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How to make a printable Holiday Card with Adobe Illustrator

Holiday card christmas card

Hello people!

It’s December and everyone is busy running around getting things sorted out for Christmas. I know it’s too early, but that’s how it’s going to be! It’s so crazy that we had our office Christmas party in November! NOVEMBER!

Anyway, like every year, you have to send out holiday cards and it’s challenging because you need to add a personal touch to these cards. Now, nobody’s going to judge you for not making it personal (except Aunt Janice probably). But you are a nice person, you love your people and you are going to send those cards filled with love and holiday cheer. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to create your own personalized holiday card using Adobe Illustrator.

  1.   Download the free vector pack onto your computer
  2.   We will duplicate, rotate, scale and reflect the elements in the vector pack to create a wide variety of elements
  3.   We’ll arrange these elements in a nice form to create the design for our card
  4.   We will apply this design onto our card template
  5.   Add in details to customize it and export it for print ready PDFs
  6.   Print and cut to make your own cards!

You can download the vector pack here:

Download here!

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Holiday card christmas card

There is nothing wrong in learning new things during the holidays. You get to learn these things in this tutorial:

  •   Using vector elements and modifying them
  •   Using Layers, lock, unlock.
  •   Tools like Ellipse tool, reflect, rotate, scale, group and ungroup
  •   Using Text tool
  •   Arranging artwork to print as a card
  •   Applying trim marks
  •   Exporting an illustrator file as PDF

 

Too lazy to create the card? No problem, download the ready-to-print holiday card here:

Download here!

 

You can always create the elements yourself. They are made using just the pencil tool. Scribble something and you have some nice elements! Here is a tutorial on how to create a holiday themed wrapping paper from scratch (I made this during last Christmas). You can also download last year’s card here.

Fonts used in the tutorial :

https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/montserrat

https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/blockhead

If you don’t know how to get nice colors for your card, check out this tutorial on how to get colors.

OK, let’s watch the tutorial now!

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Illustrator Photoshop Tutorials

Adobe Color and how to find color themes

Adobe color

Adobe Color (formerly known as Adobe Kuler) is a website where you can find a number of ready-to-use creative color themes, which are free and can be saved onto libraries and accessed across adobe apps.

Have you ever started a project but struggled to find a good, appealing color theme? If yes, then you must watch this tutorial. In this tutorial, we learn how to find and save awesome color palettes/themes to our Illustrator/photoshop library.

You can do few amazing things with this online platform:

  1. Explore and find awesome themes
  2. Find a base theme and edit it to suit your needs
  3. Use the color wheel to adjust and create your own themes
  4. Upload an image and extract the color theme:

When you click create, you will an option to upload images from your computer. Adobe Color will automatically pick up a palette of different colors from the image. Apart from letting you adjust these colors to suit your project, it also lets you choose a Color Mood. Here is an example:

 

adobe color

Color Mode: Colorful

 

adobe color

Color Mode: Bright

Adobe color is also available as a mobile version for both iPhone and Android devices. The best thing about the mobile version is that you can capture colors on the go! There are many more things to explore in the mobile version, I will do a detailed video on that soon.

You can go to Adobe Color Here:

https://color.adobe.com/

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adobe color

I created this pin it image and thumbnail using Illustrator scripts. You can learn to do it too, click here for the tutorial.

In this mini tutorial, we check how we can find, edit, save and use the color themes for our projects. These color themes can be accessed across Illustrator, Photoshop and other adobe apps. Adobe color also has a very nice mobile app with which you can capture color palettes on the go!

Let’s learn how to use this online platform and apply Color Themes to your projects :

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Illustrator Tutorials

Paper Fold Effect – Abstract Background – Illustrator tutorial

Today we will learn to create an abstract background with paper fold effect in Adobe Illustrator. There are two methods to create this effect:

  • Create a base pattern and then apply colors

We will create a base pattern with different shades of white and then apply a different color on top, making use of the blending mode. This method is mainly used when you have no clear idea on what color would look nice, or you want to create a set of different colors.

Colors used:

f25d5f

dedfe0

c4c6c8

ffffff

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paper fold effect

  • Create the paper fold effect with pre defined colors

We will create the paper fold effect using the colors already chosen. Use this method if you have no intention of applying any other color, or you have no plans to create multiple colored sets.

Colors used:

f25d5f

dedfe0

c4c6c8

ffffff

Watch the video tutorial for creating the paper fold effect here:

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Illustrator Tutorials

How to create a Washi Tape in Illustrator

Washi Tape Illustrator tutorial

Today, I will walk you through the process of creating washi tape in Illustrator, with just a few easy steps. Although we make a plain washi tape, you can go ahead and apply pattern to these to make some cute ones! There are so many things you can create in Illustrator within just 5 mins! This is my first video in a new series that I’m planning to start. Short videos are my favorite things to watch and learn from and I want to make more such videos available to you in the near future.

Colors used in the Washi Tape in Illustrator:

f15d6a

233d4d

Steps:

  1. Create a rectangle and fill with color 233d4d
  2. Click on Effects > Stylize > outer glow and select the following settings:
  3. Create a smaller rectangle on top of rectangle in 1 and color it white
  4. Create another rectangle in the shape of a washi tape and color it f15d6a
  5. Use the pencil tool to create jagged edges for the tape
  6. Click on windows > transparency, and set it to 82%
  7. You are done!

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washi tape

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Illustrator Tutorials

How to Vectorize Watercolor image in Illustrator

Vectorize watercolor in Illustrator

An Illustrator tutorial on how to vectorize watercolor.

Vectorizing watercolors is not really a necessary step in my design process. I just scan my watercolors and edit them in photoshop to remove the backgrounds, fix some colors and I’m quite happy with the end product. But, sometimes, you need to work with these files in Illustrator and for that, you definitely need vectorized images.

In this video tutorial we will learn to vectorize watercolor artwork, which has been scanned and background removed in Photoshop. We will be importing the PNG image into Illustrator. To do this, we can use 2 techniques:

  1. Drag and drop the image into illustrator file
  2. Use File > Place

Once we have the image in Illustrator, we use the function Image Trace to vectorize watercolor image. We will also learn how to edit the settings under this menu to achieve better results. Next, we will learn to correct the minute errors in the vectorized image, to achieve that perfect high resolution vector, which can be used on print on demand sites.

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vectorize watercolor illustrator tutorial

Materials used:

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For painting:

For vectorizing: 

  • HP Envy 4520 printer for scanning the images
  • Adobe Illustrator

Watch and learn how to vectorize watercolor in Illustrator:

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Free Stuff Illustrator

Free Download – Weekly Planner

Free download free printable weekly planners

A free download – printable weekly planner to get you organized like a pro!

It’s been a while since I gave out some freebies on this site. So, in today’s post, I give you weekly planner in multiple colors! The city I live in has already started prepping for Christmas and planning is extremely important during the busy holiday season. These weekly planners are the best way to plan out your activities for the week!

They can be printed out in 2 different sizes – A4 and A5! Each PDF comes with 2 copies of the same color, and you can use this to print it in a mini size, details on how to do this are given below.

free fownload weekly planners

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To print in A4:

  1. Download the PDF file below.
  2. Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader.
  3. Go to File – Print. In the print settings window, choose “Fit” under Page sizes and handling.
  4. Print as many copies as you need on A4 paper. (Each PDF contains 2 copies of the weekly planners)
  5. Chop off the excess paper using the trim marks.

To print in A5:

  1. Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader.
  2. Go to File – Print. Here, choose the following:

    Page sizing and handling: Multiple

    Pages per sheet: 2

    Page Order: horizontal

    Orientation: landscape

    This will let you print two copies on one sheet (see the below figure).

  3. Print on A4 paper.
  4. Cut the paper along the trim lines. You now have two A5 sized weekly planners.

Printer I use: HP Envy 4520

free download weekly planner

Free Download the printable Weekly Planner pages here:

Please Note: The free download printables are for personal use only! So, you can print as many as you want but you are not allowed to share it electronically or re sell it.

Download Planner Type 1 Download Planner Type 2

 

Download Planner Type 3 Download Planner Type 4

 

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free download weekly planners

Let me know how to plan to used these weekly planner sheets in the Comment section, I would love to hear it!

Want to create such beautiful templates in Illustrator? Check out the other tutorials here or go check out the videos on my Youtube channel.

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Illustrator Tutorials

Patterned text with clipping mask

Patterned text, clipping mask

In this tutorial we create patterned text!

What you will learn in this tutorial:

1. Create a pattern using the rectangle tool
2. Modify colors using Blending modes
3. Apply the pattern to Text using clipping mask

Font used for the Patterned text:

Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold

https://www.dafontfree.net/freefonts-abadi-mt-condensed-extra-bold-f109895.htm

Colors used:

pattered text

Top Row:

  • 81dbd6
  • fe9ec8
  • e4adff
  • ffd6e7
  • a0ff78

Bottom Row:

  • ffe136
  • dbff95
  • bccadd
  • b23c54
  • ff725b

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Patterned text

 

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Illustrator Scripts

Illustrator scripts

Illustrator scripts are bits of code written in java script, apple script or VBscript, which help us perform certain tasks in a much quicker way. You can find a lot of free illustrator scripts online, and there are some paid ones as well.

In this video we will discuss:

  • Where to find these scripts?
  • How to use them?
  • And see some scripts in action.

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Illustrator scripts

The Illustrator scripts discussed in the video:

You can learn about Adobe Library here:

https://www.printmesomecolor.com/adobe-libraries/

You can watch the video here:

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Design a Notepad + Free Downloads

Design a Notepad

In this tutorial we will learn to design a Notepad/Letter-pad , or a patterned paper to take notes or write letters, using Adobe Illustrator.

Colors used:

  • ff6138
  • ffff9d
  • beeb9f
  • 79bd8f
  • 00a388

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Letter Pad

Font:

https://typekit.com/fonts/myriad-wild

Learn about Adobe Typekit here (skip to 2:36) here

Get the Printable Notepad (PDF version) here:

Download PDF

Want to create your own design, but don’t want to start from scratch? No problem, Download the Illustrator file here to access all the vector elements.

You can tweak them or use as a reference and create your own Notepad design.

Download the illustrator file here

Watch the Tutorial here:

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