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How to Match Colors Perfectly

When creating any form of visual art…

having color options to work with is very important. However, sometimes with so many shades out there, we can have trouble matching the exact ones to keep them uniform over a series of several graphic design projects.

After finding this helpful site, i figured I’d give you a few tips on making it less of a challenge.

First, you going to want to pick an initial color. Once you find one either on the web or in a website template you generate yourself, just plug that URL into Color Combos in the search box and the system will do the rest to locate all colors on the website page.

website color

No website, no problem.

Another method is to use an image that contains the color you want to use for your work. Just upload one to Image Color Picker and easily find out the HTML, RGB or HSV code for it with no problem.

color picker

 

New Creative Services at Fiverrup

For quite some time, I have been a seller on a rapidly expanding and incredibly popular website called Fiverr. And while I love the site, it does limit the number of services an individual can provide. That being the case, You can now find more services being offered though a similar site called Fiverup.com.

These currently include the following options:

  1. App creation
  2. Spot color effects
  3. Formatting e-books
  4. Editing .pdf files
  5. Blog ads
  6. Product reviews
  7. Removing glare from pet eye photos
  8. Animated .gifs

 

Great font resource for designers and typographers

In the field of graphic design and when providing any sort of creative graphic services, chance are that from time to time you are going to want to find the perfect font for your concept. There are a lot of them out there but that doesn’t always mean they are easy to find. So, in the past I’ve used a cool little font site called Da Font.

Sure, it sounds like something goofy and unprofessional but this site is used by people ranging in profession from graphic designers to tattoo artists.

And one of the best things about it is that it’s free.

Check it out today.

dafont

Wordles

For years, graphic designers have be providing interesting and creative graphic services that literally make words into a form of visual art. You need not look further than a few different print ad campaigns or text-based company logos to realize that this is the case.

However, in a recent random trip through cyberspace, I came across a very cool site that instantly creates a visual piece of art from any phrase or content or the text on just about any website.

The official name of these digital creations are wordles and you can create your own, in seconds and for free at http://www.wordle.net.

Check out this colorful example direct from the website.

Consitution of the United States

Undiscovered Andy Warhol art found after 30 years

As both an art fan…

and a resident of the great city of Pittsburgh, I was extremely excited to find out that previously unknown art by Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh Born and raised) was found on floppy disks from the 1980s.

These computer generated pieces were generated in 1985 using an Amiga computer and unlocked by students at the city’s Carnegie Mellon University.

Check out some samples here:

Andy Warhol computer art

Andy Warhol digital art

Andy Warhol lost art

 

HTML coding as art?

For a while now…

I’ve been delving into designing some basic websites. But recently, I’ve invested some more time and effort into this creative venture.

From the first ever website that I worked with back in college more than a decade ago (wow I’m feeling old now) a lot of my friends did not like the dreaded acronym HTML. In fact, I generally held a similar opinion and to some extend still do. Back then, I thought of HTML as another one of those “four-letter” words of foul language. Now, I view it more like a fungus, it grows on you over time.

To keep the whole analogy thing going, I see HTML as being kind of like the annoying relative that you see a couple of times a year for holidays or special events. You can take him or her in small doses but wouldn’t want to have to deal with them all the time. They may be a bit difficult to handle but can have some redeeming qualities.

The “redeeming qualities” of HTML are all about the virtually unending possibilities for customization. And that’s something that no template or drag and drop setup can offer.

This customization is where the artistic quality of this coding system finally comes into play. A really good, easy to use source is the W3schools website. Give it a try and the artist in you might just be happy you did.

HTML code

 

 

 

 

 

Simple but elegant thank you card

While the first think that probably comes to mind…

when you thing about a “thank you” card is something that a person sends after receiving a gift for a wedding, birthday or other occasion. However, not only is it polite but it can also be good business for small companies, community organizations or entrepreneurs.

Several years back when I was a young child, my other sold homemade baked goods to help with the family finances. Off and on since then, she has taken up the same activity on a smaller scale. Recently, she began working on it a but more seriously.

At her request, I created this graphic design piece as a thank you card for those who place orders for any of her amazing treats.

For any of you who have seen my work before, you may have gathered that I tend to be a bit of a minimalist and believe that in design, less can be more. With that in mind, this card is simple yet elegant and most importantly gets the point across to the customer.

thank you card

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