Hi! I am Jen Lezan, I run a creative studio based out of the Midwest that focuses on Graphic Design, Surface Pattern Design and Illustration. I run my own Etsy shop selling digital designs, stationery, paper products and fabrics. As you saw in my How to Build a Digital Planner course, some of my top selling products are my digital planners and stickers sets in my Etsy shop. Creating digital stickers not nearly as hard as you think. I wanted to share some tips, my knowledge and help you build a digital sticker set that you can customize to your needs. These sticker sets give digital planning a bit of creativity and a nod to the “real thing”. Finally, digital stickers are a bit more eco friendly than your traditional paper planners as you can reuse them over and over again.
What the class is about
In this class, you will learn how to create a digital sticker set in Affinity Designer. I really enjoy using Affinity Designer for creating digital stickers because it allows you to simply and quickly create precise shapes, align and space items easily, add vector effects to the shapes and export your images as slices to PNG files without a background. This basically allows you to prepare them for your digital note taking app and apply them to pages without a white background.
This course is a fantastic class to also get comfortable using Affinity Designer - as you are going through the basic process of creating in the program and you get a tangible project that you can use after you are done.
A few of the skills students will learn
You will learn how create your own digital planner stickers in Affinity Designer. We will start with the basics of understanding the tool bars and functions in the Affinity Designer workspace, then we will start to build out our digital sticker set.
You will learn how to design functional stickers and illustrated stickers. You will learn about the different types of stickers for planning. How to set up your file and prep your art boards. You will learn how to take illustrated stickers from Procreate into Affinity Designer. You will get an understanding of the layers function in the program. We will also go over how to use the shape tools, the line tool and how to use the the move and align functions. You will get a better understanding of the layer FX tools and how to add things like shadows to make items feel more 3-D and realistic. We will go over how to load your digital stickers into goodnotes and some simple tasks in Goodnotes like how place and how to resize your stickers for use in your digital planners in Goodnotes.
You can use the stickers you create in this class to offer as a free download if you are trying to build an email list, sell them on your website or a site like Etsy or Creative Market or just use them for yourself. To make things easier, I will be including the class project affinity designer template that you can edit and get acquainted with before you start your own as well as a sticker book you can use to load your stickers into goodnotes with. I will also include a file with all of the stickers I created in the class for personal use optimized for Goodnotes and in a zipped file as PNGs. If you like my work, you can also check it out on my website: www.bellasophiacreative.com
Who the class is geared toward or if any prior knowledge or experience is required
This class is geared towards beginners. You don’t need any prior experience using the Affinity Designer software as I will be going over the basics to help you get comfortable using the software.
Some very basic technical abilities will be needed as I will be showing you step by step how to use the procreate app on the iPad and how to build your pattern in the Affinity Photo program on a desktop to create a raster based repeat pattern.
All you need to take this class is your iPad, The Goodnotes app or any other note taking app and of course your laptop or computer with Affinity Designer. If you are into physical planning and want the real thing, stay tuned for my next class launching in March where I will take you through the process of cutting your sticker layouts with the cricut to create your own physical planner stickers. I hope you enjoy the course, let’s get creating!
Make sure you download the class resources for the templates as well as all the sticker files in the class resources section. Also, enjoy a 15% off coupon for my Etsy shop and a download of digital stickers for signing up for my newsletter!
Music in Course Courtesy of Hellothematic.com
Music by Chinsaku - Blossom - https://thmatc.co/?l=683BF8B
Music by MYSM - Beyond The Fire - https://thmatc.co/?l=F7913A9
An overview of the class project
For your class project you will create a 2-page sticker set. One page will include creative illustrated stickers and a page with functional planner stickers. You will learn how create your own digital planner stickers in Affinity Designer. We will start with the basics of understanding the tool bars and functions in the Affinity Designer workspace, then we will start to build out our digital sticker set.
Your final project will include creating your 2 page digital sticker set, exporting them into a PNG file set, and optimizing/adding them to your sticker book template in Goodnotes. If you'd like, please share a screenshot of your final sticker set when you're done or you can share a download link of the files for others to use! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the forum!
Make sure you download the class resources for the templates as well as all the sticker files in the class resources. Also, enjoy a 15% off coupon for my Etsy shop and a download of digital stickers for signing up for my newsletter!