People often ask me exactly how I create the artwork for Sassypants Design cards.
[WARNING: If reading about software technology makes you want to poke your eyes out with poison darts, then go straight to the video.]
I Use Adobe Illustrator for the Initial Drawings
I create my drawings using Adobe Illustrator. (This is a vector-based drawing application, in geek speak.) I often work from a photo of a real dog or person as a subject, as a portrait painter might do. But I take artistic liberties along the way.
Because I can.
Gotta Love the Graphics Tablet
My Wacom tablet is my drawing tool of choice. It is like putting pen to paper, only easier, because if I make a mistake, I can make it go away with a few clicks. (I’m waiting for a tool like that to erase my mistakes in life.) Whatever I draw on my tablet, I see on my computer screen.
The Magic Happens with Photoshop
Next, I open my drawing with Adobe Photoshop (a raster-based program, for the tech-heads). This is where the magic happens. Backgrounds, textures, color adjustments, captions… I do it all with Photoshop.
Adobe InDesign – The Last Stop
Finally, the last stop is Adobe InDesign. This is a desktop publishing program that is the industry standard for layout and page design. I create a greeting card that includes the image, caption and the branding information on the back of the card.
A greeting card has come to life.