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 really enjoy planning and designing stationery! As you saw in my How to Build a Digital Planner course, some of my top selling products are my digital planners and digital stickers sets in my Etsy shop. In the past, I created a course on how to design digital stickers with affinity designer for the desktop. I wanted to do an update to this class on how to make digital stickers in Affinity Designer for the iPad. This is because the interfaces are a bit different - so this course will get you comfortable with the iPad version. Creating digital stickers for use in goodnotes or your iPad is not nearly as hard as you think. I wanted to share some tips, my knowledge of the iPad app 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” and the beauty about working in Affinity Designer is that you don’t necessarily need to have too much artistic ability as we will be working with shapes and vector tools. Digital stickers are also 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 for the iPad. This is an update to my prior class as I received messages and requests to do this class to highlight the iPad Affinity Designer interface. I really enjoy using Affinity Designer on the iPad for working on projects on the go and 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 on your ipad - 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. The goal for this class is to highlight the interface of the iPad version as it is a bit different than what you might find on the desktop version.
A few of the skills students will learn
You will learn how create your own digital planner stickers in Affinity Designer right on your ipad. We will start with the basics of understanding the tool bars and functions in the Affinity Designer iPad workspace, then we will start to build out our digital sticker set.
You will learn how to design simple functional stickers that don’t require any artistic prowess. You will learn about the different types of stickers for planning. How to set up your file and prep your art boards. 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 out or buy my other sticker packs on my website.
All you need to take this class is your iPad, The Affinity Designer ipad App and The Goodnotes app or any other note taking app. If you are into physical planning and want the real thing, check out my other 2 planner sticker classes: Designing Planner Stickers using Procreate and the Cricut Explore Air or Learn how to design foiled planner stickers using the Minc and Cricut. I hope you enjoy the course, let’s get creating!
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An overview of the class project
For your class project you will create a 1-page sticker set featuring functional planner stickers. You will learn how create your own digital planner stickers in Affinity Designer for the iPad. We will start with the basics of understanding the tool bars and functions in the Affinity Designer iPad workspace, then we will start to build out our digital sticker set.
Your final project will include creating your 1 page digital sticker set, exporting them into a PNG file set, and optimizing/adding them to your sticker book template in Goodnotes.
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 sticker set file on the iPad. So, having a basic understanding of your iPad will be helpful.
Make sure you download the class resources. I've included the project template, a course workbook, optimized goodnotes file with a journal and the stickers preloaded, a file with all the sticker pngs, inspiration for stickers as well as a PDF of the affinity iPad guide all in a zipped file.
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