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Quick Wins: Turn Your Art into Fun Reels for Instagram

teacher avatar Charly Clements, Greeting Card Designer and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Class Breakdown


    • 3.

      Vid 1: Slider Technique


    • 4.

      Vid 2: Swipe Through Technique


    • 5.

      Vid 3: Editing for Reels


    • 6.

      Vid 4: Eraser Reveal


    • 7.

      Vid 5: Mini Animation


    • 8.

      Thank You


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About This Class

In this Quick Wins class, you'Il learn 5 different ways to repurpose your art into fun videos ready to upload to Instagram.

I’ll walk you through my whole process, step by step, including the exact apps and tools I use to edit all my videos on the iPad.

What I'll be covering in the class:

  • 5 ways to turn your existing artwork into fun videos
  • All the apps I use for editing videos on the iPad
  • How I film overhead videos for reels
  • Tips for uploading to Instagram

Although Instagram is constantly changing, it doesn’t mean we have to quit being artists and transition over to making videos full time. The good news is we can actually do both! These simple and fun techniques will allow you to create videos from existing artwork, without having to show your face, or spend hours editing reels.

This class is for artists who want to find fresh ways to engage their followers on Instagram.

All you need is some existing artwork to play with - I can't wait to see you bring your art to life!


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Additional editing apps (optional)

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Charly Clements

Greeting Card Designer and Illustrator

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Hey, I'm Charly!

I’m a greeting card designer and freelance illustrator from the UK, mostly known for my stylised portraits and fun colour palettes. 4 years ago I decided to sell all my belongings and travel around the world armed with only my iPad Pro. I now run my creative business full time from my laptop and iPad, working on projects that I love, collaborating with dream brands and licensing my work out to stores around the world.

You can find my work online and in stores internationally on mugs, greeting cards, apparel, and more. 

I love sharing my latest work, process videos and mini tutorials on Instagram and YouTube so feel free to check them out :)

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1. Intro: Hey, I'm Charlie, a greeting card designer, illustrator, and top teacher here on Skillshare, where I've helped thousands of students navigate the world of illustration. We've all been there where we've created a piece of artwork, uploaded it to Instagram, only to find that no one sees it. Rather than just relying on static images is really good to lean into video content as well. Especially now that Instagram have announced that they're no longer just an image sharing app. But here's the problem. Creating video content can be time-consuming and difficult. I don't know about you, but as an illustrator, I wanna do is draw. I don't want to be spending hours everyday creating videos. The good news is you don't have to dedicate all of your time to creating video content. Often by adding just a subtle movement, like an animation or an art reveals, can turn your illustrations into fun videos that will get way more reach than if you were to just post them as a static image. In this class, I'll show you five ways to turn your artwork into fun videos, ready to post to Instagram. I'll show you my exact process step by step, including the apps I use. And I promise that with a little bit of practice, you'll be able to create these exact videos in less than ten minutes. If you've never made a video before, don't worry. These methods are super easy and all created using apps on the iPad. This class is for any artists looking for fresh ways to engage their followers. And I hope that by the end of this class, you'll be excited to share your work on the platform. Again, posting to Instagram doesn't have to be boring. So let's get started. 2. Class Breakdown: For the class project, I want you to create five fun videos using the different techniques that I'll be showing throughout the class. Video one will be the slides or technique. In this lesson, you'll learn how to create this simple before and after video. Video two is the swipe through technique. And this is a great way to show your latest projects or collections. In video three, we'll start to edit our speed paintings for bills. So in this lesson, I'll show you the exact app I use for editing all my time-lapse videos ready to post as a real video for is a raisin reveal. You'll learn the exact tools I use fulfillment videos like this. And last neat and video five is many animation. In this lesson, we'll be taking an existing illustration and adding subtle movement to it using Animation Assist. So once you've created all of your videos, I then want you to share them to your followers on Instagram. So what you're going to need for this class is an iPad and the Apple pencil. You'll also need some apps as well. So I want you to download the Procreate app, bubble house app, and the app. Now you know what to expect from the class and the tools you'll need. Join me in the next video where we're going to learn the slider technique. 3. Vid 1: Slider Technique: The slider technique is a great way to share before and after shots off your illustrations. In this lesson, I'm going to show you how you can transform to static images into a video like this in less than five minutes. Firstly, I wouldn't need to download the bubble house up and it should look like this. I want you to sign up for an account. We'll go over to Procreate. I'm finding an illustration where you have the final and you have the rough sketch. And we're going to save these as separate images. Go to the spanner here, Share and save as a JPEG. And I'll do it with the sketch as well. I'll go back to the bubble health app, select this cross, and go for before and after. I'll bring in my sketch and my final. And this gives me a really fun slider. So I can see the before and after, like this. Unfortunately the app doesn't come with a record feature, so we do have to record own screen. But the iPad always comes with Screen Recorder built-in. I have my screen recorder saved to my home here. But if you can't see it, don't worry, just head over to the settings. Go to Control Center. And you can just find screen recording here and save it manually into your control center. So I'm gonna go and select the screen recorder and I'm going to record myself sliding back and forth like this. I'm going to do it quite slowly and try and make it as smooth as possible. And this might take a few guys just to get that smooth motion. So once you have enough to go by, you can just select this red button here to stop recording. And it should save to a library. Go to the photos, and just take a look to see how it's looking. I'm pretty happy with that. I'll go up to Edit here. So I want you to edit your video. We're going to trim any excess parts. So just that beginning is a little bit slow to come into it. And I also only want maybe three slides, so I'm just going to stay. So one ti me about that is good. Go over to the crop as well. Because we recorded our whole screen. It's saved as a really big video, but we just want this square. So we're going to crop the square ready to post to Instagram as well. Just do that. And once I'm happy with it, I'll just go to Save Video as new clip, just so I don't lose the original video. And just like that, we were able to create a really quick fun before and after video, ready for Instagram. You can do so much more than reveal a before and after with this technique, here are a few fun ideas to play around with. So number one is residual. So why not recreate one of your oldest pieces in your latest style and use a slider technique to spot the differences. The second idea is do a costume change. Take an old character that you've drawn and make small tweaks to the outfit. I use the slider technique for Halloween series of Luschka and the results went down a tree. Okay, So you should have lots of new ideas for the slider technique is now over to you. Use this technique in your own work. You can pick one to start with. Or if you're feeling adventurous, why not do O3? Once you've created the video, upload it to Instagram to show off to all your followers. Remember to tag me in your posts so I can see it too. 4. Vid 2: Swipe Through Technique: Unfortunately, carousel post on Instagram don't perform as well as they used to. So if you have multiple images or designs that you want to show off, then a great way to do this is turn them into videos like this. Think of this, like flicking through a mini portfolio or collection of your work. And here's how I did it. Firstly, I want you to download the app and it should look something like this. This is what I use to edit all of my videos on the iPad. They do have the option to upgrade to a Pro account. You can stick with the free account for now and see how you get on. But if you are going to be using this for all of your video edits, I'd highly recommend upgrading eventually, I think it's around £29 for a one-off payment. And you get access to all of their features. And they do remove ads and watermarks, which is really handy if you're using this for all of your marketing. I'm gonna be using the Pro account, but if it looks a little bit different because you're using the free version, don't worry, I'll be using all of the features that are available in the free version. So we're gonna go over to video and go to Photo. And this is where I have all of my static images ready to upload to ensure select the pattern. So I'm going to be using, I'm using patterns here, but you can use any series of illustrations you want. And I'll select the tick here. This is how it looks. I want my canvas to be in square, so I'm just gonna go to Canvas and put that down to 11, ready for Instagram. And as you can see, all of my illustrations or flicking through as a video. At the moment my illustrations are five seconds long. If I kept them at this iteration, it's going to make a really slow boring video. I want to make sure that each illustration is probably around in 1 second. How I do this is I'll just select one of my clips, go over to speed. I'm bringing the duration down to about 1.8. I feel this is a good amount of time for people to still have a look at my work, but it's still entertaining and engaging enough that people aren't going to click off it on Instagram. I can either change the duration of just this one clip or if I want this to be on all of my clips, I can click on the two ticks here and apply that speed to all of them. And this just saves you a lot of time, so you're not having to do that manually. I also want to change the order of my illustrations so I'm gonna hold down on one of the clips. And this way I can start to drag and drop to reorder my images. I'm going to move this pink one here just so it's not right next to that pink one. And maybe I'll have this one at the end. Once I'm happy with the order, I can just click off like this. Now that I'm happy with the order of my images and also the speed that they're being shown. I can now start to add a really fun transition. If you can see these little white squares in-between my images, this is where I can add a transition. I can select lots of different transitions to play around with. Some of these are only available in the Pro account, but the basic ones are available in the free account. These are the ones that I actually use the most. You can have some that are sliding on and off your screen like this. This is where your images are pushing onto the screen and you can have it the other way. And this is the one that I use the most for my transitions. Just because it looks like you're flicking through a book or a portfolio which I really like. So I'm gonna go with this one, but you can have a play around with the transitions to see what works for you. And again, I'm just going to apply this to all, so I have that transition on all of my illustrations. And just like that, you're able to create a really fun and quick video showing off your latest work. Once you're happy with this, you can go over to the Save button here. I always put the resolution up to four k, just so I have this in a really high-quality and are safe. I'll just go over to my gallery just to see how that's looking. And that's how you create a really quick fun video, ready to post to Instagram. Now over to you, show us your latest creations using swipe through technique. Maybe you have lots of new products that you want to share with your audience or a series of patterns that you've created over the last month. Remember, you're not just limited to doing patterns here. You can create any illustrations there as you want. I can't wait to see your videos. 5. Vid 3: Editing for Reels: In this lesson, I'm going to walk you through my process of getting my time-lapse videos ready to upload as a reel for Instagram. When you work in the Procreate app, it automatically records your whole process from start to finish. But what if you need to cut out parts of your process or stitch together multiple clips into one video. The Instagram app is definitely limited when it comes to editing videos. So what I like to do is clean up my time-lapse videos in the inshore at first, and then opening into Instagram sad, music over the top. You should already have the app downloaded from the first video. And we're just going to head over to the Procreate app. I have my process split up into two campuses. I normally start with a small canvas just to get the overall color and composition byte. Then I'll bring this into a large canvas to finalize, just in case I want to upload it to society six, or maybe our license out to accompany later on. So it's always good to work in a large canvas. But because my process is split up into two cancers, it means that I need to export both of my process videos. I'll head over to the first Canvas, go over to the spanner and head over to video and export time-lapse video. I'll select full length and safety video. I'll also do the same with this one. So go to Spanner video and export time-lapse video. And I'm selecting full length just because I can control the speed and length in the intro app later video. I'm also going to save a static image of my final tastes. So Canvas Share, JPEG, Save Image. So you should have one video, or if you work in multiple campuses, one to two videos and also a static image. I'll go back to the inshore app. Select video. I'm going to bring in my two time-lapse videos. Photo here and bringing my static image as well. So I have my time-lapse video brought in. You can play around with the canvas size so you can have no frame. I select the 916, but I do know that the free version doesn't allow you to select all of these canvas sizes. So if you are working in the free version for now, square format is absolutely fine. You can always upload a square format into real. So if you don't have this option, don't worry. I'm just gonna be showing you in the nine by 16. I'm also going to get rid of the black hair. I'll select my clip and go over to crop. And I can just cut out any parts of the image that I don't want. Just go over and make sure that I've caught that properly. And this will just fill up my Canvas a lot more. I'm also having a look to see my other clips. This is on its side, so just going to rotate this as well. So I'll just select rotate just so I can see it. And I'll hold my finger down and bring this to the beginning. So make sure that your clips are all in the right order. And with my fingers I'm just going to pinch out just so I get a good overview of all of my clips. So now that I've put them in order, the next thing I'm going to do is start cutting parts of the clips that I don't want. So I'm just going to trim the beginning part with procreate. They do show the final illustration you see here. So I don't want this part because I want it to be a bit more of a mystery when people are watching it. So I just want to cut that first out. So I'm just going to zoom in just to edit this clip, a bit easier about that. Select the clip and then hit Split. Select this part and delete. So I've just cut that beginning part out. And I'll do the same with the second clip. Just about there. Okay, to split and just delete that part. That's looking pretty good. The next thing I want you to do is change the duration of your video. Sometimes process videos, especially if you're exporting them at full length, can be quite long. So you don't want to upload a really long video to Instagram just because people's attention spans aren't that long. So at the moment my clip is nearly two minutes. I want to try and get that down a bit. We'll just select the clip and go to speed and bring that up to maybe around two feeds. Maybe 1.8. And on this part as well, I'm going to do the same. Maybe I'll do it slightly slower. Because I find that the sketching phase is probably the most entertaining part of the process. So I don't want to go too fast through that. So about 150. Now, I'll just have a look to see how long that is. And it's about one minute, which is a lot better for Instagram. And the last thing I wouldn't need to do is add an effect to that static image at the end. So I'll select my image and I'm just bring it down to about four seconds. And I'll bring the cursor around here and add a filter. So head over to filter effect. This is where you can start to add really fun effects to your static image. I really like to add effects at the end, just so people know that it's the final illustration. So I'll go over to Phil because I really loved this zoom effect. It's quite dreamy and it really shows off my final illustration. You can have a play around with all of these different effects and see which works for you. And here I've added that really cool zoom effect at the end. If the zoom effect. So again, we can just pinch your fingers out to zoom in. And we can just make sure that we are starting the same effect as the static image comes in like this. And that's how you create a time-lapse video really easily in, in shock. So once you've neat and up your time-lapse video and cut out untrimmed any parts that you don't want. And you've added the effect. It's time to upload to Instagram. Before we do that, I just want to give you a little bit of a rundown with the music. I normally create my videos in the initial app and then bring them into Instagram to add the music. That way, there is an option to add music through the initial app, but I wouldn't recommend doing that. So the music that they have in the library, some is copyrighted. So if you do use it in your own videos, you could get in trouble. So I try to avoid this library and I'll just use the music from the Instagram app. It's just a little bit safer, just in case you are using music that you're not allowed to use. So once you've created your time-lapse video and it's ready to post Instagram. We're gonna go and save it. So go to resolution for k and safe. So this might take a little while just because it's quite a large video, a k. So now it's saved. Just going to go back and go to my photos and just have a look to see the video is working. I'll just flick for it to make sure that there aren't any parts that I want to edit. Then I'll go over to the Instagram app and I'm going to upload my time-lapse there. So I'm going to click the X here and come over to bring up my time-lapse video. And again, I can just quickly check it, make sure that everything is fine. If there are parts that you want to edit fill, you can trim the video that way, but obviously we've already done most of the editing in the initial app. So once you're happy, just go add next, and we're now going to add some music. Here is the music icon. I'll bring the camera audio down. I don't think there was any sound, but I just don't want anything to interfere with the music. Go-to music. And here they give you lots of different recommendations and suggested audio for your videos. Here, I will just go through each one, see if there's any that fit my video. And this might take you a while, but just have fun with that. And sometimes you might find some audio that you really like and you can save it as well. So here I have lots of audio that I've saved and I'll show you how to do that in the next video. Once you've had a play around with adding different music. So for example, I could add this. You can also change the part of the song to fit your video as well. So once you're happy with it, you can just press Done. Done again next and edit cover. We'll just add that static image just so people know that it's, this is what the final is going to look like. I'll add a quick caption as well. So I have been calling my process videos making of. And also when you're adding your capture is try and get some key words in that to relate to your video. So I'm giving my followers a kind of cool to action. This is just asking people to engage and seeing if this is something that they want to see more of it. So it's really important that you are adding some keywords and also a little call to action at the end for your followers. Just sign up with luck Charley, because that's something that I do. And I'm also going to add my hashtags in the same caption as well. So I'll just go over to my notes, copy some hashtags that I already have saved, go back and I'm just going to paste some relevant hashtags like this. Your assignment is to export your process videos and edit them in the app. Once you've done that, bring it into Instagram and make it into a real play around with different music to try and fit your video. Don't forget to tag me in your videos so I can see your amazing work. I can't wait to see what you come up with. 6. Vid 4: Eraser Reveal: I found that some of my best performing videos have been where I've shared the tools I've used. In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to create a really fun reveal video using an overhead tripod. So for this lesson, you're going to need a phone. And you can use any phone here as long as it can record. And also a tripod. So this is a really cheap overhead tripod or from Amazon. And it just clips onto the side of my desk like this. And I've linked this under the About section of the class in case you want to get one too. Alternatively, if you don't want to get a tripod, you can always hold your camera in one hand and reveal like that. The only disadvantage to that is it will make for a shaky video, but it still gets the job done. There are few things I want you to pay attention to when you're recording your videos. Always set up your video near natural lights so you want to be never window just to get that natural light. It will make your video a lot brighter. The other thing that I want you to do is have a look around your home and studio for any props that you want to add into your video. For example, I have some pens here that I'll be adding around my scene, and also some plants as well. And this just adds a pop of color and nature. So I'm just going to turn on my camera. And what I want to do is just try and align the iPad up as neat as possible. Just make it straight. And I want to have the same amount of gap up here, thumb as well just to make it look better. I'm also going to add these pens in just that an angle to add a splash of color as well. Try and get those leaves then. Like that. Just adds a little bit more because let's say I have my illustration in two different campuses. I have the final and also the sketch layer. Just going to bring that sketch to the top hair. And what's it gonna make a duplicate of that just so I have a backup in case anything goes wrong with my first sketch. So it's always important never to arrays or damage your original sketch. Always make a backup. I'll go over to the amazed to hear. And there was so many brushes to choose from that it can be difficult to know which one to use for the arrays. So what I'd recommend is go down to drawing and select Blackburn. You can bring the brush size up to around 80 to 90%. And I'll just show you an example of how that looks. So you just get a really nice crisp amaze here. It just means that you're not having to erase all of your illustration at a slow pace. And I think that's a common mistake. I see a lot of people do is they'll pay quite small or razors. Or maybe they don't have enough capacity. And it will be really hard for you to quickly erase your sketch. So always use a large eraser. And now I'm just going to start raising my illustration back and forth like this. And as you can see, I'm kind of going over the same part, but gliding my pencil down. So what makes a really good arrays video is if you do it in a really clean sweep like that, I'll just do it one more time. Slowly raising that illustration. Before you go off to create your own reveal videos. Here are a few things to remember. So tip number one is to always film near natural light. If you find that your videos are still quite dark, you can always go in and edit them using apps like VSCO or Adobe Lightman. Tip. Number two is, use a large eraser brush. And I can't stress this enough. If you want to get that really clean, smooth motion than using a large brush, we'll just make your video look a lot cleaner. Tip number three is add pops to your videos. So have a look around your house. Try and find plants or pens to add around your scene. And this will just add a lot more personality to your videos. Tip number four, edit your videos. If you need to trim any parts of your video, then remember, you can always do this directly through the iPad. Just click on edit and trim your video, ready to post to Instagram. And tip number five is to use the same audio that I've used in my reveal videos on Instagram. So we'll head over to Instagram and I'll just show you how to save it. So find the rebuild video that I've created. Click again and you'll find the audio here. You can go up and save this audio to your library. So every time you create a real, you have access to this audio. I want you to use this fun audio in your own reveal videos that you've created through this lesson. I can't wait to see your videos. 7. Vid 5: Mini Animation: In this lesson, I'm going to show you a quick way to animate your existing illustrations using animation assist in Procreate. If you're stuck on what to animate. Here are a few ideas to help you out. You could add bubblegum to your characters, make insects fly at twinkle effects to your stars in your space scenes, or suddenly move animals tells an eyes like this. If you want to learn how to create a stylized scene, an animated, be sure to check out my phone was spaces class here on Skillshare, where I go into a lot more detail about animating full scenes like this. So what I want you to do is take one of your existing illustrations. It's important to note here that whatever you're animating, it needs to be on a transparent background like this. I have my illustration merged down, but I have all the elements that I want to animate on a transparent background. And this is really important when I go to move it, that it doesn't interfere with the background. Then I have this orange set to a layer beneath like this. I want you to go over to the spanner and toggle on animation assist. So if the background fills your Canvas, don't worry, there's a simple way to avoid this. I want to set this background to all of my frames. So I'm just going to double-click on the square here and set this to background. So now this is set to all of my frames. Moving forward, I'm going to duplicate the original illustration and I'm going to start to animate parts of my elements. So I'm going to rotate my flowers. I'm just going to add a rotation there. I'm just going to do the same on each one. So you can probably see that there's this kind of layer underneath, and this is the original illustration. So the layer below, this is called an onion skin, and it just helps guide us to know where to add movement to the frame above. The same here. I'm just adding a really subtle shift in that rotation. So I don't want to move my flower too much because the animation will be quite jarring and won't be smooth. So I want to make sure that I'm adding just a really subtle movement to each layer. And I also want to have these sparkles. Twinkle. I'm going to make this slightly smaller and just add it into the center of that onion skin. And I'll do it here as well. Again, makes sure that it's in the center. When you're creating your animation, it's really important to double-check that everything is smooth and is playing well. So I just click on the play just to see how it's looking so far. And I really like that. So I know that the way I'm rotating the flowers is perfect. So I'm just going to duplicate that and just repeat the process again. And just rotate it. If you are rotating or moving some of your elements and you're noticing more than one onion skin. Just head over to the settings here and just make sure that you have your onion skins set to about one. If I have it set to two or higher, then it's going to start getting really confusing to know where to move my flower. If I set it to one that I've just got the layer below. So I can use that as that guideline. Okay, and I'm pretty happy with that. I love how the stars sparkling in and out, kinda getting smaller and bigger. That's how I wanted it. And I will say I really like how the flowers are just kinda shifting, rotating back-and-forth. Once you're finished with your illustration, you can have a play around with all of the different settings. At the moment I have it to ping-pong. This means that my stars will pulsate smaller to bigger and then bigger to smaller. Again. If I have it on loop, it will just go small and then go back to the beginning of large. So I don't get that kind of subtle sparkle effect that I want. So Ping Pong is just a lot better for this. And remember, you can always play around with the speed here. So frames per second, this is way too fast. So I normally set it to around three frames per second. This just gives me a really subtle movement to my illustrations. You can go over to the spanner here and go to Share. And we're going to save it as an animated MP4. And this just means that it's ready to upload to Instagram, just checking the speeds. So frames per second is three, and I'll just export it to my library like that. So your assignment is to take one of your existing illustrations and find from ways to add subtle movement to it using animation assist. I'm so excited to see you animations. 8. Thank You: Thanks so much for joining my class today. I hope you have lots of new ideas for you're next Instagram post. I was so excited to share this class with you because the world needs to see all the amazing work that you're already creating. Before I wrap up this class, I just want to remind you to take care of your mental health, especially when it comes to posting on social media. It can be really easy to fall into the trap of self comparison, organ and obsessed with numbers, we've all been there. The goal of this class was to give you fun and creative ways of presenting the work that you love to create. So have fun, enjoy the process, and take lots of breaks on social media. If and when unity, there will always be a place for you when you decide to return. So if you want to see the music that I used in the videos throughout this class, then you can find them over on my Instagram at Charlie Clements. And don't forget to tag me in all of your amazing videos over there. I always love seeing what you guys create. If you want to learn how to create more illustrations for your videos, then be sure to check out my classes here on Skillshare. I have classes on character design, picking perfect color palettes, and also how to animate do things. Thanks so much for joining me today. Bye.