Adobe Programs Tips & Shortcuts (Ai, Ps, Id)

Adobe programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign are useful resources, especially in the area of creativity and design. Although helpful, they can be quite complicated, even after using them for a while. Luckily, there are many tips and tricks on how to maneuver these programs, so you can navigate your way more easily and focus more on your creations!


Below is an intelligent design showcasing how your keyboard offers many Ps, Id and Ai shortcuts for your toolbox:




If you enjoy visual learning, there are many videos and youtube channels (such as the one below) which give clear visual tutorials on how to navigate Adobe programs.

Adobe itself has a twitter account, very helpful for eager learners:

There are also complications of pretty much any Adobe tutorial you can imagine:

Click the photo below to visit!


Regardless of the Adobe program you are using to support your creative ventures, know you are not alone and there is a wealth of resources on the internet to aid you on your journey of creativity!


Where to Get Design Inspiration!

Feeling a roadblock in your design process? It isn’t always easy to come up with an innovative, attractive and comprehensive design no matter what the project. Luckily, getting inspired through the work of others and creative activities allow one to gather a great amount of inspiration and ambition to finish a project!


First off, there is a booming website dedicated to gathering beautiful designs related to the specific fields you care about and presenting them. Think of Pinterest, but solely for lovely design.

If words speak to you, there are an abundance of collections compiling strong messages on inspiration for designers, such as the one below gathered from HERE


Many twitter accounts also support the discovery of inspirational design:

There are also many games and exercises one can engage in to develop inspiration, such as the downloadable creative prompt below from


If you receive inspiration better through a beat, many playlists are available to stream filled with songs that inspire through lyric and tune:


So no matter what your inspirational cup of tea, take voyage into one of these means of  inspiration to spark your next design venture.

Encouraging Creativity– Tips & Tricks

Creativity can open a portal to wonderful and beautiful creations, no matter what your hobby or profession. Although the idea of being an innovative and creative thinker is easy to image, it is a bit more difficult to achieve such a creative burst. Lets keep the creative juices flowing, and explore tips and tricks to encourage creativity!


Consider some of these 29 easy and simple tricks from the infographic above!


Vibe out with some creativity-inducing music:


or even test your creative thinking skills with critical thinking questions such as offered by the link below:

Be open to new ideas, and let innovation flow. 855c13226f6a2abeb2b0ff7c0b5e483e.jpg


No matter your field of interest, creative thinking is a strong tool to use in any aspect of life! Find creative encouragements that work for you, and know there is never one right answer when it comes to creation.

Icons in Design & Where to Get Them

If one is looking to create any eye-catching visual, the use of images, and specifically simple icons, are known to be a way to relay a message efficiently and easily.



110971-simpleicon-social-media.pngIcons easily associate to concepts in your brain. I bet you can name a few of the social media icons as shown above! These images are filled with meaning.

Even infographics use them heavily to relay powerful messages, as seen below: je-visually-infographic.jpg

Click the photo above to learn about the 8 effective uses of icons in design projects!

Although, when in the search of icons to use, there can be a grey area in what you are able to take off the internet and use freely, along with the initial roadblock of finding specific icons themselves.

However, with the use of resources available to anyone on the web such as the NOUN PROJECT, one can download any icon they are looking for and are given the instructions to credit the icon artist properly… Literally this website has


On your next journey to searching for specific icons, keep the Noun Project in mind, and be amazed by the vast amount of icons they offer!

Getting Crafty With Paper Cutting

Paper cutting is the art of using the positive space of paper to create an image. From simple cut-outs to intriguing paper-work, paper cutting is a crisp and creative medium to relay any design idea. 

Beautiful design inspiration floods the internet, as such. 

Although seemingly daunting (especially if one is not skilled with an facto-knife), there are templates to download and print to help out! Click the cat below to explore more templates.




Floating in the sea that is the internet, there are always helpful how-to steps, which offer guidance during paper-cutting ventures such as seen below.


If searching for inspiration, Pinterest is a resource filled with a wealth of ideas and helpful tips!



Whether seeking out a mode to create a simplistic design, an idea for christmas cards, or a stunning and crisp, paper-cutting is a strong tool to relay visual messages!

DIY: Marble Pattern in Photoshop

Creating your own lovely marble pattern is made easy with a few steps on photoshop. This sleek and elegant design can be used as a background or pattern in many creations, and the ability to create your own gives more artistic choice in the look and colour of the marble! 

Such a pattern has been growing immensely in popularity, and many are drawn to the clean look of the design. 

You could always do it by hand such as below, which also gives a beautiful result, but is less usable in a digital format.

So lets explore how to create a unique marble as a digital image….


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  1. Create a new photoshop document, choosing an artboard size of your choice. Go filter –> render –> difference clouds.


2. To add more colour contrast, go image –> adjustments –> equalize.

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3. To make the veins of the marble thinner, go image –> adjustments –> levels and move the bottom left dial to the right until you are pleased.


4. Duplicate the layer. On the new layer, set the blending mode under layer style to screen. This lightens the marble! And Ta Da- your own beautiful marble pattern.

Visit HERE to learn how to add colour to your marble design continuing the steps we just followed.

Now your marble is finished, use it to complete many creative documents such as your own beautiful business card…

How-To: Create a Seamless Pattern in Illustrator

Want to achieve a never-ending pattern which can be used for backgrounds and documents such as the one above? Here are some easy steps you can follow to achieve this.  Having a pattern line up perfectly with itself will help achieve consistency when you want to use it flowingly through a document, but do not want to stretch the original pattern out. 


  1. Set up your Illustrator document. Create or copy in the images that will the essence of your pattern (as you can see I drew hearts for mine). If you are in need of icons, The Noun Project has an amazing selection of any icons you can imagine.

Need inspiration for a pattern? Flowers are easy to draw and make beautiful prints!

2.  Arrange your items into the pattern you want. Make sure nothing is touching the bottom or right edges of the artboard- but DO your objects go over the top and left edges.


3. Using the selection tool, drag a box around the objects that are hanging off from the left edge. Go object –> transform –> move. A box will popup- enter the width of your artboard in the horizontal box, and 0 for the vertical box. This will directly copy the needed pattern into the right position!

Do the same with the overhanging objects on the top, but for the horizontal amount enter 0, and enter the length of your artboard for the vertical box.


Ta Da! Your seamless pattern is completed.

Willing to learn more? Get an even more advanced tutorial on pattern creation HERE.

By following these steps you can make a unique seamless pattern effortlessly, and have the ability to use it for a multitude of design purposes. 

Unsure what you want your feature your pattern on? Anything from a page to a pillow!




How-To: 3 Techniques to Hand Lettering

Okay, so you won’t be as amazing as this guy when you first start out… or ever… But here are compiled for you tips to starting handwriting. Although initially daunting, there are many techniques available to teach you how to hand-draw beautiful text!

Technique #1 : Just a pencil


(Source: HeartHandMade)

  • 1) Write your text as you normally would imitating a chosen font style.
  • 2) Grow on it to add body. Just like drawing bubble letters!
  • 3) Fill in the letters as soon as the desired outline shape has been achieved.


Technique #2 : Finding other tools

Markers such as Crayola work perfect for creating the think and thin lines needed in hand lettering. First, determine what font type you want to imitate and move the marker up for thin lines, and down for thick lines.


(Source: lyssarts)

Technique #3: Using Brush Pens

These can be difficult and hard to how to maneuver, but like everything, it takes practice. If you are wanting aided practice, try downloading and printing a free brush  practice sheet by clicking the image below!



Hopefully the variety of techniques and tools one can use for creating beautiful hand lettering makes it a seemingly more achievable task. From pencil to brush pen, one can gain start at getting comfortable with creating lovely text by hand. 

How-To: Transferring Hand Lettering to Photoshop

Ever want to digitalize something done on paper into Adobe programs for electronic use? Follow these easy steps to guide the way to completing the process. This can also work for images, and can be helpful in getting a desired font or image by drawing by hand rather than doing it all digitally. 

  1. Create the text or image you want to transfer


Check out how to hand-draw text to perfection here:



2.  Scan or take a photo of the image and open it in photoshop, as you can see below I removed the unwanted background with the Background Eraser tool, but ideally the image will only contain the desired image.

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3. Make the background more white by going image –> adjustments –> levels.

Slide the furthest right arrow to the left until its under the peak of the right hand spike.

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4.  Remove the background with the Magic Wand tool. If you are unsure how to do this, refer to these simple steps! 

This photo was not the best quality, so some of its edges were lost in the process of removing the background. To ensure this doesn’t happen, scan the photo or take it at very high quality.


Looking for more type inspiration? Check out @FontsInUse to see the most innovate usage of typography.

This 4 step process can be used for images along with text, and is very helpful when wanting a specific image hand-drawn image to come to life in a digital form! 

Click the image below for a more detailed post on transferring lettering



How-To: Custom Colour Swatches in Adobe Illustrator CC

Whether a novice designer or an experienced Adobe user, keeping track of the design tricks can be overwhelming. This blog post will help educate on creating custom colour swatches for an Adobe Illustrator project. This will help to keep colour scheme consistent throughout a document, and save time when in need of a specific theme colour. Note that using Adobe applications, there is always more than one way to complete an objective, and this step-by-step guide illustrates one of the many.

Many steps of this post were aided by the help of The White Corner Creative – a great resource for creative entrepreneurs.

3 Steps to Success: 

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  1. Start by creating the document, and adding a square shape. Use the colour picker to determine one of the colours that is wanted for the swatch. Repeat this until there is a square representing each colour for the desired swatch.

Check out @everycolorbot above for some swatch inspiration! If you find a colour you like, copy its hex code to paste in Adobe Illustrators colour picker.

If you are struggling creating swatch combinations that you enjoy, is another resource which generates swatches for you by just the click of a button.

Finding colour inspiration from a specific photo? Follow the steps listed HERE to find out how to build a custom swatch based on the colours in a photo.

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2. Select all square shapes, go to Window –> Swatches –> New Colour Group (folder icon). Name your colour group and press OK.

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3. To save this swatch for use in other documents in the future click the Swatch Libraries menu (icon that looks like books leaning on each other) and press save swatches. Name the file and save it in the swatches folder provided.


For more tips on colour swatch shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator, visit below:


Follow these 3 simple steps to easily create a swatch in Adobe Illustrator! Save time and make a gallery of hand-picked swatches to rely on throughout Adobe programs.