Shutterstock Free Trial, download and Coupon codes 2022

Shutterstock Free Trial, download and Coupon codes 2022

Shutterstock Free Trial, download and Coupon codes 2022

If you are looking for Shutterstock free trial so or free download and coupon codes for 2022 then you are definately at the right place. I have compiled a list of coupon codes ranging from 25 off, 50 off or simply free video , audio or image downloads. This page is going to be a living breathing document where i will make sure to keep them updated and are the latest and best collection of Coupon codes for shutterstock that you can find anywhere else.

For the designers out there who are always looking for latest stock photo unique images for their product design needs shutterstock is my favourite place. I have already written about how you can sell stock photos through these website and other tutorials on submitting image on these website as a designer and how you can make money selling stock photos, vectors and photographs but today i am sharing with you the latest coupon codes and free download links for shutterstock.

1- Shutterstock Free Trial

Start downloading stock photo images, videos and illustrations risk free , your first 10 images are free to download here is how this offer works.

• Try the Shutterstock 10 images/month plan for free.
• If you cancel within the first month, you pay nothing.
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Sign up for FLEX 25 and get access to quality images, footage, and music in a single affordable subscription plan. Enjoy the convenience of everything you need within one easy-to-use subscription.Find the perfect content for every project in your pipeline without having to predict what you need in advance.Use your credits however you like on a wide range of content from our library of over 400 million high-quality assets.

 

Shutterstock Free Trial, download and Coupon codes 2022

How to sell art online and make money as a Digital Artist

How to sell art online and make money as a Digital Artist

How to sell art online and make money as an artist

How to sell art online and make money as an artist

How to Sell Art Online and make money as a digital artist

These past few days I have been focusing more on creating hand painted art beside digital art. Although having Masters in Fine Arts degree up my belt and a gold medal as a painter once i fell in the “trap” of creating digital art I totally shifted my line of work. Now spending 20+ years selling art online I think it is time for me to turn to traditional watercolor and canvas.

A while back I wrote a blog post about selling art online in a blog post ( 16 places to sell stock photos and illustration online) this post alone got me plenty of recognition and was bookmarked and saved by many. Now I wanted to share some of my tips on making money selling your art online. The digital era that we have entered after this pendamic hit us, everyone is goint online!. Artists are also looking for ways to reach out to galleries and many turned to instagram as a resort for sharing their work.

The real fact is that you can not just wake up and start making money online selling art unless you are clear about your objectives as well as few tools understanding. Here are few platforms of my choice when it comes to making money selling art online.

Sell art online free through instagram

When it comes to selling through instagram your first step would be to create a creators account on instagram. Write a compelling bio with the keywords like Art, Artist, Watercolor Artist, Buy Art Online, Art for sale and like wise. The best place to add your keyword is your username as this is the place that Instagram search looks for when someone enters a keyword. Secondly use these keywords as part of your bio when you are writing it. Third point is to add a call to Action that may include DM me , Signup , Download Now or something like that.

 

Now after you are set up for instagram your next mission is to bring consistency to your posting schedule. Categorize your content in 3-4 buckets that may include work process videos , finished artwork , artwork in use or your personal life. Posting consistently is the key when it comes to increasing your audience and eventually selling art through social media.

How to Sell art online and make money through POD websites

The best way to actually sell your art is on various products. POD stands for Print on Demand websites. These include Zazzle, Cafepress, Gearbubble and Printful. After you open up an account you will have the choice to choose the products on which you want to sell your art on. These can be T-Shirts, Cups, Mugs, Aprons, Bedsheets, Hoodies, Cusions, Pillow Covers, Laptop Sleeves and so many more.

All you have to do is to simply upload your art and place it on pre-made product mockups, add a title set a price and post for sale. Everytime an artwork or product is sold you are rewarded in form of a comission. You really dont have to run after printing or shipping the POD websites will do this for you and you will recieve royalties for every purchase you make.

>>Related post : How to sell art onine and make money

Sell Fine Art online on canvas and as Art Prints

Again if you would like to recieve orders via instagram or your own website, and have it printed and shipped you can make use of the websites that help you sell find art online on canvas and as art prints. A few of these are Zazzle, Cafepress, Artprints , FineArt America.

Using pinterest to drive traffic to your website

However if you choose to sell your art online through your own ecommerce website, you can choose platforms like Shopify, Wix or likewise to create with a few clicks. The improtant task after that is how to drive traffic to your website and make a sale. Many of us during their initial phase of website launch are not ready to invest in facebook ad and google ads to drive traffic to their art portfolio. Pinterest comes in handy ! I have previously shared how I use Pinterest to drive traffic to my website using Tailwind  you can read it if you are interested. Otherwise all you have to do is create compelling pinterest long pins , that can be done easily via canva and then have it directly published to your pinterest boards. Want to know about my strategy ? check out this post.

Using Email to sell Art

Once you have a website, or maybe you only have instagram as your point of selling art you can easily setup a mailing list that will help you capture fans and clients. Use Mailerlite or mailchimp as your email list provider and give a signup incentive to your fans. Most popular way is to offer 10% OFF to your subscribers when they sign up. Now start regulerly emailing your fans with the latest updates and offers for your special subscribers. This will help you drive more traffic to your website as well as sales!

>>Related Article : Mailchimp alternative and how to setup newsletter for your blog

 

Conclusion : If you are wondering how to sell art onine and make money, consistency and a plan of action is the key no matter what path you decide just keep doing it……. Read how I nearly gave up !

 

16 Places to Sell stock photos and illustrations

16 Places to Sell stock photos and illustrations

16 PLACES TO SELL STOCK PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS

A quick google search would probably give you tons of websites to sell stock photos and illustrations from.

How I started to sell Stock photos and illustrations and why you should too.

It all started way back around 12 years ago when once i was sitting in front of my computer clueless and projects less . Nothing to work on and no idea to where to get work from.

(THIS POST PROBABLY CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS REALLY BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.)

That’s when i started to think backward , by backward I mean i wondered from where all the cool illustrations and graphics coming from that we used to buy for our projects. Not aware that I could too sell stock photos online as a side hustle and bring in some extra income.  At that time I was working in a telecom company and my job was to create multimedia sms . I would score the internet looking for inspiration and graphics to use . But to tell you the truth the job was 9-5 and not much fun.

As i wondered from where these graphics coming from I now looked at the source sites with a different eye . As I looked i found a little button saying Contributor / Sell Stock Photos. Now what was that I had no idea. I clicked on that and read it through and signed up and after that soon my graphic design profession took another turn.

I was soon crazily creating illustrations and uploading them to multiple contributing website. Since photography is not my jam and I know I am good at Adobe illustrator I knew that I could also make money online if I start and sell stock illustrations. The day that i earned my first $.30 was such an encouraging day. I was “Freelancing” earning for myself !. How satisfying this $.30 was ! I was hooked!.

And then I started looking further for more sites to contribute my stock illustrations and sell photos online !. And pretty soon my portfolio was up at 5 websites and i was waiting for my first image sale and I was earning form myself. It started from $.30 from each image sale and now the whole process has grown into my very own website for graphics you can check out my custom cliparts for sale here

The good that came out of all this is a satisfaction of being ones own boss and alongside client based custom illustration jobs.

I would like to share a few websites that I have contributed in the past and hope that it might open doors for opportunity for someone else as well. If you are wondering how I market my portfolio of images on sale through  these websites you might want to look at how I promote it using Pinterest on autopilot. I have now been selling stock photos for a while now , and have also successfully used my own creations to create products and sell digital products and photos online.

Check out my tips on driving traffic to your products right here Or if you are just starting out and looking for a way to get started then read my post on How to start selling Art online for some guidance and direction.

Sell stock photos and illustrations make money online

So what it means to sell stock photos online?

Simply put, stock imagery means any art that already exists and is ready to use. A stock agency curates a library of images on large number of subjects and licenses those images to customers. People often refer to “stock photography,” but “stock” can refer to any type of visual content, including photos, videos, or illustrations.

below are some of the stock sites that i have personally used in the past during my obsession with stock image contribution. These are in order of revenue that i generated and still generate from them.

1- Vecteezy 

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At Vecteezy, you can sell vectors, stock photos, and stock video clips. You’ll need to complete an application and submit a few samples of your work. Once you’re approved, you can submit resources through the contributor dashboard or via FTP. Vecteezy does not require exclusivity, so you can submit the same creative resources you sell on other sites.

An interesting detail about Vecteezy is that you can (optionally) make money by offering free downloads. They have millions of free resources on the site and contributors earn $5 per 1,000 downloads.

 

2- Dreamstime ( You can sell stock photos and illustrations)

sell stock photos and illustrations

You can sell stock photos , Vector illustrations and various design elements from this website. After you apply as a contributor you are provided an ftp area as well as upload interface.
If you are uploading vector files then you need to save them as EPS files . I have shared a post about how to prepare file as an eps for submission a while back . That can be accessed here.

Here are some examples of my work at Dreamstime

3- Shutterstock

sell stock photos and illustrations

Shutterstock has been one of my favs when i started uploading work. The uploading process used to be a bit simpler but still it is not too techy. Once you are on the site the Become a contributor button is on the top right. Shutterstock sell royalty-free images, footage, vectors and illustrations. You can apply to be a contributor here.
For me shutterstock had been a favorite one because they don’t pressure you into exclusively distributing images or video . Your content is yours to control to maximize your selling opportunities and profit.

4-istock by Getty images ( accepting to sell stock photos and illustrations)

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(15% Off Annual Subscriptions for All Customers when you decide to use my link)

Why you wont find my portfolio on istock ? it is simply because you have to be an exclusive with them to start selling. And if you are an exclusive then in my opinion going to the road of stock imagery and earning from a multiple streams becomes a bit difficult. But hands down istock is one of the best stock photo website out there. Though it is a bit difficult to be accepted to sell stock photos but once you get in chances are you will do good!

5- Creative Market ( Sell Stock Photos, illustrations and templates)

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I love this place, if you are ready to bundle your creations and are ready to create some awesome resources for designers and artists then you might want to consider joining creative Market

Although I have a very small portfolio there but I do continue to get commission every month, maybe if I get serious posting new content I will be able to increase monthly revenue coming from this website. It has a lot of potential.

Creative market is more of a full content resource website , from where you can take a step further and start selling templates , themes , fonts and other resources too. I love the simplicity of creative market and I see a great potential in selling through creative market BUT if you package your content well.

6- Graphic River ( Envato Marketplace, you can sell stock photos illustrations and other graphic design resources)

sell stock photos and illustrations

Graphic river has been in the industry for a while now and has proved to be a good resource for graphics. I personally like to buy through creative market when it comes to themes resources and fonts. But Graphic river is a good competition and has turned a lot of sales for me over the years. My portfolio is really really very small over there but still I get a small chunk of money now and then.

7-Fotolia

Update: Fotolia recently closed and partnered up with Adobe Stock Contributor and my portfolio was automatically shifted there

I currently plan to take my graphics down from fotolia , reason you ask? at times fotolia used to bring sales that ranged from $5-$10 each graphics . But lately I have noticed that their royalty has fallen down to $0.30  , just rechecked gone down to $0.25 . It seems that they have sold out rights to images to some other websites as well , as I have found my images being sold from there on couple of other “unknown” , websites as well that sell stock images.

8- Etsy

Alright so Etsy is hands down i have found to be just ok among many mentioned above . The amount of images that you sell through Etsy needs additional advertising on your part . While when you are selling through stock photography websites 1-7 all you need to know is better keywording . But once you start selling through etsy you must be aware of ways to drive traffic to your shop , SEO , social media marketing and more. Check out the blog post where I share how to monetize your shop by updating your listings.

10-Zazzle

sell stock photos and illustrations

Zazzle in my opinion can drive you more earnings if you have a potential of visualizing your products on various products. You can upload any of your graphics and then using bulk tool create multiple products ranging from stationary to homeware or more. Despite the fact that I am no longer creating many products through Zazzle but my Birthday invitations store and Art Prints shop are giving me an extra income.

Last but not the least there are a few more websites through which you can sell your photography stock imagery and graphic design resources. these are …

11- Artfire
12-Cafe press
13-Shopify
14-Selfhosted woocommerce shop
15- Gumroad

16- MasterBundles

Sell Your Graphic Designs in a few easy steps! If you are looking for a good place to boost sales and get great exposure you are right on the spot! Just fill in the form on a website describing your deal, and don’t forget to give MasterBundles some links to preview some pages of yours.

If you are now selling your deals elsewhere – no problem, they can always sell your products on better terms.😉 MasterBundles is the only marketplace that offers vendor’s cuts up to 50%.

Bonus Stock Photo Websites for free Marketing

Stock photo website that are not so monsters in industry t are a good way to get additional eyes on your portfolio you can become a contributor as a free provider.

  • Unsplash
  • Pexels
  • Pixabay

Just like etsy Artfire gives you ability to host digital content for instant downloads but then you have to work extra to drive traffic to your shop . That can or may include your social media skills to sell art online .

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How to Sell Art Online and make money

How to Sell Art Online and make money

How to Sell Art Online and make money as a graphic Designer in 3 Steps

If you are regular reader of my website and know my journey as an artist then you might be aware of the time when I threw away the whole concept of trying to sell my art online and how I came back to painting after 3 years. No journey be it selling art or achieving any of your dreams is without challenges ( you might consider reading What artlicensing is and isnt) . When it comes to starting out as an artist earning a recurring revenue from your Art then you might be curious on how to sell art online or where to sell your graphic designs, illustrations or vectors online.

Sell art online and make money

Related : How I create Digital products from my illustrations

Keeping in view a complete starter I have compiled a list of websites where you really dont need to have an extensive portfolio of work and just start selling right away. All you require is a skill as an artist and the knowledge to just start !

Step 1

Sharpen your tools to sell art and make money Online

So online is a digital world so your physical portfolio of work will not help you here much. You need to have proper set of tools to begin creating your portfolio of work. I will not go into details in this post for creating a portfolio of work and placing it online. Right now my aim is just to give the power of selling art in your hand so you can just start creating art right away and start earning comission from it as soon as possible.

You need to get aware of the graphic design tools and softwares and get aquinted with some specific skills. these include

Learning Adobe illustrator

learn how to create seamless patterns ,

Learn how to convert your drawing into line art,

Learn how to use basic vector illustration through this tutorial

How to expand patterns 

How to batch convert JPGS

Or use these 38 Vector Tutorials in order to sharpen your skills an artist.

Learning Adobe Photoshop ( Learn how to create mockups , learn how to convert your drawing ,)

And if these graphic design tools seem too techy for you at the moment you can choose from a few simple graphic design tools like Stencil , picmonkey or canva to do the job for you .

Step 2

Hacks to create product mockups Online

in order to represent your work you will be needing beautiful product mockups . These websites provide tools that will help you create beautiful mockups using free stock photos. Not necessarily you will be using free stock photos you might want to consider using Stock photos from a few leading websites including Dreamstime, Shutterstock, Istockphoto and Canstock.

Create Mockups using Printful’s Mockup Generator.

Even if you dont plan on using printful as your choice of selling art on your products yet , but signing up and using their mockup creator tool is recommended. You are able to create beautiful mockups with just a few steps!

Use Product mockups using Zazzle’s Product creator to sell art and make money .

Secondly since Zazzle is also one of the 16 places from where you can sell art online that i recommend, you can however choose not to sell art dirctly from them but use their product image creator instead. Like Printful just drag and upload your artwork to their website and you have a mockup like canvas, Art Prints, T-Shirts created in no time at all.

Use Stock photo websites to download Stock Photos with mockup of various products including T-Shirts, Tags, Towels and many more to create beautiful mockups. Here your skill as a Photoshop expert will come in handy. You can also use these stock photos free for commecial use that I shared recently

Step 3

Start Uploading your and Selling your Art on Products

Here are some of the pointer websites that can help you sell your art. All you have to do is upload your artwork, these are called Print on Demand websites. As a print on demand artist you will upload your art over their mockups and once you make a sale they will print and ship it for you.

Creative Market

Previously I have mentioned creative market in many of my blog posts and it is one platform that very quickly caught the attention of graphic designers and illustration artists. Although there are many other competitive platforms to sell illustrations and art but in my opinion creative market has the best quality of digital products oniline and as a seller you get to recieve best benifits of selling your art. There are multiple types of products that you can create and sell including but not limited to mockups, Photoshop and vector brushes, cliparts, seamless patterns and more.

Here is a breakdown of a few of the points that in my openion set it apart

  1. You get to keep 70% of your sales comission which is way better than many other competitive websites.
  2. No exclusivity lock meaning you are free to sell your designs in other platforms as well.
  3. Easy upload interface is one of the key features of creative market it is really easy to get started as a seller.
  4. Recieve free downloads from other creators if you want to use. Artists share their work as free downloads and creative market promotes them as well through their email campaigns so you get extra exposure when you open up your shop at creative market and sell art online.

 

These website include Zazzle, Redbubble, SpoonFlower, Printful , gearbubble

HOW TO SELL ART AND MAKE MONEY ONLINE

Heart Border PNG : Digital Clipart Heart Vector Brushes

Heart Border PNG : Digital Clipart Heart Vector Brushes

Easily and quickly make your art pop with these fun Heart Border PNG Digital Cliparts. Take your project one step further with the vector brushes for illustrator these are so easy to use. You can easily adjust the brush stroke in order to attain a bigger size heart!

Draw a line or a shape click on the heart border of your choice and voila youve got a frame! a shape or whatever you want to create.

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14 scatter brushes for Adobe illustrator , create borders , frames and shapes , using these brushes . You must have knowledge to use these brushes , need help? read here Want to learn more about brushes? Helpful links:-

How to use brushes?

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Included in this download

1 brushes file compatible CS4
1 Eps file with embedded brush library compatible ai 8 and above

These brushes are commercial use ok! no credit back need but yes appreciated. Hope you like them. Have fun creating!

illustration tutorials : How to Vector RSS Icon with Illustrator

illustration tutorials : How to Vector RSS Icon with Illustrator

This Tutorial was initially written in 2007 , some information might be outdate but still it is awesome!

 

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Step 1

Lets start by creating a new file , pick out the bright orange colour in your selected colours and start off by making a square with rounded rectangle tool
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Step 2


Draw a small circle using Ellipse tool pressing shift while creating will give you a perfect round.

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Step 3


use the pen tool to read a path something like this with stroke edges selected as straight as seen in the following image

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Step 4


Repeat step 4 this time add a central node as well which will help you achieve a better shape by adjusting it using anchor points

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Step 5


Select both the paths and go to object>Expand in the menu which will show up the Expand window , select the stroke expand and hit ok….

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Step 6


now select all the assets and right click and group . This is important as now when we are going to apply a 3D effect to it illustrator will take it as front face….

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Now go to Effects>3D>Extrude and bevel with the group selected

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Step 8


Play around with the options in the window i have chosen 42 perspective , extrude depth 25pt , and rotate dimensions accordingly . You might like to keep the preview checked and view what is going on 🙂

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Step 9


here i have taken the image to photoshop to give it some gradience and play around with it since it is already done you can now do anything with it!

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The finished RSS 3d icon

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Free Watercolor washes Brushes for Photoshop

Free Watercolor washes Brushes for Photoshop

If you are following me on Facebook or Twitter you might have already seen the giveaway that i have been hosting for this particular Watercolor washes and Strokes Brushes for Photoshop pack available through my shop. This is also available through my Creative market shop.

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Now i am offering these Watercolor washes and Strokes Photoshop Brushes free through my blog adding it to the long list of free download of Photoshop resources that i already have up.

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Here is what you have to do in order to download these Watercolor washes and Strokes Photoshop Brushes! You pay it with a tweet (Actual value $6 )or share via any choice of network shown below , once you have done that you will have instant access to download the file.

Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter as well or follow me on any of the social networks as I will be posting some premium free downloads regularly.

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Stock Photos Free For Commercial use :13+ Feminine Holiday Desk

Stock Photos Free For Commercial use :13+ Feminine Holiday Desk

Latest Addition of 13 Feminine Desk Holiday Photos

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Holiday Stock photo mockup bundle is perfect for pinterest images , graphic design , invitations, greeting cards, product design, tags, labels and so much more. Check out more cool graphics and illustration in our shop

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  • Each graphic saved separately in  300 dpi, PNG files)

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how to draw heart step by step : Adobe illustrator tutorial

how to draw heart step by step : Adobe illustrator tutorial

how to draw heart step by step : Adobe illustrator tutorial

How to draw a heart step by step adobe illustrator tutorial if you are looking to draw a heart step by step in illustrator? this Adobe illustrator tutorial consists of basic tools in illustrator and will also help you to learn the basic of using Adobe illustrator as your drawing tool.

A heart is a geometric shape and getting a perfect cute heart in illustrator is quite easy , Here i will use simple shape of a circle to modify it into a heart shape although it is not too much of a process . But i am going to show it to you how to draw a heart step by step so you can easily understand the process of it .

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This Adobe illustrator Tutorial is somewhat of a beginner level But since valentines day is approaching and you will be seeing hearts everywhere OR will be looking for that perfect heart shape drawing to be integral part of your design . Why not make it yourself !
Without delay here is the step by step drawing process of a heart shape in Adobe illustrator vector.

 

How to Draw Heart in Adobe illustrator step by step

Drawing a heart shape Step 1 :

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Start with Ellip tool L

Draw two circles while pressing down shift , this will ensure that you get a perfect circle.

Hold on to the alt key while selecting the first circle , which will duplicate your current shape .

Drawing a heart shape Step 2

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Press shift while you drag the copy towards the right , this will ensure that your circles are aligned while you move one of them. Open the path finder window ( short cut Shift+ctrl+F9 ) by going to windows > pathfinder

Drawing a heart shape Step 3

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Select both of your circles and hit the expand button while pressing alt . this will join both of your circles your circle will look now something like this

Drawing a heart shape Step 4

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Click on the direct selection tool ( Shortcut A)

Drawing a heart shape Step 5

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Select the node in the middle and while pressing shift bring it down a bit something like this…

Drawing a heart shape Step 6

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Now we need to adjust the shape of the heart . Start by deleting the two anchor points as illustrated…

Drawing a heart shape Step 7

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Now adjust the angles of the four anchor points as shown

We have a perfect heart shape now

Drawing a heart shape Step 8

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Fill it with colour of your choice

The supportive eps file will be available for download on coming friday so subscribe or register today if you dont want to miss it!

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Know thy workspace

Drawing Basics

HOW TO DRAW A CARTOON CHARACTER ILLUSTRATION 

Using Pathfinder Create a Personalized Badge for your site

Create a simple heart using pen tool

Using Filters Adobe illustrator tutorial.

10 Awsome features in illustrator CS4 that increase creativity to MAX!

How to Create a Pop Design Element using  Spiral Tool

The Mirror Technique: – Creating a Cool Monogram using brushes

An Introduction to Envelope Tool

Draw a Skull illustration 

Create an envelope icon with a satin feel

Using Gradients Create a balloon wallpaper

how to draw heart step by step : Adobe illustrator tutorial

Pinterest templates – Free download

Pinterest templates – Free download

Pinterest templates – Free download inside and best practices of best performing pinterest pin design

Quick Summery :  ( This article is sponsored by AiFactory Shop Branding Resources you can find range of branded products for your social media workflow automation ranging from pinterest templates, graphic design resources and templates for Photoshop & Illustrator)

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Pinterest Templates are getting attention more and more as the awareness around the power of using Pinterest as your social media scheuling increases. There are plenty of Pinterest Templates out there and you might have seen many bloggers and creators sharing a few as well. Since I started focusing more on Pinterest as my main source of traffic I realised the power it holds !.

Pinterest has become next to amazon as a search engine for products and ecommerce. More and more brands are realising that their business must be on pinterest. Having said that although there is a strategic approach behind how and when to pin but the whole process becomes easier if you have pinterest templates in your hands.

Although I have been using pinterest for driving traffic to my website for a while now. Being a designer I always loved creating pins from scratch everytime that I needed to share my new blog posts. Until recently I realised that having pre-made Pinterest templates saves you a lot of time!! and moreover since you have the basic design elements it keeps you on your branding as well .

Using good Pinterest templates and sky rocket your results

Below is a screenshot of my pinterest analytics once I implemented the below mentioned practices for a good pinterest design. There is a science behind a good pin besides how it looks!  I have shared below few of the best practices for a good pinterest pin that is good performing and brings in more traffic to your website.

If you use a strategic design your pins are not all overand also converts sales, leads and brings in traffic and clients. Beside strategic design the other factor contributing to the success of your blog or website is having a good pinterest publishing Tool and a well thought and planned action plan. You might want to look into the strategic posting schedule that I wrote about a while ago.

I have created around 40+ Pinterest templates for myself and I regulerly use them. These are made in Canva so they are pretty easy to manage and use as well.

A good pinterest template consists of the following 

  • Strong visuals

  • Clear and readable headings

  • Catchy Phrase and Call to action

  • connection to its landing page ie delivers what it says

  • Keywords as part of text over the design

  • Keywords within descriptions

  • Keywords on the lading page itself

  • Alt attributes for pinnable images on the website.

  • Human figure or element also adds to phsychological drive to click on the image

  • Delivers what it says

Free Pinterest Templates

if you are looking for free pinterest templates then download these free canva pinterest templates that you can use. These free pinterest templates are easy to use. Instruction on how to use these templates is also included in form of a guide.

 

 

Looking for Pinterest Pin Design Service? Get in Touch!

If you are looking for pinterest pin design service then use the form located here to get in touch! .

Here is how to use these Pinterest Templates

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Free Garden Flag Mockup Template Photoshop

Free Garden Flag Mockup Template Photoshop

flag-mockup-RecoveredI know how important it is for Artist’s to have their work put forward , create mockups and previews to showcase their art. Previously i had shared a long list of Logo mockup templates. Now i present to  you a free garden flag photoshop layered mockup file.

I created this Garden Flag mockup file to share my work and hope that this one will be of use for others as well.

Free Garden Flag mockup template http---www.aivault.com

 

The file is created in a very simple to use format  with easy to understand layers.

How to customize?

The file provided is CS6 file , it is a layered file in psd format.
1- Open the file
2- Double Click the layer insert Art here
3- The Art will open in a new window , place your art OVER in a new layer in the opened artwork file.
4-Flatten layers
5-Save and close the Art file.
6-Your mockup file will be updated with your artwork.

Garden Flag mockup file


Free Garden Flag Mockup Template

Free Garden Flag Mockup Template

if you are looking for a high resolution version of the template contact me i will see what i can do.

 

Free Printable Coloring Pages for Adults Only PDF Printable Download

Free Printable Coloring Pages for Adults Only PDF Printable Download

Download these Free Printable Coloring Pages for Adults Only PDF file

Sometimes you just want to get into high vibe and these free Printable Coloring Pages for Adults Only is just the activity needed to get you back into alignment, These free quote inspirational coloring pages are just plain FUN and perfect for Adults or grown ups who are willing to spend some quality time!

Whether you want to color them, or you print them out and frame them up after coloring, these enchanting pages will inspire creativity and sparkle!

Get those coloring pencils or markers out and use these to get your creative juices flowing

Scroll Below for Free Printable Coloring Pages for Adults Only PDF file download link

free printable coloring pages for adults

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Heart Border PNG : Digital Clipart Heart Vector Brushes

Superhero clipart : New superhero Kids Clipart

Superhero Clipart New addition to store !

Just finished compiling and drawing this Superhero Clipart Collection great for your graphic design and printable projects needs.

Superhero Clipart Packs include:

All the graphics are PNG and JPG illustrations in High Resolution Files. EPS file is also included All graphics are saved as separate PNG files with transparent background as well as JPG files with a white background for easy extraction.

This Superhero Clipart series include various versions of super man or super girl graphics and illustrations in various styles, These are great for creating cards and invitation.

Super hero Clip art Pack 1

 

SuSuperhero Clipart girl super hero with cartoon images

Superhero Cape Clipart Set 2

Superhero Cape Clipart

OR

Buy Artinspire illustrations at Etsy

You’ll receive a resolution-independent Adobe Illustrator 100% vector EPS file and  large 300 DPI PNG files of all the graphics with a transparent background.

Graphic Design Tools Online Series : Stencil

Graphic Design Tools Online Series : Stencil

If you are seeking to wow your customers then this Graphic Design Tools Online Series if going to do just that for you. This series comprises of graphic design tools online free and paid .

Looking for graphic design tools online then you must check out this series of canva alternative, grpahic design online software to create images and graphics for your blog or social media.

This post includes affiliate link and I get paid a small commission every time someone decides on purchasing the product they found through me. However please know that all that i share comes from my honest opinion and I was not contacted by the creators of stencil for this post. 

You do not have to be a graphic design wizard or a pro any more to product awesome images and graphics online. Gone are the days when you had to go down the difficult route of spending hours struggling with graphic design softwares no there are plenty available online for free.

Today I am introducing you to Stencil!

No more spending hours on youtube trying to learn complicated programs to accomplish your everyday graphic design needs. Stencil is a very simple and intuitive platform that in my opinion is exact rival to Canva. Sometimes there are hidden gems found if you only know where to find them!

Ok so What exactly is Stencil and how this can take on place of your regular graphic design tool online?

Stencil as your online design maker

Create sleek images for social media posts, ads, blog posts, and more, plus organize your designs with custom collections. It doesn’t matter if you are a graphic designer, a personal Virtual Assistant or a Novice Blogger. We all know that sometimes the most time consuming part of doing business online is the creation of continuous graphics and we are always looking for free graphic design templates. 

As soon as you login you are presented with a clean and professional interface that is much similar to Canva but in my opinion if Canva is still complicated then you might want to take a look into using Stencil. The interface is much cleaner and there isn’t much “noise” should you choose it to be your online design maker.

Alternative to: Canva, PicMonkey, and Venngage

While Canva, PickMonkey and Venngage are great tools on their own Stencil can be your simplest alternative to any of these. The interface just comprises of free graphic design templates that you can edit with ease. There are a collection of quotes and icons library making it real easy to create something if the tech side of online graphic design tools scare you.

Quick and easy graphic design tools online

So the fun part here is that if you are a Social media marketers, bloggers, and content teams looking to make awesome graphics in less time then you are at the right place check out the video below with some detailed explanation by people at Stencil

Creating high quality graphic design and images is a breeze with stencil You can access gorgeous stock photos, dope templates, clean icons and graphics, artsy filters, and Google fonts that transcend Comic Sans (plus personal fonts you can upload).

Create amazing graphics instantly

Use various filters, icons, filters and fonts to create amazingly creative graphics instantly! And whoever you are ready you can share your creative work directly to social media. While you do that fear not the graphics will be saved to your library to be accessed later. This means that you can create graphic design templates that can be used over and over again.

Seamless integration and posting to social media

This one feature I swear can save you tons of time and while I was using Canva it really bugged me that their posting to social media feature is kind of wonky. When you edit the design it edits the scheduled post as well. Say what?? Well at the time of writing this post if they have made an update to this particular feature then kindly let me know !

So when you are done with creating a graphic design maybe for your blog post or your product offers, then you can directly choose to post it to social media.  The social posting feature allows you to post to facebook , twitter, pinterest, instagram and guess what Buffer! . Now this is interesting as if you have access and direct add it to buffer you can schedule it to be posted across all your media profiles which ofcourse is another story!

Images are sized accordingly ! what else would you need?

Web browser connectivity an added feature

With add-on options for Chrome and Firefox along with a handy WordPress plugin, you can make magic right in your browser instead of waiting on slow process-heavy programs

design Wizard

Say what? Install the WordPress Plugin and create images from within WordPress as you create posts

WordPress Plugin

Install the WordPress Plugin and create images from within WordPress as you create posts.

Safari Extension

Add the Stencil button to your Safari toolbar and start creating images from anywhere.

Firefox Add-on

Add the Stencil button to your Firefox toolbar and start creating images from anywhere.

Chrome Extension

Add the Stencil button to your Chrome toolbar and start creating images from anywhere.

Get a live preview of your masterpiece before publishing it to the world!

How to Start a Blog with WordPress in 2021

How to Start a Blog with WordPress in 2021

Wondering how to start a blog with wordpress in 2021?

How will you feel that finally, you were able to start a blog helping you not only to make money online while blogging but also present your work out in the world. Maybe sell your digital products online or maybe even your physical products?

You can start a blog with wordpress in 2020 and start making money online in a matter of minutes. Or you could finally, create a storefront and start selling from this? ,Be able to lead clients and direct them to your own self-hosted platform. All this and more like your own pretty domain name, Set up email addresses, newsletters and more.

in this posts series, how to start a blog with wordpress within next 24 hours.

We are going through times when that is allowing us to stop and look at our surroundings. Raise questions about who we are being, what is important and what needs to be done with. Maybe you are still struggling with your surroundings and they are keeping you busy enough that you don’t even get the time to reflect on who you are being and which direction to take.

For me this time out by Universe has given me a safe place to go within and shed out the unwanted. These unwanted items not only include, purging my home, decluttering my surroundings but also in a good way I am exploring new ways to expand my online business and work. I see so many people going through all of this as well.

Some have been busy all their life doing 9 to 5 jobs, they don’t even love or are passionate about. It is like dragging themselves to work every day, going through the workload, communicating and frustrated with a nosey boss. And now when they got the time out they are wondering if this is how they want to spend the rest of their lives?

Maybe you too in a state similar to this, maybe you were also forced to sit at home, maybe you too are wondering what if there is something else to life. Maybe you are struck by fear and are not able to do anything creative. It almost feels like running in a hamster wheel. Forced life, but for how long? will this ever end? you love drawing, maybe gardening, maybe painting, do you really have to wait for your retirement to do what you love doing?

This pivot may mean

  • Leaving your job and facing some uncertain times and wondering if you can too make money by blogging
  • Getting overwhelmed wondering ok here I am and I would love to spend more time doing what I am passionate about but how to begin where to start from and what are my next steps.

I am passionate about helping other creative women find their inner Creative Diva and start earning a living doing what they love by blogging and selling their creativity online.  And all of this starts from taking a single decision and setting a strong intention. If you are committed enough to make a change in your life, if you want to be one of the few who are strong enough to take a stand for their desires then allow me to take you by the hand and over the next few posts help you create a business doing what you love.

So in this post, I will share the initial tasks you can take right now starting today towards a strong business foundation. by setting up an online shop in less than 24 hours.

how to start a blog with wordpress in 2020 in 4 steps

  1. Choose a blog name and get a hosting
  2. Install WordPress in order to Start a blog
  3. Personalize your blog by installing a pretty and functional theme
  4. Add the right plugins to help you track data and traffic
  5. Consistently write great content that attracts your ideal client
  6. Monetize your blog by affiliated products or your own self hosted shop

Step 1:

Get a domain name & Hosting in order to start a blog with wordpress

If you already have a domain name then it is great ! time saved ! if not here are. A domain name is a name that people can type in their address bars to find you. This post of mine intends to set up a website for you in 24 hours so I will not write tons about each and every step but I will guide you towards your end goal, that is …. an online shop!

–>> CLICK HERE TO Get a Domain name + Hosting for only $1 

So your name could be simply yourname.com or yourbusinessname.com or maybe you want to be creative and come up with something interesting for your blog name. The thing is it really doesnt matter!. Focus on just getting a name and dont get caught up and procrastinating over how good a name sounds.

I am recommending 1 and 1 Hosting for this because it is the cheapest solution out there right now, you begin with paying $1 for the Domain plus hosting for the first month and then $4 onward. For the domain name, $1 for the first year is included. I signed up for the business package and have hosted two of my website paying $8.

When you are paying this low you are lowering the mental barrier of setting up a website being expensive just go ahead give it a try what is there to lose? $1 for the domain name for the first year is ample time for you to know if you are committed to running a website.

Other recommended providers are Godaddy (Starting from $5 ) Blue Host ($3.95 free domain for first year and hosting)

What is the difference between the domain name and hosting?

I often get asked this question, believe it or not, this confusion even stops many of you from taking the first step. So a domain name is like getting a URL that can be typed in the search bar, and hosting is a place where you will upload your files to. These files will include your website data, product images, blog images files, and similar.

For people to access your website, they will be landed on a webpage hosted on your hosting provider. it will show the files you stored in the form of a homepage blog or similar.

Step 2

Installing WordPress on your hosting space.

Consider your hosting space ( which you paid $1 for the first month) links to your domain name Here is how you will do it inside 1and 1 hosting. But you will see that most of the hosting companies have similar Cpanels. Cpanel is the dashboard from where you can take various tasks from inside the hosting provider.

After you signup, you will log in to your Cpanel ( Hosing Dashboard) here is how this looks like

How to Start a Blog in 2020 and make money

how to start a blog with wordpress in 2020 and make money

You have icons presented in front of you with managing your domain name, creating email addresses, installing websites and stores, managing your hosting space, and your billing and account information. If you click on domains you will be able to see the domain name that you just purchased.

But to set up your WordPress Shop and blog you will head on over to the search bar on top of the screen and type install WordPress.

How to Start a Blog in 2020 and make money

Give your website a title and click Create Website. Something Like ” Julias Art and Workshops” or whatever, don’t worry you can change it later at any time.

Type in the administrator login ( the login you will use to access your WordPress installation) I would recommend keeping it long and not including word admin in it. Here is a screenshot of how this looks like

How to Start a Blog in 2020 and make money

Next, you will be presented with an option to install a managed WordPress just click on the second option

Next, you will be asked to link a domain name to the WordPress installation. From the dropdown choose the domain name that you just registered with.

And you are done!

Type the domain name in the URL space in your browser and your website is online!

Step 3:

Personalize your blog by installing a pretty and functional theme

For my 3 Blogs that I own i have been in a whirlwind for ages trying out different themes. The Theme in a wodpress means the whole design of the website. Think of WordPress installation as a skeleton and now you need to make it pretty. We are done on how to start a blog with wordpress now you should also think about making it pretty right?
I have added a list of recommended themes and alternatives to my own choice of wordpress theme ( Divi) in the checklist you can download it for free.

I choose Divi as my website theme because it is so easiy manageable. And besides the designers and tons of users at DIVI provide all the documentation on how to make it best work for you. And if you ever get stuck somewhere there is always a vido or help out there to overcome that.

Ofcourse there are plenty of free themes out there a few of them I have mentioned in my checklist but I choose to go with a premium one as I prefer to get all the support I can get.

Here is link to get Divi theme if you are interested.

Here is how to install a theme on your wordpress blog

  1. Login to your wordpress wp-login
  2. Go to Appearance
  3. Click on themes
  4. Click on Add New
  5. Click on upload
  6. Once it is uploaded Activate the theme!

Step 4:

Add the right plugins to help you track data and traffic

 

 

40 free Etsy Listings – Sell on Etsy

40 free Etsy Listings – Sell on Etsy

If you are looking for 40 free Etsy Listings and earn money when you sell on etsy then you are in the right place . I have 40 free Etsy listings that works everytime!

40 Free Etsy Listings

This is an affiliate link and being a seller on etsy for the past 15+ years I personally believe that besides having a website of your own you can continue to sell on etsy.

Before I go further

Click here to claim your 40 free Etsy Listings

40 Free Etsy Listings – How to use?

Step 1 :

Simple hit the button below to claim your free listings and create an account on etsy.

Step 2 :

Create a shop on etsy using the link available on the top bar.

Step 3:

Start listing your products to sell on etsy and for the next 40 listings you will be charged nothing!

it is as simple as this!

So if you are curious about what to sell then i have previously written a post about how I create and sell products online and on etsy check out the article below

And if you would like to sell your art on other websites besides Etsy then check out this 15+ websites that allow you to sell your stock photo and illustrations online.

 

 

 

18 Valentines Day Clip Art and illustrations – Art for Licensing for Commercial Use

18 Valentines Day Clip Art and illustrations – Art for Licensing for Commercial Use

Valentines Day Clip Art available art for licensing and commercial use

As i got busy this year updating my previous artwork and updating my website, updating my Art Licensing portfolio is an essential thing. This time my collection in hand is 18 Valentines day Clip Art and illustrations that are available for Art licensing and commercial use.

This is a lovely collection of valentines day clip art and images to use in your next project. This collection is jam packed with hand doodled hearts clip art and smooches valentines day clipart and graphics in EPS vector format as well as PNGs and JPGs.

Use them to create cards invitations, products or more. Now available with Commercial or Personal use license. This graphic is by Art inspire Collection check out more images like this on our store

Doodle Me happy valentines day clip art black and white Borders and images:

Valentines Day Clip Art Free Download

If you are seeking some Valentines Day Clip Art free then check out this blog post that is a compilation of all the free clip Arts for Valentines day that I have shared over the years!

Valentines Day Clip Art Free Download

Valentines Day illustrations Art for Licensing – Licensing Artwork Available for Commercial Use

If you are an Art licensing agent or seeking some professional Art for your surface patterns then you might be interested in my Art licensing portfolio Please CLICK HERE to get in touch and we can discuss the possibility of working together on your next Art Licensing project.

Below is a sneak preview of my latest Valentines Day Surface Pattern and Design work available for Licensing.

 

The Ryzen Gaming Laptop affordable and the best gaming Laptop

The Ryzen Gaming Laptop affordable and the best gaming Laptop

The best gaming laptop deals always save you a few bucks and give you power in your hands. So I have decided to start posting weekly roundup of best tech gadgets and resources for the geeky and techy people out there looking for best deals when considering purchasing a new one.

So I scored the internet and came across some great deals and pricing that I could find when it comes to making the final decision when purchasing Ryzen gaming laptop.

Ryzen Gaming Laptop cheap and affordable

Cheap gaming laptop deal Ryzen Gaming Laptop

Ryzen Gaming Laptop cheap and affordableAcer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $699.99 at Amazon


The specs inside this machine may well make that wait worth it. There’s a massive 512GB SSD inside this machine, with a quad-core 9th generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM and GTX 1650 graphics on offer as well. That’s a configuration we rarely see at this price point.

 

Do bear in mind that I do not own this laptop myself partly because that I am more of a design oriented person and this review is solely for the gaming laptop if you are considering to buy one. I will be sharing links to where you can either get more info from or just get an idea for the overall decision making when purchasing your next machine. I am just going to save you a bit of time scouring the internet.

So ill be discussing two main elements of this specific Ryzer Gaming Laptop the screen and the keyboard as they are going to be our main focus.

$699.99 Ryzen Laptop Review

The Screen

The Screen is 15.6” 120Hz full HD (1920×1080) kind of what you expect in this price point. The screen itself is not that bright enough when I asked a couple of gamers who prefer a brighter one. For example if you are playing a game that requires tracking people of looking for gems and resources, you would really want screen to be a bit brighter.

Now this may work for some but not for me ! I would have liked to have a brighter screen but it is ok on the other hand because it is ok with the price this machine is available in which is great. Now the screen brightness and the contrast is not much of a big issue, maybe since I have an eye for graphic design this is something I am considering but oh well this can be forgiven not a problem.

The Keyboard and trackpad review for gaming

There are two points about keyboard that I will discuss the keyboards itself and then the trackpad so lets get on with it.

The Keyboard.

Just like the last years model this one is quite uncomfortable one, it is infact sort of the same as the last model. when it comes to playing with the WASD keys they are quite cramped together maybe because of the wrist support that could have helped. BUT having said that again maybe it is my own preference and might not matter to many. This might also differ for person to person depending upon their hand placement for me mostly I access keyboard right from the front . But if you are pressing them with shift keys this might become awkward positioning ofcourse.

The Trackpad

Again the WASD keys and a few more when being used the left hand comes over the track pad…. hmmm… not what I wanted and was keen on. You might want to disable it in order to enjoy the keyboard fully. I would have loved if the trackpad was towards a bit right as it is shifted to the left. But again this is my own point of view, your own usage might differ.

The Specifications

So now looking at the specifications you will be amazed with the features this has at this price point. below are some of the specifications as mentioned at the Amazon Store

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics (base: 1395MHz, Boost: 1560MHz, TDP: 50W)
  • Quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 r5- 3550h processor
  • 15.6” 120Hz full HD (1920×1080) IPS-type display
  • 256GB NVMe SSD | 8GB DDR4 RAM | Windows 10 Home
  • Gigabit wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11AC)
  • Durable gaming laptop with MIL-STD-810 military standard construction
  • Dual fans with anti-dust technology | RGB backlit Keyboard rated for 20-million keystroke durability

Additional Perks

You can two ram slots and you can add up another one yet the battery is small it is a 48 hour battery I would have loved to have a longer running one. Love the way the main power socket is at the back so you can keep the cables out of your path with ease.

Cheap gaming laptop Ryzen Gaming Laptop

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop | $699.99 at Amazon

The specs inside this machine may well make that wait worth it. There’s a massive 512GB SSD inside this machine, with a quad-core 9th generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM and GTX 1650 graphics on offer as well. That’s a configuration we rarely see at this price point.

 

Fear Vs Flow What is your Creator Mode?

Fear Vs Flow What is your Creator Mode?

If you are an artist and want to sell stick illustrations online or just your Art the one thing to focus on is mindset practices. When you are working from fear your art will not bring you any money as well, this article covers how you can make money from selling your art with the right mindset. Check out more on Sell Art online from aivault.com

If you are an artist and want to sell stick illustrations online or just your Art the one thing to focus on is mindset practices. When you are working from fear your art will not bring you any money as well, this article covers how you can make money from selling your art with the right mindset. Check out more on Sell Art online from aivault.com

I remember back in 2002 when I really got into blogging, I loved what I did so much so that I would wake up at 4 AM to write my next blog post. I had no idea why I HAD to blog but I did. At that time, I had gone through a phase of trying to find adobe illustrator tutorials as I was starting out. I couldn’t find any online.

So what I did was to turn to help section of Adobe and then create something. That’s how I learned. But once I was confident enough and I even started to sell stock illustrations online I knew that there are others like me in the initial stages of learning illustrator who needed help.

So I started writing illustrator tutorials. What I am trying to say here that I had the passion and drive to create and I was coming from a place of giving. As a result what I received was a sense of achievement, feeling of being in the flow where I was just doing what I loved to do. And that drove me to wake up early when my little one was asleep and write out my next piece of content.

RELATED: 38 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials to get you started

Hence flow to me is a combination of doing what you love doing, having a passion for it, and added drive of bringing joy to someone else’s life as well. At that time I was living in a shabby house and I was barely making any return on what I was doing. But… I was free from a weight of fear.

Fears………….. Ah… that’s what takes you away from the flow.

Fear of tomorrow

Fear of what might come

Fear of what might happen

Fear of loss

Fear of scarcity

Fear of lack

Fear of loosing

and the list goes on and on.

Fast forward life got busy I “burdened” myself with many fears as a result

I lost the passion to create something for free! because I was overcome by “need” to make ends meet, I started weighing if my actions were in fact bringing me cash in return. I stopped doing things that brought me “joy” and started focusing on things that brought be “money”.

I went into the mode of hustle and I went head-on in the mode of grind.

As a result, I was overwhelmed, overcome with fear in many shape and form, my art was not bringing me joy.

I was lucky that I noticed that, I saw what I was doing and started looking for ways to overcome that and return to my “Zero State” yes that’s where all the joy happens that is where are is created from that is where you get to make money…….

So what is a “Zero State” ? And how can you be in one?

It took me time to come back to zero state, lots of journaling, lots of forgiving, lots and lots of giving up and surrendering. I can better explain this with an example.

When we come into life, we are at a zero state, that is a complete zero state, you don’t owe anything to anyone, you don’t fear anything, you don’t have to do anything, there arent many things that you should do.

So all the Owe someone, forgive someone, have to and shoulds and shouldn’t s aaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllll it does is to take you away from your state of joy and a state of being in flow. To achieve this I use journaling, and that is how I come back to state of joy and I wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is how I make money!.

PS : I just added how to come out of fears workbook to the resource library

So my question to you today is are you in your “Zero State”?

Have you ever experienced it?

Have you experienced flow?

How will you describe it?

Hit reply and let me know!

 

 

How I create Digital Products from my illustrations

How I create Digital Products from my illustrations

If you are seeking to make money from your art and by creating passive income while selling digital products and create a life of freedom here is a blog post that breaks it all for your. Perfect resource for how to sell art as digital products and make a constant flow of income out of it.

If you are seeking to make money from your art and by creating passive income while selling digital products and create a life of freedom here is a blog post that breaks it all for your. Perfect resource for how to sell art as digital products and make a constant flow of income out of it.

In this blog post, I am going to share with you how I make money selling my art as digital products So you can also see how easy it is.

Why do you really need to create digital products from your Art?

If you are an artist and you are creating drawings and illustrations every day then probably the next thing you would want to do is to sell them in any way. And selling them online is one of the most profitable, fun and easy way to make money while doing what you love.

The types of products that I create from my Art are clip art packs and digital invitations coloring books and of course courses.

Cliparts

When I am creating cliparts I start with creating an inspiration board. I use Pinterest to do that All you need to do is create a secret board and then pin various images on to it.

Related : How I use Pinterest to sell my Art on Autopilot

Then my next step is to create a related series of images that may range from 7 to 8 supporting images in the same theme. The next step is to convert all of these images as separate png and jpgs or arrange them in an EPS file for sharing.

After creating the complete set I usually package them in a Zip file and create a pretty looking preview graphic with some basic information typed as text.

My next step is to upload these preview images on various websites for sale, accompanied with the source files for sale.

A few of these websites are at the Creativemarket, Graphicriver , Art fire, Etsy and of course my own website.

Now when it comes to creating cliparts my go-to tool is Adobe Illustrator. You will have to use some photo editing software as well . You can also use canva for this but I prefer using photoshop. It really doesn’t matter, any photo editing software will help you create Pretty mockups and a preview Graphics for your clip art sets.

When it comes to making a sale it is really not difficult the main thing is that you stay consistent and create. I have seen people who have been creating and listing nearly every week for the past 8 to 10 years and their income from simply selling $1 and $2 per graphics set and making around 10 to 20k per month easily.

Besides this, if you save these graphics as EPS files and list them up on stock photo sites you will have another constant source of income.
Even if you are not familiar with Adobe Illustrator you have two options, number one you can use few of my tutorials completely free to get hands-on experience with Illustrator, or, if you are good at creating by hand maybe watercolor and painting, you can create separate icons scan them save them as jpegs and pngs package them and sell as cliparts.

Related Post : HOW TO USE ILLUSTRATION AND GRAPHIC DESIGN TO SELL THINGS

Digital invitations

Another cool way to use your graphics and clipart is to create digital invitations and designs and sell them on various websites.

Here is how to do it

Simply create a digital invitation with some mockup placeholder party details just like cliparts you will need to create a fun looking mockup for these invitations to present as a preview for the potential buyer. Next up you are going to upload this invitation to various websites few of these websites are zazzle, Cafepress, Etsy or your own self hosted website.

RELATED RESOURCE : READY MADE COMMERCIAL USE CLIPARTS

It is really not that difficult to create and sell cliparts graphics PDF or printables using your images the one thing that is required is consistency and as well as Not overthinking the whole process.

Just keep creating and you will find the flow and once you do …. you will see some money Rolling In, this will definitely keep you motivated.

You really don’t have to overthink about and comparing your work with the rest of the world just list and put them up for sale a few of my drawings are really crappy but they are still making me sales once in a while so it doesn’t matter do not overthink or over judge you are maybe it will come to use for someone.

Just make sure that you are coming from my place of Mindset where you are sharing value with the world and when we give value, we get value in return.

Now it is your turn tell me do you already create digital products?

if so how you are creating them and where you are selling them I would love to know and if you are entirely new at this and you need some direction?

If this post resonates with you you might find these articles useful too.

Asmaa’ xo

Custom Girl Character Cliparts

Custom Girl Character Cliparts

Just an update!

I have been adding Custom Girl Character illustrations to the store. These fun Girl Character Cliparts are available to download as is or you have the option to request color changes to them. I am planning to make them more customizable but still you can request hair , eye and custom dressing.

Character illustrations are great for creating Blog and facebook avatars or simply to represent your business. In the past I have done personalized Custom Character illustrations for not only small craft businesses but also for individuals and bloggers.

You can Check out my custom illustrations portfolio here or learn how to recolor a girl character if you have requested an eps file.

advanced illustrator tutorials by Art inspire Studio

advanced illustrator tutorials by Art inspire Studio

Having said there below are some of the new additions to the shop.

 

Diary of a Small Business, Freelancer Artist : March 2020 Review

Diary of a Small Business, Freelancer Artist : March 2020 Review

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below and I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. However, these are all products I use myself and thus highly recommend and support.

MARCH UPDATE : Life of an Artist

This past week I had been down with the flu. Although I was trying to keep myself content and high vibe, at one point I found myself in a panic mode.

There is too much media noise and then there is so much grief and fear around the world. And when you are a sensitive person like me, the fear and panic will rise at some time or another. We quarantined ourselves even before the virus spread reached an alarming number.

Which means all the more a solid reason to go inwards.
Revive old soul connection if needed. And review your place in the world.

As outbound flights were stopped, so did our Product based business of Wall Decals and Stickers. This nearly threw me banging my head on a wall.

I am guilty of not giving full attention to my digital products and graphics store. For the last couple of days, I reviewed my business direction and the dimensions it needs to spread into.

I revisited my Goals and the tasks that needed to be accomplished. And I did a lot of work!.

So the good news that came out of it is that my store is being stocked up!

I have been adding cliparts for easter, st patrick’s day cliparts, Art Prints and more. The current condition of the world, which ofcourse was unexpected gave me all the more reason to keep working on the digital aspect of my business.

I have read and seen so many graphic designers and artists going jobless during this time, which makes me think how I can help them in anyway. For now I have my Start Selling Art Online Ecourse ( which is free) to help you get started right now because it is never too late.

 

Now here are some of my actions that I took in the last few months which maybe you will find helpful in some way.

 

 

Got myself Ultimate Bundle Genius Bloggers Toolkit ( The best decision)

Yes I bought myself Ultimate Bundle’s Genius Bloggers Toolkit. This is one of the best decisions I made!. The bundle is jam packed with courses from some of the leaders in the industry. There is always room for learning and once you are doing business online you must keep yourself updated.

After learning so many things from so many people my mid is buzzing with ideas and ways to take my business to next level. I will be sharing my experience whenever I can through this blog and through my email.

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Moved my Email list to SendPulse 

I have been using Mailerlite for a while now and I even mentioned it in one of my posts earlier about alternate email provider to mailchimp . But since I noticed that my email list needs cleaning up with so many people who signued up for Free 75+ Cliparts but never even opened their emails after that. The email list grew so much!. While there is no point in investing in upgrading the account if there is no return on investment.

Anyway I moved my list to Sendpulse I am loving the ease of use and how it is free upto 2400 email subscribers and even after that the cost is not as high as Mailchimp or mailerlite.

Favorite Podcasts this month

Happy Wealth By Elise McDowell

Oh My Goodness Podcast by Hayley Tapper

The Ed Mylet Show 

Manifestation Babe | Money | Mindset | Manifestation

Business Management Tools that I am loving !

Trello Boards ( used for project management)

2 Checkout for payment processing

Elegant Themes for clients and my own websites

Other Useful tools that I always recommend

My Go to Planner to Streamline my Creative Business Goals

 

Latest Products in Shop

2020 New Year Resolution ideas Start With Reviewing 2019 Here is how !

2020 New Year Resolution ideas Start With Reviewing 2019 Here is how !

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I just cant believe that this is 5th year in a row that I have recreated the Year in Review Planner and upgraded it for a brand new year ! . This exercise is so much powerful that it literally has the power of changing your course of life. Once we take time to look back and review the past year having a birds eye view our next steps clearer and easier to understand.

This about it ! if you have a GPS system of your life , or you are seeking a way to get to a destination in your life you need to enter two positions. Where you are coming from and where you are going . Now ofcourse you have dreams wishes and desires that define your big vision and that define who you are. But when you stop and look back you will find Gold nuggets that will help you understand which path best suits you.

The past is not there to linger upon and it is not there to fret and cry about our mistakes , it is there to define what is coming our way and what can be ahead. When you review your past your decisions of past become lessons of future. Your failiures become your lessons and your wins help you discover who you are and what you can be.

For the last 5 years I not only review my year at the end but I also take care to use the same process to review each quarter.

Over the years many have downloaded and use the same year in review planner and they have totally loved how it sets the foundation for the coming year.

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How to sell custom printed products using Printful

How to sell custom printed products using Printful

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It doesn’t matter if you have graphic design abilities or not ,
it doesn’t matter if you are a savvy artist ,
it doesn’t matter if you are a guru in art .
You can start selling your Art on products starting today.
And in this post I will break it down for you step by step!

Why sell your art on products?

If you are an artist then I would respond why not? there is a potential for you to sell your single piece of artwork many ways , by many ways I mean many many ways. You can sell your art as Art Prints , multiple times , you can sell the same art on T-shirts , Notepads , planners, coloring books , bed spreads , towels , door mats and ……..

The possibilities are endless, believe me when i say that as Artists , designers and illustrators we are already one step ahead of earning a passive income online. One step ahead of many many many people out there who spend hundreds of dollars before hand to get their hand on one artwork that they can sell over surfaces.

You have the basic skill as an artist that you can monetize very very easily. Leverage that ! .

And

if you are NOT an Artist fear not there are many ways you can acquire art to sell on multiple products , there are many people who are using graphics, cliparts and illustrations that I have created and are available to create products using them.

Related Post : How to Use Graphic Design To Sell Things Online

So Why would you sell art on products ? its leveraging your potential your gifts and earning passive income while doing what you love.

Increase your exposure and skyrocket your income by creating and selling digital products through your blog. Click to read the full detail on how to multiply your passive income by selling digital products online

How to create and prepare artwork for products

First and foremost , google image search results are not your go to place to get art to produce on products. It is true that you can stumble upon wonderful high quality photos and images but they are not OK for commercial use. And if “stolen” artwork is used in creating and selling products you can get into trouble with the original creator of the art.

❣️ So where can you get art for products?

You can create illustrations and graphics yourself or you can get artwork from websites that sell art for use in creating products , You can get Art directly from the artists and pay them for commercial use of the design. A few of the websites from where you can get art from are stock photo websites. Some of these websites are

Shutterstock
Dreamstime
CreativeMarket
Etsy

 there are many more websites from where you can bye images with a commercial use licence to create your products

Related Post : 17 Places to Sell Graphics Online ( where you can get images from as well )

❣️Resolution and art quality

The resolution of the artwork highly affects the printing quality And the quality of the product and your end results really don’t want to sell something with a crappy printing over it if your 8 is a flow resolution then no matter how high level printing you use your product will not be the same. in short low resolution is equal to to a low quality product which is equal to you unhappy customers which is equal to losses in your business Plus more refund requests

 

❣️ Licensed vs personal use graphics

I have already discussed earlier on in this post about using licensed versus personal use graphics .  when you are using licensed images you are most likely creating products that are unique and high quality.  just remember that personal use graphics that are not licence for used commercially can be harmful to your business in the long run.  so it is better to discuss with the artist of the image if you plan to use there graphics on surface of products.

My personal experience with an art licensing company that is still using my graphics over products leaves Asar taste in my mouth whenever this comes up.  so in short this is how we respect the designers.

Related Resource : Commercial use Graphics and Cliparts

Related post : What they are not telling you about selling Art online

❣️Best dimensions for the artwork for best quality

 When it comes to you preparing your art to place on various products the best dimensions to start with would be around 2400 pixels and above with 300 DPI at least. I always use batching hacks and scripts when I work this not only helps me to create multiple versions and sizes of files but also speed up the creation process

Related Post: Batch process in Photoshop : 28 Useful Free Scripts to speed up your work

Scripts for illustrator : 5o Scripts for illustrator 

❣️ Speed up Product Creation for Printed Products using Printful

Life becomes so easy when you can easily focus on creating new art and hand over the job of printing to someone else. The printing company that  I use is Printful . This website provides the templates and the dimension requirements for the images to upload and place over the products. There are many products you can choose from that best suits your art that includes Hoodies , t-Shirts , Art prints , Home Accessories , Kids and youth clothing.

I love using Printful’s Mockup generator to create products , think about it all you have to do is upload the artwork , the mockup the printing and shipping and delivery is all taken care of by this company Below is a Mug design that I created for Graphic Designer Moms. All I had to do was to create the artwork and place it over blank mockup file and download the relevant images to use in my marketing and in social media.

Increase your exposure and skyrocket your income by creating and selling digital products through your blog. Click to read the full detail on how to multiply your passive income by selling digital products online There are many companies  that provide the service of printing the products and most likely they have templates you can download and create you are ready to print files.For example with Printful you can download template files with bleads where you can place your art and upload . This will help you get the best results. I always recommend vector EPS files as they can be and last without any restrictions of losing the quality of the final image.

Within printful you can choose to create product creation templates that you can reuse everytime you decide to create a new product this can be reused over and over again. Just change the image of the template and you haev a brand new product to sell online through your store.

❣️ How to setup Printful on your blog?

So What is the combination of other resources that I use to make the product delivery easy?. If you have a wordpress blog then all you need is woo-commerce as additional plugin , Printful plugin and a printful account ! as easy and simple as that . Printful easily connects with your online shop and seamlessly pushes the order to printful where it is created and shipped.

Ready to start selling Printed products using Printful ? Lets get started ! Signup for a free account

 

How to Use illustration and Graphic Design to Sell Things

How to Use illustration and Graphic Design to Sell Things

In this post you’re going to learn how I I go about creating digital product from my illustration and graphic design when you will come to know that how is he it is and how simple it really is.

 So why do you need to create various products from your illustration and graphic design?

Well if you are artist in a creative and you are looking for ways to sell your art online selling your illustrations and graphics as digital product it is one of the most profitable way a of earning extra income online.

How can I sell my illustrations online?

Below are few of the product ideas you can create and sell using your illustrations online

Physical products that I recommend to create and sell your illustrations online

My Own Journey as a Graphic Designer // illustration Artist selling illustration and graphic design

You can see that there are plenty and tons of ways that you can use your art right now and start selling your art. I started first by selling my graphics on stock photo sites . Let me debunk the myth that only photographers can make money selling Photography through stock photo websites.

Illustration Artists like myself and graphic designers can do the same as well. My second venue was selling Vector Brushes Library that I used myself and these are a few of the products that still sell through my own website and Creative Market. Although I am no longer creating new packs but I still get revenue generated from these vector brushes created around 10 years back.

Next up I saw some potential in creating clip art bundles from my illustrations that I was already selling on Stock Photo Websites. I created Clip Art Bundles of my own illustration and graphic design and started selling them through Etsy , Art Fire and my own website. Very quickly I was day and night creating clip arts and illustrations . That was the time when there were not many sellers on Etsy , selling on etsy was very much simple and easy.

Later I found out that Digital Stamps ( Black and White graphics with just outlines ) were also very popular so I started created packs of my illustrations in black and white drawings as well. Then I found out that people who were interested in Cliparts they were also interested in purchasing matching pattern backgrounds as well. So I started creating pattern packs too.

HOW I RE-PURPOSED MY ILLUSTRATIONS AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

At this point my work process looked something like  this

New illustration  > Stock photo sites > Conver to JPGs and PNGs and create ClipArt Bundles > Convert to seamless patterns > upload to stock photo sites > upload as a JPGs Pack to Etsy > Create outline > bundle as Digital Stamp > Sell through Etsy

Now since I already had all the necessary ingredients required to create invitations for kids I started another etsy Shop and started selling invitation designs as well.

Since my Dear Huby ( DH ) had some experience in printers we started selling Wall Murals and Stickers !!

There is more to it and lots to it but my point is that Creating is itself creativity but when it comes to selling art online you have to be more creative . This journey doesnt end here it is just the begining , I have been dipping my toes into various venue and various ways to sell graphics But since that is a topic on another day.

Today I will continue with the ways you can start selling your graphics and Arts online right now.

Creating cliparts and graphic bundles using illustration and graphic design

 There are various websites from where you can start selling graphics and cliparts right from today when I started selling my graphics and illustrations online created simple clipart bundles and sold them through etsy for a while my shop it very well until I lost interest in creating more.

I was not only selling   I was not only selling cliparts but array to that were digital backgrounds  patterns and digital stamps if you are not familiar with digital stamps then these are just black and white white outlines that crafters used to create scrapbooking cards and use and their other projects which is in fact so such a fun way to use and I loved creating digital stamps

Photoshop and Illustrator brushes

 Once you have created any of the illustrations or graphics in a simple in a similar theme you can convert these to Photoshop brushes if you are interested in learning and how to create Photoshop brushes you might want to read this article that I wrote a while back

 similarly like Photoshop brushes creating Illustrator brushes is a very much of a fun way a few of my Illustrator brushes pack have want me more than two thousand Dollars over the years.

 just imagine what is the potential of selling your art online

 Books and Workbooks

 If you are a writer or you love writing you can create beautiful books or workbooks not only for yourself but for clients as well you can offer a book cover Designing Service as well .

When I am creating e Books are usually draft them up in Google docs  and once I have finished writing all the content I I take all the content into canva and create ebook covers and workbooks easily if you are familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator then you can create this ebooks in Photoshop as well other option is using Apple pages I honestly find it so much better and simpler to use Google Dogs for the content and then canva for the graphics.

I always use canva to create book covers just because they have so many free features that you can use and as this makes the creation process fast as well and if I have something some other graphic that is specific I use Photoshop Illustrator to create this graphics.

Invitation Designs

Creating invitation designs for kids birthdays is one of my passions I simply love creating birthday invitations and since I have created a big library of about 2000 or more graphics and illustrations over the years .Creating and selling invitation designs using those graphics is a no brainier .

All I have to do it is to drag this cliparts Islam and a few lines of text create beautiful Mockups and upload the a few of the  websites that you can sell invitation designs from Zazzle, Cafepress.

After selling through these websites for the last 10 years or so I have found that having my own self hosted website from where I sell this graphics an invitation from was the best decision that I took.

Planners and stickers

 like invitation designs once you have a big library of clip art and illustrations then creating stickers and planners almost comes like the next big thing you can do using your graphics I believe in re-purposing one piece of art creating more and more.

 we live in a fast pace marketing driven era knowing multiple ways of earning passive income for an artist is the next in things. Creating multiple products is not a difficult thing the difficult thing about it is creating the actual graphics and after that you can use the same graphics again and again and think about many ways of selling it you can even sell it on t-shirts home decor items mugs and many other products and sell through COD websites or from your own self hosted website so creating a digital product from your graphics and illustrations is actually really simple when you don’t overthink it

Now I would love to hear from you do you have your own digital product created from your graphics illustrations and if so how do you create them which products are you creating let me know in the comments below

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