“How do I find the confidence to…
share my work on Instagram consistently?
try new mediums?
pursue art professionally?”
The list goes on.
Creative confidence is a topic that I get asked about all the time. In order to create a career that you love, you must first start with loving yourself.
Earlier this year, I made a post on Instagram about celebrating yourself and your accomplishments. I asked my audience to be brave and publicly share a "win" or something they were proud of with me in the comments section...and the results were amazing! People shared incredible accomplishments, both big and small, and others even joined in to cheer each other on.
“We can only love others as much as we love ourselves.” - Brené Brown
To remind us all to celebrate ourselves more often, I’ve partnered with Adobe Creative Cloud to bring you a series of free, printable self-love cards + phone wallpapers* I lettered and designed using Adobe Illustrator. Print one out and put it on your desk or download it and make it your phone wallpaper to give yourself a daily reminder to love yourself & celebrate your accomplishments.
*Note: These cards and wallpapers are for personal use only. Any commercial reproduction of this work is prohibited.
Better yet, what card would you make for yourself?
If you're feeling inspired after reading this post, I'd love to see you create a card of your own that reminds you to celebrate the good in you. I've outlined my entire process for quickly vectorizing my lettering from my iPad to my laptop using Adobe Capture (which can also be used on iOS and Android) and Adobe Illustrator. Scroll through it below!
Tutorial: Vectorize your hand lettering with Adobe Capture + Adobe Illustrator
***Before you begin this tutorial, you should have a piece of black lettering on a white background completed and saved to your iPad in your Photos/Camera Roll. I completed and saved mine from the iPad drawing app Adobe Sketch, but you can complete your base artwork however you like. This could also be achieved by drawing on white paper with black ink and then photographing it directly into the Adobe Capture app or using a scanner.
This method works best if you have a looser lettering style and you like a handmade look to your work. This is NOT a tutorial on how to plot perfect points with the Pen Tool. For that, I recommend checking out Spencer Charles!
Let's begin! Take out your iPad and open up the Adobe Capture app.
Time to switch apps and machines! Head on over to your computer now.
After a little smoothing:
The Smooth Tool works well for larger, wobbly shapes, but if you encounter any tighter more jagged areas that you'd like to fix, I recommend using a combination of the Pencil Tool and Smooth Tool. See below!
Before Pencil + Smooth tool:
After Pencil + Smooth tool:
Use the Smooth + Pencil tool over any areas of your lettering that you want to clean up. Once your lettering is refined to your liking, you can edit it, color it, and design it into your final piece.