DESIGN TUTORIALS

 

GETTING STARTED

 

DOWNLOAD + UNZIP THE KIT

This one should be easy – after purchasing the kit from Creative Market, download it to your computer and start unzipping. The files are huge, so it might take a minute or two.

 

WHERE TO START

After unzipping the kit you will see the two main folders (Elements and Ready to use), the Bonus folder and the Update folders (if available).

In the folder Elements you will find all gemstones you can use to start making your own designs.

In the Ready to Use folder you will find premade logos and graphics. You can adapt those to your particular design or style.

To start your design:

  1. Open the "Fonts - Download Links" PDF, download all fonts and install them.
  2. Open a new document in Illustrator or Photoshop in a size of your choice.
  3. Open the Gemstone.ai file in illustrator or the Gemstone pngs folder and pick your gemstone and copy and paste them in your document.

CREATING LOGOS & GRAPHICS

 

HOW TO CREATE YOUR FIRST LOGO

You've installed the fonts and created your file, now's the time to create your first logo:

  1. Write the name of your business.
  2. Pick your fonts.
  3. Pick your gemstone. Trust your instincts.
  4. Play around with the size and alignment of the elements.
  5. When you’re ready, move to the next step – colouring!

If you need help with your branding take a look here — I've created a helpful collection full of branding tips for you.


COLOURING YOUR GRAPHICS

You can colour the gemstones just by changing the stroke or the fill colour. But if you want to use the swatches and styles keep reading.

 

IN ILLUSTRATOR

HOW TO LOAD THE SWATCHES

  1. From the top menu select Window > Swatches
  2. From the upper right corner or the Swatches menu select Open Swatch Library > Other Library
  3. Find the swatches you want and load them
  4. Mark all textures by pressing Shift and drag and drop them into the Swatches of your document

 

IN PHOTOSHOP

HOW TO LOAD THE STYLES

  1. From the top menu select Window > Styles
  2. From the upper right corner or the Styles menu select Load Styles
  3. Find the styles you want and load them.

 

HOW TO ADJUST YOUR PATTERN

After applying the style to your gemstone you might want to have a different part of the texture.

  1. Go to the layer effects (the little fx symbol on your layer) and double click it.
  2. Go to Pattern Overlay and uncheck Link with Layer.
  3. Click OK and move around your gemstone to find your favourite part of the pattern.
  4. When you're happy with the result, check Link with Layer again and you're done!

 

THE TEXTURE LOOKS BLURRED, WHAT TO DO?

  1. Go to the layer effects (the little fx symbol on your layer) and double click it.
  2. Go to Pattern Overlay and set the Scale value on 100%
  3. Scale down if you are working with smaller objects, but never scale up.