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Fun with Procreate: Make Personalized Cards for Friends and Family

teacher avatar Mary Briskin, Gift Giving with Love

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15 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Tips

    • 4. Text: Introduction

    • 5. Text: Choose a Message

    • 6. Text: Exploring Fonts

    • 7. Text: Hand Lettering

    • 8. Text: Composition

    • 9. Images: Introduction

    • 10. Images: Choose an Image

    • 11. Images: Drawing, Importing and Tracing

    • 12. Images: Composition

    • 13. Colour

    • 14. Finishing Touches

    • 15. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Learn tips and tricks to create custom gifts for friends and family, for any occasion!

Using Procreate, experiment and improve your composition techniques, colour theory application, drawing skills, and hand lettering intuition all while creating a personal gift for a loved one.

You’ll walk away from this class feeling a sense of accomplishment, and with a template for getting past any creative blocks you might have when making a greeting card or work of art for a particular person.


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Mary Briskin

Gift Giving with Love


Hello, I'm Mary. I have curly black hair though I don't dance quite as well as mini-me does.

I love cute little dancing characters, crafts, and programming.


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1. Introduction: Would you like to give more personalized gifts to friends and family? But you're worried you're artistic abilities are in quite enough to make something good. That's nonsense. Anyone can make a great card. And this class, while you create a beautiful custom card for a friend, you'll practice and build on your intuition for color theory, hand lettering, composition, drawing, and most importantly, courage. I name is Mary, and I'm absolutely in love with custom card banking. Nothing feels better than making something for someone you care about. I found that having a step-by-step process to follow keeps my progress steady. This class is for anyone who wants to make more personalized gift, but hasn't quite taken that leap yet. And in this class you will have created a custom card for a friend, as well as gain the tools to repeat the process again, all on Europe will be using procreate for this class, but no previous experiences necessary. You don't have to be amazing and hand lettering, drawing, colored theory or anything to create a beautiful gift for someone you love. Come join us as we go on this adventure together. 2. Class Project: In this class, the project will be to make your own personalized card for a specific person. Keeping that person in mind as we go through the process will help motivate. It'll be easiest for you to complete the card. If you follow along with each lesson, will start out by choosing a message, then will either choose a font or play around with some hand lettering techniques will adjust the composition of the text. And then we'll move on to choosing an image, adding that image in an adjusting the composition again. Finally, we'll add color and some finishing touches. Each step is optional. You can make a great card with just text or just images. Share your progress as you go along for feedback, Go to the projects and resources tab and click the Create Project. But I can't wait to see your card and let's get started. 3. Tips: There are some things to keep in mind before you get started. Perfection is the enemy. We're here to create something cute and button. It does not need to be perfect of these cards take you hours and hours to make. They won't be something you'll do on the regular or something you'll enjoy. You might not like how it looks until the very end or at all, but you just have to trust the process. If you are someone who has a very difficult time accepting imperfection, maybe set a timer and limit yourself to 15 minutes per task. Then move on with what you've got. As you make more and more of these cards, it'll get easier, faster, and more fun. So keep at it. Alright, let's get to our Earth. Yeah. 4. Text: Introduction: Welcome. In this section, we're gonna pick a messaged right? Then we'll write or draw it out on our canvas. And then we'll adjust the composition in a way that suits the kind of tone that we want to set. All these decisions are really important because they affect what your final card looks like and what effect it has on the recipient. Will it be funny? Will it be serious? Will it be uber personal? Lets get to making all these awesome fun decision. 5. Text: Choose a Message: Well, I'm going to do McCain card for my friend Vicky. She is about to have twins, and I thought it would be nice to give her a card for this special occasion. The first step is brainstorming. So I'm just gonna write down a few things that make me think of Vicky. And then maybe I'll get some ideas from that. I really think I don't want to do something math related. And I think I want it to be funny, too close to is four and I'm going to be two plus two babies. And that's a perfect square. So maybe that's maybe do something with that, like they're gonna become perfect. Perfect little square. I think I'd want to have her and her big belly thinking of the image helped come up with the text obviously, and I will pick an image. But I'm gonna use it to inform what kind of message I want to have. And these steps can be done out of order. Sometimes you might want to, you might already have an image in mind and you want to pick the text to suit that. Maybe something like something about hoping her daughters have friends like her. I could do something onetime name that gave the super wrong. I could totally or the something about her being on great mom. Because I know she will be one and I can make it look like a movie poster. Like thinking the supermodel coming, say it. I like that. Ok, so I finally picked a message. And now you should do sometimes that takes a little bit of time. Don't worry about that. To start, I recommend choosing a shorter one because it's just easier to make them look good on a card. Once you have a bit more practice, I think longer messages are really nice too. So think of the recipient of your card and try to pick something that you feel a little connect with. This can be really personal, like an inside joke or something you really like about them. Or it could be a little more generic, like an inspirational quote, you know, they'll like or even just happy birthday if you can't think of anything that's OK. Have a look through the resources section. I've added a list there and you can just pick something from that. I hope you have fun picking out your message. Don't get too stressed. It's all okay. And in the next section we'll write them out on our kinesis. I'll see you there. 6. Text: Exploring Fonts: Let's open up, procreate and create a new screen size. I like Square, and I'd just like to go to that width. We can go into AD and techs. And I'm just gonna write for gain, the super mom, supermodel. She could be one, but what is super mom burnout? And now that we have our message typed out, we want to visually match and enhance the mood that we wanna set. So I want this to have like a comic bookie feel. Feel does comic book you're feeling the mean. Okay, so let's, let's go check that. Oh, I like this font, this comic book one. So I don't know if there would be a font like that. But let's try it out so we have to Select All so that it will actually apply in the various branches. And can we find something? I like this one feature? So let's keep that one in mind. I think I like this one and then we also need the coming soon. So let's do it, let's add that. And like that. Thank you, the supermodel coming to you. There are graphic design courses that go over why a given font feels fancy or serious or whatnot. But for this exercise, try to just see how you feel as you try out different fonts. You can always change your mind later on and you can create duplicate campuses to save different variations as you go. If you don't find any fonts you like and procreate, there lots more fonts available online. Fonts spaces, one such place, just find a font you like. Click download, unzip the file, and back and procreate, go to Ad Text, Import font, and your new fancy font will be ready to use. So go ahead and try some fonts for those who would prefer to use hand lettering. In the next video, we'll go over some tips for that. 7. Text: Hand Lettering: Well, I normally prefer to write the messages myself instead of using the built-in texts because it gives them a more handmade feel. I have a few hand lettering techniques. I often returned to their just three out of hundreds of hand lettering techniques out there. If you're interested in learning more specifically about hand lettering, there's a great course on skill share by Shannon McNabb. And the most common thing I do is pick a font I like Andrew over top of it. So here are the fonts that I chose last time. I've lowered their capacity like this. And I have a new layer over top where I can experiment. So don't necessarily love this, but it's kind of interesting and have to fix up wonky edges, just playing around with it, like it like this. Another technique I frequently uses, adding a third dimension to letters. Clean, duplicate this guy. Maybe we can change the color of AlphaGo octet. So when I draw right now for own drum where they're already pixels, and that looks kind of cool. To another technique I use is just using my own handwriting. So this is my own terrible writing and zoom in and out and super personalized, but fortunately, not quite the mood I'm aiming for. So, and see if I can find some inspiration. Comic book. All editors. Think this one I like the best. So I'll just copy this guy here, paste and now I can just move better, races the folder, I can make it bigger. We want to reduce the opacity here, so you can draw over top of it like this and I can fill this in later was color. And then I need an eye not keeping it in exactly the same and letting the little imperfections shine through. And we'll use these letters exactly as they are here. I'll probably play around with them and then just the sizes and the weights. Hopefully that gives you at least some idea for how you can go about handling or in your text. I'll see you in the next video where we'll talk about composition. 8. Text: Composition: Composition is a huge part of what makes a piece eye-catching and dynamic or common sued. You could take a whole course about composition. But in this class we're just going to play around with things and see what feels right. The drawing you add will very much affect the composition of your card, especially if you want the drawing to be the focus. If that's the case, it might be best to work on the drawing first and then come back to the text and the composition shapes the experience of the viewer. It has the power to highlight what's important and downplay what is before starting to play around. I recommend duplicating your file. That way you can go back on your changes and not worry about messing anything up irreversibly. If we go back to my message, is there anything here that we want to call your attention to? I feel like having mom be more have stand up, more. Might be nice given that it was the card for Vicky cushy is becoming a moment. So I'm just gonna move this here, trying to slow staircase things IO looks. And then here, maybe you want it to be bigger. Okay, I don't really like the way it further coming soon. I think I'm really will use it like a, like a banner so we'll add it to maybe it's just the corner here. And I like the way that it'll kinda go from the top. There'll be texted top text here. But I don't like the mom being bigger. Maybe there's another way we can highlight it instead of just size. What if we do something like this? I like that better and planning to have. And it's important to keep in mind what images you're planning to have and what you want the final Carta look like as you make this. But think of planning on having Vicki here, little superhero Cape. So it kinda works nicely that there is something here. This will be the main focal point and then I'll have this little Coming soon manner. Maybe I want to move it to the middle here. Sent in this. Yeah. I think I like that. Oh, I like that. I move it here and then she'll be flying up top. Maybe I want to make super mom bigger than the rest because that's more focus here. Nice tip is to add in this drawing guide on your canvas a bit more of an idea. Have things underlined, play around with their composition. A few typical compositions are text at the top, texts in the centre, textile over tanks, very small textiles, the border types does the background. In this section, we played around with choosing a message, then adding it to the canvas and changing the tone, either using different fonts or hand lettering. He also talked about how to arrange the text on the canvas in a way that keeps it readable, aesthetic, and conveys what we wanted to if you haven't already done. So have a go at it yourself. Try a few different variations and have fun. In the next section, we'll introduce images and talk about how to best use them. In there. 9. Images: Introduction: Well, the image is you add are often what gives your card the most personal touch, whether it's a photo your recipient, or little drawings you've taken the time to make. It's a great way to bring more personality to your card. In this section, we'll learn about how to pick an image that will work well with your text. How to add the image to your card, whether by drawing it or importing it, and how to arrange your images alongside your texts to ensure harmony. Let's get right to it. 10. Images: Choose an Image: Well, let's start by deciding which images we want to have in our card. You definitely don't have to limit yourself based on what you can draw. There are other ways to include images and it doesn't make the final product any less special. So let's get back to brainstorming. Given that my text is Vicky, that's super mom. I'm going to say maybe superhero. Well, I think I want to have Vicki as the superhero. I don't know if I want. Like, I'm thinking of somehow making her belly transparent so that you can see the babies in there. But maybe not, maybe because I wanna make it seem like it's a cinema thing. I can have it, have a curtain on the border. There are babies, so I won't baby stuff. Like what's a baby stuff? That firm's past fire. What I'm gonna do next is I am just going to draw some rough sketches of these ideas and see which ones I like best. What images? Speak to me and take it from there. And now it's your turn to think of the following about any imagery or considering, Does it have meaning to the recipient in my card, for example, isn't something that Vicki likes that personal to her considered, Does it have meaning to the text? And then aside from the personal stuff, there's just typical thing that can go for certain types of cards. For example, for a birthday card, you might have a cake, you might have balloons. For something like this card, you might have baby things. Check the list in the resources for some ideas about what to add for a card, depending on the theme and other great resources, if you haven't heard of it,, you can make a free account and browse various images and fonts. It's a really great place to get started and also play around with the composition. Obviously, Pinterest is a good place to look. Granted images and the internet in general. Okay. 11. Images: Drawing, Importing and Tracing: Well, now that you know what you'd like to have in your car and you can decide how to get it in there. You can draw it. You could trace it, or you could import an image into the canvas for Vicky's card. I think I'm going to draw it. But maybe I'll look at some variations and import a few images as well. If I had a really nice photo of vicky while pregnant, then maybe it would be better to add that in and add in some some background drawings. But since I don't have that, I'm going to draw it from scratch. I like the sketch that I drew during my brainstorming well enough so I'm going to use that. I took a photo of it once I was done and now we'll import it into a new canvas. This definitely is unnecessary, but I just prefer to draw on paper instead of procreate for my initial sketch. Next, I'm going to trace the image and then imported into my original canvas. I do this by first copying the layer and then pasting it by swiping down with three fingers and then hitting paste. Another image I talked about adding in my brainstorm was the curtains. So instead of drawing those out, I'm just going to look for an image online and see if I find something I like. I really like these red curtains. And what's also nice is they're a PNG image, which means that I won't have to worry about making the background transparent myself. Often when I search for images online to include in my cards, I add PNG into the search for this very reason. And finally, I decided that I want a stroller in my picture, but drawing a stroller from scratch would take me a really long time. So instead what I'm gonna do is final and that I like online and then trace it. It helps to reduce the capacity of the layer of the object that you're tracing. And make sure to trace on a new layer, not the layer of the object. So you can see how even in this one card, I use multiple ways of getting images onto my canvas. I drew them directly, I traced, and I've imported. This can often be the most intimidating part of making card for someone, but don't let it stop you. All it takes is a bit of process, time, and creativity. Enjoyed playing around with the images, and I'll see you in the next lesson. 12. Images: Composition: Well, composing the images like text is very much about what we want to call attention to. Things to consider are, will your images be in the background or the foreground? Does your images, the central figure is the placement of the image-making the text difficult to read or notice? Is that important? And once again, before you get started, just to reminder that duplicating your canvas while you're moving things around can help you feel a little bit more at ease as you go through making the changes. Split edge is out of order, but that kind of goes to show you that composition isn't necessarily a separate step, but something that you're constantly doing as your card evolves. For example, in this piece, I was planning on having the coming soon them, but now instead, I moved it onto the characters belly. Really all I'm doing here is just digesting my images and myText together and trying to see what feels good, what looks balanced. If you haven't already done so go ahead and try this yourself. In the next section, we'll be adding a splash of color. 13. Colour: In this section, we'll talk about choosing your color palettes and finding a way to use them that will complement your card. Color has several important functions. It has a huge impact on the mood of your card and when it's used correctly, it can direct the viewer's gaze. Feel free to just play around and procreate without choosing a specific color palette and just trying to see what you like and what you don't like. But if you're having a hard time making your colors work together, you can use pre-built pallets. You can also use tools that help you build the pallets. Palatine is a great resource that allows you to sample many different shapes and use at once while ensuring they remain adhesive. And if you are just using procreate, be sure to try out the harmony section of the colored cap or is a lot to say about the subtleties of color and how it impacts the mood of your art. Cool colors such as blue and green, are often associated with a calm and quiet, vibrant colors with a lot of saturation can be overwhelming, but also exciting if you really want to get into color theory, I recommend Brooke glazers Skill Share course. In this class, we'll stick to experimenting with color using our intuition to guide us to test the colors on my card, I often create a layer just in front of my background layer and fill it in very roughly with the colors I intend to use. Once I do that, I can sort of see how they work together. So I played around with these colors now and it looks okay, but maybe we can make something more harmonious. Let's look at some typical colors associated with superheroes. For inspiration. I found a color palette I like. And now one by one, I'm going to save the colors to a new layer. Now again, this time a lot more carefully, I'm going to fill in the color shapes. One nice trick for filling in color is to set your outline layer to be the reference. Then on the new layer, you can drag and drop colors, make sure that the outline is closed or else your color will spill out everywhere. Make sure that your text and images are still clear and visible regardless of what colors you've added. Here's the final product after using the colors from the palette we found. I think it's a lot more cohesive net. In this section, we added color to our cards, which impacted the mood and composition. We covered some resources to help us choose cohesive colors and talked about tips for experimenting effectively with colors and procreate if you haven't already done so, go ahead and add some color to your cards. 14. Finishing Touches: Here's our card with all the colors filled in and it looks pretty good, but never underestimate the power of finishing touches. Even when you think you're done, zoom in and see what little detail you could add to improve your picture. Sometimes we go overboard and that's ok. You can always undo that. Play around with different brushes, different colors, different opacities. For finishing touches. Once I've added my color, I often like to add textures to my cart. This can be done by using Effects. I especially like adding noise and blurring, or by adding an image that has a particular texture and adjusting the opacity and layer type. Shading is a great way to give your images more depth. Typically for shading, I use the soft blend brush. I select a color that's slightly darker than the color I'm shading. And then in a clipping layer above the original, I go over the areas that I'd like to shade. And highlighting just like shading can be a great tool. This is my favorite part of the whole process. I hope you enjoy it too. 15. Final Thoughts: Well, I hope you enjoyed this class. Please share your project with us, but even more importantly, please share it with the person you made it for. I'm sure that love it. Thanks for watching and I'll see you next time.