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iPad Art: Get to Know Graphic - Learn Vector Basics & Make a Greetings Card

teacher avatar Nic Squirrell, Artist and illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Introducing Graphic


    • 3.

      Setting up the card template


    • 4.

      Setting up the card image


    • 5.

      A bit of info before we start drawing


    • 6.

      Using the Shape Tools


    • 7.

      Using the Pencil Tool


    • 8.

      Using the Brush Tool


    • 9.

      Using the Pen Tool


    • 10.

      Building the Image


    • 11.

      Adding More Flowers


    • 12.

      Final Flowers and Details


    • 13.

      Adding Lettering


    • 14.

      Putting the Image into the Template


    • 15.

      Ta da!


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Graphic is a fully fledged powerful and versatile vector app for the iPad, which I use every day for my design work.  This class will introduce you to the Graphic app and we will use a range of the tools to produce a greetings card which can be printed on your home printer. You’ll learn to set up your reusable card template, use text, import images, use the shape tools, the pencil tool and the pen tool.  I’ll share some handy tips along the way too.  This class is suitable for beginners and no previous experience is needed.

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Nic Squirrell

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I am an artist and designer of fun things living in Kent, England.

I studied Creative Visual Art and 3D Design at the University of Greenwich and loved every minute of it.

My illustrations are on many products from prints to suitcases and everything in between.

I love drawing and painting on my iPad as well as using traditional media, particularly watercolour.

If anything stays still long enough, I will draw on it.

Quirky animals, dreamy landscapes and watercolor florals are my speciality.

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1. Introduction: Hello, I'm Nic. I'm an artist and surface pattern designer. For me, it's important to be able to work anywhere. My favorite art material is my iPad. I use the Graphic app on my iPad every day for my design work. It's a fully functional and powerful vector app. In this class, we're going to use Graphic to design a greetings card, which you can print out at home. We'll be using a lot of the features available, including text, freehand drawing, the pen tool, and more. By the time we're done, you'll be comfortable using Graphic for your own projects, and you'll have a reusable card template and a cute greetings card too. This class is suitable for beginners, and there's no prior knowledge needed. Let's get started. 2. Introducing Graphic: The first thing to do is to download the graphic app. You can either do this by going to the link that I've put in the about section and also the project section of the class for which I get a few pennies or if you prefer, you can just go straight to the App Store. The one that you want is this one graphic illustration design by Indeeo inc. It's going to open the graphic app. We're going to start by adding a new document up here in the top left, you can use the plus. It'll give you a variety of Canvases you can choose from. We are just going to choose blank for this project. It's given us a new untitled blank document, let's open it up. Let's have a look around the interface before we start. Starting at the top left here we've got the back button, which lets you save. You can save a copy of what you're doing but you can choose not to save. Just be careful what you're doing here to avoid swearing in tears. Next, you've got the undo and the redo. This one is the delete and this one with the paperclip is the edit menu. In magic menu you've got the cut, copy and paste. You've got a paste in place, which we'll paste it exactly where you've copied it from and various other bits and pieces. Am not going to go into huge detail on every single thing because the things that we're going to be using for this class, we'll go into more detail as we get to them. This one here, I don't really use but it means that you can work on more than one tab at once. Depending on what iPad you have, you might not have this. Okay. Going across to the right, first of all, we've got this one, the i button. It gives you information and you can change the appearance and various things. You've got all sorts of different options in here that you can explore. Next along we've got the little ruler. The ruler affects the position and the size of the object that you selected. Let me just give this a fill color and then we can see what it does. The x is how far horizontally across the page the object is and the y is the vertical position. Then we've got the width and the height and then you can rotate the object, let's rotate it 45 degrees. You got flip horizontal, you've got flip vertical. You can lock the objects, which means that you can't do anything at all with it and you can lock the aspect ratio, which I do quite a lot. That means if you resize it, it maintains its proportions. The next one along the one that looks like too little rectangles. This one I use all the time. First of all, let me just draw another object, so I can show you, let's make this one a different color, make it slightly transparent so you can see what's going on. The top slider is what order the objects are in on the page, so it's like a stack of objects. If you move that, you can change the positioning. You can select more than one object and group them together, that means whatever you do to one will happen to both. With some things in this program doesn't work very well if things are grouped, so you may have to occasionally ungroup things. When they're in a group, you can change the color of both of them, you can change the size of both of them together or however many objects you've got grouped. Okay. Then you've got a whole bunch of things to change the alignment of number of objects relative to each other. The next section along is the combined section. We'll go into this in a lot more detail later and then there's various things to do with the paths, which again we'll look at later. Next, Let me put the cog here, which is the Canvas settings, quids and rulers and preferences. Last row we've got the layers palette. You can add a layer using this little plus at the top and then at the bottom we have a cog, which allows you to merge layers, duplicate layers and copy layers and of course, the dustbin to get rid of layers also known as the trash. Next along, let's have a look at the tools section, which is down the left-hand side. First of all, we've got the move tool. You can select an object with either the move tool or the little arrow next to it, which is the path selection tool by tapping on the object. Move tool lets you move objects, you can scale objects and change their proportions using these little blue handles. If you use the orange dots, you can rotate. There's various different ways of rotating within this program. We looked at one earlier in the rulers menu and there's another rotate, which I'll show you in a minute. Okay. The next one along the hollow arrow, this is the path tool, with [inaudible] programs the objects are all made out of paths. The path tool, you can see these little dots which are nodes and they're also known as points. Using the path tool, you can change these, you can move them around. You can move the points around. You can move their handles to change the curvature. Will look at this in a little bit more detail later. You can also move entire objects. Another good thing about this tool is you can see down the bottom here, you have these three little arrows, you can either choose one thing at a time using the left one. The middle one with the plus, you can select more than one node. I'm going to select this one. You can tell I selected because it turned blue. Select this one as well using the plus arrow and that way you can move them both at once. Then the last one, just changes the [inaudible] again, we'll look at that later. Okay. Next tool is the pen tool. We'll be using that. I'm not going to worry too much about that now. The text tool, this is really huge but double-tap to edit, so do as it says and it will come up with various different things you can do. Select tool. You can change the size with the slider, we can change the alignment, we can change the color and you can change the font and then the next one along is the brush tool will be trying that out later. There's a pencil tool for free hand drawing. That's an eraser. You can erase lines. You can erase objects. If you just select an object, it only erases that object. Then you put a line tool for making straight lines. I don't really use that very often. You've got a curve tool which we won't be using in this class. Then there are the shape tools, so we got circles and ellipses, the rectangles, rounded rectangles. We've got the polygon tool, which you can choose how many sides your shape has, the hexagon and octagon, whatever an 18 again is. That goes right down to an equilateral triangle. The next one is the star tool and you can choose how many points your star has and how long the ends of a star are. The next one is a really interesting and quite useful tool. If I select an object, this is like a library of objects and it comes with various default libraries, which again I don't tend to use. You can make your own libraries. If you press the little plus down here, it will add whatever object that you want selected to your library. So it's a handy place to store often used symbols and shapes. The next one along is to add photos that are on your camera or into your picture. Will be doing that a little bit later. Next one down is the rotation tool. You can choose whereabouts your center of rotation is going to be. If I rotate I know it's going to rotate it around this center point or we can just leave that in the middle and you can change your angle of rotation and you can rotate or you can copy and rotate. Which is quite handy sometimes. The next one is a scale tool. You can scale it horizontally, vertically, make it bigger, make it smaller and again, you can either scale the object so you can copy and scale. The next one is a shear, which again, I don't use very often but maybe you will. Last of all, you've got the colors at the bottom, which again, we will be looking at in a moment. Now we've had to look around. Let's get on with setting up our coat template. 3. Setting up the card template: First thing we need to do is decide what size paper we're going to use. The paper you use will depend on whereabouts you live and what you can get hold of, I'm in the UK, so I'm going to use the regular A4 size. If you're in the US, you might be using letter size doesn't really matter as long as it fits your printer, and as long as you know the size of your paper, in either millimeters or inches. I like to use a lightly textured drawing paper which isn't actually designed to be printed on an Inkjet printer, but it works perfectly well. It's a 130gsm weight, which is 80 pounds. I like a little bit of texture there because I think it gives it a really nice look once it's been printed on. You'll need to just try out a few papers and see what works well for what you want. Main thing is before we go ahead and set up our document, you need to know the size of your paper. We're going to get our documents set up to the right size for printing. We are going to set it up in portrait mode, so up here in the top right, there's a coke, which is the Settings. You can change the units and scale that you're using, and I'm going to change this to millimeters, and I'm going to go up here to change the width. Now I know that A4 size, which is what I'm using, is 210 millimeters wide and 297 millimeters deep. Obviously, if you are using different size, you need to set it up to the size of your own paper. We can set up a template. In order to do this, there's a couple of things that would be helpful. First of all, if you go back into the settings and along the top here you choose grids and rulers. You want to make sure that you're smart guides are ticked on, and this will show you when things are aligned properly. I've also got the ruler showing because I think that helps generally when you're designing. Then if you just touch outside that box, it will disappear. Don't know left-hand side may tools, you'll find you've got a rectangle. Choose that and just drag a rectangle out from the top corner. That once not quite the right size, we actually want it to have a fill color, which is this one, but we don't want it to have an outside stroke. I'm going to get rid of that by choosing this one which has a line through it showing it's actually no stroke. I'm going to change my fill color something I can see it better, for this certainly violent pink. I'm just going to drag out this handle at the bottom here until it covers the entire background so you can see if I move it, and it gives you these handy little guides show you when you're lined up. Now we're actually going to scale this down, we want it to be exactly a quarter size of the page. I'm going to choose this one scale tool, again to choose 50 percent in horizontal, and 50 percent vertical and scale it. This is now exactly one quarter the size of your page so I'm going to go up here to the top-left and choose the move tool, and just drag this up to the top corner. You can see when it's lined up because it does have these little helpful guides. But if you prefer, you can go to this ruler and just make sure up here that the x and y are both zero. If you tap out outside, the pasta ruler will get rid of that box. Now we want to duplicate this so you're going up to this little paper clip up to the top, and we're just going to choose copy and paste subversion other copy, I'm going to drag that down to the lower corner. This is really just a guide to show you where to position things and it's good to the layers along here and I'm going to tap on the layer name and I'm good to call it guide layer, and obviously, when you go to print your final card, we're going to get rid of this guide layer by switching it off. It's got little eye, here, you can toggle it on and off so that you can see the layer or not. If you choose the path tool, which is the other arrow, you have this pop-up box below, which enables you to choose to pick more than one shape at a time. I'm going to pick both of these, give them a paler color so that we can work more easily with them. Let's make a new layer by going into the layers palette, and choosing plus and give this layer name, I'm going to call it text. You can probably guess what's coming next. The text is going to go up in the top left-hand [inaudible] , but it's going to end up upside down. Start with, we're going to choose a T for text and as it says, double-tap to edit and this has turned out really big compared to my document, but it doesn't matter. I'm going to choose a font, I'm just going to choose one of my own fonts, and if you tap outside the front, pop up, you go back to being able to input your font. I need to make sure that my lettering is centered, and I'm just going to choose a greeting, of course, you can swap this out later for any greeting you like. A wonderful birthday and you can change the color of your font. If you go up to the top right symbol, which is two squares, and I'm going to go to where it says path. I'm going to choose to convert text to outlines. It doesn't matter that much if you're just going to be printing this out at home, but if you send these files to anyone and you don't have the same fonts as they do, it won't come out right? I always like to change my fonts to outlines and then in order to resize it without distorting it and to go into the ruler at the bottom here, it's like a resize law. That means that we can now drag this corner handle. To make it a good size, and if I select all of that text again and go back into the, we know this is called the little rectangle palette. I'll call it if you go back in there and choose a range and group, and that means that all of these letters are grouped together and you can move them all at once. You just drag one it drags a whole lot, so we don't want to leave a little bit sloppy behind and you see I'm positioning it in the middle and nice little handy guides have come up to show me that it's centered properly. That's fine and that looks good, but of course, if we print that, it's going to come out upside down. We turn that round so again, go into this little ruler menu and I'm going to go to the rotation. I'm going to rotate it by a 180 degrees, and then we do another layer to rename this layer and I'm going to put logo. This is going to be in the lower left-hand corner and it's going to have the logo or anything that you'd like printed on the back of your cards so you can either put it in as text as you have already or if you already have a logo, you can bring that in. I have a logo which is actually a photographic logo, but that's fine. It's in my photos on my iPad. I'm going to go into this little symbol here, which is the photos here with this one and if we zoom out by pinching, you can see that the logos loads bigger than my picture. Doesn't really matter because I can resize it's so I'm going to choose the little handles to pull it in and because the aspect ratio is automatically locked when you bring a photo in, we'll have to do that. and this one happens to be without a background. It's a PNG file, you could use one with a white background, it wouldn't matter, so we're just going to print it on white paper. Or of course, you can make your logo within the app, if you want it small. Let's make a little bit small, you don't need to put anything on the back unless you feel like. All we have left to do really this top right-hand quadrant isn't going to have anything on it because that's just going to be the inserted card. But we need to make the actual image on the card. The card front is going to be this lower right-hand quadrant here. We can either make the image in this document or you can make it in a new document and then size it down. If you wanted to, you could use a picture that you've made, an another app if you've got something nice that you've made in procreate or one of the Adobe apps or any, any app really, anything that's on your camera roll. You can bring it in in the same way as we just did with the logo. But the aim of this class is to get to know graphic a little bit better and to find out some things about it and different ways of using it. We're going to make the image for this within the graphic cap so I'm going to go out and save this as it is and then we'll set up a new document to make the image and then we'll import it into this document. We're going to save this template as it is before we do that and go back into the layers palette and make one new layer which we're going to rename, and we're going to call it Image because that's where we're going to put our image than we do. Upon the top left, there's a back button and we're going to do save and inserts are saving document. Once it's finished doing that, we can go in and rename the document as well, where it says untitled. If you tap on that, we can go in and rename it, and I'm going to call it Card Template. Because once we've finished, of course, we're going to be able to switch around the greeting, switched around the image and use this template over and over again for printing cards at home. press done, and we are ready to start creating our card artwork. 4. Setting up the card image: To make your new document, you can either set up a new document like we did for the first one, or if you want, you can press edit up here in the top right, select our card template and duplicate it. Rename that one card image. Then we get to go into card image going to the layers pallet, we can just get rid of all of these layers. It won't let you get rid of all of them because you need to have a layer to work on. With your Move Tool, just drag it over all of the blocks and just press the X to delete. This is obviously four times as big as the little panel that we need. In this case, it actually doesn't matter because we're going to end up saving this up to the camera roll and importing it in as an image. But it's always a good idea to work to the size that you want. I'll show you how to do that anyway. We can scale it down, scale down the whole canvas by going to the settings here and do resize artwork. Then we're going to scale it down by 50 percent. If you're not already on percent, you can choose that here and this can enter 50 percent width and 50 percent height. Scales proportionally. Doesn't matter about the scale styles and effects. Apply. Now, this is going to be the right size for our image on our template. Because this is a vector program, of course, you can always resize it and make it bigger or smaller later without any loss of quality at all. Now, we need to choose the color scheme. There's a number of different ways of doing this. You could bring in a photo that you have. For example, I've got a photo here of some art materials that make marks with. Then using the color wells down here, it doesn't matter which you choose, that both going to do the same thing. I dropped prop here, move it around over the color that you want, and then just drag from this top bar down into the color wells. I've already got a dusty purple here that I really like, but I'm going to choose the rest from this photo. You don't have to do that. You can just move it around on here and choose whatever colors you want or you can put in the values if you prefer. This is what I've ended up with. Some of these colors I've taken from my photos. Some of them I've just chosen from using the panel here. I've got to selection of bright because we're going to be doing something floral or I'm going to be doing something floral anyway. I've got some bright flowery colors and they've got some greens and blues for the stalks and leaves. It's also got a white switch, I just chose by pushing slider up into the top left hand corner. I'm going to get rid of that by selecting it and pressing the X. Then the last thing we need to do before we start making our image is to bring in a sketch. You can either sketch on paper and take a photo with your iPad, or you can sketch it in another program. I just sketched mine quickly in procreate. I'm going to import that using the photo import as before. The photo is much larger than my image, so we'll just move it around and make it smaller. It will just naturally scale in proportion. That might mess up with my page. Then when nearly ready to start drawing. 5. A bit of info before we start drawing: First thing I'm going to do is just turn down the opacity on the sketch. I'm going to the layers and in the Guide layer, which is where the sketch is, I'm going to just turn the opacity down at the bottom here and that way you can still see it, but it's not going to be so dominant, it's going to be easier to make judgments with that a little paler. Then I'm going to make a new layer to work on by pressing the Plus, so just before we started, let's have a quick word about originality and copying. I always encourage people to do things their own way in their own style. But I understand that for the purposes of this class, it will be easier if you follow along with what I'm doing. That's absolutely fine, but I'm sure you'll understand and I ask you to keep your end results for personal use only. I'm perfectly happy if you want to send a greetings cards to one of your friends or family, that's fine. But obviously, it will be in my style and not yours. By the time you finish, you should be able to recreate your own artwork and your own style using the techniques that we're going to learn. Let's have a look at some of the properties of vector shapes. We going to start by just picking a star shape just to show you. But this is going to apply to all the shapes that you make within these vector programs. Let's just draw this. All shapes have two properties. They have the line, which at the moment it's just an appearance of the line. The line isn't physically there. You can see where the little blue line is in the middle. This is actually where the edge of the star is at the moment. If I get rid of the line color, at the bottom right, there's this little one with a bar through it, which means no color. I'm going to get rid of the line color. If I put it back, I can see that the line actually goes over the edge of the fill. I hope that makes some sense. You can get rid of the line color and you can also get rid of the fill color. Now, I tend to use either a line or a fill because if you're using them both together you can get some odd results. You can change your line width up here in the little I section, you can make thinner or fatter. Let's say we start with this line at this size. I'm going to just copy this and paste another one. Particularly, you can see the difference. Now, with the lines, if you leave them as they are, they're very easy to edit because you can see they've just got these few little nodes here, so you can always change them easily. However, if you scale it right up, the line width stays the same. In relation to the whole shape, the lines look skinnier. If you scale it right down, same thing happens. The line width is actually the same, but it's a lot more chunky because it's a smaller star. In order to avoid that, when you're finished with your lines, it's a good idea to go into these little squares, go into Path and do this one which is Outline Stroke. If we're going to have a look now, the one on the left, you can see it's still got that center line. The one on the right is actually a solid shape now. On the left, is the original, on the right, is a solid shape. The one on the right it is now a lot harder to alter because it's just altering the edges of my shape each time. It's still possible to edit them, but it's just not so easy. However, if we scale them up or down, make them a lot bigger, you can see that the one that we've outlined the stroke is retaining its proportions and the same If we make it really small. This is what happens. It's a good idea before you finish to do this with all your strokes. It's just a good discipline to get into. However, because they are not so edged, well, if it's something that you think you might want to edit later, it's also a good idea to save a copy either into your little libraries. That's a copy of the editable one, the more editable one I should say. Or you can just leave it here on the gray area of your screen. If it's off the outboard, it won't print and then we're ready for the fun bit. 6. Using the Shape Tools: You can start with the shape tools, and then go down to the fill color. I'm going to choose this pink to start with. I am just going to take the opacity down a little bit so that you can see what's happening. I've got no line color, only the fill color. I'm going to choose the circle tool. We're looking at this big flower, the tallest flower in the middle here. I'm going to start here and just drag out the circle. It's not quite the right shape. Not that we have to stick to the sketch particularly, but I'm going to try and go fairly well there. With the move tool I'm moving the handles to get roughly the right shape. What I'm doing is following this lower edge of the flower and it's pretty much the same. Then I'm going to do another circle to try and get the top edge in roughly the right place. It's a lot more curved than my original, so I'm going to go to the move tool and it's just trying to tell us a little bit more. I might just widen it a little bit just to get roughly the right shape. You can see we've got these two shapes overlapping each other. I'm going to select them both and you can do that either by using the move tool to drag over both of them, and you can see they're selected by the fact that, first off we've got this outer-bounding box because it's the move tool and secondly they both got these blue lines around them. The other thing you can do is if you go to the Path Tool, which is a hollow arrow, just to select those by clicking outside them. The bottom here, you've got the area with the plus. Again, I can just tap on both of those to select them. Either of those is fine. Then up here in the top right, I'm going for this middle part of the menu and I'm going to go to the Combine. You've got various things you can do now to build your shape. I'm going to go through them one by one just to show you what they do. If I do union, it just combines the two shapes into one single shape, sort of welds them together. If I do Subtract, it will take the top shape to take a bite out of the bottom shape. If I had my shapes the other way round, so I'm going to just put this second one at the back, select them both again and do the same thing again. Subtract. It's always the top shape takes a bite out of the bottom shape. Next one, Intersect is the one that we're going to end up using so I'll come to that one last. Exclude will keep the pieces that aren't overlapping only. It gets rid of anything that's overlapping. But it's actually made it into one shape other than two separate shapes. Then Divide cuts all the pieces into separate pieces. Now we've got this top shape, we've got the bit that intersects, and we've got the bottom shape. Then the one we want is the intersect, which is just going to keep only the overlapping pieces and get rid of the rest, and that's what we want because that is the shape of the flower. I think I will do these fills at the top and choose a different color and I'm just going to use the circle tool again to drag out the circle. Then I'm just moving it with the Path Tool, but the Move tool would be just as good. I'm going to have all of my circles the same. I'm just going to copy and paste those. I'm going to need four more, and just drag those out and position them. I'm not too much to my sketches really just to give me an idea. I quite like them small like that and spaced out. I'm going to put them behind my main flowers. I'm going to select the main flower, go up to this Square menu. The first section,the arrange section, I'm going to move the slide along to move that bit to the front. It's pretty hard to see because it's got the opacity down, so If I pull that up, you can see there that's actually in the front, quite like the effect with the opacity down. I'll just take it down a little bit. You can still see the circles behind it. That's going to look quite good, I think. The next thing I want to do is to copy this main body of the flower. I am going to paste it in place so that it pastes another copy exactly on the top. Then I'm going to go into the colors. You can see this is still selected, so it's going to change the color depending on what I choose. It's still selected, it's still highlighted. I'm going to go into the eraser tool. I am going bring the width up a little bit and I am just going to choose, that was maybe a bit bigger than expected. We use the eraser to slice through there and take this top slice out. It's certainly erasing the highlighted shapes. This way I've got an exact copy of my underneath flower on top. I've now got my circles. Then a separate shape is the main body of the flower. Then on top of that is this other shape, and I think there's just one more thing that would be nice to do here to, again use the shape build tools. I'm going to go into the pencil tool. Let's just try that and see what size it is. Maybe that's a little big. Let's just take the size slider down. Yeah, quite like that last one. Let's get rid of these three by tapping on them with either the move or path selection tool and then press in the cross. Then, although if you have a look over at the colors here because it's the pencil tool, it's chosen a line color four minutes defaulted to black. I'm just going to leave that because in a minute, it won't actually matter what color I make these. At the moment the shape has got no fill. I'm going to just use the Pencil tool to poke a dot on top of my top part of the flower. Then what I'm going to do is use these to make holes in that top part, so it's bit like Swiss cheese idea. I'm going to use the path tool to select the whole thing. The only parts of this flower that were actually made with any line at all of these dots I've just done. I am going to go into the little squares menu, go to the path section and then go to outline stroke and as I said the only parts of the stroke, the dots. It's going to outline those.Then I'm going to go into the "Arrange" bit and choose Group, which means it's going to do everything together so I don't have to do each one individually. Then I'm going to get to "Combine". Because I've got the Path tool selected, I can select this plus arrow down in the lower left. I am going to select that bottom part of the flower that I want to punch the holes in because the dots are still selected as well. I go back into the Squares menu and I'm going to choose "Subtract" So it's going to take the dots out of the flower. It looks like the dots have gotten pink. That's because it's got the pink below. If I move that out of the way, you'll see it's just punched holes in them. Now that's just one single part with holes in it. I am going to align it back up. There's so many things you can do the Shape Build tool, but of course, we can learn all things in this class. We might come back to the Shape Build tools later and we'll try something else next. 7. Using the Pencil Tool: The next thing we're going to use is the pencil tool. This is what we just used to do the dots actually. You can change the width of the tool. Let's finds something I like. It's got to be fairly wide because I'm going to use it for the stem of the flower. You can also change the smoothing. When the smoothing is zero, the stroke will stay very, very close to what you wanted it to where you put your pen. If you put the smoothing right up, it does indeed make it really smooth, but it doesn't tell a stick to what you want it to, particularly if you do shapes with angles. I usually like to just have a little bit of smoothing. Because I've chosen the pencil tool, it's automatically gone for the black line and no fill. I'm going to choose a nicer color because it's the stoke my flower, I'm going for the green. I'm just literally just going to draw like you would with a pen. It's gone off the bottom of the page. That doesn't matter at all because only what's on the page is going to print for our card. Then that [inaudible] I'm going to go for a smaller width for these leaves. I'm just drawing them freehand. These down I still want them to interfere with that flower later. Pencil tool is really a very simple tool. Let's have a look at it. The pencil tool has made basically aligned with some width. You can still move these nodes around and change things quite easily. Because this is quite simple, I'm going to not worry too much about doing edits later. I am going to convert the lines to outlines. I'm using one of the selection tools to select all of those pencil lines. Then to go into the squares menu. It's going to path outlines stroke. Now I've got each one as a solid piece, but they're not welded together, they're still separate. I think I'm going to leave them like that because I may want to just move the position of these leaves later. I'm going to show you something which is handy to know. This is a solid shape even though it has a hole in the middle of it. If I wanted to get rid of the hole, I can select the topmost node with the path selection tool and you can probably see it's turn blue. Then if I press the delete up here, the cross, it goes with the whole of the middle of that shape. If I were to choose one of the other nodes instead, it only gets rid of that node. A slightly odd thing but it's useful to know. The pencil tool is just a really easy way. It's just like drawing. It's an easy way of getting attractive shapes. Then the other thing I'm going to do is I'm going to select the main stem and where it's overlapping the flower I want to take that to the barks. I'm going into the squares menu up here to arrange. I'm going to pull the sliders, so that goes all the way to the bark. These are all under one layer together. You could do the whole thing on one layer. You can just select each shape separately when you want to do anything with it. But sometimes if you want to make selections and things, it's easier to have them on separate layers. But because this is quite a complex image, it's going to be easier, I think if I do group them. I'm going to use one of the selection tools to select just all of that flower by dragging over it. I'm going to go to my squares menu again and still in the arrange section and I'm going to choose group. Of course you can always come in and ungroup later. Now anything I select on this flower will select all of it. If I move the flower, it moves the whole thing. Just gets neat and tidy as you're working. You can also make filled shapes with your pencil tool as well. With the pencil tool selected, I've got my line color set to nothing. I'm going to choose green filled color. Then I'm just going to go in and draw. I've got my line width quite low down because then you can see where you're doing better. It looks like I'm drawing a line, but it's actually drawn a filled shape. Let's just zoom in and have a look with the past tool. If I move that around, can you see, zoom right in, these two aren't joined, there's actually a gap. Even if you put them in the same place, they're not really joined. This is something you got to be aware of if you want to use this method. You see there's a gap there as I'm moving it around. Now this means that quite a lot of the things, the pathfinder tools and so on aren't going to work so well. I'm going to go into the squares menu and go to the path section and choose Close Path. Now and I move that around. You can see that it's actually now a solid shape. Next we're going to have a look at the free hand brushed tool. 8. Using the Brush Tool: So I'm going to show you the paintbrush tool. If you have the Apple pencil or pressure sensitive stylus, this works quite well but it's a little bit odd. So you can see I've got a couple of breaks here where it's not actually a break, but it's gone a little bit peculiar, so it takes a little bit of getting used to. I don't tend to use it for very much, but it's quite nice. So depending on what kind of art you do that might work well for you. As before with the pencil, it's like an appearance of a line so you can change it before you've done the outline stroke. So if you go into the "Eye" menu and into the brush section, you've got different choices. Let me just move my outlook out of the away so you can see what happens. So you can pull these handles to change the width and save, as I changed it, it's changing it on my image. So that's changing the footprint of the pen, the brush. You've got these presets here, you can try different ones out. You can change the angle, diameter, the roundness, and so on. Now the thing that I'm not so keen about with this is that if you go into the "Rectangles" menu, go to "Path" and you do the outline stroke. You can see that there are just so many nodes here, so you can still edit it, but it's a ridiculous number of nodes which actually can make your file size very large if you're going to end up saving as a vector file. So for that reason, I generally don't use it, but it would be really nice to do the lettering with your card if you're good at that kind of thing which I'm not CLC, I'm going to do something different. So that brings us to the Pen Tool. 9. Using the Pen Tool: The next tool we're going to try is the Pen tool. If you've never used this before, don't be put off because it's such a useful tool. If you get used to it, I use mine all the time for everything. It just takes a little bit of practice. Let's have a look in this tulip. I'm going to choose no line, only a fill. Let's pick a nice color. With the Pen tool selected, I'm going to start by just doctoring the Pen tool at the top corner of my tulip. Then I'm going to go right down to the bottom here, and just tap and drag. You can see it drags out these little handles. You need to drag in the direction that you're traveling around the shape towards the bits you haven't done yet. You just imagine the apex of every curve that space should be putting your dots. I'm just going to come right around here to the top. For the next one I'm going to tap and drag. Now I want to corner. I'm just going to tap on to that last point again. Let's just take the opacity down so you can see what we're doing. Then I'm going to just tap at the bottom point. If you're just tapping is not going to give you any curvature. We can do that with these because they're zigzag points. I'm just tapping on each point. I'm then going to tap back to the first one to close the shape. That's actually pretty easy shaped star with and I'm going to just a little bit because it's a bit wonky. I'm going to choose the path selection tool. You can just select these nodes and then adjust them. What I'm going to do is just move these ones. You can see they turn blue when they're selected. I just tap on the node and move it along. It's a little bit more even. If I tap on this bottom node, I can just adjust these handles to change the shape. You can move them up and down. You can move them in. Make it more pointy, quite nice point, isn't it? I just gave it as my original. Then down here in the lower left corner, we're familiar with the fact that you can select one thing, select many things. But this third one here is changing the node. If I were to select that, I can just move these handles independently of each other. You could make it more of a point. With that selected, if I tapped on it, it gets rid of the handles altogether and just makes it a point to note like we did for the top of the tulip. [inaudible] one not so with it selected, I'm going to just tap and drag to bring the handles back. Becomes very intuitive after a while, start with as little bit peculiar, but it does become a lot better. To get some other options as well, if your shape is selected and also your Pen tool is selected, at the bottom here you've got a menu where you've just got the regular Pen tool which we've been using. You got the pen with a little plus, which means you can add an extra point somewhere on the line. Now I put next shown in here. Then you've got the same. We can take it the point away. I've decided I don't want that extra one, so I'll just tap on it. Obviously, then you have to make a few little adjustments. Then the last one cuts the path, which is not something I usually do. Let's do another shape like this we go down here and we come this one with the star. This is going to be quite easy because it's just going to be a whole lot of tapping. I'll change the colors later. This is just to demonstrate to you, since we're going to select the Pen tool. I'm just going to tap, on each point, to make my star-shaped flower and tap by confers to close the shape. That's really easy. Then we go on select a little bit less easy here because this has a whole load of curves. Looking at the curves, I'm doing the background to this flower. I'm going to start by just doing a tap without a drag. Then on the apex of the petals, I'm going tap and drag, then tap, tap and drag, tap and so on all around here. Try and get them fairly accurate towards underneath straightaway. Of course, you can always go back and have a move around using the path selection tool later. I'm just going to go around. Do that more to these petals, so that's that one, another orange line up, I'm going to change them in a minute. Then we've got these bell shaped flowers. It's a little bit more challenging let's say, but it's not going to be too bad so just stick to the same color for now. I start with a point, I mean, you don't have to start with a point. In fact I wouldn't start with a point. I'm going to tap and drag in the direction of the sleep of this flower. Then I'm going to tap and drag on the apex of the bend. Then it comes out so it needs another tap and drag here. Try and use as few nodes as you can, because the more nodes they are, the less even your shape is going to be. These flowers, I'm going to tap and drag, but then I'm going to tap again because if I don't tap again, I wanted to change direction. It's like a little curve at the end, which could be quite nice, but maybe that's not what I want. If I wanted to be sharp, I'm going to tap again on that one before I do the next point, because that gives it a sharp end. I'm going to do that again, here, on this one, I want to make it a sharp end. I'm going to tap again on it, which gets rid of that second handle. Come down here, tap and drag, tap again to make the sharp corner, backup tap and drag, tap again for the sharp corner. This last one that she that's turned off by the shops, I'm good with that. You've got the option of changing it by using this node changer. I didn't know what that's could really. I'm going to call it a node changer. Let's have a look at that. I'm just going to make a slight adjustment just to make it a bit more pretty. You could just copy these and paste them. But it's going to be better for learning the Pen tool if you're not already familiar with it, to do this with the Pen tool. Let's do the second one, which is slightly hidden behind here and pretend I can see it. So tap and drag, tap and drag, this one and maybe just go straight to the top. Tap and drag, tap and drag, tap and drag. Identify the sharp corner tap again. If you undo, you can see that this node is highlighted so I can just carry on. If it wasn't so I could tap on it again to highlight it. Tap and drag, tap again, tap and drag, tap again, tap and drag, tap again for the sharp corner. Then on last one, tap and drag. Just a little bit of adjustment. Move things around a bit. Then you do the same again with the third one, small such pretty shape, this one, want do something more curved at the top there. So I have tapped and dragged. I'm going to tap again for the sharp edge. Tap again. This last point isn't really a sharp edge, but it looks good enough for what we're doing. But if you wanted to make that into a proper sharp corner, you'd then go into this node adjustment one and just pull this handle around. It doesn't matter that much for what we're doing. It's actually looks fine. In order to get off that mode, you'll need to tap on just the main selection. Let's carry on building apart on it 10. Building the Image: Let's go in and do some to make these to look a little bit nicer. We've still got the Path Selection Tool selected. I'm going to choose the Add to Selection, bit down in the bottom left. I am going to choose all three of these flowers and I'm going to change the opacity back to full. I'm going to choose a lighter color for those. It looks the same as the others, but it's actually a different color and with full opacity. Then, I think I'm going to duplicate those. I'm going to go into the Paperclip Menu at the top, I'm going to copy, I'm going to paste in place. I'm going to change the color. Let's choose this purple. Let's just move the top point out to the way and I've got the other one beneath. A little bit like we did to start with this flower here. I'm going to cut away some of this flower in order to make it look nice. I'm going to deselect it by tapping outside it. Then I'm going to choose the pen tool, go for a different color. Lower the opacity so I can see what I'm doing. Then I'm going to start by dotting my pen on here. I'm going to just do, I think like a zigzag design on here. But that's going to be underneath my solid shape that I'm making here, is going to be cut away. Which means it'll reveal the one, the shape that's underneath. That's selected. Don't worry about this little line here. That doesn't actually exist. Sometimes you get these little artifacts when you're working. Then choose the path selection tool, and choose add to selection, and I'm going to tap on the purple shape underneath. I'm going to go up to my rectangles menu, to the Combine section in the middle, and I'm going to do subtract, which will take a bite out of the bottom shape using the top shape. That's just left me with the bottom part of that shape and that's on top of the underneath shape there. I'm going to do that with the other two as well. Let's carry on with these flowers. I would like to have little dangly bits coming out to them. I'm going to go to the pencil tool. Pencil Tool is also line, and [inaudible] doing it, just fill. Let's go for pale color. Let's go to the layers. Add a layer. You can grab that layer and bring it down below the top layer. Now when I draw on that layer, it's actually going to come out underneath. Let's just draw a few stems, stamens, or whatever they called. Stamens, aren't they? I'm going to put some little pretty dots on the end. Now, I'm not going to be changing those, so I'm going to change the path to outlines. In the selection tool, either the selection tools, I'm just going to drag over that whole area, go up to the rectangles menu, path, outline strike. Let's just finish that one out by doing the stalks. Again, I'll just do that with the pencil tool. I'll stay on this lower layer because I still want this to be below the flowers. Miss the bottom of the page, but that's okay. I'm going to go into the path selection tool and just move this. Do you want these stems coming off the page? Just move these nodes a little bit. Let's go back into the Pencil Tool to do the rest of the stems. Again, let's do change that to outlines. I've just choose the Selection Tool to draw over that whole area. You can see it's also selected the ones I've already changed. That doesn't matter because when you do the change path to outlines bit, it only does that with paths, because these strokes on the stamens are already outlined. It's just not going to do anything with them. Do your outline stroke. You're going to go combine, union. Now that's just one single stem. Then the last thing I'm going to do is just group that whole flower together. Before I group it together, it will has to be on one layer. I'm going to get to the top layer, and then down here on the bottom left of the layer section, we've got merge down. That's combining those two layers together. I need to select all the bits that I want. I'm going to do that by just last doing this whole thing. Then I've got the Add to Selection down here on the bottom left, and I'm going to just tap on things that I don't want to be selected. Some tap on this flower, let's tap on that flower, which is easy because it is a group. All I've got left selected are the bits that I want to group together. Going to the Rectangles Menu, and to Arrange, I'm going to Group. Now, I have got this flower as a group. I can put one behind the other. I think at the moment I quite like the way that they're grouped together. I might just move this one over a tiny bit there. Let's have a look at some of these other flowers. What we're going to do with them? It's all a combination of the methods that we've learned already. This one, we're going to use the Circle Tool. No line, only fill. You go for that purple again. Strike out a circle. It's not a perfect circle but I don't really mind. Quite like a bit of randomness. I think things can look a bit too mechanical in effect to programs if you're not careful. I can change the color of this in behind by selecting it. Let's go for the lighter pink. Then I'm going to use the Pencil Tool to put some details in. Remember the Pencil Tool, it's the line color and not the fill color that you'll get. Then, I'm going to bring the circle to the front by going into the Rectangles Menu and just using the slider to bring it forward. I think I'll do another circle, the middle, because you can decorate this any way you like. I use my Pen Tool and I'm going to do some tear drop shapes, I think. I'm just going to tap for the point, and drag at the end, and then tap again to finish it, back on the original point. Again, I could just copy and paste these and rotate them but I prefer the slightly more organic look of them. All looking slightly different, so will do them all by hand. The Path Selection Tool, it can adjust any of these that aren't quite right. Let's just do the stem. Again, I'm going to use the Pencil Tool for this. Make it slightly different to the other leaves that we have already. Then let's just select that stem and send it to the back. Then, that's that flower done. I'm going to drag over the whole thing. I'm going to go to the Path, Outline Stroke. Then, let's just select everything again and go into the Rectangles Menu, go to Arrange, and Group, and that's that, flower done. Let's have a look at this tulip now. I'm going to go for this lighter color. I think I'm quite lucky to have different kind of tips to the point. I'm going to go to a Paperclip Menu, Copy, Paste in Place, and then change the color of that to the red. Using my eraser, I'm going to just erase that, so that I've got the tips in red. Using my Path Selection, I'm just going to select that and delete it, so I've just got the tips left. Then, let's put some detail in with the Pencil Tool, and going this to be quite thin and light pink. These colors aren't subtle, but I just want them to have a really happy, bright, colorful look because it's a Happy Birthday greetings card. I want my pallet not to be subtle. I'm going to do stalk, get using the Pencil Tool. Make that, I draw again. Just draw in the stalk. I've see fine to have all your pieces overlapping, but I'm just fancy having these all separate. Let's just move these around so that it doesn't overlap with this other flower. Let's move this out as well, back to the Pencil Tool, let's put the leaf in there, move the notes around a little bit. Move that back so that it doesn't overlap the flower there. Into the Rectangles Menu and just decide to move it back. Again selects all of that. That's obviously selected what's nearby as well. Because all I'm doing is doing the outline stroke. None of these other bits have any stroke so it doesn't matter in this case. Into the Rectangle Menu, go to Path, Outline Stroke. Then, I'm going to select all of this, go to the Add to Selection. Then I'm going to tap on a bit side, that one is selected. This first flower, and they saw the flower here that we haven't done yet. Then, all I've got selected is what I want to group. Rectangles Menu, Arrange, and Group. 11. Adding More Flowers: Let's have a look at this flower now. It's still transparent or translucent so that we can see what's going on below. I think actually I'm going to do the center first, and I'm not going to do this one as a perfect circle. That's quite lucky it's slightly quirky off centered look. Use the Pen tool. Let's start at the left here. Tap and drag, run to the bottom, tap and drag top and back to the start with the drag as well. Let's just use the selection tool just to move that a little bit. Look at the lower point, you can only see the handle on one side. Let's say one to two, just the handle on the left. I can tap into points and let's bring up both of those handles ready to adjust. Just shifting things around, smoothing things out a bit, type of it to de-select, tap on the petals and change them to this lovely pink. De-select that tapping off. I'm going to choose the pencil tool, I want to nicely thin. Let's just draw some stamens in the middle of here. Hope stamens are the right word. My mom will be really upset with me if I've got that wrong because she is fabulous gardener, some dots. I'm going to use the selection tool just to move this a little bit, let's change the line color stemming. I think I'll make the leap solid on this one and you will give the Pen tool fill color the same as we had for the stalk and not going to have a line color. I'm just going to tap the point tap and drag, the leaf just a little bit, using the Path Selection Tool. Selects the stem, send it to the back, that's what I have done. You just need to select everything. Go to the tuple rectangle menu, go to the path, bind stroke because I have got too many extra things to select. Rather than last suing the whole thing and de-selecting the others, I've got the path tool selected against to the ad to selection and just tap on these two leaves, the flower petals and the flower metal and then that's actually the whole thing selected. There are always many ways of doing the same thing in these programs. Then I go into this rectangles menu go to arrange and group. The next one along looks a bit boring as I might do something slightly differently there. So I'm going start off by drawing in the stems and then rather than just have berries, which is what I was originally going to do, I think I'll just indicate flowers there. So choosing the pencil tool to thinking about where the files are going to go. I'm going to put them in front of the big flower. Let's go for the red with no line and the Pen tool. Let's draw some slightly of [inaudible] things. Tap and rag, tap and drag, tap and drag, tap and drag, tap and drag. So it's same, four points is quite good for a [inaudible] thing. Suggests that one a little bit using the Path Selection Tool, if it handles around, move things around to make it good. This is the great thing about vector programs. You can change things after you've drawn them really easily and soon changed the stem because I don't want my next flower to be quiet in that position or tap on the circle. You can see the colors had gone to the property of the last object you selected. It's going back to the pen tool. I go to number of slightly off circles going on there and not pop another one down here. Now I'm going to put something in the center of these, I'm wondering if they'd looked quite nice for special stars in the middle. I'm going to choose the star shape tool, I'd like five points. You can choose many as you like. I'm going for five and all that to be quite stubby little stars like that. Okay, now if you go for the move tool, you can just move these tabs around and I'm going to slightly rotate them because they're all exactly the same orientation at the moment. Then I'm going to give them some little petals. So I'm going to deselect that center Star and choose the Pencil tool. I want to it quite thin and I want the lilac again. These are all actually going to end up behind my flowers. Let's put one layer in just for that. I'm going to press the plus to add a layer, drag it down below that, my working layer. This is going to have all the petals on for these flowers. Attend top layer off, you can see what's actually happening. But the only thing is that stems are on top player, so I drew the petal layer came behind stem. I think what I might do is I should put stems on that lower layer as well. Let's go back to the working layer where the stems are. These post-election to the ad to selection, I'm just going to select these stems. I'm going to go into the paperclip menu, I'm going to do cut. Then I'm going to sketch the layer. I want them on, which is the layer putting the petals on and then I'm going to paste in place. Now we're working on that lower layer. Let's go back to the petal and just select one of those, which would give me back the color options, I was using for the petals. For the pencil. Now I can draw in those petals and because they're on the same layer as the stems that can come out in the right position. Now I'm going to have the same issue where I come to these overlaps, but I'm not going to worry about that at the moment because I'm going to bring them forward later. So I'm going to select all of those petals and it's also going to select stems that we put below the others. Go to the rectangles, menu, going to the path, outline, stroke. Okay, so I'm going to tap off those to deselect them. They're all on one layer. I think what I'll do is actually take the items from the top main layer, put them all together on one layer. I'm just going to select using the app to selection path selection tool and select all of these flowers, and the little stars, and the one that's stand here. That's going to the paperclip. Cut those, and then go into the layer below, which is where our petals are. I went and did paste in place. If we switch off this top layers by tapping the eye, I'm going to select, this one is in a left-hand corner and go into the rectangles menu, arrange, group those together, and do the same with these. Just group those and then we can actually put them in. Drag that layer above the other one because I wanted those things to be in the front anyway, let's go back to our working layer, switch it on. 12. Final Flowers and Details: I've just got one more flower to do on the edge, but I don't like what I've got there, so I'm going to just do it differently. I'm going to go to the layers palette and switch off my sketch layer because I'm not going to be using that to refer to right now. I'm drawing the flowers first with this one so that I can move them into a right position before I do the stems. I'm going to go for the pen tool, no line and I'm going to fill it with this lilac color. I'm going to take the transparency right down because I'm going to layer these on top of each other. I'm going to do simple flower shape with few petals, so tap, tap and drag. Tap, tap and drag. Probably only, maybe five or six petals. This is quite all you could do in the shapes really, but it's very easy just to alter them when you're done. Now I'm going to go into the paperclip copy, paste in place then I'm going to go to the move tool smooth that around a bit. But I'm also going to flip it by going to the rulers menu and flip horizontal just to make it a little bit more quirky. Then I'm going to do the same again, copy, paste in place. This one I think I'll flip vertical. Just don't want it to be too even but that's quite pretty quite like that. Let's see the whole thing, copy and paste, this moves that. Again, I'm going to just flip that horizontal so it is not exactly the same, smooth that up here. Maybe just resize it a little bit by dragging the blue handles. I'm going to paste another one down here. Let's just try some other colors out. The red is pretty, want to make it transparent to get that effect. Select those two, okay for the red, take down the transparency. Let's put some details in. I'm going to put some little dots in the middle using the pencil tool. Select the dots and just try some different color ways. See like that's nice so I think. I'm going to use my pencil tool to put some dots on these as well. Okay and then I need stems and we're going to use the pencil tool because this flower is a transparent, the stems are going to end up showing through the flower. We're going to have to fix that in a minute. Let's select those stems and pop them behind the flowers. There are various ways you could do this, but you know what? I'm just going to go in with the eraser. Before I do that, I'm going to convert these to outline strokes and to do the whole thing because they center little dots need to be outlined strikes to. Then with these still selected I'll go in with my eraser tool, take it ounces quite nice and small. Just to erase the bits that I don't want. I'm going to do the same thing wherever it's overlapping. That's looking pretty good now. Just want to make a couple of tiny adjustments. I'm going to grab a couple from this flower too. This flower's grouped and I'm not going to [inaudible] around ungrouping it. I'm just going to make a copy and paste it, drag that off to the side so it's not on the art board, ungroup. Okay, I'm going to select that whole flower, group it and think one more also would be nice. I'm happy with all of those flowers. I've got two layers going on so I'm just going to combine that by selecting the top layer. Think that's the cog merging data over everything on one layer now except for the original sketch. If I drag over the whole thing, I can say that I haven't got any lines left that haven't been turned into outlines. What we need to do now is the lettering on the card. 13. Adding Lettering: Plus we're going to open a new layer. There are lots of different ways of doing the text. If you are great at calligraphy and have beautiful handwriting, you can use the pencil or the paintbrush tool. You can see why I won't be doing this myself. I am pretty rubbish at that. You can of course, sketch out on paper and trace over the width, the Pen tool, the pencil tool, the paintbrush tool. You can just use the text tool, double-tap to edit and can choose any of the fonts that they give you. Some of these are my own. Some of the ones that come with the program. Just can choose good Old Helvetica and I'm going to write Happy Birthday. I'm going to make this into outlines by going to the double rectangles along the path selection, it says convert text to outlines. I'm going to get the ruler and lock the aspect ratio. Then I'm going to go to the move tool. Spend that a little bit bigger, center that. If you want to use your texts as you're breathing, you can do various things to it. You can use the move tool, select each letter, you can slightly twist them, just give them a slightly more organic and perky look. Move it around a bit, and you can change the colors. I see the whole of them because they all have this little line color that we don't want. So you can add to your selection using the path tool. Pick out different letters to have in various colors. You could do some of that and of course, you can always add decorations to your letters. You can put some dots on. You can put some stripes on. You can do everything that we did with the flowers. You can do with your lettering. But I think what I'm going to do is use this as a reference layer and make new letters myself for the pen tool so it's just turn that all black again so it doesn't get too confusing. I'm going to start a new layer for my lettering. I'm going to go in and use the pen tool and not going to be too accurate because I don't want to copy these letters so it's not a little bit more individual. I think that will do. I'm just for the sake of being nice and tidy, going to outline my strikes for that section. The image is all made and we're ready to put it onto the card. 14. Putting the Image into the Template: So now I'm ready to put the image into the card template. I'm going to do that by saving it to the camera roll because that's going to crop off all these little stems that are hanging off the bottom. It's going to get rid of all these bits that are off the art board even though they're going to be preserved in the original file. I'm going to go back, save and then up here on the top right, so you have the export symbol. I'm going to save to photos. I'm going to select the file I'm saving choose share. I was saved out at 300 dpi, which will make the image a lot bigger than we've made it to start with, but that will look a lot better once we've put it into the template, it will make it nice and sharp. I'm going to do include background and save then I'm going to go into my card template. I tend to just swap out the pictures and the text. But if you want to keep the templates pristine, you can do a duplicate, I'm going to show you how to do that. You just press edit choose the card template, and on this top left, you've got the duplicate symbol. So we've got two card templates, so we can work on and one that's pristine. So let's go into the card template. Let's have a look at the layers. So I want to be in the image layer. I'm going to choose the image here and bring it in and so it saves it a lot bigger than our original. So I'm just going to grab one of these corner handles with the move tool selected, bringing it down to roughly the right size assuming, then have a look. My printer doesn't print all the way to the edges of the paper. If yours is the same, you can just make it a little bit smaller than that area so that it'll print pretty much for all of it. You can always do a test print with some cheap paper first just to see how it turns out. So that's lined up pretty nicely. I'm going to go to the text layer, select the text and change the text color to something that we have in our image which is still what's showing in the color wells. Or you can just use the color picker to pick a color off your image if you prefer. I'm just going to go back to that orange and then don't forget to switch off your guide layer so you don't get up and get this background color. Tentatively, if you want to save the whole thing as a vector file, you can choose more than one layer by pressing this little one at the bottom. So select both layers I'm going to drag over all of it. Just avoided these little bits that are left on the slide. I'm going to go in and copy that, get back, save, go into my card template, and then make sure I'm on a new layer and paste it. Then this is actually the right size because we changed our template, so I'm going to drag it down. You have to drag on an object through and drag properly. I'm going to slightly resize that because bearing in mind that my printer doesn't print right to the edges. So I'm just going to go and lock the aspect ratio and drag that down a little bit. I can either have it like this with the stems all different levels or I can just pull up the stems off the bottom of the page that would work equally well. Then just obviously close off your guide layers again. So that's just really the same as before, but we've got vectors instead of an image there. So now this is all ready to print. So I'm going to back, save. Then I'm going to go to the export symbol again. At the bottom here you've got print design. Choose the design you want to print and press share and print it at 300 dpi. So it comes out nicely. Doesn't matter with mine if you include the background or not because it's all white. Then I'm going to choose print. 15. Ta da!: The console printed off and ready to fold. This is how it looks, and you just actually fold it in half and half again and there you have it. It looks great printed out on the textured paper, doesn't it? You'll be able to swap out a text and images to make new greetings cards too. Please post your finished card or card image in the project section of the class, and if you enjoyed the class a positive review really helps me. Feel free to share your work on social media with the hashtag #nicsquirrellskillshare and you can tag me into friends and I'll see you soon.