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November 1, 2019

Hey guys. So I don’t feel like I’m gonna have
too much to say during this video, so I’m probably going to cut between music and voice
over a few times – just whenever I feel like there’s something I need to say. So what I’m
working on right now is a set of stickers and it’s the different Eeveelutions from Pokémon.
I’m doing this for a convention I’m going to called Northwest Fan Fest, so if you live
in the Vancouver area, I will be there, and that’s actually the only convention I got
into the artist alley in for this year. Yay, that’s where I’ll be and it’s the only place
I’ll be. So I have a bunch of prints I need to get sent of by the 18th and so I’m stressing
out because I have hardly anything done. I’m going hard. I wrote out a schedule for this
week and it’s pretty intense. Pretty much, every second day I’m doing a print, and then
some sticker designs tossed in there too. It’s pretty crazy. So, this is one of my sticker
sheets and at first I was just sketching them out on a piece of paper, and I just prefer
sketching on paper compared to on a computer, so that’s how I do it sometimes. And then
I scanned the paper and brought it into Photoshop and I outlined it and coloured it, and then
I coloured the outlines. I think that’s all I really have to say for now for the sketching
portion, so let’s just cut to some music and then I will come back when we bring it into
Photoshop. Alright, so getting on to the Photoshop portion. I scanned in my drawing and then
I just decreased the opacity of the drawing layer so that it wouldn’t be too noticeable
against the black outlines. On the layer on top, I’m doing those lines. And it’s all on
one layer because, I dunno, it’s a simple enough thing. I can just select the lasso
tool to bring out each character individually, so it’s just one layer, and then I did all
the colouring on one layer too because it’s really simple stuff. You’ll see, it’s just
soft shading, and nothing too crazy with the colours. So that is how I did it, and later
on, I’m gonna arrange the stickers in their proper configuration. Right now I’m just worrying
about colouring it all, and then I merged down the layers, used the lasso tool to select
around each one, copy and pasted into a special Photoshop document, which I’ll go over later.
That is how I do it. I just feel like I should mention these steps because I had a couple
people request I do a tutorial on how I do my sticker designs, so this, I guess, is the
closest thing – well really it is – this is pretty much a tutorial for how I do my stickers.
I prefer to colour them digitally and outline them digitally just because it’s more crisp.
I feel like it’s just the better way to go with stickers. You probably could get away
with doing some stuff by hand, but, eh, at this one step you’ll see later, you really
need a clean outline for your drawings, so it’s just easiest to do it digitally, and
it looks more professional and pretty. That’s actually how I like to do my prints for conventions
too, is digitally. I might end up having some traditional stuff, because I know a lot of
my original art stuff is traditional, but most of the stuff I’m going to be doing these
next couple weeks is going to be digital art, so I’m not sure what you’re getting for speedpaints
for the next couple weeks. I mean I’m probably not going to do two back to back speedpaints.
I do have a collab, so there’s that. That one’s not digital. That will likely be my
next video. It’s a collab with a certain YouTuber. OOoo, who is it? You’ll have to wait and find
out (laughs). And them maybe a digital speedpaint. My other option is to take my line art and,
you know, do a digital version for the print and then do a traditional version for the
video, but I don’t know if I have time for that, so who knows, who knows. So just a note
about colouring the line art. In order to do that, I created a new layer on top of the
line art and then if you hold down the ALT button and click on the crack between the
two layers, it will create a clipping group, or a clipping mask, I don’t even know what
it’s called. But, your top layer, when you colour on it, it only lets you colour on areas
that have previously been coloured on the area below it. So, it makes it so you can
only colour on the line art. Your other option would be to select the line art and colour
it, but I don’t like doing that because when you make a selection, the edges are actually
jagged, and you can actually see a bit of the original colour on the ouside – it’s like
a really thin outline. It’s just this sliver of colour that remains and the edges aren’t
clean, so I don’t like that. I think doing this masking method is a lot better. So that’s
what I’m doing, and then I also, wait I guess I do this after. I merge the layers. I use
the lasso tool to select around each character. I copy and paste them into a different Photoshop
file that is a template provided by Beespoke Print, which is where I’m getting my stickers
done. But I’m not gonna talk about that too much because I’m gonna be talking about that
printing service in a future video. So, yay. And then once I have them copy and pasted
over, I arrange them how I want them to appear on the sticker sheet. Once they’re all arranged,
I merge the layers again, and I double click the layer to bring up layer styles, or whatever
that thingy’s called. I forget everything. And I add a stroke. I add a white stroke,
and I just eyeball the thickness to be something I like, and that’s how I get the white outline
around the sticker. Then I have to tweak my spacing again because sometimes after you
add the white outlines, the stickers are touching again. So I redo the spacing and I actually
didn’t get my spacing too ideal because I wanted there to be a title at the top of the
sticker sheet, but in order to do that, I would have to scale down my stickers. I liked
the size I had them at, so my title is half on one side, half on the other side, so you
know, it’s not perfect. And the characters aren’t in the order I wanted them. I sort
of wanted them in the order that they were released, with Eevee being in the middle,
because there’s nine of them, so it works perfect 3×3, but I couldn’t actually fit them
that nicely because some were too wide. So I had to play around with things and get it
to work, and finally I figured out something that worked, and I added the background. Just
a note about the template – You have to have everything that is a sticker inside the most
inner line, but you want your background to extend to the most outer line so that there’s
that margin where the paper can be cut without accidentally leaving a white gap, or without
accidentally cutting into your artwork. That’s why templates are important, and having proper
margins is important. So, that’s why I do this. And these stickers will be roughly the
size of a 4×6 photo. They’re A6ish stickers. So yeah, and you’ll see some stickers in person
coming soon in that video that I mentioned where I talk about the printing services and
everything. Now you’re actually seeing me arrange them. I had to talk about it in advance
though, because this part flies by so fast. But, that is my little Eevee sticker sheet,
and that’s how I do my sticker sheets in Photoshop. Thanks for watching you guys. Next week: most
likely that collab, so woohoo. (Laughs) Sorry, it’s 5am right now. Actually it’s 5:15am.
Woops. Kinda doing this video last minute. I usually don’t do that, but this week’s been
crazy. Oooo listen to my voice, it’s getting like all man-voice. Anyway. Thanks for watching
and I’ll see you guys in my next video! One more quick note: I did add mouths at the very
end because when I zoomed out, their noses looked like mouths and it bothered me, so
I had to add actual mouths so people wouldn’t be confused.

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