Skillshare Class: Creative AI & PS Brush Packs

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on curriculum for a class that I’m teaching over on Skillshare — a great online education platform that helps students learn unique skills from teachers around the world. The title of my class is Design Your Own Creative Brush Packs in Photoshop & Illustrator.

Discount: Until the class starts on February 12th, you can receive a 20% discount using the code ‘CMBRUSH’ when you sign-up here:

In this class, students will learn how to research, brainstorm and create a unique, artistic brush pack in either Photoshop or Illustrator from concept thru completion — with the opportunity to potentially sell it on Creative Market at the end!

We’ll select 10 students who complete an amazing brush pack and auto-approve them as shop owners, feature them on the blog, and send them a sweet bag of swag!

If you’re not interested in taking this class, please help me by passing this along to others who may benefit from learning these skills and possibly earn them passive side income too!

Or, if you’re interested in teaching a Skillshare class, shoot me a message and I’ll send you an invite referral link.


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The ABC Design Project

In order to celebrate the first anniversary of Creative Market, the team launched a project in partnership with Help Ink that supports the relief efforts of All Hands Volunteers in the Philippines — The ABC Design Project.

We asked 26 of our shop owners to illustrate a creative alphabet, in which the letters represented the elements and principles of design. Then, we turned the artwork into a series of prints and posters available for sale this holiday season — with proceeds benefitting All Hands Volunteers!

Read about the ABC Project on Creative Market →

Browse ABC Prints for Sale on Help Ink →

I had to jump in and design one of the letters as well — Y — which stood for Your Mileage May Vary (Y.M.M.V.).

If you’re in the market to buy holiday gifts for friends and loved ones, consider getting them something from the ABC Design Project. You’ll feel great about paying it forward to a respectable charity that’s doing good for those in need. And as always, if you aren’t buying and selling on Creative Market yet, think about giving it a try in 2014!


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Pay It Forward to Colorado with CM & All Hands

Yesterday, the Creative Market team launched a new charity initiative on Oct. 1st that empowers shop owners and buyers to Pay It Forward during the month of October towards the relief efforts of All Hands Volunteers — who are responding to the recent flooding events in Colorado.

It’s really important for us as a company to create opportunities for Creative Market members to support meaningful causes that help people in need through the passive income generated by our digital platform. This is just another step for us in the right direction. And to be honest, initiatives like this one are in my personal top 5 favorite things about Creative Market so far.

Previously, we raised and matched funds to aide those affected by Hurricane Sandy last year in November. This time, it’s Colorado that could use some extra love and support on the ground.

Browse goods from participating shops through the Pay It Forward page, and give back by buying great design assets and resources from these kind folks. Many of them are contributing 50%-100% of their sales.

Join with your Creative Market Shop
If you’re a Creative Market shop owner, there is still time to join us. All you need to do is download our AHV Badge PSD, adjust the % you want to commit to donate at the end of October, add it to your shop header, and let me know via email that you’re participating. At the end of the month, we’ll check in to see how much you raised in total before you submit your donation to All Hands Volunteers. In the future, we hope to explore an automated feature in our platform that makes these response campaigns much easier all around.

If you’re not a shop owner, you can still participate by making a donation and letting us know the amount.

New Products: FutureDeco
Over the past 3 months, I’ve been slowly working on a new series of print templates called FutureDeco, and thought I’d release them to drive energy towards my shop, through which I’ve committed 100% of my sales to All Hands this month. As of right now, I’ve designed and launched a Wedding Invitation Suite, a Thank You Card template, 2 Business Card templates, and a Birthday Card template. If you know someone who could use these resources, please pass them along.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for any involvement that you choose to take during this campaign.

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