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Compound Paths for Silhouette Part 2

Compound Paths for Silhouette Part 2

Continuing from the last video (compound paths 1), I show you how to take your compound path 3D looking shape, and duplicate it so you can create a larger more complex shape all in one! Check out the video and transcript below. Want to look this over later? Pin the image at the bottom of the post and come back anytime   Transcript: Welcome back! This is where we left off in the last video. We drew our shape, we made a compound path out of it and then just to show that we could see through it, we created this red block and put it behind so that you can see the parts that are transparent. I’m going to delete that red block and zoom out a little, grab our shape and drag it over here. What I’m going to do is duplicate this and make a pattern out of it and you can see what that looks like. If I select it, right click and hit Duplicate, it puts it right there. I can hold down shift and arrow over. I’m going to try and line it up and one easy way to do that as you’ve seen me do in many videos is to change the color of the lines and then we’ll zoom in and just scoot it over a little bit more. I’m using the arrow keys on my keyboard to make sure that it is lined up. Now, if we were to take that and change it to black.  Go shift click on the other one so they’re both selected. Right click and say... read more
Compound Paths for Silhouette Part 1

Compound Paths for Silhouette Part 1

Today’s tutorial is all about “compound paths”. This is a fancy design term that is used in Silhouette Studio, Photoshop, Illustrator, and dozens more programs, but most people haven’t heard of it. Basically what it is, is a way to take a shape or a letter and not have the middle be filled in. You might run into this when trying to cut a word that includes a letter that is hollow like a “D” or “O” (as opposed to a “T” or “S” for example that have no holes). You go in to weld it and the middle fills in. So frustrating! The trick there is to tell Silhouette that your shape (or letter) needs to be a compound path. This is also super useful for when you’re designing a fancy shape like a lattice or lace, or something where you need an outlined shape with empty spots inside of it. Check out the video or transcript below and you’ll see how easy it is to do. If you don’t have time to look at this now, or want to save it for later, there’s a pinnable image at the bottom of this post. Just hover over it and a Pinterest button will appear. You can pin it to your board and save it for later – or share with friends who might also find it useful. Have fun designing!   Transcript Hey, Everyone. This is Sarah from sarahdesign.com. Today I’m going to show you how to make an interesting shape in Silhouette Studio and then turn it into a compound path so that you can see through it to the color... read more
How do I get a logo for my business?

How do I get a logo for my business?

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to walk you through a few resources online where you can make or purchase a logo for yourself. This is a pretty common anxiety for new businesses. I’m a designer and I was anxious about it too! There’s huge value in hiring a professional to create your logo for you. It can be a nuanced and amazing experience, but it’s also $$$ pricey! So I did a little research for ya on more affordable options and I put together a video about it! Take a gander…. Transcript: Hey everyone. This is Sarah from SarahDesign.com. Today, I’m going to talk to you about some resources online that you can use to create yourself a logo. Because let’s be honest, when you’re first starting out in your business, you can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on hiring an official logo designer to create something specifically for you. You really just need to start out small and get something up there so you look professional, but don’t spend a ton of money. The first three sites I’m going to show you, you can actually create a logo on the fly and see how it looks. If you like it, you can download it for whatever price they have. The last three I’ll show you are sites where you can hire people to do the work for you, or you can get a template. Graphic Springs GraphicSprings.com is a free logo maker. We click on this button, “create a logo in one minute or less,” we can see how it works. Now we’re into a designer screen. It’s asking me some questions,... read more
How to re-size your Photoshop Mockup for Etsy

How to re-size your Photoshop Mockup for Etsy

There are a few quick steps you’ll need to take to prepare your listing image for it’s eventual home – in this case, your Etsy shop. Once you get a lovely mockup purchased and downloaded and all set up (it’s like decorating a dollhouse – so fun!), then you need to think about saving the image to the correct size for where you’re going to use it. If it’s going on Instagram, it’s a square, and on Pinterest, probably a tall skinny image, but for Etsy there are some basic dimensions to keep in mind. Often I see shops creating an image that is kind of tiny, and then if a shopper clicks on the little magnifying glass in Etsy to see the image larger, it pops open in a little window but it is still tiny! The really polished shops create larger designs so they look beautiful at the small size, but the you can view them really big too. That’s what I’m covering in today’s post. You’ll learn an idea size to use for your Etsy listing and how to modify your mockup (works with any file, really) to fit that size. Check out the video for a walkthrough, or scroll down to the transcript below. If you find this useful or have any questions or just want to say hi, drop a comment in the box at the bottom of the post. I love hearing from you! Transcript: Hey everyone, this is Sarah from Sarahdesign.com. I want to show you very quickly how you can take a layered Photoshop file and re-size it so that you can use... read more
Walkthrough of Wineglass Mockup Photoshop Template

Walkthrough of Wineglass Mockup Photoshop Template

Hi Silhouette-designer friends! Here’s a quick walkthrough tutorial, showing you step-by-step, how to use the Wineglass Mockup template in the video. There are so many variations you can create with this file. Check out the video demo to see how it works.  I’m also running a special deal right now for early adopters. Note, that you do need access to Photoshop in order to use the file. Get the file for only $15! ADD TO CART (Creative Market)   Want to spread the love? Share this with friends and family or post to Pinterest. If you use the file to style your shop, I’d love to see your before and afters. You can email me or post to Instagram with hashtag #sarahdesign Enjoy! Transcript: Hey, it’s Sarah from sarahdesign.com! I’m going to run you very quickly through how to use this layered Photoshop file to get your design onto the wine glass. Photoshop has a really cool function called a smart layer. What that means is that even if you have a weird curved surface or something that’s like a piece of paper lying on a table and you want to put your design on it, you don’t have to stretch your design all out of shape to squeeze it onto that object. I’m going to open up this layer to show you where the Smart Object is. Go up to the wine glass layer, Wine Glass 1, and open it by clicking in the little arrow there. The top layer says, “Double-click your design here.” This is our Smart Object. Double-click it. It opens up in a new tab as .psb file. What... read more
8 script fonts that are so good you’ll pee your pants

8 script fonts that are so good you’ll pee your pants

If you’re looking for unique, drop-dead-gorgeous fonts to use in your designs, look no further! I put together a handy infographic at the bottom of this post (pin it for later!) for you to reference next time you get a hankering for some font love The “rule” with fancy cursive letters and calligraphy fonts is to not use them in a huge paragraph. They’re meant to have big impact with only a few words. Then the accompanying text should be simpler and complement the script font. If you’re using a thick brushy script, then try pairing it with a thin sans serif. It’s all about the contrast! Some of this typography is so beautiful, it’s seriously like a work of art, all on its own. You can type out “Love”, print it on a poster, cut it out of vinyl, or etch it into glass, or any number of other executions. It looks amazing without doing anything more. Of course it’s fun to add a little something extra like some splatter shapes, or swirly drawings or leaves – my signature move! I try not to spend too much money on business supplies, but these fonts are worth paying for. They aren’t actually that pricey and Creative Market often has bundle deals that are irresistible, so definitely watch for those. The ones featured here are all sold on Creative Market and some of my links are affiliate links so I do receive a small commission (no extra cost for you) if you buy, but I only recommend things I love, and I have purchased and used several of these extensively for my own work. You can’t go... read more

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