be able to actually select the color of an element. Use it and fill in whatever element you have selected. If you just want to pick up a color, make sure you have nothing on your art board. Selected Click on color picker on then. So, like the color that you want to use. Go to your swatches. It'll be in your color picker area, and then you can add this little You add that current fill to your palate so that you don't lose it. 5. Working with the Tools in Affinity Publisher: so we'll be using the petrol a lot today. You're tight tool, Aziz. Well, as your shaped tool. So one of the big things will be using these days that pencil to make lines. So I'm gonna show you how to make a line really quickly. So in the upper middle toolbar, you're gonna click on Phil, and I want you to remove your fill color. Then we're gonna go to stroke, and I want you to give your stroke, um, eight black color. So you're just drag all of your sliders in the RGB slider over to the left, or you can just click on swatches, find the black color, click on that and then increase your wit of your stroke. If you click on that line, that has, like, a number point next to it, that's where you'll be able to increase the width of your stroke and change the type of your stroke. So you can either have a straight stroke data stroke, or you can use, like a painter, a paint brush stroke if you'd like. So we're just going to use a straight chauffeur. Now increase your with to about four. Click out of that and then you're gonna click on your work area to get your first point of your line. Hold shift so that you can create a straight line every time and then drag your point over to the right. Click it again and you'll have created a new line. And as I showed you earlier, under the stroke options, you can change your arm stroke type. So if you click to the dash line type, um, and then go to the dash settings and change from 1121313 it will give you a nice, evenly sat stroke and then click outside of it and then you'll see your stroke here. Now, I know I won't do this a little fast earlier, but I'm gonna show you how to add an image once more. So we're gonna select a, um, a circle frame tool, and I'm in a hold shift before even start dragging out my circle chip press and then drag out my circle and then I'm going to click on my black arrows who just so that I know my selection is selected, and then we're gonna select file place, and then you're gonna find an image that you like and then had open, and it will place it inside of your, um instead of your frame so you can resize your image to change the layout. You can also, um, you can also change your rotation of it, and then you can click out on. Then, if you notice you, you have a stroke around and you don't want the stroke. You can click on stroke and select the white circle with the red dash to it to remove the stroke. But if you do like the stroke and you want to change it back to just a plain show, you can just go into your stroke options, select salad line and then click out. Now, if you have a bunch of elements on your workspace like I do here, and you want them all to be aligned properly or like to the bottom or to the top, what you can do is you can select each element and select them all together so you couldn't either use like your drag tool and select all, Um, or you can click on one and then hold shift and click on the next one that you want to select and then hold, shift and click. Don't click on the next one so it will select all of them. And then, as I mentioned earlier this alignment tool in the upper right hand area, the middle toolbar Click on alignment. You'll be able to see all the options you can align horizontally or you couldn't online vertically. In this case, I want to align vertically to the bottom. So I'm gonna go down here and click on the third option that aligns the bottom and you'll notice that all of my elements have now stepped together. I'll see, for example, I want all of the elements also be aligned in between and spaced out evenly. So I'd go to align horizontally and then I would select space horizontally, and it will give me even spacing. And you can also dio align your middles and then it'll online everything in the middle function. But because I wanted to be at the bottom, I click that now you can also group all of your elements together. Um, say you want all of these elements to move together at the same time, So just like what we did earlier, I'm gonna select the 1st 1 hold shifts like my second and my third on that. I'm going to go Toe Layer Group and it'll group all of my elements together so I don't have to keep doing the whole shift. Select shifts, a lax that I have all of them selected. They're all grouped together. What? You'll see that if we go into our layers function. They're all grouped in one group element, so you can change them individually by selected by selecting the individual layers. But if you close down this layer nest, you'll be able to select all of them together, and you'll notice that the rest of the elements that I have are also groups here as well. 6. Saving and Exporting in Affinity Publisher: Now, the last thing I want to show you in this intro section is how to save and how to export. As we will be doing this at the end of our project. You should be saving your file throughout your work just because sometimes you know, computer systems and software, they're not always as they're not always as perfect as we would like them to be. So sometimes things shut down, things stall out, and just making sure you save periodically will save you any heartache of any work lost. I've been a teacher for a really long time, and this is one of the big things that I always tell my students. Save as often as you can and save consistently. So to save your file, you gonna hit file state as and then you're gonna select the folder that you had saved your original in, and then you're gonna hit, save. It's gonna ask if you want to replace it. Yes, because you're replacing it with a new one hit replace. And then as you work through out um, the project you can just hit save every so often the next thing we're gonna do is export you could export your fouls. Two different types of formats. The way to do this is you'll hit file and then you'll select export and then you'll get this pop up Could save it as an export as a PNG J peg Jeff tiff PSD pdf E. P s file so that you could open in different Softwares for right now, we'll just save as a PdF Um, and you're going to save this for export your raster dp I should be 1 92 You want to do all pages? If you do all spreads, it's gonna literally show that longer. I'm to page section right next to each other. Instead, you just want to select all pages so each individual pages exported and then you'll hit export, and they don't export your file into your folder that you selected. And then if you navigate over to that folder on your desktop, you'll see the pdf is saved in 7. Building Your Planner Base in Affinity Publisher: Now that we have a basic understanding of the affinity publisher interface, I want to get started on actually building out and setting up your planner. So the first thing I like to do before I even start designing is figure out what I want my background to be. It's kind of like the consistent item that will flow across all of your pages behind your actual planner. Um, different things such as like marble and wood are typically very popular styles. I was initially searching for, um, imagery on unspool ash dot com, which is a fantastic resource for royalty free imagery that you're allowed to use free of charge. And so I'm just looking for some imagery, texture backgrounds that I feel like we'll work. Well, I know for a fact that I wanted to create a more neutral feeling planner. My last one was a pastel color story, so this time around and wanted something a little bit darker, something that could work well for both a masculine and a feminine vibe. So ended up selecting this yellow and cement looking background piece that I think it's gonna work well. I'm also looking for someone pieces just so that I have some that I can include in our resources tab in case you guys don't like the yellow on this cement. But I think I'm going to stick with the L in cement. But I did want to pick a few other options to see what they look like. So once I've selected my images, I'll click on the Image Select download, and it'll save to my downloads on my computer. And now let's go into affinity. So the first thing we're gonna do, just like with the practice section that we were working through, we're gonna set up a new file. So we're going to go to file new new file and we're going to keep all of our settings the same. We're gonna have our document units, be points. We're gonna start with two pages. We want our page with to be 2000 points, and we want our page height to be 1600 points and that our DP I should be at 1 92 and then click. OK, now you'll see two pages. We're going to start with creating a image frame with that square frame tool so that we can please our photo into the frame. You're gonna drag one friend. We're going to drive the frame from one corner to the next, and then we're going to go to file and then place find the picture that we're going to use in this case, amusing that yellow and cement looking piece and then press open. Once you find your image and it's gonna place it and you'll be able to resize as we mentioned before, this image actually fits really well. If I resize it too small, it won't until the whole page. I'm gonna leave it just as it is, and then I'm gonna click out and I'm in a copy it. And then I'm gonna piece it on to my second page just so that I'm working with the same exact shape element in size. Now we're gonna add a square for our background. We want to make sure we have no stroke, and I'm gonna pick Ah, Phil, that is white for now, just so that you can see the size of it. We want to make sure that this this rectangle goes all the way across. What I'm going to do is create too, so that have on idea of what size will be equal for both sides of the page. And then I'm gonna drag it across just so that I can measure it up appropriately, and then I'm gonna select both of them, and then I'm in a group, and now I'm going to paste it, and then I'm gonna create a new frame over it just so that I have, Like I said, the the sizing very, very spot on. So now I can select that other frame and delete it, and same with the top one. I'm gonna take that rectangle, pull it across so that it's exactly the length and the size that I wanted to be. And for this top one, though, we don't need ah, second page. So I'm just going to delete the left side and keep that right side, because that is essentially the cover of our planner. And now I'm going to set up the paper. So basically, I'm creating my shape and I'm going to fill it with white just so that you can see it, and then I'm going to adjust my corner options. Um, if you go up into your upper right hand, corner, you'll see that little area that says corner to select on that drop down menu, and then you're gonna goto a rounded corner and then you're gonna drag though the size the percentage down. So it's not such a dress, a ground corner. We want it to be very, very slight. We're gonna bring it down to about two per two or 3%. Oh, I just want to eyeball to make sure everything looks the way I want it to look. And now the next step in this whole process is basically creating the rectangle to basically look like what a planner would look like. So to do this, I'm gonna change my color from white toe a navy blue because that's essentially what I'm gonna have be like the background of the planet are kind of like what might be the leather or the cover bounds. I'm going to change it to this dark blue color, and then I am gonna copy the actual square again and paste it on top of each other. And I'm going to remove the fill by going to fill and then selecting that circle that is white with a red slash through it. And then I'm gonna go to stroke, and I'm gonna change the color to white. And then I'm gonna change the stroke with, and I'm going to start pulling in the edges so that it kind of creates kind of like a stitching around the edges off the notebook. So I brought it all the way down 2.4. But I have a feeling I'm gonna need the stitches to be whiter. So, um, I'm gonna change my stitch with, But before I do that, I also want to change my style of my stroke. So instead of having just that plain simple line stroke, we're gonna have that dash stroke. So you're gonna click on that, and then we're gonna increase the with as well, and then I'm actually gonna bring it down a little bit more. So about four points will work best for this. Um And then I'm a change of my dash from 1121313 and then click outside of it. Click off of your workspace. And now you get to see you have, like, this nice stroke. So once I'm done with that now, would I want to do is I want to go over to the right hand side of my screen and go into my layers panel. I wanna add a layer effect to the stroke so that it allows my stitches toe look a little bit more realistic. We're gonna add an embossing, um, effect. So that adds a bit of shadow in a bit of highlight. So what we will be doing is we will be adding a layer effect, so make sure you use your black selection. Aargh. Click on your stitches. You're gonna go to your layers menu on the right hand side, and then you're going to select the little button that looks like an African axe, and we are going to scroll down, and we're going to go to Bevel and in Boston, and then you want to keep your type to be pillow, so you want to keep your screen white. You want to adjust your opacity just a bit. I like to have in a little bit darker, and that instead of, um, a dark, dark black I like to do kind of like a little bit more of a great so it doesn't blend into the blue too much, and then I'm gonna increase my radius just a bit. And then I mean, a decreasing a bit, and then I'm a soft in it by going up by 0.5 pixels. Then I'll hit close and in fact, has been applied, and you can see it from far away. But once you zoom in, you kind of get that kind of like, indented stitch feel to it. So now I'm going to re color on my second page and do the same thing. I'm just gonna copy and paste everything over. I'm gonna select my stitches. I'm in a right click. Copy. Or you can go to edit copy. Or you can use your shortcut command, see if you're on a Mac and then I'm gonna pasted Command V or Edit Paste. Um, and then I'm gonna drag my stroke over to the other side and make sure it's kind of aligned properly and everything is equal all around the edges. And if you notice that when you do this, if your stroke actually increases, you'll just have to go back in and adjust the size of your stroke. Now I want to add some text to the cover. Um, I'm just gonna add plan or 2020 and a little quote something to kind of keep me motivated throughout the year. And the fun, but I'm gonna be using is delicious. I have included this in our resource is I'm gonna increase the font size to about 96. All right, so now I'm just adding and adjusting my fonts 2020. The numbers with this font in particular tend to be smaller than the actual letters. So I'm actually going to increase the size of the numbers so that it matches. Ah, the word planner So that their equivalent in terms of height, So 1 20 is the sweet spot so that the numbers match my letters. Before I do that, I'm gonna do my layer effects as well to the text here. I'm going to have to select my text and then go into my layers panel, select a fax click on bevel on the boss. Keep the type. Is pelo on that? I'm just gonna just my radius and soften it a bit. I'm gonna keep my screen and my multiply at the level that they are, but I'm gonna just the color of the multiply so that it's that great color. And I'm in a soft in it a bit and I'm gonna bring the radius down just a tad, so I should be at I should be at 2.1 from my radius and 0.7 for my soft in and then hit close. And now I've got a little bit of a nim bossing effect on the Texas. Well, now I'm gonna go to the t tool again, create my text box, and I'm gonna add a little quote to this one. I'm gonna use, um, the same fund. Delicious. But instead of using that heavy, I'm gonna use a new Tallis sized version of the font and bring the text, um, size down toe about so but I think I'm gonna do 30. Um, but I'm gonna write my quote, enjoy the creative journey, cause that's my focus for this year is to really enjoy the creative journey. Appreciate the fact that I get to do the creative work that I do. I'm gonna resize the text frame around it, and I'm gonna add two dashes before and then after, and then I'm gonna send her this that way. It has a nice balanced feel in a gun. It's really nice. Affinity publisher gives you the snap lines. I'm gonna select both of these items by clicking one layer holding, shift, clicking the next layer. And then I'm gonna go to group. And now I'm also gonna do the same thing with my background as well as the stitches. I'm going to select both clears, right Click and select group. Okay, now that we've added the text of the front of our planner, um, I feel like it's a little blank. So I want to add a little something to the left side. So I'm gonna create like this. Post it note, I'm gonna use my shape tool or my friend tool to create a square on. Then I'm not. Fill it to, like a posted kind of yellow like a light, but not glaringly bright yellow. And then we're gonna do is we're gonna add some shadowing. Click on the shape Select the FX in my layers panel click on outer shadow Picture check marked. And then I'm gonna just the radius, the offset and the intensity to kind of make it feel like it is a posted former radius up, then my offset. And then I'm gonna keep my intensity a little bit lower. I'm going to change my shadow toe a darker grace. What's not so intense now? I want to save it, rename it and added to the file that I have on my desktop. And you want to make sure you periodically save your file as your workings. You don't lose any work. I'm gonna zoom in a bit you so I can see what everything looks like in this section. And I just want to make sure that my shadow effect is dark enough, but still light enough that doesn't feel overwhelming. And then again, I still feel it's like a little bit to blink on the left hand side. All right, So just to add on a little bit of flair, I'm gonna create a piece of tape on top of the post it, and I'm gonna use my pencil to create the shape. I'm just gonna create a straight line. I'm gonna click my work area, hold shift and then go across in a straight line and click the next area so that it creates a nice straight line if you'll just you'll always get a straight line. Then my Leko, chef known use my pen tool arms, create like jagged edges and then I'm gonna hold shift again. When I'm ready to pull my line across, I'm gonna make sure to line it up under the first part of my tape shape that I'm gonna create that jagged as you get on the left hand side. And then I'm gonna change the fill color toe like a white. And then just like what I did with the posted, I'm gonna add a layer of fact and I'm going to add a bit of a shadow and then I'm gonna select outer shadow on Then again, increase my radius, my offset and my intensity. Typically, what I find is like a radius should be little the strongest, And then I I gradually varietal with radius the offset as I go down and then I'm also going to just the opacity, and then I'm gonna click down on my past. We drop down and I'm gonna change it from 100 to about 48%. So it gives me just a bit of see through this so that it feels like it's obesity. I'm just gonna add some text of this, um, things to remember using my text tool. And then I'm going to add a line underneath it, using my pen tool and then all just the with So it's not too thick and not too thin. And now underneath it it feels a little empty. And again, Like I said, I want to make this feel like I'm looking at the spanner on a desk, so I think I'm gonna add a vector mock up of a phone. That weight feels kind of like it's a little desktop, like flatly. So I'm going to go to a website that I visit when I'm looking for released simple factors when I'm not in the mood to actually create my own, and it's called fact easy dot com. In fact, easy has tons and tons of different factors. You can just search by tight. Um, it's free to use. There is a pro version, um, and I'm just going to search for a phone doctor and again, like I said, I wanted this to be a little bit more neutral, but a bit more masculine leaning, so I think I'm gonna go for, ah, phone set up like this here. The thes phone accessories with the little leather case I think will work. Really great. So I'm gonna click on this, that it can download it, and then it's gonna save to my desktop. Then I'm gonna actually right click and open this up. An affinity illustrator. Even if you don't have affinity Illustrator affinity, publisher will open up dot ai files. It'll just change them to an E. P s. And you will have access now to all these little different vectors That so you need to do, though, is make sure that you're selecting all the different elements within it. So that way, everything is altogether. And then you're gonna go toe layer and group it, or you can right click and group it so that you can copy it and pasted into your work area . So I'm gonna at these little SD cards and then I'm going to add the phone with the leather Justin that it gives me this nice like classic feel to the whole element. And again, just like what I did with the SD cards, I'm gonna select all the different layers within the phone vector, and then I am gonna group them together, and then I'll copy them, and then I'll paste them into my player. And then I'm gonna hold ship to resize it so that everything makes sense for what I'm looking at. And then, as you'll notice here, my ass, the card group is actually behind the phone. So all I need to do is go into my layers panel and drag it up so that it is above the phone case and then I'll be able to see it. Okay, so now that I'm done with that, I'm gonna go into my second page, and now we're going to start building out the actual internal pages. I want this to feel and look like a notebook. So we're gonna create pages and kind of like a spine in the middle. Um, so as I'm looking at this, I'm noticing that my stroke is a bigger than the original stroke that I had in my first page. So I'm just gonna select that and go back to my stroke panel and adjust the size so that it is a four and it's not any bigger than what I had before. I'm gonna first, I'm going to copy my stroke. Um and then I'm gonna paste it, and then I'm gonna change it so that there's no stroke, but there's a fill instead, and this is essentially my paper, and then I'm gonna resize it and drag everything in. So I have this layered kind of a fact so that you can still see the edges off my planner book. And then, um, I'll be able to build on top of this. So the idea is, I want this to feel a little three d, right? So I'm going to copy and paste multiples off this wait rounded rectangle so that I can then create a three D pages effect by using the strokes and shadows. Once I've done that, I'm going to copy it again and paste it on top. And then I'm going to add a black stroke to this next page, and then I'm gonna drag just my edges in on the sites. I'm not going to drag in the top part, just the edges. I don't want to make sure it looks like multiple pages are coming out, and I'm gonna multiply this one more time, Um and I'm gonna paste another. I'm gonna copy and paste another page on top and then I'll adjust my lines. Justice they didn't know again. I'm just pulling in the sides. I'm not pulling in the top or the bottom. And then I'm also gonna add an outer shadow because this is what's gonna give it the depth that I'm looking before. And then when you zoom out, you'll see it looks like multiple pages because of the strokes and the shadows. Give it that three D elevated effect. Now, I want to add my center line to divide the page. I'm going to use my pen tool, and I am going to create a line right down the center doesn't need to be dashed or anything like that. And I'm gonna find the middle What? You'll notice an affinity publisher. Is that a gun you get? You have that snap to grid snapped guides lines and you'll see it highlight in green. So I know I'm right in the middle of my page on. Then I am going to go into my layer effects and I'm going to add an outer shadow and then adjust my radius my offset and my intensity, and then I'm gonna close it, and then I'm gonna zoom in and make sure that that wine is on top of my page so that I can see it. I'm gonna bring my offset. And so it's not so far out from the line. I am gonna bring my intensity up a bit. I'm gonna keep my angle at 180 degrees, and then I'm gonna hit close, and that gives me the line. So I'll zoom out of it just to see what it looks like to make sure it looks the way with like, Attila. And now we're going to do next is we're going to start to act tabs. 8. Adding and Linking Your Page Tabs in Affinity Publisher: Okay. Now we are gonna actually start to build out our tabs. Essentially, the tabs are what is going to allow us to go from page to page and our good notes file, and we will be linking these in a bit. But first, I want to build them out with you. So we'll be using the shape tool to create little rectangular tabs. They will have the months of the year as well as some additional items. So I'm just gonna use like this this yellowish kind of tan ish color again, keeping with that neutral vibe, I'm gonna use my square tool to create a rectangle. I'm gonna create 12 of these. I'm not gonna overlapping, but I am gonna have them very close to each other. And I am also gonna use the layer effects to add shadows. So once I created to shape that, I like I'm going to duplicate it and what I want to do, though, um, once I created shape of lake, what I want to do is I want to make sure that these air underneath my pages, So I'm gonna go into my layers panel on, Then I'm gonna drag the layer with this shape, so that is underneath the white pages. But it is above the white stitching and the blue background. So again, this concept of layering kind of like how you would make a sandwich. Where do you want the G's to be in relation to your meats or your lettuces and tomato on things like that? So for this one, I want it and bet it right in between these layers of paper and the layer with the line stitching across and then the layer off the actual blue background. So once I've done that and I want to get a little bit more detailed, I want to make sure that this square goes all the way to the edge of the planner. So I'm gonna assume in, and I'm going to use my direct selection tool that black your old tool to drag it all the way to the edge. And then I'm gonna go into my layer affects panel with its still selected, and I'm going to add an outer shadow. I'm gonna click on outer Shadow. I'm an adjustment angle so that it's more of a downward facing shadow. So it'll be at about 270 degrees. So I'm going to adjust my radius to about 18.2. My offset to 11.2 and my intensity toe about 30 7%. And then I'm gonna add text using my text tool, and I'm gonna add the months of the year, so I'll take my text tool created text box. Try not to click inside of the shape or you'll have an issue like this. You want to make sure you select off of this and then create that text box, Um, outside, kind of like in the in the page area. Once you've done that, then you can change, uh, that the type of thought where they wanted bold italic the size. And then you can actually readjust your text box. I'm gonna increase my fund on that. I'm going to readjust my text box so that its size it sizes it nicely to the three letters . And then I'm going to use the rotate tool, which is that little handlebar at the very top off the text box. And Muna rotated about 90 degrees counterclockwise on. And then I'm gonna drag it into the tab. And then, just like before. When I'm using the group function, I'm gonna still lack these layers together. And then I'm gonna group Hm um, and again so that I can give it that more of a luxury kind of texturizing vibe. I'm gonna add, Ah, layer effect to the text. In each of these tabs, I'm going to add bevel in and bossing. And I'm just gonna just my radius, um, and soft and it up a bit so that it has that kind of, like, pillowy of fact. It's really important to make sure your tabs are grouped together because when you're actually linking them, if they're not all group like the text part in actual visual, part of their not group together, you'll have issues when you're trying to link them to pages and then you'll want to make sure it's grouped together, and then you can actually copy this and then paste it multiple times so that we can create the rest of the months of the year. So I'm gonna right click, copy or command see, and then command V or right click paste. And then I'm just gonna drag, um each month down, you'll begin to see the shadow effect. And then, like I said earlier, I don't want these overlapping. I want to make sure that they have space in between each of them. And then I'm just gonna keep moving them down. I'll group them into sets before I'm so that they're easier to work with. And then I'll double click inside each one within the text box. Um, and I once a grouped all 12 of them that I can move them together. I'm gonna select a set of four, copy them and paste them again, and then I'm gonna rotate them, and I'm gonna add them to the top, right? Um, part of our planner, because these will be our tabs for things like our notes section sticker book section, as well as our gold planner section. And you'll want to make sure to adjust the policeman of this layer so that it is in between the papers as well as the background on the stitching. And then I'm going to copy one more, and I'm gonna pieced it, and I'm gonna move it to the top of laugh because that's gonna be our home tab, which will take you to your home page which is this page we're actually building on. I typically use this page for instructions. Um, but you can add whatever you'd like to it. But this is gonna be our home page that could always go back to the beginning of your book and again readjust the layer placement. All right, so I'm gonna actually copy that upper left hand tab two more times, and I'm gonna drag it down to the bottom left hand side, and I'm going to create two additional tabs. Um, these will be for our monthly in our weekly calendar spread. And just this before I'm gonna rotate them. And then and then I'm going to double click inside of the text area using that tax tool so that I can change the words from the month to monthly and weekly. And then I'm gonna go to each tab. Emery named them as well. So if you notice that you don't have enough space, all you have to do is double click with the black arrows who'll that actual text box. And then you can increase the whip of it. So once I've changed, um, the site of the top in the bottom tabs I'm gonna go back through and change all of the month tabs, and now all of our tabs are built out. So the next thing we're gonna do, actually, is the link. These tabs. So, in orderto link taps, we are actually going to now have to copy this whole page spread. And we are gonna You want to make sure and count how many taps we have. So we have 12 months plus a monthly in a weekly tab. So that's 14 home to have his 15 notes goals daily and stickers. So 17 18 1920 pages totals we're gonna want to do is you know, we have we know we have one page set up already. We're not counting our main cover page, so we're gonna add 19 pages after the page to. So to do this, we are going to right click page two, and we're gonna select add pages from the drop down, and then you're gonna get a pop up. You're gonna add your number that you've counted out, sue the number of pages we want to insert them after page two. So now what we're gonna do is we're going toe link each of these tabs to specific pages. So in this case, I want to have my notes goals, then my monthly and weekly and then daily. And then my sticker pages on those are all going to go first. After this first page that we just built we're going to do is we're gonna select the tab that we're gonna actually be linking to. I'm going to go to text and then having a select interactive and then insert a hyperlink and get a new pop up with the hyperlink properties and your hyperlink type. You're going to make sure it says page, there's you can also hyperlink websites and things like that. But in this case, we want to make sure we're hyper linking a page in our documents. So we're gonna change our page one to page three and then hit. Okay, now we're gonna move on to goals were in a going to text interactive insert hyperlink changes to page four hit. Okay. And then we're gonna go to daily, we're gonna go to text interactive, insert hyperlink and then change that to page five and then hit. Okay? And now we're gonna go down to our weekly in our monthly, and I want to make sure that those are all the daily weekly monthly are all kind of like right after one another before I add this stickers page. So I'm gonna select monthly I'm a goto text interactive insert hyperlink And then I'm gonna go to page six, ensued hyperlink page, And then I'm gonna go to stickers, insert hyperlink So text interactive, insert hyperlink. And then I'm gonna change this two page page eight, and then I'm gonna hit, okay? And then for my home tab, and I'm gonna select insert hyperlink event page one because I wanted to be that, um, that main cover page that we have so that we know we're right back at the beginning. So once I'm done with that, I know that I ended at eight. I am now at page nine. So now we're gonna go through, and we're gonna link all of the pages for January February for each of our months as well. So now what I want to do next is I want to select every single element on this page, and I'm in a group that all together, cause I'm now gonna copy and I'm gonna paste each of these elements. And I've been at hm to the different sections of our actual planner. So lots of group, I can copy it, I'm gonna paste it and I'm gonna drag it over to the next page on the right hand side. And then I'm gonna select both by selecting the left hand page on, then pulling shift and then selecting the right hand page and then I'm gonna copy both of them, and then I'm going to make sure I am on the next spread, and I'm gonna hit paste and it should pieces, right? Exactly. In the same place on top of the next pages. Once I've pasted all those pages in, I want to go back through and just kind of take a look at everything, make sure everything looks OK. And then now we can go on to the next step once I'm done with copying and pasting everything through. Now I want to go to each of my monthly spreads, and I want a rearrange the tab so that the tab for that particular month is actually showing above the white paper. So the idea is that you're supposed be turning a page to a tab so it shows up like you're actually flipping pages. So what you do is you're gonna go to your layer. You double click on the tab for in this case December, and then you're gonna drag it above the white page, and then we're gonna go one by one for each of the months and do the same thing. And then as well, we will also be doing this with the taps for our notes. Our goals are daily sticker sections and our weekly and monthly spreads as well. And now that we're done with this, we're ready to move on to the next step, which is actually creating our page layouts in our spreads. I like this bullet journaling style. So we're gonna create something similar to that. You have an opportunity for creativity, but you also have some sort of direction and clear guides as you're working on each of your pages. 9. Designing Your Planner Page Layouts- Goals Spread: Now that we're done with the background part off the layouts in the spread, we're gonna actually start to create the elements within the planner pages. I like the bullet journal style. Um, I like to give myself space to create, but also wanna have some sort of guidance in terms of what I'm writing. So we're gonna be using the shape the text tool, the pen tool, the fill color tool as the main basis for building out these pages and creating these moments were really using just basic shapes to create Ah, layup designs That makes sense for things like gold planning, planning out the day, meetings, appointments and things like that. Till first, we're gonna create a rectangle with the rectangle tool, and then we're gonna go into we're going to go into our colors, watches, and we're gonna edit and revise the color. I'm gonna go with this kind of like lighter, glaringly bright yellow, um, as the basis for this kind of like to do check box that will be creating. I also want to now use the pen tool armed, great blinds to separate. But before I do that, I want to go into my stroke tool, and I'm going to change it to all light. I'm gonna change the with to about four points, and then I'm gonna use my pen tool to create a straight line across the width of this rectangle on that, I'm gonna copy the line, and then I'm gonna paste it, and I'm gonna drag it down so that I get this nice kind of like the re sections. I'm gonna resize my square a bit, though, so that it makes sense for the with that I'm going for. And then I'm gonna create another line vertically going from top to bottom so that I have kind of like this to do list section, and I can add notes on area for, like, what the main to do is any notes, and then I'm going to use the square tool once again to create up on these little mini boxes for our check boxes. I'm gonna have a fill off white as well. I'm gonna use my direct selection, that black arrow tool to kind of move things around. But I'm also using my up and down arrow keys on my keyboard in order to move things in smaller increments. And then once I'm done with this, I'm gonna move on to my type tool, and I'm gonna add some type above each sections for this left hand side. I'm just Greece re sizing. Um, the size of the text and I'm gonna type out goes this month. So three top schools that it wanted complete. I met him in a copy that by using the Black Arrow Tool Command, see or go into your edit copy command Sikh Man V and that I'm gonna add another section above the box that says why this goal is important. So these are just like the three key things that perhaps I want to focus on for this month and why it's relevant to get them done. Now we're gonna actually be using the table tool. So it's the little tool that looks like a table that's right underneath the type tool in your left hand side toolbar, and we're gonna create a table underneath this. So when you first get the table, you and have a ton off cells. But what's nice is once you let go, you'll see these little pop ups on the top and left hand side. And if you see the double arrows to the right and double arrows going downward, you couldn't change the number of cells in your columns in the number of cells in your rose . So I'm going to change it to be a three by four column grid, and then I'm gonna resize it, move it over a bit. Um, I'm gonna actually resize the top row. You go in between the actual cell lines and you'll get a double arrow, and you should be able to drag the in between sections up and down to resize your boxes within your tables. Once I'm done creating that, I'm gonna basically use the copy and paste function to bring in text. I'm just gonna copy, um, the month and I'm going to change it to, um, se goal number one amount of a pace that are copy it and paste it again two more times. And then I'm in a change in physical number two, and then goal number three. And then I'm gonna select everything and kind of nudge it over so that I have space to write week one week to Week three and weak for on the left side off the actual table. Now that we've created one page, what I pretty much do is kind of used all the elements in my base, Paige, to continue to build out my additional pages someone a copy and paste the text. That's his goals. I'm just going to select it with my black arrow tool hit command, see, Or you could to read a copy, edit paste. And then I'm gonna update the text to save Vision Board. I'm going to use this right hands head of the goals page spread to have some blank space that I can write down ideas add in text, added images, pulling stickers as well. And then I'm gonna have an area below it for a mind map to create the mind map. I'm going to use our shaped tool in the left hand toolbar. I'm going to click on that square shape, and then my pop up dropped out. Money should come up, and then I'm gonna scroll down to the rounded rectangle tool, and I'm gonna create a rounded rectangle with just a stroke in that navy blue color that we've been using throughout this tutorial. And then I'm gonna use the pen tal than to also create lines. And I'm in a copy and paste the text that I used for the goals. And I'm gonna piece that over on top of this rounded rectangle and I'm get a rename it to mind map to create these shapes. All we have to do is use the pun tool point on. Then we're gonna hold shift, create a straight line click above it and then let go home and then hold shift again to create a straight line but basically create a right angle and I'm gonna move that point over to the right, and then I'm gonna copy this on that and paste it, and then I'm actually going to transform it and actually flip it. So to do this, go into your layers panel and the upper menu bar and a select layers grow down to transform and that we are going to flip horizontal, and then I'm just gonna hold shipped and drag that over to the other side of the shape. And then I'm again. I'm going to use that rectangle rounded rectangle shape tool to create another rectangle in between, Um, these two arms on that I'm gonna use my pen tool to create some additional on the lines going out from it that we can add in additional thoughts and concepts. So again, you just use the pencil to click any area on your shape and then hold shift and click again and will create a straight line for you. And if you find that the shapes air interconnecting, just click off off the actual line with your black arrow tool so that you can create a new line. And then again, I'm gonna had some additional shapes here with my rounded rectangle shape tool. And this is just gonna be basically ah, basic mind map that you can add in ideas and concepts and then you can actually add in additional elements with your stylists using the pen tool in good note. So once I'm creating all of these elements, but I want to do is I want to select the mall and I want a group from all. And then we are gonna go into our layers function working a select group. And that way everything is all grouped together and can move it all in one piece 10. Designing Your Planner Page Layouts- Daily Spread: Now we're going to start building out our daily planner page. Justice we've done on prior pages we're gonna primarily be using are shaped tool are pen tool, our text tool as well as their table tool. So the concept for this daily page is basically a combination of off appointment listings and then our to do list, So we'll be using the pencil to create a nice line at the top of our page. You'll click on the left hand side, hold shift and then click on a point of the right hand side and it will create your straight line. For you will make three rectangle boxes that we can use that ad in our top three priorities for the day, and it will create them so that they're kind of like a check mark obstacle at an area at the end of the box that will allow you to check it off. Once you've created my shape, I'm just going to copy it and paste it multiple arm two more times and then drag those over to the right. Then I'm gonna select them all, and then I'm going to right click and then select group or you can go until layer and then group so that I could move them all together. And now I want to get more into this online function. The purpose of the align function is to help you keep elements on the same plane. Whether you're aligning to the top to the bottom, you're lining centers. We want to align along the bottoms vertically for these boxes so that everything looks to be straight and in a nice line and group together re uniformly so in the upper right hand corner of your work space. No CV line tools. They look like blacks with blue lines underneath. Um, and when you hover over them, it'll sale line. So we'll click on this tool and you'll see this pop up, and you could either align horizontally or you can align vertically for this. For this particular set of ships, we went online vertically into the middle. And then, if we want to rearrange the group a bit re centered underneath that line, you can just select the whole group with your black aero tool and then move them all together seamlessly, and I'm gonna actually copy and paste the gold text again. with the smaller goal. Number one, Goal number two. Copy that text and paste it over on the right hand spread. I'm going to select it with my black arrow tool him hit command to see or can go into edit copy at a paste or command V, And then I'm just gonna change the name to top tasks. Pull that right above the 33 rectangles, and then I'm gonna copy that once again and move it up above the line. And then I'm gonna write out the days of the week with some space in between. The concept is that weaken circle which day it is for the specific daily task list. Um, and we can add a date in as well. If you find that your text kind of like cuts off, you just have to a white in the text box that you're using. Selector Baquero, Tool. Click on one of the angers on the right side of the text box and then just drag it out. No, I want to create an area to write my date. I'm just going to use my pen tool to create an angled line by clicking on my top line and holding shift. By clicking on, I'm gonna use my pencil by clicking on the line and then creating kind of like an angled line connecting my point at a diagonal and then making sure I have a stroke. I'm gonna copy and then paste it, and then I'm gonna drag it over, and then I'm going to select both of my lines again. Hold the Black Arrow tool, click on my first line, hold shift, click on my second line and then right click and group, or go into a layer group in your top menu bar and it'll group everything together, and it'll all stay in one place. Once that's done. I want a group, the whole top section together. And now I want to add on lines to my top task bars. So I'll use my pen, my pen tool to create a straight line that fits the with the fifth, the height off thes task bars. And then once I've created the first line, and then once you create that first line, I'm gonna hit command, see, and then command V and I mean a copy and peace that tumor time so that I can drag it over into the next tasks boxes. So now I want to create an area for two DUIs and for appointments, I'm gonna create these kind of like a checklist style, using the shape tools to create squares and then my line, my pencil to create blinds. And I want to give these squares for my check boxes, rounded corners, and I'm a directed down from 25% down to down to about 8%. And then I'll use my pen tool to create a line right next to the chuck box. And I wanted to be dash line instead of a plane line. So in order to do that, you can go up to your stroke and select your drop down menu that make sure you select dashed instead of straight on. Then you couldn't change. And then you can change the with to about 1.5 and then keep your dash at 1313 just as we use for the actual outline of our planner. So once I've created those, I'm gonna select both of them, and then I'm going to right click and group them, and then I'm gonna also, um copy them, and then I'm gonna paste it below. I'm not. I'll drag it down and then also like both of them. I'm gonna align it to the left, and then I'm gonna copied them again. Drag those down and then select all four and just keep copy and pasting until I have the length of the to do list that I'd like. Now for the appointment side, all I'm gonna do is copy and paste my dash line. Um, right underneath the appointment. And then I'm gonna take the top tasks text. And then I made a copy and paste that and just changed the tax to the times. And I'm gonna, um, copy this over and over again until I get to seven o'clock. PM So I'm gonna have a 6 a.m. Seven a m. All way through noon on, then noon through 7 p.m. Then underneath there. I want to give myself space to kind of like at a quote of the day to do this. I'm just gonna use my shape tool to create a rounded rectangle once more. I just want to fill up the space nicely with this, though, so it's gonna be nice and big, and then I'm gonna copy that as well. And then I'm gonna create two additional ones right to the left, or three additional ones right to the left of this, um, four meal. Probably what I'm gonna eat for lunch. What? I mean, even breakfast, But I'm gonna eat for dinner and then underneath both of thes sections, I'm going to create a longer a longer, whiter rectangle right underneath just for notes section. Just so they have somewhere to kind of like brain dump ideas. I'm going to copy the top tasks once more drag paste it, and then drag it over to my first blank box and then just add kind of some design elements in here. I'm gonna add these tab looking squares, um, using my shape to once more, just creating a smaller square right in the upper left hand edge. And then I'm gonna align my text with this box. I'm gonna bring it the attacks over to the left, and then I'm gonna update the text to say quote of the day, and then I'm gonna copy the box and the quote of the day I'm gonna paste it into the area that I have sat for my breakfast, lunch and dinner notes. And I'm an update. The Texas E Breakfast. Pace it again. And then second box and the update the Texas see lunch and then paste it again instead, third box and updated to save dinner. Then in the bottom box, I mean a copy and paste again. And then update the text the same notes. Now I'm going to select everything on this spread, and then I'm going to copy it. Um, command v on that. I'm gonna paste it, and I'm gonna drag it over to the right side of the page. That way, I have basically two days in one spread that I can reuse over and over in my good notes up . 11. Designing Your Planner Page Layouts- Weekly Spread: Now we're gonna move on to designing our weekly Lee. So this layout, specifically we will be creating a week at a glance. We'll start with copying and pasting the text from our daily page spread down into our weekly page bread. And I'm just gonna change the text that's a week off. And then I'm gonna create a line using the petrol next to it so that I have a blank space to add the Sunday or the Monday of the week in terms of the deat. And then I'm gonna create another line. I'm just beneath that, and this is gonna be the divider area for our notes section. I'm done going to use my shape tool, and I'm gonna create a box that is long so that it'll go all way down the page and then I'm gonna fill it with that navy blue color that we've been using. But I want to lighten it up a bit, So I'm going to adjust the opacity in the layer section 100% opacity just means it's the full color as you drag the opacity down. Essentially, the idea is that the color becomes more becomes the last opaque so you can almost see through it. You're gonna grab the table tool and then we're going to drag it out and across and down just so that it's it fills up the page, it lines up with the notes section, and then we're going to change how many, um, columns and how many rows we have. So when we get our table grids up and you let go after you've created the shape, go to that double arrow on the upper right hand side and we're gonna change the columns to just be you one. And then we're gonna change our rose to seven. This way, we have a row for each day of the week, and then I'm just gonna go back through and copy and paste my text from my daily spread on that poll tax that we used for Lake are notes and quote of the day. And I'm gonna bring that in and right in the days of the week, Monday or Sunday through Saturday and then on the right hand side of my spread, I'm gonna take the box that we created for our note suction. I'm just gonna copy it and paste it to the right hand side. And then I'm going to change the width and the height a bit, so that it shorter. And then I'm going to use the pen tool to create dividing lines just like we did in that very, very first brother we created. I'm gonna use my pen tool. I'm gonna change the stroke to just plain straight line. I'm gonna keep it at about at about four points. I'm gonna make sure their stroke color is white. On that, I'm going to create two lines to divide this rectangle into three sections on. Then I'm gonna use my black arrow tool and select all of the elements and right click and group them. After I've done this, I'm gonna use of the square tool, What's again? And I minute Crete check boxes, and I'm just gonna layer there, layer them on top, which have created a truck box and the size that I like. I'm gonna copy it. Um and then I'm gonna paste it underneath two more times and then amused by black arrow selection tool to drag those squares down so that they're centered in each of the areas and again you'll see with In affinity publisher, we have that nice snap to grid, so you'll see the blue lines kind of pop up as I'm trying to align each of these squares that I can make sure they're aligned properly. Or you could also use the align tool to ensure that there are aligned to the left or the to the right side, that you're attempting to align them, too. Once that's done, I'm going to select all of them and I want a group the months more on that, I'm gonna copy and paste tax from the left hand side of my layout. I'm just gonna copy that and place taxed right above this little list. And then I'm gonna change attack to say top goals this week, and then I'm gonna copy that and drag it over to the left. And I am going to create my to do list and a due date and then using my pen tool, I'm gonna create a line right underneath, and then I'm gonna create a divider line in between the to do list and the due date section . I just want to make it long enough so it covers about 2/3 of the page. And then I am going to make about 45 lines, and then I'm going to group them together, and then I'm going to copy them and paste. Um, and then I'm just going to drag them down once a copy and paste again. I'm going to drag it down on that, I mean a copy and paste one or two more times and drag them down so that it fills up the space. If I have an extra line that is below the end of my vertical line, I'm just gonna delete it because it's not necessary going to create another table to the right using that table tool, and it's gonna go right underneath my top pickles for this week. And once I've created that table, remember, we're going to have to go back in and added the rose in the columns. So I wanna change that. I'm gonna click that double arrow in the top right hand corner, and I'm gonna change my rose to or change by columns to three. And then I'm gonna go to the lower left hand side and change my car on my rose to 26 And this is basically gonna be Ah, Bill Tracker. Um, so I'll use my to do lists copy or my to do is taxed them to copy that and paste it over and then revise it so that I have, um, Texas is Bill amount. And do I'm gonna select the text as well as the table, and then I am going to group them together, and then I'm going to copy it, and I'm going to paste it, and I'm gonna drag it down and I'm gonna create another tracker and this is gonna be an income tracker. So the top one will be a build tracker. The bottom will be an income tracker. As I've worked really out for this one, I think that my top goals for the week I think it'll make more sense for it to be a little bit longer. Since I'm looking at this page, the spread from the perspective of an entire week, I can add in more goals, so I'll update the top goals in a lengthen it and I'm going to add in some additional boxes and lines to kind of increase on the number of goals that I can try and tackle that. I'm gonna drag down my bill tracker and I'll track. I'll drag down my income tracker and then at the very bottom I'm going to add in one more table, and this is going to be a habit tracker. 12. Designing Your Planner Page Layouts- Monthly Spread: Now we're going to get started on our monthly spread very similar to our weekly spread. We're gonna have this little side for notes. So basically, what I did was just take my, um, notes section from the weekly Spread, and I selected it. And then I copied it. And then I pasted on onto my monthly spread. And then, um what I did next was I decreased the width of it so that a little bit skinnier. And then I just decreased the size of the line as well. And then I repositioned the notes text. I've been a copy my page header from my goals pages so that I have a header to kind of outline monthly. So it's just kind of like a placeholder for when I'm updating the text in the future pages and then I'm going to revise it to say monthly, and then I'm gonna add in another table. And the idea is that this is gonna be a monthly at a glance. Um, one side of the page will be three days. The other side of the page will be the rest of the month of four days outline. So I'm gonna select my table tool. Drag it out so that it fills a majority of the page up, giving myself some space and breathing room between the notes section and the middle part of the page. And then I'm gonna go into, um, the double arrow and click down to revise the number of rows and the number of columns. So for this section, we're gonna have three columns and we're gonna have five rows. And then I'm gonna select my black arrow tool, my direct selection tool. I'm gonna right click that grid and then I'm gonna copy it, and then I'm gonna pieced it on the other side of the page on that I'm gonna go in and actually double click inside of it and revised the table once more, and I'm gonna change just the column section. I'm gonna select that double arrow on the right hand side, and I'm gonna change it from 3 to 4 on. Then I'm going to pull out my grid so that it's the equivalent in terms of size as the left hand side of my spread, and that creates our basic calendar kind of like skeleton. Now, what I want to do is go through and just basically copy my notes section and update the tax to be the name off the day. So I'm gonna revised it to say Sunday, and then I'm gonna copy it and paste it six more times. I'm gonna drag the tax so that it is centered and flush with the grid. Copy it once more dragged so that its center and flush with last square of the grid. And then I'm gonna go through an update each day and change the first ones on Monday double click and added the next one updated and change it Tuesday and so on. Once I'm done with this, what I want to do is select everything once more and group it all together. So I'm gonna use my direct selection tool, that black arrow click on each of the elements on that I'm going to right click. I'm gonna hold shift so that I am selecting every single item. Um, I'll start with the monthly. My notes. Hold shift, select the grid, hold shift, select all the days and then hold shift. Keep holding, Chef. And it's like the last part of the grid. And then I'm gonna right Click a man select group, and it'll group it all together for me. Once I'm done with this, I want to add square so it can give myself space to add the dates. And I'm keeping this as blank. I'm not filling in the numbers. You can choose toe, add in the numbers here if you want it. But for the sake of ease of use, I'm just gonna create blank squares that we can update and flies. You go that way, you can reuse us over and over again. So I'm gonna use the square tool. I want to make sure there is no Phil. And I want to make sure that I have, ah, stroke of about one, and then the color should be black. And then I'm gonna create eight Ah, box that fits nicely in the upper left hand corner. And then I'm just gonna copy that over and over again and paste it to match and fill in to the rest of the month. And then I'll delete the last three because I did a seven by five grid. Um, actually, I'll delete the last four since I did a seven by five grid and have 35 squares. And we don't have 35 days in a month s o. Those actual squares could despues for notes. Or if you wanna, um, kind of prepare for the following month, you could add notes in those sections, but I don't leave numbers in there. I just keep for the 1st 31 days of the month on the once I'm done with all of that. Then I'll select all of the group sets of many squares for the dates. And then I will right click, and then I will group them so that they can all be grouped together. And that spread is essentially our monthly layout. And then I'll repeat this spread in particular for each month of the year. So in order to do that, I want to make sure that everything, including those small squares and the whole month, lay out the notes. The word monthly are all grouped together, so I'm gonna select them all on that I'm going to right click. I'm going to group and then I'm going to copy it. And then I am going to paste it in each of my monthly Leo. So once I group Everything in this monthly layout I'm going to right click it, copy it. And then I'm gonna head over to my monthly spread in January, and I am going to paste it into my January tab. So remember when we went back through and we adjusted all of our tab so that each monthly tab is on top of the page that we will be working on. So I'll copy and paste my first month into January and then I'll reposition it so that it is not being covered by January and I actually decrease the with of that January tab so that it's not eating too much into the spread, and then I'll move it around so it's nice and centered, and then I'm gonna do this for each and every other spread. But I'm gonna actually copy and paste to spreads out of time once it gets in February and March, so that each of the spreads is exactly in the same position for everything. A month there after I mean, once I'm done adding all of my monthly spreads. I want to get us to our last page now before we get into our sticker section I want to quickly create the last spread in the actual planner right after our last month of the year . I like to include a closing spread, basically ah, place where I can incorporate any website living social media links on. And what's nice is just like what we did with linking the layers. You can link websites and your actual in your actual planner with affinity publisher. So what I like to do is just kind of give a little call to action. If they like the planner, they want to see more of that conveys it my shop. But Sophia creative dot com And you can also add little icons for social media and link those out as well. So I'm gonna copy and paste my, um, my monthly spread page name and just pasted over and edit the text to, say, Enjoyed this planner question mark. And then just to create visual interest, I want the first sentence to be read first. Will wanna have that the biggest in the most bold. The second sentence is going to be a little bit smaller and change the type from all caps to just regular. I'm going to change the text to say to see and shop more, visit my third line of talks. I'm gonna change it to my website. And I'm gonna make this bold italic as well. And I'm going to include my entire web link. Www dot Bella Sophia creative dot com. I'm gonna add a dash of beginning and a dash at the end just creates a visual interest, and then I am going to center it and align it with the text above it. I'm gonna add my logo to the right hand page and this is a gun just a really great way to use branding, especially if you're gonna be selling something like this online, whether it be via at sea or on ah, Web shop like creative market. You wanna have some sort of branding so people know where this is coming from, So in my case, I include my logo, my shop links. You can add social media and the like. This is just a really great common practice and a way to keep you in the mind of the person who's using this planner so that if they like this, they want to get more assets from you. They wanna grab another planner from you In the future, they know where to go 13. Exporting your Digital Planner to a PDF: Now, the last bit of what we want to do when it comes to this file is exporting it. Once already, toe save will go to file, save as and then in the pop up, we want to make sure a raster dp I is 1 92 and then we wanna change our area from all spreads to all pages. So that's that way. We get each page exported individually, one by one, and then we want toe select the file that will be saving this in. And like I said, I've created a folder system for this cost already. So I'm saving my file and there hit okay, and then it will export. This may take a while, depending on her large Your file, ISS. Once it's done, it will be saved in your folder. Once your file is exported, what we will now need to do is basically loaded into your good notes app on your iPad, you can do multiple things. Um, I'm working on a Mac, So the easiest way for me is to use the airdrop function. So for this project in particular, what we need to do is open up our file with our digital pdf planner, and then what we're gonna dio I'm going to, right click that file and then I am going to select in the drop down Share on, then I'm going to select airdrop. This will allow me to pick which ever system I have currently loaded in this case, I want to send it to my ipads from the select my iPad and then hit done, and then it will transfer that file directly onto my iPad, and this way I can then load it into good notes and start using it. Now, if you don't have a Mac book and you're working on, say, a PC type computer, another option for you is to use Dropbox. You can load your file to Dropbox and then download the Dropbox file, or link or sync your dropbox to your iPad or what? Or whichever tablet you're working with. Another option that that I think, is really easy. That I would like to go through, though, is Google Drive. If you have the Google drive app on your desktop, you should also have it on your tablet or on your iPad because you can sync files and share files directly through this as well. What I usually would do is create a file or a folder in my drive. In this case, it just named its go share course for. And then I'll be able to go directly into my planner file for my good notes or for my PDF template that I'm going toe load into good notes. And then I'm just gonna drag that into my Google doctor or my Google drive. I'm then I can share this directly with myself by getting a share a blink and then emailing that link to myself and then just copying it. Or you can also right click and share directly with a person through email. Um, you can change the way this file can be access so you can change it from can view toe can edit on, then hit done. Or if you have the Google drive app on your iPad, you can then downloaded directly to your to your file system and loaded too good notes. 14. Loading Your Digital Planner into Goodnotes: now, once we've exported our file from our affinity publisher and we've shared it from our foul system into our iPad, we should now be ableto load. Once you air drop the file, you will get this little pop up that asks you how you would like to open the file. So I am working in good notes. I'll select good notes and then I'll import as a new document and it will import my file directly into the good notes. So this is what it looks like when we're in this app. There are a few things to keep in mind in the upper toolbar are all of the functions that allow you to actually add it. Your file. So the little icons that look like pen racer marker shape a lasso tool, an image tool, photo tool attacks tool. The key things you want to keep in mind when working in here is that there is this little icon in the upper right hand corner, which allows you to at it. Your document looks like a pen with a strike through it. When it's like this, you should be able to use the linked tab functions when it's like this. This is when you're in edit mode. This allows you to write on your, um, planner. It allows you to add images and links, but in order to be able to use the link tabs with your Silas, the little tabs that say the month or the type of spread you'll be working on, you need to change that by clicking on it. And then you'll get a pencil with kind of like a circle drawn around. Then you are in the function that allows you to utilize the links in your planner. You'll be able to write by using the little pen icon. Make sure you have the pen with the slash food and then you'll click on your pen and you'll use your stylist to write on a blank area, and you can decrease your stroke. You can use a highlighter and change the color by using the drop down arrow in the colored circle, and you can select a color that you would like and then you can create a highlight. You can use your lasso tool to select items on your spread and actually move them individually, and then you can move it with um, your stylist. Once you've selected it with your lasso tool, 15. Creating Icon and Sticker Elements for your Digital Planner: Okay, So for this section, now, we are going to go over how to make digital stickers. These are gonna be very simple basic stickers using the shape tool, an affinity publisher. And then we'll export them so that they are transparent PNG's. You can then load into your good notes on the pages that are labeled for sticker peaches. So in order to do this, we're gonna have to go into our affinity publisher program. And if you're still on the digital planner template, I'm gonna have you save it really quickly, and then we're gonna open up a new file. You don't have to close this one yet, but we're gonna do. What we're gonna do is open up a new files you'll goto file in your menu bar new, and then we can just keep the same page with and height, and we need to make sure that our background is transparent. So in the new document pop up screen, you'll see layout color margins bleed to make sure you hit color and then make sure transparent background is chuck marked. The reason for this is because when we're exporting, the PNG is we want to make sure that they have a transparent background. There's no background so that they look like actual stickers being placed into the sections of your planner within good notes. Then hit. Okay, so now you'll get a blank page. Just kind of like what we started with at the very beginning, when we're starting to design our planner. It's all on this page. We're just going to make a set of, um, 10 really simple icons. So we'll click on the left hand toolbar Neil notice Underneath the little pencil, there is a shaped hole. We've been using the shape to it this whole time, creating shapes and squares and things like that to create the different sections in our planner. But this time, we're gonna actually use the ship tool to create little icons and stickers so we can use the rectangle tool. And if you hold shift while you are creating it rectangle, it will give you a perfect square. If you let go of shift, it don't allow you to create rectangles and things like that. So if right now we're just gonna do a little rectangle and we can re color, um, you can recover it. However, you'd like. I'm just gonna go to our swatches. I'm gonna make sure I have the stroke turned off, and then I'm gonna go to my fill and then click on my swatches and I am gonna select. I'm gonna go with that blue that we've been using the navy blue. So in our new file, we may not have this in our most recent colors. If your if your colors situation is similar to mine, it might be checked on Grey's. You can click colors and see if your most recent colors pop up. If not, what you can do, just click out of the box, go back to your actual digital planner template. Select the area where you have that blue, or you can just go to wristwatches and, ah, make sure that you're not hitting anything what anything is selected because it will re color it, but couldn't just go to your swatches. Pick up that blue double, click it in the little circle I can so that you can see what the color is made off so earlier isn't mentioned. Were first opening our file Well, when we went through RGB versus ium, I came it you can also create RGB codes and use those to help you translate your colors into different projects. And then I'm gonna go back to my file and I'm gonna actually go into the color picker. So go back to my color fill, click on it. I'm gonna adjust my sliders so that they are at the numbers that we found over looking at the other color picker. That should give us our dark blue that we want. Now I'm gonna make just, like, a really simple to do sticker on then the, um this is probably gonna be the most complicated of all the stickers that we're gonna make . Um, so let's start with, um do we have this blue square now we are going to create another skirt, but this time I want to make sure the Phil is gonna be white. So click off of your square with your black girls. You just clip it. Just click anywhere in your work area a man. Select your square again. Change your fill color to white. You can just drag your RGB sliders all the way over to the right and it'll create white. And then we are going to create some little square boxes for check marks. Once you create a shape, what's nice is that you can copy it. You can do command, See or, um, control, See if you're working NPC and you can just paste it control be our command V. And then you can just drag your sheep down to place it where you want, just like how we use the line tools before use the allying tools again just to kind of make things easier. Eso that things are precise and how you like them. So I'm gonna create basically, like, a little to do list with six boxes. I give myself some room, man, I'm gonna create I'm gonna hit control or I'm gonna copy the square and paste it, move it over, and then I'm just gonna nudge it a bit with my arrow tools so that I have a little bit more precision on. Then, instead of keeping the square the that exact shape, I'm just going to drag it out and resize it. So that is a rectangle. And just to give some change of style, I'm going around my corners. Just how we did before click on the little corners icon drop down menu. So, like, grounded on then change it from 25 bring it all Bring it all the way down to I'd say, like, three or two. And then I'm just gonna copy these in peacetime and bring them down. This is just a nice little simple to do. I'm gonna click on my type tool, and I'm gonna give myself a text box so that I can type inside and I'm gonna change the color of my font toe white Just that it's easier to read. And then I'm gonna type to do this, you may have to change the size of your text. Um, I think 20 should be good for this for now to do. And I'm actually going to do this in all caps. So once we bring it down, you can resize it to your needs. I'm gonna select it, and I'm gonna change the font from Ariel to that delicious fought that we've been using in the tutorial. The speak on Amadou Bold italic. And then I'm actually gonna make that to do list a little bit bigger. I think 30 is good. I'm just that kind of add some design elements at some dashes before and after, so that it calls attention to what this is. And what's nice is a gun with affinity, designer affinity publisher, all the affinity programs, just like other design programs. They have that snap to grid and snap toe alignment. In this case, it's allowing us to kind of center this tax box in the center of our shape. So next thing we want to do is layer all these bits and pieces together in order for us to be able to export it as one image we need toe layer it together. So if we look at our layers panel, was he all of our layers selected? So we want to do is select a mom, right click on, then go to group and it'll group it all as one thing. All right, so the next ones, we are going to make our just some simple stars, and then we'll do some simple Um, we'll do some simple call outs, some simple stars from simple hearts and some circles as well. Okay, so the very bottom of the shape menu bar there's a heart tool. So click on that and just like with all the other shapes again, Hold shift as you are drawing them out, and it will create them in proportion. I like my my heart's to be a little bit like oblong. So in this case, I'm gonna pull down without holding shift on the lower edges of my shape So you can resize this, um, or you can re color it. I'm going to re color them to something a little bit more pink. Um, or you can do like a more mustardy yellow so that it kind of matches the theme of what we're working with. I'm noticing more him Or is it go? This is looking very much like a Michigan inspired, um, layout and design. Know if all the people here in Illinois will appreciate that, But I think the colors, you know, navy, yellow and white they all go really well together so we can re color. Then you can add text to this if you want. I'm just gonna keep the simple just so that when we were getting ready to export them, it's not so difficult for you the first time around when you're pulling the files into good notes, because right now, at this point, good notes isn't allow bulk upload off P and G's. So, typically, when you're adding your stickers to your good notes files, you have to do them one by one. From a designer perspective, it's a pain in the butt, especially when you're making digital sticker packs that are well over 200. Um, I made one that was 600. It took me like a week to finish off them, dragging them into the file. Um, yeah, so it just it's what What it is right now. So there's pros and cons of of good notes. Um, that's definitely one of the cons, but let's changes color now as well. Now we're gonna go to our circle tool. We're going to create three circles, and we are going to create these little reminder call outs will have the darker circle on the bottom on. Then we're going to create another circle on top and re colored that so that it is white. So we're layering it on this time and then do the same for the next one. Um, but then you can change the blue part of the circle to a different color of your choice. And then, just like that 1st 1 we're going to select all the different pieces in this right click on group. Or you can go into your layer sections. Select both of them by holding. I'm clicking your first layer. Hold shift, click your second layer and then right click and then hit group. We could also create tech stickers as well. If you want to create something with more of, ah, script, the font will select or textual credit text box. Then go up to your, um, your font or your type foundry and just find something that is a little bit sicker but fits the need of what you're looking for. In this case, I have us beyond the mountains. I thought that I got from different dot com. I'm gonna change the actual size of the fund to about 144 points just so that it's large. And then I'm going to change the color to black just so that you can see it. And if you find that your type goes off, you just have to extend the with of your text box. And actually, I'm gonna change the color of us to that to that navy blue. Just that it matches and coordinates better. I do one more of these, um you will also create I'll call out Shaped as well. So go back to your shaped tool and then scroll down to the cull out with rounded rectangle edges on the hold shift as you created. If you don't want it that size or if you don't want it to be in a perfect shape as it is and don't know Jeff and just drag it out to the shape that you want it to be, I am going to do this red. And then I'm gonna copy this shape, come and see or at a copy, and then I'm gonna paste it, and I'm gonna change the color to way. I'm just going to resize it a bit. Now you can choose to have it inside, or you can do like a three d effect as well, Which is what I'm gonna dio. Okay. And then select it. Group it for our last sticker. I'm gonna have us create eight a like a sticker flag, so we'll start with just a plain rectangle. I'm going to change the Phil to that yellow color that we swatch doubt earlier. And then I'm going to create my shape. It's a simple rectangle. Um, then I'm gonna zoom in so I can online things appropriately, and I'm going to now go to the triangle tool, and I'm gonna create a triangle on. Then what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna basically, like groupies together, and then I'm gonna combine them and group them together so that their one shape So I'm gonna turn my triangle and he degrees to the right. I'm gonna move it a bit so that its center and then I'm gonna hold shift or, um, command, depending on your computer, needs are depending on your computer type. I'm a hold command, and then I'm gonna resize by dragging in the corners and then I'm gonna pull it together, and that's going to create this nice little flag shape on. Then again, just like the rest. Select both sections and then hit group in. You will have your stickers so we have 10 stickers just to get you started with. I have a sticker tutorial coming up. How to create digital stickers and affinity designer. So bake. Sure, you stay tuned for that. And now let's get back to finishing out our course 16. Exporting and Using Digital Stickers in Goodnotes: once you're done designing the actual elements of your sticker pieces, then we'll need to save the file so that we can open them and load them into good notes without a background. So we'll be saving them. Is that P and G's? But before we can do that, we have to set up each of the elements so that they're all grouped together, and then we'll have to export each of the layers individually. So to get started, what we will need to dio is you'll select your first layer. This should be your first group element, and then we're going to go to file export to a PNG from whole document to selection without background on this ensures that there's no white background. It's gonna have a transparency and you'll be able tow. Have it look like an actual sticker in our good notes file once we load it. So once you're done with that hit, okay, make sure you select a specific file folder that you have this set up for, and then I'm gonna do this for each sticker that I've created, I'll go to the max Heart, the yellow heart layer. Make sure it's highlighted in purple Goto file Select Export Change My file type two p and G. Let's go down to area, change it from whole document to selection with background and then hit OK on, then I am going to re number this one because now this is stickers too. So I'm going to do dash to ahead 1st 1 and nominal number them each one after, and that's all you have to do to save your stickers. Now we're gonna get into how to actually load them and open them up on good notes. Once you've shared your sticker files with your iPad, you will get another pop up that asks you where you would like to save. There should be a folder system on yours on your I've had. If not, I would suggest just saving them to the file system, Um, or in like in downloads. In my case on my iPad, I have affinity designer as well as affinity photo. So I have created folders in those, and I'm just going to save my actual file folder with all of my sticker panties into that folder. But it doesn't matter which folder you save it into. As long as you can access it. Once I save it, I'll get this pop up showing all the files that are inside of it, and then I want to go into good notes, and then I am going to do a dual screens. So in order to do that, you'll have to open the 1st 1 up. First, I am going to double click my center button so that it kind of pops up as if I'm gonna close out of the screen. But instead of closing out of the screen, I'm going to select um, my I con from my task bar, and in this case, I need to select my file folders on and keep in mind, you have to have, ah, the specific app in your task bar. In order to do this and that, I'm going to drag it and place it like into the good notes file on. Then I it'll basically pop up and show dual screen. And keep in mind if your sticker P and G's are not showing, just go through your folder system to find them where you save them, that I'm gonna start dragging them onto my sticker pages and then in order to start placing these, all you have to do is either use your stylists or your finger to click on your file icon and then drag it over into the page. And then you can use your stylist to drag in your little corners where those double arrows are in the lower right hand corner to resize your element so you don't want to be too big. You don't want it to be too small, so I'm just re sizing them so that they work for what my layouts and spreads will look like . And then I'll go one by one to each of these elements on. Then I will drag them over into my page by clicking on them, um, and then dragging them with my stylist or my fingers. And then that's how you save the actual elements into your planner template. Now, in order to actually use thumb, the the little icon looks like a pencil with a stroke, a stroke or a dash through it that shows you're in editing mode, but we're gonna use is the little lasso tool, and this allows you to select element. So what you'll do is you'll click on your lasso tool, and then you'll use your stylist to draw a circle around or inside of whatever element you want to use. You will get a little pop up, drove the circle and then hold down with your stylised or with your finger when you're done selecting it and you should get a little pop up that says Cropper, share, you can select, share a copy from the next pop up, and then you'll go into the page that you want to basically pace this element on, and then you are going to Once you get to this area, then you're gonna hold down with your stylist. Wherever you want to paste your item or use your finger to pull down, you'll get a pop up and then you're going to select pieced, and then you'll notice that it's gonna taste it in really large. So just resize it down to the size that you want it using your stylist pulling in that little circle element with the double arrows and the arrows that look like they're going in an infinity. This is both the rotate and the resize. It can get a little funky at times because sometimes when you're trying to resize something that will rotate it, Um, that's just how good notes is. You just have to be careful. And that's how you actually utilize your stickers throughout your planner. 17. Tips and Tricks for Working in Goodnotes: one final thing. I wanted a highlight in this planner within the good. No tap is your capability of actually duplicating spreads and reusing. So when I'm working with a planner, what all typically do is I'll deal. I'll design all the individual spreads, um, and then designed the monthly spreads. And then any of the one off spreads, like the goal pages, the weekly pages, the daily pages. I'll just create one of each, and then I can go back into good notes when I'm ready to add them to add additional ones like that behind each of my months. So to do this when I'm in good notes, what I want to do is go to the actual spread that I plan on actually duplicating. In this case, I'm gonna go into my weekly spread, and then I'm going to select those three dots in the upper right hand corner, and it will give me an option to copy Page. Also, like copy page. I'll get a pop up that says that it's been copied, and then what I need to do is go into my thumbnails. So the thumbnail function is in the upper left hand corner it's those four squares together , you'll click on him and that that will give you a pop up that shows every single page in your layout. What we'll do is we'll scroll to the bottom, will hit the little plus icon, and then we're going to select Paste Page and it's gonna pace the page at the end of our planner. We don't want to keep it there. We want to move this right behind the month that were working in, Since this is our weekly page, and you could have you know as many of these as you want. Usually you'll have four of these because four weeks in a in a month, and then you're gonna select that by using your Silas to click on it or using your your finger to click on it and you'll note selected because it'll be outlined in blue, and then you couldn't drag it and move it where you would like it to move. So in this case, I want to move it right behind my January month. Um and then I'm gonna go back in, and I'm going to copy my daily page, and I'm gonna do the same process the lacked go to the daily page using my tab tool. Remember, turn off the edit function orderto get your tabs toe work, and then we're gonna go into our thumbnails. Hit that little plus icon. So, like, pace page, it's gonna pace their daily page at the end. Then we want to click on that page, and we're going to drag it behind our weekly spread after our January months. And you can do this for all of the pages that you would like. Um, this is like the anything Probably the best part of this whole thing is that you can reuse spreads duplicate spreads, and you have to worry about designing each individual spread, um, after every single month in your affinity file because you can then just duplicated as long as as long as it makes sense for it to be like a blank spread that's gonna work behind that monthly spread on. And then you can move wherever you would like. I'm going to add, then go into my notes page, and I'm gonna copy that. And then one key thing that I wanted to add as well is that it? Perhaps you don't feel comfortable using the stylist to write just yet. Practice makes perfect, but in the interim, you can actually use the text tool to make sure you are an edit mode. Click your little pen. I concert has slash through it on. Then, by selecting the little T tool icon, you'll be able to actually create a tux box that you can then use your iPad or your tablet , um, keyboard toe actually typed text rather than writing with the actual stylist, if you feel more comfortable on you like the Niedere look and feel of that. 18. Outro, Assignment Overview and Resources: the oh really excited to see if you have any questions. Feel free to leave them in the discussion from here below and also make sure projects to make things a little bit easier. I'll be including some resource is of my own that will help you as a Jew as you move through this course specifically, my template for affinity publisher for this specific planner and then also some resource is , and guys that only you back to information on the insanity publisher software also include a good notes version. Also planner, so that you could just uploaded right away. You know, get playing around with it and you can see what the different features are, how they work in the good notes, app and kind of prepare you. Aziz, you were toward building your own. And finally, I also include a Pdf version off the planner. Typically, digital planners are designed at 150 dp I because they're met for viewing on the eye patches. They're not high quality that not meant to print. But I know people love digital principles, and it's usually easier to kind of like plan out a map up your ideas sometimes if you're writing things down. So I wanted to make sure included. Ah, higher resolution version of this so that you confront them out and use them for your own. I hope you found this course interesting. Ah, that you're more comfortable working in affinity publisher. And now that we are done, you can begin creating the planner of your dreams for your class project. We will be creating your very own digital planner. You're going to create the same six bread layout. Hopefully, you've been working alongside with me. But if you watch this whole tutorial through first so you can get comfortable and get a basic understanding on and then you're planning on going back and to create, make sure you're creating us expressly out featuring a cover page with your notes area. Ah, Gold Planning's Brad, a weekly spread, a monthly spread, a daily spread and a spread for your stickers In the affinity program, you'll also be creating the linked tabs and sections that feature things like calendars to do list weekly outlines and more. You're going to be duplicating your monthly spread 12 times for each month of the year, and finally you will also be creating a basic digital sticker and button set for use in your planner. Keep in mind the planner file could be too big to share to the course forums, so instead I'm offering the following suggestions. You can screenshot your cover spread and share that as well a screenshot two or four spreads. You could also share a screenshot of your stickers, and then there are some optional ones as well. If you would like to share download link to the good notes version of your planner, you could share it over Google Drive or dropbox on, then sure that link in the forms as well. Or you can also share download link to your sticker set file with all of your PNG's or the good notes file with, um, placed in. Make sure you access The resource is pages have included in our resource is files used. My affinity publisher planner template. It's going to be really helpful to give you a better idea of how everything is set up. Don't be afraid to pull it open and maybe change it and adjusted to your likes and needs. Make sure you also download the good notes version of the class project planner that I've created so you can start to get used to and get comfortable in good notes. And you can also download the PdF version of a cross product planner as well. In the off chance that you decide. I just want to have a planner that I could print out. Um, finally, if you want to explore more digital planners and digital planner stickers that I've created , you can visit my website at www dot Bella Sophia creative dot com. But also don't forget if you haven't taken any of my classes before, you need some inspiration. Um, say you want to design more stickers after this and you want to figure out well, what's trendy, what's popular, what's coming down the pipeline. In terms of the retail world, my trend forecasting classes are a fantastic way to stir finding information and researching so that you'll be able to design things that sell. So I have trend forecasting, one which is all about the research process of trend forecasting. What it's all about, would a trend forecaster does, it applies specifically to the fashion world, but how it can be applied to different industries like the graphic design world, the interior design world, the creative world in general. And then I have trend forecasting to which basically developed on trend forecasting one and helps you to actually create your own trend forecasting report on then trend forecasting three. Which is a really fun class. And if you really like working an affinity publisher than you'll probably like, this class is well because we're not just working in affinity publisher, but we're working an affinity photo, and I'm teaching you how to basically take all of the trend forecasting research you've done and apply it to a final product and, in this case, surface pattern design work so that you can create pattern repeats based off the trend research that you've done. Make sure you check out splash dot com and pixels dot com for some really great resource is for photos, creative market dot com and backed easy dot com for some really great resource is for vectors and mock ups that you can use in your digital planner. Thank you so much for creating with me today. I hope you have enjoyed this class and I'll see while in the forums by