7 Tips for Creating Your Own Tutorial
Did you know that the ArtStation Marketplace is busy as ever? Now’s the time to share your skills and maybe even turn a profit. How do you get your skills from your head to a useful video? Read on to find out.
Plan it out
You’re going to want to have the tutorial’s content planned, from beginning to end. Avoid “winging-it,” because it is surprisingly easy to repeat yourself or go over irrelevant information. Having a concise plan will also make your tutorial easier to follow.
Know more than you scripted
It may be common sense but you want to be an expert at what you’re covering in the tutorial. Understanding the surrounding subject matter to your tutorial allows you to diverge from the script in a natural way which is still useful to the viewer. This is super important to making an extensive and engaging tutorial.
Make sure to explain why what you’re teaching is useful because it can make the difference between someone loving or leaving your tutorial. Make it clear why the viewer needs this information; tell them what value it’ll bring to their craft.
Even though your tutorial is all thought-out and scripted, make sure you rehearse it and that you can talk through it in a calm, relaxed manner. Perhaps do a run-through of it with someone in person first. If your delivery is stiff and awkward, chances are viewers will be turned off by your tutorial.
Final piece of art
When creating tutorial content, have a piece of art to give context to what you are teaching at the end. In the art world, this is how people will judge the value of what you are teaching. Having a finished piece of art also acts as a motivator for viewers to try it out themselves; a goal to aim for.
Another reason to plan out your tutorial is fact-checking. Just one out-of-date or incorrect line can make viewers question your whole tutorial. Make sure what you’re saying is true and make sure techniques or pipelines don’t already exist so that your content isn’t redundant.
Test all your equipment, mic, camera, etc before starting your tutorial recording. The last thing you want is to start editing your tutorial only to find that there’s a constant echo or feedback buzzing on the recording. A quick 30-second test video to make sure everything is recording properly will save you a ton of time in the long run.
Gather your ideas, set up your mic and make a great tutorial! When you’re done make sure to put it up on the ArtStation Marketplace.
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