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3 Days of Instagram Ads: The Results

3 Days of Instagram Ads: The Results

I wanted to drive more traffic to my blog/Instagram because lets face it, I’m impatient so I decided to create an Instagram Ad. It was supposed to run for 4 days at 5 dollars a day but sometimes things don’t go as planned and my […]

How to Create 3D Block Letters in Illustrator

How to Create 3D Block Letters in Illustrator

If you’ve ever tried to make block letters by hand it can be quite difficult to get the proportions right on each letter. Lucky for us Illustrator has a 3D effect tool that makes it easy to create 3D block letters without all of the […]

How to Make a Color Lighter or Darker in Adobe Illustrator

How to Make a Color Lighter or Darker in Adobe Illustrator

What I like about design software is you are able to develop your own ways of doing things. I tend to like the very dumb down, simple ways of working in Illustrator and this is one of them.   A while back I was creating […]

Design Challenge #6: Design a pattern about something on your bucket list

Design Challenge #6: Design a pattern about something on your bucket list

I am not a thrill seeker. Rollercoasters beyond the scope of what is offered at Disneyland scare me, but for some reason, the idea of floating in the air in a hot air balloon I’m ok with. Ever since I mentally put this on my […]

How to Make a Simple Wreath Using Illustrator’s Rotate Tool

How to Make a Simple Wreath Using Illustrator’s Rotate Tool

  With Illustrator’s rotate tool making a simple wreath is rather quite easy. In this tutorial, I am going to show you step by step my process of creating wreaths and how you can go about making all sorts of wreaths with this technique. Let’s […]

Design Challenge # 5: Design a Pattern Based on One of Your Hobbies

Design Challenge # 5: Design a Pattern Based on One of Your Hobbies

  I cannot believe I made it to Design Challenge 5 without skipping a week. If you would like to join it is not too late. Head over to my design challenge page to see a full list of all of the challenges and post […]

How to Make Scalloped Edges in Adobe Illustrator

How to Make Scalloped Edges in Adobe Illustrator

  I don’t understand why Illustrator doesn’t have a tool for creating standard scallops. To be clear they do have what I like to call a reverse scallop tool which sucks in the edges in a haphazard way but what if you want to create […]

Design Challenge #4: Design a Pattern Based on a Song

Design Challenge #4: Design a Pattern Based on a Song

The 4th entry of my surface pattern design challenge is finally here and it was probably the challenge I was most excited about. If you want to enter the design challenge you can still do so by visiting the link about and posting your pattern […]

How to Create the Appearance of an Object Behind Glass in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create the Appearance of an Object Behind Glass in Adobe Illustrator

About a month ago, I was trying to make a glass illustration similar to the one in this post by making a square with a rounded bottom and overlapping it with an oval circle to create the appearance of the inside of the glass. When […]

Design Challenge #3 Design a Pattern Based on Your Favorite Memory

Design Challenge #3 Design a Pattern Based on Your Favorite Memory

Welcome to the third installment of my Surface Pattern Design Challenge. If you want to see a full list of challenges click here. It’s not too late to join the challenge. You can do so by tagging your designs with the hashtag #kmpdesignchallenge. Let’s get […]