Hello everyone welcome to my latest class. I’m Jen Lezan and I’ll be your teacher for this course. I’m a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and educator based out of the midwest and I run Bella + Sophia Creative studio. Aside from my work in graphic design and illustration, I really enjoy planning! I’ve shared previous classes on how to create your own digital stickers for digital planning and how to make a digital planner in Affinity Publisher. This month, I wanted to share another way you can create your own digital planner using Affinity Designer for desktop and Keynote.
I wanted to share some tips, my knowledge and help you build a digital planner that you can customize to your needs. I also find that digital planners are less intimidating as you don’t feel so much pressure when creating spreads in them because you can always undo. Finally, digital planners are a bit more eco friendly than your traditional paper planners as you can reuse them over and over again and they make planning on the go really simple as you really don’t need to bring anything else beside your iPad and stylus along.
What the class is about
In this class, you will learn how to create a linked digital planner in Affinity Designer. I like using affinity designer for creating planners and printable because it is so easy to create precise shapes, space them evenly, add vector effects to the shapes and export them easily. While Affinity Designer doesn’t have the linking function as Affinity Publisher, you can link all of your pages in Keynote and export the final file as a PDF to prepare them for your digital note taking app. It’s also easy to add dates to the planner and keep the numbers and shapes properly aligned using the align tools.
You can choose to create either a dated or an undated planner as your class project. I’ll outline options for both and we’ll go over the pros and cons of creating a dated vs. an undated planner. This course is a fantastic class to also really hone in on your layout design skill and get more comfortable with 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 in Affinity Designer. We will start with the basics of understanding the tool bars and functions in the Affinity Publisher workspace, then we will start to build out our digital planner. You will learn how to design basic layouts, create pages, get an understanding of the layers function in the program, learn how to create tabs and how to link those tabs to pages in your layout. 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 embossing and shadows to make items feel more 3-D. We will learn how to create basic buttons and icons. Then, we will get your file linked up in Keynote and finally, we will go over how to export your file for use in note taking apps like Goodnotes. I’ll show you how to load it into the app on your iPad and you will be ready to use your digital planner!
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. I will also include a PDF you can use. If you want to check out some of my other digital planner products - make sure you check out my shop on Etsy: Bella + Sophia Creative. You can also check out the pinterest board link I created with tons of digital planner inspiration:
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 and Keynote. I hope you enjoy the course, let’s get creating!
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Music in this video: Find Your Way Beat - Nana Kwabena
An overview of the class project
For your class project, we will be creating your very own digital planner. You will create a 6 spread layout featuring a cover page, a goal planning spread, a weekly spread, a monthly spread, a daily spread, and a meeting notes spread. You will be duplicating some of your spreads for use in Goodnotes in order to help keep the final file a bit smaller. Finally, you will be linking your file using Keynote to prep it for export for use in your digital note taking app like Goodnotes.
Who the class is geared toward
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 software on a computer - so just being comfortable with technology will be helpful as we work through this project together.
Make sure your download the class resources (PLANNERSAMPLE.zip) to access the editable files for your planner (please keep in mind these are for personal use only and can not be sold) including the: Affinity designer filer, key note file, PDF Planner file and the Goodnotes optimized file.
For more layout inspiration - check out my pinterest posts: https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferlezan/pins/
I am a Chicago-born Latinxer (I'm a proud Puerto Rican and Mexican American) millennial, an educator, and a freelance creative with experience in graphic design, digital media, illustration and surface pattern design. I am also a mother of two who is in on a mission to reach all the creative goals I've set …View full profile
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