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What is licensing for pattern designs?

t can be really confusing if you’re new to designing learning how to go about selling your designs. You’ve probably heard about licensing designs but maybe you’re not exactly sure what the means. 

What is licensing? 
So first of all, licensing is essentially the leasing out of your design for someone to use under some set conditions that you have agreed for upon and there are lots of different ways that you can do this. But before I go into that, I want to compare licensing your work versus selling your designs outright.

How do you make sure your patterns repeats are seamless?

One of the key skills of a surface pattern designer is learning how to create surface pattern repeats. Although you don’t always need to put a design into repeat it is a key skill that you should spend the time learning how to get right as it’s one of the key things that separates pattern designers from other designers.
There are 2 main things to consider when you are creating a seamless repeat and we’re going to have a look at what they are.

Tips To Help Sell Your Designs

Creating pattern designs is only the first step in becoming a successful surface pattern designer. Once you’ve learned how to create beautiful designs, you’re going to want to start selling them. Before you do there are some things you should consider before you even start designing that will help you when you go to sell your designs. Here are tips to help sell your designs.

How to overcome artists block

You have your work time set aside for you to be creative. Your workspace is ready, the house is quiet and then crickets! Your head feels void of any ideas and you just don’t know what to do or where to start. So how do you overcome artists block? Here are 7 tips

What do you do if your designs aren’t selling?

What do you do when you’re designs aren’t selling?
You’ve put in endless hours of work getting a portfolio of work together not to mention the hours researching and gathering a list of potential companies and clients to contact and then all you hear is crickets! At this point, I’m sure you’re feeling exhausted, disappointed and frustrated. You probably feel like giving up.
But, don’t give up just yet! There are a few things for you to think about and consider first.

7 Tips for Answering a Design Brief

The most efficient way of designing is to have a brief to follow. This is especially true if you’re designing for a client but is also important if you’re designing for yourself or your own products. It will save you a lot of time, keep you on track and get results a lot quicker. Here are 10 tips for answering a design brief. 

Tips to Staying Productive Working From Home

Working from home has so many perks. No travel time or being stuck in traffic every day. Being able to set your own hours. Having the flexibility to add in extra little things during your day like going to a mid-morning yoga session.
But, it can also have its difficulties. Working from home involves a lot of discipline. It’s easy to get sidetracked….that load of washing, the dirty shower, kids wanting snacks or people dropping in forgetting that you’re at home working. 
You are your own boss so you are accountable to yourself. Eeek! So you need to stay as focused as possible and make sure you keep on track to reaching your goals.

How to create pattern stamps in Photoshop

When I’m designing in Photoshop and Illustrator I’m always looking for quick ways to be able to create my pattern repeats. A really great trick in Photoshop is using brushes to create stamps of your motifs that you can repeat within your design. In this post, we’re going to look at how to create pattern stamps in Photoshop.


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