Make the most of your Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop skills
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Make the most of your Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop skills

Learn all you need to get creative & sell simple illustrations or photos on microstock websites to earn passive income
4.2 (67 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
263 students enrolled
Created by Harish Marnad
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 7 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn about how to sell simple illustrations and make good passive income
  • Learn to identify the type of illustrations that sell and sell well
  • Learn to get creative and find unique ways to express new ideas
  • Learn to start a business where you are not dependent on anyone else
  • Learn everything you need to know about getting into Microstock business
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  • Having Adobe Illustrator Software will be needed to start the Business
  • A basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator would be needed to start this business. I have a free tutorial for those who don't.

This is a comprehensive course which teaches anyone who is interested in investing their spare time in earning a passive income by creating and selling simple digital artworks like vector illustrations. This is a perfect home business opportunity because it has least amount of interaction with others and you can do this business anywhere, anytime.

The course teaches everything you need to know about the microstock business and what you need to focus on to succeed in it in the most efficient way possible. This course is an opportunity for those who are keen to spend their time using and enhancing their creativity and also earn a passive income by creating artworks which are useful to many. The only requirement for you to get into this business is your passion for creativity, a decent computer and your knowledge of Adobe Illustrator (or keenness to learn it from the free tutorial provided in this course or from elsewhere).

There are unique advantages to this business which are not in other businesses. It's simplicity, Quick feedback cycle, Motivating measurable progress, Engaging creative activity, Rapid creation time and ease of getting startedare some of the reasons why this is a great business opportunity. Join now if you want to engage in a business which not only earns you money but also brings back childlike enthusiasm towards art, creativity and gives enormous satisfaction at the end of the day.

You have so much to gain and also nothing to lose because you are covered by 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. So go ahead and make the purchase and let's get started. Check out the sample lessons if you are still unsure. I hope to see you in the course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who want to make a good use of their spare time
  • Those who want to build a career in the creative industry like digital arts Industry
  • Those who are already digital artists or those who know adobe illustrators
  • Those who like to create a steady passive income stream with a simple business
  • NOT for those who want to get rich quickly
  • NOT for those who do not like being creative
  • NOT for those who do not like creating digital art
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Curriculum For This Course
68 Lectures
4 Lectures 20:26

There are a number of benefits of why getting into this business is awesome but here are the of the best for you to get inspired and excited.

Preview 07:04

All the proofs for the numbers that I quoted in the promo video.

Preview 01:28

This lesson provides valuable information about how to approach this course, how to get stay up to date about additional information about the business and how to reach me to seek help or to provide your constructive or positive feedback.

How to Make the Most of this Course & Ask for Help!

This lesson you will understand each of the 10 sections of this course, the purpose and what you are going to gain from each of them.

Preview 07:32
Understanding the Business
5 Lectures 24:45

In this lesson, you will understand how this business works, who are the key players and where do you fit in the process.

How this Business Works?

These are the online companies that you would be working with. These showcase your vector illustrations to millions of potential customers and make them to sell. Let us get to know the top 9 of them.

Which are the best companies to work with and how to optimise your effort?

This provides you with the list of top online companies and the links for you to apply as a microstock illustrator for them.

Here are the websites of the Companies for you to join
1 page

It is important that you understand the typical terms and conditions of this business which you are expected to understand and follow. Each online company will make you read and agree their own set of terms and conditions and this lesson gives you an overview of what to expect when you join.

Terms and Conditions Overview: The important things you need to know

Let's see if you know who do you need to give your atmost attention to?

What do you know about the companies & their expectations from you?
2 questions

We need to have goals in life to make the most of our lives and similarly, to make the most of this course, this lesson will provide you with a structure that you can make use of to set and track your goals. If you set and achieve all the goals that we define as a part of this lesson then your journey in this business will begin in the most optimal way possible.

Set your Goals
How do you make money in this business?
4 Lectures 17:35

In this lesson you will understand all the different types of artworks that are being sold through these online companies other than vector illustrations. This will enable you to expand your portfolio and earn more in the future.

Artwork Types: What do these companies sell and what is our focus?

Your income is also dictated by the way your association with your online company is defined. In this lesson let us look at the different types of association and what is the best option for you.

Types of Association between you and the company

Finally, in this lesson, you will learn about how you will make money, what are the different ways you will get paid and how does this vary across companies.

Commissions Breakdown: How much do I get and what is it based on?

An update on Agencies and their commissions to contributors.

Update on Agencies & Commissions
Understanding Customer Demand: What are the Artworks customers looking for?
8 Lectures 41:13

In this lesson you will gain a good understanding of how you add value to your end customers. This will make it easier to analyse what to create.

How do we add value to our Customers?

Understanding your customer's needs is critical for you to be able to create successful vector illustrations. So, in this lesson, you will gain good insights into what customers are looking for when they come to these online companies to purchase your vector illustration.

How to know what Customers looking for?

We need to be sure that our approach is accurate when it comes to understand what customers are looking for. So lets perform a quick test.

Let's Validate our Approach

Top 100 keywords which were published previously by one of the top agency. This will give you ideas about what type of vector illustrations you must be creating.

What were the previous top hundred hot niches of the best online company?
3 pages

Before you get started, know which are good niche to consider and which are not so good ones, so that you give yourself a great chance to succeed.

Let us look at how you can identify average, good and bad niches to get into?

In this lesson let us look what you can do to reach more customers and increse the sale of each artwork you create.

Identifying more related niches

In this lesson, let us look at different types of niches. This understanding will help you plan your creation process to achieve maximum success.

Let us Know the types of niches

This is a document which lists the Top 250+ keywords which are prompted by one of the top agency. This will give you additional ideas about what type of vector illustrations you must be creating.

BONUS Download: What are all the 250+ hot niches for you to consider?
6 pages
Developing Creativity & build unique artwork ideas
5 Lectures 41:03

Creativity is not an elusive talent as it is made out to be. It is also a skill which we can learn but we just need to look at it from a different perspective. This lesson explains this with my own example.

Are you not creative? Let's first Understand Creativity from a new perspective!

If you are new to the business and to Adobe illustrator, you would want to consider this approach of starting with simplier vector illustrations and then building on from that. This will enable you to build your confidence in a step by step manner and stop you from getting overwhelmed.

How to start simple and build on from that?

Not every vector illustrations that I created was successful and everytime an vector failed to succeed, I learned a lesson from it. In the end, I have managed to narrow the success factors to 5 focus points which are explained in this lesson. If you aim at these for every illustration you create, you not only give them a great chance to succeed well but also enable them to succeed well for a long time.

Five focus points to consider when creating an artwork

One of the biggest risk of setting up a business in the digital world exposes us to the risk of copyright infringment. In this lesson, you will understand it in more detail as what are the different ways in which it can affect you and what you can do to be as safe as possible.

Being safe and Protecting your artwork

The vector illustrations you create are generally from scratch and hence, unlike other artists, you dont have to submit too many supporting documents. However, you do have one document which is important for a vector illustrator esp. if you are new to Adobe Illustrator. Let us discuss about it and some of the challenges that arise from it and how to deal with it.

Key Supporting Document for a illustrator and how to avoid related challenges
Bringing Idea to Life: Learning what's minimum needed of Adobe Illustrator
2 Lectures 07:53

This document provides you the free access to Adobe Illustrator tutorial which will help you to learn some critical functions of the tool. As I value your time, I want you to learn only whats needed to get started and as you get more comfortable in this business you can learn more about the tool.

You can obviously learn from any other sources, paid or free to enhance your knowledge. However, there are currently none around which is created with an focus to help illustrators to succeed in this business.

Adobe Illustrator 80:20 Tutorial
1 page

You must need Adobe Illustrator. I dont know if you want to waste time trying to find an alternative to that. Let us look at what other tools might be important for us which we need for sure.

What Tools you Must Buy and what you may buy?
Market your Artworks: Simplest and the most important after creation step
8 Lectures 45:35

You have your first illustration ready and you are eager to submit it to different microstock agencies. However, you still need to take care of a number of things before we do that. So in this lesson we look at all the critical aspects and activities that follow after you have created your illustration.

Overview of What you do After you Create your illustration

Keywording is the simplest way to get your illustration to your customer. Without proper keywording, even the best of illustration will go unsold. Also, most agency provides you the opportunity to associate 50 keywords with your illustration which is perfect. However, you want some way of quickly identifying the best keywords for you to associate. You need the best of both words - great keywords for your illustration but without having to spend a lot of time. So here is one of the two tools for you just for this.

The Art of Keywording your illustrations with an online Tool

This is the best tool out there for keywording your vector illustrations. It is easy, convenient and streamlined into your submission process. Once you see this, you will never search for another one, I promise.

Keywording your illustrations with the 2nd online tool - Better & Improved

Having the right keywords is critical for the success of your vector illustration and hence the this and all the next lessons focus on key best practices that you can follow when choosing the keywords for your vectors. This first best practice helps you identify the really dangerous keywords which must avoid at all costs.

Keywording Best Practices - Avoiding Dangerous Words

This second best practice highlights those keywords which, if used, will most probably lead to rejection of your vector illustrations. So knowing this will help you keep away from them.

Keywording Best Practices - Avoiding Well Known risky words

This Third best practice highlights those keywords which probably cause the most confusion and even contribute to bulk of rejection of your vector illustration. So knowing this will help you be clear about what types of keywords to use and which confusing ones to avoid..

Keywording Best Practices - Avoiding Noise Words

This fourth best practice highlights one of the most subtle issues of keywording which might impact your sales, some time significantly. In this lesson I will provide a detailed demo with some solid examples. This is not to be missed.

Keywording Best Practices - Singles Vs Plural keywords

How can you think outside the box to use the description along with the keyword section to increase your reach? This lesson spills the bean.

Keywording Best practices - Taking advantage of Description & Title
Preparing & Organizing your Illustration
2 Lectures 17:34

Once you create your artworks, you will be submitting them to a number of different online microstock companies. This lesson provides you the way to miminize the effort needed to upload your keywords for every company to ZERO, well almost. We will look at really good free and paid tools out there you can use to achieve this effeciency.

Optimizing your Illustrations for Submission - Adding Effeciency to Process

This is the best free tool to perform a lot of functions during your creation to submission process. A paid version of this costs much less thanAdobe's Lightroom over an year but also packs some very good functions. However, what we get out of the free version is more than enough for most of us.

The Best Free Tool Demo
Different ways of Submitting your Illustrations to the top Online Companies
7 Lectures 01:10:46

Each online company is different and hence this section provides a detailed walkthrough of those top 5 online companies. In this lesson what are the ways you can upload your illustrations to different companies and what is the best method to employ and based on what conditions.

Uploading your Illustrations to online companies using the best method

This is a detailed demo of how you would go about uploading and reviewing your vector illustrations to the top online company. With this, you will not have any questions about how you would go about uploading or submitting your first set of vector illustrations to this company.

Part 1: A Detailed Demonstration of Uploading Process of ShutterStock

This is a follow up lesson for the upload and submit process for the top online company which explains some of the submission options which is really handy to know.

Part 2: A Detailed Demonstration of Uploading Process of ShutterStock

This is a detailed demo of how you would go about uploading and reviewing your vector illustrations to the online company Dreamstime.

A Detailed Demo of Uploading Process of DreamsTime

This is a detailed demo of how you would go about uploading and reviewing your vector illustrations to the online company CanstockPhoto.

A Detailed Demo of Uploading Process of CanStockPhoto

This is a detailed demo of how you would go about uploading and reviewing your vector illustrations to the online company BigStock.

A Detailed Demo of Uploading Process of BigStockPhoto

This lesson takes a detailed look at the after submission process, what to expect and what can be done once your artworks have been approved?

Approval And Rejection
BONUS: Start to End: From Creation of a simple artwork to the End
12 Lectures 01:23:08

This lesson explains the how I decided on my next simple concept which I will bring to life in coming lessons and upload it to two of the agencies.

OK, lets put this learning to Practice. Let's go from Start to End

In this lesson I will use some of the basic functions of Adobe Illustrator to bring my idea to life.

Come on! Lets bring my idea to Life!

Ahhh! I missed saving the file previously. So let us do that here and you will also learn how you should go about saving the file for every illustration of yours.

Damn! I forgot to save my file. Let's Save it Now!

In this lesson we will look at the most important problem that we as microstock illustrators should avoid and what approach you can take to ensure that.

Lets talk about the issue of Rasterisation

The one of the ways you can make your simple object based artworks come to life is by following this simple tip. 

A simple technique to make your artwork look much better

This lesson explains the review process that you can follow to identify rasterisation problems so that you can fix the isolated issue.

Indentifying the Big problem of Rasterisation

This lesson explains gives another set of mistakes we must avoid to ensure we face less rejections.

Avoiding the mistake of having Hidden and Locked Layers

This lesson explains how you should deal with texts in your artwork and why? This will help you avoid another rejection reason.

Texts to Outlines

This lesson explains two different methods that you can use to create your JPEG image preview which is needed for submitting your artwork.

Creating the Large JPEG Image Preview of the Artwork

It is essential that you review your JPEG file to ensure there are no mistakes and in this Lesson, I will show you examples of how you can do it and what kind of issues you find when you review your image files.

Reviewing your JPEG Image file

In this lesson, Let us quickly find a way to keyword our artwork and update them so that we dont ever have to do it for this artwork again.

Keywording and Updating Keywords

OK, we are all done and now in this lesson we will upload and submit this artwork to two of the agencies.

Upload and Submit Artwork
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About the Instructor
Harish Marnad
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Sparetime Digital Artist and Passionate Online Coach

Hi, I am someone with a strong passion to learn and teach different aspects of life which help us reach our true potential as humans. While making a passive income is one of my top objectives, it is not my end goal. For me, it is the means by which I free up my time to take on bigger and more challenging tasks. So, my true potential is expressed by only one parameter which is the number of lives that I impacted positively. This is one of the reasons why I have started using my spare time to teach useful information online. As I want to impact as many people as possible, my favorite line is not a quote from someone but rather a question that I ask to myself everyday:

How many lives have you touched today?