Symmetrical Floral Illustrations with Symbols in Affinity Designer for iPad | Tracey Capone | Skillshare

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Symmetrical Floral Illustrations with Symbols in Affinity Designer for iPad

teacher avatar Tracey Capone, Illustrator, Photographer & Cat Mom

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10 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Welcome! | Class Project

    • 2. Downloads & Resources

    • 3. The Assets Studio

    • 4. Setting up your Canvas

    • 5. The Symbols Studio

    • 6. Creating a Simple Symmetrical Flower Illustration

    • 7. Creating a Complex Symmetrical Floral Illustration

    • 8. BONUS Simple Vector Leaf Shapes

    • 9. BONUS Quadrant Symmetry with Symbols

    • 10. What's Next?

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About This Class

In this class, you'll learn how to create perfectly symmetrical vector illustrations in Affinity Designer for iPad, without having to rely on a sketch. 

Designer for iPad has a built in symmetry tool in it's Pixel Persona, but not on it's vector side. While you can sketch out your design in raster mode (or in another program such as Procreate),trace it with a vector brush or fill it in with the shape tool, wouldn't it be easier if you could do everything right in the Designer Persona? You can, and in this class I am going to show you my method for doing just that.


In this class, you will learn:

  • How the Symbols Studio works: creating symbols, adding them to your design, making changes to your symbols as well as how to detach a selected object from the Symbols studio.
  • My method for creating an invisible background, using symbols, allowing you to add elements to one side of your design that automatically populate the other with perfect symmetry. 
  • How to use the Assets Studio, Pen, Pencil and Shape tools to easily add floral elements to your background without having to rely on exact measurements or snapping.
  • How to add texture to your designs, using raster image files and brushes, both to the overall illustration as well as elements within the symbols.
  • How you can add single, asymmetrical elements to your design, without affecting the rest of your symmetrical illustration.

When you take this class, you will receive a free mini assets pack filled with floral and leaf shapes that you can add to your design. Downloads can be found at this link. (Please note, these can only be accessed from a browser, not through the Skillshare app)

While this class is intended for students of all levels, it is helpful to have a basic familiarity with Affinity Designer for iPad and it's User Interface. If you are brand new to the program, and would like a beginner course that takes you through the whole layout, consider starting with my class, "Textured Florals in Affinity Designer for iPad" This class will not only walk you through all of the tools and studios in Designer, but you will also learn how to create floral and leaf shapes as well as receive a full set of floral and leaf assets and brushes that can be used in this class!


I have been using Affinity Designer for iPad to create textured botanical illustrations for quite some time and can't wait to show you my methods so you can begin building your very own collection of illustrations. If you would like to see more examples of my floral illustration work, please feel free to check out my website I can't wait to see what you create so let's get started!

Do you love textural digital illustrations as much as I do? Join my Textural Illustrations for Digital Artists Facebook Group. In this group, you can share your creations, learn tips and tricks for adding texture in the various digital apps, and ask questions of other artists who love texture as much as you do. Check out there group here.

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Tracey Capone

Illustrator, Photographer & Cat Mom


Hello and welcome! My name is Tracey and I am a full time illustrator, photographer, and teacher located in the Chicago area. 

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 As a self-taught artist, I believe anyone, given the right tools, and regular practice, can be creative and let their inner artist shine. My hope is that sharing my knowledge with you will help you continue to grow as an artist, whether it's for fun or to further your own creative career.

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1. Welcome! | Class Project: Hi, I'm illustrator and photographer Tracy Capone and welcome to my class all about creating symmetrical floral illustrations using a simple studio in affinity designer for iPad. Well, Syndicate Designer has a customizable symmetry toll hidden within its pixel Arizona. Unfortunately, it doesn't have one on the vector side. Now you could sketch out your design on the pickle side and either trace it with after drawing tools for late Dr Shapes over it. But this can be time consuming is you still have to manually make sure that your tracings or shapes are perfectly symmetrical. Plus, make sure that any edits you make one object are immediately made all of its duplicates. Wouldn't it be great if you could create a perfectly symmetrical illustration right in the designer persona, with help having to rely on that sketch you can on in this class and going to show you my method for creating symmetrical floral illustrations using the symbol studio. As part of this class, you'll receive my symbol Symmetry Assets Pack, which has a number of floral and leaf shapes that you can use in addition to the built in drawing in shape pools to add to your own design. Now all the focus of the class isn't about creating flower or leaf shapes. You can also follow along with me as I create my own symmetrical for illustrations. I'm also going to show you how you can use the Symbols studio to make it at it toe. Why object that will automatically be applied to all duplicates of that same object. This class is intended for all levels, however, having a basic understanding of designers user interfaces helpful. So if you're brown new to the app, I recommend starting with my texture to florals and infinity. Designer for iPad class as I take you through the entire interface as well. Explain how to use the various tools for this class filming and I've had a stylist. I'm going to use an apple pencil, but you can use any stylus of your choice and the affinity designer for iPad app, which can be found either in the Apple store or on Sarah's website. And I've included a link to both in the Resource Guide for the Class for your class project will create your own symmetrical illustration using the symbol symmetry method I teach in the class. You can draw your own flat or textured floral and leaf shapes for any object you'd like or use those found in the assets path provided with the class. It's totally up to you. I'd love to see what you create, and it's always helpful for potential students to see what they learn when taking the class . So please consider sharing your project in a class project section of the class. I can't wait to see what you create using the methods you learn in this class, so let's get started. 2. Downloads & Resources: as part of the class. I've included a resource guide and my symbol Symmetry Assets Pack, which includes a number of single layer vector shapes that you can use along with the drawing and shaped pools to create your own designs. Now to access the files and drop actually the password, which I'm going to put up on the screen now. Okay, Once you've access the files, you'll see two items for download. The first is the Simple Symmetry Assets Pack, which you'll want to download either to your iPad or a cloud file, as you media access from from within. Designer. Just to know whenever you're importing something into affinity designer, you can't do it simply by tapping on the file without your files half on the iPad. They actually need to be imported from within the application itself, and I'll show you how to do that in the moment. But from how does tap on the three dots and select download and again either save it to your iPad or to a cloud file? The second file is symmetrical floral illustrations Resource Guide, and it contains information about designer written instructions about downloading the assets pack as well as a list of my favorite texture fingers. Okay, so I'm back in designer, and I'm ready to import my assets, pop into my assets studio. You need to be within a document to do that. It doesn't matter which wonders. Open any document. I'm going to go to my assets studio here, which is the group of nine squares. If you can't located, just tap and hold on the question mark and labels will pop up. I already have it loaded into mine, but to load it into yours, you'll tap on the burger menu at the top Select import category and then find the file that you say began either to your iPad or a cloud file. Select that file, and it will automatically load into your asset studio. It may take a second or two, but it will load. If you don't see. You can always tack in the middle here, more shroh back and forth. Now, in the next section, we're going to take a closer look at the assets studio, and I'll show you how to use those in the assets path as well as how to create and save your own. So I'll see you there 3. The Assets Studio: in the section. I'm going to show you how to use the assets pack that came with the class on the downloads and resources. I showed you how to import it into designer in the section. We're going to take a closer look at how the assets studio itself works. The asset studio icon is this group of nine squares, If you can't located just happened. Hold on the question mark at the bottom and labels will pop up. Once you're in the asset studio, you'll see it's broken down into categories and sub categories, and every category needs have at least one subcategory in order to start adding elements to it. And I'll show you how to do that in a little bit. On one of the benefits of assets. Are that their application? Why they're not specific to a single document, which means once I create this, I can use it in any future documents as well. So I use this as a way of saving some of my favorite floral creations, or even groups of layers that I know I'm going to use in future illustrations. I use it for service pattern design. I used it to create Phil and illustrations. There's any number of ways that you can use your assets again. You you can save single layer objects, which is what this pack is, or you can see it. Groups of objects. Let's first take a look at the single layer top on one of my flowers here and insert. It's going to insert it into my document, and if you take a look at the layer, it's just a single curve. I can use my no pool of made changes to the shape I can change the color contingent size. I can add texture to it. I can do anything that I would normally do to one that I created right here. You can also shaped save groups of objects. So if I go back to buy assets to you, I'm going to select one of these little beetles I created for my next class. If I open up the layers to you here, you'll see that this is a group off layers that combine into one overall group and saved it and at as an asset, if you're going to save groups of layers, you want to make sure that you do save it. As a group, you don't simply select all of your layers and then save it. If you do that, it will save each individual layer separately. So make sure that you're making apparent group that you're saving. Go back to that original PAC. What if I want to add an element to an existing pack? Well, I've created this flower here, and I always create my assets in either colors or white, and the reason they do that is because the background is very dark. If you created as a dark color, you're not going to be able to see it. When is the leftist flour And because I have a subcategory set up, go ahead and tap on the subcategory for floral elements and it add asset from selection. And now it's in there, and I can use a cider in this document or future ones. What if I want to create my own category? I'll go ahead and I'm gonna turn this off seconds. Go back in my assets studio. I'm going to go to the burger menu at the top here, tap add category, and I'm going to get an unnamed category. You can rename it by going to the burger menu to rename category. How does mean this florals? And now again, as I mentioned earlier, you need to have at least one subcategory in order to start adding elements. So I'll go back up to this burger menu, have ads subcategory, and you'll see that pop up here and I can rename. This is well by going into the burger menu for this specific subcategory solves Rename this flowers. Now let's say I want to add this flower into this pack and we do it the same way I did previously. I was. Go ahead and tap on it to select it. Go to my sub category and tap hat asset to selections. That's how you create your own category and sub categories, even also deleted. That way, I'm actually going to go ahead and delete this category because I don't need it. So go to my burger menu and tap delete category. So that's how you use the assets, junior. Oh, in the next section, I'm going to show you how to set up your canvas to get ready to start using the symbols for our symmetrical illustration. So I'll see you there 4. Setting up your Canvas: Okay, so I'm going to start by setting up my canvas will hit the plus sign on my gallery screen or slept new document. Now you can set your canvas up to any size you like. Just keep in mind that while designer is primarily a vector bee's program, you are able to add raster elements to it, whether it's using a pixel brush or a raster image file. So if you plan to print anything, always make sure that you set your original documents size to the largest size you plan to print, whether that's in pixels, inches or whatever measurement you'd like to do it in. And always make sure that the DP eyes at least 300 or more When I hit, OK, and that's going to place my canvas. Now my interface is set up for a left handed person. If yours isn't our screens, you're simply flipped opposite of one another. The first thing that typically do is change the background color by adding a rectangle, and I do that for two reasons. The first is to knock back this white color that automatically pops up the second is because I tend to use my background as an integral part of my overall design. I'll start with a relatively unusual color and throughout the press has changed that at texture or do both. We grab my rectangle tool, make sure my snapping is on. I'm actually going to make my background black with no stroke. We'll start from bottom corner and drag up to the top, and because snapping is in place, it will automatically pop it to the other corner. So I've got that rectangle in place. I'm going toe lock it just to make sure that I don't accidentally move it around as I'm adding things. If you don't see the lock in your layer studio here, just go to the burger menu and tap show unlocked. That's the quickest way to walk in and lock your layers. Otherwise, you can also go into the layer option for each layer by tapping these three thoughts here. So I have that locked. We're ready to start using our symbols to create some symmetry. Before we do that. Let's take a closer look at the symbol studio and how they work. We're gonna do that in the next section and I'll see you there 5. The Symbols Studio: the Symbol studio allows you to create symbols from objects or groups of objects and a global edits to every copy of that individual symbol. So any changes that you need to one will automatically be applied to all whether it's color , size, rotation or even embellishments that you add to it. This makes it a great tool for creating surface patterns, intricate designs with a lot of duplication throughout, or as will be creating in this class illustrations with some natural elements. Now I want to know. Unlike the assets that we spoke about previously, symbols are attached to an individual document they don't carry through the overall application. So if you have a symbol or symbols that you want to be able to use in future documents, I recommend creating an asset out of um, you can always pull them into the new document and then put them back in the symbol studio , and I'll show you how to do that in a moment. Let's take a closer look at the Symbol studio and how they work. I'm going to go and grab my rectangle toll on just drag out a basic rectangle. Now, if we take a look at the layer studio, you can see this is a basic shape layer. I could make a change to the color of the size shape. I could use my no cool on it once I converted to a curve. But if I make duplicates of this, any changes I make are only going to apply to the selected rectangle. Not all of the duplicates. In order for that to happen, I need to convert this to a symbol, so I'll go to my symbol studio, which is this circle with three wavy lines. And again, if you can't located just happened. Hold on the question mark at the bottom and labels will pop up. The first thing we'll do is make sure that my sink symbols is on, and you can tell that it's on by the blue dot. With the rectangle selected, I'll go to the burger menu and top ABS symbol from selection, and now you can see it's been added to the panel here. Let's go back to the layer studio. The layer has changed a little bit. It's now labelled as a symbol, and it has this orange line next to it. Anything that's clipped to a symbol or symbols. Hasn't orange line next to it? Anything that is not like this background rectangle doesn't now. The original red erecting was still bear. That layer simply clipped beneath the symbol layer. And that's how symbols work. Any objects that you want to apply to. One symbol as well as all of its duplicates, need to be clipped to one of the symbol levels. So let's take a look at how that works. There's a few ways that I can duplicate this. I'm going to go ahead, and I can either two finger tap and drag with my move tool or with its elected. I could go to my head and then EU and tap duplicate. Or I could go back to my symbol studio and tap on the symbol I want to add and his insert. So now if I go in my layer, many you can see, I have to symbol layers here. Now, one thing to know. Because of the way symbols work, I can easily reading these layers. So if I rename this one left where a tingle is automatically going to reading this one left rectangle and vice versa, so you kind of suddenly know which one is which. Once you start adding objects to it, especially the symmetrical ones will start showing up in this layer, should you and you'll be able to easily see which one is which. But for now, I just need to know what that my left one is the bottom symbol and my right rectangles the top. Now what about adding objects to bees? Well, let's go ahead and grab the pen pool, and I'm trying to grab his blue color to start popping out of shape right now. It's sitting there on that left rectangle, but it hasn't automatically been added to that one. The reason for that is because that curve layer sitting at the very top of the layer stock , it's not clipped to either of these symbols. And you can tell it's not because that longe line is not there in order for it to be duplicated over here. I need to clip this curve to my left pale because house words sitting right now, so I'm going to drag it down, clip it, and now it is sitting in both of those parents symbol levels so I could go ahead and I could grab my no tool and I could make changes to the one on this side. I could change the color if I wanted. I could also go into the other one on this side and start making changes, and it's going to change the one over here so it doesn't matter which symbol you make changes to its going to apply every duplicate of that symbol. So you don't have to worry about that so much when it comes to making edits. I didn't delete this. Now what about when it comes to symmetry? Well, first I'm going to do is I'm going to grab my move toward I'm going to bump these together and with snapping on it's really easy. It'll just snap into place and I'll grab my pencil tool here and this blue. No, select the truck tangled to start drawing down. Now, when I draw down from the right on this rectangle, it comes down from the right on this one because this panel, this symbol is currently in exact duplicate is not a mirror image. In order for this to be symmetrical, I need to slip this symbol level, so I'm going to go ahead and way to select it. I'll go to my transform studio and I'm going to do a horizontal flip, and you need to make sure you select it with your move tool. Now, because I've flipped the overall symbol level, this is actually symmetrical. So again, if I go back and grab my pencil tool and I start drawing down, it's going to draw down from the middle. Now you need to make sure when you do that flip that you select the symbol level. If you select anything underneath it, the mirroring is only going to apply to that level. So anything that you add, going forward to the symbol is not going to be mirrored. It's going to be a duplicate of the other panel. So always make sure that when you flip the one panel to make a mirror image that you flip the overall parents symbol level. Now what about how we can apply this to creating our floral designs? Well, the next to section, we're going to start by creating a simple floral illustration using this method, so I'll see you there 6. Creating a Simple Symmetrical Flower Illustration: okay, I removed the pink boxes from the last section. We're going to use the same concept and that we're going to create panels, but I don't want to have any sort of color that's going to compete with my objects already have my background layer here, So I want to create invisible rectangles with no filler strokes. So the first thing I'm gonna do is make sure that my snapping is on down here in the bottom . I'm going to grab my rectangle tool, and I want to go to my color studio and just make sure that my fill in sugar off and you could do that by flipping up from these little icons. Or you can tap on the quick colors down here, So I'm going to start by dragging from the top corner until it snaps into the exact middle of this square and even tell it's in the exact middle by the green line. That appears because you're snapping on. So go ahead and release. And just like in the previous section, we have this rectangle layer here, but I need this to be a symbol, so I'll go to my symbol studio, my sink symbols is on. I'm going to make sure it's selected. I'll tap on my burger menu and hit. Add a symbol from selection. You can't see it because there's no fill that you can see that the panel expanded, which means it is there. I hit the fill and go back to the symbol studio. You can see it's there, but again, we want this to be invisible. No, I'm going to duplicate this and mirror it and move it to the right side. So with its elected, I'll go ahead and tap on the edit. Jube Okay, it. Now I have two symbols. I'm going to make sure the symbol level of that duplicate ISS selected, not the rectangle. Underneath. I'll go to my transform studio and hit horizontal slip. Now I can drag this over to the right, and because snapping is on, it'll snap right into place. Now I have to invisible panels sitting on my background rectangle, which are mirror images of one another. So anything I add to the one side is going to be applied to the other side in the opposite direction. But I just need to make sure that it's clipped to one or the other of the symbols. So let's go ahead and start creating a simple, symmetrical flower design. Now, I'm not going to go into the detail about how to create the flowers because this class is more about the symmetry. But I do have a link to my first class in the about section of this one all about how to create flowers and leaf shapes in affinity Designer. So if you have an interest in learning more about that, I recommend taking that class go ahead and de select that. I was gonna set myself up to create some leaves here. And I typically late to do that with my pencil tool on stroke. And I'm just gonna go ahead and change my pressure settings on my stroke here and make it a little bit whiter. Now, in order to start drawing so that it applies to boat, I need to make sure that I select one of these symbols. I'm gonna go ahead and tap into this rectangle just so I can see where I want to start. And with my pencil tool selected, I'm going to start drawing up a leave shape and I'll do another one. I'm gonna start in the same exact spot, and now I'm going to go ahead and de select this. I actually want to take us a little smell, or I'm going to make 1/3 line here that I'm going to add some flowers too. So I'll go ahead and I'm gonna tap into that symbol again and again with my pencil tool to start drawing up a thinner stem. I'm gonna go ahead and use my assets to add some flowers to this. Will de select that. Now you can see if you look at the layers you before we do that, we have to curve layers here. I actually, when I added that second leaf because I had my sculpt motor on it automatically added it to the original leaf. And then this is this thin one here. It's also showing on the other side, because again, whatever you do on this one is going to happen in this side in the opposite direction. So go ahead and start adding some flowers. I'll tap on my ass a studio and I'm gonna choose this one here. I'll go ahead and change the color and the sides I'm gonna lay it where I wanted. I can always move it later. Now again. It's showing here, but it's not showing on the other side. And that's because when you go to the Layers studio, you can see it to the very top of the stack. And it doesn't have an orange line next to it, which means it's not part of one of the studios. So I need to clip it now because I have it laying over my left panel. The easiest thing to do is to clip it to my left symbol, and then it's automatically going at it over here. So I'll just tap on it, dragged down until that blue line is over, the symbol on. Just make sure you stay to the right of that line, and now its added it to both sides. If I go ahead and make changes or to the rotation or the size, it's going to change it over here is well, I can also change the color if I want. I can make any changes to one, and it's going to change it to the other because again we have them clipped to these symbols. So let's go ahead and I want to add a single lying up the middle as a stem and one single flower. I don't need that to be part of my symbols because I'm not planning to duplicate it, and that's fine. You can actually have a mix of layers, just like we have here with this background layer. I'm gonna go ahead and top of my plus sign and add a vector layer, and I'll grab my pen tool again and that green color make this a little bit whiter and I'll just tap and top again. I think I might make that a little bit taller with my new tool. Okay, so I have my middle stone here. If you look at the layers stack, it's part of that vector layer that I added, and it doesn't common orange Line next to it, which means it's not clipped to one of these symbols. And that's fine because I don't plan to duplicate this. I'm gonna go ahead of my assets studio again and slept another one of these flowers, and I'm going to make it this dark pink. I think I'm a little bit darker. Grab my move tool and size it down, and I'll just place it where I want it. Okay, so I have my basic illustration here. I could go ahead and I could start adding texture to this. The easiest way to do that, as I would have had add texture to this single one first, because I don't have to worry about the other side. I'll just pick this. Any textures, makes you drag out large, release it and then you could make it smaller. You always want to start large so you don't run into any quality issues. Go ahead and clip it to that flower. Change my blend mode. Okay, that flower is done. What if I want to add texture to these two flowers? Well, I can add it toe one, and it's automatically going at it to the other. So I'm going to go back to my layer studio, and I'm going to tap on this left flower to select it. I'll go back up to my documents menu, select place image and grab one of my textures, and I think I'll select this vagabond one here. This is from the grungy set by too little owls, and they are noted in my resource guide that I provided with the class now right now, because I had tapped on this curve, you can see that the texture is there. It's also added as a duplicate here because I was already in the symbol, so I need to clip it to this curves. I'm gonna drag this down and you'll see up at the top. It'll also flip it to the one on the right, so it's clipped here and it's clubbed here. I can go ahead and I could make a change to my blend mode, and that's automatically going to change it on the other side as well. Now, what if I wanted to make one large piece out of this leaf formation? If you have watched my previous class, you know that I tend to do that because I find it easier to add texture 21 large piece rather than a group of layers. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to dese. I'm going to detach these four layers from my symbol studio, so I'll go ahead and I will sweet to select all four. Now, in this case, anything you want to detach you need to select. You can't just select to, and it's made of the same thing Over here, you have to select all of them. So with those four layers selected, I'll go ahead and tap my symbol studio, my burger menu, but this time slug detached symbols and selection. And now you can see that that orange line is no longer there and I want to combine it with this layer up here. But before I do that, I need to convert these strokes to Phil's. So I still have these selected. I'm also going to go ahead and select this one. None of these are part of a symbol studio. They don't have any orange lines next to me, so I could do whatever I want to each individual layer. And it's not going to apply to anything else with all of these selected, although to my edit menu and Topix span stroke and now I have a fill. So now I can perform and add function on it so I'll go to my edit than you tap hat and again and go into great detail on this in my other class. So now I have one large curve That's a Phil, and I can add texture to that. So I'll go ahead and go to my documents menu place, image. Grab one of my textures. I want you clip that change the blend mode, and I just want to make sure that this layer here is actually below the others so that it falls behind the flowers. Okay, so I still have these two flowers connected to my symbols, which means if I want to start changing colors or anything like bad, I can certainly do that since there still attached. If you ever plan to detach something, just make sure that whatever you want to apply, all you've already done, it's really difficult to reattach things to symbols. So I typically make sure that every change that I want to make that I want to apply globally I've done before. I detach them, so these leaves. I had no further changes I wanted to make, but I might want to change these flowers at some point, so I'm going to keep them in the symbols here. So that's how you can create a very simple floor illustration using the symbols, symmetry, mouth ed. What about getting into a more complex illustration. We'll take a look at how we can do that in the next section, so we'll see you there. 7. Creating a Complex Symmetrical Floral Illustration: the last section, we created a simple florals metrical illustration. In this one, lets try creating a more complex one using a mix of assets and are drawing in shape tools. I'm gonna go ahead and select one of the leaf and stem shapes here that I have in the assets pack. I think I'll choose this one. I'm not going to worry about the placement in the layer order. I just want to get it placed first, and then I'll clip it where it needs to be. Go ahead and drag this up and I'm in and change the color of it, and I like how that's looking. It's now I'll go ahead and I'm going to clip it to my right symbol because it's on the right side and I thought had an added it now to the other. Now these were a little too close together and probably a little too big. So I'm going to make that a little bit smaller, and I actually like how that's crossing over in the middle there. So I am going to leave that as is, and now I'm gonna go ahead and start adding my flowers. Now I'm going to start the process, and then I'm going to speed it up. Otherwise you're going to be sitting here basically watching paint try. But I'm gonna go ahead and just start adding a few, and then I'll speed it up. Go ahead. Just had one of the an asset here, and I already know that's going to be a little too big. It's gonna bump up against that one. But we will just start with what we got here. Going to make that this red color. You should think I'll start with Peak, and I'm gonna go ahead and drop this to my left panel here. So it populates on this side, and actually, that size is perfect. Now, I'm gonna go ahead on and I think I'm going to to finger tap and drag to duplicate this one and just change the rotation. And if we drop the light value and I'll drop this behind this one, Okay, I'm gonna had add another flower right about here. Now, this is your illustration. Just have fun where they don't worry about realism, unless you really want to with no plant actually exists like this for you have different flowers on it. I just like to just add a bunch different flowers that I feel work together well, and I don't necessarily worry about what would happen in nature. So just have fun with it happened with the colors to go ahead and make this one and red a color, and I'll go ahead and clip this to my left symbol and I need to make them a little smaller because they're bumping up against each other and I'll start adding texture and things like that after I add some more flowers. I think with this little cluster here, I'm going to add this double layered flower here, clubs to an insert, and we'll teed it. Put it up here may go with this yellow color, everything you need to get a little bit later. Just so it stands out, then had the front of it. And you can use these assets however you like. If you don't want to make layers out of them, you don't have to. It's totally up to you. They're created so that you could NBI creative with, um, we got a little bit darker, and I think I'm gonna go ahead and group that and just to finger tap and drag and maybe foot that just so it's a little bit different well, over the size and place it on that stem and I'll go ahead and take both of these and clip them to my left Stoute symbol. So it clips over there. So I'm gonna stop at this point right now to start adding some texture to. That's just because I don't want to get too far and then have to go back and add texture, stamina. Grab one of my favorite texture packs its is grungy texture pack by two little owls. And if you look at the resource guy and I actually give all of the information about where I get my textures from, I'm gonna go ahead and just stroll up. Always make sure you place your texture large. You can always size down if you want, but you want to start large. Otherwise you could run into quality issues. So in clip this and the reason you can't see it is because I just clipped the wrong one to these air actually flipped. So I need to clip this one here, and then it's going to flip it so I hadn't changed my blend mode. I kind of like this were darker color that has kind of a gritty feel to it. But I'm gonna keep scrolling through to go with overlay on that one, and I'll just add awesome or texture to these, and it's actually dropped in that layer. So I just need to go back in here and rescue it, and I'll just grab it and drop it there and again change the one mode. All right, you get the idea on adding texture, I'm gonna go ahead and keep adding some flowers and adding fracture along the way. Now, I also tend to use my lips tools or my other sheep and drawing tools just to add some other elements to be them to make this one brown and then went ahead and drop it to this left symbol and you can see it already showed up there. And I'm gonna drop it over the top of this flower. So it's kind of like a middle and maybe add a stroke to it and use one of my flower rushes , which actually come with my first class. It helps you create stamens. All right, so I'm gonna go ahead from here and just keep adding so you'll get to see the process. But I am going to speed it up because, as you can see, it takes a while to do it. And I will see you on the other side. Okay, I'm call that done. I think I've added enough flowers. I didn't add texture to everything. And that's okay. You don't always have to. Sometimes I like the leaves some undone just to again give it a little bit more dimension. I am. And go ahead now and just kind of mess around with the background and see if a different color might work better, practice blue and then drop the light value of it and just see if I like how that plays better than the black. What to be somewhat of a grey blue. I'm gonna go ahead and try and add a texture to that and see how that works out. And I'll pick this nice like one and again make it larger. You don't have to clip it to the rectangle since it's just laying over the top of just that left. That was just that rectangle rather e I was dropped capacity like how that's looking and one final texture that I'm going it later. That on top of this and I'm to go back here and find have a favorite texture that I tend two years at the top of my images and up ahead on and spring that in. Once I said it large again, I can go ahead and size down, Um, change the blend mode of this. I think I'm probably going to go with Relais and just drop the opacity a little bit. And now that I've done that, I'm finding this is a little bit washed out so I might go in here. And since it's on a symbol layer again, I can go ahead and do that, and it changes both. So good. This is the beauty of working with this is that I don't have to worry about going into each individual layer and making changes. So I'm gonna go ahead and just make sure and even the ones that didn't add texture to it because I have a texture on the top. It went ahead and did that. I just dropped this a little bit. Hey, you may get a little more. Warren G. Sorry. I'm gonna call that done in the next section. We are going to take a peek at the next class coming out and wrap things up so else to you there. 8. BONUS Simple Vector Leaf Shapes: I had a few people ask me how I created this simple week shapes in the simple, symmetrical illustration section of the past. One is it. Put together a bonus video to show in a few ways that you could easily create simple leave shapes using either the shape pools or the drawing tools and designer. I'm going to start with the pencil tool. It's the icon that, not surprisingly, looks like a pencil in the tool section. If you can't find it just happened, hold on the Russian market the bottom as I'm going to start with a feel you can use either fill or stroke with the pencil tool, and I'm going to show you both ways as well a show you the pros and cons of using both of them. So I got a feel selected this green color, and my stroke is actually off. I'm going to grab my pencil tool and I'm going to turn sculpt off. I'll show you what sculpt us in a moment, but for a while and drawing and out initially, I want to turn it off. I'm also going to make sure that in the contextual menu, use Phyllis on and you could tell it's on because it's lit up in blue and you can see the green swatch there. Now I'm supposed for drawing out my leave shape now a couple of things about this. If you are someone like me who has hard time drawing a really nice smooth line, and he needs some help with streamlining your lines, you could go to the compaction menu at the bottom and top tier of here, and there's a set of stable Ensor's. The default setting is no stabiliser, and if you're trying to create something with a lot of dragon minds or waves that you don't want help with, you can keep it on no stabiliser. And I recommend that if you do need some help where you want a nice, smooth curve, you can choose either rope or windows stabilizer. They won't they work similarly to one another. It's just a matter of feel, so I suggest trying both and just seeing what works best for you. In addition to help you as you draw, it's also going to snap it into place that finds little areas of too much waiting us. So again, if you're trying to purposely create something with that. Make sure that off. The second thing about the shape is when you use the pencil tal with fill. It looks like it's a close shape, but it's actually not. If I zoom in closely here, you can see that my initial mode and my end note are not connected, which means I can't make any changes to the shape here. And I don't like how it's cut off like that. So I need to close the shape, and I can do that two ways. The first is in the contextual menu for the note tool like Intact Close, and it's going to place a line between the two open notes now did it exactly the way the shape was initially created, so didn't make any changes to it. But I could always go ahead, and I could drive this down and drank. That'll just make the changes I want, so it has less of a cut off. The other way of closing it is to simply drag one note to the other. Now the whole shape is closed, and again I can use my nose and handles to adjust the shape. How right? Like so I have a basic leave shape here. I wanted to enhance it a little more. I could grab, bypass it'll again and turned sculpt on, and I can just do little cut outs here. The skull tool will either add you or subtract from your initial shape. And it's a great tool for doing quick things like this when you just want to add some cut out. So if you're making like I'm on sterile leaf or a feather or something like that, it could be a very frustrating tool. It takes a lot of practice and finesse. I go into more detail in it in my floral typography class. I'm not going to focus too much energy on it here. But if you want to learn more about how it looks or worked rather a suggestion in that class out, you can also add to your shape. If I were to draw between two nodes like this, it bumped. Believe out, I don't want that in this case, but here you have a basic leave shape with some cutouts. Another benefit of using this on Phil is that it's automatically ready for texture. You can't add texture to stroke only a fill, so I can go to my place image and I get out of vast raven trial. To this, I could go into my pixel persona and grab my paintbrush and add some gritty texture to it. It's all set to go. I don't need to do anything to convert it, So that's one of the benefits of using us. One of the cons is what we've already mentioned. If you have a hard time Freehand drawing smoothly, it can be a little bit challenging. But your stabilizers can really help with that. So that's the first way to create a basic leave shape in the designer. Let's take a look at how you can use the pencil tool on stroke. OK, I'm going to grab a pencil, told again, and I'm going to turn off, use Phil and sculpt again, and this time I want my struggle on. So I'm going to swap with my pencil. So now the stroke is on and I feel is off. I'm also going to make sure that my pressure settings are all reset and we dropped the wits letter to about halfway. I just want to show you what this is going to look like from the starting point. If I just draw out of shape, You've a very basic line. This is a single stroke. Was a single line through the middle of a shape. It doesn't look at any uncle leave, but I can use them pressure settings as well as my wits lighter. Teoh, help get it closer to this kind of shape. What I need to do is make thes two endpoints pointier, and I'm going to do that by dragging these two sliders. If I drive down, you can see that. That's starting to get pointy there. And the top is being 20 as well. Now that also contracted the middle. And I need that have bulge that comes here in this leaf. So I'm going to add a note attacking the middle of that line and way to drag up. Now you start to see more of a leaf shape is gonna make this bigger so you can see it now. One thing about the wit Slatter in the stroke studios, it ends at 100 points. You can't go farther than that. If you want to make your stroke larger, you can do that by going to the contextual menu at the bottom and just straight swapping up from here. So me that a lot bigger. So there's two weeks to change the size. This one is not limited. This one is now. If I go ahead and start during out leave shapes, it's going to be at the size that I create down here. Now. The benefit to me of using a stroke is that I have a little bit more controlled, a lot quicker. Been creating it with a Philly. Don't have to draw it out. For someone like me who's not is comfortable with Freehand drawing, as I am with using shapes. This is a better option for me, but the Economist is it's not ready for texture. I need to actually convert it to be able to use it for texture. This is a stroking. As I mentioned earlier, you could only add texture to it. Phil. Well, it's easy to convert if I haven't selected like this right now. You see that line running through the middle of it. I'll go to my edit menu and top expand stroke. Now you can see the nodes are all around it, which means it's a fill that go to my color studio. It's changed to a Phil wrapping the stroke. Now I can add my texture image files to it. I can go to my pixel persona, and you don't have to close the shape. It automatically closed when it converts it. So that's a seven way that you can create a basic belief shape. And also, I should mention you can use your school tool in this now that it's converted to a Phil. If you'd like to make changes like we did here, it's totally up to you. So let's take a look at how you used the 10 told to create Lee shapes like this. I grabbed my pencil. I don't often use this one to create leave shapes, and when I do, I only do it on the stroke setting. And the reason for that is if I do it on this fill that reset, all my pressure settings here gonna turn off used. I'm gonna turn on you still rather, and I'm going to start tapping on a leaf. You're going to see that unless you're really, really solid with your pant hole abilities it's hard to draw believe shape just because of the way it works Now you could use it on curve sayings. Contraire, smart, sending that. It helps you form curves, but it still doesn't do the best job of it. I think the way that I could use my no tools to make adjustments to it, but I don't find it very easy. I'd rather use my pencil tool on Phil, then use the pen Pool one. Phil. However, you can use it on stroke. So I swapped that two stroke on the turn off use Phil, and I'm going to set my leaf pressure settings like we did with the pencil and I'll score head and tack out a line. And first you wanna make sure it's on pen that top of the line just occurred it like that. I can make it bigger down the bottoms like I do with the pencil tool, so you have a really easy way or just making basically shapes. Always make sure you d selected or it's going to keep going. It's like you just do the same thing again. You need to convert this before you can turn it into a textured objects. So I'm going to with its left to go to my edit menu intact, expand stroke. And now I have a fill. Unlike this other one, that's actually still a stroke. So that's the third way that you can create a basically shape using designer. Let's take a look at how you can use your shape tools to do the same thing. The final way I'm going to show you is to use your shape tools to create ashamed. I rarely use this because I find it to be very generic looking, and I find that I have to do to me. Edits to it to actually make it look like hey, more get leave shape. But again, it's totally attenuation most comfortable with. And what if my hands off my lips stole and I want to make sure it's on Phil? How does drag out just a basic oval shaped like that? Now this is a shape layer. It's not a curve, which means I can't use my no tools to make any changes of this. I need to convert it first, and I'm going to do that by tapping two curves down at the bottom. Now if you look, I have four notes to work with. Sweat can manipulate in the same way I did with these. Let's say I want the top of the bottom to be 20 like phase. Go ahead, drag over with my pencil and you can see that they're selected because they are now spilled in blue. I'll go to my contextual menu at the bottom intact. Sharp now, like I mentioned, it's a really generic looking leaf shape if you want it. If you're going for that look, it's perfect. If not, if you want to make some changes to it, you grab your no tool and use your handles. It just sort of drag in and out. Just took how to manipulate the shape of it. I do go into detail on how to do that. In my first class about textured florals as well was creating an entire leaf shape with a stem. Using this process again. I don't tend to do this attend to use my free and drawing tools more, but it is another option Now. This is a Phil. It's not a stroke, which means you can automatically add texture to it. So while the Khan of using a shape is that it is not his organic looking The pro doing is it's automatically ready to add texture to so those air four ways that you could easily create basically shapes using your shape or drawing tools and designer. 9. BONUS Quadrant Symmetry with Symbols: In the previous videos, we focused on mirrored symmetry where we only use two panels to create side by side symmetrical elements. I want to free another video, showing you how you to easily set up quadrant symmetry by adding four invisible panels instead of two. So I'm going to start the process the same way. I want to make sure that my snapping is on. I'm going to grab my rectangle toll, and I'm going to turn my fill on my stroke off with my snapping Holmes in a drug down square until I hit dead center both vertically and horizontally, and you'll know you're there when the green and red lion shop. So I have my first panel that I need to turn into a thimble. When I go to this symbol studio, I'm going to tack on the burger menu and add symbol from selection, and you can't see it. But it is there. When you go to the layer studio, you can see the symbol exists. So now I want to duplicate this three times so that I have a total of four panel, so I'll go to my edit menu, and I wanna tap duplicate three times. Now I have four total symbols. And again, because of the way symbols work, I cannot easily change the name of one without changing the others. So for the purposes of this video, I'm going to go bottom up. So my top left is going to be my left or my bottom layer. My top right will be my second. My bottom left will be my third, and my bottom right will be my fourth and you'll see why That's important in a moment. First thing I want to do is just joining them out exactly where you said I was gonna place them. And I'm not going to flip them yet because I want you to see what's going to happen when we do. So I'm going to draw some shapes out first. If I were to go ahead and grab my pencil tool and I'm going to turn on a stroke here and tap of my rectangle, it's Mr drawing out a shape. Right now, they're all coming from the bottom right, because again, we haven't flipped anything. They're all exact duplicates of one another. I need to start flipping these three panels, make them symmetrical in 1/4. Information with that first ones from the ground. My move tool. And I'm gonna start best second later. Here. This works just the way that the mirror symmetry does. All I need to do is go to my transform studio and I'm going to do a horizontal slit. So now we have a nice mirror symmetry. There you go back to my third. In this case, I want to do you a vertical flip. So I'll go to my transform studio and you vertical and then it brings it up. So you're still symmetrical in a mirrored fashion here, but you want to do vertical instead of horizontal. Now, my fourth layer, I actually need to do both to want to do both a horizontal Hannah vertical foot, so attack to select it. When did you a horizontal and vertical slit. So now I have those four elements in 1/4. Information about your back in to my pencil toll eliminated to have a different color here and tap back into that first one, I can start creating designs and order information, and I could make changes to the size, just like I did previously. I can change the color. I can also start adding elements to the four candles, So we're going to go into my assets studio here and grab on my flowers. This is actually the assets studio from the next class. You're getting a sneak peek as to what's gonna be in it. Try and go ahead and grab on my flowers here and we get a little bit smaller and I'll go ahead and add that to this first symbol air, because it's laying over the top of that one. Drag it down and flip it, and now it adds it to those four panels such a one way that you can use quadrants symmetry to create a design. Let's go back out of here, and I'm going to open that this other one. This has already set up with my four panels, so I have my foreskin visible symbols here and where they go ahead and grand. My pencil tool and I want to grab a stroke also to reset my pressure temporarily. I can always change it, but it's happen to that rectangle on when you're using the pen toll, it gives you these little dots as markers and tap here and tap on this one, and I get a nice box formation on the first. Move this in with my move to a little bit. I only have to size one down, and it's going to size the whole thing down because again, these your symbols now I could change the width. I can change the pressure settings. I grabbed my note tool, and I can drag in and create some formations. I can also start driving out and use my handles and no tools to start creating a circular shape. And it got a little bit smaller. I grab my move tool. You need to make this a little bit smaller to get myself some more room. No, I havent reset my pressure settings and set it up with the leaf pressure settings that we just did in the last bonus video. I still have my stroke selected. I'm gonna go ahead into my first one here, and I'm just going to grab my pencil tool and start drawing up leaps. It's really simple, because as I go along, it's just adding him to the whole thing. Now we get to a point you kind of bump into one another you can. This is a point where you can either leave it blank like that, where you can add a single layer by itself and just add it to fill it. And it's totally up to you. I also didn't take much time to measure things out of with pay attention where it was placing things, and that's why I bumped into one another. But as you can see, it's a really easy way of just adding the leaf shapes to these four quadrants. I can also grabbed, um, end of them out. Make sure you grab the actual shapes, actors breaking away like that. I could like the previous one, use my assets or use my drawing tools to add some flour shapes to it. Love. It's small here, so it's just a really easy way of doing quadrant symmetry, right? And designers vector persona without having to worry about a sketch war going into the pixel persona. To use this in the true toll 10. What's Next?: we're at the end of the class and these were actually a few of the additional illustrations I had created as part of creating this class. They're all pretty similar here, but you can actually use the same process to create anything where you need symmetry. In fact, my next class coming up is all about creating. He's beautiful, symmetrical, modern, full guard insects. I will take you step by step through how I choose my colors, my shapes, my inspiration for the bugs as well as how a use, that same symbol symmetry process to create these designs, so of creating these little buggy duties is something you might be interested in. Then check out the next class coming up very soon. Thank you again for taking this cost. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. And I hope to see your beautiful creations posted in the project section. Thanks again