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1. Getting Started - Elementor and Wordpress Setup
In this tutorial series, we will create a custom Wordpress website using Elementor, a drag and drop WYSIWYG page builder plugin by Pojo Me Digital LTD, that can work with any Wordpress theme. We will take our first look at Elementor and make some preparations for building our website.

2. How to Create Patterns in Illustrator
Creating patterns in Illustrator is my version of doodling. It's easy to build a seamless repeating pattern in Illustrator using just about any repeatable motif, from a simple circle to a more complex motif. In this tutorial, we will build a simple pattern of repeating circles in Illustrator.

3. Using Artboards in Photoshop CC
One of the great features in Photoshop CC is artboards. Upgrading to Photoshop CC is almost like learning a new software. There are many new features and some enhancements to the more familiar ones. In this tutorial, we will learn how to start a new artboard document in Photoshop CC 2018.

4. Online Graphic Design with Canva
Canva has taken graphic design to a new level with over 60,000 free templates and 3 million images and other design elements. Canva will continue to increase their library of free design elements for their online graphic design app. Here are just a handful of Canva's design resources.

5. SketchBook Pro FlipBook Animation
In this tutorial, we will learn how to use the animation controls in SketchBook Pro. We will learn how to start a new FlipBook from scratch and learn about the special features of the Timeline and Layers panel.

6. Review - Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark was released last year. It's a combination of a web app and three mobile apps, for DIY graphic design for social posts, mini webpages, video and much more. With the cloud, your projects are available on both the web platform and the mobile apps.

7. Review - Autodesk SketchBook Motion App
Adding animation to your digital art is easy using Autodesk SketchBook Pro Flipbook and SketchBook Motion for the iPad. The Flipbook feature in SketchBook Pro is an easy way to create timeline based animation. But with the SketchBook Motion app you can add motion to your art using simple tools.

8. Animated Instagram - Examples
When you think of Instagram, do you think of animation? Well, animated Instagram visuals are becoming very popular. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind when creating your own animated Instagram visuals.

9. Marketing with Animated Gifs - Email Examples
Animated gifs are not a new thing, as they have been around the web since the beginning. However, animated gifs are making a comeback, after falling out of favor several years ago. It's the short duration and subsequent small file size that makes animated gifs perfect for email marketing.

10. Review - Skillshare Online Learning for Creatives
Skillshare is an online learning community for creatives. For the price of a low-cost subscription, you can view over 17,000 project-based courses, including creative, business, technology and lifestyle topics. As a long-time member of Lynda.com, I was curious as to how Skillshare compared.



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