Freebie Friday: Mandela Creator for Illustrator

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Sometimes, we need a break just to doodle.  Here’s a free mandela creator for Adobe Illustrator to help you get into the zone.  Enjoy!

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Ask The Designer: Negative Space?

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Embrace negative space

The proper use of negative space is often overlooked by beginner and advanced designers alike. What is negative space (or “white space”)? It’s the space in your design that’s not occupied by any visual or written element. A design piece that doesn’t incorporate enough negative space is like a sentence with no spaces – itisdifficulttocomprehend.

Jan Tischold, one the most influential typographers in history, stresses this importance: “White space is to be regarded as an active element, not a passive background.” The effective use of negative space is just as crucial as the design itself. Don’t believe me? It’s scientifically proven that white space improves legibility and comprehension. Consider white space at every stage of your design.

Try It Yourself

Learning to effectively use white space won’t happen overnight. You’ll have to try out many different options to find what works for each design. First, I’d recommend reading some of the articles on this reading list, compiled by David Kadavy of Design For Hackers. Then, try and put some of these theories into action.

Remember, there’s no hard-and-fast rule to using white space. It takes practice. Eventually, you’ll find that exercises in resizing elements in your composition and changing the layout will lead to a natural understanding of the amount of breathing room required.

Source: http://worldguruonline.com/want-to-teach-yourself-design-8-tips-tricks-for-beginners/

Images: Google search

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Ask The Designer: Color Choices?

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Choosing a graphic design project’s colors in 3 steps.

1. DEFINE the project and the audience.

  • Consider the elements within the project such as typography and graphic icons or shapes.
  • Consider the viewing location and the demographics of the audience.

2. DISCOVER colors relevant to the industry represented by the project.

  • Resource sites such as colourlovers.com and color.adobe.com offer a plethara of color schemes for inspiration.
  • Seek inspiration from images related to the project to visualize color schemes in real life settings.

3. DEVELOP the color scheme by styling the project with sample palettes.

  • Sort and cull the sampled color combinations to narrow down the selection to the best 3-5 possibilities.
  • Refine the combinations using a color wheel to define complementary color groups, compound color groups or contrasting color groups.

Sampling the best picks and experimenting with a few combinations will help find the one that feels right.

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Be inspired! Imaginative Graphic Design

Just for your viewing pleasure, take a gander at these lovelies found over at simply.cool.design.  #dinasdesktop

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Eiko Ojala Illustration

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Unknown Artist – Couldn’t find it, anyway.

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Oscar Ramos Illustration

How’d they do that? Photoshop Halftone

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Create a halftone effect in 6 quick and easy steps using Photoshop’s built-in halftone filter. Of course, there are a variety of ways to make this effect using many different graphic design applications. But, for the sake of expediency and illustration savvy, Photoshop is sweet and to the point. This effect can add a groovy retro vibe to any of your design layouts.

#1 Create a new document.

For this example, we made the document 800PX x 800PX.

#2 Apply a black to white gradient.

Using a simple black to white gradient, apply it to the document from the bottom up evenly spaced between the image edges.

#3 Apply the color halftone filter.

Select the drop down menu for filter, select pixelate, and then color halftone. Adjust the settings as indicated.

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#4 Rotate the halftone layer.

For great effect, rotate the halftone layer counter-clockwise by 45 degrees.

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#5 Crop the image.

Tidy up the the image by cropping it tight. For this example, we trimmed it down to 325PX x 625PX.

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#6 Add a gradient layer.

And to really make it pop, add a color gradient either above or below the halftone layer. Adjust the opacity for the gradient layer if you opt above or adjust the opacity of the halftone layer if you opt below. The color gradient layer was added above the halftone for this example and adjusted to 85%.

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and TADA!

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Be inspired – or burn?

“Those who don’t build, burn.” – Ray Bradbury
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Ask The Designer: Why Copyright?

Why is ownership of a graphic design important, anyway?

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It’s a given that the client will usually want exclusive usage rights for custom designs when branding their identity. While stock designs have a generic appeal and are available to multiple users.

Very much like buying real property such as a car or a home, title is everything. Ownership of a graphic design’s rights allows freedom of its use. It can be used where and when needed without infraction to copyright law.

Designers may like to reuse some of their creations in future projects and thereby would not be willing to release the rights. At least, not without reasonable compensation. Many may barter for royalty fees in lieu of transfer of rights. However, custom logos are rarely suited to other applications and transfer of rights is typically incorporated into the cost.

Bottom line is, it’s about the bottom line.  Paying extra for full usage rights makes the design uniquely yours.

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