Gateway to Illustrator – Pen Tool

When I first started learning Adobe Illustrator pen tool was my nemesis. I spent so many hours agonizing over how to use it properly. I even questioned my commitment to graphic design at that point. But I am so glad I stuck with it because pen tool is the most important tool in Illustrator. Once you master pen tool it opens up so many creative possibilities. There is nothing in the world that works quite like it. Read The Rest

My Favorite Photo Editing Apps

Since phones are basically attached to everyone’s hands these days a lot of photos are taken with them. I love taking photos with my phone and I have a couple go-to photo editing apps that I would like to share with you. After discovering these apps I rarely use the standard filters that you can find in Instagram. You can use these photo apps alone or in conjunction with each other. Read The Rest

Illustrator – Clipping Masks

Illustrator is probably the Adobe program I use the most – Photoshop is a close second. What’s the difference? Illustrator  is a vector-based software. In Illustrator, a line is composed of two dots connected by a computer algorithm, instead of just a line of pixels. Because of this, Illustrator is used often to create logos or anything that may need to be printed or displayed at different sizes. Photoshop is super popular and you probably know what it is, but if not- everything in Photoshop is made up of pixels. If you try to scale things up and down it can lose its quality very quickly. But enough with the software backgrounds – let’s learn how to do a cool thing in Illustrator – use clipping masks! Read The Rest

Magic Lessons

Remember when we talked about creative block? Well I discovered a new gem that focuses on the creative process specifically – Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast.

Liz takes essays from real life creatives (writers, dancers, photographers, you name it) and partners up with a well-known person in their field that can give them very specific insights. It’s interesting hearing some of the creative greats (including Neil Gaiman) share their personal struggles with creating and a great reality check that nobody is immune from criticism or other roadblocks. It is so relatable and fun to listen to.

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