Easy 3D Art: Digital Papercut Typography in Procreate | Laurie Russell | Skillshare

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Easy 3D Art: Digital Papercut Typography in Procreate

teacher avatar Laurie Russell, Digital Artist | Illustrator | Educator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Class Project


    • 3.



    • 4.

      Digital Papercut Technique Overview


    • 5.

      Choosing the Right Font


    • 6.

      Planning Your Design


    • 7.

      Creating Your Papercut Layers


    • 8.

      Adding Text to Your Papercut


    • 9.

      Adding Elements (Optional)


    • 10.

      Combining Layers and Grouping


    • 11.

      Creating the 3D Effect


    • 12.

      Adding Paper Texture (Method 1)


    • 13.

      Adding Paper Texture (Method 2)


    • 14.

      Exporting Your Design


    • 15.

      Sharing Your Design


    • 16.

      BONUS: Leveling Up Your Design


    • 17.

      BONUS: Printing with Canva


    • 18.

      Thank you


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About This Class

Let’s create beautiful, unique 3D papercut art without any scissors or glue…join me in class to learn how to create digital papercut typography artwork in Procreate!

In this class, you’re going to learn the basic technique for creating 3D papercut art in Procreate, and then we’ll work through a full design together.  After you complete the main part of the class, you’ll be able to take what you’ve learned and create your own digital papercut artwork to share via email, social, or as a digital card. 

The Bonus section features some of my additional tips and tricks to help you take your designs to the next level, as well as a guide for how to bring your artwork into Canva and create printed cards for any occasion. 

What you’ll learn

  • How to plan your design and sketch in Procreate
  • How to use Layers, Clipping Masks, Adjustments, and Groups in Procreate to create 3D cutout shapes
  • How to choose the right Typeface/Font for your project
  • How to utilize different Blending modes with texture brushes to get a digital paper effect
  • How to export your final artwork to share digitally
  • How to bring your artwork into Canva to print


Is this class for me?

Newbies and seasoned artists will enjoy this class and the project can be adapted to any skill level.  To succeed in this class, you should have a basic working knowledge of your iPad and Procreate, but we’ll be walking through each step of the process along the way.  You’ll learn some tips and shortcuts as you watch my workflow, and improving your understanding of Typefaces and Fonts will benefit any design you create in the future.


Materials & Resources

For this class, you’ll need an iPad with Procreate, and I recommend using an Apple Pencil or other stylus, although it’s not absolutely necessary.  You’ll receive a set of Procreate brushes that includes a stamp brush of the lemon from the sample project (in case you want to create along with me and are concerned that you can’t draw as well as you’d like), as well as a bunch of digital paper texture brushes and two color palettes.  You can get the Procreate resources and the Font guide HERE.

Let’s get started!

The sky’s the limit with these designs…once you get the hang of the technique, you’ll be able to use these anywhere you currently see typography or photos – how about on a website banner?  Or create a set of 12 and get a calendar printed?  These designs are so unique and fun!  I can’t wait to see what YOU create, so make sure that you share your designs in the Projects area of the class.

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Laurie Russell

Digital Artist | Illustrator | Educator


Hey there, I'm Laurie!  I’m a Graphic Designer, Digital Artist, and basically a lover of all things creative.  I've been drawing since I was big enough to hold a crayon, and I haven't stopped since - now I do art for a living!  I'm based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (Washington State, USA).  I’ve worked with a variety of clients, from large companies to small startups, to individuals and small businesses - in many industries - over the past 15 years.


I have a passion for the union of Technology + Art. My mission is to help your ideas take flight by sharing tips, techniques, and tools to empower Creators of all ty... See full profile

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1. Introduction: I love doing crafts, but I can't always make it to the craft store to get supplies. That sounds like you then you are in luck. In this class, I'm going to teach you how to make them easy 3D digital art using only your iPad and the app Procreate. Here are some examples of the amazing 3D digital art that you'll be able to make by the time you finish this class. Hey there, my name is Lori Russell. I'm a graphic designer, digital artist, and basically lover of all things created. I am so excited to share this class with you. Paper is one of my favorite art mediums. And finding a way to translate that into a digital format is really satisfying. I've done everything from scrapbooking, making 3D paper boxes and gift tags to on edge paper cooling and actual layered paper cutouts in light boxes. I love how the color, texture, and thickness of the paper can totally change the look of your art. And we're going to be exploring that in this class. As a graphic designer, I also know the importance of choosing the right typeface or font. Each one conveys a different emotion or feeling. And I am thrilled to be able to combine my love for typography and paper art in this digital style in procreate. In this class, you're going to learn the basic techniques for creating 3D paper cut art in procreate, you should have a basic working knowledge of your iPad and the procreate app. But I'll be walking you through every step along the way as we create this design together. If you want to recreate the sample design with me, I've provided a stamp brush as well as a bunch of different paper texture brushes. You'll also get the color palette that I'm using and some fun holiday colors as well. After you've completed the main part of this course, you'll be able to take what you've learned to create your own digital typography, paper cut artwork to share via e-mail, social, or as a digital card. The bonus section features additional tips and tricks to help you take your design to the next level, as well as a guide on how to bring your designs into Canvas to create printed cards for any occasion. These designs are so unique and fun. I cannot wait to see what you create. Please make sure that you share your designs in the project area of the class. 2. Class Project: Your project for this class is to create a digital 3D paper cut typography design in Procreate and share it with the rest of the class. Your design should have a minimum of three paper cut layers. I recommend five to seven for a really nice effect, but you need at least three so you can show your technique. You should also have at least one typography elements. It can be one word or an entire phrase. And you should incorporate a digital paper texture. You can either have one overall texture for your whole piece or choose to have different textures on each layer, your choice. In order to complete this project, all you'll need is your iPad with the procreate app installed. I do highly recommend that you use an Apple pencil or stylus, but it's not required. You will also have access to the paper brush set that I've created, as well as a couple of color palettes. Check out the resources video for information on how to download these. I chose this easy peasy, lemon squeezy as my sample project because the phrase is really fun and it encompasses how I want you to feel about this class. Anyone can do that. I also really love the color palette. This project can be adjusted to suit any level from beginners to more advanced creators. As you go through the class, you'll get the overview of the technique and then we'll work through the sample design together so you can see it in action. This technique creates really fun and unique artwork. So even if everyone in class and recreates the sample piece, no two will look the same. If you need help choosing the right font for your project, you can follow the link in the resources section to download my free topography guide. Make sure to share your paper cut artwork with the class by following the tips and the exporting your design video to save it as a JPEG or PNG file, and then uploading it to the your project section of this class on Skillshare. If you have any questions or need more help, please let me know. One quick tip doesn't allow for multiple projects in one class. But if you want to share more than one design, you can update your project to add additional images. We would all love to see what you create. Make sure to watch the next video on how to download all the resources and then you'll be set to jump into learning the technique. You can be thinking about whether you want to recreate the sample design along with me, or start working on your own creation right away. I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Resources: Now that we've gone over the class project, I want to really quickly walk you through how to access all the resources that I've included for you. Due to the file size of the procreate brush set, it's too large to host on Skillshare. So I decided to just keep all of the class resources together in one spot. And I've posted those on my website. In order to get there, make sure that you have Skillshare open in a browser, not in the Skillshare app. Then you're going to come here to the projects and resources tab. As you scroll down, you'll see this button that says see more. Go ahead and click on that to expand this information. Here in the materials section, there's a link that will take you out to the page on my website where I've got all the resources hosted for you. Just click that link and it should automatically open in a new tab or a new window. It's going to take you to this page that says paper cut topography class resources. The first thing you're going to want to do is click this button that says download the resources. This will give you the procreate brush set and color palettes. Below that is some information as well as the form to fill out, if you'd like to get the additional guide on how to choose the right font for your designs. Clicking on the download the resources button should open up Dropbox for you if you have the app. Otherwise it may take you to Dropbox in the browser itself. Then you'll be able to save or download the file. It is a compressed zip file, and it does tell you that it can't be previewed, but we're gonna go ahead and unzip that. I'm just going to choose to save it to my file. And I'm going to save it to my downloads so I know exactly where it is and it's easy to ask them. Next, open the files app, go to the downloads folder or wherever you saved it. And all you need to do is just tap on that zip file. Your iPad will automatically unzip it and reveal all the files that are inside. You see we have the paper brush set here as well as to swatches file. And those are the color palettes. Tapping on any one of these, open them and install them in procreate. You'll see our new files at the bottom of your list. 4. Digital Papercut Technique Overview: Before we get into our actual project, I want to really quickly run through the technique that we're going to be using to create our design. Let's go into procreate and just go ahead and create a new design. It can be any size. I'm just going to grab a square and reduce it down so I can see the whole Canvas. Then you want to make sure that you're using a mono line brush. I'm just going to grab this one here and pick any color. Then you're just going to draw a shape. It is important that you close this off. Our next step is going to be to color drop this on the outside, just drag it on over there. And this is going to fill in the outside of our shape as if we cut out this part of the paper. Now we have two options here as far as how we create our other layers, we need probably at least two more. So we can see this technique in action. If you want to have all of the layers be similar, we can then duplicate this a couple of times and use a transform tool to adjust it. You can also just freehand draw with another color on another layer. I'm going to show you both of those. Let's go ahead and duplicate this layer by swiping to the left and choosing Duplicate. Then I'm going to select the bottom layer here, change my color and just color drop that anywhere on the outside. Now when we come to our layers panel, you can see we have two different colors. I'm going to come up to the arrow here. This is our transform tool. And using these corners, I'm just going to drag it a little bit to reveal that bottom color. This is our next layer of paper. Now the other method is to actually draw freehand and this gives a little bit more variety to your paper cut. So we're simply going to make another layer, drag that all the way to the bottom. Choose a different color. And then just draw kind of a free hand shape here. You do want to make sure that you close it as well. And again, just color drop. And now we have three different layers of paper. In order to get this 3D effect that we're looking for, we need to add both highlight and shadow. In order to do that, we need to duplicate each of these layers twice. We're going to come to our layers panel, swipe to the left, duplicate. It. Important that you're duplicating the original layer. You're going to have less degradation of the artwork that way. Alright, so now we have three copies of each layer. We're going to select the bottom layer and each group. We're going to turn on Alpha Lock. There's two ways to do this. You can take two fingers, swipe to the right and you can kinda see it. There's a little checkerboard pattern behind there. You can also simply tap on the layer and turn it on here. Alright, then we're going to come up here to our colors. Double-tap anywhere close to black, and you'll get a solid black color. Then we're simply going to fill in each of these layers with black. And then you can turn that alpha lock off. Now these middle layers and we need to brighten up because they are going to be the edges of our paper. We're going to use the magic wand, the adjustments menu to do that. Choose any of your middle layers. And we're going to use hue saturation and brightness. Usually somewhere in the range of 60 to 70% is pretty good here. For the darker colors, you can brighten them up a little bit more. For these really light colors, they won't need as much. Now to create the magic of our 3D effect, we need to move our shadows down and our highlights up because we're imagining that our light is coming from up here. We're going to multi-select our layers, selecting more than one at the same time. Select one of your middle layers. And then you're simply going to swipe to the right to select all the other middle layers. And we're going to come up here to our Transform tool. I'm going to shrink my canvas a little bit so they can get at this top right corner. And we're going to nudge these just a few pixels this way, just by tapping maybe four or five times. You can see right here, we're starting to get the look of the edge of that paper. That's what we want. You can make your paper as thicker, as thin as you want. I like a more subtle look, but that's totally up to you. Now we need to make our shadows go the other way. So we're going to tap one of our shadow, swipe to the right on the other to use our transform tool. Now we're going to go off of this bottom left corner. I usually make my shadows a little more dramatic. Two fingers to undo that. All right. Now to make this look a bit more realistic, we are going to blur our shadows. Fortunately, you can't do these as a group. You do have to do them one at a time. So tap any of your shadows, come back to your magic wand in the adjustments menu and we're going to choose Gaussian blur. Now all you have to do is simply drag your stylus or your finger across the screen and you'll start to see that blur happening. I'm usually in the range of five to 8%. It really depends on the look that you're going for and how dramatic you want it to be. Generally the layers that are furthest away from the back are going to have more shadow and more dramatic. So this one I might make a little bit more. And then the one at the back, I might do a little bit less. And then our middle shadow, somewhere in the middle. Now, if these shadows are still appearing too harsh for you, you can come and adjust those in the layers panel. Tap on the shadow, and then tap on this little n here that's going to let you change the opacity or the transparency of that shadow. You can take that up or down a little bit. It's looking like it's a bit too dark. And now we have the basics of our 3D paper cut technique. Later on we're going to learn a couple of different ways to add paper texture to this, but this is the general way that we're going to create our designs. Next, we have a bonus lesson on how to choose the right font for your designs if that's something that you need help with. Otherwise, you can go ahead and move on to the lesson on how to plan out your design. 5. Choosing the Right Font: Why do I love typography and fonts so much? They have the power to convey emotion and meaning in a visual way. They can also enhance your overall design and how communicate your message more effectively. Now, let's take a moment to talk about the elephant in the room. I know that's cheesy, but it's going to help you remember it. There's so many mistakes that are easy to make when you're choosing your typefaces and fonts. Knowing what not to do can be just as important as knowing what to do to help you out. I've put together a PDF guide of the top ten mistakes to avoid when choosing fonts for your design. You can get your free copy along with the other class resources in the link in the project description below. Now, we're going to hop into procreate and start planning our design. 6. Planning Your Design: In this lesson, we're going to talk about how important it is to plan your design before you start. Now, you can, of course, just start playing around. And as you get better at this technique, you may just want to jump in and see what you come up with. But especially when you're first starting out, it's really a great idea to do at least a basic sketch. So you have some idea of where you're headed. If you know e.g. that you want to use your design on social media, then you're going to want to set up your design and specific size for that. Usually a square tiny by 1080 pixels. If you're creating a design that you know you want to get printed, you are of course going to want to check on these specifications and the dimensions for that so that you can set it up at the right size, right from the start. For this sample piece, we're just gonna go ahead and make a square design. I have that here set up as a preset. So we're gonna go ahead and grab that. And when I'm sketching in Procreate, I like to just use one of the pencils that's in here. This procreate pencil will work great. And I just keep it on another layer so that I can use it, turn it on and off, all that kinda stuff as I'm working later, you'll want to think about the general shape that you want for your paper cut. I'm gonna go with just an organic shape here. And how many layers you want this to have? Do you want them to be all the same shape like we did before in our first example. Or do you want them to crossover and have other shapes mixed in? And this doesn't have to be exact or perfect. You're not necessarily going to trace directly over this is just to give you an idea of what you want to do later. You're also going to want to think about what texts you want to include on your car. For this one, we're going to use the easy peasy, lemon squeezy, which is really fun. And I want to have that spaced out. I'm not sure what font I'm going to use yet, but I'm just going to block it here. Now I know I want the word lemon to be a lot bigger. So I'm gonna go ahead and just do that. Then I can fit in these other words around that. It's always best to put your biggest ones first and then work the rest of them in. Another thing to consider is if you want to incorporate any other paper cut elements into your design. For this one, we're going to have a couple of these lemon wedges. I know where I want to have those as well as a full lemon. And this is super, super rough. It's again, just to give you the basic layout of where you're going to put things later. Then the last thing is you want to think about your color palette. Now of course, for this one, I've included a color palette here. But if you're not doing a sample piece or you even wanna do it in a different color palette. You're going to want to think about that as well. If you need some extra inspiration for color palettes, Pinterest is a great source for this. I use this all the time. You have some idea of what you'd like a base color, you can search for that balloon color palette. And all of these will come up. And you can grab stuff from just a picture, or it can be an actual color palette like these. There are so many options. So here's my super rough sketch and then we're gonna move on to the next lesson where we're going to turn this into our initial paper cut layers. I'll see you there. 7. Creating Your Papercut Layers: Now that we have our basic sketch, let's go ahead and turn this into some paper cut layers. I'm going to add a new layer. Drop that below my sketch. I'm going to go ahead and rename this to sketch, just so I am super clear when I'm working on, I'm going to lower the opacity of my sketch quite a bit. So I can still see it, but I'm able to draw on my other layers and see what I'm doing. We're going to pick our first color, switch back to our monoline brush. And we're going to create our first shape. You want to make sure it's fairly close to the edge. We're going to be doing five paper cut layers for this one and we need to have room for them to work their way inwards. So I'm gonna kinda vaguely follow the shape. It does not have to be perfect. We're going to color drop onto the outside. And then one thing we want to look at here, especially on this top layer, I'm going to turn my sketch off for a minute, come over to your Layers panel and just check that box there. It'll turn off the visibility. Now, I'm going to use two fingers to zoom in here. Can you see this little bump here? That's pretty typical when you're sketching by hand. And if you want your paper cut to be really rough, It's totally fine. You can have things like this. I like mine to be pretty neat and smooth. So I'm gonna do is just come in here and clean up this edge just a little bit. So it doesn't look quite so bumpy there. Perfect. Alright, now we can turn our sketch back on and move on to the next layer. Now, to avoid having to keep moving these every time, I'm going to go ahead and add all the extra layers I know I'm going to need. I'm going to make sure I have four empty layers here. Now I can go to my colors. Select the next one is light yellow. Then I can come through here and just draw. Now, I'm choosing to do the method where not all my layers are the same and just make sure that it close my shape. And now when I color drop, it's going to fill in right there. If you look at the layer itself, you can see that filled in all the way around. Then we're just going to repeat this process for the other three layers. So I'm going to do that real quick. Now we have our five different paper cut layers. In the next lesson, we're going to look at adding in our text. 8. Adding Text to Your Papercut: Now that we've created our five paper cut layers, it's time to think about where we want to put our texts and what font we want to use. We're going to come to our top colored layer here. Go ahead and sample this color by pushing and holding with your finger. Or you can always come to our color palette and grab it down here. Come over to the wrench icon here, this is your action menu. Go to Add and Add text. If you're doing the sample along with me, you can follow along here. Otherwise, add whatever word or phrase you want to do. I find it's better to do these one word at a time so that you can move things around and put them where you want them. Now we're going to double tap that and go into our font menu. Now for paper cuts, if you want it to look more realistic, I find it's better to use a thicker, chunkier font. That way it looks like something that could really be cut out of paper. But it's your design. So have fun with it and use whatever font you think looks cool. Let's see here. That's kind of a fun bubbly one. Will go ahead and do that. This one is called Betsy. Now we can use our transform tool. We can re-size this, move it around, put it wherever we want. So I have a vague idea of how big I want each of these words. But you can always adjust it later. Now, if you want everything the same font, I find the easiest way to do that is to simply duplicate these layers and then change the text. So I'm going to duplicate this one always the bottom 13 more times. Then I'm going to move these where they're going to go. So I'll be able to see which one I'm working with. Then I'm going to change the texts. Alright, so let's double-tap on this. And this one. Pretty simple. We just need to add the p. Move it out a little bit. This one we're going to change to lemon squeezy. As you see here. This one is too long for the textbox that was in. So I'm just going to take these handles here and drag it out until it fits. So as you're thinking about where to position these and how big they should be. We want to make sure that each of them touches some part of this edge here. Go ahead and turn my sketch off again temporarily. Now I'm going to select these three just so they're all the same size for now and make them all just a little bit smaller because I know I want my lemon to be quite a bit bigger. Then you can just play around with the placement of these. Maybe easy could be a bit bigger there. But again, You want you to them to be touching one of these edges so it looks like they're connected to the rest of the paper. Let's pull squeezy down here a little bit. Now we can make lemon quite a bit bigger. That's really the emphasis of this tree. It's the lemon. You can play around with the text as much as you'd like. Take your time with it and have fun. This is one of the parts of the design that can really change a lot depending on which font you choose. Let's take a look at a few examples. Here's a bunch of different ways that I've recreated this design. Here's a more traditional script font, which conveys a totally different feeling from this bubble, the one or this very blocky letters san serif font. So enjoy the process and find a font that you really enjoy. And then I will see you in the next lesson. 9. Adding Elements (Optional): Now that we've got the texts and our design, It's up to you if you want to add additional elements for our sample piece. So we're going to add some lemon wedges and a full lemon as well. To make this really easy, I've included a brush set for you. Not only does it have the paper textures we're going to use later, but it has this lemon stamp brush. Now turn my sketch back on so I can see where I was going to put these lemon pieces. Then we need to decide which paper layer we want to attach them to. I think for this one that's coming out of the top, it would look good attached to this second layer here, this light yellow. I'm going to add a layer on top of this. And then I will select that color. I can either do it from the color palettes and say no which one it is. Or I can take my finger and sample it that way. Then I can just choose this lemon stamp brush and simply stamp it on there. Now that's obviously too big. I'm going to undo that with the two finger tap. You can change the size of the brush over here on the left. You generally want to make it bigger than you need and shrink it down instead of making it too small and increasing it, because that will pixelate it a little bit. So always go a little bigger than you need and shrink down if you're going to adjust it. Let's get our transform tool. And at this point, I generally am turning my sketch on and off quite a bit just so I can see where I want to put something. But then I want to see how this design is actually going to look. You can change the opacity to whatever works for your process. I like the look of having this lemon be a little bit behind the letter Y. So I'm going to shrink this down a little bit and kinda tuck it into this corner. Remember when we apply our 3D effects to this, all of these layers are going to separate. Now we're going to put another lemon wedge down here. I think we're gonna go ahead and do that in this third color here. I'm gonna go to that layer, add one above it. Going to go ahead and sample that and simply stamp another lemon. One little trick that I like to do here is come to my Transform menu and just flip that horizontally so it's not absolutely identical to the other woman. Then we can adjust it. Move it down behind these letters a bit, rotate it, play with it until you like the layout and where it is. Then the last thing we're going to add is a full lemon back here. You recall from our sketch, we are going to have a regular lemon right there. I believe we're gonna do that in this bright yellow. I'm going to add another blank layer above it. Sample the color. For this one. We're actually just going to draw it. I'm going to go back to my monoline brush. And I'm going to isolate this layer temporarily. Come back to the Layers panel and push and hold on this checkmark that will temporarily turn off all the other layers. In order to draw this lemon, it's super easy. Just going to draw an oval. Use the quick shape when you push on hold at the end, creates an ellipse for you. Go ahead and fill that with color drop. And then we're just going to add that little tip at the end of the lemon. You actually don't need to do anything on this other side because it's going to be covered up by the edge of the paper cut. Now we can go ahead, turn all the other layers back on by pushing and holding this again. The, obviously that lemon is way too big. Remember I said, better dressing bigger and shrink it down. We're going to come over to our Transform tool. Take that down a little bit, angle it, and move it over. I wanna be able to still see the shape of that lemon behind the rest of these. So I'm just going to play around with that until I like the layout. One other way that you can add elements to your design is by using a PNG file that has a transparent background. If you have something that you've saved, either in your photos or in your files, you can simply insert it. Here. You can see I have some here that I was working on another project. If you import that, then you can change the color of it, move it around usage just like you would any of these other stamps. Let's go ahead and bring that up to the top just so you can see what we're working with. Alpha lock this two fingers swipe right, sample this color, and then fill that layer. Then we could attach this element to that same paper layer. I'm gonna go ahead and delete that because it's not part of this design. But I wanted to show you that's another way that you can bring in elements. You just need to make sure that they're ones that you have created or have the rights to use. In the next lesson, we're going to talk about how to combine these layers and make some groups so that it's really quick and easy to make our 3D effect. 10. Combining Layers and Grouping: Now that we've got all of our text and our elements in our design. We're gonna go ahead and combine the layers so that each one looks like it's cut out of one piece of paper. To do that, we're going to come to our layers panel here. And we're just going to use two fingers and pinch together everything that's the same color, putting it all into one layer. May have to do this a couple of times at the top when if you have a lot of texts like I do, you can either delete your sketch, move it down to the bottom, whatever you'd like. Now that we're back to just having five layers of paper, we're gonna go ahead and create those two duplicates of each one, just like we did in the technique video. We're going to swipe to the left, duplicate. Swipe to the left, on the bottom one again. And duplicate because we have so many pieces of paper now, this is gonna get really long and we don't want to keep scrolling through it. I find using groups to be really helpful. So as I've duplicated this twice, I'm going to swipe to the right to select all three of those and then just choose group. Then you can collapses and make it a lot cleaner. I'm gonna go ahead and do that for all of these other ones. Now that we have our five groups, we're ready to go ahead and create that 3D effect. 11. Creating the 3D Effect: We've got our five paper groups here, and now we're ready to go ahead and add that 3D effect. I'm going to go ahead and expand each of these groups by clicking on this little arrow. So even though it's still long, they are separated into their groups, which I think makes it a lot easier to work with. First, we're going to go ahead and get our black shadow layer setup. We're going to alpha lock the bottom layer in each group by either a two-finger swipe or clicking on the layer and choosing Alpha Lock. Then we're going to come up to our color panel, double-tap anywhere close to black to get black. And then we're simply going to fill these layers and then remove the alpha lock. Next, we need to get these middle layers turned into a highlight. So they're going to be the edge of our paper. We're going to have to do these individually. Select the layer and come up to your magic wand and the adjustments menu, we're going to choose hue, saturation and brightness. I like to keep these in the 60 to 70% range. Darker colors generally need a little bit more brightening. Lighter colors, not so much. Now that we've got our highlight layers and our shadow layers, then we're going to move them as a group. Go ahead and pinch this down a little bit so I can see all the edges. I'm going to select my first highlight layer and then swipe to the right to select the other four. This way I have all my highlight layer selected at the same time. Come to the Transform tool. I'm going to just tap outside this corner to nudge them a little bit this way. Depending on how thick you would like your paper and how subtle you want the look. You can do this as much as you'd like. I'm doing about five tabs because I like my paper edge to be pretty minimal and subtle. Then we're going to do the same thing with our shadows, but in the opposite direction. I'm imagining that the light source is coming from this top right corner again. So tap of your top shadow layer, swipe to the right. On the other four. Tap the Transform tool, and we're going to nudge them, awesome this quarter. Now you can see that separation really starting to show. And the last step for this 3D effect is to add the blur to the shadow layers. And again, you do have to do them individually. But I think that's actually a good thing because you can adjust them and make it look a little bit more realistic. The layers that are closest to this background generally would have a little bit less shadow because they're pressed up right against it. And as they get further away, they could have a little bit more. So play around with that, have fun. We're gonna come up here to this adjustments menu and go to Gaussian Blur. Take your pencil or your finger and just slide to the right. I usually keep this in the range of five to eight. If you have more layers, you can go a little bit higher because they're going to be further away from the background. If any of your shadows seem too harsh, you can come in to the layer itself and adjust the opacity. Tap on this little n here, and you can change the transparency of those shadows. Now we've got a really nice 3D effect. I'm going to show you a couple of different ways to add paper texture to this. 12. Adding Paper Texture (Method 1): We've got our beautiful 3D paper cut design, but it doesn't quite look like paper yet. I'm going to show you a couple of different ways to add paper texture to this, to really make this design pop. The first method is to add a paper texture over the entire design. The second method will allow you to add different textures to each paper cut layer. Let's go ahead and add color to this background here. We're going to add one more layer here and just pull it out of this group. I generally don't change the background layer color just because I want to be able to add effects to this with the paper texture and things like that. I have a couple background options for you here. Or you can of course, stick with white or choose something else that you'd like. I'm going to just grab this light yellow. For the first method, which adds one paper texture to this whole piece. We can go ahead and collapse these groups. Make this a little bit cleaner. Go ahead and click on the top group and then add one layer above everything else here. Now for this, you're going to actually need a paper texture that is usually a image file that's done in a medium gray tone with a high contrast, should be a high resolution file. Let me go ahead and go to my Actions menu here. Insert a file, grab this paper one. And you need to make sure that it's covering your entire Canvas. So go ahead and stretch that out a little bit. And then we're just going to change this blend mode here, the n. And I'm gonna change this to overlay. It works pretty well. You can play around with which one you like and how strong it is. But if I set that to overlay, then you can see when we zoom in here, there's this really nice paper texture, but it is on every single layer and kind of pulls away a little bit from the depth of the shadows. This is a quick and easy way to add texture. But if you really want to step it up, I really like having a different texture on each layer. And one way you can adjust this one and make it a little bit more dynamic is to actually duplicate this and rotate it on each layer. It's a little bit more time-intensive, but let's take a look. Gonna go ahead and open up this group. I'm going to duplicate this image. And then I'm going to actually turn this one off, drag this bottom one into the group. Tap on the layer and choose clipping mask. Now this paper texture is only being applied to the blue layer right now. If I go to the Transform menu, I can actually rotate it a little bit, make it a little bit different for what I'm gonna do to the rest of them. You just need to make sure again that it's covering that full layer. Then you can go ahead and minimize that. If I go to a new group here, duplicate this again, grab the bottom one, drag this into the group and make it visible. Turn it into a clipping mask. Then we can actually turn this a different way. And now you can see a little bit of a difference between the texture on this layer and the texture on this layer. Now, it doesn't show up quite as well on this light yellow. And it's really going to depend on the texture you use and how much contrast it has. A couple of different ways that we can make this texture show up a little bit more. You can come up to the Adjustments menu, come to curves, and kind of play around with that. It is going to affect the actual color of your paper. So that's just something to consider. Another thing you can do is actually just duplicate the texture itself. And that tends to make it the texture a little more prominent without changing the color of the paper quite so much. So there's a couple of different options there. But you could repeat this process for the other layers here and get a nice difference in the texture and the rotation and all of that. In the next method that I'm going to show you, you're actually going to be able to get different textures on each layer, which will add another depth to this. So let's take a look at that. 13. Adding Paper Texture (Method 2): If you want to quickly and easily add different textures to each layer of your paper. That's why I've created this brush that I wanted to really quickly run you through how these brushes work before we put them into the design. Let's go back into our gallery and just create a new canvas. Each of these brushes is set up for either a variable or a sheep style. Some of these are only sheet style because they just didn't work very well with the variable Week. I want to show you the difference between these. Grab a nice dark color here. So for this linen brush, which is very similar to the image we just had in the sheep style, the paper sheet. No matter which size you set your brush, the image on the page will always be the same. If you paint without picking up your brush. It's going to fill in an entire sheet of that texture. For the variable brushes. That texture size is going to depend on the size of your brush. You said it's small versus large. You can see there's actually two different sizes of that texture. That's really the main difference between these. Now as far as how to use them, you can either use them with color like I just showed you, or you can use them more similarly to the images where you set them in a gray tone. Going to show you a couple of different examples. Let's just put the general color behind this so we can see what that looks like. Alright, if we are going to try and put this linen paper texture on here, generally, we are going to want to grab the sample, sample this color, and then go a little bit lighter or a little bit darker. And then we're going to play with the blend modes, like color like this, and make it into a clipping mask. Then we can play around with these blend modes and see what we like that texture to look at. So if you go with a lighter color and you choose screen, you're going to get this really nice texture with a little bit of lighter color. They're really just depends on what look you're going for. And you can have a lot of fun with these and experiment. If you just wanted to keep it simple, I would suggest setting it somewhere in the mid gray range. Make it a clipping mask. And then choose either multiply or overlay are gonna be your best bet to keep a similar color. That's the overview of these brushes. And you have a whole bunch of options here. Now let's go back into the design and see these in action. I'm gonna go ahead and sample this top color here. Come into the group. New layer, make sure it's a clipping mask. And I'm going to try going a little bit lighter. Let's grab this scrap of paper brush. And I'm just going to brush this over a whole sheet. Really quick and easy. And then I'm going to try a few different blend modes here. Let's multiply. Overlay seems to look pretty good. You can see there's that kind of texture right there. If I duplicate that, it gets a little bit stronger. With these brushes. It's a quick and easy way to add different textures to each of these layers. I'm going to go through and do that real quick. Now you can see we've got a bunch of different textures on each layer. I can play around with this for quite a bit longer, but I just wanted to show you the technique and how you can utilize these brushes. Now let's learn about how we can export our designs. 14. Exporting Your Design: Once you're happy with your design, it's time to export it. So you can actually share it with people. All you need to do is come up here to the Actions menu and go to Share. We have a whole bunch of options here for how we can export things from procreate. The main ones you're probably going to use are either a JPEG or a PNG. All you need to do is select the file type and then tell it where you want it to go. Are you going to AirDrop it to a computer? Are you going to send it to someone? Save the image, save it to a file. There's a lot of different options here. If you're going to move on to Canva and use that on your iPad. I definitely recommend just saving an image to your camera roll because it will make that process really quick and easy for sharing your project with our class, you can either save it as a JPEG or a PNG. It doesn't matter. A JPEG is going to be a much smaller file size. You can see this one is only 156 kb, which is pretty small. Much better for emailing. If we change this to a PNG, it's going to be 5.6 mb, which is almost six times as large. There's something to consider when you think about how you want to export something. If you have anything that needs a transparent background, it is going to need to be a PNG. But for the type of work that we're doing for this project, that's not an issue. Now let's go ahead and talk about how you can share your designs with the rest of the class. 15. Sharing Your Design: Now comes the fun part where you get to share your design. Please share a copy of your JPEG or PNG file in the project gallery of this Skillshare class. The rest of the students will love to see your work and I'll be in there and giving feedback as well. Remember that Skillshare doesn't allow you to have more than one project per class. But if you've done multiple pieces that we would love to see them. So you can go in and edit your project to add additional pictures later on. If you decide to share on social media, make sure you tag me on Instagram at Lord Russell design so I can see what you create. You can also share your design digitally. You can attach it to an email or use one of the various apps or programs that allow you to create a card. You can also check out the bonus lesson of this class to find out how to get your designs printed with Canvas. Here are a couple of cards that I've made. 16. BONUS: Leveling Up Your Design: We have a really nice design here, but there are some ways that we can take it up a notch if we'd like. One way is to add some dimension to this text here. Let's go ahead and open that group. We're going to add a new layer between this top paper layer and the texture. Makes sure that it's a clipping mask. I'm going to go ahead and sample this color and come quite a bit darker using a monoline brush. I'm just going to draw a line across the bottom of these letters. Then I'm going to sample this again and go quite a bit lighter, maybe almost white, and draw a line across the top. Now, when we go to our magic wand and the adjustments menu and do a Gaussian Blur. We're gonna get a really nice gradient on our letters. Sometimes when you Gaussian Blur and stuff will stretch out too far. I'm gonna go ahead and fill this out a little bit. Erasing anything that's not part of the letters. And I'm just going to double-tap and grab white just so I have some more contrast up here. Here we go. So that's a quick and easy way to put a nice gradient on your letters and give them a little something extra. Now we can also add some dimension to our lemons here. We can go in to those layers. Same thing between the top of the paper and the texture. Add a new layer that's clipped. I'm sure it does have a clipping mask. For this one, I might sample this dark layer down here. I'm going to go ahead and use a soft brush. This is one from the procreate brush set that I've just saved to my favorites. I usually take the opacity down just a little bit. So I have room to play with it a little bit. Change the brush size to whatever you need. I'm just going to color in Wendy's in our wedges here a little bit. Then I'm gonna do my Gaussian blur again until I find much hit like for that nice subtle look. Again, I'm going to take my eraser and just come over here to kinda define that a little bit. Let's go ahead and add some more dimension to these other ones. There's another brush that I really like to use. This one is when I've made called flicks with There's some similar ones in Procreate, basically any kind of a splatter brush. And this one can create some really fun effects. Some little freckles on this lemon, e.g. I. Really like doing that on the word lemon for this piece, let's go back to our letters. We do need to do a new clipping mask because I'm going to probably be erasing outside of this. But just adding a little something to these can be really nice. Since I made this word lemon really big. I want to highlight it. I'm going to take this a little bit darker, a little bit smaller. Perfect. Then I'm just gonna grab my eraser and come in here and clean up these edges that aren't part of the liver. And if you did get any on these other ones, you can go ahead and erase this as well. Obviously the splatter brushes tend to splatter. Now we have a really nice-looking finished piece. In the next lesson, I will show you how you can take this into Canva and use it on printed designs. 17. BONUS: Printing with Canva: Now that you've learned some tips and tricks to take your designs to the next level. We're going to hop on over into Canva and see how we can get these designs printed. I'm going to walk you through this on the iPad, but you can use Canvas on your computer or even your phone as well. Let's go ahead and open the Canvas app. And then we're going to click Create a design appear on the top right corner. I'm just going to search for postcard because that's the design that I'm going to make right now. And I'm going to choose landscape depending on what design you're going to use. Sometimes it's nice to go ahead and start with one of Canvas template because they already have layout preset for you that then you can just change the colors, change the texts, and then you're good to go. Let's take a look at some of these. You can tell if they have a front and a back side and the template by this little number two That's here. I'm going to go ahead and grab just the backside of this template. Because remember, we're actually going to be importing our design from procreate or the front. Let's add a new page and pop it over here in front. We're just going to grab the design from our camera roll. This is why I told you in the exporting lesson that if you know you're going to use Canvas on your iPad, this is the easiest way to do it. To camera roll is easily accessible here you don't have to go through an extra step of uploading it. Go ahead and pick your image and then click Add to page. Then we just need to resize it to fit this template. You already know that you're going to get something printed. It's best to do your design at that size from the very beginning. That way you don't have to worry about your design getting stretched or cut off later on. One thing I really like about using these canva template is that we can actually pull colors out of our design, out of our image. So if we temporarily bring us design into this page, it doesn't have to be on the same page for this to work. Then we can actually select an element or some texts and pull colors directly out of our image from procreate. We're going to scroll down here to photo colors. You can see here it's pulled out five of the main colors from our photo. We can then use these to re-color the background, any of these elements, the lines, or even the texts. Once we've done that, we can go ahead and select our picture and just remove it from this page. Once you're happy with your design and you're ready to get it printed. We do that through the Share menu that's here in the top right. If you look down here towards the bottom, it says print your design. That's what we're going to click on. The easiest way to do this is to just type in what you're looking for. In this case, I'm going to type postcard and then select landscape. Give them very specific dimensions for what they're going to print. It may ask you to re-size your design. Don't worry if this happened because they're going to make a copy of it. Go ahead and let the copy be made and then adjust anything that you need to before printing. Next, you'll want to confirm which pages from your design are going to be the front and the back. With a regular postcard. This isn't quite as much of a concern because it's not folded, it's just a regular flat card. But if you're going to do any kind of a folded card, pay extra attention to this though that the correct images and up in the right place. You can see a preview right above them. Next, you can choose what size you want. Depending on what you're printing. Postcards have a couple of different sizes. They have some different types of paper, different finishes. Then you'll choose how many you want to order. In some cases, e.g. with postcards, you also have the option to include envelopes and your order for an additional fee. After this, Campbell will walk you through the steps of getting your shipping and payment information. Once your order is complete and process, you'll be able to track it in your Canva account. 18. Thank you: Thank you for joining me in this class. I hope you had as much fun as I did learning the technique to create this digital 3D paper cut artwork. And then adding in typography will allow you to create beautiful, unique designs for any future projects that you have. If there's one thing that you take away from this class, I hope it's the fact that topography is super-important to any design. And taking the time to choose the right font is time wealth, but don't forget to post your project in the Skillshare gallery for this class. And if you did enjoy it, it would mean the world to me. If you took a few minutes to leave me a review, this will help future students know what to expect in this class. You can check out my Skillshare profile for more info on me and make sure you follow me on Instagram at Laurie Russell design so you can see what classes I have coming up. Thanks again.