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Design, Print, and Build Your Portfolio

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Going Over the Process

Bonnie Christine

Design, Print, and Build Your Portfolio

Bonnie Christine

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16. Going Over the Process

Lesson Info

Going Over the Process

So the first thing we need to do is cut our book board I mentioned earlier that they come in large sheets. Um, this one also came from blick materials and this is ah, standard size that they come in and so on the back here, I already marked my guidelines for my book board. We're going to get into measurements in just a second. Um but that's what they look like I, um, go ahead and draw my guidelines, and then I use a ruler and an exacto knife to cut them. Um, so I already have my cut. This is ah um it works really well with an exacto knife, but it does take several swipes, so the key to doing this is not to try to get it in one, two or three or even five swipes, but maybe more like twenty with a ruler. So you use your ruler and exacto knife to cut this footboard and so it's definitely doable, it's just a little time consuming, so I went ahead and cut mine it ahead of time. If you have somebody who is a skilled like woodworker, they could cut it for you as well. Someone set this down and...

I want to take a moment and discuss our printed pages so you basically have two options for the interior pages of your portfolio and so we just went through designing many portfolio and I showed you an illustrator of the ones that were ready to send the print and from there you have two options you can put them at home by yourself or you can outsource them to a professional printer and I have some of both here to show you um this first set I printed at home I use all my re sources are also listed in the same e book but I use an epson stylus this printer and epps in premium presentation paper and it does a really, really nice job of printing artwork and photographs. Um the drawback to this is that, um this this particular paper is on ly coded on one side so you can't print double sided, so for this I'm going to show you how to do this momentarily, but we have to manually make double sided pages, okay? And then the other way to go about this is to get your pages printed professionally, which these have been printed for me and they are double sided with the margin and everything I use palmar printing to do this and they will dio short runs like they'll do ah one copy or ten copies or something like that um but this quality has blown me away they're really, really nice on bacon do double sided for you and everything like that. So I have. Tio. This portfolio was made with my professionally printed pages, and this portfolio was made with pages that I printed myself and have manually made double sided. So they look a little different. But I think both look very professional. This one is really mad. You can tell it's really mad, and the other has a little bit of a sheen. Um, so that's, why? And when you would decide what template to use in adobe illustrator.

Class Description

No matter how beautiful your work is, it won’t sell if it’s not presented in a polished, professional way. In Design, Print, and Build Your Own Portfolio, Bonnie Christine will take you through the complete portfolio design process, so you’ll feel confident about showing your work.

Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern designer and mother hen of the Roost Tribe, an inspirational community for creatives. 

In this class she’ll teach you how to:

  • Design your portfolio and develop your pages
  • Print, build, and bind your portfolio
  • Stand out from the crowd and contact companies
Designers, photographers, and artists will all learn about what belongs in a portfolio and what to leave out. Bonnie will help you design a portfolio that reflects your true style and helps you attract the kind of clients you really want to work with.

If you’ve been putting off putting together your portfolio, this class will help you get motivated to assemble a portfolio that showcases your work and demonstrates exactly how talented you really are.



Bonnie, I want to give a super big Thank You! You have helped change my life. I was recently laid off from my full time job. Due to your courses, I have dedicated my time to continue designing. You have helped my heart come out on the pages. Thank you sooooo much! :) thankful & very happy, Dawn Stratchko


I thought this class was engaging and informative. Bonnie Christine has such a natural way of presenting the information and never seems to lose her concentration. I really wanted to learn more about how to put together a professional but handmade portfolio and that is what you get. Thanks for the great class!

a Creativelive Student

Absolutely loved this course! I learned so much and feel confident now on how to present my company in a consistent and professional way.