I recently made a video tutorial on YouTube on creating hand lettered gifs. There’s a lot of ways to create animated gifs. This is just one way I create animated gifs, I’m also always still exploring other methods. This is a very simple and easy way to get started especially if you want to animate text. I’m completely obsessed with creating gifs of all types because they are catchy and very popular right now! This is the hand lettering I started out with below.
I then brought in the vector file into Photoshop, duplicated the layer four times, and added a color overlay to each layer with different colors. I set up the file as 800px by 800px square format for uploading on Instagram since that’s where I typically upload most of my work. If it’s going on a banner for a website, I would figure out the size first before you set up the Photoshop file to animate the artwork. Check out my tutorial below and let me know if you have any questions!
Check out my new video tutorial on YouTube on How to Create Digital Tie-Dye Patterns in Photoshop! I’ve been creating digital tie-dye patterns since 2016 and I absolutely love creating patterns! Check out more of my work on Redbubble and Society6. This pattern, “Summer Spiral” is included as a Photoshop template when you buy my set of 20 spiral Photoshop brushes on my shop at www.creativemarket.com/thegypsygoddess
You can use this template to practice, change the colors around and move the shapes to get the desired pattern you want! Also experimenting with the spiral brush set can help you create some digital versions of tie-dye patterns. It’s not going to be exactly like the actual tie-dye patterns that are made by hand, but this can be a great way to explore pattern and color combinations if you do decide to do it by hand.
I had a great time creating and putting these Photoshop brushes together and as always I love testing them out onto patterns to see if they work! This brush set has allowed me to create so many variations of patterns with different compositions and color combinations, I haven’t run out of ideas yet! You can get the set of 20 Digital Tie-Dye Spiral Brushes here on Creative Market!
Aquarius pattern, I created a few weeks ago. I really love creating galaxy-inspired patterns in Photoshop and a year ago I was trying to keep up with creating once a month in the sign of the zodiac sign. This year I’m going to do better!
Aquarius sign: The eleventh sign on the zodiac, Aquarius is all about the future, change, and are visionaries. They love communities of friends, family, and acquaintances. The element associated with Aquarius is Air, and that means the rarefied air of the intellectual. Aquarians will accomplish much with their broad and logical minds, entertaining complex and scientific ideas for the betterment of all. That said, they are also artistic and inventive. It’s all in the spirit of creating a better world, hopefully one in keeping with their broad-minded beliefs. Aquarians believe that their offbeat, original approach will win the day, and that new thought is what is needed to change the world. Those born under this sign are altruistic, humane people who are determined to make a difference. Source here.
First, I figure out a color scheme that I like and generally have one color I want repeated throughout. In this case I chose a royal blue for the background as the vibe and is consistent throughout. I really love mixing pastel colors with bright neon colors, I think it makes for an interesting color scheme.
Then I usually have a mid-tone color that’s brighter than the background and I adjust the layer effect with changing the opacity to be a little less or even change the blend mode to color dodge or multiply/darken.
Then I repeat the process with duplicating the layers and moving the shapes around to get an interesting composition.
Then I add the darker shapes in different areas where I want more contrast, then adding a neon color that would offset the blues, in this case the neon turquoise.
Then the last thing I add are the white dots for the starts to make it look galaxy like
I’ll be adding another one for Pisces in the next week, stay tuned!
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Beach inspiration is so much fun! I love the pinks and turquoises for the summer. I’m a regular beach goer and lover of spending time in the outdoors. One of my favorite things to do is to lay out on the beach to bronze and relax with an entrepreneurial book while I unplug from work and technology! Lately I’ve been inspired by florals, pinks, turquoise and neon colors. I love the way pastels and neon go together.
Here’s a little mood board I had put together for one of my newest pattern called “Neon Floral” See the the pattern below, also available on my Redbubble shop on print on demand products! Stay tuned for more patterns coming soon in this collection!
I’ve been trying to blog more and in an effort to document more of my process, a few people have been asking. So here’s a little project I was working on in the last week, I wanted to post my process video and give you guys some insight on some of the tools I’ve been using for hand lettering.
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I have quite a few different ways of creating hand lettered work. The first way that I’ve been using for the last year is starting a pencil sketch in a sketchbook. The other way is that I’ve recently purchased an iPad Pro and Apple pencil and have been creating a lot of digital hand lettering. But unless you feel comfortable working in digital, I suggest you practice the old fashioned way. So for this example I started off with a sketch in my Adobe Moleskine Sketchbook, this is a special notebook that you can draw in and there’s a free moleksine adobe cc app that you can download from the app store, links below here:
The first thing I did was sketch out what I wanted in pencil using a col-erase prisma color pencil in Tuscan Red. The wax from the pencil helps the drawing to stay in tact and not to smudge like regular graphite pencils, you can also use a light blue color. Finding inspiration online is something that I do first to get an idea of how I want to compose the drawing and then I just start sketching, modifying as I go and adjusting elements so that I have the right amount of balance in the composition. The sketch for me takes anywhere from 10-25 minutes and its important to not get too caught up in the details as you will refine the details when you start inking.
Then I used a Tombow fudenosuke brush pen to get the effect that I want, adjusting different line widths in different areas. As soon as a I am done inking I open the moleskine cc app on my phone and take a photo with the app, it then gets converted in an SVG file format (Scalable Vector Graphic) and then it gets uploaded onto the creative cloud. You can then open it onto your creative cloud files and then you can download it onto your desktop. I would suggest downloading the file as a JPEG. The reason for this is that when you open it onto Adobe illustrator, you can auto trace the image and it traces much better than downloading an SVG file and opening it onto illustrator. From there you can clean up the vector graphic as you please. Hope this gave some insight! For any questions please feel free to reach out!
This is an appropriate quote that I’ve been thinking about lately, sometimes you have to get lost to find your self again. Too much routine and repetition in your everyday world can lead to boredom! I’ve been having a lot of free time in the last month creating a bunch of work and trying new things to revive my creativity. As artists and creative people we feel a certain restlessness and we have this passion to want to keep creating new things everyday because that in itself is an adventure. Creating new art is an adventure, you never know where its going to lead you. Ces’t La Vie.
I’m so excited to announce that I’ve just created my very first class on digital tie-dye pattern making and is now live on Skillshare! This class has been in the works for a while, I’ve been selling Photoshop brush sets on Creative Market for almost a year now and a lot of the requests I’ve been getting were about how to go about making digital tie-dye patterns. I’ve come up with a set of 7 mini videos, easily digestable on the go, class totaling up to 30 mins. You can now create your own digital tie-dye patterns in this simple easy to follow class!
You can also download the Skillshare app for your android or ios device.
Take my class free for the first month as well as any other Skillshare classes!