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Symmetrical Vector Illustrations with Symbols in Affinity Designer iPad | Modern Folk Art Floral

teacher avatar Tracey Capone, Illustrator, Photographer & Teacher

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

      2:42
    • 2. Downloads & Resources

      2:15
    • 3. The Assets Studio

      4:20
    • 4. Setting up your Canvas

      2:02
    • 5. The Symbols Studio

      6:18
    • 6. Creating a Simple Symmetrical Flower Illustration

      11:37
    • 7. Creating a Complex Symmetrical Floral Illustration

      10:09
    • 8. BONUS Simple Vector Leaf Shapes

      11:40
    • 9. BONUS Quadrant Symmetry with Symbols

      7:11
    • 10. What's Next?

      1:00
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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.

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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!

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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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1. Welcome! | Class Project: [MUSIC] Hi, I'm illustrator and photographer Tracey Capone and welcome to my class all about creating symmetrical floral illustrations using the Symbol studio and Affinity Designer for iPad. Well, Affinity Designer has a customizable symmetry tool hidden within its pixel persona. Unfortunately, it doesn't have one on the vector side. Now, you could sketch out your design on a pixel side and either trace it with vector drawing tools or lay vector shapes over it. But this can be time-consuming as you still have to manually make sure that your tracings or shapes are perfectly symmetrical. Plus makes sure that any edits you make in one object are manually major all of its duplicates. Wouldn't it be great if you could create a perfectly symmetrical illustration right in the designer persona, without having to rely on the sketch? You can. In this class I'm 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 new leave shapes that you can use in addition to the built-in drawing and shade pulls to add your own design. Now, while the focus of the class isn't about creating flower leaf shapes, you can also follow along with me as I create my own symmetrical floral illustrations. I'm also going to show you how you can use the Symbols Studio to make an edit to one 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 interface is helpful. If you're brand new to the app. I recommend starting with my textured florals in Affinity Designer for iPad class as I take you through the entire interface, as well as explain how to use the various tools. For this class. You'll need an iPad, a stylus. I'm going to use an Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus of your choice and the Affinity Designer for iPad app, which can be done either in the Apple store or on Serif website. I've included a link to both and the resource guide for the class. [MUSIC]. For your class project, you'll create your own symmetrical illustration using the Symbol Symmetry method I teach in the class. You can draw your own flat or textured floral leaf shapes or any object you'd like or use those found in the assets pack 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 may learn when taking the class. Please consider sharing your project in the class project section of the class. I can't wait to see what you create using the method you'll learn in this class. Let's get started. [MUSIC]. 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 shape tools to create your own designs. To access the files in Dropbox, you will need a password which I'm going to put up on the screen now. Once you've accessed the files you'll see two items for download. The first is the symbol symmetry assets pack which you'll want to download either to your iPad or a Cloud file, as you need to access them from within designer. Just to note, whenever you're importing something into Affinity Designer you can't do it simply by tapping on the file within your files app on the iPad. They actually need to be imported from within the application itself and I'll show you how to do that in a moment. But for now just tap on the three dots and select download. Again, either save it to your iPad or to a Cloud file. The second file is symmetrical floral illustrations resource guide. It contains information about designer, written instructions about downloading the assets pack as well as a list of my favorite texture makers. I'm back in designer and I'm ready to import my assets pack into my Asset Studio. You need to be within a document to do that. It doesn't matter which one, just open any document. I'm going to go to my Asset Studio here which is the group of nine squares. If you can't locate it just tap and hold on the question mark and labels will pop up. Now, 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 saved again 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 it you can always tap in the middle here or scroll back and forth. Now, in the next section we're going to take a closer look at the Asset Studio, and I'll show you how to use those in the assets pack as well as how to create and save your own. I'll see you there. 3. The Assets Studio: In this section I'm going to show you how to use the assets pack that came with the class. Now in the downloads and resources, I showed you how to import it into designer. In this section, we're going to take a closer look at how the Asset Studio itself works. The Asset Studio icon is this group of nine squares. If you can't locate it, just tap and 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 subcategories. Every category needs to have at least one subcategory in order to start adding elements to it. I'll show you how to do that in a little bit. 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. 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 surface pattern design. I use it to create fill in illustrations. There's any number of ways that you can use your assets. Again, you can save single layer objects, which is what this pack is, or you can say in groups of objects. Let's first take a look at the single layer. If I tap on one of my flowers here and hit 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 node pool and make changes to the shape. I can change the color, I can change the 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 shade say groups of objects. If I go back to my Asset Studio, I'm going to select one of these little beetles I created for my next class. If I open up the layer studio here, you'll see that this is a group of layers that combine into one overall group and saved 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. Make sure that you're making a parent group that you're saving. Let's go back to that original pack. What if I want to add an element to an existing pack? I've created this flower here, and I always create my assets in either colors or white. The reason I do that is because the background is very dark. If you create it as a dark color, you're not going to be able to see it. I'm going to select this flower, and because I have a subcategory setup, I'm going to go ahead and tap on the subcategory for floral elements and hit Add Asset from Selection, and now it's in there and I can use this either in this document or future ones. What if I want to create my own category? I'll go ahead and I'm going to turn this off. I can just go back in my Asset 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. I'll just name this florals. Now again, as I mentioned earlier, you need to have at least one subcategory in order to start adding elements. I'll go back up to this burger menu, tap Add subcategory, and you'll see that pop up here. I can rename this as well by going into the burger menu for this specific sub-category. I'll just rename this flowers. Let's say I want to add this flower into this pack. I would do it the same way I did previously. I just go ahead and tap on it to select it. Go to my subcategory and tap Add asset to selection. That's how you create your own category and subcategories. You can also delete it that way. I'm actually going to go ahead and delete this category because I don't need it. I'll go to my burger menu and tap Delete category. That's how you use the Assets Studio. In the next section, I'm going to show you how to set up your canvas, to get it ready to start using the symbols for our symmetrical illustration. I'll see you there. 4. Setting up your Canvas: I'm going to start by setting up my canvas. I'll hit the plus sign on my gallery screen and select "New Document." Now, you can set your canvas up to any size you'd like. Just keep in mind that while Designer is primarily a vector-based program, you are able to add raster elements to it, whether it's using a pixel brush or a raster image file. If you plan to print anything, always make sure that you set your original documents highest, 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 DPI is at least 300 or more. I'm going to hit "OK." That's going to place my canvas. Now, my interface is set up for a left-handed person. If yours isn't, our screens are simply flipped opposite of one another. The first thing I 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 neutral color and throughout the process change that, add texture, or do both. We grab my rectangle tool and make sure my snapping is on. I'm actually going to make my background black with no stroke. I'll start from the bottom corner and drag up to the top, and because snapping is in place, it will automatically pop it to the other corner. I've got that rectangle in place, I'm going to 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 layers studio here, just go to the burger menu and tap "Show Unlocked." That's the quickest way to lock and unlock your layers. Otherwise, you can also go into the layer option for each layer by tapping these three dots here. I have that locked. We're ready to start using our symbols to create some symmetry. Before we do that, though, let's take a closer look at the Symbol Studio and how they work. We're going to do that in the next section and I'll see you there. 5. The Symbols Studio: The Symbol Studio allows you create symbols from objects or groups of objects and a global edits to every copy of that individual symbol. Any changes that you made 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 else will be creating in this class illustrations with symmetrical 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. 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 them. 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 ahead and grab my rectangle tool and just drag out a basic rectangle. Now if we take a look at the layers studio, you can see this as a basic shape layer. I can make a change to the color, the size, the shape, I can use my node pool on it once I convert it 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. I'll go to my Symbols Studio, which is this circle with three wavy lines. Again, if you can't locate it, just tap and hold on the question mark at the bottom and labels will pop up. The first thing I'll do is make sure that my Sync symbol is on and you can tell that it's owned by the blue dot. With the rectangle selected. I'll go to the Burger menu and tap "Add 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, is now labeled as a symbol and it has this orange line next to it. Anything that's clipped to a symbol or symbols has an orange line next to it. Anything that is not like this background rectangle doesn't. Now the original red rectangle is still there. That layer is 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. 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 it selected I can go to my Edit menu and tap "Duplicate." Or I could go back to my Symbol Studio and tap on the symbol I want to add and hit "Insert." Now, if I go into my Layer menu, you can see I have two symbol layers here. Now, one thing to note, because of the way symbols work, I can't easily rename these layers. If I rename this one, left rectangle is automatically going to rename this one left rectangle and vice versa. You just have to know which one is which. Once you start adding objects to it, especially this symmetrical ones, they'll start showing up in this layer studio and you'll be able to easily see which one is which, but for now, I just need to know it then my left one is the bottom symbol and my right rectangles the top. Now, what about adding objects to be as well? Let's go ahead and grab the Pen tool. I'm going to grab this blue color and just start tapping out a shape. Now, 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 stack, it's not clipped to either are these symbols and you can tell it's not because that orange line is not there. In order for it to be duplicated over here, I need to clip this curve to my left panel because that's where it's sitting right now. I'm going to drag it down, clip it and now it is sitting in both of those parent symbol levels. I could go ahead and I could grab my Node tool and I can make changes to the one on this side. I can change the color if I wanted. I can also go into the other one on this side and start making changes and it's going to change the one over here. It doesn't matter which symbol you make changes to it's going to apply to every duplicate of that symbol. You don't have to worry about that so much when it comes to making edits. Let's go ahead and delete this. Now, what about when it comes to symmetry, well, the first thing we're going to do is I'm going to grab my move tool and I'm going to bump these together and with snapping on, it's really easy. It will just snap into place. I'll grab my Pencil tool here and this blue. Now select this rectangle and you 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 an exact duplicate, it's not a mirror image. In order for this to be symmetrical, I need to flip this symbol level. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to select it. I'll go to my transform studio and I'm going to do a horizontal flip. 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. 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. 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. Always make sure that when you flip the one panel to make a mirror image that you flip the overall parent symbol level. Now, what about how we can apply this to creating our floral designs? Well, the next section we're going to start by creating a simple floral illustration using this method. I'll see you there. 6. Creating a Simple Symmetrical Flower Illustration: I've 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 them to have any color that's going to compete with my objects. I already have my background layer here. I want to create invisible rectangles with no fill or stroke. The first thing I'm going to do is make sure that my snapping is on down here at the bottom. I'm going to grab my rectangle tool. I want you to go into my color studio and just make sure that my fill in stroke are off and you can do that by flipping up from these little icons or you can tap on the quick colors down here. I'm going to start by dragging from the top corner until it snaps into the exact middle of the square. You can tell it's in the exact middle by the green line that appears because you're snapping on. I'll go ahead and release. Just like in the previous section, we have this rectangle layer here. But I need this to be a symbol. I'll go to my Symbol studio. My Sync symbols is on. I'm going to make sure it's selected. I'll tap on my burger menu and hit 'add symbol from selection'. You can't see it because there's no fill, but you can see that the panel expanded, which means it is there. If 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. Now, I'm going to duplicate this, mirror it and move it to the right side. With it selected, I'll go ahead and tap on the "Edit, "Duplicate". Now I have two symbols. I'm going to make sure the symbol level of that duplicate is selected, not the rectangle underneath. I'll go to my Transform studio and hit horizontal flip. Now I can drag this over to the right. Because snapping is on, it'll snap right into place. Now I have two 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. 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. If you have an interest in learning more about that, I recommend taking that class. I can go ahead and deselect that. I'm just going to set myself up to create some leaves here. I typically like to do that with my pencil tool on stroke and I'm just going go ahead and change my pressure settings on my stroke here and make it a little bit wider. Now in order to start drawing so that it applies to both, I need to make sure that I select one of these symbols. I'm going to go ahead and tap into this rectangle just so I can see where I want to start. With my pencil tool selected, I'm going to start drawing up a leaf shape. I'll do another and I'm going to start in the same exact spot. Now I'm going to go ahead and deselect this, I actually want to make this a little bit smaller. I'm going to make a third line here that I'm going to add some flowers to. I'll go ahead and I'm going to tap into that symbol again. Again with my pencil tool, I'll just start drawing up a thinner stem. I'm going to go ahead and use my assets to add some flowers to this, so I'll deselect that. Now you can see if you look at the Layers sheet before we do that, we have two curve layers here. I actually want to add that second leaf, because I had my sculpt mode on it automatically added it to the original leaf. 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. Let's go ahead and start adding some flowers. I'll tap on my Asset studio and I'm going to choose this one here. 'll go ahead and change the color and the size. I'm just going to lay it where I want it, I can always move it later. Now, again, it's showing here, but it's not showing on the other side. That's because when you go to the Layers studio, you can see it's at 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. Then it's automatically going to add it over here. I'll just tap on it, drag down until that blue line is over the symbol and just make sure you stay to the right of that line. Now it's added it to both sides. If I go ahead to make changes or add to the rotation, or the size, it's going to change it over here as 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. Let's go ahead. I want to add a single line 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. That's fine, you can actually have a mix of layers, just like we have here with this background layer. I'm going to go ahead and tap on my plus sign and add a vector layer. I'll grab my pen tool again and that green color. I'm just make this a little bit wider. I'll just tap and tap again. I think I might make that a little bit taller with my new tool. I have my middle stem here. If you look at the layer stack, it's part of that vector layer that I added and it doesn't have an 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 going to go ahead to my Asset studio again and select another one of these flowers. I'm going to make it this dark pink, I think and make it a little bit darker. Grab my move tool and size it down. I'll just place it where I want it. I have my basic illustration here. I could go ahead and I could start adding texture to this. The easiest way to do that is I'm going to go ahead and add texture to this single one first because I don't have to worry about the other side. I'll just pick this, any texture, just make sure you drag out large, release it. Then you can make it smaller, you always want to start large so you don't run into any quality issues. Then go ahead and clip it to that flower, change my blend mode. That's flower is done. What if I wanted to add texture to these two flowers. Well, I can add it to one and it's automatically going to add it to the other. I'm going to go back to my Layers studio. 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. I think I'll select this vagabond one here. This is from the grungy side by two 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. I need to clip it to this curve, so I'm going to drag this down. You'll see up at the top it'll also clip it to the one on the right. It's clipped here and it's clipped here. I can go ahead and I can make a change to my blend mode. It'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 to one large piece rather than a group of layers. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to detach these four layers from my Symbol studio. I'll go ahead and I will swipe to select all four. Now in this case, anything you want to detach, you need to select. You can't just select two and it's going to do the same thing over here, you have to select all of them. With those four layers selected, I'll go ahead and tap my Symbol studio, my burger menu, but this time select "Detach Symbols in Selection". Now you can see, that that orange line is no longer there. I want to combine it with this layer up here, but before I do that I need to convert these strokes to fills. 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 them, so I can do whatever I want to each individual layer and it's not going to apply to anything else. With all of these selected, I'll go to my edit menu and tap "Expand Stroke" and now I have a fill. Now I can perform an add function on it, so I'll go into my Edit menu and tap "Add". Again, I'll go into great detail on this in my other class. Now I have one large curve that's a fill and I can add texture to that. I'll go ahead and go to my Documents menu, place image, grab one of my textures. I'm going to clip that, change the blend mode. I just want to make sure that this layer here is actually below the others, so that it falls behind the flowers. I still have these two flowers connected to my symbols, which means if I want to start changing colors or anything like that, I can certainly do that since they're still attached. If you ever plan to detach something, just make sure that whatever you want to apply to 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. 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. That's how you can create a very simple floral illustration using the symbols symmetry method. What about getting into a more complex illustration? Well, we'll take a look at how we can do that in the next section, so I'll see you there. 7. Creating a Complex Symmetrical Floral Illustration: In last section, we created a simple floral symmetrical illustration. In this one, let's try and create a more complex one using a mix of assets and our drawing and shape tools. I'm going to 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 want to get it placed first and then I'll clip it where it needs to be. Let me go ahead and drag this up. I'm going to change the color of it. I like how that's looking. 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'll go ahead and add it now to the other. Now, these are a little too close together and probably a little too big, so I'm going to make that a little bit smaller. I actually like how that's crossing over in the middle there, so I'm going to leave that as is. I'm going to 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 dry, but I'm going to go ahead and start adding a few and then I'll speed it up. I'll go ahead and add one via an asset here, and I already know that's going to be a little too big. It's going to bump up against that one, but we will start with what we got here. Then to make that this red color. I think I'll start with pink. I'm going to ahead and drop this to my left panel here, so it populates on this side. Actually, that size is perfect. I'm going to go ahead and I think I'm going to two-finger tap and drag to duplicate this one and change the rotation and maybe drop the light value. I'll drop this behind this one. I'm going to go ahead and add another flower right about here. Now, this is your illustration, have fun with it. Don't worry about realism unless you really want to. No plant actually exists like this where you have different flowers on it. I just like to just add a bunch of different flowers that I feel work together well, and I don't necessarily worry about what would happen in nature. Have fun with it. Have fun with the colors. I'm going to go ahead and make this one, I think that red color. 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. 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. I'll just do an insert and rotate it and put it up here. I'm going to add this yellow color, I think maybe make it a little bit lighter just so it stands out. Then add the front of it. You can use these assets however you'd 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 can be creative with them. Make that a little bit darker. I think I'm going to go ahead and group that and just two-finger tap and drag and maybe flip that just so it looks a little bit different. Lower the size and place it on that stem. I'll go ahead and take both of these and clip them to my left symbol, so it flips over there. I'm going to stop at this point right now, start adding some texture to this because I don't want to get too far, and then have to go back and add texture. I'm going to grab one of my favorite texture packs. It says grungy texture pack by two little owls, and if you look at the resource guide, I actually give all of the information about where I get my textures from. I'm going to go ahead and just scroll 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. I'll go ahead and clip this. The reason you can't see it is because I just clipped the wrong one. These are actually flipped. I need to clip this one here and then it's going to flip it. I'll go ahead and change my blend mode. I like this weird darker color that has a gritty feel to it, but I'm just going to keep scrolling through. I'm going to go with overlay on that one. I'll add some more texture to these. It's actually dropped in that layer, so I need to go back in here and rescue it, I'll just grab it and drop it there. Again, change the blend mode. You get the idea on adding texture, I'm going to go ahead and keep adding some flowers and adding texture along the way. Now, I also tend to use my ellipse tools or my other sheet and drawing tools to add some other elements to these, I'm going to make this one brown and I'm going to go ahead and drop it to this left symbol and you can see it already showed up there. I'm going to drop it over the top of this flower so it's like a middle, and maybe add a stroke to it and use one of my flower brushes, which actually come with my first-class. It helps you create stamens. I'm going to go ahead from here and keep adding, so you'll get to see the process, but I'm 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. I'm going to 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 to leave some undone to, again, give it a little bit more dimension. I'm going to go ahead now and mess around with the background and see if a different color might work better. Grab this blue and then drop the light value of it and see if I like how that plays better than the black. I want it to be somewhat of a gray-blue. I'm going to go ahead and try and add a texture to that and see how that works out. I'll pick this nice light one and again make it larger. Now, you don't have to clip it to the rectangle since it's laying over the top of that rectangle rather. I'll drop the opacity. I like how that's looking. One final texture that I'm willing to lay it on top of this, and I'm going to go back here and find I have a favorite texture that I tend to use at the top of my images and I'll go ahead and bring that in. Once I set it large, again, I can go ahead and size down, and change the blend mode of this. I think I'm probably going to go with overlay and drop the opacity a little bit. 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. Again, 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. I'm going to go ahead and make sure and even the ones I didn't add texture to me because I have that texture on the top, it went ahead and did that. I might just drop this a little bit, and make it a little more orangey. I'm going to call that done. In the next section, we are going to take a peek at the next class coming up and wrap things up, so I'll see you there. 8. BONUS Simple Vector Leaf Shapes: I've had a few people ask me how I create the simple leaf shapes in the simple symmetrical illustration section of the class. So I wanted to put together a bonus video just showing a few ways that you can easily create simple leaf shapes using either the shape tools or the drawing tools in Desygner. I'm going to start with the pencil tool. It's the icon that not surprisingly looks like a pencil in the tools section. If you can't find it, just tap and hold on the question mark at the bottom. I'm going to start with a fill. You can use either a fill or a stroke with the pencil tool and I'm going to show you both ways, as well as show you the pros and cons of using both of them. So I got a fill, I 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 does in a moment but for while I'm drawing it out initially, I want to turn it off. I'm also going to make sure that in a contextual menu Use Fill is on. You can tell it's on because it's split up in blue and you can see the green swatch there. Now I'm just going to start drawing out my leaf shape. Now a couple of things about this. If you are someone like me who has a hard time drawing a really nice smooth line and you need some help with streamlining your lines, you can go to the contextual menu at the bottom and tap the arrow here and there's a set of stabilizers. The default setting is no stabilizer and if you're trying to create something with lots of jagged lines or waves that you don't want help with, you can keep it on no stabilizer and I recommend that. If you do need some help or you want a nice smooth curve, you can choose either rope or Window Stabilizer, they work similarly to one another. It's just a matter of feel. I suggest trying both and just seeing what works best for you. In addition to helping you as you draw, it's also going to snap it into place so it finds little areas of too much waviness. So again, if you're trying to purposely create something with that, make sure that's off. The second thing about this shape is when you use the pencil tool with fill, it looks like it's a closed shape, but it's actually not. If I zoom in closely here you can see that my initial node and my end node are not connected, which means I can't make any changes to the shape here. 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 node tool, I can tap close and it's going to place a line between the two open nodes. Now it did it exactly the way the shape was initially created so it didn't make any changes to it but I can always go ahead and I can drag this down and drag that out and just make the changes that I want so it has less of a cutoff. The other way of closing it is to simply drag one node to the other. Now the whole shape is closed and again, I can use my nodes and handles to adjust the shape however I'd like. So I have a basic leaf shape here. If I wanted to enhance it a little more, I could grab my pencil tool again and turn sculpt on and I can just do little cutouts here. The Sculpt Tool will either add to or subtract from your initial shape. It's a great tool for doing quick things like this where you just want to add some cutouts, like if you're making a Monstera leaf or a feather or something like that. It can be a very frustrating tool. It takes a lot of practice and finesse. I go into more detail on 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 works rather I suggest checking that class out. You can also add it to your shape. If I were to draw between two nodes like this, it bumped the leaf out, I don't want that in this case. But here you have a basic leaf shape with some cutouts. Another benefit of using this on fill is that it's automatically ready for texture. You can't add texture to a stroke, only a fill. So I can go into my place image and I can add a raster image file 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 this. One of the cons is what we've already mentioned. If you have a hard time free hand 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 leaf shape in Desygner. Lets take a look at how you can use the pencil tool on stroke. I'm going to grab my Pencil tool again and I'm going to turn off, Use Fill and sculpt again. This time I want my stroke on, so I'm going to swap with my pencil. So now the stroke is on and my fill is off. I'm also going to make sure that my pressure settings are all reset and I'm going to drop the width slider 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 a shape, even a very basic line. This is a single stroke, that's a single line through the middle of the shape. It doesn't look anything like a leaf. But I can use my pressure settings as well as my width slider to help get it closer to this kind of shape. What I need to do is make these two end points. Point here, and I'm going to do that by dragging these two sliders. If I drag down, you can see that that's starting to get pointy there and the top is getting pointy as well. Now that also contracted the middle. I need that bulge that comes here in this leaf. So I'm going to add a node by tapping the middle of that line and I'm going to drag up. Now you start to see more of a leaf shape. I'm just going to make this bigger so you can see it. Now one thing about the width slider and the Stroke Studio is 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 I need that a lot bigger. There's two ways to change the size. This one is not limited, this one is. Now if I go ahead and start drawing out leaf 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 control, it's a lot quicker than creating it with a fill. I don't have to draw it out and for someone like me who's not as comfortable with free hand drawing as I am with using shapes, this is a better option for me but the con of this is, it's not ready for texture. I need to actually convert it to be able to use it for texture. This is a stroke and as I mentioned earlier, you can only add texture to a fill. Well, it's easy to convert. If I have it selected like this right now you see that line running through the middle of it. I'll go to my edit menu and I'll tap "Expand Stroke". Now you can see the nodes are all around it, which means it's a fill. If I go to my Color Studio, it's changed to a fill rather than the stroke. Now I can add my texture image files to it. I can go to my pixel persona. You don't have to close this shape it's automatically closed when it converts it. That's a second way that you can create a basic leaf shape. Also, I should mention you can use your Sculpt Tool on this now that it's converted to a fill if you'd like to make changes like we did here, it's totally up to you. Let's take a look at how you can use the pen tool to create leaf shapes like this. I've grabbed my pen tool. I don't often use this one to create leaf shapes and when I do, I only do it on the stroke setting. The reason for that is if I do it on a fill, I'll reset all my pressure settings here, I'm going to turn on Use Fill rather. I'm going to start tapping out a leaf. You're going to see that unless you're really, really solid with your pen tool abilities, It's hard to draw out a leaf shape. Just because of the way it works. Now you could use it on curves settings, prompts are smart settings and it helps you form curves but it still doesn't do the best job of it. I could go in and I could use my node tools to make adjustments to it, but I don't find it very easy. I'd rather use my pencil tool on fill than use the pen tool on fill. However, you can use it on stroke. I swap that to stroke. I'm going turn off Use Fill. I'm going to set my leaf pressure settings like we did with the pencil and I'll just go ahead and tap out a line. First you want to make sure it's on pen, the tap on a line and just curved it like that. I can make it bigger down at the bottom just like I did with the pencil tool. So you have a really easy way of just making basic leaf shapes. Always make sure you de-selected or it's going to keep going. So I can just do the same thing. Now again, you need to convert this before you can turn it into a textured objects. I'm going to with it selected, go to my edit menu and tap "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 basic leaf shape using Desygner. Lets 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 a shape. Now, I rarely use this because I find it to be very generic looking and I find that I have to do too many edits to it to actually make it look like a more organic leaf shape. But again, it's totally up to you what you feel most comfortable with. I'm going to go ahead and select my ellipse tool. I want to make sure it's on fill. I'll just drag out a basic oval shaped like that. Now this is a shape layer. It's not a curve, which means I can't use my node tool to make any changes to this. I need to convert it first, and I'm going to do that by tapping to "Curves" down at the bottom. Now if you look, I have four nodes to work with so I can manipulate in the same way I did with these. Now let's say I want the top and the bottom to be pointing like this. I'll go ahead and drag over with my pencil and you can see that they're selected because they are now filled in blue. I'll go to my contextual menu at the bottom and tap "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 can grab your node tool and use your handles and just drag in and out just 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 as creating an entire leaf shape with a stem using this process. Again, I don't tend to do this. I tend to use my freehand drawing tools more but it is another option. Now this is a fill. It's not a stroke, which means you can automatically add texture to it. So while the con of using the shape is that it is not as organic looking, the pro of doing it is it's automatically ready to add texture to. So those are four ways that you could easily create, basic leaf shapes using your shape or drawing tools and Desygner. 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 wanted to create another video showing you how you can easily set up quadrant symmetry by adding four invisible panels instead of two. 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 tool and I'm going to turn my fill and my stroke off. With my snapping on I'm just going to drag down a square until I hit dead center both vertically and horizontally and you'll know you're there when the green and red line show up. I have my first panel that I need to turn into a symbol, I'm going to go to my symbol studio, I'm going to tap on the burger menu and add symbols from selection and you can't see it but it is there and when you go to the layer studio you can see the symbol exists. Now I want to duplicate this three times so that I have a total of four panels. I'll go to my edit menu and I'm going to 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 on 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'm going to do is just drag them out exactly where I just said I was going to 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 on my rectangle, I'm just going to start 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 to make them symmetrical in a quadrant formation with that first one so I'm going to grab my move tool and I'm going to start with my second layer 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 flip so now we have a nice mirrored symmetry there and I go back to my third. In this case, I want to do a vertical flip so I'll go to my transform studio and do vertical and then it brings it up. 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 too, I want to do both horizontal and a vertical flip so I'll tap to select it, I'm going to do a horizontal and a vertical flip. Now I have those four elements in a quadrant formation. If I go back in to my pencil tool and I'm going to grab a different color here and tap back into that first one, I can start creating designs and quadrant formation and I can make changes to the size just like I did previously, I can change the color, I can also start adding elements to the four panels. I'm going to go into my Asset studio here and grab one of my flowers. This is actually the Asset studio from the next class so you're getting a sneak peek as to what's going to be in it. I'm just going to go ahead and grab one of my flowers here and make it a little bit smaller and I'll go ahead and add that to this first symbol layer because it's laying over the top of that one, drag it down and clip it and now it adds it to those four panels. That's one way that you can use quadrant symmetry to create a design. Let's go back out here and I'm going to open up this other one. This is already set up with my four panels so I have my four invisible symbols here. I'm going to go ahead and grab my pencil tool and I want to grab a stroke, also to reset my pressure temporarily I can always change it. When you tap into that rectangle and when you're using the pen tool it gives you these little dots as markers. I'm going to tap here and tap on this one and I get a nice box formation. I'm going to first move this in with my move tool a little bit, I only have to size one down and it's going to size the whole thing down because again these are symbols. Now I can change the width, I can change the pressure settings, I can grab my Node tool and I can drag in and create some formations, I can also start dragging out and use my handles and my Node tools to start creating a circular shape and I go a little bit smaller. If I grab my Move tool and I just make this a little bit smaller to give myself some more room. Let me go ahead and 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 going to go ahead into my first one here and I'm just going to grab my Pencil tool and start drawing up leaves. That's really simple because as I go along it's just adding them to the whole thing. Now you get to a point where you bump into one another, this is a point where you can either leave it blank like that or you can add a single layer by itself and just add it to fill that in it's totally up to you. I also didn't take much time to measure things out as I was to pay attention to where I 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 grab them and move them out. Make sure you grab the actual shapes and I could break it away like that, I could like the previous one use my assets or use my drawing tools to add some flower shapes to it, it's a little bit smaller. It's just a really easy way of doing quadrant symmetry right and designers vector persona without having to worry about a sketch or go into the pixel persona to use the symmetry tool. 10. What's Next?: We're at the end of the class and these are 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 this same process to create anything where you need a symmetry. In fact, my next class coming up is all about creating these beautiful, symmetrical modern folk art 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 I use that same symbol symmetry process to create these designs. If creating these little buggy beetles is something you might be interested in, then check out the next class coming up very soon. Thank you again for taking this class. 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.