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Making Fall Printables: Part 2

teacher avatar Lindsey Slutz, Surface Pattern Designer

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5 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Fall Sayings & Inspiration

    • 3. Artwork For Your Printables

    • 4. Creating Your Printable

    • 5. Conclusion

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Part two of creating Autumn/Fall themed printables. In this class we'll go through the process of making different backgrounds, outline fonts, finding inspiration and saving your documents to share. Enrolling Bonus: 3 autumn/fall clipart documents, autumn/fall sayings PDF and 3 free printables.

If you missed out on part one, we went through turning doodles into scalable vectors and creating fall themed motifs in Illustrator. Make sure to check it out if you haven't already. 

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Lindsey Slutz

Surface Pattern Designer



Hi! I'm so glad you're here. My name is Lindsey Slutz and I'm a graphic & surface pattern designer, blogger and the founder of East Coast Charm. I'm known for my preppy style that comes organically from growing up near the coast of North Carolina. I also gather inspiration from my travels and hikes with my husband, Eric, and our dog, Willow. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, which lends to helping create beautiful color palettes.

To see more designs or to follow me, check out Instagram and Pinterest.


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1. Welcome: welcome to part two of creating fall printable. If you missed out on Part one, there is a link in the about section as well as in this video. In this section, we're going to go through how Teoh make a few different backgrounds. How to bring in your motives, how to find some different sayings and quotes for your printable. And after you enroll, you can download a few documents that have some motifs that you can use, as well as a PdF of fallen autumn inspired sayings and a few principles that I have created . Make sure after you're done with the class that you share any principles that you make a swell a Xeni motifs or backgrounds that you would like to share with others and is always make sure to click like if you find this class useful so that more students confined it. Now let's get started 2. Fall Sayings & Inspiration: this list of autumn or fall sayings is included in the class, and you can download it in the your Projects tab below To find some more sayings, you can always check on Pinterest. It's a great place for inspiration, even for designs. This is my Pinterest page, and if you are on Pinterest, if you'd like to follow me, I du pin a lot of design tutorials and travel related items as well as patterns that I love and books that I find helpful before this class. I'm going to search. I'll start with fall sayings. As you can see, there's a lot of options. I tend to go for once where there are multiple ones. Toe, look at give you a lot of good ideas for setting up your printable. I really like this one. Um, I'm also going to look up autumn things just in case there's some different ones on that. I see some of the same ones being repeated, but there are some differences. Okay, whenever you feel like you have been inspired and you're ready to go ahead and make your principal, you can go ahead and open. Adobe Illustrator 3. Artwork For Your Printables: in part one of this class, we went through the process of creating these leaves, pumpkin and the acorn. We also went through the process of turning your drawings or doodles and to scalable vectors that you can re color. And both of these documents can be downloaded in the your projects tab that you will find below in this class. I have included this extra bonus and I drew these with markers today, and I brought them into illustrator and I went through that same process as I did with the drawings. But using image trace this time I used I believe it was 16 colors to do. This has kind of ah, watercolor. Look to it. I highly recommend after you get on watching these videos to step away for a little bit, grab your sketchbook, draw paint, user markers, whatever you are feeling like doing today as a way to bring in your own art and to your principles 4. Creating Your Printable: when making principles to give away on my website or to have printed for myself or friends , I typically dio an eight by 10 photo size just because it's easy to get frames. You can also do smaller and like five by seven or larger in 11 by 14. These air US sizes if you are elsewhere and a four would probably be a good equivalent. But for this I am going to stick with an eight by 10 and because it is being printed, I will switch the color mode to see him y que And before I get started, I like to turn the ruler on what you can do by hitting command are or by clicking view rulers and you'll see an option for rulers. And when you print something and put it in a frame, typically there's a little bit of a lip on wood, and it's going to cover up part of the image below. So I'm going to come in half an inch on all sides, and I don't want any of the main design to be outside of these lines. I'm going to start with using the rectangle tool or M on your keyboard. Click ones and change the with 28 by 10 and then with the align panel on the top toolbar. If you don't see it there, it will most likely be on your right toolbar. If you don't see that window and a line, make sure that you are aligning to the art board and horizontal line center and then vertical aligned center. I'm going to change this color to a nice kind of a creamy beige and then once again with the rectangle tool. This time I wanted to be whiter than the art board, and I'm going to change the color to blue and orange to zoom out so I can see the entire art board. I'm hitting command in the minus sign with the selection tool and the rectangle selected. I'm going to select object Transform, move, and I want this rectangle to be in the same position at the bottom off the art board. So I'm going change horizontal 20 vertical to 10 and you can preview it and then copy once again with your selection tool or via your keyboard. Select both rectangles. Go to object, blend blend options, choose steps, and I'm going to try this may take a few times to get it. The correct amount steps that you like. I want to start off with 12 hit okay and then go back to object. Blend, make, and I actually want a little more room between the stripes. Someone hit Command Z to go backwards and then go to object blend blend options. The several try 10 and go through the process of gim of making the blend. I like this a little bit more. So when you are happy with the results, make sure to go to object, expand and click, OK, and for background, I like it to be pretty subtle so you can go into the A pass ity and drop it down. And if you would like just stripes, you can leave it here. Chevron is always a popular pattern, especially, and fall for some reason, and I'm going to walk you through the easiest way of making them, especially for principles with all of them selected, go to effect the store and transform and zigzag click preview. And as you can see, the Chevron has already started to take place. You could move up the size if you would like them to be higher and then if you would like more ridges, the 2nd 1 can go and and changed numbers. Also, if you play around with it, you can get the diamond pattern. But I like this nice little bit of a Chevron if you would like a smooth line. So it's not as pointed as a natural Chevron and make a wave and said Hit smooth. But I like the actual Chevron, so I will click. OK, and I have a background. I'm gonna go into layers, just I can show you one more option for a background and I'm going to turn off by clicking on this I the Chevron I'm going Teoh, create a new document. I'm going to use pixels and this time you something small, like 100 pixels by 100 pixels. See him like a click, OK, with your rectangle tool or, um, on your keyboard, make a square that is the same as your art board. And with your align tools center your new square on. I'm going to change this once again to look a creamy beige color with your ellipse tool or L on your keyboard. I'm going to make an ellipse that is 50 pixels by 50 pixels, and I want to change the color to an orange changes to any color that you would like and once again with your align tools center with your selection Tuller V in your keyboard. Select the circle, go to object, transform, move and I'm going to go 50 horizontal and 50 vertical click preview and copy. And with the new circle that was created, it should be selected. If not, make sure to select it. Go to object, transform, move. And this time I want to bring it up to that top right corner. So zero for horizontal and negative 100 for vertical preview a copy. Select both of the circles that are on the right side. Object, transform, move. And this time we're going to dio a negative 100 on horizontal and copy. Select the background that he created and make a copy of it and paste it behind. So you can do that by either having it selected and going to edit copy and then edit paste on back or command C and command be on your keyboard and then change to know Phil and no stroke. Now select all of these and drag them to your swatches panel and you will see that it appears there you consume out using either the magnifying glass or command minus on your keyboard. I want to make another rectangle this time freely. It doesn't need to be any specific size. And then I'm going to select the pattern that I just created and it is repeating correctly . So I'm going to drag this into the new document that we had created and delete it. So I'm going to select that background the original background that I created it command C command F to paste in front. And this time I'm going to change the fill to the new pattern. If you would like to change the size of the pattern, you could go to objects, transform and scale. Make sure preview selected and that you un select transform objects with uniforms selected change size. So this time we want a bigger try. 150% click OK, when you're happy. Once again, I like to have a subtle background. So I want to change the opacity. I'm probably to go down. Um try 10%. Okay. Just going to review the fall sayings and I I want to use the hello fall. So with your text tool on the left, toolbar or tea on your keyboard, I'm just going to type out. Hello, Fall. I'm going. Teoh. Select those and I have the characters and my left. Or in my right toolbar. If you do not see them, you can go to window type and character. I also have the paragraph one, and I like to center my text and I'm going to bring up the font size. I changed my mind about the centering I'm going, Teoh, Align them to the left and I'm going to change the font. This is where you get to have fun and just go through your funds and select the one that you would like. And that is a little too marker ish for what I would like. And when you have the farms that you would like sometimes it's easier to change the font size by just selecting the text and then going to the corner of the selected object, holding shift and pulling out until it is the size that you would like it. Make sure to go to the type and create outlines. You're not going to be able to edit the text any longer, But what it does is when somebody opens this up on their own computer. Or if you were to send it to a printer and they didn't have the same fought, it will still appear sometimes like if a printer doesn't have the same font you do, it will revert back to a common front. So with this selected using the align panels, I am going to center. I'm going to go through and see what clip are really like and drag it into, thus try to figure out what I would like. I think it's going to be just the simple leaf and with the text selected. If you like to update your color, you can use your eyedropper tool or iron keyboard, and I'm going to go through and try to find fought. That matches the motif. Okay, when you are done with your printable, always save a copy for yourself and adobe. Once you have your adobe file saved, go ahead and save another copy, this time save as and changed to. Pdf When you click Save it will pop up with this. If you do not want the end user to be able to pull out your motive or your patterns or anything like that, make sure to on select the preserve illustrator editing capabilities. This way it is a flat pdf that they cannot go in and change and save, and it will remind you that you will not be able to edit it any longer. Just click. OK, I'm gonna go in to make one more normally, I would suggest to create another file, but because I have already created the backgrounds, I'm just going to move these off to the left, go into my layers. If you don't see layers, you can go to window layers, and I am going to turn off the polka dotted pattern and I am going to turn back on the chevron. This time I'm going to use the pumpkin and then I'm going to center it. And in this corner, I'm going. Teoh, hold down shift in Ault. So the objects days in the center of the document. It just enlarges as I am pulling out with your textual or tea and your keyboard use whichever saying you would like. And I'm going Teoh center my text. And I like this font. So I'm going to stick with it. There's gonna play around with the size of the font to see what I like. Okay, I think I like this a little bit bigger than the pumpkin. So I want to go ahead and create the outline. So type, create outline, and then I'm going to center. You don't have to vertically align, really Just the best position for it. And I'm going to go in with the eyedropper tool. And I want to change the font color if you would like. You don't have to do this. But if you would like to create a rectangle that is eight inches by 10 inches of the same as your art board, change the color to know Phil and no stroke. Center it over everything hips and with your selection tool or V and your keyboard. Select everything on the art board, right click, make clipping mask. In this way, you get the actual view of what your principal would look like once again. Just go through the same process of saving your adobe file. and then a PdF, and you've now created a couple printable xfiles yourself or to give away on your website or to family members and friends. 5. Conclusion: thanks so much for signing up for this class. And I hope you enjoyed creating your fall principles. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects. Please let me know if you have any questions by posting them in the discussions tab below. Thanks again and have fun creating your fall principles and motifs.