Create a blue Paper with white Leaves in Affinity Designer

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Are you a designer? If yes, then you will surely love this tutorial. Don't worry because even if you are a beginner, you can actually create this lovely blue paper with white leaves easily.

We are doing this tutorial using Affinity Designer, a vector-based program. It is very easy to use and you can have this editor for a one-time affordable payment plus a 30-day free trial. You don't have to pay for a monthly subscription fee after purchasing it.

What are you waiting for? Download it now and let's get started!

How to Create a blue Paper with white Leaves in Affinity Designer

Here is an overview of what you'll learn from the video. Just click on the links, and you automatically go to that minute in the video. You just need to follow along with me as I guide you step by step in this tutorial.

However, you can always, of course, customize your own digital papers. But for now, I will teach you how to do it - my way, so you will have an idea of how to create beautiful digital papers with leaves like this.

1:49 Creating a New Document
2:21 Creating a New Layer
2:32 Colouring the Background
3;16 Creating the Gradient Background
4:26 Creating the Leaves
12:04 We're Done!

Creating a New Document

First of all, open your Affinity Designer and let's start by creating a new document.

Click File > New, and choose the settings that you need. I select "Print" and "CMYK" because I want to print it. But if you are going to use it for your digital products then select other dimensions. But in this case, it's better to choose "Print". We select inches for our Document Units, and usually, scrapping paper is in 12 inches by 12 inches. In this tutorial we don't need a transparent background.

Once everything is set, click OK.

Creating a New Layer

It is important that you name all your layers in the layers palette as you add them because you will be having several layers as we go along.

Here, I create a new layer and I name it "BG" for background.

Colouring the Background

Now, let's fill the background with a colour.

Select your background by clicking the square icon in the left tool bar, then click and drag from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the background.

Next, you choose a colour. Here I choose a light blue. But, of course, you can always choose a shade that you love.

To do this step, just click on Fill and choose the right shade of blue from the Colour Wheel. After choosing, just click on Fill again and it's done.

Creating the Gradient Background

We need to create a gradient for our background so that our blue paper will look more sophisticated.

To create, I click on the Transparency tool and then I click on the top left to the bottom right of the background. You can choose another gradient, but this is the gradient that we need now - a blue on the top left and lighter at the middle to the bottom right.

You can set the gradient you want by dragging the midpoint marker to adjust the spread of colors between the two color points (gradient stops).

Creating the Leaves

First, you need to download the leaves template by clicking here. Just do a right click on the graphic and save it to your computer.
Creating the leaves is so easy. But before placing them, I lock the key by clicking the little key icon so that I can't change the "BG" layer anymore. This would be helpful for the next steps.

To create the leaves, it is wrong to just place them in the background. We need to create a new layer.

Create a new layer and name it "Leaves". Next, click File > Place and choose the Leaves Template.

Now we have it into our new layer.

Zoom in because we need to construct the outlines. Be sure to select the correct layer and lock the other one.

Click the Pen tool > Fill > Stroke: black and the width: 1 pt. I choose colour black but I can change it later to white. Click on the Pen tool again and start constructing the "midrib" of the leaf from the bottom to the top.

Now, we need this stroke with a circle, so click the Pen tool > Stroke and choose the stroke with a circle at the end.

Continue constructing the leaf by clicking from the "midrib" to the outer part of it. You can also adjust the size of the circle. Remember to click "escape" every time you make a new stroke with a dot.

After constructing all the needed strokes, I group the new curves into one and name it again.

Now, it's time to change it to its right color, so I choose white.

You can adjust the size of the leaf to your liking. I change it back to color black, so I can clearly see where I should place the different leaves. With Command + G, I duplicate the leaf and create a pattern, then I group them.

Again, with Command + G, I duplicate the pattern and continue filling the paper. Make sure that you have the same distances. The rulers will help you do it.

I select a pattern and add some leaves with another direction. I make sure that they do not overlay each other.  I duplicate and adjust their positions and directions as needed until I fill the whole paper the way I want it. Don't forget to change their colour into white.

We're Done!

Be proud of yourself! Now you just created an elegant digital paper. You can print it as often as you need it for your endless paper crafts. You can also sell it!

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