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Design Bullet Journal Style Printables in Affinity Publisher + Learn the Principles of Design

teacher avatar Jenny Veguilla-Lezan, Latinx Designer & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (1h 19m)
    • 1. Course Intro

      2:26
    • 2. What You Will Learn

      2:55
    • 3. The Class Project

      1:09
    • 4. Principles of Design for Composition + Layout

      6:21
    • 5. The Basics of Affinity Publisher

      34:14
    • 6. Designing Your Printable

      26:30
    • 7. Exporting + Test Printing Your File

      1:48
    • 8. Tips for Loading Files to Digital Market Places

      1:57
    • 9. Course Outro

      1:29
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About This Class

Hello everyone welcome to my latest class! I’m Jen Lezan and I’ll be your teacher for this course. 

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This month, I am coming back with another Affinity Publisher focused class that revolves around physical planning and productivity related printables. As I am sure you can tell already,  I really enjoy planning! Planning lets me take my need for organization and allows me to combine it with my graphic design background and creativity to come up with some fantastic productivity printables that I sell on Etsy and Creative Market, but that I also use in my daily life for both work and family related organizing. 

If you like planning - make sure you check out some of previous classes on how to design physical planner stickers and my digital planning courses like how to create your own digital stickers for digital planning and how to make a digital planner in Affinity Publisher and Affinity Designer. 

This month, I wanted to take you through my process of how I design bullet journal style digital printables that can be used for paper planning. I personally sell these products online, but this can also just be a personal project that you utilize for yourself. I find that I enjoy the concept of bullet journaling, but it can take quite a bit of time to draw all of the beautiful layouts that are out there by hand. So, my solution for that is to design them in Affinity Publisher. 

I wanted to share some tips, my knowledge and process to help you build a productivity printable that you can customize to your needs. Using Affinity Publisher makes things a little less cumbersome as you don’t have to erase as you would if you were designing these spreads by hand and instead you can just undo! I also love the fact that this is a great asset that can be used as giveaways for email sign ups or that you can sell them as downloads on digital market places like Creative Market. You only have to make it once and you can reuse it time and time again or you can sell it over and over again. 

What the class is about

In this class, I wanted to take things a step further - rather than just walking you through the process of designing a composition and how to use Affinity Publisher, I also wanted to share some of the theories behind what is considered “good” composition. At the very beginning of this class, we will go through some basics and tips for good composition and layout. Ideas that as you create printables more and more, will start to come more naturally. These design principles allow you to communicate ideas in visual format more effectively. Then, we will jump into the basics of Affinity Publisher.

A few of the skills students will learn

You will learn the basics of how to use the Affinity Publisher tools and interface to design a bullet journal style planner printable. Keeping in mind the basics of design and composition, we will design a printable that you can then customize to your own liking or in order to use it for sale in your own shop. 

I like using affinity publisher for creating printables because it is so easy to create precise shapes, space them evenly, align elements and design using multiple spreads and master spreads. This course is a fantastic class to also really hone in on your layout design skill and get more comfortable with Affinity Publisher - as you are going through the basic process of creating in the program by designing the class project.

As I said before, We will start with the basics of understanding design principles as they relate to composition and layout. Then we will jump into the basics of Affinity Designer. We will go over the tool bars and functions in the Affinity Publisher workspace, then we will start to build out our bullet journal style planner printable.  You will learn how to design basic layouts, create pages, get an understanding of the layers function in the program/ We will also go over how to use the shape tools, the line tool and how to use the the move and align functions. Then, we will get your file exported so you can test it on your home printer.  Finally, we will go over some tips to keep in mind for setting up your file for use on digital marketplaces like Creative Market and Etsy. Remember, in order to sell your final printable - you do need to make some changes to the final layout so it is your own. 

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 PDF  and JPEG of the file that you can print out for personal use. If you want to check out some of my other planner printable products for inspiration - make sure you check out my shop on Etsy: Bella + Sophia Creative or visit me on Creative Market. You can also check out the pinterest board link I created with tons of bullet journal style printable inspiration: 

All you need to take this class is a computer with Affinity Publisher installed. And I would also suggest having access to some paper and a printer so you can test print your final design.

A Note About Me

If this is the first class you have seen of mine and you want to learn more about me and my work - visit www.bellasophiacreative.com and if you want to shop any of my printable planner products - you can do so on Etsy at Bella Sophia Creative or over on Creative Market. Finally, if you want to get a behind the scenes view of the work I do as a freelancer and the work that goes into making these classes, make sure you follow along on youtube at: youtube.com/c/Thefreelancelife -

Take my Past Planning Related Classes

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Design Digital Sticker Using Affinity Designer Desktop 

Thank you so much for watching and for creating with me!  

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Jenny Veguilla-Lezan

Latinx Designer & Illustrator

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 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. Course Intro: Hi everyone and welcome back to my latest class. I'm jealous on and I'll be your teacher for this course. I'm a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and educator based out of the Midwest and I run Bella and Sophia Creative Studio. You may know me from my previous courses on skill share or from my youtube channel, the freelance life, where I share the behind the scenes of running my creative business. I also enjoy sharing creative design and art tutorials as I think it's a really accessible way to learn new skills. This month, I'm coming back with another affinity publisher focusing class that revolves around physical planning and productivity related principles. As I'm sure you can tell already and really enjoy planning. Planning lets me take my need for organization and allows me to combine it with my graphic design background and creativity that come up with some really fantastic and interesting productivity principles that I sell on Etsy and Creative Market. I also use in my daily life for both work and family related organizing. If you like, planning, retreat, check out some of my previous classes on how to design physical planner stickers using the cricket and my digital planning courses like how to create your own digital stickers for digital planning on your iPad, or how to make a digital planner and affinity publisher. And then my most recent one, how to make a digital planner using Affinity Designer and keynote this month, I wanted to take you through my process of how I designed bullet journal style digital principles that can be used for paper planning. I personally sell these products online, but this can also be just a personal project that you utilize for yourself. I find that I enjoy the concept of bullet journaling, but it can take a bit of time to draw all of the beautiful layouts that are out there by hand. So my solution for that is to design them in affinity publisher. I wanted to share some tips, my knowledge, and the whole process to help you build a productivity principle that you can customize to your own needs using affinity publisher makes things a little less cumbersome as you don't have to erase as you would if you were designing these spreads by hand. And it said you can just hit the undo button. I also love the fact that this is a great asset that can be used as a giveaway for email sign-ups or that you can sell as downloads on the digital marketplace, like Creative Market, you only have to make it once and then you can reuse it time and time again, or you can sell it over and over again. 2. What You Will Learn: So what is this class about? In this class, I wanted to take things a step further, rather than just walking you through the process of designing a composition and how to use affinity publisher. I also wanted to share some of the theories and principles behind what is considered good composition. At the very beginning of this class, we will go through these basics and tips for good composition and Leah ideas that as you create principals more and more will start to just come more naturally to you. These design principles allow you to communicate ideas and visual format much more effectively than we will jump into the basics of affinity publisher. So what are some of the skills that students will learn? You will learn the basics of how to use affinity publisher, the tools and the interface within it so that you can design a bullet journal scalp planner principle. Keeping in mind the basics of design and composition, we will basically design a principle that you can then customize to your own liking or in order for you to use it in your own shop to sell. I like you affinity publisher for creating principles because it's so easy to create precise shapes, spaced them evenly, align elements and design using multiple spreads and master spreads. This course is a fantastic class to also really hone in on your layout and design skills and get more comfortable within affinity publisher as you're going to go through the basic process of creating in the program by designing that final class project. As I said before, we will start with the basics of understanding the design principles as they relate to composition and layout. Then we will jump into the basics of affinity publisher will go over the toolbars and the functions in the whole workspace. Then we will start to build out or bullet journal style planner principle. You will learn how to design basically adds create pages, get an understanding of the layers functions in the program. We will also go over how to use the sheep tools, the text tool, the line tool, and how to use the Move and align functions. Then we will get your file, export it so that you can test it on your own home printer. Finally, we will go over some of the tips that I would suggest to keep in mind for setting up your file for use on a digital marketplace like Creative Market or at C. Remember, in order to sell your final principle, you do need to make some changes to the final layout so that it is your own to make things easier, I will be including the class project affinity publisher templates that you can edit and get acquainted with before you even start your own. And we'll also include a PDF and JPEG of the file that you can print for your own personal use. And if you want to check out some of my other planner principal products for inspiration, make sure you check out my shop on at t, go find it under Bella and Sophia creative. Or you can visit me on creative market at the same shop name. You can also check out the Pinterest board link that I created in the class description with tons of bullet journal style principal inspiration. 3. The Class Project: So in terms of tools, all you need to take this class is a computer with affinity publisher installed. And I would also suggest having access to some paper and a printer so that you can print your final design so that you can check it. For your class project. We will be creating your very own bullet journal inspired planner printable. You will create one layout featuring a daily productivity concept. Keeping in mind the principles of design as they relate to composition and layout, you can choose to make more of a just to make things a little easier and accessible. And the classic, All you have to do is create one layout. And then I would suggest sharing that layout either be a JPEG or a screenshot to the class project gallery. So who is this class geared towards? This class is geared towards beginners. You don't need any prior experience in graphic design or in using the affinity publisher software. I'm gonna be showing you the basics of everything to help you get comfortable using the software as well as understanding the design principles and elements and how to apply them. I'm looking forward to creating with you today. I can't wait to see what you share in the class project gallery. Let's get started. 4. Principles of Design for Composition + Layout: So the first thing you want to keep in mind is directing the eye was leading lines. Usually when you look at any visual, you're eye false first on a particular object. This object is usually the focal point of any design, whether it's a poster or some sort of visually formatted a piece of paper or informational kind of thing. In this example that I'm sharing, your eyes are immediately attracted to a certain part of the visual. The question is, where do you look next? The simplest answer is basically where your eyes lead you. And typically your eyes will lead you where the designer uses leading lines to direct you throughout a layout. The idea of leading lines also helps to nicely frame that text and lead your eyes back to focal points within specific areas. Often length can be more obvious using things like arrows or flow charts. These are really useful methods for explaining information and sequences. The next thing you want to keep in mind is using hierarchy. Once you've created your focal point, you have to figure out what to do with the rest of the elements of your design composition. Of course, you have the rest of the elements to a structure. You want to set a priority to them. Then we have to look at maybe a name of an event or what this whole visual is all about. Only after that we can keep looking for additional information like subheadings, dates, numbers, places, the call addresses, and all of this organization of information is done with the help of size, color, and weight. And this is known as Hierarchy scaling text, holding text using italics, things like that, especially when it comes to typography. These are really important in terms of kind of highlighting the importance of information. The next tip we want to look at is using complementing element. You want to always seek to create a unified look throughout your entire design. It's not a good idea to kind of mix and match images and colors and themes from different sources with no similarities in style between them. This basically kind of tires the eyes of the viewer and can confuse them. The idea is to create cohesiveness. You can do this with colors, images, objects, and you just want to make sure that there's a nice connection between the different parts of your design. It's also important to repeat elements. Often your projects will consist of more than one page. If you repeat specific elements from one section of your design to another, this will help the viewer to orientate themselves easier across the design. Some of the repeating elements you could use our graphic motifs, certain kinds of types, specific layout that are reused in different pages or parts of your project. The next tip I want to share is this idea of balancing your elements. So there are two types of balance and design composition. Symmetrical balance and asymmetrical balance. The first uses similar elements. Mirrored things distributed equally on both sides of an axis. So this could be a visible or an invisible line. Symmetrical balance is very clean and elegant, but sometimes it can get a bit boring. So then designers can possibly prefer something like an asymmetrical balance in their layout design. In this scenario, you don't have equal-size elements. They're not always placed in a similar way to asymmetrical balance occurs when you have different visual images on either side of a design and yet the image still feels balance. So to be considered asymmetrical, a design needs to have unequal visual weight on either side of those unequal visuals need to still balance each other when you're looking at them. The next tip I want you to keep in mind is aligning your elements. Alignment is a very important tool to use InDesign composition, especially when it comes to organizing your elements. It often comes in handy when you have a lot of different types, colors, images, headings, and subheadings. There are many tools that you can use. Specifically, we're going to be using the online tools in affinity publisher. And these can actually help you to snap and align elements together. And this helps to ensure that there is no floating pieces are messy design or that your layout doesn't feel haphazard. And even the most asymmetric design still have some sort of alignment and structuring of similar blocks of content within them into general, that when you have long blocks of text, the left alignment could help the eye to scan more easily. The next tip I wanted you to think about is using whitespace. Whitespace really is an irreplaceable tool in bringing clarity into your design composition. Whitespaces, not necessarily empty space, but actually really necessary element allowing your designed to breathe. It also helps to emphasize the subject of interest. Apple does a really great job of utilizing whitespace in their design and helps to focus the attention on specific elements of their advertisements. It's also really important to keep in mind scale in addition to the hierarchy that we were talking about before, as I mentioned before with regard to Hierarchy, scale plays into the organization of elements. The size of elements can also be used in order to visually signal importance. So you might make something that's more important, a bit bigger and bolder than, for example, something that is less important, which you can make smaller and fainter. Finally, the last step I want to share with you is the idea of the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is a really simple technique where designers divide their designs up until three rows and three columns. And at those points where the vertical and horizontal lines meet, is where your focal point should be. Using the rule of thirds is a really great way to kick off your designs composition as it gives you a really quick guide to positioning and framing your elements. So in this example, you might notice that the lines would intersect over the focal points of each image, the two hikers in the first image and then the largest burden the second, the lines would also intersect at points around the textboxes, drawing the eyes to those specific points. 5. The Basics of Affinity Publisher: So now that we understand composition rules and ideas and techniques that we can use to create really strong layout designs. Let's get started on getting more comfortable working in affinity publisher. So the first thing you're gonna wanna do is launch your affinity publisher app on your computer. Once affinity publisher has launched and opened up, you'll get to this plane screen. And what we're gonna do is get used to the different elements within this. So I first want you all to work with me in terms of actually setting up our workspace and getting used to our menu bars and our toolbars. And then once we do that, we'll jump into actually designing our principal. So when we're looking at this at the very top is going to be our main menu bar. On the left-hand side are going to be our tools. And on the right-hand side, you'll see more details when it comes to things like our layers, character tools. Basically, the areas where you'll be able to change and kind of finesse these tools that we'll be working with. The first thing we're gonna wanna do is create a new document. So you'll select File, New and under File you'll also be able to open document, open Recent Documents, close files, share export and things like that. But we'll jump into that as we work more. And so we're going to select File New. And then we're just going to create a regular 8.5 by 11 file. We're going to want to change our document units from millimeters or whatever may already be on your screen. And we're gonna change it to inches. Then we're going to change our page a width to 8.5 and our page height to 11. And this is just your regular old kind of like printer type paper, which is the kind of focus of what we're gonna be creating with these principles. We want people to be able to print them out on just regular printer paper that they may have at home and be able to reuse them over and over again. We are going to make sure that image placement policy is going to say preferred linked. And then the number of pages we're gonna create is just one. We can keep facing pages clicked. We want to make sure things start on the right. And we want to arrange these horizontally. And you can keep your color format, RGB. Or if you're concerned that printers might print your colors, not properly, then you can change it from RGB F32 to something like CMYK. I haven't had any I haven't had too many issues when it comes to utilizing RGB. My colors tend to print very similar to what I see on the screen. But again, it just depends on what you want to, how accessible you want it to be. So I would suggest changing it to CMYK since we will be printing these out. Once you are done with that, you can click Create. And this creates our document that we're gonna be working on. What you'll notice is and what makes us a little bit different than some of the other affinity products that you maybe have worked on like Affinity Designer, is that we will be working with pages on this left-hand side here you'll see something that says pages, master pages, and then regular pages. And basically. You are able to create layout with multiple pages and you're able to repeat elements across pages by utilizing the master pages functions. So our pages aren't really only working on one page for this project. But that's just something to keep in mind if you're creating something that has multiple pages. Like say for example, in my class dealing with designing a planner, you would likely want to have similar elements that are repeating across multiple pages on that Master page layout so that it repeats itself without you having to manually copy and paste that element on each and every single page. So now that we're, we have a file setup, I want to quickly go through some of these tap and new elements. So like I said, you can save, save as you can open from this file menu. You can also export. And if you select export, you can export as PNG, JPEG, PSD, PDF, whatever it is that you're looking for, you can change your presets in terms of print quality, resampling, and the area that you'll want to export. You can select the whole document. If you have multiple pages, you can select all of the pages or all of the spreads, which will actually export double up spread with two facing pages next to each other. You can also adjust the quality which will decrease or increase the size of your file. You can also edit and adjust your document setup as well. If you click on document set up, you can change your unit, you can change your dpi. I prefer 300 if we're printing things out, just qualities nice and crisp and clean. And you can change the layout, you can make it. You can uncheck the facing pages so that it's just individual pages going up and down versus facing pages that are next to each other. We can also change the way things are arranged. Your color formatting, and you're bullied. You can also change your spread setup as well. You can change to the dimensions. You can update whether or not you have something as portrait or landscape. And you can seek, you can change it to that. You see just the current spread or all spreads or specific selected spreads. You can also adjust scaling and your margins here as well. So with this talk of spreads and want to show you how to add a page really quick so you understand what they mean by spreads. If we go to our master pages here and we right-click page one, we can add the pages, we can duplicate pages, we can delete pages, you can add pages from files as well. So what we're gonna do is just add a page. And we can, when we add a page, you'll get this pop-up that asks how many pages do you want to add? Where do you want to insert it? Do you want it before page after page one? And if there's a specific masters, like master style, master spread that you want this to be reflecting. So what we're gonna do is we're just going to add two pages after page one, and then we're gonna hit OK. And it will add these two pages. And what's nice is over here on the left-hand side with this master spread area, you can basically move around your pages as needed. Can, you could click on page one and drag it after page 23. And as you add things to pages, you'll notice you'll be able to see where things are at now it's, it's blank, but I just wanted to showcase how you can utilize these pages to add multiple pages, update them. And again, just reorganize things really quickly and easily under your pages menu here, we also have the edit menu. You can copy and paste here. You can also paste taxed with or without format the document. You'll be able to select the View Masters add pages to lead pages, go to a specific page in your layout. And this is also where your ResourceManager is if you ever get an error message saying that you're missing some sort of resource or some set like some sort of linked file, then you'll be able to actually click on that resource manager and locate that file so that you can relink it so that your images don't end up printing pixelated because you've disconnected. Where within your file system that image may be under Text, you can select different elements to pop up on the right-hand side toolbar. You can show character, show topography options. You can adjust and utilize your alignment tools, which will be something we will be working with a lack today. You could also check spelling. This is a really great tip to have. You can auto check your spelling using the tax menu bar and then scrolling down to spelling and then check spelling while typing. Make sure that's checkmark. Or you can just select check spelling and it'll go through all of the text on your actual layout design and look for spelling errors for you. Under table, you can insert edit tables using the table formatting options layers. We're going to be working with them most, I'll be showing you some shortcuts, but within this layer menu bar item, you can arrange layers and reorder them so that specific layers pop to the front or the back. We will be using the alignment tool so that we can align different elements so that they're organized correctly. And we'll be going through some of these different elements individually like geometry and transform. So like re-scaling items and things like that, you can add new layers as well and add layer adjustments just like you might do in something like Photoshop. You can add gradients, you can adjust your curves, exposures, white balance. The select function will select or deselect items on your layouts and spreads. And then view is where you can choose to show guides and grids or your baseline grid to help insure that things are aligned properly as you're laying them out. You should also be able to basically pull up the different elements within your studio. So the right-hand side of your workspace is your studio space. So for me I have things like my assets, my layers, character, colour, typefaces, and things like that, showing within my studio menu bars here. And if you click on the little drop down arrows, it'll show more of the detail within each of these little tool sections. If you click on it, it'll, it'll close them so that you have more room, especially if you're only looking at specific things like your layers, characters, and maybe your colors and Swatches. So on the left-hand side you'll have your main tools. And let's actually get into utilizing some of these. So we're gonna go to our master pages really quick and we're gonna select pages 23, and then we're gonna hit little trash icon so that we can delete the selected pages. And we're just going to work on the one page so that it's easier to kind of focus on what we're doing. So we're going to utilize some of these tools. The black arrow tool is your Move Tool. The white little arrow is your node tool. That T is your Frame Text Tool and allow you to add tax to your layouts. The little table is your table tool. It allows you to add table elements. The a is the Artistic Text Tool and this allows you to add individual letters, type text, things like that. Your pen tool is very similar to what you have in Affinity Designer. It allows you to create shapes and Bessie or curves using points. And then you have your Shape Tool. That's what we're going to start with right now. So the first thing we're gonna do is select the Rectangle tool here. And if you click on it and hold it down, you'll get a pop-up that shows you all the different shapes that you can select. We're just going to start with a rectangle to practice. So once we click on that, then we can go over to our workspace. And if you go into the upper left-hand corner, we're gonna drag the shape tool all the way across our workspace and we're gonna fill it. So if you don't have any type of colour, you can just go over to the right-hand side color studio, select your swatches and you'll see that there's likely just a white circle with a red line through it. That means there is no fill. So if you click on that, you can select the fill from any of your recent colors or from any of the colors that you have in your system. Then the circle that kind of looks like a doughnut is basically your stroke. It'll be the outline of the shape. So for this we don't want a stroke, so let's just click on it. If you do have a color in it, click on that little circle with a red line through it and it will remove your stroke. And now we've created like a background for your page. You can also turn this white if you'd like, because we are going to be creating a few other shapes. So you'd be able to see them. So we can just click on white. Or you can go to your color picker here and you can move your color around. And then what we're gonna do is we're gonna go back to our Shape Tool. We're going to click on it, hold down and then we're going to select the ellipse tool. And what you'll find is you can keep things in proportion depending on if you're working on a PC or a Mac. If you hold shift and you drag your shape, you'll be able to create a perfectly in proportion round circle here. And you'll want to let go of your mouse or your, or your trackpad first and then let go of shift. And then whatever color you had last is likely the color the shape is going to be. So you're probably going to want to go into swatches and change your color of your shape. And what's nice is that you can also adjust the, you can adjust the opacity, you can make it or see-through by lowering the capacity, you can drag those pasty all the way to the right and make it fully opaque. And then if you select the Move Tool, the little black arrow, and you hold shift, you can resize in proportion your element by dragging in your corners. I want to have you click on the little pen tool null as well. And what you can do is create shapes using the pen tool. We're not going to into this too much, are likely just going to be using it to create lines and line segments. But you can create shapes by basically using the points to create the outlines of your shape. So we can make a triangle here. And then to close your shape, you always want to go back to your first and you'll see this little circle pop up next to the pen tool and it will close your shape off for you. And just like with the Shape tool, you can select the fill or the stroke. So we can just select the fill for this. And it will give us our Shape tool. We can also rotate shapes. If you see this little arm barley, outside of your shape frame that allows you to rotate your shape. We can also move it around. And you have all kinds of different shapes, not just geometric shapes. There are some more organic looking shapes like the Cloud tool, the heart tool. There's a donut tool, arrow tool, Star Tool. And let's say I set the star tool is you can change the number of arms. You can also adjust the angle of the inside areas of your star. And you can also adjust the curvature of the points as well by pulling in those little red dots and create it more like a flower instead of a star. Now I want us to work with the type tool. So we're gonna select the frame text tool first and then we're gonna go into the Artistic Text tool. These are the elements that were likely to be using the most. So if you select the frame text tool, what you'll see is that you're able to create a frame that will then be filled with text. It's easier to use this type of type tool because it allows you to keep. Your elements within a specific size or area. So if we create our frame by dragging it across, that we can click inside of that frame, you see the little cursor tool pop-up. And then in the upper left-hand corner you'll see that you have this drop-down for the options to change your fonts and change the size and things like that. So let's just go and find any fondness. Select this 1942 report. And then I'm going to change the size of my font to about 48 for right now so you can read it. And I'm just gonna type. And what you'll notice, what you'll notice is as I'm typing, the type won't go beyond the frame. So that's why I like this. It's really great if you have specific areas that you need to fill texts, utilize the the, the text frame tool because it'll keep it all within proportion within that frame. You can also move this by clicking on the black arrow tool, and then you can move this anywhere on your screen. You can also increase the width and the length. So if you want it to be wider, you can adjust it to the twitter. Or if you want it to be thinner, you can adjust it so that it's thinner as well. Now I want us to go to the artistic frame tool. The artistic frame tools a little bit different than the text frame tool, whereas the text frame it has you keep the text within that frame. The artistic tool allows you to go beyond the boundaries of a box. So if we click on the a, we can then just click and drag and it'll give us our shape and also adjusts as it also adjust the size. And the thing is with, the thing is with this is that if you continue to type and you don't modify or hit enter or return, it's gonna keep going across. So what you wanna do is make sure that you're keeping in mind, you know the error that you're working with, use the return tab or the return button to kind of break out what you're doing in terms of the text that you're writing. And the thing to keep in mind with this is that unlike that Frame Text tool, when you adjust your frame, you're actually going to be adjusting the size of the text. It doesn't allow you to adjust the frame as you would do with the frame text tool. And just like the other one, you can move it around using the black arrow tool. You can also double click inside of it, highlight it, and then you can change your fonts after the fact. You can change the size as well. And then if you go to the right-hand side, if you select your character studio, you'll be able to adjust things like positioning, the kerning, The letting, and things like that using these little elements here, you can increase the width of the letters and the space between each letters. You can adjust the baseline. You can bump each line up or bring it down with the baseline. You can also change the overall topography. You can create all caps. For small caps, you can also do decorative elements like strike throughs and underlines. And just like normal, if you were doing something that you didn't want it to, to keep, you can just always do commands that and undo. You can also change the color of your text. You'll double-click inside of the the text frame. And then you can go into your swatches panel or your color panel from the studio side. And then you can adjust the colour of your font, or you can adjust the color of your text. You can also go into the paragraph section of your studio and you can change the alignment of your text. You can change to that it's left aligned, central lined, right aligned. You can also change it so that it justified. Now I want to go back to our shapes that we've created. I'm gonna have you select the flower shape and the circle shape. And we are going to drag the flower so that it's on top of the circle. You may want to change the color so that it's easier to see. And all we're gonna do is we're going to use some of this shape functions that transform tools, did geometry tools to actually knock out this shape from the circle. So once you change the color of your flower shape and you've dragged it on top of your circle shape or you're gonna do is you're going to click and you're going to select both element. You're gonna click off of your workspace and you're going to click into the gray area and drag over both the flour and the circle so that they're both selected. And you'll know that they're both selected because they'll both be outlined in blue if you accidentally selected your white background as well, all you have to do is hit Shift and click into the white background in it. It will deselect it. So now what we're gonna do, we're gonna go into our Layer menu option. And we're going to go down to geometry. And what we're going to do is select, subtract. And you'll notice that it subtracts that shaped from the inside of that larger shape. So these are just like fun options to play around with when you're creating your different graphics and elements. We can also utilize the transform tool and it'll allow us to flip items vertically or horizontally and rotate them left or right. Now what I'm gonna have you do is select the triangle that you've created. And we're going to make a copy of it. You could do Control or Command C, Control or Command V for shortcuts to copy. Or you can just go up to edit, copy, edit paste. Once you've pasted, then you could hold Shift and then click on your triangle and drag it out to the right. And then what we're gonna do is work with the aligned tools could that is what we're going to be working with OLAP today, aligning text, aligning shapes. So we're gonna do. Is click on your first triangle. Hold Shift. Click on your second triangle so that they are both selected. And then we're going to go up to our middle menu here. You'll see that you have some aligning tools here. They allow you to align to the left, to the center, to the right. You can align up top. You can align through the middle and you can align at the bottom. And then you'll also see some align functions up in the upper right hand side here, if you click on the alignment options and you're able to align horizontally and vertically. You can use either one. We're going to align vertically to the bottom. And then what you'll see is that the bottoms are now aligned exactly. Will work with this a lot with texts and with shapes and with blind segment. And then you can just hit apply. And then it'll align it to gather. The next thing I want you to do is group your elements. So with these two triangles still selected, we're going to go up to our Layer menu and then we're going to scroll down to group. We're gonna click on group and it's gonna group boots gather. And what's really nice is that these elements will then be grouped together so that you can move them together, adjust them together. And if you go to your Layers panel over on the right-hand side, you'll see that a group is created with both of these elements together. You can still select them individually if you select that little drop-down arrow. But it just makes it easier when you group like elements that go that are supposed to be together so that they stay together. And now that we're in this Layers panel, I want to quickly highlight a few little functions that I think will be helpful. So say we don't want this white background to move. What we can do is click on it. We click on it. You'll see that the layer is selected. And just like you see in Affinity Designer or an Affinity Photo, or if you're used to Adobe products like Photoshop. Well, they'll layer. Though layers functions are exactly the same. You can layer elements on top of one another and just like you would create a seven-layer cake, whatever's on top is going to be hiding what's on the bottom. So what we wanna do is lock this white rectangle. And to do that, what we can do is click on this little LAC. And it'll ensure that this element cannot be moved on our page and everything else can be moved and we can select a bunch of other things, but it's not going to select that white background and it's not going to move it. So it's always nice that if there's elements that you know are going to stay in place, you can lack them, and you can do the same thing. You can apply these elements to master pages as well. If you click on your master page under your pages panel, say you want to add things like numbers. If we go to our type tool, we select the frame text tool. We type in and say we want that a to B on every single page and we don't want it to move. So we'll create that a and the Master spread will lack it. And then make sure you apply that a to the left, the right page as well as the left. We're going to copy it and paste it. And we're gonna place it where we would like it on the right-hand side as well. And then we're going to select both of these layers by clicking the first-line hold Shift, select the next one above it. And then we're going to lock them. And then if we go back down into our pages, we'll see that our master, our master element has been applied to our page. If you're noticing that it's not showing up. Again because it's an layers. You just wanna make sure you drag it to the top so that you can see it. And basically anytime you add an additional page, that element is going to show up. So let's go back to our pages really quick. And then let's right-click page one. And then you are going to select add pages. And then you're gonna get this pop up. And you're going to want to add one page after page one. And you wanna make sure master a is selected and then hit OK. And then you'll see that again, whatever you add to that master page is going to be added to the rest of your pages. So this is just a really helpful tool to have on hand. So now we're gonna delete page two. You're going to select that page and then click on the little garbage can so that we can delete it. Now the last thing I wanna do with this is create some line segments. So we're going to use the pen tool to do this. So we'll select the Pen tool. And just like what we were doing to create the shapes, you're just going to use points to create a line. So we'll click on the left-hand side of our page will hold ships so that it gives us a straight line. And then we'll drag out to the right hand side and click and it'll give us a perfectly straight line. The thing is though, is that we need to ensure that there is a stroke in order to see the line. So we'll go up into our stroke functions and we're gonna change the color to black. And then what's nice is that if you click on that little dropdown area for the size of our stroke, you can increase or decrease the width. And then you could also change the cap. So say you didn't want a rounded cap, you wanted to buck cap or you wanted just a squared off kept depending on how, you know your, your line segments are going to be placed against other shapes. You're able to do that. You can also change it from a regular solid line to a dotted and dashed line. So to do that, you'll select the dashed line and you'll change your dash functions down here. And you can do something as simple as like 1212. And it'll give you a nice dashed line. And you can again decrease or increase the width. And all of these elements will be useful as we create our overall layouts. What now I want to utilize our aligned tools one more time to kind of show you how you can distribute space between different elements like lines and shapes. So what we're gonna do is we're going to make sure our line is still selected and we're going to copy that a few times at tick, copy it about three more times. You have four total lines. And then you're just gonna move these lines by clicking on the line and dragging down. And then what? And do is you don't have to eyeball your spacing. You can utilize your aligned tools to do this. So I'm gonna have you click on your bottom line hold Shift and then click on the rest of your lines that all of them are highlighted in blue and selected. And once all of them are selected, we're going to go up to our align function in the upper right-hand area. And we're going to do is we want to align vertically and we want to space are elements vertically. So if we click space vertically, it'll give us space that is exactly even between each of these lines. And then you can hit apply. Then we can go back to layer group. And then all of these lines can be moved around and place together. And just like the shapes and the tax, you can go and change the color of the lines as well. All you have to do then is just double-click to get each individual line. Fodi or swatches. Change your outline from black to whatever other color you'd like it to be. The last thing I want to do, even though we will likely be placing images. But if you want to add some sort of image to your final layout, I wanna make sure that I can show you how to do this. So what we're gonna do is we're going to place a picture. So in order to place an image, and we're gonna go to the left hand toolbar and we're gonna select the place image tool by clicking on it. And it looks like a little picture. And then you'll get a pop up, which will allow you to select a file from your file system. So I'm going to go into my project. And then I have some images already kind of pre saved and pre-loaded. And then I'm going to select that image. And then I'm going to click Open and then hit enter. And what you'll do is you'll get this little drop-down arrow. So you'll just click inside your workspace and it will place it in. Some of your images might be quite larger compared to your workspace. So all you have to do is just hold shift and pull in from the corners to resize if you're noticing shift isn't working for you. You can also select command if you're working on a Mac or on control if you're working on a PC. And then pull in from the corners and it'll automatically adjust the size of your element in proportion to the actual dimensions. And then you can just place your image wherever you'd like. And then you can click off of it once you have it where you'd like. Now what we're gonna do is just save your file so that you know the process of saving. And then we'll jump into actually creating our principle. So to save, what we're gonna do is go to File, Save As. And then you can name this whatever you'd like Scotia course practice and then save it in a, you know, a sample project file that you have. That's what I'm doing. And then I'm gonna hit save. And then you can also export from affinity publisher. You can export as a JPEG or a PNG or a PDF. To do that, what we're gonna do is go into a file once more and then select Export. And then we're going to select whichever file you'd like. I'm just going to select a PDF for now. I want this to be a PDF for print. I want my raster dpi to be 302, that it's nice and high-quality. And I'm going to export the whole document. If you had multiple pages, you have the option of exporting specific pages or just one page or all of the pages. And then select Export. Then you're gonna want to go into your file system and save this wherever you planned on saving this file, and then hit save and enter. So now that we've kind of played around with affinity publisher, let's jump into designing our actual printable. 6. Designing Your Printable: Now that we're done with working, with kinda testing out affinity publisher. But I'd like us to do is you can either use the same file and just delete everything off of that page, or you can create a new one. So what I'm gonna do is just set up a new file. I'm gonna go into File, select New. And then I'm going to keep everything the same. 8.5 by 11300 dpi. I'm gonna change my document units two inches. I'm just gonna do one page because that's all we're working with today. My color format should be CMYK because we are going to be printing this out. And then I'm going to uncheck transparent background. And then I'm going to select Create. And now it creates this nice blank canvas for us to work on. So what I like to do first is just open up my Layers panel on the right hand side and then kind of get a lay of the land, figure out what we're gonna do. So I have this planner principle that I really like. It's the simple brights planner pages. So what we're gonna do is basically create a version of this. We can update the color story. And as you play around with this, if you want to change different elements, add different things, you can. But I think this is a really nice and simple layout to work with. It's made up of shapes, mostly rectangles, text and line segments. So the idea is just to kind of create like a to-do list where you can write key lake project goals as well as notes and track dates and things like that, and maybe a little area for gratitude and things like that. So that's what we're going to be working on in this space. So the first thing I wanna do is create an area to kind of like highlight any habits that I want to keep in mind for the week and then the date. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna start off with line segments that she's going to make things easier. And then we'll jump into creating some of the shape elements and things like that. So we're gonna select our pen tool and we are going to make sure that our color is, are filled, is empty and that we have a stroke. You can choose black, gray, whatever color you want. I'm just gonna go with this kind of like off black. And then I'm going to change my stroke to about a 0.5. And then I'm gonna make sure that it's just a plain, solid line. And then I'm going to go to my workspace. I'm going to click in the upper left-hand corner. I'm going to create my first hold Shift and then create my next point all the way across the other side of the page, not letting go of shift. Once I've, once I've clicked and created my point on the Lakoff shift, a man, I'm gonna go to my black move tool and I'm going to click off of my page. If this is too thin of a line for you, you can just select it and then increase. Your stroke width. I think two points, that's really nice. But if you make it thinner, keep the 0.5. Now I'm gonna go to my frame texts tool and I am going to type out the word Date. And then on the other side, I'm going to add the word habit. So let's select that tool. And then I'm gonna zoom in a bit so that it's easier for you to see. And then I'm going to create a frame that is not too big, but big enough that I think the word date will fit well in it. And then I'm going to increase the size of my font to about 16. And then I'm gonna change my font from Ariel to this font that I have that's rounded, elegant. You can pick whatever you want. This is just something that I have on, that I've been using recently. So I'm gonna select caps lock because I want this Agon you're keeping in mind the elements of design. So keep in mind hierarchy of information. We want the AI to go to the left corner and then it's going to read towards the right from the top to bottom. So I want to make sure that this information is Bolden off so that it catches our attention, gives us the guiding lines that we're going for and kind of highlights the hierarchy of the information of what needs to be filled out first, then so on and so forth. I feel like 16 might be a little small, so I'm just going to increase it just a bit. I think 18 is good. And then I'm going to re-size this frame so that it goes right around the word Date. And then I'm going to drag this text down so that it's right at the line. And then with the textile selected, you'll see the frame box and blue, I'm going to copy this. You can go to edit copy and then edit paste. And then I'm gonna hold shift. And then I'm just going to drag this across with my move tool. I'm going to change his text from eight to habit. And I'm making these a little bit bigger than I usually would. Typically. I'd say 14 is about good. 12 to 14 size font is good and readable. And you can even go down to eight and still be able to read elements on an 8.5 by 11 page. But I just want this, I want this to be a bit bigger so that it's easy for you to see on screen. If you're noticing that the colon behind the word habit isn't showing up. You can just increase the width of your frame box and it should pop up. And then I'm going to copy that word date again. I'm gonna paste it and I'm going to drag it down. And I'm going to give myself a section for prioritizing any projects, ideas, goals for the week. So I'm gonna change this to say plan and prioritize. And again, if the space is not enough, you can just widen the actual frame box. I'm going to move this just a bit because I don't want to give myself too much space above and want to make sure I utilize this space well here. And then the idea is that I have three goals for the week or for the day that I want to focus on. So I'm gonna give myself space below this and kind of create a tally checkmark box section. And I'm gonna do that with shapes and a width lines. So we're going to take the original line that we've created. Because again, when we're thinking about the principles of design, the idea of repetition is really important to create that cohesiveness. So making sure your lines are the same weight, the same width. That's really important. So what we're gonna do is just copy the lines. We are ready made and paste them and utilize them throughout this layout. So I'm going to decrease the width of this line and then I'm going to create two more. So I have three sections. And remember all you have to do is copy and paste. So I'm gonna select the bottom line. I'm going to hold Shift and then click on the next two lines and then I'm going to drag them down. And then I'm gonna go into my align tools. And I'm going to align vertically and space them vertically so that they have equal space between them. And then just keeping in mind the idea of hierarchy of design, I'm going to highlight this first section by utilizing a colored box so that I know it's something that's really important to whatever it is or my plan for the day. So I'm gonna go to my Shape Tool and I'm going to change it from whatever shape it's currently onto the rectangle tool. And then I am going to go into my color swatches and I'm going to click that double arrow so that it removes the stroke and gives me a fill. And then I'm going to change my fill color. And in order to do that, I'm going to click on the fill color so that it pops in front of my stroke and then give myself kind of like a soft blue. And then I'm gonna go back to my rectangle tool and just double-checking to make sure I have a fill and stroke, I'm gonna create a rectangle right above that first line. And then I'm going to zoom in just to make sure that the width is the same. And as I mentioned earlier, if you don't want your line segments, they have a rounded edges. What we can do is we can change that. So you can see that when I zoom in, that round edge goes beyond the rectangle and I don't want that to. What I'm gonna do is I'm going to click on my line segment. And then I'm going to go into my stroke. And then I'm gonna change my cap from this rounded to the cap so that it goes right to the edge of what my shape is. And I'm gonna do the same thing for the next two lines segments. I'm going to click on them, click on the stroke options, and then change my cap from rounded to cap. Now what I wanna do is give myself some space between that rectangle and the line so you can still see it. But so that it's not completely overtaking that line. So you still get a bit of that design element within there. And then what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna create little checkboxes. I'm gonna create two or three squares. One that will be white, and two that will match this blue. So again, repetition. Making sure that there is balanced and that there are similar and like items throughout the layout so that it's cohesive and consistent. So I'm gonna go back to my rectangle tool. I'm going to change my color from this blue to a white. And then I'm going to hold Shift, and then I'm going to drag and it's gonna give me a perfect square. So I want this big enough so that you can see it, but not so big that it overwhelms the overall design. And then I'm going to kind of make sure that it is right in the middle of this rectangle. And what's nice is that you'll notice that this little red line pops up. This is affinity publisher basically helping you with the snap guides and these grids so that you know that your element is right in the center of the other shape. I'm then going to copy this shape and I'm going to paste it tumor times and drag them down and then recolor them. So I'm going to hit command c and then command V to paste. Or you can go to edit in your menu bar, copy and then edit paste. So all I'm gonna do is hold Shift, Click on my shape, drag down. And of course it's going to disappear because it's white. So I'm gonna go back to my swatches and then I'm going to select my recent and click on that blue. And it should, it should recover it for me so that it matches that blue. I'm gonna go back up to my white square hold Shift and then drag it down. And then again, I'm going to recolor that so that it's blue. Alright, so now we kind of got this nice little plan starting to take shape. What I'd like to do now is basically group like elements that are going to be together. So I'm going to take my move tool and I'm going to drag over all the little pieces that I've currently been working on. And I'm gonna make sure that everything is outlined in blue. I'm going to go to layer and then select group. And it's going to group everything together so that I can move everything together and say this is slightly off from the text plan and prioritize what's really nice is once I've grouped it, I can then hold Shift, select the text, and then go to my align tools. And then I'm going to align them to the left so that everything is aligned left. And again, principles of design, the idea of aligning your elements so that things don't look haphazardly placed and they look organized and well thought out. Now I'm going to copy that plan and prioritize and I'm going to paste it and then I'm gonna update it to say To Do list. And I'm just going to drag this down below this first section. So I'm just going to double-click inside of that text, update it to say to-do list. And then what's nice is once you make one element, you can go through and copy and keep reusing that element over and over again to make your life way easier. So I am going to select one of these line segments and one of the check boxes. So to do that, you can either like double, triple click on your shape until you get it selected or you can just go into your Layers panel and then select your dropdown within your group, and then select whatever element you need. So I'm just going to select one of the lines. I'm going to copy it, paste it, and then I'm going to drag it down. And then I'm going to take one of those squares. I'm going to copy it and paste it. And drag it down and to the left. And I'm going to create an additional to-do list. And I'm gonna make this one a little bit smaller so that I have more space for more line items. And then I'm going to adjust the line width. And then I'm going to make it so that the line is exactly aligned with the bottom of this square. So I'm gonna click on the line hold Shift, select my square. And then I'm gonna go into my align tools and I'm going to select a line bottom. And it should align it exactly where I'd like it. And if you feel like it didn't align it perfectly, you can just utilize your Up and Down Arrow tools to kind of nudge things. And this to-do list, I'm gonna have eight items. So what I'm gonna do is click on the line segment and then hold shift and click on my square. And then I'm going to go until layer and group these elements. And you'll notice that these are still going to be within that original group. So what you can do is go into your Layers panel and drag them out of that original group so that they're their own group. I'm done. I'm going to copy this and paste it seven more times. And then I'm going to go through and just drag each of these elements down. I'm not going to worry about distribution just yet. Alright, so now in order to distribute them evenly, I'm gonna use my black arrow tool. I'm going to select all of them by clicking outside of my workspace, clicking and then dragging over the elements. And then I'm going to go into layer alignment or I'm gonna go down to distribute vertically. And it should give me even space between each of these elements. And then I'm gonna go until layer and group so that everything is not all grouped together and I'm going to group this also with my to-do list text. And as I look at this, I feel like my my lines within this to-do lists are a little heavy. So I'm going to go back in and I'm going to edit those lines. That's one of the really great things about this. You can go back in and edit things as you see fit even after you've created them. So I'm going to go into my line tool and I'm going to adjust my stroke from two to about 0.8. And I'm just going to go into each of these and do that same thing. So click on my line, select my stroke options, and then click in the width. And I can just type in 0.8 or I can drag the width bar 2.8. And you can actually do this for each of these elements as well. This also plays into that idea of leading the eyes. Were there certain areas that are more important? So those lines are going to be a bit more bold. And then there's going to be areas that aren't as important there kind of like secondary. So you can make those lines a little thinner. Now I wanna make a section where I can add gratitude notes. So I'm just going to copy that to-do-list taxed. Again. I'm just going to double-click on it so that I get it selected by itself, it's isolated or you can go into your Layers, click on the little drop-down arrow in that group and select to-do list. I'm going to copy it, paste it, and then I'm going to drag it down. And then I'm gonna, I'm gonna resize this so it's not as big. I'm gonna change it from 18. To 16. And then same thing with the to-do list. I'm gonna change it from 18 to 16. And then I'm gonna revise the texts from to-do lists to gratitude notes. And I'm gonna go back to my to-do list as well. And I'm going to change it from all caps to just regular cap at the beginning and then everything else lowercase. Now for my gratitude notes, I'm going to actually highlight this to make it look like it's highlighted using that rectangle box that I had in plan and prioritize. And then I'm just going to resize it. So I'm going to go into that layer. I'm gonna go into that group, find that specific layer, click on it, I'm going to copy it and then paste it. And then I'm going to drag it down. And then I'm gonna resize it around the gratitude notes. I'm gonna take that text and then I'm going to center it within that shape. And then I'm gonna change the color from black to white. And this kind of highlights, this is the section to be called out something or draw your eye to it. And then we're going to create some lines. And instead of the regular solid lines, we're going to use those dashed lines. So I'm gonna select my lines from the plan and prioritize section. I'm going to copy it and then I'm gonna paste it. And I'm gonna hold shift to keep it in line with the original so that everything is kind of all still lined up. And then I'm going to go into my stroke options and I'm going to change the stroke from two points to one. And then I'm going to change the style from solid line two dashed line. And for my dash options, I'm going to change it from a 1-1-0 021212. And then let's still little difficult to see. So might increase it from one to 1.5. And then I'm just going to click out of those options. And then I'm just going to copy that a few more times to fill out the bottom so that I have space to write ideas, gratitude, things that I'm grateful for, just to give me some space for a little bit of journaling on this. So I'm just going to click on the first one. Hit Command C and then Command V and copy it a few more times. And then I can space them out using the aligned tools. And again, if you want to make sure that everything is still aligned, you can just select Shift as you drag each of the lines down. And then what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna select all of them. I'm going to click the bottom hold Shift and then select each of the rust. Once everything selected, it'll be outlined in blue and then he can go into your aligned function, either any of those alignment tools in the middle section of your toolbar or you can go up into your menu bar and go to layer alignment. And then you can space them vertically or distribute them vertically. I'm going to distribute them vertically. It gives me nice even spacing when I do this. And that if you notice any of your blinds are off in terms of alignment on the left, you can just go back in and select a Line that laughed. And then what you're gonna wanna do is group these again, just grouping everything that's meant to be together so that it's a little easier to kind of manage each of the sections. And now as we look at this, I'm noticing that the gratitude notes is a little off in terms of alignment with the above to-do list. So I'm going to select. The lines and the text. And again, if you notice any of your elements are still grouped with the elements above, you can just drag them out of that layer group. And then you'll select the elements that you want to group together, group bum. And then the element that you want to align your gonna select them and move them individually if you need to. And then you're going to select the first section. So I'm going to select the lines first, hold Shift, select gratitude notes. And then I'm gonna group these really quickly. And then I'm going to hold Shift. And then I'm gonna select the to-do list above. And then I'm going to go to a Maya line and I'm going to select Align Left and everything is aligned to the left and nothing is haphazard. Now I'm going to give myself some space just for weekly note. So I have these gratitude notes. What's nice is, again, I can just copy this whole section and then just add some more lines and update the tax to stay weekly note so I'm going to copy this, paste it, hold shift, I'm going to drag it to the right. And then still while holding shift, I'm going to drag it up and then making sure everything is kind of aligned with that top plan and prioritize. I'm gonna select that. And then I'm going to go to my align options and I'm going to select Align Top just so that everything is lined at the top and distributed evenly. And want to keep in mind the spacing of my edges as well. So whatever amount of space I have on the left from the edge, and I'm gonna make sure I do that for the right. So now all I have to do is adjust this. I'm going to double-click inside of my gratitude notes. And I'm gonna zoom in so that you can see this. And I'm going to double-click a gun so that I get the tax selected. And then I'm going to change this to weekly notes. And I'm gonna change this to all caps just so that it kind of aligns nicely with what's going on up top. Because these, I'm considering this an important section. And then if I need to resize the square as well, I can do that. I want to make sure that again, there's nice even spacing between the edges and the text. And then I'm going to actually center the weekly notes. I'm going to center them over the lines here. And then I just wanna make sure I give myself enough space to write within these lines. Now what I wanna do is actually copy these five lines here and paste them a few more times going down the right hand side. So I'm gonna Command C, Command V to copy or it can go into edit and do edit, copy, edit, paste. And then I'm gonna hold shift and I'm going to drag this down. So it has nice even spacing. And again, you can utilize those little pop-up lines, the yellow and the green and the red grid lines. That affinity publisher does a great job of kind of helping guide in terms of layout and spacing. And then I'm gonna paste this one more time. So I have three sets of this and then I'm going to group all of this together, going into layer group. Now on this bottom corner, on the righthand side, I'm just going to give myself a little area to kind of highlight things that I'm looking forward to. So I'm going to use, again, utilizing what I've already created to create this consistent, cohesive theme so that it all looks like it's meant to be together. I'm going to use this blue rectangle. I'm going to go under Plan and prioritize. I'm going to double-click so that a get access to the rectangle or go into the layers. Do the drop-down menu in your group and select that layer. That's the rectangle. And then I'm going to copy it and paste it. And then I'm going to drag it over to the right and then pull it down. And then I'm just going to resize it. So it's a nice thick little area that I can utilize for text. And then I'm gonna take my weekly notes that white so that it's the same color so I can read it. I'm going to select it. Minister, double, triple quadruple click so that I can get to that. And then I'm going to copy it. And then I'm gonna paste it. And I'm going to just kind of adjust it so that it's centered on the shape. And again, utilizing those guidelines, you see that green line pop up here. I'm going to resize my frame tool though, so that it doesn't throw off the alignment. And basically I'm just going to have this nice clean blank space so that I can write so that I can write what I'm looking forward to. And I'm gonna change this text from weakly note to what I'm looking forward to. And again, if you need a resize your frame, you can do that by dragging it out. And if you feel like your taxes a little bit too big, you can always change the size of the text as well, or you can just keep it long like I am keeping it here. But if you do want to change the size, you'll just want to double-click so that everything is selected inside. And then you can go into your font tools over here up in the upper left-hand side and change your size from that 16 to maybe something like 14. You'll want to resize your frame. And then you can recenter it within that shape. And then I'm going to hold Shift, select the blue box, and then just make sure everything is all grouped together. And then I'm going to go into File and Save As I'm gonna name this project. And then I'm gonna hit save, and it's going to save it as an affinity Publisher file. 7. Exporting + Test Printing Your File: And now we can export this. So like I said, I was designing this so that it's bigger and easier to see here on screen. But if you want to adjust the size of the font and the size of the lines, you can do that, make it your own. In order to sell this, please make sure you adjust and edit and revise so that it's your own color story, your options over all your design. And then you can utilize this as a freebie, as a download or something. You can sell an Etsy or Creative Market. Now, what we wanna do is export this so that you have a file that you can either share here in the project gallery or that you can load two. You can load to a download service or anything like that. So we're gonna, we're going to export this as a.jpeg and as a PDF. So to export this, now that we've saved at, we're going to go to file and we're going to go to Export. And then we're going to select PDF. We wanna make sure the preset is for print. We're gonna keep our DPA at 300. And we're going to select whole document and then we're going to select export and then save it wherever you plan to save it, I'm going to save it in my project sample file. And then we're going to do that process again. And instead of selecting PD Africana, select JPEG and keep JPEG best quality, we're gonna select area whole document again, resample, just keep it up by linear and then hit export, select the file that you're going to keep everything in and then hit save. Now we can get into test printing our file. 8. Tips for Loading Files to Digital Market Places: So the big thing to keep in mind when you're working with these kinds of files and selling them on places like Creative Market as I'm doing here or on Etsy, is to ensure that all of the required elements are within your file system. If you're going to if you're going to have multiple files like jpegs, PDFs, I would highly suggest you organize those into separate files. So having a file for the PDF, having a file for your jpegs. And then the other big thing is to keep in mind any other third party elements that you might be utilizing, whether imagery or in this case, actual fonts. I don't like to include the actual font file itself. Because often if you read the permissions of free fonts and things like that, they request that you include a link versus the actual file itself. So it just out of respect for the creator, I'll typically just use that link. So in this case, using something like the font.com, I'll find the link to that direct download and include that in the dot TXT file, and I'll include that in my final file setup. Also, you have to keep in mind pricing. I would highly suggest can researching out looking at similar products on these marketplaces and creative market or a t and see what other people are pricing and kind of base that. Use that as your baseline to keep in mind, I'll usually charged more for editable file. So the file that they're getting, they'll get the affinity Publisher file. I'm going to press at higher than a file where I'm just telling a JPEG or a PDF. Also keep in mind how many pages? So in this case, we're just creating one page that might be price lower than something that is a set of five. So just keep in mind the amount of work that you're putting in. The fact people get to use this over and over again and ease your pricing off of that. Ok, So that's it for this section. Let's jump into the outro. I hope you found this helpful. 9. Course Outro: I hope you found this course helpful and that you're more comfortable working in affinity publisher. I hope you're able to create a principle that is helpful and also looks professionally done. If you're interested in building your own email list, it's a great product to give away. And if you're interested in learning how to build an email funnel using it, definitely check out the tutorial I have over on YouTube, I'll included in links. If you enjoy this publisher class, definitely check out my courses on how to design your own digital planner using affinity publisher. Another fun option, and don't forget to submit your final project deliverables to the class project gallery. Remember to load a JPEG or a screenshot of your final principle. And if you feel so inclined, definitely show link to the high resolution version so that your classmates can download it. I would love to see what you made If this is the first class that you've seen of mine and you want to learn more about me and my work. Definitely visit www dot Bella Sophia creative.com. And if you want to shop any of my printable planner products, you can do so on Etsy at Bella Sophia creative or over on Creative Market. Finally, if you want to get a behind-the-scenes view of the work that I do as a freelancer and the work that goes into making these kinds of classes. Make sure you follow along on YouTube, at youtube.com slash C slash the freelance life. Thank you so much for watching and for creating with me. I'll see you in the next one. By.