Category: Illustration

5 ways to earn money with Illustrator!

In this article, I show you 5 ways to earn money with Illustrator. Of course, there are much more ways, but let’s start easy.

When you just start out making your own designs it is better to start making and selling than wait till you can make the perfect designs.

You will learn more skills along the way while you already make some money. By starting with some simple things you gain confidence and experience.

Experience is what leads you to be a very good Designer/Illustrator, so don’t make it too hard in the beginning. Start with something you like and isn’t too hard to do in Illustrator. If your skills grow you can add other things to your portfolio.

Let’s see which ways are not too difficult and help you be the most creative person you can be while helping others that excel in other areas.

1. Make and Sell Logo’s

Almost every business has or needs a logo. To be able to use this logo in every thinkable and scalable way, it’s a good idea to make a vector logo in Illustrator. A lot of businesses that start out need a logo or want an existing logo to be vectorized. Even existing businesses change their logo from time to time.

 These days the most famous logos are built out of simple shapes and even only text. This is a great way to learn Illustrator without having to learn the whole program at once. Being able to draw some basic shapes with the build-in tools and use the Type Tool to make some text will allow you to produce a beautiful logo in no-time.

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2. Make Designs into SVG files for cutting machines like the Cricut or Silhouette

The cutting machine for the home user or small business (Cricut, Silhouette, Scan N Cut) is growing rapidly. Almost anyone can start their own creative business from home and sell on Etsy for example.

 If you are not the creative that wants to make creative stuff that you need to send by mail or you want to expand your mail-based business, then making SVG cutting files is a great way to start or to expand.

People buy SVG cutting files online to use with their Cutting machines to make little presents, personalized products for weddings, babies, birthdays, Holidays, and Home Decor. Some of these niches are pretty big and there is a lot of demand for pretty SVG files.

To make SVG files you can use the build-in Tools in Illustrator to start out quickly and start selling in no time.

3. Become a Surface Pattern Designer and sell your Designs on POD websites

Maybe you never heard of Surface Pattern Designer, I didn’t hear about it till about two years ago. When I learned what it was I was amazed.

Look around you right now and count how many patterns you see around you. In the curtains, your clothes, the floor, the walls, etc. I think you can find at least 5 patterns in a few seconds. All those patterns are made by Surface Pattern Designers. If you look at the words it will make sense. Almost every surface (counter, wallpaper, curtain, clothes, I can go on forever 😉 ) has a design. From very basic (just a little line) to very complex (multiple shapes layered on top of each other).

Walk around your house or office (or both as working at home mom) and notice how many products in hour home/office have a design or pattern on them. Your bedding, kitchen (tea) towels, pillows, and other home decors.

I think you get the picture and I didn’t even start talking about the holiday season when a whole new decor comes into our homes and offices.

Making designs and/or patterns to put on all of these products is easier than ever before. With all the Print-On-Demand (POD) website these days you have more options than ever without breaking the bank to start your own business.

There are some neat tools in Illustrator that can help you create beautiful designs and patterns in no-time without having to learn the whole program before you can start. You just need some basic tools in Illustrator to get you started!

4. Make and sell Social Media Templates

In the first, option I talked about logos. Every business needs one and updates its logo now and then. Every business has some sort of Social Media one way or the other or wants/needs to have one.

To be successful on Social Media one of the lessons is that you need to be recognizable without always putting your logo on every image. You need branding with colors, logos, and fonts.

With just some basic tools it is very easy to make images or overlays for images to use on your Social Media in different sizes for every platform. Make a few different styles to sell online or change the colors, fonts, and logo for a client to sell them to.

5. Make and Sell Fonts

Fonts are widely used in almost any sort of business. Isn’t it for branding then it is to make beautiful phrases or SVG’s to put on a t-shirt.

If you like making your own alphabet, this is something you can do with Illustrator. There is a great plugin that isn’t very expensive that helps you with converting the letters to a font so you can sell them online.

Conclusion

These are just 5 easy ways to use Illustrator to start your own business from home or scale your business online.

With all of these options, you don’t need to know everything to get started. Getting started and just put your work out there is most of the time harder for a lot of women than the skills you need to learn in Illustrator.

So what are you waiting for….!

Need any help with how to get started?

In my FREE FB group Illustrator Artists, I help women that want to learn Illustrator and earn their money from home. In this group, you will find like-minded women that love to learn Illustrator. I will share tutorials and answer as many questions as I can.

If you want to get started as soon as possible I offer a course where I teach you how to get started quickly with some neat build-in tools that Illustrator offers.

5 Tools you need to get started quickly in Illustrator

If you’re new to Illustrator then you need these 5 tools to get started quickly in Illustrator.

When I started out 20+ years ago there was no YouTube. I had to figure it out from books from the library and just try. It took me years to get the hang of it.


One of the things that still surprise me is that a lot of people tell you to start with the pen tool. In my opinion, the pen tool is one of the hardest tools the get familiar with and results in a lot of frustration. A lot of people stopped using and learning Illustrator because of the Pen Tool.

These days there are a lot of tools in Illustrator that help you to get the results you want without even touching the pen tool.

When you just start out quick results are vital keeping motivated and confident that you can do it. I know you can, but we have the tendency to think less of ourselves when something isn’t working out as we wanted.

So to stay motivated and seeing quick results I recommend starting with the following tools:

The Selection Tool

This is a tool you can’t do without. This is the first and last tool you will use when working with Illustrator.

While it does what it says, select the object(s) your working with it has a few extra functions that are great to start with and are easy to learn.

With the selection tool, you can select one or multiple random objects. You can rotate and scale the object(s) you select(ed) keeping proportions or not just by using an extra key on your keyboard.

The Rectangle/ellipse/star Tool

I combined these tools because they work similarly and these hold the basic shapes you need to get started.

Maybe you remember being in nursery/kindergarten or that your children were. When they learned how to draw a car, a bus, or an animal the teacher used the basic shapes they had learned before like a square, rectangle, triangle, and a circle or ellipse.

By combining those basic shapes, children were thought to draw more difficult shapes like a car or a duck.

The same applies to Illustrator. With those basic shapes, you can draw almost anything. Combine a few circles to make a cloud. Make a car out of squares, rectangles, and circles.

Start simple and make your shapes more and more complex by using some of the other tools below.

While these tools also do what they say they also have some extra options. Making the corners of the rectangle or square round is very easy. Adjust the star points to being round is a breeze.

The Shape Builder Tool

This is a pretty awesome tool. While you started making shapes with combining shapes with the previous tools, this tool allows you to combine them into one shape and distract parts that you don’t need.

For example, combining two circles and by distracting you can make a crescent moon. Combine two rounded rectangles and by distracting you have a heart.

By combining AND distracting your options have been multiplied.

The extra feature in this tool is that you can combine/distract and color in one go, as easy as that.

The Curvature Tool

The name of this tool is probably not self-explanatory, so I will explain what it does.

While playing around with the basic shapes, combining and distracting gives you a lot of options to make beautiful things. Some shapes need some extra adjustment.

In the old days, this wouldn’t be possible without using the Direct Selection tool, which I mention below. Because you could only draw and adjust complicated lines and curves with the Pen Tool and adjust them with the Direct Selection Tool.

In October 2014 Adobe released a new tool. In my opinion, this changed the learning curve of Illustrator significantly, because it made the Pen Tool less needed in the beginning.

The curvature tool has 2 drawing modes straight lines and curves. Just by double-clicking, you can switch between them.

It has some limitations if you already know the pen tool you need to get used to, but when you are just starting out in Illustrator it makes the learning process much easier.

While you are drawing and after drawing you can adjust the lines, curves, and anchor points you made with the same tool, which makes it easier to work with.

The Direct Selection Tool

This tool is for even more flexibility in adjusting your lines and curves. I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to add it, because with the tools above you can do almost anything.

But I decided to leave it in here because if you get stuck on a specific shape and the above are just not getting the results you like, this would be your next step.

With the direct selecting tool you are getting closer to the pen tool. Because when you select your object with it, it will give you anchor points as with the curvature tool, but those anchor points will be square instead of round and you will have two handles for every anchor point that you can move together, but also independently. These handles give you more control over the curves and while working with them needs a little practice it gives you much more flexibility for adjusting your shape.

When you start working with the pen tool after using this tool to adjust shapes, the learning curve is much lower, because you know already what the handles and anchor points do so drawing with the pen tool is much easier to understand and it just needs some practice.

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