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1. Elementor and Astra Theme for Wordpress
Now that we have the Elementor Wordpress plugin installed, we can install our Wordpress theme. Astra is one of the themes suggested by the Elementor team and I found it very easy to use. So let's move on and install the Astra theme and set the basic options for the theme.

2. Sketchbook Pro is Now Free
After using Sketchbook Pro, digital sketching software from Autodesk, for almost a year, several of my favorite features include the Flipbook animation, digital Copic Markers, Radial Symmetry, Predictive Stroke and unlimited brushes for just about any project, from Manga to fine art. Now it's free.

3. Product Mockups for Designers
When creating a sell or tear sheet for your surface pattern collection, including mockups of your pattern collection on potential products can play a big part in presenting your art for licensing. These mockups can range from simple flat 2D line drawings to 3D product mockups.

4. Project Dogwaffle - Digital Painting Software
The creator of Project Dogwaffle has released his newest version (v 1.6). If you haven't downloaded the demo for this shareware, take some time to check it out. Project Dogwaffle is no longer freeware but you get so much for the small price that you will think it was free.

5. Social Media Graphic Templates
One task that takes up a lot of time is creating social post graphics for all of your blog articles. Whether you are using Canva, Adobe Spark or Photoshop on your computer, starting with a custom template can shorten this task to just a few clicks. So what should you include in a template.

6. Working With Shapes In Canva
Adding shapes to your design is one way to make it different from all the others. This is especially true when you combine shapes to create custom design objects. Let's discuss how shapes work in Canva.

7. Review - Sketchbook Pro Timeline Animation
In another article, we discussed how easy it is to create animation in the AutoDesk's SketchBook Motion App. But that's not your only option for creating animation. You can create a simple animation, which AutoDesk calls a FlipBook, in SketchBook Pro for Desktop.

8. Design & Bind Your Creative Portfolio - Skillshare
In Design & Bind Your Own Creative Portfolio, Bonnie Christine walks her students through creating both an online and print version of a creative portfolio. As she is a surface pattern designer and artist, the example portfolio is for pattern design.

9. PFL - Complex Pattern Swatches - Helen Bradley
In Photoshop for Lunch - Complex Pattern Swatches, Helen Bradley demonstrates how to create a pattern from several icon shapes. You will learn how to control the positions of the icons to make this a repeatable pattern. You will also use the Pattern Fill window to test your pattern.

10. 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.

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