Hi there, my name is Jennifer Farley and I am an illustrator, designer and teacher.


I’ve been working as a graphic designer for 15 years and can offer you high quality, professional design work, backed up with support.

Illustration is something I wanted to do for many years and I finally made the jump into children’s illustration about five years ago and I’m so happy I did. I make pictures for books, advertising, apps, posters and websites. Check out my illustration portfolio here.


I’ve been teaching on a design course in Dublin, Ireland for more than 12 years. I have trained hundreds of students to use Photoshop and Illustrator and in more recent times Lightroom. It’s been a genuine pleasure to see people starting these apps with tentative steps and moving to the point of producing their own designs and improving and enhancing their photographs.

I also offer individual and group training – get in contact for more details.

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Adobe Photoshop Tutorials, Tips & Tricks

If you’re interested in learning or improving your Photoshop skills, check out my Photoshop tutorials, tips & tricks.

How To Make Part Of A Layer Transparent In Photoshop

Usually when you change the opacity of a layer in Photoshop using the Opacity slider at the top of the Layers panel, the WHOLE layer changes to that opacity. Here is a handy way to change the opacity of just a selected part of any layer. 1. With your image open in Photoshop – and I’m using this nice quadrant style picture of The Beatles, make a selection around the area you want to change the Opacity on. I’ve used the rectangular marquee tool to draw a square around Paul McCartney. 2. Choose Edit > Fill and set the Blending Mode to Clear. Set the Opacity to the percentage you want – I chose 50% here and then click OK. 3. The selected part of your layer is now semi transparent while the remainder of your file stays at... read more

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Tips & Tricks

If you’re interested in learning Illustrator or improving your existing Illustrator skills, check out my Illustrator tutorials, tips & tricks.

How To Find and Use the Arrow Brushes In Illustrator

Illustrator comes preloaded with tons of arrow brushes in many different styles. The arrows are hidden away under the Brush Library menu. Here’s how to find them and use them. 1 In the Brushes panel, click the Brush Libraries Menu button in the bottom-left corner. Choose “Arrows,” then choose “Arrows_Special”; a floating panel of arrows appears. 2 When you click the arrow style you want to use, that Brush appears in the main Brushes panel. 3 Select the Paintbrush tool in the Tools panel, then draw a path of any shape. The arrow brushes are designed so the arrow will stretch to the length of the path you’ve drawn when you release the mouse. You don’t HAVE to draw arrows with the Paintbrush tool. You can draw a path with any tool – Pen, Pencil, Shape tools and then while the path is still selected, click on the arrow you want in the arrow brush panel. In the example below, I drew the top path with the Pen tool, and the paths underneath with the Shape tools. 4 By default, most of the arrows are set to a colour of black. It’s easy to change this though. With an arrow path selected click the Stroke Color pop-up panel in the Control panel and choose a color swatch. Create your own arrow brush in Illustrator So that’s how you can use the existing arrow brushes. What about if you want to make your own? Here’s how to do it. 1 Create a sketchy, long image. Mine is some kind of weird fish. 2 Select and drag your piece of art... read more

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