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After sharing some of my sketches on Instagram, I got a lot of questions about how I take them from a sketch to a high resolution print. I have two secrets: Adobe Illustrator and Sharpie. Yep you read that right. For prints that involve fine lines and little details (and even patterns for branding designs) I use the Sharpie pens that I picked up at Walgreens to draw it out. It leaves a clean black line with NO bleeding, which is crucial for having a crisp design! It’s no huge secret on how to make those sketches digital, and graphics designers all have different preferences as to which tools they use. Here’s an overview of my personal print making process!
Sketch out guidelines and design ideas using a light lead pencil.
Use your Sharpie pen and add in the delicate details. Take your time here! Sometimes it helps me to stop mid word and stretch out my hand if I’m getting shaky.
After sketching out the design, I’ll use Photoshop and Illustrator to clean up the design and make it high resolution for printing!
And voila! The finished product!