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Repeating Patterns in Affinity Photo

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There was surprisingly little information on YouTube on how to make repeating patterns on Affinity Photo, especially ones that relate to creating for print-on-demand and all-over-print applications. So I decided to crash my computer a few times just so I could show you how it’s done. This design will eventually make it onto a bedspread or a pair of leggings, but in order to make something attractive enough for a person to wear on their body, there are some spatial relationship and design elements we need to consider. Follow along with me, and if you have any thoughts, leave them...

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This one thing could be keeping you from selling your work

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You’ve started a new Shopify e-commerce store, a new Etsy shop, or maybe it’s a Red Bubble account, but nobody is buying anything. Your work may be great, but not great enough to encourage buying from others. Maybe what you need is a stronger connection to that group of individuals who may eventually want to buy everything you do. Let’s talk about that today.

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5 Affinity Publisher “Secrets” Exposed

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[This one is longer—check the time codes below to jump ahead] If you’re like me, and you migrated from Adobe InDesign over to Affinity Publisher, you find out real quick that some of the normal processes don’t work the same, or you are not located in the same relative area. That’s to be expected, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not frustrating when you’re trying to maintain productivity and have to stop and research how to get something accomplished. This video is about 5 things that had me scratching my head until I had to go find the answers myself,...

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Designing a creative content management journal from scratch

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I’ve been teasing and threatening about a new book design project-a creative content management playbook and journal. For those of us who find ourselves operating on several different online platforms, and working in multiple types of media, it’s a good idea to find ways to keep our efforts in time and check.Today’s video is more analog than digital, but it’s about laying down the groundwork for the design and implementation that comes next.

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Doing Work — Getting Sticky

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Not too long ago, I asked my Instagram constituency what they thought should be my next project, picking between buttons, sticker packs, or patches. Aside from a few outliers who decided to tell me to do something outside those parameters, the majority of the participants ranked everything almost completely equal... with a slight edge to sticker packs.  So I got to work and have produced a total of 5 new stickers, including this holographic Do The Work sticker. There will be a variety in the pack, but I'm keeping that a secret for now. You'll just have to wait and...

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